(Closed) Quality verses Style…Fashionista becoming a recessionista

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well, I’ve personally not seen any of the high end couture gowns in person, but I will say that Maggie Sottero gowns are always gorgeous in person, and they aren’t bad quality at all. They are almost universally flattering and are well sewn and all that jazz.

The main difference between them and a couture gown is usually in the construction methods or in their exclusiveness, but sometimes it’s just the name. 

Typically “couture” implies that stuff in hand sewn… as in sewn by hand with needle and thread, not with a sewing machine and serger (Valentino couture designs, for example, are constructed by an army of little Italian ladies who don’t use sewing machines at all) 

They are also less widely worn b/c they’re more expensive, so that exclusivity is nice… Maggie gowns are more mass produced and worn by a *lot* of brides, so obviously you’re going to see more brides online or in real life wearing them. 

Finally- a name means a lot. Just look at the popularity of the DB Vera Wang gowns. They’re selling like hot cakes just b/c they have Vera Wang on the label. 

All in all, I think that Maggie is a fantastic brand, and you get a LOT of style and quality for the price. You are less likely to get an all silk gown, but your guests aren’t going to care. 

As long as you love the way you look/feel in the dress, the designer and price tag shouldn’t matter. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You should check out Marisa.  They don’t advertise, so you’ll have to call around to find a shop that carries the line and go see them in person.  They are typically in the $1500-2000 range, but look like they’d cost twice as much (nice fabrics and high quality construction).  The most widely known style is probably the infamous Melissa Sweet Lia knockoff, but not all of the dresses are knockoffs.

I don’t care for Maggie Sottero.  They are too heavily embellished/overwrought for my personal taste.  They seem to be decent quality though, and the corset backs are flattering.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I like nice clothes too, but on a grad student stipend, its impossible. So When I went to go purchase my wedding dress I honestly did not even look at the labels on the inside of the gowns. I had a budget of 2K and told the woman what styles I liked. I ended up going with an Impression Bridal gown (style 10072). It is organza and BEAUTIFUL. When I showed it to some of my friends they thought it looked much more expensive than it actually was. There are definitely beautiful gowns out there that won’t break your bank. Check out some of Impressions gowns, I was really wowed by a lot of them. The one I chose was 1200 but we REALLY lucked out…I was the only person to ever put the sample on and it was my size, so we saved 25% for buying the stock dress! 

Good luck with your dress shopping! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I also tend to value brand names, but when I was trying on gowns I didn’t even know which designers made which gowns–I just went by what I liked. I was prepared to spend $1000 but only ended up spending $500 on my Mori Lee Blu Collection gown.  I agree that how you feel in it is what matters! Plus you’re only wearing it for one day, so while the quality is important, the dress doesn’t need to stand up to multiple cleanings/wearings. I think it really helped to just ignore the labels and pick the dress that made me feel happiest.

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Samples can be your friend. I got an Ian Stuart gown for a steal because it was a sample they were retiring. It was missing 1 rhinestone, which wasn’t an issue because the dress had to be altered in a way that would allow us to use a rhinestone from another part of the dress that was being taken in. Problem solved.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Tbride:  part of it also has to do with the quality of fabric(for those who actually notice) and where dresses are made.  Amsales and Veras are made in NYC, Paloma Blanca (i think romona keveza also) in Canada.  Pronovias/lasposa in Spain.  A salon told me this.  Dresses that are made in underdeveloped countries cost less.

I wasn’t terribly concerned about the designer originally, but I fell in love with Pronovias while in spain so my mindset became skewed.  Regularly, I tend to find a brand I like and stick with it, no matter where it comes from.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper

@MaraBeth:I also tend to value brand names, but when I was trying on gowns I didn’t even know which designers made which gowns–I just went by what I liked.

I was the same exact way, funny how it all works out. I am a total label person (judge away) but when it came to wedding dresses I didn’t know who was who for the most part. A lot of the boutiques don’t tell you unless you are willing to committ, this even goes for high end as well.

In the end it is all about what you love and what makes you feel amazing. I fell in love with a dress that was much less than my budget allows (Sottero Midgley) and I am okie dokie with it not being considered couture.

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