In case this helps anyone looking at this thread in future, I finally got DressilyMe to agree to sending me photos by using the same tenacity and wording as @IrinkaELF. In case it’s helpful, here is my exchange below…
Their response to the first time I asked for photos:
I am sorry that we do not offer such service to take photos for the gowns for your
reference after the gown is ready at present.Because it is our busy season now, we have
not enough manpower and time to take photos for the finished gowns.There have a lot dresses which are waiting to be finished during this special time.Our dressmakers would like to take times to guarantee the quality and handwork for the gowns than taking pictures for the finished dresses.I sincerely hope you can understand in this special time.
However, I will inform our dresmakers to make your dress carefully so that it will close to the pictures shown .Please take it ease.
I understand that this is a very busy time for your company and that if everybody asked for pictures then it would delay the work of all your seamstresses. However, in order to go ahead with this purchase, it is very important for me to see a picture of the dress just before it is mailed to me. This way we are both able to confirm that all details are correct and avoid any potential misunderstandings. The reason I chose DressilyMe is because other happy brides have been able to confirm details of their dress with pictures so that everything went smoothly.
I do understand you are busy, and if pictures make the dressmaking process even longer, I am happy to wait. I am happy to wait even two or three months in order to get a picture.
I hope you understand and please let me know.
In fact, I can understand your worry.However, almost all the gowns on our website
had been made by our dressmakers before.Practice makes perfect. Our dressmakers
do not think it is necessary for them to take pictures for every finihsed dress for our
customers ‘s reference.Our dressmakers would rather to take times to guarantee the
handwork and quality for the gowns than taking pictures for the finished dresses.
In fact, taking pictures for the finished gowns will take us some times to do that.
Because we have to handle the dress very carefully before we put it on the model
before when are going to take pictures for them.
If it is not our busy season, we are very willing to take pictures for the finished
dress for your reference before shipment no matter it is the style on our website
or offered by you. We always do our best to serve our every friends and customers.
But, we have to consider our manpower , time and current situation.So, I sincerely
hope you can understand during this special period.
I do understand, but I am sorry to say that I cannot order unless you kindly agree to send just one set of pictures when the dress is ready. I don’t think it would take too long to take a simple photograph and send it, especially when the dress itself takes a month to make. If this is extra time and work for your dressmakers, I am happy to pay more for this extra service. Please simply tell me how much you want me to pay for it.
If you can agree to just one set of pictures when the dress is finished, I am ready to place my order straight way.
Many thanks for your understanding.
I have consulted with our dressmakers about our schedule ,if you insit on asking us to take pictures for the finished dress for your reference before shipment,we can do that for you.But, the tailoring time for your wedding dress will change to 40 to 45 days before shipment.Please you can write down your requirement in the Order Special Instruction while placing
the order so that our dressmaker can follow it. For example, please take pictures for the finished dress before shipment because I accept the tailoring time 40 to 45 days before shipment which was discussed with Paris.
ETA: Sorry for the weird paste job