(Closed) Buying Gowns Online?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
5788 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think its a bad idea to buy a wedding dress without ever trying one on. You really don’t know what looks best on you until you try some on. 

Post # 5
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

I bought my dress on ebay without having tried on that exact dress.  I had tried on the deigner though.  I was out of the country as well.  I got a $1800 dress for $300.  I loved my dress!  I think the most important thing is that you get a dress that is big enough for you.  You can always tailor a dress DOWN, but you can’t necessarily let out a dress that is too small (and you shouldn’t torture yourself trying to “diet down” to fit a dress either).  But I say go for it!

Side note: are you sure you want to buy a dress so soon?  Your wedding is in February, you have plenty of time still…

Post # 6
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi, you can see my experience from this link.  I think your luck is about 50/50 and 70/30 if you do your research.


My dress from China


Post # 7
1020 posts
Bumble bee

which SoCAl bridal shops did you call? i know a few that carry great selections that i can share with you.

which dress are you looking for?

Post # 8
216 posts
Helper bee

I also bought my dress online while overseas from ebridalsuperstore. It had a no return policy and I ordered a size up as they recommend. I liked the dress, but it didn’t look exactly as I expected it would from the model photo. The alterations in bringing it in were very expensive and I felt that all the seamstresses I saw were raising the prices since I did not purchase the dress from them. I ended up buying a David’s bridal Gown online (also site unseen) in my size with a 30-day return policy and no alterations needed. I am now stuck with the first one and trying to sell it.

if you buy a dress online without having ever tried it,  be prepared that you may be stuck with it. You may not like it. Or the alterations in bringing it down an entire size might not look right for dress or might be expensive. It’s a huge risk and I’m kind of sorry I did it. It’s better to just wait and buy a dress off the rack when you get back or to buy one online from a place with a return policy.

Post # 9
3219 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I bought 2 dresses online! One from China that i LOVE and I also had one custom made from Etsy that wasnt what I wanted πŸ™

Post # 11
1020 posts
Bumble bee

that’s such a pretty dress! i love the lace and the neckline πŸ™‚ when i first started dress shopping, i had my mind set at an Allure gown as well, but after trying on in person, i changed my mind.

try calling La Soie (two locations: Pasadena and Torrance. VERY good service) and Karoza (Glendale. service is kind of “fake”, but they have A LOT of samples to try on). there are also a few more in Torrance if you do decide to go to Torrance.

call around, you never know what you’ll find πŸ™‚

also, you might want to check out Maggie Sottero and Enzoani (and its “Blue by Enzoani” line), they are both pretty popular brands but have dresses at around the same range as Allure.

Post # 13
1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would never under any circumstances buy a dress online that I was not able to try on first. You can’t tell what the dress is going to look like on a real person compared to an airbrushed model. If you do order the dress sight unseen, you are stuck with it and you won’t be able to get back on Ebay or wherever what you paid for it.

Go to a local bridal salon and try on everything and be open to styles you never would have thought about. Often, the dresses that you like in the magazines don’t look anything at all similar when you put them on so don’t get your hopes up that you will. On the same token, the dresses that look boring on the hanger may look stunning once you try them on, as many brides will attest to from their own experiences.

Post # 14
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If there is any way to get to a bridal shop where you are, I would definitely make the effort.  At the very least, you will know what you want in terms of silhouette, fabric, etc.  Hopefully friends or family in the states can visit a local shop and see that dress or a very similar one in person.  If they are close to your size, even better if they try it on.  There are plenty of reputable on-line companies and some have return policies.

Post # 15
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

RESEARCH the establishment you wish to purchase the dress from. The first place I ordered my dress from (Gioavonni’s Bridal) did such a horrible job on the dress that I did not wear it and so in the interest of saving money, I threw several hundred bucks away. Had I checked for a BBB rating, I would seen they had a rating of F and would never ordered from them. But I was so thrilled by all the lovely pictures on their site and the glowing reviews that I threw caution to the wind and paid for it dearly.

That being said, many bees have happily ordered their dresses online and were very pleased with their dresses. The dress I actually wore was a Nataya Titanic style wedding dress that I got off of eBay for the amazing price of $100!

All I am saying is check with the BBB and check for consumer complaints BEFORE ordering and you are unlikely to be disappointed!

Post # 16
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

it is right that doing research before ordering online. inquirying the sales of the online shop and check the reviews of the website.

have a good luck!!

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