Liz here again…..minus the cat who is asleep on my bed right now!
Today I thought I would share some thoughts on buying dresses on the internet and the pitfalls you are more than likely to come across if you do go down that route!
It could be that you have been to a couple of boutiques and tried on a dress or two but there is one particular one that you really like but its a bit out of your budget. OK, so you could borrow a couple of hundred pounds from your great Aunt Marge or you could scrimp a bit on the room decor and have your dream dress from a local retailer!! Or you could simply go home, fire up your lap top and try and search for a cheaper version of your dream dress from somewhere in the East, maybe China or Japan for less than £300.
Yes, they may have beautiful pictures of the actual dress that you saw today in that shop down on the high street, but is that what you will receive in reality when the post man delivers your dress in six weeks time???
Probably not, is the answer to that question. What you will receive is a poor copy cobbled together in a sweat shop and made from the cheapest materials available. It will more than likely not even be the colour you ordered. And will you be able to return this to the seller? Chances are that you wont, as there will be a no returns policy on the website or no address to send it back to.
So what happens next? After you have spent a week crying on your best friends shoulder, you try to make the best of the situation by taking your “dress” to a seamstress to try to rescue it and make it resemble the one in the picture that you thought you would receive. Unfortunately, the dress is probably too poorly manufactured for even the best seamstress to do anything with or the alterations are going to cost more than you actually paid for your dress in the first place!! Your only other option now is to go out and start your search over again and hope that you have enough time for a legitimate retailer to order your dream dress in time for your wedding. Or you may end up buying a dress off the peg and settling for second best because you have already spent a chunk of your dress budget on your internet disaster.
You may think that spending £1000+ on your wedding dress from a local boutique is a lot of money for a dress that you are only going to wear once, but these dresses are made by professional dressmakers who spend hours painstakingly sewing every sequin and bead on by hand, and making sure every part of your dress is perfect.
A few examples of internet copies of wedding dresses are shown here……
Lots of Love
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