Post # 1
I need your advice, I’m really afraid of what’s going on with my dress.
My wedding date is September 15, 2012. I ordered my dress from Lili’s Bridal in LA on December 24. 2011. THey said it would be here in May, but now they are saying it won’t be here until the 2nd week of August and that the manufacturers are all having delays due to labor strikes in China. It’s an Allure mermaid dress. I am so scared, I have already paid for the dress and I’m worried it won’t get here on time. What should I do? They didnt tell me about the delay until I called them myself in May. How can I trust they will deliver the dress on time? When do I pull the rip cord and buy a different dress? I just really want the dress I originally paid for and picked out 🙁
Post # 3
I’m so sorry I know this must be really stressing you out. I’d contact the shop in writing and let them know that this is unacceptable (keep a copy of the letter). Ask them to confirm when the dress will be here, whats the latest for alterations and what they are going to do for you if they can’t get it in time. Get this off them in writing.
You still have time at the moment but I appreciate this will be really upsetting for you. I’d kick up hell if I were you.
Good luck x
Post # 4
I’m am also an Allure bride and ordered my dress shortly after you (beginning of January) in a boutique here on Long Island NY. Early last month I contacted the boutique for an ETA and the bridal consultant told me that my dress will be in mid-august with the possibility of it coming in a little sooner.
Since we both ordered our dresses around the same time from two totally different states/boutiques and received the same ETA I’m assuming it’s correct. I ordered my dress way early so it’s not too much of a concern for me if it’s takes longer but I deff understand where your coming from. Being told one thing and then something else when it’s something so important would make me feel a certain type of way. If it were me I would call and speak to the manager and if needed discuss alternative options just in case.
Post # 5
I’m an Allure bride too and my dress took an extra 2 months. Although I hate to say this but I ordered my dress in February, and it just got here this week – I am shocked that you’ve been waiting since December.
I agree with PP that you should contact the store in writing. In the meantime, you probably need to look at other dresses that you can buy used online or off-the-rack. I was getting nervous about my dress, but there are a few other dresses I’ve seen on wedding blogs since then that I’d be happy wearing, so I’ve actually scouted them out on oncewed.com and preownedweddingdresses.com and found them in my general size, figuring I could buy them for pretty cheap and have them altered the month before the wedding.
If it comes down to that, and you have to look for another dress, if you can’t find your same exact dress used or off-the-rack then you can always post a pic of your dress her and other bees can help you find a similar dress. I saw that work out for another bee.
Good luck chica!!
P.S. You’re getting married in Seattle in September? LUCKY! I am from Seattle and went to UW but had to move down here to Texas for work. I miss it a TON and I wish I could get married up there, especially in Sept when the weather is beautiful.
Post # 6
@aarthyk: Did you happen to get your hollow-to-hem measurement taken? My Allure gown had assymetrical organza layers on the bottom and I am short 5’2 so instead of my dress coming in as there regular stock and alterations having to unsew each layer to shorten and resew I paid the extra fee for Allure to make the gown to my measurements. I assumed this would be the reason why my dress is taking longer than other Allure brides. Did you have anything special done too?
Post # 7
@xdaydreams05x: This. They need to either guarantee the dress being there in time or let you know how they will fix it for you if it’s not.
Obviously you should not be expected to pay one red cent if the dress shows up too late. But they do need to have some kind of backup plan like finding a sample dress for you or something.
Post # 8
@xdaydreams05x: I put in a special request (and paid an extra $350) to make the back a little higher since it was a bit too low for my mom’s liking. It is still not here, but I am calling every other week to make sure the ETA doesn’t change again, it’s currently the 2nd week of August. I’ll let you know what happens!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Does Allure have a Facebook or Twitter feed? Why not right to the source to verify the claims? Does China even have unions to organize a strike? I’d love o know the labor conditions if workers got organized enough to strike…and see Allure’s response to the problem.
They have a blog:
Post # 10
Just wanted to give everyone an update! I received my dress last week and it is perfect. Thank you guys for helping me through that waiting period. All of your comments were filled with great advice and calming words!