Post # 1
I’m in a friends wedding in June. She sent pictures of dresses she liked for the BMs and we all commented on them (there are 3 of us) and 2 of us at least liked the same 2 of the 6 she provided. She picked one (I really didn’t care either way but once she picked it of course I kind of liked the other better now but oh well) and sent a link from where she had found it. It was at helenebridal.com, yes, one of the knockoff sites…I did a lot of searching and managed to finally find the designer…unfortunately it’s Lazaro which seems to be an extremely expensive designer…the real dress seems to be well over $200 in shops, it’s silk which I suppose is part of it. Other problem is the real dress doesn’t come in the burgundy color she wants either. So now I’m stuck in ordering it from one of those sites, I’ve found it on Helenebridal.com and SmartDressMart.com, both are knock off houses from China, but provide the dress in the color she wants…can anyone tell me that they have ordered Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from there and had decent luck? I don’t want to be the pain Bridesmaid or Best Man, and even if I was willing to spend the actual price for the dress, obviously if the other two order from this place theirs are going to look way different and of course I can’t get the right color anyway (unless the scarlet color looks more like burgundy!). I’m so wishing I had said the other dress was one I liked best as it’s an Alfred Angelo and can definitely be purchased from the real designer in the right color…I don’t know if the other two have ordered their dresses yet (we only had the decision made this week so could definitely be hold on their parts, even if I were willing to order I’m waiting slightly because I am trying to lose weight, not just for her wedding but for a marathon I’m running in May so I want to be sure about the right size and it being strapless it’s defintiely important to be the right size and I prefer not to have to have it altered if at all possible), and if I should potentially suggest to the bride that perhaps the other dress might be better for these reasons? Or do I suck it up and hope against hope that I get a decent dress from HeleneBridal?? Help!!!
Post # 3
I would say suck it up! I mean its not like you are the only one forced to buy a dress from this place. have you spoken to the other girls? Do they have the same worries? If they do, maybe you should subtly explain to the bride that the other dress would be more trust worthy? I am sure the bride doesn’t want you guys having problems with the dresses on the day of her wedding!
Post # 4
i dont know about ordering replicas but this is my thought:
if the bride pays for your bridesmaid dress – then you should wear whatever she pays for, even if it looks crappy – it’s the bride’s own fault since it’s her ‘choice’ so you shouldn’t worry
if you are paying for the dress – there are you ways you can approach/look at this:
1. you saved money – if it looks bad, it’s the bride’s choice and it’s her wedding – if she took that risk of havingt her bridesmaids dress looking ugly, then she has to suffer the consequences (looking cheap in real life or ugly in pictures), unless she buys you guys another outfit
2. suggest to buy real name brand – if it’s around $200 it’s not an expensive bridesmaid dress -hopefully the other bridesmaids’ budgets aren’t tight. but i would never ask someone to buy a $200 dress and would be paying for my bridesmaids
good luck! show us the dress once you get it! i’d be curious to see
Post # 5
I don’t know the other girls, so no I haven’t spoken to them (and one is in NC). The bride isn’t insistent that we get them there either, but she also doesn’t know the fact that they are knock offs except for the fact that I mentioned it to her when asking her about the designer…
Bride is NOT paying for the dresses. It is up to us.
As far as the $200, well for one I do think it is a lot of money to ask someone to pay for a dress that they may wear only once (I’ve never paid that much ever for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress or any dress I’ve ever bought and knew I would end up wearing more than once actually). I also told her that I was limited on what I could spend due to being in my sister’s wedding and possibly one other wedding this summer (I was just asked to be in it in November and I have a trip to Germany in May along with the other two). I told her my reservations before and she was fine with my reservations. And the $200 is just a guess, I saw one place with it for $230, but I’ve seen places showing it listed at $400.
I’m still really nervous about it and just trying to find someone that can say they have bought and had good results…a decent made dress (as it is the dress and shipping is going to run in around $110-120 and at that price I want to know it will look decent and I can maybe wear it again…I’m going to be 37 at the time of the wedding and have very much made any friends know I’m not up to spending a bunch on a dress I hate and can’t see maybe wearing again, it’s the price of my being in the wedding these days, maybe that’s a bad attitude but I state it up front, when I’m asked as I’m just as happy being a guest).
Post # 6
We used vponsale(dot)com for my friend’s wedding. They were sent from China. We took our own measurements and emailed them to the company. We also specified the dress style and color AND that we were all in the bridal party together (so that all 5 dresses would be from the same shade of dyed navy satin). I was nervous, since we were all out of town and we didn’t see each other until 2 days before the wedding, but they all matched perfectly. Mine fit very well too and no alterations were necessary. I was pleasantly pleased and the dress was about $94, free shipping. Although I’m not sure I’ll do this for my own bridesmaids (I really want to touch and feel the material before we decide on a dress, something you can only do in a store here).
Post # 7
You may want to suggest one of the other knockoff sites that are pretty popular.
Milly Bridal, Dressilyme, April Bridal are some pretty popular sites.
Post # 8
Dressilyme or April bridal. Milly didn’t respond to my mail so I am not sure about them but think their quality might be on top! Order with them in time.