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#3451 ericka417

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    Posted 22 July 2011 - 01:35 PM

    OK  i FINALLY FOUND THE DRESS!!!  With one large exception i do not like the bottom.  i have seen a few other dresses that have the bottom i like.  which do you all think would work the best? the first is the top that i like.  I would buy it from davids bridal but i do not like the flower design. dressldth-1-vera-wang-vw351010-size-0.jpgdress grecian bottom.jpgdressbottom layered organza.jpgdressbottom gathered organza.jpg



    #3452 tlstar14

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      Posted 23 July 2011 - 01:00 PM

      I'm soo glad I found this forum! I recently got engaged, and just started shopping for wedding dresses. I've found a few that I love, then I came across this site...www.modagrabber.com. Both dresses I love are on this site for about 1/4 the price! I wanted to see if anyone has had any experience ordering from this site. I've read some of the back posts here. Are most people happy they ordered the less expensive options? Did the "knock off" dresses turn out exactly the way the originals with the same quality? I would love to hear your opinions before I decide if I should purchase the original or not.

       

      Thanks!

      Tracy



      #3453 Weeonebride

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        Posted 23 July 2011 - 08:55 PM

        I just wanted to let you know that a lot of people from other forums have been circulating this thread, and I personally think it is one of the most informative and realistic ones I have seen! I just wanted to let you know because of this I ended up buying a replica because I was not impressed with my current dress, thinking it was all I could afford.

        I did end up finding out a little too late, and most all your suggestions had a 2-4 months if they aren't late, and my wedding was only 12 weeks away.  I though did take alot of your suggestions on finding a good replica maker, and found a really good one on ebay.

        I first found a really cheap and 100% seller, who ended up conning alot of us, but I was quick to realized and refunded by ebay. He had 100% on 5 dresses and 200 silk coin purses... rookie mistake!

        Then I found another, that 95% of her sales were dresses alone, and emailed a few of her customers asking how it all went, with great responces.

         

        I had her make a Maggie Sottero Amara with some changes, and got this: (I apologize for really cruddy pic quality, I had my two kids trampling the dress, and a very un-experienced grandma helpping take pics. I am not tightened correctly, but that was because I was in a hurry to finish and not get it dirty.)

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        The first two show the shape, but the fabric looks really shinny for some reason, but in the second two you can see the satin is really a soft fabric. Its not obviously "Maggie" quality, but more like a Davids Bridal quality. The beading is hand sewn, and a little sparse, but I bought off a listing, and didnt specify more. Still really pretty, but you can tell they just picked a design, and went with it. The "lace" is actually embrodered organza, which I have heard is pretty common. I bought a piece of lace though, and my mom actually liked the organza better, I am still undecided, but have a tight timeline. The chest is a little too tall, but I am 4'7" and I doubt they could really picture what my measurements and size would translate, but my seamstress says its an easy fix.

        The measurements are very good, except the length, but that may have been me trying to convert inches to CM.

        The bodice is very well constructed and rouging was laying down really well, and I havent even pressed it yet!

        I was sent pictures of a dress they already made in the style, and it looked really good, so I spent $112 (69 euros) and free ship. 

        Communication was really good, but to be honest, probably google translated, because when I asked about the "embroadery" which ended up being appliques, she sent me pictures of the "lace" it took about 3 emails to figure it all out. Also I wanted to appliques to be the same color as the lace, and also the beading, but by the time I realized to mention it, she told me it was already shipped!! She took my order, and within 10 days it was made, and shipped, and within 3 days on my door step! She told me 10-20 days, but usually that means 30. Now I still have time and budget after I sold my original dress to buy a reception dress, which is supposed to be here early next month (ordered it today!!) Trying for a dress like this:

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        And I sent them this to make sure everything is translated better.

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        Basically I had a great experience, and thank all of you for showing me not all the horror stories are true, and to do research. With my seller I learned a few things:

        *Use EXACT photos of what you want, in different angles, so there is no winging it (like the beading on my top) and figure everything out BEFORE paying and production.

        *Ask for real photos of their work

        *Look at their feedback closely and make sure it look legit

        *EMail the other customers, and see if they will reply with how their dress turned out.

         

        Sorry this is so long, but I wanted to help others, and thank all of you experienced dress buyers for your inspiration. I finally feel good about what I am wearing!!

        If you want, even though I am not a regular poster, I can post my new dress when it comes in. I am SO excited!!



        #3454 atalanta

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          Posted 24 July 2011 - 06:57 AM

          I'm a little confused by your posting and maybe it's just the way the pictures that you posted are arranged on my screen. Are you saying you like the top of the David's Bridal Vera Wang one-shoulder structured fit and flare gown with the dropped waist but not the hand-cut organza flanged skirt?

           

          Are the other dresses, pictures of the dresses for which you like the bottom?

           

          If I am correct in my assumption, I would suggest the bottom of the ruched or the layered dress over the straight sheath bottom.


           

          Originally Posted by ericka417 

          OK  i FINALLY FOUND THE DRESS!!!  With one large exception i do not like the bottom.  i have seen a few other dresses that have the bottom i like.  which do you all think would work the best? the first is the top that i like.  I would buy it from davids bridal but i do not like the flower design. dressldth-1-vera-wang-vw351010-size-0.jpgdress grecian bottom.jpgdressbottom layered organza.jpgdressbottom gathered organza.jpg



           



          #3455 ericka417

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            Posted 24 July 2011 - 11:05 AM

            Yes Ms. Atlanta That is exactly what I am saying. I love the top of the Vera Wang but the large organza flowers are a little too much for me. I am looking to find a different bottom.

            #3456 Li-Ann Leow

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              Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:33 AM

              I'm actually looking at buying this dress from another seller off dhgate (one-stopos)-- i didnt know about Babyonline before I ordered it! They charged $175. They're approx $10-30 more expensive on average than Babyonline though. Hopefully it'll be at least as lovely as yours!



              #3457 GinaLynn22

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                Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:42 AM

                Which ebay seller did you use?



                #3458 Weeonebride

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                  Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:07 AM

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                  #3459 Weeonebride

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                    Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:09 AM

                    * sorry... I ment "might NOT be a smooth transition."



                    #3460 GinaLynn22

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                      Posted 25 July 2011 - 07:11 AM

                      Hi ladies,

                      I have chosen the dress I want, just not sure who to go with.  I have emailed monicas bridal and fabulous u, but was interested in Giannar bridal also, but I can't seem to find any of the contact info online.  Does anyone have the email address?  When I try searching through ebay sellers it does not come up either.

                       

                      thanks!

                      Gina






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