(Closed) Ordering From China? Little Hesitant but Perfect Dress!! ….. eek

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1084 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I don’t know anything about ordering from China, but have you tried on anything like that dress to make sure you like the style on you?  I had a perfect dress in mind but then changed my mind once i saw it on because there were other things that worked with my bod better.

Post # 4
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I ordered my perfect reception dress off ebay (china, I think) and it came in perfect!  My only suggestion is that you try on something similar to this one to ensure that the fit and style is what you like 🙂

Post # 5
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Wow that dress looks absolutely gorgeous!! I’m having slight dress envy. I don’t have experience ordering from China (ebay plenty of times), but I would make sure of a few things:

1) You can return it if it’s not what was described or pictured from the seller

2) Confirm ahead of time (especially since it’s lace!) exactly what kind of fabric they are using to make each layer of the dress. Do some research on lace: How much it should cost, what it looks like, etc. so you will know if they substituted something cheaper for what should have been better quality – with lace it’s very important!

3) Can you contact any of the previous buyers? I would try to talk to a few of them to find out about thier overall satisfaction and the quality of the dress.

Good luck, what a beautiful dress! Let us know how it turns out!

Post # 6
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

i ordered a dress for my reception from china and it was pretty horrible. it had sequins on it, and they looked NOTHING like the picture. the material was see-through and the construction was pretty shoddy. i ended up just giving it to goodwill because i didn’t feel like going through the hassle of sending it back to china (i don’t even know if i could have done that). i know that some people have had good experiences – can you ask them to send you a sample of the fabric they’re going to use? i wish i had done that.

Post # 7
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Marie Gabrielle, Dallas

I agree with the previous comments, you should definitely try on a similar dress (if you haven’t already) to make sure you like that style on you. The dress I chose was much different than the pictures I cut out.  Just a thought 🙂

Post # 9
92 posts
Worker bee

I considered this option when I was looking at dresses.  The problem I found is that while the dresses are pretty good copies of the style, the different in quality of materials and details is pretty noticeable even just looking at the pictures online.

The pictures you posted also look like they are stock photos of the real dress, not the copycat that you’re actually going to receive.  The Chinese ebay sites I looked at showed their actual copy dress, so I would make sure you see what you’re actually buying, not just the dress they’re imitating.  If you have the book Bridal Bargains, there’s a couple of sellers recommended in there.  I can look them up if you’d like.


Post # 10
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I ordered my dress from China. Um, that has a lot of lace on it. The dress you’ll end up with will likely be a tulle mesh with applique beaded flowers. It’ll probably look NOTHING like the dress you’ll get.

Oh and they made mine 8″ too small in the hips. We had to add panels to the side of it. THANK GOODNESS it was only for a fun TTD style session, not my real wedding.

I’d err on the side of something very simple OR something used and I’d order it big, then have it professionally altered down.

I ordered a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress replica from china, too, and we had to panel the sides. Our a-line was a sheath. Oops, too tight!

Post # 11
1901 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

KiKat555 – How much do they want for this dress? I would be leary, too because it has so much lace. I would really search the classifieds on this site and the preownedweddingdress*com site before deciding to do this.

Post # 13
3526 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

When I was searching for dresses pretty hard, ordering from China was a definite possibility for me if I couldnt’ find my dream dress for the price I wanted. I’ve done a good amount of research on China sellers. That being said let’s not envelope all chinese dressmakers into one big company. There are more than one. And one is probably better than the other. You need to do your research on the company you are looking at. Beyond eBay. A lot of the online china dress sellers on eBay actually have private websites outside as well. Try googling their eBay store name. If you want I can give you the two that I found that were most reputable.

That being said.

Expect that the size will have variation, especially if you do not have a professional dressmaker measure you. If it were me I would pay the fee of a dressmaker giving me professional measurements.

Expect that the lace will NOT be comparable to the one of the designers. After all one dress is 2K-5K and your China dress is likely costing ~$300. It’s like buying a David’s Bridal vs buying a Jim Hjelm. No offense to DB brides.

Allow for delivery time especially if you’ll be ordering in or around Chinese New Year which falls on Valentines Day in 2010. On top of that allow for time IF the dress from China is not up to your expectation and you have to find another avenue for your wedding dress.

And like you said there is a 7 day return policy so what’s the worst that can happen? You’re out a couple bucks of shipping fees rather than spending $$$$$ on a designer gown. I completely agree I can’t spend that kind of dough either.

best of luck!

P.S. Google China Dressmakers/replica etc and even here on WB. There are TONS of people that have ordered and have had success stories!

P.P.S. I think the dress is Jim Hjelm. Is it? 🙂

Post # 14
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I’m ordering my dress from China.  So far so good but as others have noted my style in comparison is very simple and has no lace.

Post # 16
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Hi KitKat,

If it’s the look of the heavy lace that you like, rather than specifically the cut/style, I would definitely recommend that you get the China dressmaker to mail you an actual physical sample of the specific lace that they’re going to use on your dress.  When I was doing research for ordering a gown from China for some shots, nearly all of the complaints I read were about the quality of lace on the dresses.  (Anything from shiny/cheap looking, to rough/scratchy, to the fact that what some makers call “lace” is actually just cheap plasticy mesh with appliques lightly tacked or even glued on.)

If they’re a reputable manufacturer, which many of them are, they should have no problem with you buying a sample foot or yard of the fabric.

Good luck!

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