(Closed) Bought Chinese online dress – A+ experience

posted 12 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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19 posts
Newbee

Wow! I’ve never even heard of this! I’ve been worried about what it’s going to cost for my dress when we renew our vows. The dress I have picked will have to be custom made since I saw it on Jennifer Anniston and am sure I will never find one like it myself. Plus, I want it made in very particuolar fabric which makes my quest even harder. Now I can’t wait to get my dress made. Thank you very much for sharing this great idea.

Post # 18
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86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am sooo happt to hear this! And well… A little relieved… I ordered mine from China as well & won’t get it until the week before my wedding! I hope I have the same great experience as you! Your dress looks great!

Post # 20
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Hi girls, Im glad ive read this post, i am a bride on a budget and dont wanna spend too much for the dress so i think i may consider getting my dress in china. Do you have some kinda website of these sellers? or where can i find them? thanks

Post # 22
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408 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

WOW what a beautiful dress, I love how simple but so classy too!! The corset back probably helps too with sizing in case the measurements were a little off!!  Love it!!

Post # 23
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7 posts
Newbee

Sounds great, but if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.  I would worry that a $100 custom dress from China was most likely made by a child, not a professional seamstress.

Post # 24
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67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I kinda agree with DaisyR on this one…  The dress is GORGEOUS and is a great reproduction of the photos, but is there any way to ensure that the production of the dress was legitimate?  :- 

Post # 25
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56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I used a Chinese dressmaker called Milly Bridal, which sends digital photos of your gown in progress. The photos show a spacious factory with middle-aged women walking around or working in the background. Of course you could claim that the photos are staged to soothe the consciences of American brides and that the child laborers are just off-camera. Or you could question the working conditions – how much are these women paid? How many breaks do they get? What are their dormitories like? What kinds of hours do they work?

But the reality is that a lot of bridal gowns sold at U.S. retailers are made in China – they just get marked up a lot by the time they arrive here. When I was dress shopping, the Priscilla of Boston saleswoman very matter-of-factly told us their gowns are Chinese-made. New Yorker staff writer Rebecca Mead’s book about the wedding industry, One Fine Day, says "almost all of the mass-market dresses sold in the United States," including those at David’s Bridal, are made in factories in Taiwan and China. Some factories are even run by North American businessmen of Asian origin who know how to bridge those two worlds. And for what it’s worth, the factory that Mead tours for her book seems to have decent working conditions.

Sorry for the pedantic semi-rant on globalization. I’m getting off my soapbox now.

 

Post # 26
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Newbee

@hellopanda – I agree – most ANYTHING that we buy in the US comes from China or Taiwan or other 3rd world countries.  My concern with a small internet business or ebay store is that there is no one watching the company and ensuring the it upholds the proper employee/employer standards.  A company as large as David’s Bridal is most likely watched by numerous organizations to ensure that the employees are not working in a ‘sweat shop’ atmosphere.  A small company selling custom-made wedding dresses can easily slide under the radar and go unnoticed. 

 I am completely in touch with the effects of globalization on the worldwide economy.  I work for a multi-national finance/accounting firm, with offices is all major countries around the world.  We see first-hand the effects.

 I was also a budget conscious bride, and understand the desire to have a gorgeous wedding dress at a low price.  Personally, I would not feel comfortable purchasing a dress from a small internet company in China.

Post # 27
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Helper bee

my friend got a dress from china too… and she loved it!  ^_^

I thought it was kind of weird… to be honest, but she had a good experience and so did you so maybe i’ll think twice about it.  haha

I’m happy you got the dress you wanted for way less and custom made too!  no need to pay for alternations… big plus!  ^_^

Post # 28
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2015

gianinarbridal = amazing!!  This was one of the posts that I found when researching them before deciding to purchase.  Since it was helpful to me I figured I’d add my experience so it might be helpful for others 🙂

I also combined two pictures, but they were both from dresses they had listed on their ebay site.  They just sent me the completed pictures and it’s gorgeous! – exactly what I had in mind.  My only concern is that I asked for ivory and the pictures look very white to me, but I know this could just be from lighting/camera/computer screen differences and they told me not to worry, that it is infact ivory.  Either way, it should be here by the end of the week (CAN’T WAIT!!) so I’ll know soon enough.

Post # 29
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Just an update – I got the dress in and it’s the most beautiful shade of ivory that I could have wanted.  I’m not a seamstress but the quality looks good and it fits wonderfully.  I might have to hem the front a little, but I’m not too confident in the measurements that I gave them so it’s probably my own fault.  Point is, gianinarbridal was the best deal that I could have gotten for my wedding and I don’t feel like I sacrificed anything in the way of beauty or perfection for my wedding day.  I hope that anyone who is thinking about purchasing from them decides to go with it, you won’t regret it!!

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