- 7 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
Ok. So I am fairly new to this site. I got engaged in May of 2010 and I am the non-traditional somewhat anti-bride. 8 months later and thanks to some pushing by one of my best girlfriends I am making myself become a more “involved” bride. It’s the least I can do since she took the liberty of creating my guest list, knot site, and helping me pick possible location sites for my destination wedding.
Anyway…before I ramble any further I, like most of you, have stumbled upon the trillion-one sites, posts, etc. Custom-made or/or replica designer gowns from China and the like. I am very skeptical in making a purchase from some of these sites, especially with all of the shady reviews and post both good and bad it almost looks like bridal gown vendor war!( Seriously vendors, your fake comments are laughable.)
BUT I can’t say that I am not tempted. My wedding is a little bit of a ways off still and I feel like shelling out the $200-300-500 is a gamble I am willing to take. What if the gown is fabulous? I saved a boat-load on a great gown exactly the way I wanted.
What if it’s just OK, defective or a total wreck? Hopefully the dress is somewhat salvageable and I can have a local seamstress fix any little or big mistakes. If it’s just that bad…well, I knew what I was in for. SOMETIMES…you get what you pay for.
Honestly, how many of these scathing reviews are from the last minute bride who expected their knock off dress from China to look exactly like the real deal? Think about designer handbags…PLENTY of bad imitations logo and detail wise but all in all a very well made, sturdy handbag. If you expect the real thing…you should be buying the real thing.
If you don’t mind the risk, like me, give yourself adequate time in case things don’t work out.
Any who. I am 95% sure (my fiancé is vehemently battling me on this) I have made a decision to try out one of these sites and send them a custom-made order. I don’t think I want to name off the site I choose until the gown is completed and in my hands for the sake of fairness and reality. My
Mom is even in on my little arrangement since she is the one footing the bill and she originally gave me a budget of about $3000(which is tempting in itself). I just don’t see spending that much on a dress I will wear once, maybe twice and not have an opportunity of wearing again.
What are your thoughts? Anyone every purchased from one of these sites? What was your experience? Would you do it again?
**Please don’t spam your store on this post, this is an honest stake and I am looking for honest, un-moderated answers.
By the way…Congratulations on your engagement, wedding and marriage ladies! I look forward to following up on this as I start my shopping experience!