bridal fitting policies
If you are thinking about sending your dress to us, please read through our policies to ensure that there is no confusion or miscommunication in the future.
Fittings are by Appointment Only
Appointments are generally made Tuesday to Friday and some Saturdays. Schedule an appointment as soon as you know the delivery date of your dress or have your dress in hand.
We prefer to have your first fitting about 4 -6 weeks minimum before the date you will need to pick it up. Please keep in mind that cleaning and shipping should be taken into account when setting the time frame for alterations. We can accommodate a lesser time frame and will always deliver quality service in a timely manner.
During certain months, scheduling can be tight. We will make sure you get an appointment within one to two weeks of contacting Wee Scotty, guaranteed. Please note that our fittings are scheduled for a period of 30 minutes. So promptness is important to keep all brides scheduled timely.
Rescheduling and our Cancellation Policy
If at any point you need to reschedule an appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance. If for some reason the appointment must be cancelled, please do so within 48 hours to avoid a cancellation fee of $50.
First Fitting - to book, click here
At our first fitting it's very important that you bring your shoes and any undergarments you wish to try on with your dress. If cups are a necessity, we do provide them as needed. During this appointment we will explain to you step by step how we can alter the dress to your liking. Here we will pin your dress in preparation for the first round of alterations that will be sewn by the date of your second fitting. This is where the majority of alterations take place. Subsequent fittings are to fine tune the main alteration points.
During the second fitting we will try on the dress to make sure that everything was fitted perfectly for you. If there are any other changes needed we are more than willing to accommodate you by arranging any subsequent fittings necessary. The earlier we see you for your first fitting, the more time we will have for any last minute alterations you might want. The gain and loss of weight (5 to 10 pounds) from this point until your wedding date can be easily addressed in second and third fittings once the base of the dress has been fit to your figure. These alterations then are simply fine tuning of the dress for the best fit closer to the date.
While some brides do arrange to have their bridal boutiques pick up their dresses for shipment, other brides may choose to have us press their dress and arrange a pick-up time. Pick-up occurs after all alterations have been approved. If you choose to have your dress pressed here, we will show you how to care for your dress from the moment you pick it up until the moment you change into it on your wedding day. We will provide a list of tips on how to care for your dress, and answer any and all questions you might have.
Estimates and Pricing
At Wee Scotty we've found that the most accurate way to bill for bridal alterations is based on the amount of time we spend sewing. If you come to a first fitting and decide not to have any sewing done, we do have a consultation fee of $50. Sewing is billed at $85 an hour down to every 15 minute interval.
Due to the difference in complexity between many of the dresses we alter, our pricing has ranged greatly depending on the dress itself and changes made. Our average price thus far (after over 16 years of great service) for an average, full run of most bridal alterations (this includes bodice alterations, bustling and hemming) range between $680 to $850, plus tax. 8-10 hours is the average time on each dress and 3 fittings meets average needs; sometimes more sometimes less.
Hem and bustle only $250-$450
Slight Alterations: $500-680
Mid Range Alterations: $680-$850 (hem and bodice,bustle work specifically)
High Range Alterations: $850-$1050 (lace work, bead work, design changes, and other additions)
After pinning your dress at the first fitting, Lynne will give you a more specific estimate based on the complexity of the alterations. Please keep in mind that the more we change, the more sewing will likely be necessary. Changes that involve hand sewing (moving/replacing beading and other embellishments), and/or complex bodice structure, many layers of tulle, are the sorts of factors that tend to be more costly. Please figure we will spend a days work (7 to 8 hours) on most dresses. There are the few dresses that fall outside of this range, some less and some more, but there are fewer!
Less than Eight weeks booking, pregnancy and late refit and design requests can be an additional 10% increase from regular hourly charges.
We do not like to charge more but due to the nature of our business and the timeliness to deliver finished work, we may at times need to charge that extra to fit your details in the desired time frame.
We do also provide pressing services on site in order to accommodate local weddings. If you have had your dress altered with us, we will have our experts press your dress at the discounted rate of $50. If we have not worked on your dress and you are coming to stay in San Francisco, we offer pressing services starting at $150 and up.
Out of state Shipping Service:
Shipping services are on an as need basis and discussed at the initial fitting if needed. Costs vary depending on where we are shipping. A guideline of charges are listed below.
If you would like to schedule your first appointment click here!