- 8 years ago
My China made dress arrived at my mother’s house today. Here’re the pics she sent me. According to her, “It was in a small plastic bag type package, so it is a little wrinkled. It is a creamier white, rather than a white white. The fabric is soft with a slight sheen to it. It is very beautiful, like the one photo you sent me. :)”
Aww, mama I about cried when I read your email, haha.
And the photos.
I won’t have a chance to try it on until July, because I’m still here, but Mom is going to take some measurements for me to make sure it’s not TOTALLY out of whack, and a friend who has made wedding dresses before (for her daughter, etc.) has offered to do the alterations, so I feel confident about that. Even if something needs to be changed, she should be able to help with it.
I never fell in love with a dress, I put on hundreds (literally) and never felt that gut feeling of ‘this is it’ – but seeing these pictures my heart is surging. I am incredibly happy.
I took every element that I liked about the various dresses I tried on that I DID love – v neck, deep v back, buttons on the back, bubble hem, drop waist, symmetrical ruching – and put them into one dress. Okay, I found a dress that had them all, way out of my miniscule price range, and then I found a company with consistently good reviews from thousands of brides before me – April Bridal. Jeff Liu was easy to work with, friendly, helpful, very quick to respond to my emails. His English was relatively good and the only time I used Chinese with him was when I wish him a happy QingMing Jie (a Chinese holiday that passed the day before my dress shipped). He sent me a tracking number with the dress and shipping was included in my fee. Some of his dresses include shipping fees, others don’t, but all are affordable.
I know buying a custom dress off ebay, from overseas, isn’t for everyone. But I strongly recommend April Bridal if you choose to go this route.
I’ll upload pics of me in her when I can. (i.e. July, so don’t hold your breath, haha).