Post # 1
Ok ladies, skoot in…come close…closer…ok. Here’s a secret….
Not sure if you saw my other post about falling in LUST with Sottero and Midgley’s “Adorae” like the rest of the bridal world. But since FI is paying for the wedding all by himself IN CASH, no help or debt from ANYONE, I could not allow myself to fall in LOVE with the gown due to the $1200 price tag. Another bee (Thank God for savvy bees) suggested DaVinci bc she recognized the same style and thought it might cost less. Well, I tried on the DaVinci “50024” gown on Sunday after having tried on the “Adorae” and BOUGHT IT!!!! Right then and there. On the spot!! It is the same dress!!! I looove the fit, the material, the elegance of both gowns. I was concerned bc the pics of the DaVinci had a slightly different beaded belt, but it was nothing to be concerned about. The belt was beautiful. These dresses were the exact vision of how I want to look on my wedding day. But with the Sottero price tag of $1200 and the DaVinci tagged at ***$689*** had to go with the DaVinci!!!! It fits perfectly, I won’t need any alterations. I literally got my dream silhouette for right under half price!!!
Bees were suggesting a pre-owned gown, which is an awesome suggestion. But the size I wear fits perfectly, again no alterations. As several brides had done that. Also, brides were asking for $700-1300. Why wear a used one when you can get one for new at the same price or for less???
And listen, I know some brides want to be a Maggie bride, or a Vera bride, or a Kenneth Poole or Kleinfield bride, etc. I get it. But I’m not really like that. I just wanted to look elegant, sophisticated, and glamorous on my wedding day.
So there you have it, Budget Brides. If you’ve fallen in love with a gown but can’t swallow the price, and the “name/designer” of the gown doesn’t matter to you, see if DaVinci makes a similar style!!! Hope it works out for you the way it worked out for me!!!
Post # 3
Pretty dress. How similar is the fit?
Just a quick ps. I think a lot of girls think of Maggie as making affordable dresses. I just didn’t want the brand to come across as being super expensive or nearly comparable in price to Vera or Monique because it’s definitely not.
Post # 4
Wow they are the exact dress. Congrats
Post # 5
Wow!!!! I didn’t know Davinci made this dress!! If I would have known that I would have ordered that one. I ordered the Adorae and almost BROKE my wallet……so, I am glad to hear that their is another one out there like it that brides can purchase and not have to go through the stress of the budget……Please post pics when you get a chance
Post # 6
GORGEOUS!!!! and very awesome you found the gown you want for a FRACTION of the price!!!!!
@15happyyears: there ARE differences, otherwise it’d be illegal and an infringement. but they’re so subtle and you have to look close to see it, you can’t really tell the difference. (No offense, meant! it’s just, I’m an artist and can really SEE differences. I was always great at those pictures where you’re supposed to find what’s different… sorry!)
Post # 7
Wow – that is the same dress!! Great find and good on you for letting everyone know 🙂
Post # 8
@Zinzerena: is it the case that design copying (not monogram or mark) is illegal? May be wrong, but I think not. I know that CFDA and other groups are in hot pursuit of legislation/case law but I don’t think any court has banned outright copying of a design.
Post # 9
Hahaha the title of this thread made me laugh.. You are right that is the same dress.. hopefully when you receive it will look just as great as it does in the picture.
Post # 10
Its not illegal to copy a design because its almost impossible to prove that any clothing design is truly original (hence the existence of forever 21). It is illegal to use designer logos and pass fakes off as the real thing.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
It’s beautiful; congrats! I love saving money. 🙂
Post # 12
@katieebee: YAYYYYYYYYY! I am so glad I could help!! 🙂 You have made my day! I would love to see photos of you in it if they allowed you to take pictures (and if you want to share).
For what it’s worth to the other bees, the two dresses are the same silhouette, and the most drastic difference is in the “belt” – the Davinci dress’ belt looks more like a double-belt. But I’m sure Katieebee can tell us all about it!
I’m so stoked for you!
Post # 13
That looks soooo similar! Glad you found a dress that fits you so well and was exactly what you were looking for!
Post # 14
Davinci is a pretty awesome brand :). I looked at a few of theirs and they seemed really well made, too.
Post # 15
Whoah this post title was dramatic… I was expecting something contraversial like ordering Chinese knock-offs, haha! Good for you katiebee, you shopped around and got just the style you were looking for, at half price! Pretty cool. I don’t see anything wrong with dressmakers creating very similar styles… to me, there is very little true originality when it comes to any kind of fashion, bridal or otherwise.
Post # 16
HOLY CRAP! It basically is the same dress!