Post # 1
So I’ve fallen in love with Maggie Sottero’s Alannah, but I’m on a super tight budget. ($400 at the very max…and that’s pushing it.) So, after trolling Ebay, checking preownedweddingdresses, etc. etc. etc. I’ve begun to consider purchasing a made-in-china replica and was looking for testimonies for different replica websites. Pictures are even more helpful, because I’ve noticed a lot of suspiciously positive reviews. Would love to hear some positive feedback, with picture, and which replica site you used.
SO nervous to do this, but I got a quote from Smart and Swanky in AZ and it was around $700.
Post # 3
My thoughts on replicas (although I know it varies from person to person): if you go to a local dressmaker/seamstress, you’re going to get something much better than what you’d get online. I think the problem with ordering the “custom” dresses online is that if it turns out awful, most of your dress budget is gone. So I would personally much prefer to either a) go to a dressmaker locally or b) shop for a different dress used, maybe in a similar style.
Post # 4
Oh i’d be nervous. I found my Maggie for $400 though, so it’s possible to find one on a budget =]
If your dress has any lace or fancy stuff on it, i’d pass. If it’s just a simple cut, that’d be different. but even then, it’d probably need a real seamstress, in which the cost would be higher than original
Post # 5
Well – I don’t honestly care about quality – I am going to be wearing it for four hours. If it *looks* nice for pictures…it can fall apart two seconds after the ceremony is over. It is a very simple dress, I don’t even care about having the flowers on it.
I just have not been able to find anything similar in style to what I’m wanting, even used…I’m totally not opposed to used at all, would love to find a once (or twice) worn dress, but I didn’t even think “my dress” exsisted for a while. I finally drew out what I was wanting, but still was convinced that it just didn’t exsist until I saw Maggie Sottero’s Alannah…and even that, has the flowers that I don’t love.
I have contacted several people locally – and they give me about the same price quote: $700-$800.
Post # 6
Have you checked etsy? You can post that you want a custom dress made, and list your budget, and sellers bid on making it. Then you can see all the different sellers prices, feedback, work…it’s pretty neat. Just an idea!
Post # 7
Oh I hadn’t even thought about that – I love Etsy…I’ll try it. I bought my hairpiece for the wedding from there. 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Try this seller: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bridalblissdesigns
Might be a few hundred over your budget, but she’s supposedly really good.
Post # 9
I was in almost exactly the same situation as you! I fell in love with an $800 dress but my budget was around $400 also (including crinoline, etc.). I put in an alchemy request on etsy, because I’m leery of overseas reproductions, and have already had offers within my price range. 🙂
That said, those offers are still 2x more than I’d expect to pay if I went through an overseas company; I did a lot of research and IMO Jeff Liu (April Bridal on eBay) looks to be one of the most qualified and least shady reproduction designers. Every review I’ve seen of him has been glowing, both here on WB and elsewhere. He seems to be the real deal, and the dresses in his eBay shop range below $200 for the most part.
Post # 10
If you’d like to see some reviews of brides who have done the custom dress overseas, I’ve found that these reviews have been helpful.
This one is a money savings forum that talks about Landy/Milly Bridal
This one is a destination wedding forum that talks about several different ones.
This one is reviews on project wedding about Milly Bridal
Hope this helps!!!
Post # 11
Thank you all so much for your recommendations to use Etsy – I hadn’t even considered that. (Which is hilarious since I use Etsy all the time for everything else.) I took a look at alchemy and it looks like exactly what I’m looking for.
I’m going to go try on some dresses in person in about two weeks to be 100% sure what I’m looking for…but I’m an artist, so I love the idea of supporting fellow artisans. 😀
I’ll post an update as I purchase my dress and as the process goes along.
Thanks fellow bees! 😀
Post # 12
I wore a Maggie Sabelle REPLICA! I found it by accident, at a local seamstress/bridal store. I LOVED it and the owner ordered it for me to fit my measurements, and she told me she gets all her dresses from China. She told me a lot of designers get them produced in China. I didn’t even know it was a Maggie…or a knockoff, I just had to have it. I saw in a magazine a picture of the Sabelle and said OMG that’s my dress. It was my 2nd dress, I had been laid off and if I hadn’t found it there was no way I would be in the market for a Maggie or the Sabelle at a price tag of $1,800! I look at my dress now and cannot believe what I paid for it. I am not sure the quality of the dresses online, becuase of course, you never know what you are going to get. But the owner of the store who ordered my dress, can pretty much order anything if you are interested in having me contact her. She can get you any gown for $500. Here are pics of mine and no one believed me when I told them it was a replica! I had nothing but compliments on it! I am so happy I walked into that store looking to get my first dress altered.
I am in CA, it took about 6 weeks for my dress to come in.