Post # 17
as far as samples not fitting, lots of independent seamstresses are pretty cheap to alter dresses… i’ve heard multiple times about brides getting side seams taken in, hems put in, necklines changed (to sweetheart, etc), and a bustle put in for like $150… you really have to shop around for a seamstress, but it can be done… and plenty of the pre-owned sites have amazing deals (preownedweddingdresses.com, oncewed.com, recycledbride.com, etc.). also check out charity sale sample sites like churchstreetbridal.com… maybe some bees can post some more sites for you to check out, but those are the ones i know…
and david’s bridal $99 sale really does have some nice dresses… you might want to go play around one day and try things on… you might fall in love with something entirely different than you thought you wanted! beaded dresses are often very heavy, so you might like something flowy or simpler, with some beaded details? my advice to just start there and try the simpler/cheaper things on… you never know! 🙂
Post # 18
I highly recommend contacting the BBB Better Business Bureau (give them a call or shoot an email with the URL) and ask if there have been any complaints. After reviewing the “about us” section it appears that it is one of those websites that has direction manufacturer in China so that’s why the low price. In addition to other suggestions the other gals made, some are not as fancy but http://www.jessicamcclintock.com also has lower priced wedding dresses and they are having a sale. Also http://www.camillelavie.com on-line the prices can be up to $650 or so but in the store more range of prices down into the $200 range when I looked a few weeks ago. Good luck!
Post # 19
i highly suggest ordering a dress from Jeff Lui at April Bridal. He has an online ebay store with dresses under $200 or you could even have a custom dress made to your specifications and meaurments for just $199. I know they are legit and i used them my self for my own wedding dress. I sent them 3 pictures of different dresses and had them combine the parts i liked form each into one dress. This is how it came out…
Post # 20
I have never heard of them but I can tell that they are making replicas which means that they take pictures from other designer’s sites and then try to make a copy of the dress. Some of the replica makers make really good dresses that look almost exactly like thier pictures and some of them do really really bad work. I customed designed my dress (mixed different aspects of a few different dresses and I used Shades of Pale and they do amazing work my dress was over $500 including shipping because it was done in silk but if I had it made in regular fabric it would have been in the $300 range. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shades-of-Pale-Bridal-The-Little-Velvet-Box/196879553692866?sk=wall&filter=12
Post # 21
We had to go the budget route too. Fortunately, I found a local place that makes inpsired gowns, but they have a website and do dresses all over the world. My daughter’s gown is an inspired one that was the wedding dress in the movie the Hangover. Here is the link http://www.mybigfatbeautifulwedding.com/Liv-Ball-Gown-wedding-dress-p/m1103.htm She does give excellent customer service and her prices are very reasonable. The gowns are well made for the money. Since I went to the store, I was amazaed at the qualtiy which was better than many I found in Davids Bridal. I hope this helps you in some way!
Post # 22
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
You can DEFINIETELY find a dress for a couple hundred dollars. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a replica.
Keep an eye on the pre-owned websites and the shops that sell samples. Keep in mind that some people sell new dresses they never wore on the preowned sites.
The pre-owned sites:
The sample/resale shops:
*b&m = brick and mortar, meaning that operate an physical store
Post # 23
- Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Some “mall stores” are now selling bridal gowns as well.
Post # 24
@MegamiChan: I know we don’t know eachother, but as a bride-to-be, I would recommend to NOT do it! I had a regretable experience. I was tricked into thinking I’d get the dress that was posted on their site. I received a poor woman’s bootleg version. Let’s just say the quality was unacceptable! I was left upset, helpless and feeling stupid – I thought that I was saving myself money, but now I’m out a few hundred bucks 🙁 If you could save yourself the frustration, try another route. By the way, the site I purchased from is called WEDDINGTRAIL.COM. Stay away from them, and other overseas companies like them. Best wishes!
Post # 26
I don’t trust some internet sales. I never heard of the site you mentioned. I found a dress online but I was scared to buy it so I paid triple the amount for a similar dress. Then my friend ordered from the site I was looking at and she got her dress in 30 days and it is perfect. It is all about taking a risk and I wasn’t comfortable doing it.
My sister saw a brand new dress at a thrift store once for $45. So check there or consignment shops. They normally have really good prices (for new or almost new dresses).
What area do you live in? I’m sure they are shops with less expensive nice dresses. We can help you find some dresses. Also a lot of bridal shops have sample sales and dresses are normally 50 – 70% off.
Post # 27
I have 7 bridesmaids all from different areas and didn’t know how to get their dresses made without spending $200 and up. I was very, very nervous about http://www.hellodresses.com but decided to try it anyway. The ladies have been ordering dresses and one came in last week. Thankfully, it is fine! She is the daughter of a professional seamstress and her word for the dress is “Gorgeous!” so I am relaxing now. They were about $67 each, and the shipping is about $20. With everyone traveling so far, I really didn’t want them to have to spend too much. I told them to go on the site and order any style, just keep them all the same fabric, length and color. I will write after they have all arrived.