Can't find the mistake – who's wrong? Jasmines or me?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3751 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

This all just sounds way too complicated. Your first language is German, theirs is Chinese, and you’re trying to communicate in English. You’re asking them to replicate a very complicated and intricate dress. You want things done a very specific way — based on past work that I’ve seen posted here, I don’t think the replica is going to be close enough to satisfy you. If possible, I would try to get your money back and spend that $1500 elsewhere. You can get a really nice, well-made dress for that amount of money at a bridal salon.

Post # 4
1462 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I think you want something very, VERY specific, and customized down to the beading design. You will not get that with a discount Chinese dress manufacturer. Sorry, but you basically get what you pay for. If you want something totally custom and ridiculously intricate, it’s going to cost you $5k+, not $1500. For $1500, you have to be pleased with the level of detail they’re giving you, which is already pretty good. 

Post # 5
11760 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Larik:  it’s a replica, it’s never going to look exactly like the real thing. I think you need to realize that going into the process. This all sounds very complicated at this point. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. There is a reason JBS is cheaper.

Post # 6
1610 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you want the original dress, get the original dress.  This whole “replica” thing seems to never work out.

Post # 7
1993 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m sorry your vision for your dream dress is not coming along the way you want it to. But see, there are a few problems with what you are trying to achieve. First off, as previous posters said, you want something very specific and detailed.  Which is perfectly fine. But here’s the thing. Jazmine’s is a vendor that is known for specializing in making dresses on the less expensive side.  And the way to achieve this is well, 1. they are in China and operational costs there are way cheaper than in Germany or in the US and 2. Using cheap fabrics and materials.  The problem here is because of what you want, they are quoting almost $2,000 for ONE dress. Sorry but that is no chump change! That’s quite a decent budget for you to get a nice wedding dress somewhere else.

Keep in mind that some of the more delicate and fine lace fabrics can cost more than $1,000 per yard! You can get a cheaper lace and do some beading on it but you need to understand it will never look as delicate and elaborate as the fancier beaded lace fabrics.  I understand your frustration.  But it seems you’ll have to either sacrifice some of the details that only you will notice or try to take your money back and start fresh with another vendor or simply sacrificing the idea of this dress and getting a completely different dress from somewhere else. The problem is with the dress almost finished by JBS I don’t think they’ll give you a refund?

Post # 8
2481 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve read your instructions and further instructions and studied the pictures and the further pictures and I am now more confused than ever!

To be honest, I think you are asking for the impossible or at least asking for disappointment and, at the same time, paying a heavy price for it. Jasmine’s do a good job in replica dresses but for sure, the more amendments you want, the more likelihood of them not being translated as you intended. Given the total price I think you would do just as well to use a bridal shop and buy a dress that is right from the outset rather than risk $2,000 on what could easily be a masterpiece of misinterpretation. 

Post # 9
20 posts

Hello, i dont blame you for giving such specific instructions. It’s your big day and the dress should be exactly as you want it. Keep in mind, the original dress is almost 12k so even if you spend 2k on it, it is still significantly cheaper. What is Jasmine’s policy on returns if you are not happy with it? Can you post pics for us to see?

Post # 10
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am sorry people are very apathetic towards your situation. It’s your WEDDING dress. It clearly means a lot to you!

I have read a lot of the JBS threads and it really seems like every customer going custom is VERY specific with design elements for their wedding dress and JBS tries VERY to be accomodating (with an increased price to reflect this, of course).  I am not sure what’s going on with the double charge on your invoice, it’s seemingly the same thing for the beading and just under a different name.  Seems very shady to me. 

I do hope you get it resolved.

I would recommend contacting Olive at Cara Bridal on Etsy.  She can make you a custom dress, for a quarter of the price JBS.  Beautiful quality if you are VERY specific.  Some Bees are going with JBS AND CaraBridal just to have a back up in case JBS does not work out or to gamble and end up liking it more!

Good luck to you 🙂

Post # 11
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

sugarfreak:  The OP wants intricate beadwork which Carabridal has absolutely butchered in her past work. Jasmine’s is the OP’s best bet with this type of complicated replica.

Larik:  I read all the emails and looked at the photos, but I cannot for the life of me figure out what it is that you want. Obviously JBS is telling you that the additional fee that you paid was for something else. Now you want to add another custom feature, which will be another fee. Can you ask them to just clarify what the % will be calculated on? Will it be on the original base price, or the higher price post-modifications? I don’t think they’re double dipping for the same service, but it does seem unclear.

And like others have said, if you want a Galia Lahav quality dress, you’ve got to pay Galia Lahav prices. Replicas are almost never true to the original, so you need to manage your expectations accordingly. 

Post # 14
1610 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Larik:  YOU’RE SO WELCOME!!!!!!


Post # 15
1091 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Wishing you tons of luck should you choose to go this route, you will definitely need it…. That an another $2K to buy a new dress when this one doesn’t work out.

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