- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2014
the good ones you pay alot more then $200
the good ones you pay alot more then $200
cmbee: I have to disagree here, I own quite a few designer evening dresses, which I purchased for below $200 online (e.g., Zimmermann, Sue Wang). The craftsmanship on these original dresses is imaculate and so is the fabric (I love flowy, 100% silk :)). Obviously, they are still made in China…as my favourite, Chinese silk originates from there.
Possibly, if I scratch the search for a “wedding” dress, and look instead for an evening gown, the price will be less biased. Thank you for your comments though, much appreciated 🙂
Different manufacturers. Quality gap is very large, as shown in the quality really is not very good and you can express your views on custom clothes. Provide very detailed dimensions in detail. They will know the customer is attention to detail. Workers will be told., And carefully examined. Want buyers to have good luck. Find a good manufacturer, because the purchase price in China is great.
While most wedding dresses are made in China, dresses that are made for a brand name designer have to go through that design house’s quality control. If the dresses do not meet the designer’s standards, they don’t have to accept them. And, if dresses don’t meet quality control, the manufacturer in China will lose that business. Who wants to lose a client (and the cash flow) like Vera Wang, Mori Lee, etc? <br /><br />A private individual, however, does not have the same quality control and these China companies can get away with sending horribly made dresses because they don’t have to answer to quality control. You don’t like the dress? Oh, well, they have your money and don’t care. You won’t be buying from them again. However, they wouldn’t put crap out for a designer who is going to come back to them, year after year, needing thousands of dresses made. <br /><br />Sadly, they have nothing to lose with one customer and know it. <br /><br />Sorry this happened to you.
andulka: this reads to me like an unfortunate case of “you get what you pay for”
I am a budget bride so I see where you’re comin from and I understand the desire to save a penny here and there to make things manageable. Personally, I spent $140 on a wedding dress.
I think the difference here is expectation of the quality. I bought my dress in a boutique that sells lasts of sizes and discontinued styles and what not. The prices were low and I still had the chance to try on before I made my final decision. I knew I didn’t want to sped thousands for sure.. But I also recognize that when it comes to knock offs.. Well, they’re knock offs!
You can’t honestly expect to gey a gown that’s really as perfect as an allure gown without paying the price. If you’re going to pay 10-20% of the retail price of the gown you really want, it stands to reason that you won’t be getting an allure gown in the mail.. And possibly not anything that is nearly as well made.
I’m not saying that it makes it suck less for the person in the situation because let’s be real. It sucks the big one to shell out and then not get what you expected! It really is unfortunate that the wedding industry is the way it is and people end up getting screwed in either price or quality.
But it is what it is. And that’s the way it rolls. Designers costs $$$$$ and when you try to get around the cost factor, you end up sacrificingin other ways. I sacrificed buying a current, in style dreas for an out of season and non-label dress. You sacrificed the quality.
Im sorry that it turned out this way because yes.. It sucked. And I agree. We should ALL avoid buying from knock off designers. But not just this one… Most of them I’d say. No personal experience here but from the stories I’ve read on the bee, it’s not at all worth the risk!
I learned this is my many years working retail. It sucks because we’re all just trying to make life and weddings manageable affairs but it is the truth.
Time and time again, we get what we pay for. It’s how the world turns these days.
just to let you know that I entirely enjoyed my 2 weddings, I had such a ball! Althought evrything run to the last minute, everything turned out great, and here is my update to my China replica disaster.
At the end I researched tailors in Bali, found a Balinese lady with consistently good reviews on the Tripadvisor, and made a contact through her facebook page (she was not the cheapest one or the most expensive one…I went for the middle). I sent the pictures of the Katie May dress to her and got a quote from her for $120-150, being made from fine lace and pure silk materials. The lady met me in my villa in Bali (5 days to my wedding), measured me, and after 3 fittings, and her staying in hospital for 2 out of those 5 days, I had my dream dress made. I only made three changes to the original design: I wanted lace only for the bust (to make the dress even lighter as it was extremely hot in Bali), asked for higher open back and more natural (not as fitting), flowing skirt and train (for the same reason, it was sooo hot in Bali). By the way, the lady also designed and made a lace jacket to wear for my church wedding that perfectly covered the open back and gave the impression that it was part of the dress. On top of it, she included a top quality, 3m drop-down soft veil that had qualities of the real silk tulle (softness, stretchiness, the diagonal patern).
To conclude, for way under the $200 mark, I ended up with a pure silk, custom made dress (OMG, you should feel the softness of the silk), which suited my tropical wedding, and with lace bolero and a veil for my church wedding. I got so many WOW compliments on both of my weddings, and honestly, like it or not, I did feel great and comfortable. Here are some pictures.
Obviously, after my experience with “Idobridal” Iwould not order anything like this from online stores again (without fitting options). However, I still believe that brand/non-brand $$$$ dresses are major rip offs here in Australia and all around the world…Yes, I think that I got exactly what I payed for…a beautiful, reasonably cheap, silk dress that rip off wedding stores would charge $$$$s for, and which, with high probability,would be made from cheap polyesters 🙂
So go for it bees who want to do a destination wedding on a budget! Book your flights 2 weeks before the wedding, find a good tailor, choose materials yourself, and save big! Alternatively, for more complicated dresses, send them your measurements, give them time to make it, and do fittings when you arrive!
Glad it all worked out in the end! Your wedding dress is gorgeous. 🙂
Your dress is gorgeous!
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