(Closed) Replica dress websites??

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Well I went for a replica of a Martin McCrea dress from Gioavonni’s Bridal Boutique and I HATED the result so much that I refused to wear the dress and ended up donating it to Salvation Army!. RESEARCH! Get recommendations!

DO NOT go by the glowing testimonials on the web site as they will only post positive reviews. SEARCH for consumer complaints and check with the BBB to see if the establishment has a rating. I WSIH I had done this! Gioavonni’s Bridal Boutique has a F rating with the BBB and had I thought to check, I would never had bought from them!

Now some brides have purchased AMAZING replica gowns. ALL I am saying is do a little research before buying something as important as a wedding dress! It also helps to actually try on some gowns at a bridal shop to see if a particular style suits your body type!

Post # 4
4415 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had thought about doing the same thing. Then I fell in love with a lace dress with a heavily beaded bodice… Everything I read said that lace dresses were next to impossible to replicate, because they couldn’t match the lace.

I wrote to three different replica online stores and asked for pictures of what they actually made and not just a picture from the designer site. One never responded except to tell me they make the dress I wanted all the time. One said that the pictures did not do the dress justice and that the real gown would be more beautiful than in the pictures (okay…then why used the designer photo if that’s true?). The last one sent me pictures of a dress that was similar, but had a natural waist line instead of an empire and lace that wasn’t even close.

Don’t be afraid to ask them lots of questions, because they rarely refund your money if you don’t like the dress. They only give refunds if there is something “wrong” with the dress, and they define what is considered wrong.

Post # 6
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Overseas “designers” won’t be listed with the BBB.

Talk to your mom and let her know that it is next to impossible to get your money back from them, even if the dress doesn’t look like anything you ordered.

It is sad, but 99.9% of them are not reputable.

Post # 7
1991 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Someone else asked about this today and I’ll direct you to the same place I directed her.

You may want to check out the Milly Bridal board on Project wedding here. Or you can check out this one on bestdestinationwedding.com Both of them positive and negative reviews of Chinese dressmakers.

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