Post # 1
I got engaged last year and we’ve both decided that we will have the wedding next July of 2014. Since last fall I’ve been looking for a dress and I’ve looked at ebay, DHgate and even tried on dresses with a local store 2 hours away(my sister got her wedding dress there a few years back).My limit is about 3 hundred dollars and to be honest it’s not going to be much more than that. I guess the part I’m frustrated about is the fact I can’t find a dress that I like because I don’t want a (white white) dress. I tried on so many dresses at the store it’s just been impossible because I want a colored dress. The one’s I’ve seen look to much like prom dresses and the one’s I did try on could have been made in another color but for more than I had. My husband is very supportive of me finding a dress but has said several times that he is uneasy with me ordering a dress off of ebay since it might come back horrible and then we won’t be able to afford another dress for awhile.
I want to get the dress early so I can start saving for the wedding, we aren’t rich and it’s going to take us a year to get enough money for the kind of wedding we both want. I live in montana and the nearest dress store was 2 hours away, the other stores are farther than that and it’s impossible for us to get away for that since my husband works quite a bit.(I’m a stay at home mom).
I had a falling out with my mother recently and she was offering to pay for most of this dress below. The dress store had a trunk show and I managed to get a chance to try the dress on, I loved it! but then a week later me and my mother had the falling out and she took back her offer on the dress and I had to cancel the dress at the bridal store. Luckily they were gracious about it since the order hadn’t fully gone through.
Am I being to unrealistic? I’ve emailed so many vendors on Ebay about dresses asking for photos of the dresses they’ve made and honestly I haven’t had much luck since the dresses are either horribly made or they just don’t send pictures at all. I’ve since lost interest in the dress above since I’ve decided I would like a ballgown instead.My dream dress is a pnina tornai below and that’s why I was hoping the whole ebay thing would have worked out then I would have been able to get my dream dress for a lot less. I am very frustrated… *sigh*
My sister suggested I get a Quinceanera dress since that will be the closest to what I want and I don’t know? I’ve looked at those as well and they are waaaaaaay to flashy? maybe my expectations are to high?
I liked this one..but it’s almost 500 bucks yikes!
Post # 3
I think with your budget Ebay might be the best option. There’s plenty of selection in that price range on there, I just typed in Ball Gown Wedding Dress, and this was the first one that came up http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stock-2013-New-White-Ivory-Ball-Gown-Organza-Wedding-dress-Size-6-8-10-12-14-16-/251236111160?pt=Wedding_Dresses&var=&hash=item3a7ed6d338
You just have to read their reviews
Post # 4
If you go for an online purchase, its better to buy a guaranteed designer dress that has been owned, or even worn once, rather than something that comes from china, and is being custom made for you. As a seamstress in a bridal salon, I’ve seen everything from zippers that run at an angle instead of vertical, to bust seams that are so close together they look like its a kids dress, even though the rest of the dress is a size 12… to dresses that were 6 inches shorter in the front than on the sides – and it was NOT supposed to be a high/low hem!
Most designers have their gowns manufactured overseas, but they excersise quality control over what goes out to customers with their name on it. When you order from a chinese maker, it goes by their quality standards which can be quite different…
Post # 5
@sunsethoughts: I’ve found a website that makes dresses exactly to your specifications for very low prices. It has quinceniera, wedding, and prom dresses, all of which would work as a wedding dresss, especially since you can change the color for free. I have like 15 of their dresses in my favorites that I like. And they are all like 100-300 dollars.
One of them is one of the ones in your pictures.
Here’s another. it’s from taylor swift’s love story, and its similar idea I think.
If you decide against the pnina and don’t like the t-swift, there are loads of others on there for you to choose from.
Post # 6
I would actually go the preloved route if couldn’t find a new one in your budget to try on. Like you, I’m very wary of vendors whose work I can’t see many examples of (and who is to say you will get the same seamstress that made their best samples?).
Post # 7
@sunsethoughts: I think it would be unrealistic to expect an exact replica of a Pnina gown for $300 from any of the replica places, but I think DressilyMe, Fabulous U, or Jasmine’s Bridal Shop could make you a pretty nice dress for that much money. I feel like those three places have more established reputations than the ebay sellers do. The first dress you posted does not seem all that complicated from a design standpoint and I think you could get a replica that was close enough from one of the three (DressilyMe, Jasmine, or Fab U) for that price.
Post # 8
Aw, I’m so sorry about the falling out with your mother. That sucks you couldn’t get the dress you wanted. 🙁
Another suggestion to throw in the mix was to buy the fabric yourself, get some price-quotes from your (not so) local seamstresses, and then have them sew you a dress.
Or maybe you could buy an inexpensive dress that’s close to what you like, and have a seamstress alter it to your specifications (ex. adding sleeves, etc.).
OR…you could do what one Bee is doing on here (which is absolutely brilliant): buy separates. She bought a corset on BHLDN and is buying a custom chiffon-tulle skirt on Etsy.