- 3 years ago
- Wedding: January 2014
Hi Bee’s –
I’ve long been reading about buying wedding dresses from web sites in China. I decided not to but I was hoping we could have a converstation about the process. My hope is that some people will post who have had direct experiences or who know someone who has had direct experiences ordering from a Chinese website. I hope all the responses will not be all bad but more on how to work through the process of getting the best possible dress from a Chinese website, what to expect and how to move through and deal with problems that occur.
Everyone knows and would agree its always best to buy a brand new dress from a store you can walk into. But, money these days can be tight. Theres real reasons people seek out websites overseas to design their wedding dresses. Some people don’t have $1,000 – $3,000 dollars to drop on a dress. Some fancy dresses cost $5,000 dollars on up! We all see the beautiful designs ‘offered’ by the Chinese dressmakers overseas for ‘good prices.’ Lets have a real talk about how to work through the process, what to expect and maybe when expectations may be to high.
In my extensive research on the process…
I found out a couple things that actually make sense and could work ‘maybe’ when tryng to order a dress from a website in ‘China.’ Here are some of the things I found out in no particular order:
- Keep the design simple. The more simple the lines of the dress and the less detail the higher the odds are that a seamstress will be able to copy the design actuately.
- Keep in mind most dresses do not have zippers. Most dresses from these websites have a ‘corset’ style back which is kind of a one size fits all solution.
- The more customers stay away from fancy beading the better. The people at these companies/ warehouses are not going to hand sew a bunch of beading onto your dress.
- Send as many images as possible of front, back and side views of dress so the dress may be copied as closely as possible by someone who may have never seen it.
- Do not buy the pre=made dresses in pre-made sizes from the website. Because the sizes in China do run quite a bit smaller than other sizes.
- Do not expect the dress to be an exact replica, its not possible.
- Brides should get themselves professionally measured by a steamstress and should send those measurements to the steamstress in China. People who are not professionals should not attempt to measure themselves.
- This may be the most important thing… You can pay more money and get sample swatches sent to your home of material qualities and colors. It is suggested if people want a more exact replica to use ‘better’ materials or the actual material the designer dress is made of. Companies in China will always use the cheaper materials as the first choice. But, they do have better lace, silk, etc if you pay more.
- Some companies in China do send updates on dress throughout the process so bride can point out big things that may be wrong which can be fixed before completed.
- Be open to the final product it won’t look exactly like the designer dress but may be still very beautiful.
- It may be a good idea to order the dress a little bigger than your measurements so you can can the dress altered to your exact size if you wish in your own country.
- Be aware of the company policies.
- Be aware you will be dealing with people in different cultures with possible issues. Read the good and the bad reviews not to get ‘scared’ but to use others experiences to help you handle problems which may come up.