(Closed) Should I buy a wedding dress online?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think buying a dress online is fine with a few caveats:

– Make sure you research the heck out of wherever you are buying it from. I don’t know anything about that one – just type the name into google + reviews and see what comes up. Also type it into the search here on the Bee. I was researching and only would have been comfortable going with Jasmine’s or possibly Dressilyme based on what I found.

– Make sure you order it in plenty of time to get a different dress if it arrives and is terrible. I think you’re already a little late on this one. I personally would be really nervous at this point just trying to buy off the rack, let alone ordering online.

– Don’t spend so much money on it that if you get it and it’s terrible, you’re in a financial bind. I think ordering online/overseas is a risk, and you have to be willing to take that risk. You MIGHT be out the money, and you have to plan for that.

– Prepare yourself that you will likely need alterations, even if it is made “custom size.” It’s just the reality of life.

Basically, low expectations and a plan B are the keys to happiness in my opinion.

Post # 4
737 posts
Busy bee

@NAvery:  +1 Good advice.

Most importantly, I read a lot of Bees looking for ‘cheap’ online dresses, then they complain that the dress is substandard.

Do your research, really know why you are buying on line, is it a cheap dress for TTD or are you looking for real value for money.  Also alterations are a fact of life, even if you buy a $5000+ dress in a bridal shop, you will need alterations.

Also agree, Jasmines for up market, special requests and Dressilyme if you just want one that is on their site. Good luck, and let us know which way you go.

Post # 5
662 posts
Busy bee

I got a brand new authentic Pronovias dress that is GORGEOUS from preownedweddingdresses.com for only $120.


It’s a size too big for me but won’t cost that much in tailoring.  Have you looked on these types of sites?

Post # 7
872 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was going to buy a dress online, but went to a boutique instead. 

I would suggest looking at the dresses you want online, like you’ve already done! And then go to a bridal boutique, or call several in your area and ask if they have them in stock and in your size. Then go to the stores and try the dresses on and make sure they are the fit and style that you like and look good on your body type. 

The other bees have already given you sound advice, and you would want to take into consideration!

Good luck~

Post # 8
737 posts
Busy bee

@edku:  Just a little word of concern, if any of the Bees on this forum could recommend your selected internet site bridal2012.com they would have by now.  So that is a little hint that it may not be appropriate to order from them.

Two internet companies have been recommended, Dressilyme and Jasmines.  Out of the two, Jasmines does just about any dress you want.  They even combine dresses for some Bees, top from one designer and bottom from another.  They have also done a totally individually designed dress by one Bee that I know of.  I would recommend talking to them.

We all read terrible stories of disappointed Bees, please think about your decision.

Post # 9
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I wouldn’t. Aren’t they replica’s. Different fabric is used? cheaper fabric. Research, but I personally wouldn’t buy from them.

If you do decide to buy online, I’d go with recyclebride.com or oncewed.com.

Good luck.

Post # 10
737 posts
Busy bee

@HappyBride827:  I agree with you, both Dressilyme and Jasmine are replica companies.  I am sure that bridal2012.com is also a replica company.  I was basically telling the poster that she had already been given two well known replica companies to select from.  Replica companies do any dress, but yes they are replicas not originals.  Not everything is 100% exactly like the original.

The options for any bride to be are:

Buy from a bridal shop

Buy a pre-owned dress either directly from the bride or an online pre-owned site

Buy a replica. It is this choice that can lead to disappointment depending on which company is selected.

Post # 12
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

The cheaper prices come with cheaper fabric, craftsmenship, etc. The more expensive generally come with better quality fabric and design. Also, I’ve heard Jasmine’s Bridal Shop is very good at working with pictures and a description of the design you want and will also email you with mid-production photos to get your input so you can change what you don’t like.

Post # 13
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@edku:  Cheaper fabric. Been in retail for 8 years…I personally can tell quality of garments by fabric it’s made out of and I look at the stitching as well. Unfortunately not all satins, organza, lace are the same.

Post # 14
12 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

@edku:  I wish I would have seen this sooner! I am currently in the process of selling my brand new Allure 8911 gown. However, it looks like you are getting married in a few days! I’m sure you found something and will look absolutely stunning! Good Luck!

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