Post # 1
Just wondering Bees, I can’t seem to find wedding dresses or even evening dresses in my area that I like and that are within my budget. I live in Québec, that’s about 6 hours from the closest David’s Bridal shop. I see there are many dresses under 500 (that would fit my budget) online, but I don’t know if I should buy it from them, or turn to Chinese copied dresses ? Both solutions scare me because in the case of DB : it’s more expensive and I’m not sure I can get a refund. But at least, they are ”real” quality dresses. While for Chinese copies, since I want either lots of lace or a very fitted, fishtail dress, I am afraid it won’t come out as great and be a disaster. Since I’m on such a small budget, I really can’t afford to lose hundreds of dollars if it doesn’t work, and I can’t afford to buy another one either.
Any advice ? :S
Post # 3
I love lace and wanted mine fitted as well. so i went to ebay and ordered a knockoff. funny thing was is i like the dress expect the top looked completly different than what i wanted which was a sweetheart. so i spend 50 bucks to return it to china so i could get at least 100 back from it. but it got returned to me saying the place didnt exsist any more 🙁 so i went to DB and found a sweetheart lace dress. i didnt really know how it would turn out cuz i live in alaska and cant try on a single wedding gown unless it was a friends.
I mean its hard to tell what its really going to look like on you. well i loved it! i mean it wasnt my 5000 dream dress but it was sure close enough. in fact..it was was prettier in person than i imagened it could be. comparing the two dresses. china vs DB. the fabric was so much more elegant on the DB dress. it actually f-ing sparkled when i moved. the lace from the chinese dress was really crappy. like an old curtain. its funny how i didnt notice till i had it up against the DB dress. i ended up paying 600 for the DB dress but it was worth it. everyone loved it!!
If i were you i would def. take my chances with DB. i cant remember if they did refunds or not but i would think they would at least let you trade for another dress. now that i ended up with two. im using my chinese knock off for a wreck the dress shoot:) hope this helps!!
Post # 4
Thank you for your answer. Your dress looks amazing, and 600 bucks, I’m really impressed ! I think I just doubt myself when it comes to measurements and all, what if I order the wrong size, what if it doesn’t look that good on me ?
On vacation, I’ve tried on prom dresses of different styles (A-line, Empire waist, mermaid/fit and flare, and trumpet/fishtail). I didn’t bother to try on ballgown because I do not want a big dress, I really want something that hugs my body. The only style that was a wow effect both on me and my Fiancé was the trumpet/fishtail dress with ruffles. It looked a bit like this:
I’ve tried to find gowns that would look less ”prom”, in darker colors maybe since it’s a winder wedding, but until now I haven’t found anything I like, and especially not under 500$ (and even my initial budget was 400 so really, I do not wish to pay more than 500). I would even buy a consignation dress if I could, but there is no store like that in my area, unfortunately !
So although I know which shape I’m looking for (but haven’t really decided on the material : could be chiffon if I go for ruffles, or simply a lace dress with the trumpet shape), if I order online, I need to know the correct measurements and that’s what stresses me the most, not being able to try it on first.
Post # 5
I just bought my dress from DB and I say it was a good buy! Never tried on the dress but I loved it in the magazine! Came in 4 days! 😀 had a good experience shopping on DB online! Totally in love with my dress!(:
Post # 6
I just bought my dress online from David’s Bridal. I was happy with the experience except that it took longer than expected to ship (lots of winter storms during shipping), and I only had 2 days to decide whether or not to keep or return it. I decided to keep it. Here is the link to my dress. It’s pretty simple and definitely within budget.
Post # 7
Try bhldn as well! They sell online and they DO allow returns. Another store that allows online returns is Nordstrom. They have a lot of beautiful gowns that are <1K 🙂