Frequently Asked Questions
We like to have 8 to 12 weeks for the full alterations process, which generally includes 2 to 3 fittings. Plan to start earlier if your availability is limited. If your wedding is sooner than our normal time frame, we may still be able to accommodate you – give us a call to check availability and discuss any rush fees.
Plan to call us to schedule your appointment at least a month in advance of when you would like to have your appointment for best availability, or two to three months in advance if your wedding is during our very busy summer months. If you have a summer wedding and are only available evenings and weekends, you may want to consider scheduling your appointments earlier in the year.
You will need to bring the shoes you plan to wear with the dress (the actual shoes you will wear on your day-- so we may accurately mark your hem), as well as any undergarments. We can provide bra cups to be sewn in for brides with a bust size of A cup or B cup. Larger cup sizes may require you to purchase a long line bustier style strapless bra for proper support, depending on your body and the construction of your dress.
It is impossible for us to accurately quote pricing via email or phone. The best thing to do if pricing is a concern is to call and schedule a quote appointment which is where we look at your dress to determine what needs to be done, and estimate the costs before alterations begin. Average wedding gown alterations usually fall between $600--$800.
Sometimes we can, sometimes we can’t. Bridal shop employees are generally not experts in gown alterations or construction, and although they usually have the best of intentions, they may not have given you accurate information about what’s possible. You are always welcome to call or email us to ask about the possibilities for your dress before purchase. Substantial style or sizing changes will push your alterations ticket higher than average.
We have a beautiful selection of statement jewelry and both trendy and classic headpieces. Designer and custom veils are available to try on at your fitting appointments. We can also custom design bolero jackets, cap sleeves, straps and sashes (custom work generally requires more appointments).
Yes we can, although it’s best to start with a dress that is close to fitting and with a style that is similar to what you have in mind for the end result. Vintage restyling usually costs $500 or more.
Yes we can. Prices for custom gowns are generally higher than what you would pay for a bridal gown in an average bridal shop, as they require a complex process to create. Custom gowns include all fittings (5 to 7+ appointments), a muslin fitting, fabric and construction. Most gowns start at about $3500 and can reach up in to the many thousands of dollars. Call or email to get the conversation started!
We specialize in formal dresses including wedding gowns, bridesmaids/mothers dresses, prom dresses and similar styles. For every day clothing we can recommend an excellent tailor in our neighborhood.