Post # 1
Hi there Hive!
So I fell in love with a dress I could afford but could not justify the price…. (I’d rather put the money towards a honeymoon…) So I searched on line for a replica dress from China and came across tiffany bridals.
here is the original …. $1700 before alterations and taxes
and here is the one I received from China
So….. this is my review….
First off I ended up with the wrong colour but that is mostly my fault, I had selected the colour “as shown in picture” and when I realized my mistake I commuintated the change of colour with them.
I’m am super impressed with the quality of the dress…. its so heavy I broke 2 hangers trying to get it to hang up. Although, the following alterations will need to be done:
– hemmed like a foot
– extra boning in the back to eliminate the buckle
-there is one layer in the back that is too poofy
However, my experience with tiffanybridals.com was good, they responded to my impatient emails very quickly, although it said the dress would be made in 35days it was actually 3 months…. but I’m ok with that
So what are your thoughts… should I stay with my money saving dress and settle for ivory or sell it and get the real deal
Also, how much do alterations like that usually go for and how should I be wearing my hair?
Post # 3
*** more tulle needs to be added to the skirt also
Post # 4
Stick with your replica.
The top is IDENTICAL!
I admit the back needs some alteration, but seriously it is very beautiful, and I think you did well!
Post # 5
Wow! That’s an amazing replica- I can honestly see only minor differences & it’s a pretty complicated looking dress. I looked at your other post first about the color & completely thought it was the same dress in two different colors. I would totally keep it- you are lucky! Look online for a local seamstress who has experience with wedding dresses/your dress’s fabric type & a decent amount of positive reviews.
Post # 6
P.S. Both your dress posts were made in the ‘beauty’ threads.
Post # 7
how much is the replica dress? (and any idea how much you’ll end up spending on alterations?)
Post # 8
Usually I am not a fan of replicas but this one is good! There is almost no discernible difference between the two.
I agree with the PP about it needing more tulle or a crinoline. This will also help shorten the skirt a little bit.
You probably need about $300-$500 (I’m thinking USD of course) for alterations. The boning and hem are pretty complicated. You also might want to try a long-line bra first and see if that does the trick instead of the boning.
I am guessing that even with alterations, this will cost you way less than the original so stick with it. I happen to like the color too.
Post # 9
Yeah, this is one of the best replica’s I’ve ever seen! I’d stick with the replica and just get the necessary alterations.
Post # 10
I say stick with the replica. Its beautiful!! You look amazing!!
Post # 11
This is definitely one of the best replica’s I’ve seen. I have, however noticed the following: The Breast part of the replica dress is virtually identical to the original, but the pleating of the original seems to go skew from one side of the waist to the other while the replica goes straight around. Same thing with the back from the buttocks down. The layers forming the trail is also designed better than the replica. On the original, it is designed like curtains. Almost like this –> / but crossing the top, while there’s no particular design on the replica. To me it looks as though the poofy layers at the back are extra material sticking out. It’s minor differences but in my honest opinion, the original looks a tad bit better because of it. With some alterations, however, I’m sure the replica could look as great. But it’s really how you feel.
Post # 12
Does anyone know if its possible to change the horizontal rouching on the stomach to more of an angled look?
Post # 13
It looks great! Most complicated replicas don’t look so great!
Post # 14
It’s beautiful! I’m very impressed with this replica! 🙂
Post # 15
Gorgeous. Definitely a keeper. When you take your dress to alterations, I’m sure your seamstress can make the changes you want. I don’t know about the ruching but I’m sure your seamstress will have a better idea.
Post # 16
This is one of the best replicas I’ve seen, it looks great on you and fits you really well! I’m impressed they captured so many details on such a complicated dress. A good seamstress could probably help you sort out anything you’re not 100% happy with…but overall it looks wonderful!