Post # 1
So, I think I found my dress. This has been rather difficult as I’m.not a fan of traditional wedding dresses and what I did like was a few hours away at bhldn. I have an appointment scheduled in June at bhldn. June is the soonest I can arrange an appointment. I’ve been communicating with a stylist from there that has been helping me with accessories. She also kindly informs me that the dress I want is selling fast and they have no plans to replenish it. While I do have an alternative dress, I’m torn.
Fiance suggests I order online to assure me I’ll get my dress though I get my measurements at a local bridal store before I do order online and once I get it, I can get it dry cleaned and altered if necessary. My gut is inclined to agree even though I always did want that special trip to the bridal shop with my loved ones….
What would you do?
Also, do bhldn dresses run true to size? We even said that I might not even need to get it tailored just dry cleaned.
Post # 2
I ordered my dress from the Internet. But, I also ordered a dress from BHLDN and ended up returning it, as it wasn’t what I was expecting at all. As long as you can return the dress, why not order it? If you can’t return it, I would not recommend buying blind. I purchased and returned, err…. A LOT of dresses before I found one that looked, felt and fit the way I hoped it would from the online pictures.
Post # 3
I just bought a dress from preownedweddingdresses.com. I have to up 5 days, after I receive it, to decide if I want to keep it before I ship it back and that’s the only reason why I bought the dress. Most sellers on that site are final sales. It is the style of dress I want but I’m not sure it can be altered down to fit me without compromising the design of the dress. If it can’t be altered I’ll send it back. If I love it and it can be altered down for a good price, then score! It’s half the price of a new dress! If you can return the dress, by all means order online and see what you think.
Post # 4
I just bought a dress from preownedweddingdresses.com as well. The dress that I got is final sale though so if it’s too small or I don’t like it, then I will have to re-sell it on my own. It is my dream dress and I had been stalking it online (and on the show SYTTD) for about a year and a half before I even got engaged. Once the ring was finally on my finger I saw that the very dress that I wanted was being sold on that site, it was around my size no doubt, and it was being sold for about 60% off of the retail price it would be brand new. So I jumped on it without even a second thought. I just loved that dress so much that I was willing to take such a big risk in purchasing it without trying it on. But it’s a style I know will look good on me, so I’m more worried about it not fitting than anything else. I’m still waiting on it to be shipped to me, so I’m hoping that this works out in the end and that me taking this risk will be worth it. I will be extremely disappointed if it doesn’t!
If you really want that dress though, then I would recommend asking that bridal salon what they’re return policy is if you do order it online. Express your concerns with it not fitting or not looking good since you won’t be able to try it on before purchasing it and I’m sure they would be willing to work with you to make you happy. If you really love it then I would say it’s worth the risk!
Post # 5
- Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI
I ordered a dress online and loved it. Does the site have a return policy?
Post # 6
Its a no brainer. Order the dress and still go to the bridal appointment. They have a decent return policy anyway.
Post # 7
I didn’t, but I have advice for those of you that think it might be the way to go. Before you order a dress, go to a salon and try a bunch on. I thought I knew what I wanted, but in reality, that style looked terrible on me! And my wedding dress size is not my regular dress size. Once you know what does and doesn’t work for your figure, I think ordering online would be less scary.
Post # 8
- Wedding: December 2014 - Maui
I got three dresses from BHLDN. I usually wear size 10 in pants and based on the measurements I took that was my size, so that’s what I ordered. The first one, Annabelle, ended up being too big for me and after some consideration I wanted a more form fitting style. However, over a month had passed and it was too late to return it so I ended up using it for a TTD shoot after some alterations. The second one, the Leila gown, was my favorite dress that I had been eyeing forever but was too expensive for me. It went on sale so I had to have it. It’s a fitted dress and my hip measurement put me at a 12 and that’s what the stylist recommended by email, but I went with my gut and ordered a size 10 because I have never worn anything bigger than that. This one was also way too big, but I had it altered to fit and I loved it. The third dress, Bianca dress, I got for my post-elopement party. It fit me perfectly, but it’s because I ordered a size 6 based on my professionally taken bust and waist measurements after the first two dresses were too big.
I think BHLDN has a good return policy so it’s safe to order from them. My advice is to get your accurate measurements before you order. I had measured myself for the first two dresses, which made my measurements for bust and waist come out a bit bigger for some reason. For the third dress I had my measurements that the seamstress who altered my wedding dress took, which were spot on so the dress fit perfectly right out of the box. Each dress has its own size chart, so pay close attention to that as well as the description and any reviews that say it runs small/large. Also think about how the dress fits. If it’s an a-line or ball gown, I think you can just fit the dress to your bust and waist measurements. If it’s a trumpet or mermaid, you need to take into account your hip measurement as well. Which BHLDN dress are you considering?
Post # 9
I ordered mine from Jcrew – free shipping and free returns to the store, so it was a no-brainer, though the online consultants were a HUGE help because I ended up with a size “0” – and no, I’ve never been anywhere near a zero in my life (sometimes I go as low as a 4, but not consistently – it’s just how the dress was cut). I would never have ordered the right size without them advising me based on my actual measurements and what they knew about the dress.
I also considered a BHLDN dress and would have been comfortable ordering online knowing I could return it if it wasn’t quite right, but it turns out they have a store near me where I could try it on (and it was a big, fat “no”). But if there hadn’t been one nearby I would have been comfortable ordering and returning it, no question.
Post # 10
BHLDN carries different designer dresses. You might be able to order the dress online elsewhere. Try Nordstrom. They have a great return policy.
Post # 11
I’ve been looking at the Margeux Gown. I’ll also be wearing it with a sash as well.
Post # 12
The other one I’ve been eyeing is the Ines dress.
I’m typically a size 2 in dresses and around 5’3. I’m his tiny dancer and we’ve considered that for a first dance song, haha. I am considering getting measured by a local shop. I think that’s part of the advice I’ve received with your help here.
Post # 13
The Ines was my “big fat NO.” I’m 5’5, but I thought the size of the lace pattern was too big on me, but I’ve seen pictures where it looks gorgeous on others. That said: I’m a 4 in dresses, and that one fit me in a 2.
Post # 14
Based on my personal experience…
My wife didnt order her dress online, because she want to feel the quality of the dress first before she bought it. and we cant feel it if we order online. just want to share. she bought her wedding dress at Winnie Couture. they have website too if you want to check it out http://www.winniecouture.com/
But we did buy dresses online for our flowergirls and ringbearer. we bought it here http://www.wallao.com. to be honest its my first time buying from them and we kind of scared, but when the dresses and suits come. our kids love it lol.
and again its personal preference. i would suggest go to wedding store and feel the quality of the dress.
Post # 15
I bought two dresses online when an out of state boutique had a sample sale, both were 50% off! They arrived monday and I have been having fun deciding after the Fiance goes to bed. As soon as I decide then one is going back for full refund. This has been so much more fun than going to another boutique