Buying a Wedding Dress Online
This is my story about buying a wedding dress online (comparison pics included)…
People really do go all out for their weddings. I’ve heard of people booking cathedrals, weddings on private islands with Jettly charters to get them there, 5 tier designer wedding cakes with lace icing and handcrafted roses. Some of those expenses are worth it, I mean who doesn’t want an island wedding/honeymoon?
Though I can understand why so many couples make the decision to spend quite a bit of money on Charlottesville wedding photographers so they can treasure their wedding day for a lifetime, one expense I just don’t understand is the wedding dress. You only wear it once in your whole life (and hope it still fits if you decide to reaffirm your vows on an anniversary decades later). Some people used to pass a wedding dress down the family for generations, but who even does that anymore?
If you’re cheap like me and the idea of swimming through seas of white princess tulle makes your stomach turn then you may have also considered buying a “bargain” wedding dress online. That way you can spend the money elsewhere (like more wedding cake).
You can literally find thousands of deals and sites offering wedding dresses straight from the manufacturer (usually China) at a fraction of the cost you’d pay in stores. A lot of people choose to do this, then once the dress arrives they send it to a dry cleaning service (such as those found via http://georgescleaners.com/) to freshen up the design and make it look perfect. By choosing to do this, you will still be saving money compared to the prices you pay in-store.
My friend bought hers at JJdress.com and preached it was a great deal. She loved it and had no regrets going the online route. She told me she was able to provide the maker with her dimensions, they handled all the details and voila she had her dream dress shipped to her door after 6 weeks.
A bargain wedding dress online ranges from about $100USD to $400USD… At that price, I took the chance and ordered what I thought was to be my dream dress from a manufacturer in China. Thinking it’s such a sweet deal, if I hate it, so be it- I’ll just sell it on Kijjiji.
I’m tiny so it’s hard for me to shop in the first place, I ordered a size 00… The dress came to a total of $167USD (plus a “surprise” extra $32 international fee I had to pay at the door when it was delivered by DHL Delivery…)
PICTURE OF THE DRESS I ORDERED:
THIS IS THE ACTUAL DRESS I RECEIVED:
I recommend writing to the seller before ordering and asking them to send you a picture of the “actual” dress because I didn’t get an exact replica.
Needless to say, its WAY too big for me- there’s no way it’s a size 00… The color is completely different, the flower appliques are not the same and the boning in it is so evil it stabs you… It’s so beyond my vision I can’t even alter it to attempt to make it work. I wish I had just gone somewhere like Winnie Couture Bridal and got a dress!
So yes, I hated my online wedding dress shopping experience and I’m now going with a designer dress by Sherri Hill for $500USD (a steal anyways…)
To me, the risk of losing a few hundred to possibly save a few thousand is worth the risk, but buyer beware- for some buying a wedding dress online works, and obviously for others like me, it was a total flop…