(Closed) Buying dress online vs. getting one at a store??

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I bought mygown online. It was inexpensive, brand new and needs alterations….but most gowns do. I got a 1200 dollar gown for 225. Not sure how much alterations will be but I love that price ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
5955 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would personally never buy anything like this without trying it on (of course, if you can return it once you’ve purchased online that’s fine).  The reality is that wedding gowns look completely differnt on your body than they do on either the hanger or the model.  It’s not just the shape (and these dresses are shapes that we don’t wear often) but also the fabric, the movement, etc.  

The only way I’d buy online is if I’d already tried the dress on and fallen in love, or if there was a good return policy (for example, from JCrew or Nordstroms).

Post # 6
480 posts
Helper bee

@cbgg:  This. 

Another thing to be concerned with is authenticity. Make sure the online dress is from the original designer, like as a pre-owned dress. A lot of online bridal stores are just replica sites with designer’s stock photos, which can be a way to get your dream dress for a low cost. But make sure you know for sure and that you’re comfortable either way. 

Post # 7
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Agreed! Make sure it’s the real deal, or if it’sa replica, make sure it’s from Jasmine’s or DressilyMe (because most of the rest of the sites have HORRIBLE reviews!)

Post # 8
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cbgg:  + 1! 

I bought a gown online, and ended up reselling it. The dress was gorgeous- brand new Mori Lee, still with tags, marked down from $1600 to $400. The problem for me was that I was so focused on the deal that I never had “the moment” with the dress. I was sort of just making it work. I ended up buying in person at a bridal salon. 

In retrospect, I should have fallen in love with a style before buying online!

Post # 9
1014 posts
Bumble bee

I bought my gown online, and I was very happy with it.  I did my research first to make sure that the online store I was buying from was reputable, however my reason for buying online was that no brick and mortar stores in my country carried the dress I wanted.  If I could have bought it from a brick and mortar store, then I probably would have been prepared to pay a bit more, as there is more risk in buying online, but fortunately it worked out for me.  I’m going to take it to a local seamstress to get it altered.


Post # 10
1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I think buyimg a dress online is a great idea for a lot of women, but first you should go to a bridal salon and try on dresses in different silhouettes so you can see what you like best on YOUR body. You may be surprised, and besides, it’s fun, and can’t hurt anything! Just don’t try on anything way over budget on the off-chance you fall in love.

If you do buy online, from a reputable site, and need alterations, you can look up local seamstresses on Yelp or something. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
455 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

if it has returns do it! 

Post # 12
2167 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@_adrisabel:  I would absolutely never buy a wedding gown I had not tried on first. Jeans or a new sweater bought online? Sure. Wedding gown? Never. 


Post # 14
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I would NOT reccomend buying a dress online or doing a replica dress. Buy your dress from an authorized retailer or pre-owned. 

Working in the wedding dress business I have seen way too many brides come in tears running down their face because their ‘dream dress replica’ was really just glitter glued onto the bust, seams glued together… lace feels like a $5 walmart shirt… not what you want on your big day.

The other thing to consider is a poorly made dress will require a lot more in alterations and structural garments. If you’re trying to get a look on a budget check out Casablanca, Mori Lee, Allure Romance, and Stella York. You can get really great looks without the huge pricepoint! Show your consultant at the boutique the styles you like. You’ll find the dress of your dreams!!! 

Post # 15
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I bought my wedding dress from an actual bridal store. I will never buy a wedding dress online (not even my bridesmaids’ dresses either).  I feel safer buying one from a bridal store who are authorized retailers of the designer I chose to guarantee authenticity. I admit, I still haven’t seen my dress in person nor have I tried it on but that’s because my dress is from the Spring 2014 collection and no stores near my area have a sample for me to try on. However, the bridal store where I purchased my dress at had me try on similar gowns from the same designer to make sure I like the fit on me.

Before coming across this website, I actually have never heard of buying a wedding dress online or having a replica made. Till this day, I still don’t like the idea, and I still don’t trust buying one online or having a replica made from China.

I have nothing against online buying, but I am too scared to take that risk with my wedding dress. I also see quite a few brides who are unhappy with their replica dresses. But then again, they are only replicas and will most likely not be as good as the original dresses from the designers. You pretty much get what you pay for.

This is just my honest opinion, and I hope I don’t offend other brides. Good luck and I hope you find the dress of your dreams!

Post # 16
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@_adrisabel:  I loved the in-store dress shopping experience, but am definitely not opposed to buying online. I would make sure you are able to try the dress on in a store first though as the return policy online is not always great.

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