Every bride likes to find a bargain. In a world where couponing and online shopping is becoming more and more common, more brides are turning to the Internet to purchase their wedding dress at a lower price.
Yes — There is nothing like that feeling of “getting a good deal,” but purchasing a wedding dress online is another story. More than likely, the designer wedding dress you fell in love with and found online may not even be the same dress. It may be a replica or a copy of the original dress you fell in love with. Are you willing to settle for a copy? Just like pirating music, you are pirating a wedding dress. U.S. companies lose millions of dollars a year because of this problem.
These dresses are often poorly made with cheap stitching. In addition, you are also running the risk of receiving a damaged gown. The designers replicating these dresses are probably working fast and getting low pay. Here’s a sample of a replica and an original dress:
There is a huge difference in detail and quality between these two dresses! The counterfeit dress looks cheap and poorly made. If you order a dress and want to return it, beware. Most places have an “All Sales Final” return policy. You do not want to get stuck spending money on a dress you’re not in love with.
Wouldn’t you also prefer to try on the dress beforehand? We all know from experience, some dresses (and outfits!) sadly look better on the plastic mannequin, than ourselves.
Some retailers also give discounted alterations if you buy a dress from them personally. If you purchase the dress online, you may be paying an arm and a leg to get the dress customized to fit your body. At that point, you might as well of purchased a dress from a bridal shop. If you find a deal online that is too good to be true, it probably is! As the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”
Instead, make an appointment at some of our favorite bridal shops. Buying your dress from a bridal salon can ensure you and your dress will be treated attentively.
There is no harm in looking online and printing off samples of dresses you like. Bring copies of dresses you like with you when you try on wedding dresses. Bridal salons will be happy to find something to fit your desire.
Trying on wedding dresses is an amazing experience, why give that experience up? Yes, I understand it can be stressful trying on dress after dress, but when you find the one and say “Yes to the Dress” that feeling of happiness will remain in your heart forever.