MinkMaidsCollection

Made to Measure Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaid Dresses

Wisconsin, United States · 97 Sales

MinkMaidsCollection

Made to Measure Bridal Gowns and Bridesmaid Dresses

Wisconsin, United States 97 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Hello!
Thank you for visiting the MinkMaids Collection shop! 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 woman 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. All gowns are made to your measurements. To ensure proper fit, please consider getting measured by your local tailor.
Please note, without in-person fittings, a perfect fit can not be guaranteed. Minor alterations might still be necessary upon receipt of your completed dress. If you are local to Milwaukee, WI and would like to schedule a fitting of your dress, please contact me.

MinkMaids Collection gowns are made to order and take approximately 10-12 weeks to complete. Rush options are available - please inquire for details and pricing.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required before any work will be started on your custom dress. Once all details are finalized I will create a custom listing for your deposit. Once your dress is completed I will create another custom listing for the balance due. Your dress will only ship once the balance has been paid.

Before purchasing, please note ALL SALES ARE FINAL. 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.

CUSTOMIZATIONS AVAILABLE…
If you wish to have changes made, please contact me with all details/requests.

Follow MinkMaids on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/minkmaids/

And visit my website: http://www.minkmaids.com/


Cheers!
Amanda Ergen-Jennings, MinkMaids designer

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 5, 2016

Hello!
Thank you for visiting the MinkMaids Collection shop! 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 woman 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. All gowns are made to your measurements. To ensure proper fit, please consider getting measured by your local tailor.
Please note, without in-person fittings, a perfect fit can not be guaranteed. Minor alterations might still be necessary upon receipt of your completed dress. If you are local to Milwaukee, WI and would like to schedule a fitting of your dress, please contact me.

MinkMaids Collection gowns are made to order and take approximately 10-12 weeks to complete. Rush options are available - please inquire for details and pricing.

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required before any work will be started on your custom dress. Once all details are finalized I will create a custom listing for your deposit. Once your dress is completed I will create another custom listing for the balance due. Your dress will only ship once the balance has been paid.

Before purchasing, please note ALL SALES ARE FINAL. 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.

CUSTOMIZATIONS AVAILABLE…
If you wish to have changes made, please contact me with all details/requests.

Follow MinkMaids on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/minkmaids/

And visit my website: http://www.minkmaids.com/


Cheers!
Amanda Ergen-Jennings, MinkMaids designer

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Shimmering Gold Tulle Wedding Dress - Nadia
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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.

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  • Amanda Jennings

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    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 January 6, 2016
Welcome!! Thank you for taking the time to read through my shop policies.

All MinkMaids Collection gowns are cut to order and hand sewn in Milwaukee, WI. Your order will be made especially for you, to your specifications. To ensure proper fit, please consider getting measured by your local tailor.

Please note, without in-person fittings, a perfect fit can not be guaranteed. Minor alterations might still be necessary upon receipt of your completed dress. If you live in the Milwaukee area, I welcome you to make an appointment to try on samples, review styles, fabric options, colors, and measurements at my studio in Bay View. Please contact me for details and available appointment times.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Through PayPal and Etsy, I gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required before any work will be started on your custom dress. Once all details are finalized I will create a custom listing for you for your deposit. Once your dress is completed I will create another custom listing for the balance due. Your dress will only ship once the balance has been paid.

If you change your mind and would like to cancel your order, please contact me within one week of purchase.
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.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please Note: ALL sales are FINAL. All of my pieces are handmade and made-to-order. Due to this, I am unable to accommodate returns. Please take care in providing accurate measurements for custom pieces. Please contact me with any questions and visit your tailor for measurements to insure an accurate fit. Please understand that although precise and standardized procedures are followed in order to size each garment, there is still the chance that additional minor alterations may need to be done locally. This is not an acceptable reason for returning a custom item.

***MinkMaids is not responsible for changes in size due to weight gain or loss***

Each piece is carefully inspected before it is shipped out, but if by some chance your garment is damaged due to sewing you can return it to be fixed and I will cover shipping expenses.

PLEASE contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I genuinely wish for every customer to be thrilled with her purchase!
Additional policies and FAQs
Measurements needed for custom dresses:

***PLEASE NOTE*** IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE SOMEONE ELSE MEASURE YOU FOR BEST ACCURACY. It is important that you get measured while wearing the same foundation garments that you plan to wear with your dress! Spanx, padded bras, etc, will all affect the fit of the garment

A) BUST- Measure at widest point of bust, ensuring measuring tape is parallel to the ground (don't let it dip to the back!). Drop your arms to your sides and breathe normally.
B) WAIST- The narrowest point where your torso creases when you bend side to side.
C) HIPS- Measure at the widest point, approximately 9" below your natural waist.
D) TORSO LENGTH- Measure from the top of your shoulder (where the shoulder meets the neck) to your WAIST
E) WAIST TO FLOOR- Natural waist to the floor (in shoes of approximate heel you plan to wear)




Production
MinkMaids Collection gowns are made to order and take approximately 10-12 weeks to complete. Rush options are available - please inquire for details and pricing.

Customizations
All MinkMaids gowns can be customized to match your needs. If you wish to make changes to any style or have one created specifically for you, please contact me for pricing. If you decide on customizations after making your payment, I will happily issue a PayPal invoice for the difference.

Retailers
I do offer wholesale pricing and would love to work with you. Please contact me for additional information.


Follow MinkMaids on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/minkmaids/

And visit the website: http://www.minkmaids.com/


Cheers!!
Amanda Ergen-Jennings, MinkMaids Designer