Post # 1
Has anyone purchased a wedding dress online and used a retailer such as BHLDN?
I’m currently looking for something simple, sheath or column, but trying to avoid the bridal boutique markups. Plus, just want something simple and affordable– any suggestions?
Post # 4
Max would be $1,500. We’re having a very small, immediate family only wedding, so I don’t want to go overboard on the dress, but love the look of the sheath and column gowns
Examples of some I have looked at and loved:
Post # 5
I bought my reception dress from BHLDN and I absolutely love it.
I’ve also been to their stores and I find that all the dresses look stunning in person.
Post # 6
If you like simple sheath/column, these dresses are well within your budget, though they do differ from the styles you posted:
From Saja Wedding:
From SerieBlanche, an Etsy store located in France:
Post # 7
My friend ordered a simple dress from JJhouse.com. It was simple and cute. But it was also see-through (of course the website didn’t say that), so she had to make herself a slip for underneath. She still looked great on her wedding day, but she was disappointed it was so see-through. Oh, and you also will have to get at least one size up, keep in mind the dresses are made in China!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I bought a wedding dress from TheLastMinuteBride.com. They were really easy to work with and had a clear, although quick, return policy. (They explain the policy in full on their site.)
I ended up not keeping the dress I ordered from them as I ended up not liking it on me, but I would definitely check out what they have to offer.
Post # 9
I got my dress from etsy, and love it! It was perfect and looked exactly the same as the picture online! If you know what you’re looking for and have the time to browse, it’s worth a look 🙂 the seller I purchased from was ‘Anya Dionne’ but I’m not sure if she has anything like you want?
Good luck! These are gorgeous dresses!
Post # 10
BHDLN is a reputable site. In terms of purchasing an actual dress, if you’re buying from a reputable site (say BHDLN, ModCloth, J. Crew, etc.) online is fine. It’s where you get into sketchy “made to order” sites where it’s promising knock-offs or designer-like dresses on a shoe-string budget that you need to be careful. If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Make sure you look at return policies.
Now, as for purchasing dresses online in general, I think it works out well if you know your body type VERY WELL. If you typically don’t wear column dresses, I would recommend you go to a brick and mortar store and try some on first to make sure that type of dress works well for you. Try to find something as close to what you like online. Also, pay close close attention to measurements, not sizes. I’ve had excellent luck buying dresses on ModCloth because a) I know what works for my body type by now, and b) I take my measurements immediately before purchase and I follow the measurement guide for sizing exactly. Remember that for purchasing a dress, you should purchase for the largest measurement and it may require alterations then. So if you’re a size 8 in the bust and waist according to their sizing guide but a 10 in hips, you should be purchasing the size 10.
Post # 11
Someone suggested bestbridalprices.com and it sooooo helpful to prices dresses. I also have heard some brides looking at formal dresses in white. I know I’ve seen this at the store I work at:
Post # 12
I ordered from Etsy and had a fantastic experience with this seller at a very affordable price.
Post # 13
Thanks everyone for the suggestions– I looked through a few of the sites suggested on here.
Yeah, I know my measurements down to the millimeter haha. I’ve been in 4 weddings in the past YEAR, and all of the brides had theirs custom made from Etsy shops. Also, I’ve tried on some column and sheath dresses before, so I know how they work with my body type! Luckily, I’m tall, so hopefully alterations won’t need to be much of a necessity, as those can run up the bill quite a bit! I just am not finding much on non-lace sheath dresses online. There’s several WAY out of my price range, but a simple crepe or satin sheath is hard to come by!
Post # 14
Commenting to follow – I’ve been eyeing up some BHLDN dresses too!
Post # 15
there is a great thread on replica dresses if you search that you will find brides whove used online sites and pics of their dresses i am going to use [content moderated for violation of TOS] the shop for a custom dress