Once you’ve found the perfect dress, the one you’ve dreamed of all your life, the next critical step is to ensure that it fits you perfectly. Your wedding takes a lot of work and dedication.Why should your dress be any different? At Rapids Alterations, we put that hard work and dedication into your wedding gown so you don’t have to. We will ensure that your dress is comfortable, secure, and breathtaking.

When it comes to your wedding gown alterations, we suggest bringing your dress in at least two months before your special day. If your timeframe is shorter, don’t fear. We can still help make your magical moment just as special. Two months is a good time frame because it allows for plenty of time but is also not so far from your wedding that your size will fluctuate. However, if last-minute alterations are required, give us a call or stop by the shop, we’d be happy to help. Call for an appointment today (320) 255-9083.

Complimentary Consultations

It is our pleasure to provide free consultations to our valued customers. Our delightful staff will provide you with expert advice and pricing for your bridal gown, bridesmaid dress, prom dress, or mother-of-the-bride dress. There is no pressure and no obligation, and we work hard to offer quality alteration and repair options that fit your budget.

The Rapids Alterations Blog (tab above) will answer many of your questions about gown alterations and shopping wisely with alterations in mind.

The cost of wedding gown alterations can be considerably varied depending on a number of factors. Depending on how many layers, the material of each layer, lace, bead-work, sequins, boning, and others will affect the amount of work required and the cost involved. For the most accurate quotes, it is best to bring your gown into our shop before requesting pricing.

The lists below provides approximate starting prices for a number of wedding gown and bridal party gown alterations.

Wedding Gowns


  • Hems – $45.00
  • Bustles – $40.00
  • Sleeve Shortening – $30.00 or hourly
  • Straps – $22.50
  • Take In or Let Out Sides – $45.00
  • Bra Cups – $19.00
  • Gown Steaming – $95.00 (Allow 1 Week)
  • Veil Pressing – $20.00 fingertip $30 floor-length (Allow 1 Week)
  • Fitting Fee (One Time) – $25.00
  • Rush fee applies to alterations and work needed in 4 weeks or less

Bridesmaids, Special Occasion, Mother’s, Flower Girl, and Prom Gowns


  • Hems – $30.00
  • Sleeve Shortening – $30.00
  • Straps – $22.50
  • Take In or Let Out Sides – $35.00
  • Bra Cups – $19.00
  • Steaming – $35.00 (Allow 3 Days or More)
  • Rush fee applies to alterations needed in 2 weeks or less
  • Can-Can Rentals – $50

When bringing in your gown, please also bring your shoes, your bra, spanks, anything you will be wearing on your big day with you to the fitting. If you don’t have your shoes yet, a pair that is the same height of those you plan to wear will work. It is helpful if you bring in any lingerie you plan to wear beneath your dress to ensure the very best fit can be made. Our expert team has over 100 years of combined experience and are sure to exceed your expectations.

We invite you to read Bridal FAQs to learn more about bridal and formal alterations. Never hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. You can also call us at (320) 255-9083 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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