I've been a lurker, but wanted to post my dress story as I used this thread a lot in my decision-making process! I found the following dress and could not get it out of my head even after looking at all the REAL designer dresses: http://www.inwedding...tyle-de035.html
I'm getting married April 9 in Jamaica, and this dress seemed perfect for what I envisioned. The skirt reminds me of rolling waves I figured the worse that could happen is I'd be out $300 (I paid extra for rush service and it arrived in exactly two weeks!). It arrived rolled up in a ball, but I guess that cut down on shipping costs. It unraveled to full form, and will require some steaming to get the skirt to lie flat, but I am very happy with it. It's much more substantial and heavy than I expected, fully lined. The seaming on the inside is not high end, but no one can see it. The bodice fits perfectly to the measurements I sent in (I ordered custom sizing), however I think they cut it almost 2 inches longer than I requested so I'll probably have to hem it unless I switch to 4-inch heels!
My biggest complaint is that the organza tiers are starting to fray in some spots (they're not hemmed). My project this weekend is to buy some Fray Check (used in crafts to keep ribbons from fraying when cut) and treating EVERY layer. Will take quite a bit of time, but I guess since the dress saved me about $1000 it's a small price to pay. Also, the skirt itself is fuller than in the picture, but I'm OK with that.
All in all, I'm happy with my purchase. It's exactly what I envisioned for my beach wedding, and cost me $300 total after shipping and rush service.
** Photos aren't loading correctly here, so see my album in my profile for some pics of actual dress I received.