Post # 1
I keep coming across these websites who say they can make designer knock-off gowns for like $500 bucks… this can’t be true right?
Has anyone ordered from one of these sites? Just curious if anyone has done it… I am tempted to just try it out and take the chance.
Post # 3
Search the forum for the name of the company you’re considering and you will probably pull up a lot of results. Be wary of posters who have very few posts and rave about one particular company. They like to come on here on post fake reviews of their work.
Post # 4
I didn’t consider that route…only b/c I was scared since I’ve read about so many horror stories…But after reading the MANY posts on here…its really a hit and miss….some b’s are happy and some arn’t
There was a post recently from a bride who purchased from Dress time I think (I hear both good and negative) the girl who did post had a good experience…her dress was simple and she did post pictures for comparison.
I have heard a lot of good results from Jeffliu on Ebay….there is a thread on here where they discuss it…I think you can google the name or search on here…it should come up
My ADVICE is if you expect “exact” then buy from the designer….b/c as it may seem the China made dresses are made to “look like” but not exactly the same dress. This is where most if not all the problems arise b/c most brides have their heart set on the “exact” dress and when they don’t get it…its a NIGHTMARE. I mean what do expect for a dress that is almost 90% less than designer?
Also, the returns are crappy b/c you are dealing w/ a company overseas…and shipping cost might run more than the dress itself.
Hope that helps!
Post # 5
I ordered my Bridesmaids dresses from http://www.lightinthebox.com, which is a China website. I didn’t get mine there, but I know a few brides that have. The dresses are actually really nice, and really great quality. I would recommend them to anyone.
Post # 6
Here is the link to the B who bought her dress and it is actually from bestdressprice.com instead of dresstime….
Post # 7
I bought mine through Jeff Liu of April Bridal, on ebay. I had a really great experience, but a lot of other brides don’t. Jeff has great reviews across the board, which is why I chose to work with him.
From what I’ve seen, the more complicated your dress is (lace, beading, details, etc.), basically the more there is that can be screwed up. If you want a more simple dress, it might be a great route for you. If you’ve got a really complex dream, you might go into it with a backup plan. 🙂
Buying used is another great route to go for getting a dress at great savings.
ps – let me know if you want more info on my experience, I wrote a really long post about it a while back and can find it for you if you want. 🙂
Post # 8
You may want to check out some of the threads on project wedding:
Milly Bridal thread, Dressilyme thread, and a thread from bestdestinationwedding
Post # 9
I also ordered from Jeffliu and agree with daydreamwanderer, the less complicated the dress the better. Mine is very complicated but turned out amazing, though they did have to make it twice it is sooo incredible that I couldn’t imagine doing otherwise! My dress was $300, and very custom. I did have a friend help translate into chinese when the first dress turned out wrong (they emailed me photos in progress, and when it was wrong they were VERY happy to remake, and quickly!)
I have heard many mixed reviews about all the other sites, jeffliu has pretty steady positive reviews. I can tell you that though Milly Bridal is much mroe prompt, and their english is much better-their quality of fabric is much lower than what i received from jeffliu. I got fabric samples of different shades of red from Milly and was severely disappointed in the quality.
The dress I received from jeffliu is amazing quality and attention to detail. The satin is very high quality heavy bridal satin, anf the embroidery is gorgeous, the beading hand done and very secure. I can’t make a higher recommendation!
Heres my offbeat bride post about it with lots of pics:
Post # 10
Mrs. Labrador posted about her experience with this on the blog.
Post # 11
I got a dress from lightinthebox.com and LOVE it. I also talked to a few other brides who ordered dresses from them and loved them also
Post # 12
Hey ladies! So i’m really wanting to order this dress for my engagement ceremony, but would really love some feedback…any and all advice considered! should i go for it? I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it, but hesitating for all the obvious reasons. Also, its on all of the China websites, so I don’t even know where to start…and the only reason i would consider different ones is for the color and design options…
But also here…
PLS PLS HELP!! Thank you 🙂
Post # 13
Check some of the other reliable ones that I posted above.
Post # 15
Just to add a cautionary tale, i ordered from lightinthebox.com and was really excited, the dress had much positive feedback and lots of pics of girls who looked great in the dress. The dress came, and said 100% polyester when it was written on the website that it was silk (and china makes the worlds best silk, so i honestly expected it)
Also, i got into the dress, and got stuck! i had to unpick the zip completely and send it back. I did get a full refund no problems, and it really did look great on other girls on the website, but obbviously it just wasnt for me.
All im saying is order well ahead, make sure they have a return policy, and dont feel too upset if it doesnt end up to be the one!
Post # 16
I was absolutely rapt with BRIDAL DRESS 4 U
I posted about my experiences here
Also took it in for alterations yesterday and the lady (who is very experienced) said it was well made and the lace was of very good quality. She said the fabric alone was worth twice what I paid.