Post # 1
I’m considering buying a custom made-to-order gown from China. There’s a highly rated retailer that’s selling a satin/lace dress I’m looking to buy for about $175 (see inspiration pic below). If you’ve bought one or are considering buying a China gown as well, please share your experiences and tips with photos, if available.
Post # 3
Do a search for Chinese replicas. There are several threads from fellow Bees that purchased from the following:
SMT Wedding Store/Duosheng(where I purchased)
Here’s photos of my dress:
Post # 4
My dress came from dressilyme.com in less than six weeks. While there was a photo on the website I would call it custom since I gave them my meaurements. They did pretty well, although the 50″ bust threw them and they made it too big- $60 of alternations fixed that.
Post # 5
Yes do a search on the bee for chinese replicas. There are TONS of reviews on chinese vendors. After a lot of research I just ordered my dress today from Jasmines Bridal Shop. You can see their work on their Facebook Page. Really good quality, a little higher on the price than the average chinese vendors though, but I am thinking it will be worth it.
I will share some pics and review once I get my dress. I have their contact info, if you want it let me know.
other vendors I researched:
- Shades of Pale
- Top Partners
Let me know if you would like their contact info as well.
Post # 7
These are the companies I agree with and have heard good reviews.
Dressilyme.com- My choice
Duosheng smtweddingstore on Ebay
Here are all my reviews.
Post # 8
I did and LOVED my experience! PM me if you want details or info 🙂
Post # 9
I ordered my replica from Jeff Liu (Aprils Bridal) and had a good experience.
My replica for $200 made in 5 weeks
Post # 10
we used dressilyme.com for my sister’s dress and I highly recommend them! Will be ordering both of my DD’s dresses there as well!
Post # 11
Be very careful ordering a lace dress from China. Since designers make their own lace its impossible for the factory in China to get the same lace as what is used on the designer dress. Lace is also expensive so a lot of times they will just use thick embroidery over netting where lace is suppose to be used or they will use the cheapest lace available.
The dressmaker that I am using said that even though they can’t get the exact same lace for me they would send me pictures of several different kinds of lace that are similar to the one used on the designer’s gown and then I could choose which one I wanted on my dress. The company that I am getting my dress from is called Shades of Pale and they have lots of pictures of the actual dresses that their factory has made that have real lace on them. Here is a link to their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shades-of-Pale-Bridal-The-Little-Velvet-Box/196879553692866#!/pages/Shades-of-Pale-Bridal-The-Little-Velvet-Box/196879553692866?sk=wall
Post # 12
@USAandKSA: U really are promoting this company! Has Any one on here actually recieved a dress from shades of pale??
Post # 13
The dress I’m ordering is based on Pronovias Primor (http://www.pronovias.us/wedding-gown/primor2012.html) which I’ve tried on but refused to spend $3000 for. So I haven’t gotten my dress yet, but I placed my order with Elegant Park/Duosheng after researching Duosheng, Jasmine’s Bridal, Shades of Pale, Fabulous U, DHGate & Alibaba sellers & LightintheBox (which, btw, I’ve ordered TWO dress from before, one as a bridesmaid, which were beyond awesome as far as quality and sizing went. I actually got quoted higher on minor alterations to 1 dress b/c the seamstress said the fabric was high quality so she would need to be more careful). It ended up being between LITB, Jasmine’s Bridal & Duosheng/Elegant Park for me, but I couldn’t justify paying approx. $100 more for JB to do less work (I didn’t want any beading/details or the belt that is on the Primor); LITB had a similar dress but wanted approx $600 more for it and wouldn’t make any changes. EP has the best customer service (at least so far) I’ve ever had, plus they seemed to “get” what I wanted, so I went with them. They have been BEYOND awesome as far as communicating with me before I even put in an order (sending emails of the dress I want that they’ve done, discussing with their designer if the changes I wanted were possible, agreeing to take photos of my dress for me if I ordered) They have responded to every email I’ve sent within a day, even during the Chinese New Year, and usually within 15 minutes. After I ordered, I IMMEDIATELY got an email from the Service Rep working with me letting me know he was tracking it and taking care of everything. I’ll post more info when I get any, but so far, so good!
Post # 14
Can’t wait! I have heard great things about those companies.
Post # 15
@adw2c They finally sent me a picture of it (after me begging…I don’t think they typically send pictures). I love it. I’ve tried on the Primor dress, but it was really heavy and a bit too long for me (plus I didn’t like the belt). As soon as I can figure out how to post a picture of it on here, I will! But so far, I can say that I’ve enjoyed working with Elegant Park- I’ll reserved full praise until after I have the dress in my hands, but so far…it’s been an awesome experience.
Post # 16
Just a quick post, I will add more details and pictures later….
I saw a dress online that I loved, but with my insane work schedule and limited budget, I wanted to find something similar for a less crazy price tag.
The dress was a Rosa Clara, and I wanted the Necar but with a few changes. It would have cost about $4,000.
So, I printed the picture, marked it up with the changes I wanted (I altered the neckline to make it more conservative for a religious ceremony), and scanned the photo. After some research, I decided to go with elegantpark.com.
I sent the photo to the website, and heard back within 24 hours from Christina. She seemed really open to an ongoing discussion of my dream dress, and verified details to make sure she understood.
About 5 weeks after placing my order, the dress arrived in the mail. Its perfect and exactly what I wanted. I got custom sizing, and had my measurements taken by a professional tailor. I cannot believe I got my dream dress (in crinkle silk chiffon, column, no train) without having to ever try it on. It fits perfectly and I am beyond pleased with the quality. It cost about $400 including shipping.
My tips would be to re-iterate exactly what you want, describe in as many ways possible, and be polite and grateful. I had moderately low expectations, and ordered about 4 months away from the wedding. Another thing to keep in mind when ordering from China, from my research I understand that they are better with bead work and ruching than with lace work, so I opted out of anything involving lace. I would 100% do it again and plan to get many more dresses from them in the future.