(Closed) China Knock-Off?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Search on dresses from China.  There are several experiences.

Post # 4
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I don’t know what this gown looks like, but there are several Etsy sellers that do replica gowns (some from China, some not). Many sellers will work with you to put together a custom order, and you can check each individual seller’s feedback. No personal experience to share, but good luck!

Post # 6
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

I ordered a dress fron DHgate, and wasted $200.00.  The seller is not the one who makes the dress, it goes to a shop.

My dress was a Pnina crap when it came back.  It looks like I made this dress, and I have no skills whatsoever.  Completely opposite of the classy champagne gown I wanted.  Live and Learn.

I ended up ordering a Maggie dress in Light Gold (gotta work on my stomach fat, to avoid alteration fees).  Great wedding boutique in Wilmington, DE, very nice people, busy, but nice people.

I also have a custom dress from bellinabridal(Etsy) on order.  So what, I’m getting a back up dress?! Right?  I’ve been scarred.  Never thought I’d be a technically three dress gal.  But, I plan on wearing one to the reception.  I did this because the wedding boutique let it out of the bag, Maggie dresses were made in China, but assured me it would be perfect.   Ooh the scars!

I’m getting my shoes and flower girl shoes custom made by Artyce, I’ve read good reviews, plus they’re going to be on My Fair Wedding in the new season.  They really work with you.

Still working on flower girl dresses.  Is it me, or is everyone accepting of the fact that all flower girl dresses look the same, and paying out the rear for them?  Well, I’m going to try and get the Frog Princess Dress as flower girl dresses done in my color scheme.  Waiting on final pricing. (My fingers are crossed).

Don’t order a cheap replica dress.  Go to a trusted source.

Oh I forgot to mention, After ordering the knock off Pnina dress, a couple weeks later before see the dress arrived, and long before buying the Maggie dress(last week), I ordered some tulle dress from Light In The Box ($250.00)  It hasn’t come yet.  After seeing the quality of the first China ordered dress, I have little expectations for this one.  So technically I’m a four dress gal.  At least 2 of my dresses will be decent.

I’m done with my rant now.

Post # 7
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ MSwesley – it sounds like you had a horrible experience. But don’t worry about your Maggie Gown – companies like her’s have strict quality controls and serious floor managers who crack the whip to make sure things come up to scratch. Not that I approve of that, but it is the reality. Most brands get their stuff made in china or similar. This includes jewellery brands like Tiffany’s and Cartier. If your engagement/wedding band is from there it most likely comes from a sweatshop (albeit a professionally run one) out east.

I would generally steer clear of ordering from China directly – although i have read good things about some companies on other forums. I am sure there are better and worse ones. If your budget is small I would suggest sample sales etc. to save money – China is just not worth the heartache and hassle. after all, it is meant to be the most special day in the most special dress of your life…

Post # 9
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I ordered a dress from China. Haven’t tried it on yet (I had it shipped to my mom’s house), but mom is really impressed with the quality. I ordered through April Bridal (Jeff Liu) on ebay. Paid less than $200.

Post # 10
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

My adopted sister wore a dress from Light in the Box. Looked amazing.

Post # 11
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I am getting 2 knock offs. One from Lightinthebox that i have already recieved and LOVE. and my other is being made by a etsy seller

Post # 13
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

seriously get a quote from netbride.com or pearls place. they are online but they are brick and mortar stores too – all authorized dealers – they usually have a rock bottom wholesale price. you might get what you want at the right price! my dress was $800 cheaper if i had went thru netbride (you live and learn *sigh*)

Post # 15
41 posts
  • Wedding: April 2011

Ahhhh.. I should stop looking at these dresses or I’m going to change my mind again!  Makes you wonder how much money these wedding dress manufacturers are really making if you can get them for so cheap on ebay and directly from China.  I’m still too chicken to order a knock off for my wedding dress though… :$

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