(Closed) This dress as Chinese replica- should I or not??

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I considered this route for a LONG time before I finally cracked and bought my dream dress in store. Honestly, I’ve heard both good and bad stories of ordering online. I know some companies are more reputable than others. I had my fiance do some digging (he’s a technological wizard… I belong in the Victorian Age with my quill and pot of ink), and he said the most reputable ones were Netbride and bestbridalprices.com. I’m not sure about the one you listed but I would recommend googling them and trying to find reviews that did not come directly from their website.

Also, the custom-made fee is a little scary. If they won’t give you a firm number I would be wary. 

Good luck and I hope you get the dress of your dreams!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have been hunting around on wedding bee for Chinese reviews a lot too and a lot of people refer to this site for info:

http://www.bestdestinationwedding.com/t/36700/post-all-knock-off-wedding-dress-questions-comments-here/3990

It is long (it took me about 3 days to get thru all 400 pages) but really recent reviews are prob what you need. And so many people are happy with their dressilyme dresses. The other site mentioned A LOT for their quality work is Jasmine’s Bridal – pricier I noticed when I looked “my” dress up it was probably nearly double in price (thou still about a quarter of the price of the original)

From the pics that’s have seen of replicas on the bee and the other website your dress should be easily replicated as long as you know it won’t be 100% the same. Also from what I hear the actual dresses are made of a lighter material than the original so they don’t get so hot or feel so heavy. But as you haven’t tried on the original you probably wouldn’t notice this anyway πŸ™‚

Also if you hadn’t already looked wedding bee has a LOT of reviews on dressilyme and I actually can’t off the top of my mind think of a bad one. 

Good luck I hope all goes well, keep us updated on what you do. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Also when I looked at dressilyme to make me a jacket their custom fee was an additional $15 so I would assume it’d be $15 extra on the dresses too πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My first choice would be to try to find something similar… but honestly… if that is your dream dress then maybe it’s worth risking $191? Since $8500 is totally out of reach you need to get yourself in a mental place that you’re not even considering that an option. If you spend the $191 and it turns out terribly then maybe you’ll be able to move on and choose something else. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

I wouldn’t buy anything without trying on the original first.  Tons of bees have had their ultimate dream dress before they go shopping, but find it doesn’t really have the wow factor on their bodies as they had hoped.  I would try on the original and decide if you like it before you order anything on the internet. 

I think you also have to be 100% clear in your own mind that the dress will not be of the same quality and will probably be made of polyester and will make you sweat.  It will also not be perfect.  You do get what you pay for for $191.

Post # 10
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2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Someone just posted about their experience with that place.  Read as many threads as possible about whatever replica maker your considering.  Some definitely seem better than others.

Post # 12
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I say go for it. If it turns out, then you have a great dress! If not, then you only spent $200 bucks. It sounds like you’ve done your research and some PP’s have helped also, so you should be making a pretty educated decision. However I will say I like the first dress way more than the second one… maybe that’s just me?

Post # 13
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2697 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The way I looked at it, it was a gamble that would either lose me $300 or save me $1000.

 

I took the gamble. I am very, very happy with my dress. I got one from Babyonline; I know others have had a lot of success with Dressily. Its a $191 gamble. do it.

Post # 16
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217 posts
Helper bee

@andielovesj:

Yes, I totally agree.  I also recommend trying on the original dress first, so you would have a much better idea comparing the replica (when they send you the photos) with the original dress clear in your mind.  A lot of bees order from China, and were pleased with the results.  A lot of the replicas are indeed good, but a lot are also bad however they appear to be good to these bees since they haven’t tried on the original or they haven’t had much experience with dresses.  If they have tried on the original, then they should be in a better position to make a judgement πŸ™‚

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