What to bring? Please bring the shoes of the same heel and sole height that you plan to wear to the wedding. It's fine if they are not the final shoes, as long as they are the same height. Keep in mind that having a raised base (i.e. some type of platform) actually can really make a difference in the accuracy of the hem. Any undergarments you are planning to wear should be worn to each fitting, and please always wear underpants to your fitting. Wearing Spanx or bustiers can changes the fit of the dress significantly.
Who to bring? *PLEASE NOTE FOR SAFETY REASONS WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE CHILDREN* One to two people you trust to help you through the process. We are a small shop and simply cannot accommodate large groups of people, and we have found it very unhelpful for the alterations process to have extra opinions. We want to hear how we can help you feel your best in your gown, and sometimes that is not the same as how your cousin thinks you should look. Bring a family member or friend that knows your style and makes you feel supported—not stressed! You also don’t necessarily need to bring people to the fittings—we are happy to take photos and videos of the bustling process to show to whoever you plan to have help with that on your wedding day.
When should I book? Booking early is recommended to ensure we have time to accommodate you to the best of our abilities, but please do your best to stick to the original appointment. We are a small team, so schedule changes can affect us a great deal, and it may be difficult to accommodate your change of schedule. Evenings and weekends usually book up about a month in advance during the busy season (April-October) so try to book early if you have a strict schedule. Please be aware that any due date within eight weeks of your wedding will be charged $100 rush fee per garment, six weeks will be $150, and under four weeks (if we are able to accommodate) will be an additional $200 . Email email@example.com with your wedding or departure date and dates and times you’re available for an initial consultation.
When should I schedule my initial fitting? We recommend starting your alterations about two to three months before the wedding, or for weddings held out of town, the date you will be leaving for the wedding. If you are planning to change your diet, medication, or exercise habits, please do so before your initial consultation, and simply maintain those habits after the initial fitting. We want your dress to look as perfect as possible, and if your body changes in between fittings, it becomes much more difficult. Bridal fabrics are usually quite delicate, and changing our work multiple times can take its toll on them. Any changes made after the initial fitting will be subject to rush fees.
When will my dress be completed? At your initial fitting we will schedule your second fitting and final fitting. Your second fitting will usually be 3-4 weeks before the wedding. Alterations will be sewn but not trimmed or made permanent yet, and small tweaks can be made. We will decide on how the dress will be bustled at the second fitting as well. The third fitting you will try the dress on again, show you how the dress is bustled, and help you find any additional accessories you may need, as this will probably be the last time you'll have to try on accessories with the gown before the big day!
How much will it cost? The majority of our alterations fall between $300-900, depending on the extent of work, type of fabric, etc. We will give you a cost estimate in your initial fitting, and an initial 50% deposit along with a signed contract will be required before we begin the alterations. The remaining 50% will be due at the final fitting. All major credit cards and checks accepted. All initial appointments require a $50 deposit with booking, which will be credited to your overall cost if you choose to proceed with alterations with Ette after your initial fitting. We are happy to accommodate earlier consultations for an additional fee of $50.
What if my dress is the wrong size? If you have bought a sample or a dress that is two or more sizes too big or too small there is no guarantee that we will be able to reconstruct the dress to fit you well. We will let you know what's possible during your initial consultation, but please be aware that resizing alterations typically start at $900. We strongly advise against purchasing gowns over 3” too large in the bodice, and may not be able to accept you as an alterations client if you fall into this category.
What if I want to customize my gown? Any work done beyond standard alterations is considered custom work and may take an additional fitting and have a higher price that’s dependent on the extent of work needed. Examples of custom work may be adding new sleeves, creating an illusion neckline, creating a new topper, adding lace or beading detailing to the gown, creating custom veils or capes, etc. Custom work is charged at $60/hr.