Post # 1
Hi All =)
I’m fairly new to weddingbee and this is my first post, so any advice/opinions given will be much appreciated.
Although my wedding won’t be for awhile yet, i was wondering what the opinions were on purchasing a wedding gown online. I have always been quite comfortable buying things online and haven’t had any real problems. In terms of adering to a wedding budget, I always just assumed it would be my best option…Until today. I was reading an article about purchasing a gown online vs purchasing it at a retailer and some of the things mentioned were a real eye opener! There were horror stories about butchered dresses and basically everything that could go wrong with online purchases lack of quality, scammers, etc.
So i was wondering if there was anybody who has/had purchased their wedding gown online? If so , what were your experiences and what should I look out for?
Post # 3
most online gowns are chinese replicas, so they’re cheap but the quality can be very lacking. if you don’t want a replica, call jay’s or pearl’s place. there are a couple of websites that sell real dresses, but i don’t know which ones they are.
have you thought of buying a once-worn dress? that can be a great way to get a designer dress for much less. look at the weddingbee classifieds or preownedweddingdresses.com
read a lot of reviews if you decide to order online!
Post # 4
@FutureMrsHendy: I would argue for online dresses – for particular sellers
Nordstrom, for example, has designer discounted dresses online- I recently bought a dress from them and it fits well (they have a whole fit guide)-I have to say I would trust a seller like this, especially because of their return and exchange policy
But from some of the very generic wedding gown sites? I would concur with the PPs. David’s Bridal (I think also sells dresses online) would fit in the previous category, but some online stores I just wouldnt trust with such a big purchase
Out of curiousity, it really also depends on your budget; Nordstrom and David’s dresses online are of a lower price point than bridal boutiques. Also, I would argue that certain designers (Essence of Australia and a few others- you can search on wedding websites for particular price points) can be just as cost effective as online ones, plus you get the added benefit of being more secure in your purchase; so I would argue that you look into designers for your budget (Project Wedding has this price feature on their gown search) try to find a boutique near you and try those dresses on first. Then, if its still too pricey, or not what you want, look online at some reputable sellers.
Post # 6
I would go to a sample sale at bridal stores and get a sample if you are trying to get a good deal. I would never order a wedding gown online.
Post # 7
I bought my dress from http://www.bridaldress4u.com and couldn’t be happier. And it’s my second dress – the first one cost $1300 from a bridal shop. The service was excellent, the quality is amazing, it’s well put together, they stuck to deadlines and were happy to make changes to the style based on my requests. I am so so SO pleased with my dress.
Post # 8
I can only RAVE about my knock-off dress I found on ebay for $128.
Looks EXACTLY like this dress.. absolutely beautiful.
They even custom made a corset back for me.
Post # 9
@FutureMrsHendy: It really depends on your budget and how comfortable you are with online shopping. I’m ordering my wedding dress off this site for $475
I’m comfortable with this, because A) I’ve researched the seller, and they have a lot of positive reviews / feedback on Etsy, and also because B) if worst came to the worst and something bad happened, $475 wouldn’t break my budget. I wouldn’t be as comfortable buying a $1000 dress online, because that’s above my comfort level for buying something sight unseen.
If you do decide to buy online, take some steps to protect yourself. Pay through Paypal and a credit card. That way, if something happens, either Paypal will be able to refund your money or you could ultimately get your credit card provider to reverse the transaction. Don’t pay with a bank transfer / Western Union whatever you do, as you’ll be SOL if anything bad happens.
(Oh, and remember, if you buy something for less than $1000 from overseas, you won’t have to pay GST on it)
Post # 10
@Hard Hat Purple Boots: excellent advice! indeed, I have thought about buying a dress online when the time comes, but I dont think I could buy something in the 1000 dollar range and rest easy
Post # 11
Thanks again Bees. Really appreciate all the feedback =)
Post # 12
I ordered and paid for my first dress online…preownedweddingdresses.com The next day I got an email saying sorry but my retail store sold ur dress Ahh so I posted my story on wedding bees and asked one of our bees about her sample gown from her shop. I bought it on the spot. I have not received it yet but I am sure this time it will be fine. Fingers crossed. As far as Chinise remakes and ebay I have heard many horror stories. I am a wedding photogrpaher and have heard of gowns coming in mildewed, totally wrong or diff dress etc. I often wondered as I looked online how can some sites show a Maggie dress for 280 when we all know they really cost 1500. The dress, its so important to every bride, why take chances to save a buck. As a business owner there is something to be said for buying local to support your local businesses This time for me I didn’t have a lot to spend so yes I bought online but it was from a bridal salon selling there sample gown, an orginal Maggie! For $350.00
Post # 13
@Zaria:Would you please list the name of the ebay store. I’m waiting on mine but there are so many other bees interested in the ebay stores and are afraid to purchase.