(Closed) designer wedding dresses vs. knock off dresses

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 32
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964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

As far as knock offs, it all depends on the style of dress.  I wouldn’t chose something with a lot of bead work.  Those are the ones I tend to hear the most horror stories about.  I already got my dress because it was a new dress but Church Street Bridal gets sample dresses from bridal stores all over and sell them for next to nothing and the profits goes to benefit I think abused women.  You can get  a Pnina for 700.

If my dress was older style I would’ve waited to see if they would’ve gotten it in.  You can look them up online they are located in Virginia.

Post # 33
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328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would try going the preowned route. If you see a style or actual dresses you like on the preowned sites, see if you can find the same dresses at local salons to try on first. I’ve seen good and bad replicas and I wouldnt risk it. It would be throwing money away if the dice dont fall in your favor.

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@bellasmommy09:  “Has anyone ordered a wedding dress from dressilyme.com?”

 

With regards to your original post question, I am actually comtemplating the exact same thing throughout the whole of the weekend.  it was spent googling and going through the forums to find out other brides’ experiences with buying a replica or knock off. 

There are HEAPS of reviews of dressilyme.com and it appears that they are great for a very good price.   Just do a search on the top right corner for ‘dressilyme’.  Lots of brides have also sent in pictures of dresses (not on their website) that they would like copied, and I think how it works is they will either say yes or no they can’t do it. And if they can, before they send the dress to you, they send you photos of your finished dress so that you get the chance to make changes.

I am from outside of the US, so my options are even more limited Frown  We basically have one vendor in our country that supplies Maggie.

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@BigDay2012:  NOT AT ALL! 🙂 You definitely get to try it on, and at a nice salon, too.

Consignment is like… I’m not going to ever wear my dress again, so I “sell” it to a shop, but I don’t get any money unless someone buys it. So if you buy a consignment dress, you are paying the store and the original owner (there is one price for the dress, and % goes to the previous bride and a % goes to the store). It’s easy for you, though, you don’t have to track down 8 original owners to try on 8 dresses, you just go to one store. You also only pay the store–the store will pay the original owner.

You can get a really nice designer dress this way and it has only been worn once. And the consignment shop people are usually as nice as or nicer than a regular bridal shop sales consultant. 🙂

Post # 36
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@bellasmommy09:  I used Jeff Liu (April Bridal). I am very happy with my dress. I never tried on the dress I him ‘copy’. It was a dress I had a picture of that had all the elements I wanted.  Here are pictures of the inspiration dress and what he made.

Post # 37
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1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My biggest concern with buying a dress locally is that the average cost of JUST the alterations are more than the total I want to spend on a dress, and I WILL need alterations, I can’t even buy a simple blouse without needing alterations for my unaverage curves (waist hip and bust are all completely difference dress sizes, it’s frustrating). The greatest appeal of the knock-offs for me are that they’re made-to-measure and I can get one for $200-$300 including shipping)

A note on why they’re packed rolled and inside-out, it’s to protect the lovely details on the outside of the dress and keep it as clean as possible if something happens during shipping, I actually wash and keep alot of my clothes inside-out for this reason.

Post # 39
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@lionskitty:  I agree totally. I always have to have dresses taken in to fit me.  The salons I went and tried dresses on wanted around $200 for alterations alone, almost what I paid for my dress.

My dress did come inside out, packed in a plastic bag. It was wrinkled but nothing that a good steaming didn’t take care of.  Besides, I’m sure the ‘salon’ dresses come the same way, most of them are from china too.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@quiltqueen:  Very beautiful dress!!!  Actually, I think fabric in your pic looks silky/smoother and more elegant than the stock photo. 🙂

@bellasmommy09:  I received a response from BigDayDress last night (this time from Sophia; all pre-ordering correspondance/confirmation has been with Nicole:

“Thanks for asking.  The dress is still under processing, we will send you the photos of the final dress before we send out the dress.

Thanks and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.”

So, not sure if that’s good or bad, but I guess if a dress I was making wasn’t finalized, I wouldn’t want to show the soon-to-be owner either.  I’ll keep you posted!

Post # 41
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MadTownGirl:  Thank you for the compliments. The fabric is pretty smooth; I know it’s not the best quality fabric in the world; but it really looks good and the dress is constructed very well.  Although it is a lot of dress; it isn’t very heavy either.

Post # 43
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Bumble Beekeeper

I paid $350 for my brand new, not sample, never worn or tried on Allure…. Just sayin.

I got mine, essentially, from bestbridalprices.com but I bought from their brick-and-mortar store in Illinois. I got 50% off of my dress. They are a legit company, selling real designer dresses. It’s worth looking into.

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