Post # 1
So in my quest for the perfect (and perfectly innexpenvie) party dress, I stumbled upon a gorgeous Monique L’Huillier. Of course, the dress is 3000$, so there is NO WAY I would buy it. However, i also found several website such as bridaldreamdress.com and bestbrideshop.com that make replicas of the style for a fraction of the cost.
I don’t know what to do!! Suddenly, the dress is in my reach but i’m scared it won’t be as beautiful as the real deal!
Post # 3
I would but there are a few ifs:
– If the dress wasn’t super intricate or had very involved beading, as it seems like this is where it is usually really obvious/different/sometimes very cheap looking
– If the replica dress was cheap enough that I wouldn’t be totally furious/devastated if I decided it wasn’t good enough to wear to the event, or at least a silly date night with Darling Husband.
Post # 4
The dress is lace, and I guess my only concern is the quality of the lace….
I emailed them yesterday so I’m waiting for them to answer my questions!
Post # 5
Before I found my dress (on preownedweddingdress.com, they are awesome, have you looked for your dress on there??) I toyed with the idea of a replica. The two shops that I researched and seemed to have the most satisfied bees were Dressilyme and Jasmin’es Bridal Shop. Good luck!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
With Jasmines you’ll pay closer to 400 probably, but the lace will be GOOD and the dress won’t be cheap. If you think you can actually get a 3000 dress for 150 bucks – you can’t. It won’t look right, but Jasmines will spend 7 weeks working on it and use high quality materials.
Post # 7
Also, another thought, ask around and see what seamstresses in your area would charge to make you a pattern & dress that is relatively similar. You’d probably end up paying more than an online replica dealer, but you can go actually look at it, and approve the materials.
Post # 8
I did buy a replica from DressilyMe, and I couldn’t be happier, it turned out amazing! They will tell you what they can, and can’t do which I respect a lot. Jasmine’s work looks to be excellent (from what I see on here, never seen one in person) but a little pricier. Still a great savings over the original! Good luck!
Post # 9
I bought mine from Janemabridal.com I can’t say enough good things about this place! The quality was WAY higher than the dress it was replicating! The original had pockets and they didn’t include that is the replica which I was sad about, but I had a local seamstress fix that for $25. In total I spent $325 on my dress with alterations. Best deal ever according to the seamstress who has been altering bridal dresses for 30 years!
Post # 10
Never. If I can’t wear the real thing, I would just buy a different dress that is within my budget.
Post # 11
I bought one off line, looked AMAZING in the pictures, but when I got it, It WASN”T!! It looked similar to the picture, and the construction was good, but it had poorer quality materials & since they didn’t have the real pattern, they were just guestimating the design in some areas. This caused some major design/fit issues & It would have cost me $100s of dollars to get it fixed to actually look right…..I ended up having to buy one at the store instead. If you do buy offline, I would suggest following recommendations of some of the bees above who had great experiences. You will prob have to spend @least $300. A $150 dress will not be what you want.