(Closed) wholesale/knock off wedding gowns

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1064 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

What is your price range?

Post # 5
4024 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Look at sites like pre owned wedding dresses and once wed. They have amazing dresses used and new with tags for incredible prices. I found one on there the other day for $90! And it was beautiful!

Post # 6
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I didn’t purchase a knock-off, but I would be especially wary of fabrics and fabric substitution. Good lace is $$$$, and is a completely different animal than cheap lace. There are some fabrics you can’t really compromise on, in my humble opinion, without sacrificing a lot. Same with the construction of the dress. For some styles of dresses, there may not be an issue – but for other styles, if they are not made “correctly” (i.e., with a lot of attention to detail), they won’t fall correctly, or fit correctly.

I guess it depends on what you are looking to get for dress style and fabric and how exact your wants/needs/desires are. I just know if you have your heart set on lace, there is a lot of variation on quality, and it makes a difference.

Hope this helps.

Post # 7
99 posts
Worker bee

Have you looked at the wedding dresses at Nordstrom (they’re on the website)?  They aren’t really wedding dresses, but evening dresses that happen to be white, and are priced well within your budget.  I thought of it because some of them resemble the photo you posted.

Post # 8
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had what was supposed toi be a knock-off of a Martin McCrea dress made for me by Gioavonni’s Bridal and it turned out horribly! Please check the BBB rating if you are going the knock-off route. If I had, I would have seen that Gioavonni’s has a F rating from the BBB  and I would not have wasted hundreds of dollars on a hideous dress.

Post # 9
18 posts

I ordered mine from China- it turned out really nice. Obvioualy the materials aren’t going to be the same. My picture had lace on it but the dress used this mesh-lace-looking material. I didn’t really mind because I couldn’t justify paying too much for a dress that I was going to get dirty and wear once.

The shipping was lightning fast- 4 weeks was the time they told me but it got here 2-3 weeks after my order was placed!

However, I feel extremely guilty about my purchase- I feel as though it is 1) not environmentally friendly, 2) it was shipped and made from China which means it’s most likely made by an underpaid worker at a factory, and 3) I’m not supporting the US. But, I bought it on price point and the fact that even with a budget of $500, I’d end up getting a China made dress at David’s Bridal anyway.

Good luck to you! My ebay seller’s ID was greatwalleat  I believe!

Post # 10
2246 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Lace is a very tricky replica to make.

Post # 11
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

With lace, I wouldn’t go knock-off for me.  My dress is all lace over satin, and I was able to get it under $500 by looking at small, privately owned salons in smaller towns, and getting it at the end of that season, so the owner was willing to give me 1/2 off due to needing to get the new season gowns in and she didn’t have space for all of them.  If you can do it, shop around in small towns near you… You will be surprised what you will find marked lower than the big boutiques in the city.

Post # 12
2550 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The quality of the lace will make or break a dress.  I highly suggest that you check out samples.  Check out preownedweddingdresses.com or recycled bride.com.  You can find sample size dresses to fit your budget.  I was able to find my dream dress in 2wks by going through preownedweddingdresses.com and then purchasing from mydreamdress.com.  There are a ton of small wedding shops that show their gown selection via preownedweddingdresses and recyclebride.com


Good luck.

Post # 14
43 posts
  • Wedding: February 2012

I wanted to get a cheap lace knock off but couldnt get myself to do it. Now im going with a Casablanca and paying extra for it, the good thing is that i can pay it off in payments and i dont have to worry about getting a cheap lace look alike dress. 

Good luck!

Post # 15
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Have you tried going to bridal salons and purchasing a sample dress? I have seem many sample dresses in your price range! Then you can get quality for a lower price, rather than such a risky investment.

Also many dresses in David’s Bridal are in your budget, and I think sometimes you can buy them off the rack and take them home that day? Not sure though, other bees I’m sure can tell you. I didn’t get a DB dress, and while some people hate on them, I think they have a lot of beautiful dresses for the price!

Post # 16
2246 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011


True samples can be a safe option.

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