buy an good inexpensive wedding dress - need help from those who tried

Hi ladies, 


I am new to the forum. First I want to all congratulate you on you upcoming wedding day, 


now let'S go back to business.


My wedding will take place on a golf resort in  Canmore Alberta in Canada in August. I need a wedding dress asap!


I am not the type to cry for a dress (say yes to the dress type of cry, I am very pragmatic), and I am not willing to pay a lot of money for a dress I will only wear once in my life. So I am looking for an alternative. I tried on the Edimburgo San Patrick dress in a bridal store a few days ago, I liked the fit and the material. it was a siena organza Ivory color dress. The salesperson added flowers on the sleeve and it look good. But as my wedding is so soon this year I could not order, and she said I had to buy the only dress she had left in the store for $1500 CAD, with no discount!!!


Honestly, not that I can not afford the dress, I think it is a lot of mone spent on a dress I will never where again. And if I had to add the cost of alteration it is almost $2000, so technically this dress will cost me $200/hour as I will only wear it fir 10 hours in my life.


So I decided I would buy it as a knock off. I don'T mind it not being exactly the same, but the quality of workmanshift and the material are very important to me. I know I know people say when you pay less you have to expect less. Not so true, I tried on $2500 dresses and they were not that great and all shiny. 


So I need your help ladies to hel me decide on some vendors or seamstresses, tailors. 


I checked out Jeff Liu, he did not send me a quote yet.


Dressily me send me a $480 quote but no picture of their actual work on similar models. But the lady wrote they will use organdy and not organza, at least it was honest.


and I declined an offer on the ioffer.com website I used for everything else I buy, because the guy refused to send pictures of his work and never wanted to answer when I asked for the material he will use.


 


Can you please help me find someone good and legit so my day won't be ruined by a poor choice. If you bought a dress on a site can you PLEASE POST pictures, because I saw a lot of fake reviews and I want to make sure I am talking to real brides and not sketchy employees. 


 


here is my dress pictures (I want to change the neckline to sweetheart, but I saw a pix on line of a girl who bought it and changed it too):


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by the way the sleeve is removable but I want ot have it on


 


Thanks ladies for your future reply. :)


 

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 4:10 am
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Here is my take on Dressilyme vs. Jeff Liu. I had to give my 2cents from what I experienced.



http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-dressilyme-china-dress-is-ready

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-dressilyme-china-dress-is-ready-part-2

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/jeff-liuaprils-bridal-china-dress-is-in


Just for the record. I believe dressilyme's fabric is better than Jeff Liu's as well as the customer care. I would just email dressilyme and ask for a sample image of a similar dress they have. You should scroll through and then request it. Becuase if it looks close then you already know what your dress result will be.

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm
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Hey LAdies I got all mistaken send sk many requests I did not realise I entered the wrong seller. Dressilyme did not get back to me yet, the $480 quote is from smt-weddingstore. 


I can seem to remember who they are anyway. But I got another quote from Zimo318 Ebay seller with good feedback at $240 (enjoy store), he is a contender I am just waiting to get an answer from Dressilyme. as I like what they did with adw2c dresses.


We can see their work on the Weddingbee board.


 


Can someone give me dressilyme direct email address please. 


 


Thanks!

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 8:09 am
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Hi there, i got my dress off dressilyme and my bridesmaid also got her wedding dress off dressilyme too. The pictures i posted in the other forum of my dress dont do it justice at all. The workmanship on the dress is second to none and for a replica dress they did an amazing job. I will post picutres of my dress with me in it if you like just need to get it fitted a bit more. The only reason i really decided to order from dressilyme is because of this forum and the decision paid off, instead of spending $3000 dollars on a real maggie dress i paid $150 dollars and got something amazing. I hope this helps.

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 12:36 pm
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Thanks Ashlee0508, 


it helps a lot actually, i would definitely like to see pictures. I emailed them again today and sent them the same pictures I posted here. I am waiting for their answer for now.


I am planning on paying for my BB dresses and the MOH dress as well, so wherever I can save I will try to make it work. 


And trust me my mum has expensive taste on a very small budjet, so her getting what she wants at a lower price will be amazing.


Thanks you all girls.

Posted on April 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm
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I ordered from dressilyme and I loved their customer service. Not only that but I am very pleased with my dress. It is very similar to yours. You can scroll through this forum and look for Mika. I have pictures of my dress on that post. The fabric was fine and I know some who ordered said there was a strong chemical smell, but I did not smell anything on my dress. I am going to get my dress fitted on Monday. Once the fitting is complete, I will upload pictures of what it would look like on me.


Good luck with your dress search.

Posted on April 18, 2011 at 7:21 am
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Okay, ladies, 


I placed my order last week but not with dressilyme, after waiting for all that time they only replied on Monday. I already placed my order at that point with zimo318@hotmail.com Ebay seller whose store is called Enjoy. 


I sent him the pix and he told me he would make the dress for $240, so I only have to wait until end of May to know what my dress looks like.


I will post pictures and a review once I get it.


Cheers

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 7:27 pm
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Good luck & keep us posted

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm
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Well I am now officially freaking out. The seller has not been answering my emails for the past 2 days.


I emailed last week they said they will try to finish the dress for May 15th, when it was supposed to be done around May 20th. I waited till the 20th to email and ask for update, they said they will get back to me the next day. I did not get anything so I waited another day before emailing but no one responded, I sent a loooooooong email today asking for more information and stil no answer. I hate being left in the dark, if they need more time they better say so onstead of avoiding me. If they don't email me back with pictures by June 1st, I think I will ask for my money back.


I am going to post the same message on another board where women bought from this seller, so they can tell me how was their experience with this seller.

Posted on May 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm
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Oh no - I hope you hear back soon :(  I know thats frustrating.  Sometimes I had to wait a couple days for answers back from Dressilyme but that turns out it was because I was emailing them during a holiday they had over in China.  If you end up having to get your money back and re ordering elsewhere I will HIGHLY suggest Dressilyme.


The dress I got from them was beautiful!!  Great quality, great beadwork, the lace was gorgeous and just overall I couldnt be happier.


Plus when I ordered my dress the very end of April (they didnt actually receive payment til abotu 3 days later in the begining of May) my dress was supposed to be ready and to me by June 17th.  I got it 3 days ago.  They are quick and very nice.  I even had to call them once and they speak perfect English and are so sweet (ya just have to call them during their time zone).


I posted pictures of my dress on 2 different threads - here are the links:


http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/so-here-is-my-dressilyme-dress


http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/how-long-did-it-take-your-dress-from-when-it-switched-to-in-transit-to-get-to-you?page=3

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 4:29 am
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Hey ladies, 


I finally received the pictures of my dress so here it is, I really like it. He did a really good job making all the changes I asked for. 


So for those who were not following the changes asked for were:


- a removable flower strap (with a bunch of flowers all the way), so I can change the look after the ceremony.


- A sweetheart neckline  


- laced up back


- ruffles to be tight layered.


so here is my soon to be home dress. 


I will update you once I receive it!!!


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Posted on May 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm
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OMG It is BEAUTIFUL!!  WOW!  It looks like amazing quality!!  You'll have to let us know when you get it

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm
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I will. I paid half of the amount in April 18th, I just sent the other half a few hours ago, they say it will shipped on Monday. We will see how long it will take to get here. I will try to get pictures of it once it gets here. I am so happy right now that I did not buy the $1500 dollar one and just spend $240!!!


I just hope it looks as good in reality that it does on these pictures.

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm
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I love it ! beautifull :)

Posted on May 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm
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Hey ladies, 


I feel like I am posting twice the same information, as I already have a post elsewhere, but anywhoo I wanted to let you know I received my dress today!


I tried it on so I could post picture, it was a bit wrinkled but it is not so bad. 


As I mentioned on the other board, I really like my dress because I was not really expecting something over the top, but I wanted to mention to all ladies who are very picky on their fabrics, that you should not expect silk from a seller who sells dress at $240. 


He used organza on mine, but the orignial gown was silk organza, this one is synthetic organza. I honestly don't think think it looks cheap, and he did a good job with the details. But as I know the original gown, I can feel the difference when I touch the dress, so if you fell in love with the fabric as well as the dress, buy an original. 


That being said, as I did not care for the fabric I am really really happy about the result. The dress is big on my hips and thigh area, but once I add the petticoat, it does not seem as dramatic. I have more of a butt than hips, so when I look at theses pictures I feel like Beyoncé,lol.


 


Anyway, let me know what you think.


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Posted on June 7, 2011 at 9:35 am
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O.M.G! You look BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe you got that beautiful dress made for under $300...*jaw drops* I had my dress (also a replica of San Patrick) made by Milly Bridal for roughly $400 and it doesn't look as well done as your dress! Congrats to you!


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And can I just say *YAY* for another Canadian bride :) Canmore is a STUNNING resort town - can't wait to see pictures of you on your big day!


 

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 10:25 am
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It looks greaaaat on you..congrats :) 

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 11:33 am
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Posted on June 7, 2011 at 11:33 am
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It is so beautiful!!! I love it!

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

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