MinkMaidsCollection

Handmade Bridal Gowns

Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 128 Sales

MinkMaidsCollection

Handmade Bridal Gowns

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 128 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars (36)

Announcement   Hello!
Thank you for visiting the MinkMaids Collection shop! Here you will find all MinkMaids discontinued styles - all original designer samples, at a DEEP discount. These samples have never been worn for a wedding, but have been used for photoshoots and tried on at trunk shows.

I am excited and proud to offer my handmade wedding gowns on Etsy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I specialize in designing for the fun, fearless, fashionable bride - a gal who doesn’t see herself in a “typical” wedding dress and isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and break a few rules. You’re no princess, you’re a partner, and your wedding look should reflect your personal style and tell your story of strength and independence.

Each MinkMaids Collection gown is lovingly made by hand in my studio in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI.

Before purchasing, please note all gowns are sold AS IS and ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Ask questions before placing your order. (Or if you're in the Milwaukee area, schedule a time to stop by my studio to try them on!)
Please refer to the shop policy section here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MinkMaidsCollection/policy
By making a purchase, you agree to the shop policies.

Follow or NEW brand, Love Lives Here, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovelivesherebridal

And visit our NEW website: http://www.lovelivesherebridal.com/


Cheers!
Amanda Ergen-Jennings, owner/designer
Love Lives Here (formerly 'MinkMaids')

Announcement

Last updated on Oct 25, 2018

Hello!
Thank you for visiting the MinkMaids Collection shop! Here you will find all MinkMaids discontinued styles - all original designer samples, at a DEEP discount. These samples have never been worn for a wedding, but have been used for photoshoots and tried on at trunk shows.

I am excited and proud to offer my handmade wedding gowns on Etsy. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I specialize in designing for the fun, fearless, fashionable bride - a gal who doesn’t see herself in a “typical” wedding dress and isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and break a few rules. You’re no princess, you’re a partner, and your wedding look should reflect your personal style and tell your story of strength and independence.

Each MinkMaids Collection gown is lovingly made by hand in my studio in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI.

Before purchasing, please note all gowns are sold AS IS and ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Ask questions before placing your order. (Or if you're in the Milwaukee area, schedule a time to stop by my studio to try them on!)
Please refer to the shop policy section here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MinkMaidsCollection/policy
By making a purchase, you agree to the shop policies.

Follow or NEW brand, Love Lives Here, on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovelivesherebridal

And visit our NEW website: http://www.lovelivesherebridal.com/


Cheers!
Amanda Ergen-Jennings, owner/designer
Love Lives Here (formerly 'MinkMaids')

Amanda Jennings

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Amanda Jennings

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About

Modern Made-To-Measure Wedding Gowns Handmade in Milwaukee, WI

Creating beautiful, meaningful pieces has been a lifelong passion for me. Growing up in Milwaukee, I had a very strong bond with my grandma that grew with each new sewing project we worked on together (maybe because I was the only grandchild out of eleven she taught to sew!). This amazing woman gave me the skills that shaped the rest of my life! I turned my love for building beautiful things into a career after studying apparel design at the University of Wisconsin and Fashion Institute of Technology - NY. I returned to Milwaukee in 2003 and spent a few years wandering around rather aimlessly, crafting here and there, but wasn't really sure of the direction I wanted to take my design career. In 2008 I opened my first Etsy shop, featuring a collection of contemporary knit dresses under the label “Mink”. Then my friends started getting married and asking me to make gowns for them and their bridesmaids. Word spread to friends of friends and my custom bridal business took off. That’s when I changed my label to “MinkMaids”. I’ve been exclusively designing bridal and special occasion gowns since 2009, finally launching my first bridal collection in 2015 (and using it to breathe new air into my Etsy shop!) My inaugural collection features 7 pieces inspired by some of my favorite past bespoke brides and are available in an array of colors – shades of gold, blue, ivory, silver and blush. These silhouettes reflect my own design aesthetic and the style of bride I really mesh well with. I love to design for the woman who doesn’t see herself in the usual white wedding gown. A woman who wants to show her personality on her wedding day and is ok with stepping out of the box with color and pattern, rather than just wearing what everyone expects from a bride.
MinkMaids specializes in modern, clean silhouettes with design elements that set the pieces apart – color, pattern, shine, fabrication, and draping techniques.
I'm often asked about my favorite aspect of designing gowns. It's difficult to give just one answer. I have two favorite things that are totally different – 1) I love the challenge of building a gown – coming up with the design and then figuring out how to actually make it work. The “building” part, creating something with my own hands, has always been my favorite part of design. 2) On a personal level, I love building relationships with my brides and their friends and families as I create something beautiful for such a special day. Being there to see these women see themselves as a bride for the first time always gets me! Most of my past brides have become dear friends because of how closely we work together. Let’s be real – as exciting as it is to plan a wedding, it can also be super stressful! It’s important to me to give my brides a fun, loving experience – something they can be thrilled about when RSVPs and seating charts get to be too much.
When a bride places an order for one of my Collection gowns through Etsy she can expect the same level of service and care that I put into my Bespoke gowns. I build each of my gowns from scratch, specifically for each bride. From the moment a customer clicks "place order" to the day her very special gown arrives at her doorstep, I hope each of my brides knows that I am JUST as excited as she is! She is on my mind every step of the way - from creating a pattern based on her specific measurements, laying out and cutting the luxurious fabrics that she'll dance the night away in, meticulously constructing each and every seam, then carefully wrapping the gown for shipping - my heart goes in to every detail. My goal is for each of my brides - near and far - to feel that love and that passion when she opens the MinkMaids box, steps in to her wedding gown, and sees herself as a bride.

Shop members

  • Amanda Jennings

    Owner, Designer

    The "Jill of all Trades"! From design concept to creation, shipping to sweeping - I do it all! My passion lies in the challenge of building a gown; creating something meaningful with my own hands and heart has always been my favorite part of design.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 25, 2018
Welcome!! Thank you for taking the time to read through my shop policies.
Thank you for visiting the MinkMaids Collection shop! Here you will find all MinkMaids discontinued styles - all original designer samples, at a DEEP discount. These samples have never been worn for a wedding, but have been used for photoshoots and tried on at trunk shows.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Please Note: ALL sales are FINAL unless previous arrangements have been made.

PLEASE contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I genuinely wish for every customer to be thrilled with her purchase!
Payment
Through PayPal and Etsy, I gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover
Shipping
All US shipments are sent USPS Priority Mail (tracked and insured), unless otherwise specified or requested. International shipments are sent via FedEx International Priority. You will be notified by email when the shipment goes out.

Rush Orders:
Please contact me for cost information on rush orders or expedited shipping.

Lost Packages and Shipping Issues:
All packages will be insured for their full value. MinkMaids is not responsible for lost or damaged shipments and will not reimburse or replace items that have been lost or damaged during shipping. Please take care to list a secure shipping address to avoid problems with loss and theft.