Post # 1
My fiance and I have been back and forth for the past 6 months about what to do concernng our religous backgrounds in regards to our ceremony. He is Catholic and I am not so its caused a bit of bump in the road. In the Catholic religion you are required to get married in a church and follow the traditions of a sacred mass which basically means you can’t perosnalize anything at all (no readings that arent from the bible, only church music, must take communion, etc). I just wasn’t going to be able to have my dream wedding that I wanted. So we came to a compromise: 2 weeks before our actual wedding Mr Cuppy and I will get married in the Catholic church with just 2 witnesses and a priest. Two weeks later we will have our big traditonal 200 person wedding at a hotel. We will basically be getting married twice. I am totally fine with this and think it’s an excellent compromise, but I don’t want to wear my big traditional ball gown to the church ceremony. I have 2 reasons for this: #1 I consider my hotel wedding to be my real wedding and I don’t want Mr Cuppy to see me in the dress before that day: i feel like it kind of ruins the specialness of it and #2 I don’t want to risk ruining my gown before my big wedding by stepping on it, tearing it, grass stains, etc just too risky!
So now we come to the debate. I decided that I just wanted a cute, tea lenghth dress for the church wedding. I figured I might as well get as much bang for my buck as possible so I plan to wear the short dress for both the church ceremony AND as my reception dress. I went shopping to David’s Bridal and Alfred Angelo and was really underwhelmed. I decided to visit the shop where I had purchased my ballgown for my big wedding and see their options. I found a dress that I LOVE and adore. It is absolutely perfect and exactly what I was looking for: The Maggie Sottero Isadora Ann
GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS! The gown retails for $700 and while its not my cup of tea to pay that much: for this gown I would. I hate to admit it but (gulp) I think i like just as much if not more than my ballgown!
THe problem is that this is a brand new dress, the only reason I saw it was because I visited the store during a trunk show and it is virtually impossible to order the dress from Maggie with enough time. I’m a bit heartbroken.
I did some online research and the only solution I can find is getting a replica made. I’m OK with it not looking identical but I don’t want it to look crappy either. I researched what other bees have said and reccomended and so far I have sent quotes out to Jeff Liu and bridal dress 4 u. I also sent out some inquiries on Etsy and most places are looking for about $200. I’ve pretty much been scared away from sites like Milly bridal & Julius Bridal.
What would you do bees? I think my minds made up to get the replica because I think I will be totally disappointed with any other gown but I do want your thoughts and suggestions!
Post # 3
i actually just bought the isadora ann and isadora marie off of udreamybridal.com yesterday. so i say go for it!
Post # 4
I also went for it! I love it! Just be sure to research the site u order from…I researched at least 20, before I made my final decision.
Post # 5
I think you should go for it! It’s really pretty and it’s nice you’ll get to wear it for a reception dres also!
Post # 7
I am having the same dilema. I am simply trying to save money because I had to spend more than expected on my venue. It sounds like others were happy with ordering from these sites and at least this dress looks basic enough where they really couldn’t screw it us too bad. I have a theory that it is the ultra complicated ruching details that are likely to throw foreign manufacturers through a loop. Go for it and good luck!
Post # 8
I think you love it too much to be content with a replica. Replicas are cheap for a reason and you won’t have the dress you are in love with. If you’re lucky, at best you’ll have a dress good enough to wear. Even if it kinda looks like it you’ll be able to tell the difference, like the pic from homegirl, the details of the original are just not there in the replica. From your passion for this dress, I think you’re setting yourself up for dissapointment if you order it from china.
You should ask the store if yo can buy if off the rack or inquire about rush delivery.
Post # 9
From what I’ve read onthe boards here, it sounds like a lot of brides have had good experiences with buying a replica. Seems like if you do your research, maybe get some recommendations, you would be in good shape! I absolutely LOVE the dress you posted! Still drooling…
Post # 10
dresses with lace and embellishments usually don’t turn out very well as replicas because the quality of the material is really important. are you willing to throw away the cost of the replica and buy a new dress if it doesn’t turn out well?
Post # 11
@Miss CuppyCake: Hey… your from Pittsburgh! Yay….
The dress is drop dead gorgeous.
I too say go for it. The price is definetly right.
And I think that these bridal shops and designers are getting too carried away with thier ridiculous prices. You would think that they would lower the prices on gowns to sell more but that is just not the case.
I am dying to purchase Alfred Angelo 812, but I’m not paying $1700 for it. I am trying to find a great Chinese vendor to replicate it for me.
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Though I said, ‘go for it’, I would’ve liked if NetBride.com carried Maggie. But they don’t. So go for it and order overseas. Research the seller or get names from this board from brides who have ordered from overseas. Give yourself enough time before ordering to receive it. This way, if you don’t like it AT ALL, you can 1) exchange it or 2) find something locally.
Also visit consignment shops in your area and see if you can find something similar. Check ‘preownedweddingdresses.com’ also to see if you can find something similar.
If you end up ordering overseas then give bigger size than your actual size. It’s easier to take the dress in than to take it out. Also some dresses have no hem room to take out! (Especially overseas ones.)
That is all I can think of right now. I will write more later if something pops into my head!
Post # 15
I ordered my dress from Jeff Liu/ Aprils Bridal and LOVED it!!! He did an amazing job!
BUT, your dress is lace, and very detailed (i.e. the lace, the sparkly detail,) typically these dresses are not as exact matches as others that don’t have the embellishments are.
BUT, I will also note that I did alot of research about China dresses b/c I was very scared about putting my eggs into this basket. The number 1 reason dresses are less expensive is due to the cost of fabric, you are buying it at cost vs. paying the upcharge. Also, you save by not having to pay the designer & pay for a designer label. Third, the reason many dresses are so exp in the US, is you have to pay all the back cost of getting the dress there (ie. you are paying the actual dressmaker, the designer, all the overhead there, as well as the overhead of the bridal shop in the US – all this combined is why dresses are less exp ordering directly from the dressmakers themselves.
Even though your dress is detailed, I still say go for it! Even though it won’t be exact, it will still be very pretty!
Post # 16
@AnnieAAA: May I have Jeff Liu’s contact information?
I am hearing waaaayyy too much about him. I have to give him a try.