Post # 1
I need some opinions! I fell in love with one of the first wedding dresses I tried on, but its a Maggie Sottero and over my budget. The “same” dress is on several sites online for a quarter of the price, and they advertise with the same picture that Maggie Sottero’s site has.
So I guess my question is, what is the risk in buying a knock-off designer dress? I would probly still get it altered so it would fit right, and I would assume it would look pretty similar, so my concern would be with the material and the quality of beading, ect. The way I figure it, even if the quality is really poor, it only has to hold up for one day!
What are your thoughts? Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
First of all, I personally feel that it makes far more sense to buy the authentic dress from one of the preowned sites than to order a lesser quality gown.
However, many here have had positive experiences with the replica makers. Read as much as you can about the different companies (there are probably multiple threads for each) before you do anything. There are some who use pictures of the dresses they’ve created, which seems less risky than the ones who just lift images from the bridal company websites.
The pre-owned sites:
Pre-owned Wedding Dresses
The sample/resale shops:
Church Street Bridal (online and b&m, proceeds go to charity, definitely have Sottero samples right now)
Vows (online and b&m)
Your Dream Dress
Le Dress Boutique (online and b&m)
Encore Bridal (online and b&m)
Fabulous Frocks of Charleston (online and b&m)
Fabulous Frocks of Alexandria (online and b&m)
Bridals by Lori’s Outlet (online)
Post # 4
It’s definitely a risk when it comes to ordering online, is there anyway you can see the finished pics of the dresses beforehand?
Post # 5
Thank you! That is such a good idea and these are awesome sites that I haven’t seen before 🙂 I e-mailed one of the sites about seeing a picture the other day and I haven’t heard back yet.
Post # 6
Church Street Bridal is very good. If you do go the replica dress route make sure and do research. One issue I have seen that a lot of brides had with the replica dresses were the beading and appliques being of poor quality. A simple dress you might be okay but with a lot of detail I wouldn’t risk it. Also you have plenty of time to stalk the classified section and other sites to find a used gown.
Good Luck on your search!
Post # 7
I went through the same situation and decided to buy a sample gown from the designer I really wanted. I’m so glad I did, when I took the gown to a seamstress and told her how I debated between one of the “knock-off” sites and buying a preowned/sample gown, she told me I made the right decision, “You get what you pay for,” were her exact words. She’s worked on both types and says that the knock-offs can be flimsy, cheap materials are used, seams and decorations can come off easily, etc. I’d only recommend going forward if you can find a site with excellent reviews. Good luck, I hope you post pictures of the dress when you find the perfect one! 🙂
Post # 8
Well I went the replica dress route and I can personally recommend Ava Bridal, they made my dress and 4 others for me (for family members) and they are all well made and fitted well 🙂 I have just ordered my BMs dress and the grooms and GMs vests & ties from them too 🙂
From the research I put in before (and after) ordering dressilyme and Jasmine’s Bridal have the best reputations for producing the best replications. Jasmine’s are closer BUT they are also dearer, they were my next choice if mine didn’t work out but they were nearly double what I paid. Mine was a fairly simple dress thou, most other Bees recommended Jasmine’s for more intricate work.
Post # 9
Thanks so much for all the advice! I would really like to buy a sample or pre-owned dress instead of the copy, so luckily I have two years to wait for the right deal 🙂