Post # 1
I am working on a very tight budget, and I need to find a wedding dress for absolutely no more than $300, preferably under $200. I am thinking that my best bet might be to buy online or through the classifieds on ebay or here on weddingbee, but I am a little (ok, a lot) uneasy buying the most important dress of my life online, especially since I will be buying it online without having tried it on (which makes me very nervous). I am also considering looking at dresses on sale at the bridal shops (such as the David’s Bridal sale going on right now). What are the pros and cons of buying online, buying through classifieds, and buying on sale at the bridal shop?
Post # 3
I wouldn’t suggest buying a dress without trying it on. I did and it was a waste of money. Do you have a DB in your area? I got my dress for $299
Post # 4
@MissA_to_MrsA: If you want to try on a dress, you’ll need to go to a store. Davids Bridal or a consignment shop would be your best bet. If your budget was a little higher, I would consider store samples, but I rarely see store samples for under $300. Typically they are about 50% off, but 50% off of $900-$1k is still $400-$500.
Fabulous U has a selection of under $250 dresses with free shipping, but they’re custom made and you can’t try on beforehand. http://www.thefabulousu.com/bridal-gowns-/gowns-under-250usd-free-shipping.html
Post # 5
What size are you? What are you looking for?
Post # 6
I bought my maggie sottero gown online off of ebay for $500 and it retailed for $1500-1700.
1. I think it is very important to get several photos of the dress. The ACTUALLY dress.
2. Read the description VERY CAREFULLY. If there are imperfections or if it isnt dry cleaned than you need to take that into consideration because that will be additional cost.
3. Contact the seller with any additional questions/concerns/photos.
I think the biggest pro was the price. The only con was that it was a sample dress and it was dusty and dirty so I had to pay to have it dry cleaned.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone! I have a DB very close to me, so I will probably start looking there first. 🙂
Post # 8
@Bazingau: Do you know anyone who has ordered a dress from the Fabulous U, or did you get a dress from there?
Post # 9
@bndmusicfactory: I wish I knew! I have never tried on a dress before, so I don’t know what style I like or what my size is, but I wanted to get suggestions where to look so I didn’t find a dress I loved, but couldn’t afford.
Post # 10
@MissA_to_MrsA: Yes, I found them because of the reviews on the Bee! There was one recent issue where someone received the wrong size dress and she filed for a refund. I have 6 bridesmaid dresses on order, plus a few accessories. BUT I haven’t received them yet. They are due mid-July. So far, for the price, I feel they had a bit higher quality than some the other Chinese replica vendors in the same price range.
They also have real life production pics online through their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/theFabulousU
Post # 11
I would say that before you buy anything online, go to the stores and try on different dresses so that you’ll know what dress you’re looking for online. Get the name and design number and the size that you’ll need to order. At least that way, you’ll know that if it’s listed as something that’s unaltered, you’ll know how it already fits.
Post # 12
Go to DB and try on lots of dresses,if you don’t find something in your price range then try ebay/etsy for second hand or order a replica.
If you are ordering a replica, think about the fabrics and designs and you will get a feel for what is easier/more difficult to make, which dresses rely on high quality fabric to make them look good (ie lace). Obviously to make a replica at a lower price, the fabric quality and skill or labour are reduced, so you need to choose a design that takes this into account.
I have ordered from and ebay seller for $179USD including shipping. She’s had good reviews on the boards before and has had experience making the dress I want (VW Gemma – yea, I’m reeeal original…). BUT I have only decided to do this because I figure, I’m willing to take the risk and can afford to lose $179 if it turns out wrong. Can you?
Review: (look at the posts from alj) http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/china-dress-complicated-gown-please-help#axzz2WQMlPRlk
Ebay seller: http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=261231264142