- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2010
Ive been very busy with school and working so its been hard to update anything on here but I wanted to share my Ao Dai experience with everyone. To recap I wanted to order from Cory Couture who is supposedly experienced with designing beautiful ao dais. So I did order from him and let me tell you about my horrific experience:
I ordered two ao dais from Cory for the wedding and at first it seemed really spectacular from all the pictures but the amount of professionalism is lacking. Like any other Vietnamese business person the customer service is almost nonexistent. I went to him because of the reviews on Chau Nguyen, but I think they are neck and neck with each other.
I was told that it would be ready for a fitting a month later but it was pushed back because he was in Florida. The date was pushed back again and when i actually got to the fitting he was in New York and I met with his seamstress! I thought he was the designer?! So all I got 2 weeks before my studio pictures was a basic ao dai with no designs to see, I was then told that it would be mailed to me in 4 days with the designs, but 4 days later no word, I only had 5 days left to get them in time for the pictures. Through all this time I was always the one to call to check up on my ao dais and never had an update on anything from him.
After all the frustration they finally came in the mail, and to make it worse the zipper clasp on one just came off?! Um i was then told to safety pin in for the pics and his Seamstress can fix it later. No way am I safety pinning it for my wedding photoshoot! My MOM fixed it for me. Who needs a designer like that?! The designs are pretty but the craftsmanship is extremely poor. Did I mention the cost of these “designer” ao dais? $800 total. They’re definitely not worth the price. Im just a bride so maybe if i was a model or pageant girl, my dresses are not worth the extra time.
It is really dissapointing that it is like searching for a needle in the haystack for a good and proffesional ao dai designer. The wedding planning is hard enough, but the frustration and stress makes it worse. So learn from my lesson and DO NOT order from him. I will give an update on how they look in pictures, it doesnt matter though they can look pretty but if it falls apart even before my wedding date its not worth it.