(Closed) Hmmm….. “custom-made” gowns… online vendors

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Would you purchase your wedding gown from an over-seas, online vendor?
    Absolutely. If it was cost efficient it would be worth it! : (4 votes)
    24 %
    Maybe, Depends on representation of the company in general. : (7 votes)
    41 %
    No way! I would never take a chance on such an important day in my life. My dress is my dream! : (6 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 3
    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    I was going to do that myself with a Carmela Sutera gown. Online it was priced at $275.00 which to anyone seems like a bargain but since I couldnt try it on I found a bridal shop that had it and I was happy to say that I loved the dress. Then I asked her the price of the dress (hope your sitting down) $3600! I was shocked. Immediatley my mind went to the BIG bargain I had found. So I decided to call them and they were so rude and maybe I had bad luck with the person over the phone. But I took it as a sign and hung up. Imagine if you do order it and you have problems with it and they mess everything up. You can find really stunning dresses for great prices. I hope you find yours 🙂

    Post # 4
    877 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I got a Maggie Sottero replica dress and paid about $170 for it.  My Fiance and discussed that at this cost, it would be worth it to experiment to see if the replica dress is acceptable.  We had tons of time before the wedding and if the dress didn’t work out, there would still be time to order from a bridal store.  I ordered from a retailer with numerous positive reviews and when the dress came, I was quite happy with it.  But then over time, as I tried on the dress more and looked at the pictures of me in the dress more, I noticed that something wasn’t right.  While no one else noticed the flaws, not even my seamstress, I was no longer happy with the dress and it didn’t look right and flatter my body like how the actual dress I tried on in the store did.  There probably wasn’t an easy way to get the dress to look like how it should, and at that point, I was having dress regret anyways so I ended up ordering a different dress from the actual designer.

    Post # 7
    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    ok – I bought 2 dresses online.  One was a disaster one was the perfect dress.  I have learned much about dealing with them through my transactions, and I will post my advice again….

    -choose a style that they already offer.  do not try to do a dead custom.  It won’t be what you want. 

    -be specific use pictures and simple words if possible.  draw a sketch wear you want the seams to go.  Study well made dresses and the styles you like and basically tell them how to create/construct the gown you want.  Tell them in bullet points (example -no beads -ivory bridal satin)

    -remember, they will try to cut costs by cutting corners, so they will want to create a dress with less fabric, easy seaming.  If your dress is complicated design, it is more likely that they will mess it up and it won’t be what you want.  Perhaps you can post a pic of what you are thinkging and I can tell you what they may mess up. 

    -be nice and be flexible.  keep an open mind.  I can almost garuantee you it won’t come EXACTLY how you want it.  But if you are willing to roll with the punches, you can almost always get a better deal. 

    -make friends with a local seamstress.  Even if you order custom measurements, 95% chance you will still need it to be altered.  If anything isn’t how you would like, you can also have the seamstress try to “fix” it

    -lie to them.  I know this seems very dishonest and harsh, but you need to tell them a fake date for your wedding because chances are it will not arrive on your “drop dead date”.  Probably 2 weeks after, after sending them 4 emails per day.  Be prepared to bug. 

    That’s it.  Good luck.


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