- 8 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
I just had an etsy convo with Wendy from ieie dress boutique.
The reviews I’ve found online have all been positive and I think (??) she is located in the US. Here prices seem good without “too good to be true”. I have emailed with her and she seems very nice, prompt, and professional.
Still, I am scared and my paranoia is showing. What if all the reviews are from friends or something?
She has quoted me $650 for the dress I’ve been wanting to be replicated AND made to measure and customized. The dress is jacquelin exclusives 9802. Here:
This dress is $620 at the cheapest place I’ve found it online and normally and elsewhere retails for $999.
With the ieie option I would change the underlayer to a pale blue, the ribbon to a pale blue, add length to the train and add something like this in back:
Or a narrower version of this, so the front would look the same as above but the back would be split with a ruffle detail on the train:
So the dress would have all that the original has plus my preference of a different color under-layer (original is a mocha/tan color) and the lace is all beaded, can’t tell from pics but it is from what I’ve read and it would be for the price Wendy quoted, just 30 more than buying the dress from an online retailer without all that.
Or she gave me the option of the dress just exactly like the Jacquelin for $499, or I could opt to skip the beaded lace and get it for $459.
This seems like a no brainer to me even if I go with the most expensive option since she makes it to my measurements I wouldn’t have to spend any on alterations when I get it.
I am so excited at the possibility but so scared. If this goes sour I am screwed. I will end up running to David’s Bridal’s clearance section to see what I can get for about $200.
What are your thoughts? Also opinions welcome on the addition of a more froufy train? This will get me all I’ve wanted in a dress so far: vintage styling, allover beaded lace, buttons up the back, a longer train, and ruffles/tiers/back interest on the train, with a touch of blue!
Should I go for it? Tips/thoughts on how to more thoroughly research this dressmaker? Oh, and according to her main website she does accept returns, minus a 25% restocking fee. How can I best protect myself financially if I go this route?