(Closed) sample dress or custom made china dress.

posted 10 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Sample or Custom wedding gown

    sample Dress

    Custom Dress

  • Post # 3
    313 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    5166 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    372 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    372 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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 # 8
    701 posts
    Busy bee
    • 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
    372 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @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
    1637 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @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
    1378 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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

    Millys Bridal
    Dressilyme.com** This was my choice**
    Landysbridal-asapbay on ebay
    Jasmines bridal
    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
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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!!!!

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