(Closed) designer wedding dresses vs. knock off dresses

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

If you buy online or a bridal shop, be prepared for alterations if they don’t fit right the first time.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I went another route, but here’s my two cents. The main issue that I’ve seen with some bridal shop dresses and with online dresses is that that the boning often isn’t up to scratch and buckles during the day (leaving your dress looking a bit odd and the boning digging into your flesh).

So get underwear that does 95% of the shaping for you (shapewear or a corset or at the very least a very supportive bra, if you don’t want the dress to do any shaping) and rely on the boning in the dress just to keep the dress in the right shape.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Get a consignment or used dress over an online one. Many people are happy with their online purchase but (IMHO) they do not look the same.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Nothing wrong with knock off dresses but just don’t expect them to be exactly like the genuine dresses.

As a bee said, the boning and structure of knock-offs might not be up to scratch. I’ve seen some bees with really amazing replicas though but those replicas aren’t the cheapest either (probably about $1000). I find $1000 a lot for a ‘copycat’. A genuine dress could be sold 2nd hand for perhaps half the price.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am definitely considering a knock-off. I don’t much care for brands so it’s really about the look of the dress and whether it fits and is flattering. I’m also thinking cost, do I work an extra 75-100 hours to pay the difference of having the original +  alterations vs. have a very similar dress made to my measurements…. hmm…. lemme think. And this would be for what is considered a very inexpensive dress here.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@bellasmommy09:  I’m also going to try to find a site with good reviews, get pics of the dress before it’s sent and try not to get my hopes up too high and not be too picky. I want a plain dress too so that should help, I’ve heard mixed things about lace and beading details and they’re not really my thing anyways. Good luck! 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m going the knock-off route.  I ordered a dress from China, and while I’m a little nervous, deep down I’m thinking (praying) the dress will be alright.  I’ve never really been into designer names, and also never really been super concerned about my wedding dress.  Of course i want to look beautiful, etc. on my wedding day, but it was really hard for me to justify even a $1000 dress with alterations.  Maybe because there wasn’t really a dress I tried on and loved to pieces.  Anyway, at the advice of another bee, I ordered from BigDayDress.com, and it should be here within the next few weeks. *Fingers crossed* The original dress was $3500, and I bought it for $400. 

 

 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I would do just about anything, personally, to not buy a knock off. I’d rather buy consignment or at a discount salon (David’s, Alfred Angelo, etc.). I know many girls are happy with their knock-offs, but I always think they look pretty bad whenever someone post pictures. I don’t say anything to those particular brides; it’s their choice, and I’m glad they are happy, but I know I would be furious if I spent anything, even just a few hundred, on something that looked that bad.

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