- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
So I took the plunge and order a dress from China, from Elegant Park (which may be the same thing as Duosheng/Duoshung). I took a lot of advice offered from @efitzger (http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/custom-dress-china-dress-review-real-pictures), namely:
1)Order with a lot of lead time. She suggested lying about your wedding date, but you could also just order at least 2-3 months in advance, and have a back up option (I knew there was DB dress that I could wear off the rack for less than $200, and found a “bridal’ looking dress at a store for less than $30 that I knew would work for me).
2)Be nice. No, seriously, BE. NICE. You can catch a whole lot more flies with honey than vinegar. I was extra nice, and was rewarded with an extra nice CS rep that went above and beyond to make my dress experience as awesome as possible- I got price discounts, he talked to the designers for me, even managed to get me shot of my dress before it was shipped out to me. Awesomeness.
3)Be VERY specific. English may not be the first language, so keep that in mind when you write out what you want. I asked for pictures of their actual work, and then provided them with pictures of what I want. I specifically asked for NO sequins anywhere on my dress. I got no sequins on my dress. I asked for a corset back, 8 layers of netting, floor length, off-white color, wide belt, etc. I gave pictures and examples of every.single.thing.I.asked. for. Everything I asked for was done. My dress was exactly what I asked for.
Other things I noticed that helped:
4) Be flexible/realistic: I realize that beyond feathers, my dress was simple to make. If you have a complicated dress, be realistic for what you ask- you’re getting a $6,000 dress for $200. Do you really expect the beading to be exact? Be realistic with what you’re asking to happen. The feathers on my dress aren’t exactly like the Pronovias Primor (which I actually tried on, but “liked” not “loved.”) but are pretty to me, and work great with the dress. I asked for a belt that would look nice with it that just had beading, and kinda let them do their thing. It worked out great for me. However, I had a very vague idea of what I wanted, which also helped.
5) KNOW what you want. I would suggest trying on a dress as close as possible to what you want-it decreases the chances you’ll be disappointed in the dress you get. I actually tried on the Pronovias Primor (ironically, the dress I really wanted was on lightinthebox.com, but I wasn’t willing to pay their price for it and I couldn’t try it on, so I went to try on the dress I think it was based on. I liked the dress, but didn’t love it-I hated the belt, wanted a different color, wanted a different back, etc). When I ordered my dress, I knew that a feathered top with a tulle skirt would look good on me because I had tried it on.
6) Trust your CS rep/contact person: I would ask for things (like pockets on my dress, or changing the skirt from tulle/netting to taffeta/cotton). The CS rep would talk to the designers, and they would tell me what was possible, and what probably wouldn’t look right. I listened to them. The belts they made for me were based almost completely on his (and the designers) suggestion. I love my dress, and the 2 belts they made for me. Granted, I was scared about it, but it worked out fine-for me. I could see how this could’ve gone really wrong though.
My dress came wrapped tightly inside a garmet bag, inside of a box:
From Drop Box
(with a really sweet note from my CS rep Leo)
and a picture of me in the dress (although I it’s on me kind of crooked, but you get the idea)
From Drop Box
I also got extra feathers, just in case. Hope this helps someone else looking for a dress. I was really happy with what I got from Elegant Park.