(Closed) China Replica….the great debate!

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Should I order the Replica
    Go for it! What is $200 in the scheme of wedding planning : (50 votes)
    58 %
    Don't do it... just not worth the risk : (36 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
    158 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i actually just bought the isadora ann and isadora marie off of udreamybridal.com yesterday. so i say go for it!

    Post # 4
    113 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I also went for it! I love it! Just be sure to research the site u order from…I researched at least 20, before I made my final decision.

    Post # 5
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I think you should go for it! It’s really pretty and it’s nice you’ll get to wear it for a reception dres also!

    Post # 7
    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am having the same dilema.  I am simply trying to save money because I had to spend more than expected on my venue.  It sounds like others were happy with ordering from these sites and at least this dress looks basic enough where they really couldn’t screw it us too bad.  I have a theory that it is the ultra complicated ruching details that are likely to throw foreign manufacturers through a loop.  Go for it and good luck!

    Post # 8
    4770 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think you love it too much to be content with a replica.  Replicas are cheap for a reason and you won’t have the dress you are in love with.  If you’re lucky, at best you’ll have a dress good enough to wear.  Even if it kinda looks like it you’ll be able to tell the difference, like the pic from homegirl, the details of the original are just not there in the replica.  From your passion for this dress, I think you’re setting yourself up for dissapointment if you order it from china.

    You should ask the store if yo can buy if off the rack or inquire about rush delivery.

    Post # 9
    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    From what I’ve read onthe boards here, it sounds like a lot of brides have had good experiences with buying a replica. Seems like if you do your research, maybe get some recommendations, you would be in good shape! I absolutely LOVE the dress you posted! Still drooling…

    Post # 10
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    dresses with lace and embellishments usually don’t turn out very well as replicas because the quality of the material is really important. are you willing to throw away the cost of the replica and buy a new dress if it doesn’t turn out well?

    Post # 11
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @Miss CuppyCake:  Hey… your from Pittsburgh!   Yay….

    The dress is drop dead gorgeous.

    I too say go for it.  The price is definetly right.

    And I think that these bridal shops and designers are getting too carried away with thier ridiculous prices.  You would think that they would lower the prices on gowns to sell more but that is just not the case.

    I am dying to purchase Alfred Angelo 812, but I’m not paying $1700 for it.  I am trying to find a great Chinese vendor to replicate it for me. 

    Good luck.

    Post # 14
    2321 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Though I said, ‘go for it’, I would’ve liked if NetBride.com carried Maggie. But they don’t. So go for it and order overseas. Research the seller or get names from this board from brides who have ordered from overseas. Give yourself enough time before ordering to receive it. This way, if you don’t like it AT ALL, you can 1) exchange it or 2) find something locally.

    Also visit consignment shops in your area and see if you can find something similar. Check ‘preownedweddingdresses.com’ also to see if you can find something similar.

    If you end up ordering overseas then give bigger size than your actual size. It’s easier to take the dress in than to take it out. Also some dresses have no hem room to take out! (Especially overseas ones.)

    That is all I can think of right now. I will write more later if something pops into my head!


    Post # 15
    5271 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I ordered my dress from Jeff Liu/ Aprils Bridal and LOVED it!!! He did an amazing job!

    BUT, your dress is lace, and very detailed (i.e. the lace, the sparkly detail,) typically these dresses are not as exact matches as others that don’t have the embellishments are.

    BUT, I will also note that I did alot of research about China dresses b/c I was very scared about putting my eggs into this basket. The number 1 reason dresses are less expensive is due to the cost of fabric, you are buying it at cost vs. paying the upcharge. Also, you save by not having to pay the designer & pay for a designer label. Third, the reason many dresses are so exp in the US, is you have to pay all the back cost of getting the dress there (ie. you are paying the actual dressmaker, the designer, all the overhead there, as well as the overhead of the bridal shop in the US – all this combined is why dresses are less exp ordering directly from the dressmakers themselves.

    Even though your dress is detailed, I still say go for it! Even though it won’t be exact, it will still be very pretty!

    Post # 16
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @AnnieAAA:  May I have Jeff Liu’s contact information?

    I am hearing waaaayyy too much about him.  I have to give him a try.

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