Has anyone bought from bigdaydress.com?

This is a website that replicates designer dresses for like a 3rd of the cost--- I am having a hard time finding reviews... has anyone bought from them or a similar site?  Or know anyone who has?  I can't afford my dream dress and I am considering it.  Seems kinda sketchy though..

Posted on March 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm
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My opinion on sites like these is if you are on a budget, you can't afford to gamble.  Many of the reviews you find for sites like these are fake (that's how skeezy they are). . .and only a small handfull of real brides have what they consider a good experience.  For each one of them, there are several more who wish they never wasted the time or money.


If that dress doesn't turn out (they have been known to come smelling of smoke, covered in rat feces, with cheap fabric, embellishments glued on. .  .one gals zipper broke just minutes before she walked down the aisle. . .lack of boning makes them look cheap when wearing them. . .) then you will likely be out that money.


That said - I was a budget bride too :)  I bought a store sample - and for $170 ended up with a $1600 dress I NEVER would have been able to wear otherwise.  If you shop the salons, they always have a sample rack.  Start shopping EARLY!  


Some other resources.  You may even be able to find the dress you want this way - I know that I saw SEVERAL of the ones I tried on and liked on ebay. . .stores sell their samples every 6 months or so. . .


ebay.com has sample gowns from bridal salons in the U.S. . .if you want to know what to look for so you know it's legit, send me a PM


www.oncewed.com


www.preownedweddingdresses.com


www.scarlettsclosetsamplesale.com


www.yourdreamdress.com


www.groupusa.com


I hope that helps! ! ! !!


 

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 1:12 am
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Thanks MountainBride!  Yeah, I figured as much--- the reviews I have found don't seem real to me, so I thought I would fish around on here and see if anyone had heard anything for real.  That makes it sound really gross!!  Thanks SO much for all the site suggestions, def checking those out.  I know the style I like but apparently I have expensive taste- my fave dress is the Justin Alexander Style 8465 Tea Length Coffee/IvoryThanks MountainBride Yeah I photo 2773468-1


But it is over 1000-- over my budget!!  :(  Thanks again!!

Posted on March 10, 2011 at 1:55 am
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I know this is an old thread, but I was sitting on break browsing and thought I'd share the benefit of my  knowledge.


All knock off sites are not created equal. I don't think its a good idea to either write them all off as unsafe or subpar, OR blindly trust them.


What you do is research. And when I say research, I mean PUT YOUR BACK INTO IT research. lol Check bbb.org (the Better Business Bureau) and do web search for every wedding site you can locate. Trust ONLY the reviews from members who post their comments after they have been long time active participants of the boards, or remain long after posting and continue to contribute to that community. YES, some reviews are fake, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which ones they are; they are teh "newby" posts that only have like 2-6 posts listed on their accounts and all of them are related to the knockoff site. LOL.


I've been a long term member of a few sites like bestdestinationwedding.com and weddingbee.com-if I look at someone who has reviewed a site and they have been a member of the community a long time or their wedding came and went and they are still posting? I know I can trust that review. Also look for photos, which can be "lifted" from wherever and faked, BUT again, it's always in the details. Use common sense and you won't get scammed.


Lastly, find knockoff sites that post actual photos of BOTH THE DESIGNER DRESS and THEIR VERSION OF IT. That can be in the reviews or on the dress display pages. If people are reviewing and posting their wedding pics showing them in the gown they ordered on the same page as the designers photo, then you know what the quality of their work is.


Like I said-common sense. Not every budget bride is lucky enough to stumble upon a sale that allows her to afford her dream gown and not every dream gown GOES on the sale racks. Especially considering if you aren't a common "sample" size. I think that the quality knock off sites are a good alternative for those bargain hunting.


I believe the best of them (in my opinion from my own research thus far) is dressilyme.com. We had to postpone our wedding last year, so I don't have first hand experience with them, but I know many brides that have used them and been happy with their work. Also duosheng.com. That site is a little harder to navigate as you have to use a language translation program, but still from all accounts they do quality work. Last one I can think of that I know "for sure" is on the up and up is Landy Bridal, which started as strictly an Ebay store, but I'm fairly certain they have branched off into a website.


Hope that helps someone. Like I said, being on a budget doesn't have to mean you have to settle for what you can find in your size on a rummaged through sale rack!

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 4:28 am
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I actually bought my dress from them...my original dress was about $1400, which i tried on in person and loved it...but they made a replica with it for $369... can't beat that price! i'm mainly on the Knot, so i posted a review on that site back in August... if you're still interested in it (since this is an old post), i'll send you more details..

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:32 am
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Thanks BillysBride!  That is all great advice.  In hindsight, I have some advice too in case anyone ever reads this thread.  I actually found that "dream" dress I posted about at a salon and tried it on for fun- I HATED it on me!!  It looked completely awful (I have a bit of a booty, and that full skirt was no bueno for my figure!)  So my advice to girls (Especially if looking to purchase something online) is go try it on in person, because you might not even like it.  I ended up with a dress I never thought I would love and it was gorgeous!!  And off-the-rack cheap :)  So while you are trying on all the ones you love from online searches-- give some a try that you never even considered and you just might find The One.  :)  Good luck brides! 

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 5:33 am
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That is FABULOUS advice, cantwait! Seriously, you always see them say that to brides on all the bridal shows, but you never think about it once you're actually in the midst/process of shopping! We get so caught up in what we *think* we want. We brides are like crazy people on a mission!


tdmaus-thats good to hear! I'm going to check Knot tonight and see what I can come up with about them. Thus far, from the reviews I actually trust the worst I've heard about them(bigdaydress.com) is a few timing issues and the wrong colors being sent. Even people who have a complaint always admit that their quality is very good. I found this review on Webutation.com...it's a site specifically for consumer feedback. I think it's very credible in that the reviewer is actually encouraging people NOT to buy from them hahaha. BUT, her issue was color and I think allowing for enough time and especially with a bridal gown, thats not too terrible. It's like the proverbial grain of salt that makes the review credible to me:


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Just a warning. For anyone that is planning to order a knock off from http://www.bigdaydress.com, DO NOT DO IT!! I order my bridesmaids dresses from there in Burgundy. I ordered 6 of this dress http://www.bigdaydress.com/ecom/products/200/217/p_DYLR134 in Burgundy. It took 77 days for them to arrive and they WERE THE WRONG COLOR! I will say the dresses were absolutle beautifully made, but they were champagne, not burgundy. I emailed them and sent them back and they said they would fix it and send them via rush order. So I received the corrected dresses 44 days later. THEY WERE THE WRONG COLOR AGAIN!!! This time instead of burgundy, they were red. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not order from this site. I am fighting with them now trying to get my money back.
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Good luck

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm
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This is an old feed but it comes right up when I searched for Big Day Dress reviews. I wanted to post my thoughts were others could see them. My sister ordered her wedding dress from Light In The Box a few years ago and I was shocked that it was beautiful. So I took a risk with Big Day Dress as they had the style I was looking for. I can tell you that they are a legitimate company. They are responsive to email. And answer in intelligent English, usually within 24 hours. I did receive a dress but I was not happy with it. The fabric was perfectly fine if not highest quality, the workmanship on the whole was acceptable, the problem was that my size 8 dress ( I wanted to leave room for tailoring so I ordered a size up) had arm holes and shoulder straps for about a size zero dress. I gave my bust, waist, hip, height measurements, but they never asked for how thick my arms are (they are totally normal sized arms for someone who wears a U.S. Size 6 dress). It is too funny the dress fits in bust, waist, hip, but I can't get the straps past my elbows! There is about a 3 inch rise between the dress under my arm and the top of the strap. So my advice is that if you can afford to risk a couple hundred dollars to see if your dream dress arrives from China, like my sister's did, go for it. If you are on a budget, find something in the US that is a sure thing. Still waiting to hear if they will let me return the dress.
Posted on November 27, 2012 at 10:14 am

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