Post # 1
I’ve seen mixed reviews about dhgate.com and aliexpress.com so I’m skeptical. It seems like some people found the wedding dress of their dreams through them. Some people got ripped off.
Anyone know of any good discount dress sites? I’m looking for a long sleeve lace wedding dress…so hard to find! David’s bridal had nothing to offer.
Post # 3
I went to a local, small, non-chain bridal store that specifically sold dresses that were only $2000 and under. A lot of them were very pretty, and it seemed that quite a few were from specific designers that didn’t sell a lot of dresses or release a lot, so they were very pretty AND on the cheaper end. I think a high majority were discounted from the beginning, and then they offered regular additional discount sales.
I think no matter where you go online there is always a greater risk of not getting what you paid for, simply because it’s not literally in front of you.
Post # 4
I voted other. I got my dress at the annual sample sale that a salon here hosts each January (it’s not a chain store, but its a well known bridal salon in the city.) It’s perfect, it’s kind of a strange dress (suuuuper long, very long dropped waist.) It fits me like a glove, but I have odd proportions, so I can see why it didn’t fit most other girls. It was also 1/3 its retail price. I need one minor alteration (the strap is way too long). And I’m having a bustle put in.
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
agk395: I used lightinthebox.com and liked my experience. Later, I ordered another non-wedding dress from DH gate and was less than pleased, so I would avoid DH gate.
Post # 6
agk395: I found a resale shop in my city that actually was going out of business. Found my dream dress there with the tags still on it. I was able to get dress that was around $1200ish for $288.
I highly suggest at least looking a resale shops.
Post # 7
agk395: How about a really nice strapless from David’s (or another store) with a long-sleeve bolero? That way you can take it off when you’re dancing?
I’m not a fan of DB’s boleros, but Tulipbridal.com has some GORGEUS ones.
Post # 8
agk395: I tried on dresses at Davids Bridal then went online and purchased my favorite in their sample gown sale.
EDIT: I also purchased a gown with other embellishments on it on ebay for $27 and took them off that dress and added them to mine.
Post # 9
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
agk395: I got my dress from Oxfam UK’s online bridal shop. I believe in the UK they have dedicated bridal charity shops. It’s designer, 100% silk and at £300 pounds it wasn’t ‘cheap’ (that’s still plenty of money) but it was cheap for a wedding dress and I am very happy with where that money went (Oxfam is my favourite charity). The risk was that it wouldn’t fit, but they had a good returns policy (if you were living in the UK). So I would say, consider charity shops, sometimes there are real ‘deals’, you can take a nice dress out for another spin (I am a bit uncomfortable with the idea of a extravagant dress only being for one day, seems such a waste) and support a good cause all at once