Post # 1
We recently decided to cut back on our wedding quite significantly. I have about a $500 budget for the dress now, and have found a knock off version of one that I love (Jenny Yoo – Charlotte) Has anyone ordered off of dangdangdress.com or bigtailordress.com
Im very leery about buying my dress online like that but budget is not allowing for my dream dress otherwise (regular price $2400!)
Any suggestions ladies?
Post # 3
@FutureMrsA2014: That’s a gorgeous dress. But there are lots of others that look like that. Have you considred maybe getting something similar to it??
Post # 4
@FutureMrsA2014: Is that total, including alterations, slip, bra, accessories?
David’s Bridal might have some options that are very similar.
PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com has sample gowns for sale and brand new never worn dresses. You could find your size in your favorite brand and look for a dress on there.
I do think you can find a dress that is similar enough and alrady exists.
Post # 5
Do not purchase from one of those sites. The only two replica sites that I would ever use would be Jasmine’s and Dressilyme.
Post # 6
And I’ll pitch in that you can get a Jasmine’s replica for that budget. I’m not sure how expensive the lacework would be, but I got top-of-the-line fabric AND craftsmanship for mine and it was just over $500. If you did the basic level of both I think you could still get that dress for $500, and as long as you did the measurements correctly, you’d probably only need 1 minor tailoring appointment.
Post # 7
@vorpalette: Great advice.
I made the mistake of ordering from a less reputable replica site and it’s been hell. I had to order another dress from DressilyMe and still trying to get money back for the one botched by the other replica shop. Best case scenario, I will still be out $67 for the cost of shipping it back.
I agree that the style of the dress should be easy to find from another designer. I doubt you’ll find it in good shape on preownedweddingdress.com for less than $500 if it’s originally $2400, but I would definitely look at David’s Bridal. I actually had a good experience there.
Post # 8
OP I have never heard of either of those sites! I would personally only use dressillyme or jasmines. Have you thought about trying to buy a preowned dress.
You should look on recycledbride.com, preownedweddingdresses.com or on the bee also has a classified section with tons of dresses that people are trying to sell. I get very wary of those replica sites especially ones I have never heard of!
Post # 9
RecycledBride.com is now part of Tradesy.com
Post # 10
Don’t forget about purchasing off the rack. When I was looking for dresses $500 was my budget too. I called around to the different stores before I went and asked them what price ranges their dresses came in and what kind of a selection they carried under $500. I ended up being able to buy a sample dress for $299 so it’s definitley possible.
Post # 11
Try sample sales as well. I bought my designer dress at a sale for $400, it’s totally doable!
Post # 12
@FutureMrsA2014: I got mine from Fabulous U and it was under 500 with slight modifications and shipping. My dress is really well made in my opinion. I was going to go with Jasmines but it was over the amount I wanted to spend and I heard dressilyme didn’t have the best lace. Here’s a picture of my dress for reference
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@creativeplannertobee: Thank you! I love it so much!
Post # 15
@FutureMrsA2014: This is still over budget, but it is a DB gown.http://www.davidsbridal.com/Product_Strapless-All-Over-Beaded-Lace-Ball-Gown-WG3561_Bridal-Gowns-Shop-By-Trend-Lacy-Looks
Maybe by the time you have to order, they will have a sale, or maybe there will be one available that someone has changed their mind about, and have it listed for sale?
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