(Closed) Online vs In store dress shopping???

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I tried on dresses in store but ordered a brand I trusted online. It’s best to know the manufacturer first. It is also best if there is a strong return policy and a trustworthy (brick and mortar) company

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

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Elle_bee:  

Neither of those gowns are sold online reputably. I know the first dress the Wtoo ‘Marnie’ is by Watters and they sometimes sell gowns on BHLDN but I have not seen that dress on the site.

Hayley Paige is the designer of the second dress and she does not sell her brand online you have to go to a shop to purchase it.

If you see them for sale online it is most likely a cheap replica/counterfit, or someone is selling it used. I always tell girls to buy in store because you know what you are getting. Your wedding dress is an investment not some cheap piece of clothing. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

I ordered my dress online and had no issues. I may be the exception to the rule, but I didn’t want to go dress shopping alone and I was far away from my friends and family and I loved looking at dresses online with them. I saved a ton of money and was totally satisfied. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I bought my dress online without trying it on. It was a risk because it was a sample from another country so I couldn’t return it but luckily it was perfect. 

I’d researched this dress online a lot. I’ve always known what styles suit me (empire/a-line does nothing for me, sheath and mermaid alwsys work) and the real brides I saw in my dress were a similar shape to me. I actually didn’t even give this dress a second thought because I was so sure.

My best advice is to ignore the promotional/model pics of dresses and look at pics of real brides wearing the dress. Promo pics only show the dress from one angle and are posed with studio lighting. I found that looking for real pictures gave me more realistic expectations of how the dresses look on real people in real, un-retouched wedding photos. I initially fell in love with another dress but after seeing it on other brides, I realized I was actually in love with the styling and look of the promo image, not the dress itself.Best of luck with your search!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

If these dresses are being sold on a site as preowned than I would consider it as I bought my Pnina Tornai wedding dress from a preowned website of brides selling their dresses. However, if they are claiming that they are “new” then I agree with another Bee that they are probably cheap replicas. The website that I used to buy my dress from is called preownedweddingdresses.com if you want to check it out. I know I remember seeing that Hayley Paige dress being sold on there. You would just have to make sure that if the dress is around your size, than ask the bride selling it if her measures are around the same as yours. If they are close than the size shouldn’t be an issue. It’ll just be a matter of whether you like it or not.

My dress is a natural waist ball gown and for black tie events that I have gone to, I have worn similar styles of evening gowns. So I had a big hunch that it would probably look good on me. My only concern before buying it was if I would like it just as much on me as I liked it in pictures. Because sometimes what you think will look good on you, doesn’t always work. But it was my dream dress so I took the chance and it ended up working out which made me very happy!

So just make sure to do your research and really really think it through before you take that kind of chance. If you really want these dresses then I would definitely get them preowned. Because like another bee said, those dresses are not sold online reputably by the designer. The only way you could purchase them online that would be authentic would be if they are being sold by another bride preowned. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you in your search 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I researched online for a while, then tried similar dresses in store and am ultimately buying online, based on my taste and my shop tryouts. I narrowed down the shapes that worked for me in the shops, and then stuck to those while shopping online. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

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llussier:  A wedding dress isin’t really an investment.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

i researched online for a bit before diving in but i did try on a few dresses that were the exact as what I’d looked up and a few that were similar while waiting on appointments at other shops that had the exact gown. that really helped because some dresses and appointments i totally took off the list after trying on similar shapes and knowing they wouldn’t work. the only dress i can think of off hand that i was in love with only to try on and give a big fat NO to was the penelope gown sold on bhldn

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

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Elle_bee: 

Oh well don’t worry about that 😀

You won’t know what suits you best until you go shopping person, so be open to other styles in case these don’t measure up to your expectations.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I researched online a lot before I went shopping, especially visiting the salons websites and seeing what brands they carried and going from there. I had looked prior to getting engaged, but after it happened, I bought a wedding magazine and found a dress I loved in an ad. I looked up the designer, and the closest salon that had it was an hour away – and that was just the brand, not necessarily the dress. So, I took a chance and went to it one weekend and found a similar style that I saw on their website that I liked, and after trying on a lot of other dresses… that was the one I eventually picked. No other slaon I went to carried that brand, so I lucked out.

But, I also went into my appointments with an open mind – because th all look different on you than on a model.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I picked out many dresses to try on in the store and didn’t like ANY of them.  It is so hard to see not only how they will look on you but the quality of the fabrics.  

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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Elle_bee:  go try them on! Both of these dresses were my front runners- I went to Kleinfelds with pictures of them and everything and they did NOTHING for me on. Learned my lesson- gotta try them on!

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