- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
I had already mentioned this several times, but I wanted to post an official and complete review of my experience with Fabulous U http://www.thefabulousu.com. I had ordered 6 bridesmaid dresses from them, plus a couple accessories. During this time, Tony had answered 100 emails from me from asking for quotes, for questions on what they can/can’t do, for modifications and adjustments, etc. Communication is very good, especially considering they are a Chinese replica dress shop. Prices were reasonable. (Bridesmaid dresses were from the “Dresses under $100” line.) They cost more than Dressilyme, but less than Jasmines. I would consider their quality better than Dressilyme and closer towards Jasmines. I’ll post pics at the end.
Yes, I ordered 6 of them. All in different styles, but the same color and fabric. Tony was able to take payment from each girl seperately, which saved me a lot of time. I think it did get a little confusing since each style is different and they had to keep straight which sizes/measurements are for what dress. They also swiched servers at this time, so some of the dress styles were no longer in their system, so a couple girls had to resubmit their dress styles. Not a big deal.
We did hit one big snafu which was the timing. I ordered waaaaaay in advance (6 months) because I’m one of those “need-to-plan-ahead” people. However, when a few months came and went, and I didn’t get any status updates, I inquired as to the dresses. Since my wedding date was so far ahead, they pushed out the production dates because they were swamped handling more immediate orders. SO TIP #1: LIE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DATE – MAKE IT AT LEAST 1 MONTH EARLIER THAN IT ACTUALLY IS! This will save you a lot of stress. Anyway, Tony and his team got started on the dresses and everything went back on track. Because things were taking a little longer than promised, Tony even expedited the shipping out to us. Once everything was said and done with production, the actually shipping time was only a couple days from overseas!
This brings me to TIP #2: ASK FOR MID-PRODUCTION PICS. I asked for production pics, but didn’t specify MID-production. I got final production pics instead, which would be fine if every dress was 100% spot on, but even the best shops can’t be 100% perfect all the time. This was no exception. 5 out of the 6 dresses were spot on and perfect or nearly perfect. The quality and workmanship was great, and they were definitely above average in what I’ve seen from replica places. However, that said, 1 out of the 6 was not. It came out nothing like the inspiration pic and my BM swears that they got the measurements wrong. Tony’s team got to work trying to fix it, but unfortunately since we got final production pics, there was not a lot they could do without starting from scratch. Tony gave us some fabric for free so my BM is now having a local seamstress try to fix it, but it will cost her a pretty penny. Also, TIP #3: MAKE SURE SPECIAL NOTES OR INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOTED ON THE ORDER FORM. One of the girls wanted a higher neckline because she is larger chested. It was in the original email I sent, but didn’t translate onto the order form. It was not done, and they basically said whatever isn’t in the order form isn’t going to get done.
So overall, the bridesmaid dresses came out great, despite a couple of mishaps along the way. My one BM would disagree, and she actually wanted to drop out as a BM because the dress came out so bad, but hopefully hers can be salvaged.
I ordered a veil and tulle overskirt. Both of these came out great! The veil is spectacular. I love, love, love the veil. Whoever made this veil should be in charge of the entire department and training. It’s soooo pretty. And the overskirt serves its purpose (but I will no longer be wearing it due to a sudden change in wardrobe).
I’m just attaching a couple of the photos so you get an idea of the quality. One is a Jenny Yoo replica, the other is a Jim Heljm replica.