Post # 1
Okay so I ordered a Maggie Sottero gown "Sabelle" from the a small store here in MI. When I was ordering the gown the owner told me that she was giving me a deal and sold me the dress for $2000 (being the naive girl that i am i really thought i was getting a deal, I later found out that you can get the dress for less than $1500 elsewhere)…I also didn’t have much time to look around since I only had 3 months to plan everything so I went ahead a placed the order.
Now the reason why I am soo stressted out is because I came accross a website last night "shopofbrides" its a company based in China and they sell brand name dresses including maggie sottero gowns for under $400!! When I chatted with an agent from that website she told me that their company basically makes the same exact replica of any gown that a customer ask for!!!
When I asked the store owner who ordered my gown where the dress was being shipped from she told me China! And now I’m worried that my gown won’t be an authentic Maggie Sottero gown and instead just a replica of it 🙁
My question is has any of you bought a Maggie Sottero gown? What should I be looking for when I get the dress? Is there something specific in an authentic Maggie gown that sets it apart?
Heres a link to the picture of the dress
Post # 3
just the store locater and if they are an authorize dealer, you should have no problem
Post # 4
I hate to be the one to break this to you, but pretty much every wedding gown is made in China. Please don’t think for a moment that if you had spent $10,000 on a Vera Wang that Vera herself would be staying up all night hand stitching it for you. This is one of the reasons why The Wedding Industrial Complex is such a crock. Before you make ANY other purchases, I highly suggest you get your hands on a copy of the book "Bridal Bargains." It lays all of this stuff out for you. You totally got ripped off on your gown – while there is nothing you can do about that now, you have it in your power to make sure it doesn’t happen again with any other part of your wedding.
Post # 5
If your bridal shop is listed as an authorized dealer you should be getting an authentic dress. Every Maggie gown comes with a certificate of authenticity also. I tried my dress on at a local shop in Florida then ordered it for $150 less from an authorized dealer in Conneticut. My dress came with the certificate and I have no doubt its a real Maggie. Like CarolineG said, a huge majority of wedding dresses are made in China so that definately doesn’t mean it’s a fake. You may want to tell the shop you ordered from that you found it for $500 less and ask if they do competitive price matching. It never hurts to ask. Good luck!
Post # 6
I had a Maggie Sottero dress for my wedding, but I didn’t have to wait for it. My "CoCo" so happened to come in brand new in a size 6, lucky me. All Maggie dresses are made in China so I wouldn’t be too worried. I would definitely talk to the bridal shop about the price.
Post # 7
Where did you buy your dress at? I am also interested in a Maggie dress especially the mirabella and sabelle. I’m looking in the plymouth/ann arbor area and found a store called "I do too". The store has awesome customer service and the Maggie dresses are reasonably priced. Plus is you buy a dres there you get major discounts on all bridal accessories, bridal party, mother of the bride and a free special occasion dress.
Post # 8
If you do your research you can get a deal on any wedding dress. Buying it without doing research just means that you pay the sticker price –same thing goes for cars. I wore a Maggie Sottero dress and loved it. Since it was shipped from china it did take some time, but it was well worth it. If you love the dress you purchased and it makes you feel like the bride you want to be, then it doesn’t matter what you paid for it. If you had the money at the time, then money isn’t the issue.
I suggest (for anyone interstested in Maggie Sottero) to find the the dress you like, call Pearl’s Place, get a price quote (they will only do it over the phone, not email) — then use that price to negotiate with whatever bridal salon you choose to purchase from. This is what I did and it was well worth it!
Post # 9
I ordered a Maggie Sottero dress from an authorized dealer in Chicago. I looked around online at the "discount" bridal companies and went in aware of the pricing. The bridal shop offered the dress at the same price as other online companies. I purchased the dress and am waiting for it to be shipped currently. Purchasing a gown from an authorized dealer made me feel better. If something happens the shop is able to assist with crisis management. Plus, I did not feel comfortable buying a replica from some random online business. In the end you get what you pay for.
Post # 10
I ordered mine from a small shop near home and it was $800.
Post # 11
i bought mine back in august and it hasn’t arrived yet, suppose to be here by end of this month, early jan!
Post # 12
To echo some of the PPs, once I knew which Maggie I wanted, I called a few shops to see what they would charge for that gown. The place I originally saw it in wanted $800 for the gown, plus alterations – $75 for the bustle, $75 for the hem, and $125 and up for taking in the sides (I anticipated losing weight, but they wouldn’t order the dress smaller, just in case). So I was really looking at $1075+ plus tax. I called up a few other shops and ended up getting my Maggie for $800 including tax and alterations. I then ordered the Bridesmaid or Best Man gowns from the same place and the shop gave me 20% off each gown!!