Post # 1
Im in a dilemma, I can ge a sample melissa sweet dress for 450. I need to have it altered tho. the top is not my style at all. and the back is just boring. but I love the lace is a kinda mermaid style all lace. Ill like to take the straps and make it strapless, sweetheart neckline and the back lower it more and maybe add a corset style or buttons. but Also I can get made a custom gown from topspartner.com (they show me pictured of their work and I love it) I love tea length dresses so the one I had in my mind set was the monique lhuiller Lulu. they can made that style of skirt with a rushed corset top (so i can show my waist :D). I ask them to use silk tule and they will. all for 285. I can choose my colors cos i wanted a light blush pink. or a champagne pink. I dont know what to do.
They send me pictures of the the materials cos ill add a layer of lace so ill look more romantic. I have the pictures of what i have in my mind LOL. but I dont know what to do please advice.
Post # 3
This is a tough one…I would probably go with the sample dress because you KNOW what you’re going to get. I mean, if you absolutely hate it I wouldn’t get it, but going with a replica company is really risky–you could spend almost $300 and end up hating it, and then have to spend MORE money getting something you like.
Post # 4
I would choose a sample dress over the custom dress from china because it made from high quality fabric and just looks better than a custom dress IMO. Just keep in mind that alterations can get expensive.
Post # 5
I didn’t vote. But here is my opinion. I would get the custom made dress because its cheaper and real silk and its what you actually want. But I would only do it under 1 condition being that the company that I was going to order from had a lot of pictures of the gowns that they actually make and they were extremely good. Hopefully they would have a picture of something that they made that is similar to the dress that you want. If you would like I can recogmend some companies that have real pics for you so you can compare.
Post # 6
I just took a look at topspartner.com I wouldn’t trust them. I clicked on their “workmanship” link and all of the information about their quality was copied word for word off of the Milly Bridal site and they even took some of Milly’s pics. Also the dress that they show for comparison looks nothing like the original. Do the custom dress just pick a better company.
Post # 7
I have a question so duosheng is the same as smtweddingstore on ebay? i was checking their work looks really nice. ill email them today and see how it goes.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Tough choice. You want so much custom work done, I’m inclined to say get the custom dress made, but, TBH, I don’t like the quality of a lot of the custom dresses I see. I agree with PP to make sure you find a vendor who isn’t going to scam you.
Post # 9
@sivette30: I’m not really sure but I would just email them through their site and ask them if that is their ebay name. Duosheng’s work looks really nice.
Post # 10
@sivette30: smtweddingstore on Ebay is Duosheng. Its the retail side. I am having my reception dress made from them. Should get pictures in the next 2 wks.
Now my wedding dess is a sample because a replica would not do. I’m way 2 picky. Now if you do decide to go the replica route, Milly Bridal is the lace expert. I’ve seen Chiffon dresses by Duosheng but not lace as of today.
Post # 11
Hummm, I voted custom because thats what I did. I have no regrets and really didn’t see a difference in quality with my two orders. It made for my size which is a plus for a custom dress. I love that it fits my short height and busty frame.
Sometimes getting the measurements for the sample cost as much as a custom gown.
Then again this is my experience and my preference.
If I could have found a sample gown at a great price then maybe I would have gone for that option. However, I had a style in mind and didn’t see any sample up to my standards.
I purchased two custom dresses and ended up keeping it under $450.
Now as for quality dressmakers. There are more popping up so I think trust can be easily developed between you and the dressmaker.
Some review lately have been from
Dressilyme.com** This was my choice**
Landysbridal-asapbay on ebay
Duosheng- smtweddingstore on Ebay
They all get my vote. But I would check and see which dresses have been made with similar styles to your dream dress. That way you can get a better image of what your quality will look like.
Also, you can email any of these and request samples of their work for dresses similar to your style or of the actual dress. They should provide you with a pic of a past dress. Thats another way to build trust.
Post # 12
If you aren’t in love with the sample (sounds like you are not), I’d go the way of a custom dress, but from a REPUTABLE place.
IF you go to ebay, I advice using one that @adw2c: suggested. I went through a different one (the only one of two that had my gown) and ended up putting in a complaint on day 44 of the 45-day-time-frame to complain in. They’re 2-3 weeks turned into over 45 days, but I DID get my dress and I love it (yay for eBay complaints!) Now, I’m planning on getting my daughter’s flower girl dress from a nother china store and plan on doing the same again. (thankfully, the dress is under $30)
good luck with your choice!!!!