I completely agree with what others have said. The dress is beautiful. However, the material of the sash really doesn't go with the dress. I would encourage you to ask them to remove the sash. If it bugs you now, it will always bug you.
I would disagree with you about the catering to the consumer being "very nice of them". Businesses need to understand their clientele. When a business wants to attract customers from a different market, the business needs to understand their customers desires and needs. This is why American brides are flocking abroad for their weddings and their dresses. If China stops catering to the whims of American brides, I'm sure another market will emerge to attract that business.
Originally Posted by lleow3
The dress is GORGEOUS.
I agree- if possible ask them to remove the sash, or replace it with a simpler sash-- the contrasting textures (beads on sash, lace on gown) seems a bit too much?
Now bear in mind Babyonline and all the wedding gown makers are in Suzhou and Chinese brides flock there to buy gowns, and expect to pay about the same amount as you're paying-- up to 1500-2000 yuan for a gown with this level of detail. (which is approx 230-330 USD)- and is considered really REALLY cheap compared to the rest of China. And to be honest, after reading all the Chinese reviews, I'm reasonably certain that Chinese girls are less fussy- they typically go to Suzhou in 1 day, and buy 3 to 4 gowns in a row (chinese weddings require the bride to almost be a fashion show)- get the gown altered within the same day. So the turnover is a lot higher- they spend more quickly than online buyers I think.
The fact that these sellers are so patiently helping you customize the gowns like this is really very nice of them.
See here for reviews of buying Suzhou wedding gowns.