Post # 1
While I was looking at dresses, the clerk notified us that their dresses were made in China. She mentioned this to allow us the proper time to order the gown, since workers in China take a month off for the New Year.
Initially I did not think anything of it. Later my Father expressed that he did not want a dress made in China, he would prefer a dress made in the United States.
Did you consider where the dress was made, when you picked your gown? Why or why not? Do you think there is a difference in quality?
Post # 3
This sounds like your dad just wants to support American workers and trade.
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter where it is made. If you love it, you love it. It could be made in Tanzania, who cares!
Post # 4
Not really, as long as it’s made without child labor or things of that nature.
Post # 5
I didn’t think too hard about it, but, if all else were equal, I’d probably choose a dress made in a place where I felt people were being paid a living wage for their work. My dress was made in Canada (Lea-Ann Belter)
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I care, but not enough for it to change my decision because the simple facts are that I only had so much money. If I have a larger budget, I would’ve been able to afford an American-made dress. Instead, I went with a company that is at least American owned so that I am employing Americans in the design and management end of things. For the most part, I’d have had to pay over $4000 to get a dress made in America that I would’ve liked. Wasn’t gonna happen.
Post # 7
@mrsSonthebeach: That is really thoughtful of you. I did notice that there I have seen incresed prices on the American and Canadian made gowns.
Initially I was just looking to find the right dress, I hadn’t really thought of the bigger picture.
Post # 8
I never really thought about it when I was trying on dresses. It is kind of neat to know that my dress was made in Toronto, though 🙂
Post # 9
I’d have preferred a dress made in north america, but ended up with a Canadian designer that still produces in china. All the parts falling into place of a style i loved, made in na, and at my price point just wasn’t goin to happen.
Post # 10
When I bought my dress, at a second hand store, it didn’t occur to me where it was made, if it was made with child’s hands in China or a 30 year old in the basement of an old decrepit building in Canada because she is an illegal alien… until now!
Let me go see the tag if any… Le Gala by Mon Cheri – So my dress is probably a PROM DRESS… but I still love it and will be wearing it on my wedding day as my wedding dress.
Couldn’t find any information on where they make their dresses…
Post # 11
@happyface: I’m happy you found a dress you love! I kind of feel the same way. I just didn’t think anything about it. Until my Father’s comment.
Now I am wondering if a lot of wedding dresses are made in ‘sweat shops’, by child labor or disadvantaged workers. It’s a question that I really do not know the answer to. But it would be rather sad if these dresses, that we all covet and mark the day that is regarded as ‘One of the happiest of our lives,’ were made in poor conditions.
Post # 12
Yes for sure. My daughter’s dress is made in the USA by Modern Trousseau. We as a family try our best to support anything we can made in the USA. If we want our families and friends employed, we have to start doing this when possible. Modern Troussea will custom do any changes you want without extra charge, embroider your monogram inside in blue, give you a sketch of the dress, all at no extra charge, have beautiful boutiques, and make the brides feel special. The fabrics are all very lovely as well. AND, you don’t have to order your dress so ridiculously early because they aren’t made in China. My father fought for our country and this is just one small way I support my country. Can’t always do it but we try. PS!!! These are couture dresses and the prices are far more reasonable than for average made dresses from china!!!!!!
Post # 13
A “made in America” dress will almost always feature that wording prominently so that people who want to specifically buy American-made can easily identify it. If yours doesn’t say “Made in America” then it’s pretty safe to assume it was made in China, Costa Rica, Guatemala or Poland although there sare quite a few other countries where it could also have come from.
A wedding dress is a big-ticket item even with the lower cost of labor from these countries, so an American made dress is going to cost more than one not made in America, and the most expensive will be those where the fabric itself is made in America as well.
If you take the extra care to buy an American-made wedding gown, which is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase, I hope you’re buying all your everyday items American-made too. Everything from socks to the tires on your car can be made overseas and while purchasing the big-ticket item American made is a nice gesture, it’s the daily consumables that are keeping the most people employed.
Post # 14
I guess I would always prefer to buy made in America for most things, I kind of make it a game to buy things made in Ohio and specifically Cleveland if I can.
Post # 15
Like others have said, as long as it wasn’t made with child labor, I don’t care where my dress was made. It just happens that it was made in America but that’s because I ordered it from a seller on Etsy who is based in Missouri. I would have no qualms about buying a dress made overseas and if I could buy a second dress or were doing a vow renewal I would probably buy my dress from a Chinese replica shop just because they all look so well made and are so dirt cheap.
Post # 16
Yes it mattered. I considered gowns made in USA and Canada. The one I purchased was made it Spain. If I was interested in a gown made in china I would have went straight to a replica shop and saved $$.