Post # 1
Ok, so I’ve found my dress at a local bridal store. Now, the dress is reasonable priced in the store. It was actually a couple hundred less than I was expecting it to be. But trying to keep a firm hold on my budget, I’ve been looking online to see if I could find a deal. And…..Ta Da!!! I found the exact same dress for about $100 less on two different websites: houseofbrides.com & bestbridalprices.com.
I’m really nervous to order my dress online but for me, that $100’s is a big difference and can go along way somewhere else in the budget. So has anyone tried either of those websites? Or do you have any other websites that you’ve used? Any input would be fab!
Post # 3
I’m a kimono dress designer and we have an online store to sell our dresses. so I hope my advice helps a little bit. 🙂
Well if you would like to keep hold on your budget, then those online stores would be one of the options. Because it’s online-based, they could cut down a lot of expenses. If you’re planning to purchase a ready-made dress, you want to know your exact measurements. You might also want to go to some bridal shops to try on the same (or similar) dress that you find online. Depends on your body shape some dresses would look amazing, others might not. I always recommend my customers to try on as many dresses as possible to see which design fits them the best.
If you’re purchasing a custom-made dress online, then that’s what I do so I’ll be checking your thread and come back for some advice. 🙂 I hope that you’ll find your favorite dress for your big day! 🙂
Post # 4
I have heard really good reviews from people I know who have used netbride.com
Post # 5
I would use Weddingbee’s search engine for both online dress shops and see what comes up. Also, one of the bees did an awesome round up of online dress shops. You’ll find it by searching "online bridal dress shops" or something similar.
The most important this is that the online store has a stellar reputation, particularly for authenticity. If it’s a fake, then obviously $100 off would not be the deal you were looking for. I feel the same way though, $100 less is totally worth pursuing. Secondly, make sure they have a really good return (not exchange policy). A good policy would be 7-10 days (or 5-7) for 100% money back (less shipping and handling). If they have are a store, and have a no return policy, I think that’s totally shady. An individual selling her dress – maybe. A store with a reputation – shady.
Let us know how it works out!
Post # 6
I’ve personally never used any online dress shops, though I’m considering one for the MOB gown my mother loves (which would cost more than my gown! GASP!).
I second pinwheels in that you definitely need to do a bit of research on the shops and their return policies before you buy. I also have the book Bridal Bargains, and they give NetBride.com an A- grade, saying that they have online price quoting and sizing guides that can be helpful (p. 88, 8th edition). House of Brides, on the other hand, gets a C for having no return policy and no exchanges, as well as 36 complaints in the last 3 years with the BBB (one a month!).
Also, don’t forget to factor in the value of any bonuses you get at the bridal salon, such as free steaming, alterations credits, etc. Those costs are something you’d have to cover on your own if you went through an online retailer, plus the cost of shipping (and return shipping if the gown doesn’t fit properly!). It could easily add up to more than the $100 you’d save by buying online.
Plus, it never hurts to ask the bridal shop if they’d be willing to match the advertised online price, or throw in an extra perk or two (alterations credit, etc.) for buying through them. In these economic times, a lot of businesses are willing to make concessions to keep you as a customer. Like I said, it never hurts to ask!!
I hope that helps! Good luck!!
Post # 7
I couldn’t agree more!
, I attempted to save money by ordering a replica of a designer dress online. As some of you will remember, I was extremely displeased with the results. I learned a valuable lesson from my experience. First of all, any web site is only going to show testimonials from satisfied customers and nothing says that all those testimonials are real! Also, I HIGHLY recommend you check the BBB to see if they have a report about the establishment – if I had, I would have found out that the one I used has a rating of F! I also recommend doing a search on the establishment to see if there are ratings/reviews/complaints and most importantly – check the refund/return policy!
I am sure that many brides have a positive experience with purchasing their dresses online. But save yourself some heartache and do a little investigating BEFORE you order!
Post # 8
I think driftlikesmoke’s advice is great, especially asking the shop if they’d price match or something to that effect.
I was thinking of ordering online too so good advice to have all around!
Post # 9
I’d ask the local store first. Local stores are suffering because of websites like that, and since they put their time and effort into helping you pick the dress out, I think you owe it to them to give them a shot. Besides, then you have someone to go to for advice, alterations, and just general knowledge questions. If you order online, you’re on your own. And if it doesn’t come in, then you’re really screwed.
Post # 10
i have heard horrible things about house of brides