(Closed) Two designers – one dress – VERY different prices. Need opinions!

posted 4 years ago in Dress
  • poll: How much would you pay for this silk and beaded lace custom dress?
    $2,000 sounds about right : (28 votes)
    70 %
    $4,000 sounds about right, probably WAY better quality : (6 votes)
    15 %
    $4,000 no matter the fabric used is too much for this dress. : (6 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 4
    Member
    7277 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @mousepeach:  french lace is crazy expensive, so I don’t know that chantilly is that much better. I imagine the original designer might be buying her lace/silk in bulk and that might account for some of the price difference. Personally, I think beaded lace is pretty much going to look nice no matter what and since I’d only be wearing the dress for one day, I’d absolutely go with the cheaper one. It’s not like it has to hold up for multiple wears. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    3736 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I’d definitely ask for references and pictures of prior custom productions before I booked my flight.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1781 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’d ask to see the fabrics in person!! I’m pretty picky when it comes to fabrics.

     

    Also, do you have more pictures of that dress? It’s gorgeous!

    Post # 8
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    3373 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @mousepeach:  Do you mean the original gown was custom-designed for someone you know? Just wondering if the moral iffy-ness is due to you knowing the bride, knowing the designer or just a more general discomfort with copying! Is going to the original designer of the gown an option?

     

    Regarding fabrics, I am a big believer in getting what you pay for – especially when it comes to fabrics and craftsmanship. Having said that, I would be getting examples of their previous work – as PPs have suggested – and also fabric swatches to compare.

     

    Post # 10
    Member
    1042 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @mousepeach:  I think that if you are in love with the original dress, it really only makes sense to go with that designer because it will come out the way you had envisioned it…especially if the replica is going to cost even more!  I think the problem with replicas is that they are replicas.  They don’t know exactly the details and methods involved in the original design.  They have a good idea and can piece it together, but it’s still just a copy.

    Post # 11
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    2516 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    i would go with the original designer. she knows the dress and fabrics better than anyone else and the dress looks amazing in that picture.

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