(Closed) Ordering your wedding dress online. Anyone? Good Idea, Bad Idea?

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
14 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

i ordered mine online, and i love it!!!!! i looked at similar styles in the store, just to make sure they looked ok on me.. and i went ahead and ordered the one i loved online. i say go for it.. the dress makes the day and you should find one you love, in a store or online

Post # 4
425 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I also ordered my wedding dress online and saved BIG!!  I loved the dress!

Post # 5
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Personally, I would not order a dress online without trying it on first, unless they have a liberal return policy. 

Post # 6
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have been going back and forth with the idea of getting my dress online just because you can definitely save big! However I am also going to try on some styles in the bridal stores just to make sure what styles look good on me.

Post # 8
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

What site is it? Some are definitely better than others. I bought my dress online through another bride, via Once Wed/the WB classifieds, and am very happy with my decision. 

Post # 9
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I ordered mine online too, and it worked out perfect! I’m about a street 6, and ordered a 14! I had to have it taken in a bit!!! Wink Since they allow returns, I’d say go for it!

Post # 10
332 posts
Helper bee

If the dress is rediculously cheap it might be a knock off. Not that I have anything against that but I just wanted to inform you. I ordered a dress I tried on in a store online for much cheaper. At the store it was $1,200 and online it was $750 and this is not a knock off. There were even cheaper ones at about $250 but those were the knock offs and are usually not maid well. Ive heard of some people having good and bad luck with getting dresses online at a price so low. Some say you can’t tell its a knock off and some can. So if it sounds way to good to be true, it probably is. But if its just a little cheaper go for it. I would really research the company you want to buy it from. It sounds like a good one if you can return it though. Also most websites will have a size chart. You can get mesured and then find the right size for you by the chart.

My dress won’t be in until May so I can’t tell you for myself if it is a good idea or not. Hopefully we will both be fine though. Good luck!

Post # 11
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I got my vera wang dress from bridepower.com. I tried on the same exact dress in a store and then found it online, for about 1,000 less than the sample available at the store. It’s definitely an authentic dress 🙂 So if you’re really confident in the silhouette or better yet, have tried it on, go for it. It’s not a bad experience at all.

Post # 12
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The first dress I ordered was online from a place called Gioavonni’s Bridal.  The correspondance was outstanding and I really looked forward to receiving my knock-off of a Martin McCrea dress. When I finally got the dress, I cried, it was NOTHING like I wanted and at the time there was a no-return policy. I tried to make myself settle for the dress but I just couldn’t. The dress I ended up using I actually got from eBay and as soon as my BMs saw it, we all knew it was perfect! It went perfectly with my accessories. So one horrible experience and one positive.

I did learn a few things, although it was a costly lesson. First, try on dresses so you have a feel for the style you are ordering. Have good measurements taken (which I did but Giovonni’s made my dress way too short in the front). Do not trust the pics or testimonials on the web site – they will only post the best pics and reviews. And most of all, check weith the Better Business Bureau to see if the business has a rating. If I had known the first place had a BBB rating of F, I would have never ordered from them! Also check the return policy, what good is a bargin dress if you can’t use it or you need to have extensive alterations done?

Post # 13
1981 posts
Buzzing bee

I think you may want to try on a vera first to see if you like it! Some people think they want this ONE dress, and then it looks nothing like they expected, which would be unfortunate if that’s how this ended up!

Post # 14
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can definitely order it online.  I found mine online and was able to order in a sample to try on through their “borrow a Bonny” program, which shipped a sample to my store for a week.  Then they credited the shipping cost of the sample toward the cost of my “real” dress.  It looked just as beautiful in person as it did in the picture!

Don’t just guess what size you are though.  If your guess is too far off, you can easily add $500 to the cost of the dress to have it tailored to your size.

I highly recommend getting your measurements taken by a professional (most bridal boutiques will do it for you even if you’re not a customer).  Then reference a Vera Wang size chart to see what size you are.  If your three measurements don’t all point to the same dress size, order the largest size.  For example, if your waist and bust are a size 4 but your hips are a 6, order the 6.

I am a street size 2 and ended up getting a dress size 2 from my designer, so not all dresses are that much bigger than street size.

Post # 15
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I tried; it fit, but the quality wasn’t what I had hoped for. I counted it as a $175 loss and bought my dress at Terry Costa.

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