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A few important notes:

Sarah Kolis here! I work regular business hours that are extended during the busy season and I prioritize the brides I am currently working with in-person. Therefore, I have a policy against stepping away from the fitting to answer a phone call. For these reasons, I require a times slot dedicated just to you so I can properly address your questions and concerns! I hope you understand as it is my biggest priority to make sure all my clients and brides have 1-1 time with me so I can give the absolute best service possible for you! Sometimes, Abigail can answer in an email at quicker than I have time to call you back! Also check out the FAQ's!

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Running late? If you are trying to call because you are running late to your appointment, chances are I am in with another bride and cannot step out to answer. I always try to accomodate best I absolutely can! I have never turned a client away because they were late, so just keep on coming and we will work it out!!


When should I schedule my bridal alterations fitting?

Ideal timing is about 6 weeks before the wedding (Sarah works on the dress for 3-4 weeks). Keep in mind Sarah opens up her calendar consistently 4 months out (just so she can finalize her personal calendar is all!)


How much does Bridal Alterations cost?

As every dress and body is so different, Sarah charges per individual service and will communicate that pricing at the 1st fitting (which is no obligation). Payment is not due until the 2nd fitting! Most brides' alterations begin at $500+ in alterations, with lace/beading costing higher than non-embellished gowns.


Can I do an alterations consultation?

Absolutely! You may book at As this is in addition to the included 2 fittings for bridal alterations, there is a $75 charge for this additional appointment. All alterations services and a price quote will be discussed at this fitting! Keep in mind, this is optional!


Can you steam my dress?

At your first fitting appointment, mention to Sarah that you would like the dress steamed! Veils may be steamed too and Sarah will package them up nicely for travel. If this is a destination event, it is best to package the dress nicely and steam it at the final location.


Can I bring people with me to my fitting?

Of course! This is a special moment and Sarah encourages any family/friends to attend with you! However, try to keep it to a 2-car maximum if possible!


Do you do modesty Build-ups?

Yes! These are for those brides wanting the high neck, added sleeves, and collar style for full modesty. These custom projects run at $800+ for the build-up.


Do you do custom sleeves?

Yes! These begin at $350 for fully custom sleeves. Or for a less expensive option, purchase pre-made sleeves from your bridal boutique, David's Bridal, or Etsy! From there, Sarah can just sew them in!


What do I need to bring with me to my fitting?

Dress and shoes are most important! Also bring any particular undergarments and accessories you wish to try on, and the veil too if you would like to have that steamed!


How do I write a review?

Sarah would love a review! My page on The Knot, Wedding Wire, and/or Facebook would be fabulous!


Can I bring my bridesmaid/mother/friend to have her dress altered too?

Of course, no prior notice needed if she is coming at the same time as you! Make sure she also has the dress and shoes!


How long is the appointment?

Typically, 45 minutes for wedding gowns and 15 minutes for all other dresses.


Can I tag @SarahKolisdesigns in my wedding photos on social media? 

Yes, please! You may tag @SarahKolisDesigns for any custom or alterations service, Sarah would love to re-post!


I am pregnant, when should I schedule my alterations fitting?

Please mention this in the comments when booking your appointment. Three weeks before the event is safe but feel free to reach out to Sarah Kolis with any other concerns! 


Can you do a rush job?

Of course! Schedule your fitting as soon as possible, or email immediately! Sarah will do her best to fit you in as soon as possible!


I live outside of Michigan, are there travel options?

Of course, Sarah would be happy to accommodate! Please reach out to discuss the options!


I want to wear my mother’s wedding gown, can you alter it?

Of course, Sarah loves vintage restorations! She can alter to fit and/or change the style.

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"Having Sarah alter my dress was easily one of the best decisions I made. She was so intentional and kind. She helped me make the best decisions for my dress and it made the whole process run so smoothly. She is also incredibly affordable for the work she does. I cannot recommend her enough!!!."

Abigail, 2022

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