- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I ordered and recieved my wedding dress from a chinese replica site. I know how terrifying that can be, so I wanted to share my experience with you. There’s not as much data and trustworthy reviews out there as I would have liked to have before ordering. This is my attempt to correct that lack!
I ordered from Coral’s Bridal (different from Little Coral, which I’ve heard some bad reviews about). I ended up looking at different internet replica sites because a) I’m a LOOONG way from a city with a proper bridal shop and I didn’t want to be constantly driving hours and hours back and forth b) I’m somewhat of a cheapskate, and when I realized that even most of the designer dresses are made in China anyhow, I thought paying $2000+ was a bit much and, finally c) I fell in love with a dress that hasn’t been made for two years.
Here’s my dream dress: it’s called Chiara from the Manuel Mota Pronovias 2010 collection. It may be out of fashion now, but it is ME in a way that no other dress is.
As you can see, the picture itself is from a different knock-off site.
I did look at other dresses at a bridal salon, but I had already fallen in love with THIS dress. It didn’t make sense to spend so much money on a dress that would never compare to what I wanted.
I looked at reviews for WEEKS trying to find a decent company to order from. I eventually decided on Coral’s bridal because they have generally good reviews, they show pictures of the actual dresses that they’ve made, and they make no effort to hide the fact that they’re in China. Other websites hide it, and if they’re willing to lie about that, what else are they lying to you about? Whether or not they’ll actually send you your dress?
So I mustered up what courage I had and emailed their manager my pictures and requested a quote. They responded in a timely fashion in broken but generally at least understandable English. They did say that they would use a different lace and that the dress would be approx. 85-90% the same. I gave them my measurements, sent the money, and started waiting…
I recieved the dress two months later, but because of logistics (I happened to be on the other side of the country) it was another month before I could see it! That was definitely nerve-wracking….
When I did get a chance to see it, I was impressed. It was slightly different than the original (as they said it would be before I ordered), but it was beautiful! Since the dress had elbow sleeves and they didn’t take the measurement around my elbows, that part of the dress was a bit small. It was easy enough to fix- my mother’s friend is a professional seamstress and she did it for free (she did it right then as we waited, in fact). She was very impressed with the quality of the workmanship and the materials- everything was lined, the satin underskirt was beautiful heavy satin, the bodice came with a built-in bra and boning; my mother’s friend said it was much higher quaity than something from David’s bridal or even most designers.
My only caveats were that I requested it to come in white and the dress was a very, very pale ivory (I think it was what they call diamond white or silk white). I actually didn’t mind that. The sleeves were easily fixed. The built-in bra was a bit padded, but, since I’m a 30A, I won’t argue about more bulk up there.
I was very happy with my dress overall. It’s a scary and potentially dangerous world ordering from a chinese replica site, so I hope this helps you.
Finally, the wedding pictures (taken by my brother; we don’t have the professional ones back yet)!