- 8 years ago
I’m coming to this fairly late in the game, but I felt obliged to offer the pros and cons of ordering my dress through Bridal Bliss. Bottom line up front: my dress turned out as I expected and, even with some extensive alterations (due primarily to me not getting professional measurements done), was still cheaper and just as pretty as anything from another retailer would have been.
So, details: I ordered the Monique Lhullier Scarlet-inspired dress featured on her post here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/107513451/scarlet-by-monique-lhuillier-inspired.
I sent Erin (the owner) my measurements and I have to admit, I didn’t go to a dressmaker (just an alterations place down the street) and I also didn’t have my shoes that I ultimately ended up wearing, so my measurements were a little off getting to her. I placed my order in September and recieved my dress in early December, well in time for my March wedding and under the 90 day estimate. I found the quality of the lace to be fine and it generally fit me well. I did take it in for alterations since I had to get it hemmed (which was super expensive due to the lace- so seriously, get your measurements right the first time!) and I also had to have it adjusted some around the bust and back to make it lie flat. I expected this though since there’s no way for her to estimate those measurements. Oh, and I had bra cups and a bustle put in. Again, she spells these things prior to ordering from her so I wasn’t surprised that I would have to get them.
The only criticism I have with the way the dress arrived was that the lace straps were uneven- they were of slightly different widths and also had to be altered and filled in. My tailor ended up using lace from the hem to fill in the strap and make them the same, so it turned out fine, but that was one little thing that was overlooked that kind of surprised me.
Ultimately, I had a good experience with Bridal Bliss and feel that the owner did an accurate job representing what would be sent to you (a finished dress that would need some adjusting to fit you) and when. I got a million compliments on my dress and because I didn’t spend a million dollars for it, I didn’t care that someone ripped out my bustle on the dance floor or that the hem had turned black by the end of the night from me dragging it all over the place.
So, my only words of advice are: order away, get your measurements done correctly the first time, and give yourself enough time to get those alterations later. And have fun!
Oh, and if you want to see the finished product for me, the owner did ask to post a few picture of it on her blog and you can see it here: http://www.erincoleman.net/2013/07/monique-lhuillier-scarlet-wedding-dress.html