Post # 1
Prior to the recession, I would have been looking at Reem Acras, Vera Wangs, and Moniques…now my budget is 1/4 of that! Just my luck! Anyway I found a gorgeous satin Maggie Sottero dress, is this good quality? What’s the primary difference between the high end couture lines and the Maggie Sottero dress I’m thinking of other than the coutures ones being $4000+ and this one only being $1500. Please HELP!!!! I’m getting so upset that I’m so much poorer than I used to be!
Post # 3
Since you are wearing it once, who cares what the quality it is? as long as you like it and it looks like something you would enjoy wearing, who cares what brand name is on it.
Many cheaper brands are equally quality as more expensive brands, but you pay for the name. Are he $300 purses that much better han the $100 purses except for someone knows what brand you are carrying.
I wear a very expensive watch that no one knows the name of. Its more expensive than many “expensive names” (we did get it on super clearance on a going out of business sale) and no one knows its expensive, they assume its cheap.
Once you reach a certain level of quality its only the name that defines its level.
Post # 4
Let’s have a club @Tbride: – I had to turn from my Kenneth Pool dreams. I looked at a wide range of dresses – everything from DB to Reem.
Yes, there is totally the ‘name brand’ aspect that you pay for, as PP said. But also, the couture dresses are often less-mass-produced. They’ve often got special handmade detailing, almost all silk fabrics. (To me at least) you can feel the couture – crisp and glam. There’s a reason they cost $4,000+….but the prices are still RIDIC.
The slightly-less-couture designers, like Maggie Sottero, don’t lack much in quality or style. The fabric will probably be a blend (generally making the fabric more stain-resistant!), but the look can be very much the same.
I went with a Lila Couture dress, and added customizations (+$300 onto the original price). I got my recession-friendly price tag, and customizing has totally fulfilled my urge for the ‘specially made.’
…all to say, your Maggie dress won’t let you down in quality if you know you already love the style. Still need a ‘specially made’ fix like me? Add/change something to make it yours. You will ROCK it.
Post # 5
i think the main difference is the material. then the other differences are the details and the design. when you look at vera, monique, amsale…they are usually made out of silk and the designs are usually edgier.
that said, there are many mid-range dress designers that use luxurious materials like silk and the designs are very pretty. i really like watters dresses (they range prob around $2k to low $3k). Marisa is another designer that is quality but mid-range in price.
When you look at dressed under $1,500, most dresses in the price point are made of synthetics. there’s nothing wrong with synthetics. i bought one from the WTOO line of Watters.
Then there’s teh Vera Wang White line. I think her line brings fashion forward designs to the masses and at a lower price point. She doesn’t sacrifice design but she does sacrifice material.
At the end of the day, you have to decide if the real silk is worth it or will polyester work just fine. And most people won’t be able to tell. Try one different dresses and see how they feel against your skin.
You can always buy samples. Head over to Priscilla’s. They are discounting their gowns 40-70% right now.
There’s nothing wrong with Maggie or Alfred Angelo. I think Maggie dresses are very popular because of the fit. If you like a dress, it doesn’t matter if you paid $500 or $5000 for it.
Post # 6
My best friend had a Maggie on her wedding day and she looked absolutely stunning in it. It really doesn’t matter until you try it on and see if it flatters your figure and make you look stunning.
Post # 7
IMO Enzoani gowns are amazing quality for the price, so you should check them out. Either way, I dont think you’re going to be worrying about the quality of the dress, rather you’ll be enjoying your day.
Post # 8
Thank you so much!!! Your post soooooo helped!!!! Knowing couture and choosing something else, really helped me feel better! THANK YOU!
Post # 9
I have to say gals whenever I have doubts about my dress I come back to reading your posts. I have my first fitting in two days! So nervous!!