- 5 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
Hello Hive! Now that I have received my Fabulous U dress, I am writing about my experience from daydream to delivery. For post skimmers, I think they did a great job and rate my overall experience with Tony and Fabulous U at 4 out of 5 stars.
Correspondence and Design
After doing some research, I decided to go with Fabulous U for my dress. I liked that all of the pictures on their website are dresses they have made. I know other companies have begun to do the same thing, and that’s wonderful. It’s great to see what a company is capable of making. Many other brides here on WB who have gone the China route overwhelmingly love Jasmine’s with DressilyMe as a close second. They were my original choices for quotes, but something about the Fabulous U website and testimonials really spoke to me. I just wanted to address that in case anyone reading wanted to know why this company vs. another.
While looking at dresses, I couldn’t find anything that was exactly what I wanted. The biggest hurdle was finding a dress that had straps! I knew I would be more comfortable with straps as opposed to a strapless. Once I found a dress that I loved (aside from the straps thing), I looked for pictures of straps and necklines that looked like what I had in mind, and sent in pictures to Fabulous U requesting a quote.
(Inspiration Dress, Moonlight Bridal J.18.104.22.168.)
Tony responded very quickly and offered an initial quote. We went back and forth for a couple of weeks while I made up my mind. He was always prompt with responses to any questions I sent. While I am 100% comfortable with buying items online, I was a little worried about buying a wedding dress without trying it on first or even knowing exactly what it would look like since it didn’t exist outside of my mind. In the end, the combination of getting exactly what I want plus the amazing price (tiny dress budget!), made the decision for me.
Ordering and Production Process
The ordering process was super simple. Tony sent me a Word document that asked for my specific instructions, my address and contact information, and six common measurements (waist, hips, bust, hollow to hem, shoulder to bust, shoulder to waist). He also included pictures of their satin color swatches and a measurements guide that included seven other measurements along with the six I listed above. I filled in the form and sent the payment via PayPal then began the wait. The form also asked for my deadline, and since my wedding isn’t until July 2013, I listed February 1. My order and forms were sent in late September, and I received my dress on January 15th. For me, that was a great timeline, but I don’t think it is representative of the speed a non-rush order can take. The website gives a general idea, but it’s down for maintenance right now, so I can’t give that in this review.
During the process, Tony emailed me a few times to let me know my dress was in production and to show me pictures once it was completed. I knew ahead of time that I would not be receiving mid-productions photos, and honestly I should have insisted in order to make myself feel better and to catch and potential issues. That’s one lesson learned.
The photos were on a Flickr account accessible through a link, and I really appreciated that medium. It gave me the ability to quickly send photos to my close friends and mother.
(Some pics from Flickr)
The v-neck looked waaaay deeper than I was expecting, and I was quite concerned at first. After discussing it with my Maid/Matron of Honor, I decided to leave it be and just receive the dress as is. I was already going to have to make further alterations based on my measurements (more later), so we figured I might as well have the dress in hand and make the necessary neckline alterations exactly to my size/height. Aside from that, I was thrilled with how it came out. The lace looks beautiful and delicate, and one of my biggest fears was that the lace might turn out too “heavy” if that makes any sense. I had discussed that with Tony ahead of my order, and he assured me that they would match the lace as closely as possible. He was right!