Sustainable Vintage Wedding Dresses With A Fresh Design
I’m just getting started and want to see what you have but I’m not ready to actuallypurchase a dress at the moment.
This is dangerous territory. Our turnover is rapid, and we sell our dresses much faster than our clients sometimes realize. Once a dress is gone, we’ll never have anything like it again. We strongly recommend waiting to shop until you’re officially ready to “meet“ your gown and potentially take her home. In the mean time, check out recent bridal clients whose weddings we've shared on Facebook, our Instagram account, our Pinterest pages, and our Etsy shop to get a better handle on what our gowns look like.
Do I have to make an appointment?
Yes, please. We show gowns privately and the gowns aren't available to browse through otherwise. We pull all your gowns ahead of time and have them waiting for you in the fitting room when you arrive. Call us at 612-716-8006 oremailus.Please be prepared to answer the questions below.
How do you know what to pull for me?
Great question! We request some key info:
your wedding date
normal dress size AND height
budget before alterations
are you local/can you return to MN for 2-5 alteration appointments?
have you ever tried on a wedding gown before this moment
We’re able to immediately narrow down our entire stock to about 15 dresses based on these factors, and those 15ish gowns are what we begin with at your appointment.
Do you sell online?
Yes! Visit ourEtsy shop to better browse our inventory
I have a hard time making decisions. Do you hold dresses?
Unfortunately, we are not able to hold gowns at this time. We encourage you to take pictures during your appointment to help you make this big decision.
What do alterations really mean?
The alterations process is a bit different in our shop, as we find most brides want to work with a seamstress, which we'll recommend, to alter necklines, remove sleeves & long trains (possibly using the fabric from these discarded parts to open the bodice and turn a size 2 into a larger size), or discard more elaborate vintage details such as dropped waists. This is in addition to fit alterations.
Why redesign the wedding gowns? Isn’t vintage quite popular right now?
While vintage clothing in general is very popular, most people are unfamiliar with what vintage wedding dresses actually look like. We work with our brides to bring out the lovely timeless quality in every wedding gown.
I’m plus size/ very tall/ quite petite/ a human being.
I don’t think a vintage wedding dress will fit me!
We can comfortably accommodate sizes Petite 000-Tall 14, and everything in between. If a dress is not quite right, a good seamstress can work magic to make it fit you perfectly. In other words, don’t worry!
Where does Andrea get the gowns?
This is a very popular question! We get them from a variety of sources (pretty much anywhere you can imagine). Andrea works hard to find unusual gowns that fit a variety of body shapes, and has sources across the globe who contact her with possibilities. Our focus has always been high-end/designer gowns from every decade. We are no longer actively seeking gowns however, with over 700 currently in stock. However, if you're desperate to rehome a gown, please email us and we'll chat.
Do you always remove the sleeves? But I want long sleeves! That’s why I came to you!
Most vintage sleeves are solid, heavy, opaque fabric to the wrist. Typically our clients desire a lighter, sheer, streamlined sleeve. These can be custom built onto any dress in our shop. Additionally, we always keep the sleeves with the dress, just in case you want to use the remaining fabric for a creative purpose.
Do you have Temple Ready dresses, or gowns appropriate
for another modest setting (Jewish synagogue, Pentecostal, etc)?
Absolutely! We always have a large selection of modest dresses that are elegant and tasteful.
It would mean a lot to me to wear my grandma's wedding dress.
However, it isn't quite right. Can you make it work for me?
Our apologies, we no longer have an in-house seamstress. We can recommend a seamstress, but this is no longer part of our business.
Our wedding pictures turned out FANTASTIC! We’d love to share them with you!
You’d love to share some wedding day photos? Well, we’d love to have them! We can put them up in our gallery here and on Facebook; just email them or private message us on Facebook.
Why are there so many songs about rainbows, and what’s on the other side?
Preliminary studies suggest a tertiary relationship between psychosocial entertainment elements in modern cultures and the metaphysical aspects of a collective unconscious that pertain to repressed experiential motives, pursuant to a post-diplomatic hegemony.
But really, its cuz we all want to be part of something beautiful.