Post # 1
During my dress shopping I felt very strongly about my love for this dress. I guess I should do a little more shopping and I do have an appointment at David’s Bridal at the end of August, but I tend to be a decisive person who hates shopping and I really loved this dressMy question is–to replica or not to replica? I contacted Jasmine’s Bridal and they said they could do a nice job with designer grade fabric and the highest level of workmanship. It would cost around $800. The cost of the original dress is $3500 plus $550 for alterations.
Jasmine’s was very nice when I contacted them but I guess I am just nervous–I’ve never had a formal gown and I don’t know how replicas come out–I am just wondering if I should bite the bullet and shell out the money for the original or take a chance with the replica. Buying the original would definitely strain my budget quite a bit but I can handle it with some sacrifices.
Other info– Fiance and I are currently looking at venues and are planning a May or Sept 2013 wedding and it might be on the beach! Please advise! Thanks bees!
Post # 3
Have you thought about buying it preowned? This way you get the exact dress and for less money than buying it new.
Post # 4
I would wait until you have a date/venue and make sure this dress will fit in with it. I know my date/venue greatly influenced the dress I bought.
Post # 5
Or I guess you could pick the venue/date around the dress.
Post # 6
I think the real question is what’s your budget? If you can afford the dress, you should go for it.
Post # 7
If the price for the original is out of your budget, I agree that you should search preowned. That is was I did and I got the dress for 1/3 of the price.
Post # 8
Thanks for the opinions. Forgot to mention–I have looked into pre-owned, but I think the sellers are asking for too much. Like $2500. I haven’t tried to negotiate with them, but I think 50-75% off is more reasonable.
Post # 9
@mimi123: I generally like replicas because I am more budget than label conscious however this dress is pretty unique and I think it might be tricky to exactly replicate the puffiness of the second layer and the rigidity of the bow….Maybe they could show you some pictures of dresses theyve replicated before to see how close a match they are…. even if you think the pre-owned ones are too expensive they are still cheaper than the real deal…..think about how much you’d be willing to sell yours for if you paid full price.
Best of luck
Post # 10
@mimi123: I think if you can trust someone to create a replica, go for it! In my personal opinion spending thousands on a dress for one day isn’t necessary. I understand some brides can afford to or are willing to go into debt for their perfect dress, but I think it is very possible to get a beautiful dress for much less 🙂
I voted to go with the replica, or shop around for something less expensive.
Post # 11
I agree with PP who suggested not buying a dress until you get the venue picked out… I wanted/still want the Maggie Sottero Sabelle, but then I thought about the fact that I am having an outside vineyard June wedding in California, and this year that day was 102 degrees out haha… So I went a completely different way and got a Maggie Sottero Carissa, which is going to be WAY more comfortable and way more fitting to the location and time of year. Good luck with whatever you do ! <3
Post # 12
I am selling this wedding dress for $2500, including the veil which is worth $500. I was also nervous about spending that kind of money, but looking back I don’t regret it one bit. It was gorgeous! It looked like I was walking on clouds! Don’t forget, you can also sell it afterwards.
If you are interested, please PM me. My dress is a size 16 (8 street size) taken in 2 sizes. It can be taken in further or let back out to a 16.
Post # 13
Hi everyone and thanks for the help!
I ended up doing more shopping and bought a dress that was much less expensive–$750!
Here it is. Ignore my hair which got screwed up with the veil-fixin: