Post # 1
So this is definitely not an attack on anyone, just going to put that out there first thing. It’s just something I’m a bit confused about.
Why is everyone so very picky with replica dresses? I see so many posts on here about the dress not being 100% like the original. People seem to be forgetting that the dress they are buying is a replica, not the original. All the replica companies never claim to make the dress 100% the same, some only claim up to 80% the same.
If you were to buy a dress (even the original dress) in a shop you wouldn’t scrutinise every single aspect, worrying about whether that seam is exactly perfectly at the right angle or the ruffles have the exact right amount of flounce. You like it and buy it and take it for your own.
Obviously with the replicas there are times when the dress is seriously off what it should be – straight neckline when it was supposed to be sweetheart, a-line when it was meant to be mermaid, or a handful of pickups when there were meant to be 40 – those things obviously need to be fixed! But I just wonder that we’re being a bit too picky with some things sometimes. For example lace is never going to be the same, nor is beading or colour.
Companies like Jasmine’s have already had to cut back their offering because people are so picky (words from them themselves). I guess it just makes me scared that they might cut back even more, which ruins it for all of those who haven’t had a chance to work with them yet.
Believe me I understand that we all want our dresses to be perfection! But I think we need to bear in mind that a replica is a replica (myself included!)
Post # 3
I agree with you. In the Jasmines threads I have more than a few times rolled my eyes at the critiques made by some posters and brides. Yes, there will always be some way a dress might be improved to look even more like the original, but come on, They take it too far! It makes it a really unpleasant job for the manufacture and ultimately will lead to them increasing their prices.
Post # 4
Jasmine’s actually cut back what they offered not because people were picky with their replicas but more because people were very picky with their custom gowns (from my understanding anyway).
But I totally agree; if they want them that close to the real one they ought to fork over for the real one.
Post # 5
@teaspoonBunny: Ahh yes I think you’re right with that one! I understand how easy it would be to ‘screw up’ a custom gown from the customer’s point of view – what you have in your head can be very hard to convey!
Post # 6
This is probably why Jasmine’s stopped taking custom orders. It’s bad enough when brides are picky with a replica, but then when they are sort of creating in their head a new dress, dressmakers (who probably speak English as a second language) are trying to recreate something a bride has in her mind, that can become close to impossible.
My guess is people are really picky because they are nervous about taking a chance on a replica company, and because of that, any sort of flaw can be perceived as getting ripped off, or something like that. I think they get their hopes up so much that they saved money, and therefore are much more sensitive to any sort of flaws. I know I was like that a little, like “ohh, if I had gone with the original dress, then it would have x, y, and z” but then I had to mentally slap myself…
Post # 7
@christoffels: I agree! It’s hard to convey what you imaginein your head into a drawing in the first place, and then someone has to interpret that drawing into what you had in mind; super hard
Post # 8
100% agree. I’ve nodded my head in amazement at the unrealistic expectations that some purchasers have. Its a $200 relica but you want a Taj Ma Hal, yeah not gonna happen sweetie.
Post # 9
@christoffels: So true! I’ve seen things like omg this neckline, this crystal here, more lace here, more rosettes. I’m like omg! Seriously your dress looks fine! I can’t see how they do it. They do ruin it for other brides. I think thy still accept minimal stuff like for me, I actually requested some stuff taken off to make it more plain lol. As they are going to do both my reception and wedding dress.
Post # 10
In some aspect I understand what your saying but I also understand certain brides as well. Via their website (if getting designer grade) promise approximately 80-90% accuracy and that’s what they built up the customer to expect. Now there should definitely be some understandable wiggle room as the dresses are handmade per order. Some brides go into perfection mode and critique EVERY aspect with no leniency. Totally unfair to a company working tirelessly to make your dream come true. I think jasmines is trying to find a balance to fix the communication and establish reasonable expectations. Seeing all the ridiculous complaints I see why they are so stressed.
Post # 11
@christoffels: Devil’s advocate here. I think the biggest concern is people want the picture they see, and when they don’t realize what they are getting until it shows up on their doorstep, It can be a big shock. Small changes could make a big impact on the dress that they want. Even with original dresses, people change their mind and decide not to purchase because of one thing that they don’t like. If that one thing they consider a must have is changed on a replica, it could totally ruin their image of what their dress should be, and sometimes it’s not something that can be easily fixed with an alterations. I’ll be honest, I bought a replica, and I’m scared as hell because they won’t send me pictures before it gets sent out. I’m hoping for the best and if it’s not everything I wanted, I will do what I can to change it. If I can’t, I will suck it up, call it a loss, and try to find a cheap alternative…but I will be disappointed, for sure.
Post # 12
I can’t beleive these silly brides who have ruined such a great thing. I hope that jasmines will still consider making for past customers who are not crazy picky. Sometimes, I see cards on trello filled with so much pickiness. It is ridiculous. People like that deserve to miss out.
But I hope that those bad apples don’t ruin it for everyone. I was looking forward to sending a few newly engaged friends their way. Everyone just loves the pics of my dress! And are asking about how they can order from them.
Post # 13
@christoffels: It depends on the replica.
But for me when I see a unique cut in the original and the replica dress doens’t deliver that cut, I think: well, yah, that’s why it’s cheap.
Often I can’t see the point of the “replica” dresses.
Maybe that’s because my friend is a professional seamstress who makes wedding dresses. Geez, just go to her and “design” your own dress.I guarantee you that the dress I am thinking of and seen on this website would be better made by her than by the Chinese knock-off people.
OTOH there is one dress I see that one of the Chinese places makes and they do quite a decent job. I think it is a vera wang knock off. And if the qulaity of the fabirc isn’t all that important to eh bride, then I guess a knock-off will be fine.
Post # 14
I agree with you. Some people just have really unrealistic expectations.
Post # 15
@christoffels: I agree, and have wondered the same thing! People scrutinize their replica dresses FAR more than ones ordered from bridal shops, though I can tell you from what I have observed the construction and material quality is sometimes inferior on an original dress to what I observe on a replica!
Post # 16
I just had a look at the jasmine’s trello board and can we say order 2310 is a classic example of the problem. I wonder how much $ Jasmine’s are owed on it!