(Closed) Knock off brand wedding dresses?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would suggest getting it from one of the China replica companies that has an established reputation like Jasmine’s Bridal Shop, Dressilyme, or Fabulous U.  I think they have more consistent results than these more obscure places do. You probably won’t get a dress that’s 100% the same, but it will probably be pretty close and look good if you get it from one of those places.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Jasmine’s Bridal Shop is the most expensive of the replica places but tends to have the best quality and attention to detail. Fabulous U and Dressilyme tend to be less expensive and I have seen some nice dresses come from them, though I would say that if you do order from Dressilyme insist that they send you photos for approval before they ship your dress (Fabulous U and Jasmine send photos with any order, but often dressilyme doesn’t unless you ask)

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@akkaer1:  Have you considered preowned? Preownedweddingdresses.com and oncewed.com have an amazing selection of preowned and sample dresses. Otherwise, if you’re going down the custom-made route, I would recommend Jasmine’s…they have a huge fan base on the boards!

Post # 7
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Busy bee

@akkaer1:  I highly recommend Jasmines Bridal shop.  Search under my name and you will see a recent post of my daughter wedding dress, flower girl dresses and my own Maid/Matron of Honor dress made by them.

Yes they may be more expensive, but the quality is amazing and they send you MULTIPLE photographs, not just at the end of the finished dress.  You really have an amazing amount of input during the making process.

In the end, you get what you pay for.  Happy to answer any questions if you want to PM me.

Post # 8
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680 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I was considering going the china/replica route until i stumbled across a preowned dress site – the dress of my dreams is $3000 new, not something i had budgeted for – i ended up getting it preowned for $900. It’s beautiful and you could never tell it’s been worn before. Best thing was i was abloe to try it on in the shops to make sure it was the dress, before i bought it.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

@Missy_Star:  I have in the past not commented on any dress that was pre-owned, but now that I have actually seen the state of my daughter’s dress after her wedding, and cleaned it also, I must say I would really have to look at the state of a pre-owned dress before I bought it.

Mainly because, there are scuff marks on the dress – not dirt – but from the rubbing of walking on the pavement the fabric is ‘scrubby’.  Also there are pull marks in the satin that I cannot remove.

You would have to be very lucky to get a pre-owned dress that didn’t have any visual signs of wear.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Aussiemum:  I must have been lucky then as like i said, the dress looks like it’s never been worn. I talked a lot with the lady who sold it to me, via email and on the phone and had her take a zillion photos of it before i bought it. She only wore it as her ceremony dress and changed into another dress for the reception.Also got her to email me a statement saying it was in as-new condition – in which case if i had have received it and it wasn’t, i had grounds to raise a dispute with Paypal.

If you’re smart about it and do your research then you can minimise the risk, but there is always going to be some risk in buying from anywhere other than a bridal shop where you’ve physically seen and tried on the dress.

 

If i remember correctly though you orderd from Jasmines and ordered some trial dresses first, and they all turned out lovely? Sorry if i’m mistaking you for someone else!

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Aussiemum:  Sorry i missed your post above mine when you confirmed exactly what i asked! I remember the post, all the dresses you ended up with were lovely. Sorry for not reading properly! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
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737 posts
Busy bee

@Missy_Star:  No issues with me.  Yes I did a trial with Jasmines first.  Like you I don’t like any surprises especially when I am playing with my daughter’s emotions as you can appreciate.  I pushed her down the replica path because I just couldn’t afford the money for the real dress.  In the end, she changed the original dress anyway so it really became an original dress for her.

Yes I cleaned it myself.  It was amazing, that is why I said ‘not dirt’, all the stains were removed and the dress stayed intact including all the beading.  The scrubby reference is the damage to the actual fabric from rubbing of the fabric by walking around. And the pulls in the fabric of the skirt was from whatever came into contact with the dress.  There aren’t many, but the pulls are very visual.  Anyway she is just putting it in a box for memory sake.

My daughter also wore the dress for both the reception and the ceremony and the photos in the gardens.  So, well used I would say.

Maybe because it was satin.  Who knows.  Glad your dress is beautiful and that your are happy with it.  That is what counts in the end.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Aussiemum:  I was the same, couldn’t afford the brand new one, ended up paying less than I’d even budgeted and now i can spend more on shoes! hahaha. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I GOT MINE FROM ALIEXPRESS…

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