(Closed) designer knockoffs

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I ordered a Monique Lhuillier "Scarlet" knock off from bridaldress4u.com. They are also on Ebay bridal_dress_for_you (I think)

I couldn’t be happier with my dress. I paid 1/10th of the cost for the real dress.  I sent them my custom sizes and they even added about 4" of length at no extra cost.  I need a few alterations but overall the dress is amazing.  Good Luck! 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Why not just bring a picture of the dress you like to bridal shops and ask if they have a similar style in your price range? 

 I guess it all depends on what you like about the dress to begin with.  The type of fabric, quality of stitching, and design details are what make designer dresses so expensive (in addition to the designer’s unique artistic style).  Substitutions will have to be made somehow to bring the price down —  Silk becomes satin… French Alencon lace becomes domestic lace.  It’s a little tough to tell by an internet picture what subtle changes will be made to the original design.  Would you still be happy with the dress if the fabrics are a little off?

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’ve been stalking peridress.com and I’m planning on ordering through them. (Mori Lee 2147.) There are a couple of haters on the feedback forum, but also a bunch of satisfied brides who have posted pictures. I’m also ordering very early so I have time to order the dress "for real" if I need to, and I figure I can afford to lose $160 if it comes out completely horrendous. It’s a gamble, but I’m going to do it. I’ll let you know how it turns out (I won’t be ordering for at least a few more weeks) if you want. Just PM me so I won’t forget.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

You can buy the Marisa version of the Melissa Sweet Lia.  The Marisa 726 model is almost identical and is a fraction of the cost.  Check out bridal salons that carry Marisa and you may even be able to order it through http://www.netbride.com or http://www.pearlsplace,com or http://www.RKbridal.com for more discounts on Marisa gowns.  GL!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Just like kimbeerlee, I to purchased my dress from bridal_dress_for_you.  They have an ebay store and an online store.  I ended up ordering a dress based on an ML dress.  For the price I paid, I was very satisfied. I actually spoke with on of their buyers and asked about their purchase before ordering the dress myself.  I was also very nervous about getting ripped off (especially since I made the purchae through their online store rather than ebay).
And yes, they leave excess fabric for alterations.  They are willing to custom make a dress as long as you send in enough pictuers for the overall look.  If my dress wasn’t in alterations, I’d send you some pictures, but I won’t pick up the dress until next week.

 http://bridaldress4u.com/main/

good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

how are you finding dresses for $160?  everytime i click on a dress it’s closer to 500 dollars…

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I would be really cautious of ordering a gown for $160, especially if you are expecting it to look like the real one as it will not and you will get wha t you pay for(quality wise).  You can find designer gowns at a lower price through websites like Pearl’s Place, netbride.com, Chrissy O’s, RK Bridal and they have been widely used by brides. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Don’t worry, I’m aware of what I’m going to get for $160. (the $160 is on peridress.com; I noticed bridaldress4u is more expensive.) But I agree — I wouldn’t do this unless you were willing to take the risk financially and quality-wise. Unfortunately, I’m not looking for a designer dress that’s $1000 cheaper than retail; my budget was already under $1000 and I need it to be even lower.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

hwong- give us an update when you get it

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2009

hi michelleanne,

i bought the melissa sweet lia knockoff from a boutique in Huntington beach.  If you are in southern CA, you should try that store. PM me and i’ll give you the info.  If not, when is you’re wedding?  Mine is January 2009 so if you’re willing to wait, I can sell you mine.  Regardless, let me know if you want the info to the store. 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I bought my dress on ebay and it was a private label knockoff. They wanted $1600 for the orignal and i paid $200 (after i got my alterations) my dress was so perfect, i honestly couldn’t see anything wrong with it at all and i had a TON of compliments on it. I don’t know how to post an image… but if anyone wants to see a picture of my dress pm me

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Does anyone have pics of or comments regarding of their Lhuillier knock-off? Bridaldress4u.com has pics on their website but they’re not terribly detailed. Does any bride (not a rep for the company) have any comments on quality of materials and variation from the original? I’m very interested in having the 2 piece Jacqueline top paired with the tea-length Violet bottom but even the preowened versions I’ve found on line are out of my price range. I’m trying to keep the dress below 1K.

A link to the real deal:

http://oncewed.com/find.cfm?listingID=118&name=Monique_Lhuillier_Jacqueline_Top_Violet_Bottom

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Hi Tessinseattle, I can send you pics of my ML dress if you message me your email address. 

Overall, the material of my ML dress was not the same as when I tried on the original, but I didn’t expect it to be since the prices were so low.  The silk satin was thinner. 

I was still happy with my purchase since I saved $2600.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2009

Hi,  I’m wearing the Melissa Sweet Lia knock off for my wedding in January. It’s by Marisa style number 726…It’s exactly the same look as the one you want.  I got mine a few months back and I love it!

here’s the link for you to see the dress from a site that i was looking through:

http://www.preownedweddingdresses.com/dresses/4384/Marisa-726-Size-2.html

Good Luck!

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