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Originally Posted by prettypigpig View Post

 

Mocha,

 

You are getting married in April!  I am like 3 months after you. Still working on my DIY invites. I am just very nosy in general, not knowledgeable, just very very curious. 

 

I agree some dressmakers don't have a good Quality control system, some overpromised and under-delivered, bridal shop offers more personal services like fittings + alter at a higher cost and Indians have super good beading skills if someone wants a big dress with tons of beadings.  Overall, I think if we can cut the middleman, if we know what we want and can communicate clearly.

 

Of course, there are disappointments from time to time due to:

1) brides ordered a dress based on a pic or on her own imagination without trying on similar style and color before ordering it.  Unless the bride is size 0, 6 ft tall, she won't look like the pic.

2) brides who took measurements by themselves.

3) brides picked a super complexe style designer dress

4) brides who tried on the original and expect 110% exact with the replica

5) Poor quality control/craftmenship

6) Ok this one may sound a bit offensive, but brides who are above size 14.  China is still a developping country, obesity is still very rare.  Thus, for most of the chinese dressmakers, they have hard time to get the proportion right, because they never seen anyone in 14+ sizes.

 

 

Not offensive and very true.

 

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Originally Posted by prettypigpig View Post

 

 

tsk tsk...Marinemeuwec or Meghan..

When I read this, as an analyst who meets different people everyday, somehow I could smell that you are in the wedding fashion biz (just like I could smell the subprime collapse in US three years ago).

http://www.facebook.com/marinemeuwec#!/marinemeuwec?v=info

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/meghan-marine/4/149/5a4

 

1) When you are a vendor or insider, you should declare that you are one.

2) You can be very biased, because you own a bridal dress shop.

3) It is a bit unfair to blast the quality, since most of the dresses in your shop are made in China, but of course you can get a fat margin on them, and the dressmakers in China can't.

 

 

 

 

 

good on ya!

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Originally Posted by lisadias View Post

That sucks! Well you know what they say "distance makes the heart grow fonder" I hope you enjoy every moment while you are home for that short weekend! On a positve note all those hours will bring in the coin to help pay for the fabulous wedding you want!



We're both away for work a lot, so it helps to have an understanding partner. So far this year we have only been at home together for two months! And yes, everything for the wedding will be completely paid for far in advance. It's just tough to plan together when we're apart sad.gif And then I feel bad for occupying our short weekend visits with wedding stuff.
 

Originally Posted by prettypigpig View Post

Mocha,

 

You are getting married in April!  I am like 3 months after you. Still working on my DIY invites. I am just very nosy in general, not knowledgeable, just very very curious. 

 

I agree some dressmakers don't have a good Quality control system, some overpromised and under-delivered, bridal shop offers more personal services like fittings + alter at a higher cost and Indians have super good beading skills if someone wants a big dress with tons of beadings.  Overall, I think if we can cut the middleman, if we know what we want and can communicate clearly.

 

Of course, there are disappointments from time to time due to:

1) brides ordered a dress based on a pic or on her own imagination without trying on similar style and color before ordering it.  Unless the bride is size 0, 6 ft tall, she won't look like the pic.

2) brides who took measurements by themselves.

3) brides picked a super complexe style designer dress

4) brides who tried on the original and expect 110% exact with the replica

5) Poor quality control/craftmenship

6) Ok this one may sound a bit offensive, but brides who are above size 14.  China is still a developping country, obesity is still very rare.  Thus, for most of the chinese dressmakers, they have hard time to get the proportion right, because they never seen anyone in 14+ sizes.

 


Bonnie, you've given me lots of helpful advice and that's what counts. Good for you getting the DIY invites done so soon. I'm trying to get ours finished so we can mail them out when I go home next weekend. And to add one more to your list: Bridezillas that aren't happy with anything or just have a negative expectation from the beginning.

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We sell our designer dresses to local, out of state and overseas clients and have done so for over a decade. Our process is simple, easy and still quite efficient. As a company that works with consumers from all over the globe we want to give you this to think about.

Just in case the dress you order on line is not what you wanted....please note it is normally wise (if you are going to purchase on line) to purchase from a fashion designer that is in the same country that you live in - that way you will have the recourses of that country to assist you, if neccesary. many times when a company is overseas it is hard to handle a problem in a different country than where you live.

Meanwhile note another place in the United States of America for you to find really elegant bridal gowns, wedding dresses and mother of the bride ball gowns is from Darius Cordell Designs.

All of our formal gowns and mother of the bride dresses can be made to order in ANY measurements (including petite and plus size) and with any changes to the design. We also welcome custom designs based on your photos or descriptions.

For more information about the darius cordell couture collection of formal dresses and bridal gowns or working with a fashion desigenr from the USA please go to our main website at www.dariuscordell.com

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Mocha,

 

Thx!  I hope you will be happy with your dress just like I do with mine.  Sometimes, I find myself a bit biased too.  However, it is just not fair that a bridal shop owner just came in and rant.  On the other hand, if she was to offer us nice discounts on the originals, then it is another story..hahaha

 

I am still working on the invites, trying to save some money.  After all, $7-$10 per invite is a bit too much, as people would just put it in a recycle bin after.  There will be so much of folding and trimming...but it is fun. 

 

At least, you are efficient with your planning when you know your time is limited.  I just procrastinate from time to time...heehee.

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Originally Posted by prettypigpig View Post

 

Mocha,

 

You are getting married in April!  I am like 3 months after you. Still working on my DIY invites. I am just very nosy in general, not knowledgeable, just very very curious. 

 

I agree some dressmakers don't have a good Quality control system, some overpromised and under-delivered, bridal shop offers more personal services like fittings + alter at a higher cost and Indians have super good beading skills if someone wants a big dress with tons of beadings.  Overall, I think if we can cut the middleman, if we know what we want and can communicate clearly.

 

Of course, there are disappointments from time to time due to:

1) brides ordered a dress based on a pic or on her own imagination without trying on similar style and color before ordering it.  Unless the bride is size 0, 6 ft tall, she won't look like the pic.

2) brides who took measurements by themselves.

3) brides picked a super complexe style designer dress

4) brides who tried on the original and expect 110% exact with the replica

5) Poor quality control/craftmenship

6) Ok this one may sound a bit offensive, but brides who are above size 14.  China is still a developping country, obesity is still very rare.  Thus, for most of the chinese dressmakers, they have hard time to get the proportion right, because they never seen anyone in 14+ sizes.

 

You are so right...I have a friend who is Asian and makes clothing...she says that they only have 3 sizes back home....and that it's complex with all of the sizing here!  Who knew!

 

 

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Ok, ladies.  I received my dress from Monica Bridal yesterday.  It appears to be well-made and arrived with no smell.  It fits well, but as others have said, it is a bit too big and too long.  The lace-up back is pulled tight almost all the way in order for it to fit right.  I also noticed some small marks on it; haven't tried to clean them yet so not sure if they'll come out.  I'm sure they're so small that only I would notice them.  Also, it is going to require some alterations... I think the neckline would need to be lowered and I think the fabric that comes across the bust looks a little funny.  Also, I would need to make some changes to the skirt, but not sure exactly how to make it look like the inspiration dress...  My first impression was that I was a little underwhelmed with it, but of course it was still worth the $150 I paid for it even if I just end up using it for the trash the dress.  I don't know... the longer I have it the more it is growing on me cheesy.gif

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Beautiful!

 

If you are getting alterations, a competent seamstress should be able to make the changes that you want at the same time :)

 

It looks fab on you!

 

Originally Posted by Karen&Rene View Post

Ok, ladies.  I received my dress from Monica Bridal yesterday.  It appears to be well-made and arrived with no smell.  It fits well, but as others have said, it is a bit too big and too long.  The lace-up back is pulled tight almost all the way in order for it to fit right.  I also noticed some small marks on it; haven't tried to clean them yet so not sure if they'll come out.  I'm sure they're so small that only I would notice them.  Also, it is going to require some alterations... I think the neckline would need to be lowered and I think the fabric that comes across the bust looks a little funny.  Also, I would need to make some changes to the skirt, but not sure exactly how to make it look like the inspiration dress...  My first impression was that I was a little underwhelmed with it, but of course it was still worth the $150 I paid for it even if I just end up using it for the trash the dress.  I don't know... the longer I have it the more it is growing on me cheesy.gif

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Karen, I think you just need to take it to a good seamstress for alterations.  It is hard to tell though standing on a white bed. Do you have your shoes yet? Maybe it won't be so long?

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