Post # 1
I am on a tight budget for our wedding. I was going to have a friend make my dress (one from the rose & ruby collection-australia). I want to explore my options, since we are pressed for time. Making a dress would be very time consuming, so I’d rather buy one, but for cheap. I’ve found a dress I love (knock off) on numerous chinese wholesale websites, but Im very nervous about whether they are scams or not. How do I know if the reviews I read are from them? or people who have actually purchased? Has anyone on here, ever purchased a knock off dress? Who did you buy from? and how was the quality of the dress? I just can’t see spending tons of money on a dress I’ll only wear once. Thanks for the help, ladies 🙂
I have attached photos of my original ideas 🙂 The one gown would have been my wedding dress, if I found a seamstress for a reasonable price, and had time to have it made. The other photo is bridesmaids dresses. I want simple, yet elegant/vintage look…french lace and chiffon. All my bridesmaids would be able to choose the dress they want/fits their body type and be able to wear them again. I just don’t think I have the time do get all the materials together 🙁
Post # 3
What is your price range?
Post # 4
$500 or less :-/ That’s why I have been looking at wholesalers/discount sites. I just want some recommendations from people who have used them before. have you?
Post # 5
Look at sites like pre owned wedding dresses and once wed. They have amazing dresses used and new with tags for incredible prices. I found one on there the other day for $90! And it was beautiful!
Post # 6
I didn’t purchase a knock-off, but I would be especially wary of fabrics and fabric substitution. Good lace is $$$$, and is a completely different animal than cheap lace. There are some fabrics you can’t really compromise on, in my humble opinion, without sacrificing a lot. Same with the construction of the dress. For some styles of dresses, there may not be an issue – but for other styles, if they are not made “correctly” (i.e., with a lot of attention to detail), they won’t fall correctly, or fit correctly.
I guess it depends on what you are looking to get for dress style and fabric and how exact your wants/needs/desires are. I just know if you have your heart set on lace, there is a lot of variation on quality, and it makes a difference.
Hope this helps.
Post # 7
Have you looked at the wedding dresses at Nordstrom (they’re on the website)? They aren’t really wedding dresses, but evening dresses that happen to be white, and are priced well within your budget. I thought of it because some of them resemble the photo you posted.
Post # 8
I had what was supposed toi be a knock-off of a Martin McCrea dress made for me by Gioavonni’s Bridal and it turned out horribly! Please check the BBB rating if you are going the knock-off route. If I had, I would have seen that Gioavonni’s has a F rating from the BBB and I would not have wasted hundreds of dollars on a hideous dress.
Post # 9
I ordered mine from China- it turned out really nice. Obvioualy the materials aren’t going to be the same. My picture had lace on it but the dress used this mesh-lace-looking material. I didn’t really mind because I couldn’t justify paying too much for a dress that I was going to get dirty and wear once.
The shipping was lightning fast- 4 weeks was the time they told me but it got here 2-3 weeks after my order was placed!
However, I feel extremely guilty about my purchase- I feel as though it is 1) not environmentally friendly, 2) it was shipped and made from China which means it’s most likely made by an underpaid worker at a factory, and 3) I’m not supporting the US. But, I bought it on price point and the fact that even with a budget of $500, I’d end up getting a China made dress at David’s Bridal anyway.
Good luck to you! My ebay seller’s ID was greatwalleat I believe!
Post # 10
Lace is a very tricky replica to make.
Post # 11
With lace, I wouldn’t go knock-off for me. My dress is all lace over satin, and I was able to get it under $500 by looking at small, privately owned salons in smaller towns, and getting it at the end of that season, so the owner was willing to give me 1/2 off due to needing to get the new season gowns in and she didn’t have space for all of them. If you can do it, shop around in small towns near you… You will be surprised what you will find marked lower than the big boutiques in the city.
Post # 12
The quality of the lace will make or break a dress. I highly suggest that you check out samples. Check out preownedweddingdresses.com or recycled bride.com. You can find sample size dresses to fit your budget. I was able to find my dream dress in 2wks by going through preownedweddingdresses.com and then purchasing from mydreamdress.com. There are a ton of small wedding shops that show their gown selection via preownedweddingdresses and recyclebride.com
Post # 14
I wanted to get a cheap lace knock off but couldnt get myself to do it. Now im going with a Casablanca and paying extra for it, the good thing is that i can pay it off in payments and i dont have to worry about getting a cheap lace look alike dress.
Post # 15
Have you tried going to bridal salons and purchasing a sample dress? I have seem many sample dresses in your price range! Then you can get quality for a lower price, rather than such a risky investment.
Also many dresses in David’s Bridal are in your budget, and I think sometimes you can buy them off the rack and take them home that day? Not sure though, other bees I’m sure can tell you. I didn’t get a DB dress, and while some people hate on them, I think they have a lot of beautiful dresses for the price!
Post # 16
True samples can be a safe option.