Frequently Asked Questions

How long before my wedding should I book my appointment?

Having your initial fitting 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding is preferred.

The second fitting will be scheduled 2 weeks prior to the wedding date. If the dress is not ready to take home after the 2nd fitting, we will make any necessary fixes while you wait. If you are unable to wait, you can return 1-2 days later to pick up your dress.  In our experience, this timeframe helps to ensure that the fit is perfect for the big day.

All follow-up fittings will be scheduled in-person after your first fitting.

Please also keep in mind you must bring the exact shoes you plan to wear with your dress for every fitting, as well as any undergarments you plan to wear.

Dresses needed in under 4 weeks may be subject to a rush fee.

How do I get started?

Begin by booking an appointment online for a day and time that is convenient for you. For all appointments, please make sure to bring the exact shoes and bra you plan on wearing with your dress. On the day of your fitting, one of our master seamstresses will pin your dress to show you the alterations necessary to provide an ideal fit. After your dress is pinned, we will schedule your follow-up fittings and you will be given a price estimate for the alterations. The estimate is based on the number of hours needed to complete your alterations. The price can increase if more time is needed or other alterations are added. Tailor Maid San Francisco takes tremendous pride in the quality of our work, and we strive to make sure that you are absolutely delighted with the way you look on your special day.

May I bring a guest to my appointment?

Yes you are welcome to bring a guest to your fitting; we ask, however, that you please limit yourself to one guest due to limited seating. During high season, appointments often overlap, and our maximum seating accommodates 2-3 guests in total. Please inquire if you’d like to bring more than one guest to a fitting. We recommend bringing your guest to the final fitting so they can learn how to bustle your gown or go over any tricks there might be to getting you into your dress.

What are your hours and location?

Tailor Maid is open for fittings Tuesday – Saturday. Please see our appointment page for available hours. We are located in downtown San Francisco, 755 Sutter Street (between Taylor and Jones).

What are typical alteration costs?

The cost of gown alterations can vary significantly depending upon many factors including the number of layers in the dress and linings, the understructure/boning, lace, beading, fabric, hem, finish, buttons, zippers, belt, corset, bustle and train, etc. Most alterations range from $450-$1200.

To Request an Estimate:

Please email a photo or link to your dress (front and back), along with your wedding date and a list of your anticipated alterations (such as hem, take in waist, let out hips, etc.) to

What forms of payment can I use?

We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

Do you steam/press dresses?

We recommend making arrangements for a final steaming/pressing on the big day as your dress will likely become wrinkled once it’s placed in a garment bag for transportation. Many hotels and venues have steamers available for your use, so it is a good idea to check with them first. Additionally, you can search for a Wedding Gown Specialist near your wedding’s location for cleaning and pressing.

Do you recommend a specific steamer?

This handheld steamer is great for traveling and on-site steaming.

What tape do you recommend?

Hair extension tape works well in place of fashion tape to keep borders and shoulders secure. Kinesiology tape works well for lifting the bust.

What do you recommend for taking the dress on a plane?

This canvas tote is a great size for carrying most garment bags and zips closed.

What type of undergarments do you recommend?

We carry a wide variety Nubra brand silicone and sticky bras as well as Commando brand shapewear. If you need leggings to wear under your dress, we recommend these by Miraclesuit.

Does your strapless dress need structure?

We recommend this longline bra by Bare Necessities.

What wedding dress cleaning & preservation specialist do you recommend?

We recommend Elegance Preserved for sample gown cleaning and wedding dress cleaning & preservation after your big day!