Post # 1
Hey there. I’m new to all this planning/buying and I have fallen in love with gowns that may be way out of my budget. I was wondering if anyone out there has had good experiences with a Chinese company or third-party that sewed their dream dress style for a reasonable price. I’ve seen alot of sites but cannot find real customers!
PLEASE PLEASE…I’d love to see a copy of the original design AND a picture of your actual dress if possible. Otherwise I’d still love great references
I can’t wait for all the responses!!!
Post # 3
I was looking on onsite and seen that a lady from Memphis had ordered a dress from there for a bridal shoot for her portfolio. Here is her website http://www.asianbees.com. she used lightinthebox.com. I personally have not experience with that website but I thought this would help a little. Also you could Google reviews ie: “light in the box reviews’. Another suggestion would be to go on etsy.com. There are a lot of seamstresses on that site and you can see their actual work as well and if you cant find one specifically you can post a classified and state was you are looking for and the desired price you would like to pay and then etsy sellers can bid on the job. That is what I did with my bridesmaids dresses.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t trust anything I couldn’t see or try on. have you gone shopping in person yet? I had what I felt was a modest budget and found a LOT of beautiful gowns out there.
Post # 5
I went with Gioavonni’s Bridal and the dress turned out horribly! Luckily, I was able to find another dress. I couldn’t get anyone to buy the one from Gioavonni’s and ended up donating it to charity. If you go with a replica, check out the establishment with the BBB. If I had, I would have seen the place had a rating of F and saved myself some money!
Post # 6
@shannon: side note I know most of the places and people that the memphis girl is talking about (i’m from memphis!!) what a small world!
Post # 7
i read somewhere that you should consider first having the seamstress make you a smaller, everyday dress to see how their work is…those samples they show pictures of to everyone to stand as representative of their work can be really misleading. if you like the simpler dress, then it might be a safe bet.
my mom (married in 1979, but still) saw a designer dress she loved but, being only 18 and paying for her own wedding, couldn’t afford it. she had a seamstress friend of a friend make it and it is honestly indistinguishable from the original, at least to the best i can tell from the picture, and the details on her dress are really quite incredible (this comes from a luxe addict, i don’t give my seal of approval to just anything, heh). she paid about 1/4 of the price of the original! so yeah, it can work, it just takes a bit of luck and time to find a good one.
Post # 8
DONT DO IT…unless you are willing to live with a somewhat similar dress…but not the same. I went to a seamtress to have a dress made. It turned out nice (as far as quality) but nothing lke the original dress I wanted. It was devistating and I had to go out and buy a floor model. Ironically, I ended up realizing I was more open to other dresses once I had a disaster trying to get an exact replica of a more expensive model.
Post # 9
I was wondering this same thing… has anyone bought a dress from a Chinese manufacturer? Was it a “knock-off”, an original from a known US designer, or maybe a dress that was truly “made in China”? Any thoughts?
Post # 10
contact them and check some reviews of the seller. then you can try placing the order
Post # 11
I got my dress from Lightinthebox.com and it is amazing! I went with them instead of one of the other china dress places because their website has the actual dresses that they have made on them. Most of the dresses have reviews and are all good (that i saw)
I’ve found a lot of the other companys take the photos right from the original designers website and they dont put anything saying that its not a dress they have made.
Link From the dress makers site- http://www.lightinthebox.com/A-line-Strapless-Knee-length-Satin-Wedding-Dresses-for-Bride–HSX1205-_p35020.html
I am also getting a dress from an etsy seller. The Originals:
Post # 12
I did not personally get my dress from a replica shop (but I did get my dress at a huge discount because it was a sample used for photo shoots). I think it’s a gamble. I own the real version of the short dress in the PP, it’s BCBG and I can tell you right now, the copy resembles my dress but is definitely not the same. It definitely looks like a cheap copy. I think you might be better off either finding a shop that sells samples, or finding a local seamstress to make a dress. Also, SO many designers make similar dresses to one another- I swear, half of Davids Bridal’s new dresses look like knockoffs of fancier designers.
Post # 13
I wouldn’t order from a third party… If you are on a budget find a non designer dress the girls can try on, but don’t order from China or a replica!
Post # 14
I’m all for saving $$$! My brother and sister-in-law got married this spring in NC. Her dress looked like a Monique Lhuillier, but she purchased it for less than $500 from an online boutique (http://www.christianfrancoisnyc.com). I was skeptical when she ordered it, but I must say the gown was FABULOUS. I am thinking about purchasing my gown from the same place since I’m on a budget. I am getting married in NY next fall. Has anyone else ordered from them?
Post # 15
I ordered my dress from Coral’s Bridal and must admit that it is gorgeous. I tried to do my research, by looking on here and googling etc. I spent hours looking at all these sites and finally just did it because 1) I’m running out of time 2) Still saving a ton of money by buying online. I emailed some ebay buyers too to ask them how their dresses turned out. I had a ton of questions for Coral’s Bridal and they were very timely with their responses. They are in China though so don’t expect an answer back until later in the evening (I’m on California time).
My dress came in a little less than 1 month and it is gorgeous. I’ve seen some of the dresses that have gone wrong, but my dress looks like it came straight from a bridal shop. It doesn’t fit exactly, but this could be partly my fault since I did choose a mermaid cut and it’s tight on my thighs. The top fits perfectly though. After going back to Coral’s Bridal to figure out a solution, they agreed to share the alteration cost with me. I could send it back to China too for a refund, but I only have a month now until the wedding. However, if you do buy from their ebay shop, it is cheaper, but NO returns. My Alvina Valentna creation of $3200 came in at $290.
It’s tough to knock the buying from China option until you have tried it.
Post # 16
I went through a similar company through ebay and I will NEVER EVER EVER suggest to do this to anyone. I paid almost $300 for my dress and it came litterally in brown paper bag, and it was sewn inside out and had burn holes all over it. Here is a picture of whaqt it was supposed to look like. I cried for days. I got my money back and just because they tried to cheat me, I kept the dress as well and used it for a halloween costume…lol