Post # 1
HI Bees, As my second official topic here on the wonderfull wedding bee i would like to ask for some advise! First off I am not a dress person, I dont wear them unless I have to and I’m fairly certain I’m not going to have the Say yes moment. Second, Im on a very tight budget and dresses from China are looking ver good to me right now!
I have found a dress on Etsy that comes from China, the seller has lots of great feedback so I”m not too worried about that part. I went to Davids Bridal tonight and tried on dresses. I tried a few different shapes and like the natural waist ball gownish (but not to puffy). The problem is the dress I love on Etsy has a top that they did not have there, It is a V neck sleeveless top and I think it will look good but I cant be sure, I tried cap sleeves and halter and I liked them both fine so this should be ok?
Would you buy a dress you hadnt tried on before?
Post # 3
Yes, 100%. I do love wearing dresses and pretty much had the same experience you describe: found a dress I love, realized it was a major designer dress at a Priscilla of Boston (which were out of biz), it was listed as $3500 in the store! and now was discontinued. I tried on other dresses at David’s and another store, but ended up ordering a replica overseas. I’m very happy with my decision. Good luck to you!
Post # 4
I personally would not buy a wedding dress without trying it on, but I have an extremely annoying figure. I have to try on EVERYTHING before I buy it, because 9 x out of 10 it won’t suit my shape. So if you have a figure that allows you to pick something off a rack, without trying it on and 99% of the time it will look fine, then go for it. If you do not have one of these body shapes, I’d suggest you keep shopping. I ended up buying something for $650 from a bridal store that I love. There are SO many beautiful dresses out there.
Post # 5
I ordered from China and was very happy. I would suggest trying on something in a similar cut to the dress you’d like to order, though.
Post # 6
I ordered a dress from JBS which I did not try on. I tried on MANY dresses, but I was looking for a non-traditional style- ie- Jenny Packham, Pettibone, etc. I found Gwendolynne Burkin from Australia. I saw her Cleopatra dress and thought it was just what I was looking for. I worked with Jasmine’s and they made my dress and I love it.
If you know what styles generally look good on you, you may be fine ordering one tha is similar to other dresss styles you’ve tried (trumpet, fit/flare, sheath). Mine is sheath style, so a little less risky I guess.
Here is my posting about JBS in case you’re interested.
My Jasmine's Bridal experience- Excellent
Post # 7
I personally would not buy a wedding dress without trying it on. I’m assuming it’s non returnable non refundable correct? Too risky for me unless it’s at a super amazing price and that godforbid I hated it there was still enough time to order a dress through a bridal salon.
Post # 8
My dress was an Etsy dress from California and it was perfect. Worried at first and I didnt even go try on other dresses at all. This was the dress I wanted, sent them the pic, sent them my measurements and TA DA!!! It was perfect. So I would say yes. Here are my pics
Post # 9
Thanks for the reply bees! I just figured out how to reply from cellphone so I can finally respond 🙂 The dress is $210 with shipping so I’m ok with the risk, although if I have to buy another it kind of defeats the purpose of saving on it! I have tried on different shapes and its the shape I like its just the top that is a bit iffy. I do know that I’m more comfortable with some sort of sleeve I just couldn’t find the right one in the store. That dress looks great on you! ( I can’t look up your user name in html 🙁 but you know who you are lol) I will try and post a pic of the dress while on my phone. I’m not sure if I can.
Post # 11
@AlbertaLolita: That’s very pretty!
Post # 12
I purchased my dress without trying it on. I saw it in person though and even held it up to myself and looked in a mirror. The thrift store I purchased from had no fitting room. If you know your exact measurements, ordering online should not be a problem.