(Closed) buying dresses from the internet

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I did, and I had a very good experience.  I did my preliminary dress shopping in the stores, then went to the internet to find more things that I thought I would like, then found stores that carried the dresses I wanted to try. 

Then when I had decided, I picked the online shop with the best price and called up their physical store because:
1) I didn’t see anywhere on the site that specified whether they were an authorized dealer, so I wanted to ask. (they were)
2) I was hoping to get some advice on sizing and delivery time.
3) I wanted to request a swatch.
4) There was no way I was ordering something this important and this expensive without speaking to someone at the store! 

Definitely a good experience working with the folks at thebridalshop.com 

I do recommend that if you try to negotiate with a bricks-and-mortar shop, you say that you found a better price "at another shop" as the shop people tend to scoff at the idea of internet wedding dress shopping.

It’s also a little bit of a hassle to need to find someone for alterations, but I guess you get that with some local shops, as well. 

Post # 4
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1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I did it! My BMs are all over the country though, so it’s not like we could have even used a local bridal shop for ordering or alterations. I used Netbride. The prices were great and Meg was really accommodating with my flakiness (she must have given me the same quotes on a bajillion dresses 5 times). My delivery date was Aug. 4, and they came at the beginning of July. I’d definitely do it again this way.

Post # 5
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93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

If you are nervous, maybe think about buying the same dress from a regular store instead of a bridal store. The dresses would be the girls actual sizes instead of bridal sizes.

Post # 9
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6 posts
Newbee

I was really tempted to buy online because I found several sites with really good prices, but in the end I couldn’t bring myself to do it because I really wanted the personal attention to detail that my local dress shop would give me, especially for alterations and such.

Post # 10
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200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I don’t see why you can’t buy online.  Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t but if you have enough time, and you’re very clear on their return policies, then why not? A lot of places charge a 10% restocking charge and you have to return the dress fairly quickly if you decide you don’t want it. I ordered a gown online and although it looked horrible and I had to send it back and ended up having one made, I still don’t think it’s an altogether bad idea.

Post # 11
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282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I bought my gown on eBay. It was listed as a size 4. They sent a size 12 petite. They never answered my emails to have the problem rectified. Luckily, the dress only cost $100, but having it brought from a 12 to a 4 cost another $120, and I have to add a good 6 inches of lace to the bottom to make up for the short hem.

(It’s "wary", not "weary." Wary means cautious. Weary means tired.) 

Post # 12
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65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Mine was a Maggie Sottero…well, actually a Sottery and Midgley.  And it’s perfect!

Post # 13
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7 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2007

I bought my wedding dress & all 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from Netbride.com and had a fantastic experience with them.  The dresses came a month (or two?) earlier than expected, and the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses were $100+ cheaper than at the bridal salons. 

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