Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Has anyone ever ordered a dress from Bridal Bliss Designs? Or know anyone who has?
She has fantastic Etsy feedback and gave me a very reasonable quote to make a dress inspired by the Watters Austin and Amsale Tyler.
I’m just really nervous about ordering a dress without trying it on. Any feedback?
Post # 4
Its curious how she has 54 sales and only feedback from 11. Why not send pm’s to some of her buyers on there and see what they have to say first? I’ve done it before and found out things that either made my decision to use them or not.
Isn’t that dress available for you to try on anywhere else first?
Post # 5
@smyley, I think she is new, and has taken a lot of deposits, but hasn’t had finished products to get feedback on…this is just what I’m guessing.
@danadelphia, I have been looking at her too, and communicating with her. I liked a lot of the dresses in her pics, but when I asked if they were dresses she actually made, she said no. At that point I would have assumed she would have offered me some examples of dresses she had actually made, but no.
The whole correspondence kind of rubbed me the wrong way. As a customer, I don’t expect my vendors to read my mind, but I do expect them to act like they want my business. I feel like I was bombarded with a list of stuff she couldn’t do, rather than letting me know what was possible. And this was before she had even made the sale, what about in the 11th hour when I need to bug her about the little details?
My planner, calligraphy person, and my graphic designer putting together my invites have all acted like my wedding was their favorite (not true I’m sure, but it totally works on me!) and I guess I feel that that is the least we deserve as brides for the exorbitant amounts we pay for wedding-related items. And this is the dress we’re talking about, a very important item.
So that is just my impression, and I decided not to do business with her. She may be a rockstar seamstress, but at this point, as I have said before, I need to work with people who instill confidence!
Post # 6
I too have been trying to find information, and I came across this blog post.
Please scroll down to the comments section and make up your own mind.
Post # 7
Hmm that’s sad if it is true. Bridal Bliss was even featured in Glamour mag. I’m sure they didn’t know about the designer. Hopefully it isn’t true, but just in case I wouldn’t buy there
Post # 8
@danadelphia, what did you decide to do? i am also considering having a dress custom made and it is a scary thing! all of her reviews sound amazing, but not seeing actual pictures of her work causes me concern. and she says in her profile that she is happy to give “verbal updates” when requested from the buyer, but doesn’t say anything about sending picture updates or fabric samples. so, i was just wondering if you decided to work with her or have talked to anyone else who has worked with her 🙂
Post # 9
I bought a dress by Bridal Bliss Designs on Etsy. Ironically it was the same dress as the last person to post on the Fey Hand Made blog. I love the layers of satin and the hand sewn flowers on the gown. However, my gown arrived approximately 7 weeks after it was due. My final order went in on March 01 and with the 90 day turn-around time when I ordered, the dress should have arrived at the end of May. I can understand a week or two delay but to receive my dress that late was frustrating. At no time in the process did I receive an apology or explanation as to why there was such a delay – my inquiries netted ‘soon’ responses. Additionally, the dress was sent without the sash, which arrived after the shop owner had taken a week’s vacation. The fit of the dress is another matter entirely. The width of the torso was off by 3-4 inches as was the length in the torso. I double checked my measurements and haven’t lost more than 5 lbs from the initial taking of the measurements. The dress was at least a size and a half too big. The tailor I found, with rush alterations, has been able to fix the dress, only by taking apart the top and removing almost an entire panel from the skirt. I fortuitously ordered additional loose flowers (for my hair) which the tailor needed to use to replace the ones she had to cut through on the skirt. I understand the disclaimer that 75% of the dresses Bridal Bliss makes need to be altered, but the extent of the alterations tell a different story. I’m happy for everyone who has had a positive experience…luckily the experienced tailor I found has made it the same for me.
Post # 10
Bumping this ancient thread cause I’m also very curious as to anyone who’s had experience with this seller.
I think the dresses on her actual website (other than her etsy store) look great, and a couple are just identical to the originals they were designed to replicate. It makes me really lean toward giving BBD a chance.
But I’m getting a little weirded out that it’s very tough to find any sort of reviews or feedback anywhere other than the Etsy feedback — which kinda all sounds the same to me… there are a lot of phrases repeated throughout (“fits like a glove!”) and not much variance in the writing styles. Is it possible to fake feedback on Etsy? I would think they would have some pretty reliable measures in place to keep that from happening…
I did, FTR, see one review from someone on TK, but, let’s be honest… a lot of those *ahem* ladies seem to bitch gripe over just about anything. :-/
Post # 11
I am toying with the idea of going the custom route for my gown, but so far, the dressmakers in my area are way out of my budget. I found Bridal Bliss Designs on Etsy (have yet to have a convo with her), but of course I am very cautious & I wanted to research the shop before diving into anything.
Could someone tell me what that negative blog post said about this shop? It seems to have been deleted…
Post # 12
Bridal Bliss Designs (www.bridalblissdesigns.etsy.com) made my dress. You can see several customer photos on her website and her feedback is 100%. She did great work on my dress – turned out exactly how I was hoping it would. Here are some photos of her work that I had saved as two of my favorites:
Post # 13
I ordered my dress from Bridal Bliss designs and I completely regret doing so! I wish I had researched local designers more before I committed to buying a dress from her on Etsy. When my dress was mailed to me, it was balled up in a small box. After I closely inspected it, I saw that there were multiple pin holes in the waist of the dress. I contacted her about the holes, and she attempted to give me excuses as to why there were holes in my dress. I didn’t want to send it back to her to fix, because she obviously does not know how to work with silk taffeta. So I asked her to send me fabric to fix the bodice of my dress with. I took the dress to get the alterations, and they told me the fabric did not match the original fabric of the dress. They also noticed that the underarm area of the dress was dirty, like someone had tried it on multiple times. Not only did I have to pay $400 to fix my dress, I also have to get it cleaned before the wedding. I have tried to contact Bridal Bliss regarding getting a refund of the amount I was charged to fix the dress, but she has not responded to my emails. I’m lucky enought to have found an amazing woman to fix my dress, and I wish I had found her before I had purchased my dress from Bridal Bliss. I’m still in shock that this is the experience I had with the vendor, given that she has such amazing reviews on Etsy. Also, I cannot leave feeback on Etsy to warn other buyers because there is a time limit. Very dissapointed!!!! Be very careful purchasing a dress from Bridal Bliss, and if you do, don’t order it in silk taffeta. She obviously does not know that you need to use silk pins when working with silk taffeta…..or they leave holes!!! I hope this helps everyone!
Post # 14
I bought a dress from her. It’s okay, but I’m not in love with it. Parts of it are slightly bunched, and I’ll have to find a good seamstress to re-sew some sections or buy a new dress.
Post # 15
I am a happy customer of Bridal Bliss Designs.
I asked her to make a dress inspired by the Amsale Mackenzie dress except with some changes. I didn’t want the skirt to be as full as the original and I wanted it with a shorter train. I wanted a hidden zipper with covered buttons. I also asked for pockets.
You can find my original post here:
I did some searching on the boards and here are some other customer reviews:
Hope that helps!
Post # 16
BUMP! For those of you who bought a dress from Bridal Bliss Designs and were unhappy with it, did you send her your measurements online or did you make an appointment for her to take your measurements?
(I’m wondering if I could avoid the measurement issues that way…)