Post # 1
Are websites that sell these for real, or are they run by con artists? Is the dress you get an actual proper designer dress, or is it someone trying to copy it?
I love Maggie Sottero’s Milana, but can’t find it anywhere in my country. A google search for it brought up websites like these…
http://www.mydress4less.com/product.php?productid=58484&js=n – $787
http://www.topbridaldress.com/product.php?productid=11001 – $359??!
Has anyone ordered from either of these, or someplace similar? What do you think?
Post # 3
Ok now I’ve looked a bit more, and $700 doesn’t seem too odd. That really surprises me, I thought they were $2k+ for some reason! I can’t find it in New Zealand or Australia so now I’m wondering about buying internationally… I mean, that’s only around NZ$1k, which is cheaper than and WAY nicer (in terms of what I love) than anything I’ve found over here.
I still want to know about the $359 one though!
Post # 4
I have never ordered a dress from online unless I saw it in the store first. Some online sites are actual retailers, and are legit, but others are not. I would say that the first site you listed for $787 is more legit than the $359.
You have to kinda think about it. If you order a $359, the chances are it’s gonna look like a $359 dress. Lots of online places do just make copies, and don’t even use the same material as the orginal dress.
Actually I was just in a Bridal Salon yesterday, trying on Maggie’s. (My dress is going to be her dress Brigidine.) Well one bride to be came in freaking out, because she had ordered a dress online and when it arrived it was nothing what she had expected it to be. She asked if she could order it from them, and when they asked her when her wedding was, and she told them 1 month, they told her they were sorry but that was too little time to order her dress. Ordering online is a chance. Some brides get what they want, and some don’t. So just be careful. Make sure you read reviews, and do your research. You could end up lossing out on money, because lots of places won’t give you a refund if you want to return your dess, so just be careful!
Good luck in finding that dress. It is stunning!
Post # 5
Some of the websites create REPLICA’S of the designer dress so NO you may not be getting the designer dress – so be careful!
Post # 6
the first website looks like maybe they might actually be a retailer selling dresses — i don’t know.
but the second one is one of these chinese knock-off factories. you know, that sell dresses “in the style” of the real dress. the fabric will be all-synthetic, and it won’t necessarily match the real thing. the design, too, will only be an approximation, a guess. they’re not using the original pattern. (you can find these manufacturers on eBay, as well. and there are a TON of them these days selling knock-offs via big websites like the one you posted. i read a bunch of reviews and investigations on these websites, because i was tempted, too, but decided not to risk it. i gather some of the chinese dress factories do at least a fairly decent job — but it’s all finished cheaply (cheap zips, not, say cloth-covered buttons or whatever), and I just didn’t want to take the chance. (and i didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on polyester and nylon, anyway.)
make sure to google around for reviews of whichever online store you buy your dress from!!
Post # 7
Hmmmm. Thank you! I’m still tempted, since there’s no other way for me to buy it (though a second hand one from an actual bride on ebay might be another option too).
What about certificates of authenticity? Any retailer selling genuine Maggie gowns should be able to provide one, right?
Post # 8
On the mydress4less website it says they have a brick store in MA:
Elegance by Carbonneau at 292 West Boylston Street in Worcester, MA 01606.
This is what it says on the BBB about them:
Hope this helps.
Post # 9
Thanks! That’s really helpful. I did try to look them up (as mydress4less) on BBB but I couldn’t find them.
So they have a B rating, it says due to the length of time they’ve been operating, and 2 complaints, one resolved and one not. Is that ok? Is it normal for a business to have some complaints? I’ve never used BBB before.
I did email them, got a very prompt and helpful response. She even said that they are the original dresses, and they come with the certificate of authenticity. That seems to bode well.
Post # 10
I would think it would be normal to have some complaints, not everyone is going to like the way someone operates something. There is a Bridal Salon close to me, and that’s where I found my dress, and I love that place, but I have seen people go in there before and complain to the manager, so it varies. You just have to do research. If I read reviews and half of them are bad, I’m probably not going to get it, if there is 1-2 bad reviews and then there are 15-20 that are good, chances are I will get it. Just be careful. If you want to take the chance and order it online, be prepared for it, because you might not be getting what you thought you were, and you might not get your money back.
Post # 11
You could contact Maggie Sottero maybe through their website and explain your situation and ask them if there are authorized retailers that carry their dresses that will sell to someone overseas.
another possibility would be to try and find one worn previously by someone who is selling it.
Post # 12
The Maggie website lists 4 stores in New Zealand. Don’t know how close they are to you, but if you’re fine with ordering the dress without trying it on any of these stores should be able to order it and ship it to you.
Also the first site you listed looks legit. They’re WeddingWire rated which is a reputable site for vendor reviews.
Post # 13