- 3 years ago
(Sorry, reposting this because I think I broke some rule last time because it got marked as spam. Maybe because we’re not allowed to name vendors? Well I left out vendor name this time)
I got to see my wedding dress on the same day I got my hair and makeup trial done so I got the whole dress-makeup-hair look!
Hair and makeup: My stylist was fabulous. She replicated both makeup and hair from my reference photos close to perfectly. No complaints here.
Dress: After much sticker shock and being annoyed at the limited range of dresses in my size to try on at local bridal salons, I went the online route. I researched a lot about how to spot reputable sellers, read a lot of reviews, and ultimately ordered a dress from a seller on Etsy. She was super patient with me, quick to respond, and accomodating. I changed my order completely TWICE and she never complained, just assured me my dress would turn out well because of course I was nervous buying from China.
Well, I didn’t need to worry. The dress was friggin perfect. It came in just 1.5 months. I had measured myself and ordered it with custom measurements, and she made it fit me perfectly. So I don’t even need alterations. The fabric feels like great quality and doesn’t look cheap like I feared. The final price? $379!
My mom had me pose around the house and did an impromptu pic session.
When I was researching how to safely buy my dress, I looked at reviews not only on Etsy but also on forums like this and weddingwire, theknot, etc. I hope this review is helpful to future brides who do the same. To those considering an online dress, these are the criteria I had for myself:
- Only look at shops with 100+ 5 star reviews. Reviews must have customer provided photos of the dresses.
- Message some reviewers and talk to them privately to ensure seller did not bribe them to rate highly.
- Ignore any shop that uses designer stock photos.
- Pictures must be from the seller originally, preferably watermarked and reverse google image searched to ensure they’re not stolen.