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#2011 Ginger1961

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    Posted 13 November 2010 - 05:07 PM



    Originally Posted by prettypigpig 



    Ginger,

     

    $199 plus tx only can offer enough to cover your bum bum! you want a longer dress?!?!  well...well..u have to add more $$$$! hahahaha

     

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    Prettypigpig,

     

    I'm pretty sure my fiance would not want to see me in that walking down any aisle...I was thinking bigger as in cover my legs. hehehehe  140 bux for an organza ruffled dress at a bridal store, prolly doesn't exist.  Just sayin'!
     



    Badgergirl,

     

    I think the Monica Bridal rep would recognize your dress looks like a Maggie dress!  Overall, it is an easy to make style, and it is easy to alter too.  Just tell them to add some bones and take pics with a ruler measuring the dress. 

     

    After all, we can't have champagne with a beer budget!

     

     



    You can so have champagne on a beer budget Ms. Prettypigpig, if you go the knockoff way.  As hard as I work my bumbum, I do not want it hangin' out on my wedding day.  I want all the pretty and I don't want to pay a lot for it.  Specially if I'm getting ripped off in a bridal shop.   Speaking of...I went to one here in my home town.  I'd say they sold the equivalent of David's Bridal dress quality.  After trying on about 5 dresses and the owner being so very nice and polite asking me all kinds of questions about what I did for a living and how long I'd worked there, I realized I was being worked.  When I asked her where the price tag was on the dress, she tells me the price is 1200 dollars.  Then I come to realize that there is not one single dress in the store with a price tag on it.  Depends on where you work and when she got out of me that I was a Manager in a Federal Government office, she saw dollars.  I'm betting the Tim Horton's clerk down the street could have gotten that same dress for 600 dollars.  The rep for the knock off company didn't ask me once where I worked or how much I made.  Just sayin'.  Kinda makes a girl wonder just how much of a markup is on those white dresses.


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    #2012 prettypigpig

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      Posted 13 November 2010 - 09:09 PM

      hahahaha..due to my employer's high profile, I usually don't disclose my employer's name, just blah out my occupation..portfolio analyst..and most of the salespeople would not have any clue about my occupation.  In addition, my e-ring is a bit unusual, so again for average mortals who work in a local bridal shop, they would think it is a citrine or a yellow sapphire. Therefore, they always ask about my budget..and I would say very limited..and they would tell it is ok..we will work around your budget..hahahaha


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      #2013 cookiemunchkin

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        Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:04 PM

        I dont know how you ladies can bear this waiting for a dress to arrive... I finally caved and ordered a dress 10 days ago (yep, I'm counting lol) and I am going crazy with anticipation over here!!  It probably wont be shipped out until Monday, but I want it NOW!  :D



        #2014 prettypigpig

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          Posted 15 November 2010 - 01:06 PM

          Cookie,

          If u order a dress from a local bridal store, it is a 6 months wait!  Therefore, 10 days is ok.


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          #2015 badgergirl8

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            Posted 15 November 2010 - 06:00 PM

            Hahaha I know!!! I feel the same way!  I just ordered mine last week Thursday and I'm anxious as can be! :)  I expect mine to ship out around Thanksgiving and arrive sometime the week of 12/6 I hope :) 
             

            Originally Posted by cookiemunchkin 

            I dont know how you ladies can bear this waiting for a dress to arrive... I finally caved and ordered a dress 10 days ago (yep, I'm counting lol) and I am going crazy with anticipation over here!!  It probably wont be shipped out until Monday, but I want it NOW!  :D





            #2016 prettypigpig

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              Posted 15 November 2010 - 06:14 PM

              my reception dress is on its way! can't wait for my reception dress and my bff to come back and try her dress too! heehee


              Bonnie

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              #2017 mochamakes3

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                Posted 15 November 2010 - 06:42 PM


                 

                Originally Posted by cookiemunchkin 

                I dont know how you ladies can bear this waiting for a dress to arrive... I finally caved and ordered a dress 10 days ago (yep, I'm counting lol) and I am going crazy with anticipation over here!!  It probably wont be shipped out until Monday, but I want it NOW!  :D


                It is so hard to wait for something you really can't wait to see. Just don't worry if there isn't updates when you track your package. One day it is in China, the next at Customs and then a couple days later it shows up at your door.

                 



                Originally Posted by badgergirl8 

                Hahaha I know!!! I feel the same way!  I just ordered mine last week Thursday and I'm anxious as can be! :)  I expect mine to ship out around Thanksgiving and arrive sometime the week of 12/6 I hope :) 
                 

                 

                I hope the holiday doesn't slow down your dress too much.



                Originally Posted by prettypigpig 

                my reception dress is on its way! can't wait for my reception dress and my bff to come back and try her dress too! heehee

                 

                I double checked my measurements with my dress and there was a couple inch difference. Monica Bridal asked for suggestions on how to avoid this problem in the future. What did you suggest? I had no idea what to tell her.
                 



                #2018 prettypigpig

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                  Posted 16 November 2010 - 06:31 AM

                  Mocha,

                  I told them to take pic while measuring the dress with a soft ruler (so we can see the dress with the measurments).  Of course, there are always +/- 1 inch margin of error.  Your dress is obviously off by more than 1 inch.

                  I guess on our side, there is nothing much we can really do, except not to take the measurement by ourselves or give "ideal" measurements (one of my friend's BM did that thinking she would loss 5-10 lbs of weight, and instead she gained an extra 10 lbs...hahaha it was too funny)


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                  #2019 Michelle-2

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                    Posted 18 November 2010 - 08:28 AM

                     

                    Bonnie - you seem very knowledgable with this thread.  I would like your opinion.  I have finally decided on a dress.  Not sure who will duplicate it best, Monica Bridal or Gianinar Bridal.  They both gave me the same quote - $120.  (Actually, no shipping costs with Monica Bridal).  I wanted to change up the bottom of the dress slightly.  Don't think I like the drapping over the skirt.  Not sure who to go with, or how to explain in detail exactly what I want.  Any suggestions?

                     

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                    #2020 prettypigpig

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                      Posted 18 November 2010 - 05:23 PM

                      Michelle,

                      Thx.  Not that I am very knowledgeable, I just like to do research.  Due to the fact that your dress doesn't have a not of beadings, and u want it to be shorter with a sweep train, you can with Babyonline on dhgate, I think another bride ordered a similar style from them, and it came out fine.  I ordered my bff's dress from babyonline (because Monica Bridal charged some extra because my bff is a bit fat...hahaha), it came out nice too (just waiting for my bff comes back from Asia to try it on), from what I see..the size (the length) looks fine, again my bff is fat not obese yet (size 14 with a size 20 waist...how she can accumulate so much fat..I dunno) so maybe...it won't fit.  It is hard to tell.  I will post pics once I got her to try on her dress (assuming I can zip her up).

                      The cons of Monica Bridal is..the dress may come too big ( I didn't have this problem..and waiting for my second dress from them), the pros of Monica Bridal are their beadings,lace and tulles are better than other competitors and client service is excellent.

                      As for Gianinar Bridal , I always find their quality is very inconsistent.  Some dresses came out very nice, some were very very disappointing.  So I didn't went with them.  The other problem with Gianinar was that they never told me NO...which for me, it was important.  I want honest dressmaker who doesn't over promised and leaves me disappointed.  Babyonline told me that they can't make the dress that I designed with a corset lace up back, Monica Bridal told me they can't make the fold and layers like my drawings, and Topspartner told me that they won't invest the time to do that much beadings for my dress even I am willing to pay if I am only ordering 1 dress and not a wholesale quantity ...Gianinar never said NO to me, so for that I was a bit..skeptical.

                      So...here are my suggestions:

                      Simple dress and not too much of beadings and laces, limited budget---> Babyonline

                      Complicated dress with a lot of laces and beadings and you want to fully customized..and don't wanna pay too much--> Monica Bridal

                      Nice replicas of Maggie and Pronovias dresses..etc with a lot of bones, nice lace and embroidery with minimum customization and willing to pay more --> Topspartner

                      Anyone who is above size 14, go buy your dress at a local bridal shop and negociate to have FREE alter, because it is hard for a local chinese to imagine a size 14 or anything above and beyond. My bff has a size 14 body with a size 10 bust and size 20 waist (yes, very unproportional, and very unhealthy)  Don't worry obesity is sad but pandemic so..in 5 yrs, they may have a better idea. 


                      Bonnie

                      Married to Mr. El Khaiat on July 4th, 2011 @ Royal Playa Del Carmen





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