For those who bought their dress from a Chinese website…

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@kitkat2014:  I went with Dressilyme, but I went with a shorter dress that is not your typical wedding dress. I wore it to my reception. I saw the stock pic attached on their website and just ordered it the way I would order any dress online. My only issue was I didn’t measure myself (stupid mistake) and ended up getting it two sizes too small. However, all I did was get it turned into a corset back for $40 at a local seamstress, and it worked out fine. The second pic is the dress on me. 🙂

When all was said and done, I think I paid about $250 including the $40 for the corset-back conversion. 

Post # 5
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32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i ordered a dress from dressilyme.  i never tried on any dresses before ordering.  i didn’t want to try on dresses outside of what i wanted to spend and fall in love.  Even getting a replica dress it would not be exactly the same so i just went with the dress that i was really drawn to on their website. i am not an overly picky person so i felt confident from prevous good reviews of dressilyme.  i did have a little bit of trouble with the first pictures they sent me of the dress and had to go back and forth with them for a week or so before getting it straightened out but in the end i am happy with the dress.

Post # 6
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4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

I bought mine from Fabulous U after I tried on (what felt like) every single dress in the whole world, all of which looked good, and fell in love with none of them. So, I contacted Fabulous U and had one made. I don’t love it, but it looks good and was about a third of my budget. No regrets.

Post # 7
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10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Personally, I would go to a Bridal Salon and try on a bunch of stuff… tell them you are just beginning to look… and don’t worry too much about budget… because as you’ve no doubt discovered the Off-Shore Dressmakers are going to cost like 1/10 of what you’ll pay full retail.

You truly need to try things on to see what it is you like and what suits you… just like any other type of clothing item, things in a photo aren’t necessarily going to work for every person / every body

When you find something you like… take a photo, or in the very least note the name of the dress, style etc.

Then you can probably find it on line to give the necessary info to the Off-Shore Dressmakers… they just need to see a photo

Also, not all Off-Shore Dressmakers are the same…

You’ll find that if you read the various threads here on WBee, that the 2 with the best reputation tend to be Dressilyme & Jasmine’s Bridal Salon…

Some of the others have had MAJOR issues for past Brides / Bees (you can do a WBEE SEARCH to learn more)

There is ALWAYS a Jasmine’s thread going on the Dress Board… as there are soooo many WBee Brides using them, they actually have a rep who posts in that topic as well.

That thread also has all the info on how to make it happen, the process, how it works, etc

I almost went with Jasmine’s when I was planning my own Wedding… in that I was wanting a Ravini Dress that was mega thousands here… but I unfortunately had a relatively short lead time… so I ended up not going the off-shore route, but instead bought something totally different (Destination Gown)

I have to say, I had a great wedding, but I was a bit disappointed in my gown.  I SHOULD have taken more care in my selection.  I have to say I am sad I didn’t get the dress I truly wanted… the knock off would have been soooo worth it.

 Hope this helps,

 

Post # 9
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79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Carondelet House

I had Jasmine’s make my dress, which just arrived last week! I went to a ton of bridal shops, and tried on what felt like a million dresses (probably over 50, in all).

The budget issue was tricky, since it didn’t really matter – I knew I’d probably end up having one made. I generally told the bridal shop staff that the budget was modest but flexible, and it was more about honing in on the style, since I wasn’t sure what I was looking for and was still in the very early stages of looking. (Which was all true.)

Once I found a dress I liked well enough to order (and that was confirmed to be out of my budget), I contacted JBS and asked them for a quote to make it (with some customizations).

I highly recommend trying on a dress as close as possible to the one you plan on ordering, so you know for sure you like the look of it *on you*. 

Post # 10
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@kitkat2014:  I got my dress from dressilyme. I really liked details from two dresses and couldn’t choose, and I also had seen some really beautiful dresses from people who had gone the online route – so I thought why not. Also I couldn’t justify spending thousands of dollars on a dress.

I went to a seamstress and got my measurements professionally done – which I would recommend. I wasn’t overly picky as long as it matched my general overall vision and style of dress I wanted. I also wasn’t into trying on a bunch of wedding dresses and didn’t think I needed to – since I have worn dresses in a similar style before.

I did a tonne of research beforehand, and made sure I requested pictures because I didn’t want them to ship it without me being happy first – I would recommend this because I wasn’t happy with the first set of pictures I received.

I received the final dress pretty recently and just had to get a few more things altered (which I was prepared to do beforehand) but all in all I was really happy with the final dress 🙂 Hope this helps!

Post # 13
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182 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It seems to me that the brides who are happiest with China made dresses are the more laid back brides that don’t pick apart every details. It seems that the ones who are the most furious with China dresses (aside from the really bad mess ups or shoddy service) nit pick every detail and forget that these dresses are a replicas that aren’t going to be exact. Brides need keep in mind that these people are only going by pictures online.

So keep in mind: there is a reason why these dresses are MUCH cheaper. Every detail will NOT be exact. But if you are just looking to get something similar at a decent price then they are the way to go.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@kitkat2014:  no problems. they usually don’t offer pictures because of their ‘busy season’ but if you’re willing to wait they offer them – which is around 40-50 days. on the measurements, i paid a local seamstress near my work to do my measurements and i double checked them – it cost me $10.

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