Post # 1
I have found MY dress… It’s a Jenny Lee, and I can’t seem to find any cure for my obsession for it. So what’s the problem..? There are app. 8500 of them, 8500 USD problems! There’s NO WAY I can pay that for a dress. I’ve searched the internet over and over to see if I could find a used one, but even that would blow my budget completely (I am, after all, having a budget wedding). So now I’m considering playing Chinese roulette. After reading a million reviews on suppliers and e-mailing several of them and judging their first e-mail back to me, I’m so far pretty convinced that Dressilyme.com is the best option.
BUT: SHOULD I??? The first picture is the original dress. The second picture is the photo Dressilyme.com sent as a response to my wish to see a similar dress they have made before.
Should I even go there? I have never tried on the original, if I had, I wouldn’t, there’s no way I’lll get the quality of an $8500 dress in a $200 dress (quotation is $191 ex. custom made fee, don’t know how much that is).
What is your opinion? Does the Chinese look cheap? Organza can be really nice or horrible, I’m afraid I’ll look like I’ve dressed in cling film if it’s too shiny!
Would chiffon look better? I’m having an outdoor wedding in pretty rustic surroundings and have been considering some “greek”, flowing chiffon dresses, just to let you know what I’m looking for.
Post # 3
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
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:
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 🙂
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. 🙂
Post # 5
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 🙂
Post # 6
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 # 7
@csperry2: It’s not a huge risk, agree! Then again, it’s about what my budget allows, so it should be right the first time… The biggest risk is getting it and being totally disappointed, and have to start the dress hunt all over…
@ShellVee: Thanks for the link. I’m not about to spend 3 days reading all 400 pages, so I’m glad you’ve done it for me already 😉
You know what, I’m plunge into it and order the dress from Dressilyme.com. The girl/woman I’m conversating with per e-mail, Paris, seems to be prompt and actually answers all the questions in my e-mails, whilst a few other places just answers the first one and I have to ask over and over again… I want what I want when I want it 😛
Here goes nothing!! 😀
Post # 8
@csperry2: Oh and I did try to find something similar. But while I probably would’ve found 200 “similiar” dresses if it wasn’t my own dress, I can’t find anything that even resembles it now that my mind is set on this one… Think the second photo looks similar? I don’t… haha 🙂
Post # 9
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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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 # 11
@andielovesj: Generally I agree. It’s playing roulette. But I couldn’t try on even if I wanted to, I’m in Europe and the retailers are located in Japan, Korea, US and Canada, so it’s pretty much out of the question anyway 🙂 So what I did was taking the tour around town to try on different kinds of dresses. I eliminated some styles, fabrics and details and even almost bought one very different from this. Glad I didn’t buy it and glad I tried all those dresses, I thought mermaid would fit me but I looked like something from outer space in them.
Thought I should ask for extra boning, and I’m considering lace-up-back, that is so much more forgiving when it comes to size and fit. I’ve also decided I’ll have an extra layer on top, making the waist less dropped-down.
I don’t expect to get a $8500 gown for $191. I don’t think our budget for the whole wedding is even that much 🙂
Post # 12
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
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 # 14
@mink: I’ve read, and read, and read, and read.. and got some helpful answers from someone who had even read more 🙂 Now I’ve communicated with some of them per e-mail. There’s no doubt Dressilyme.com is in a different league so far when it comes to customer service.
Post # 15
@LoveMySailor1018: The first one is the original and the dress I want, the second one is the example Dressilyme.com sent me when I asked for an example of a similar dress made by them. Some would say they are similar, to me they are miiiiiles apart.
I have asked spesifically for matte, fine silk organza, or at least as matte as organza could be. Maybe chiffon would be better, but I’m going with organza.
@Roe: I’ll do it 🙂
Post # 16
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 🙂