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'Brit Bride in China Dress Success'
Member Name: sadielondon
Advantages: cheap, pretty, easy
Disadvantages: can be worrying
Feel free to call me mental, but I bought my wedding dress from eBay! That's not so strange I hear you say, lots of people probably buy second hand wedding dresses from eBay. But that is not quite mental enough for me, firstly I had my dress made for me from the measurements that I provided (I am seriously rubbish at measuring), secondly the dress costs £250 which might not seem cheap, but is very cheap for a made to measure dress and when you consider the average price of wedding dresses is probably around £600 or more! Thirdly I needed the dress by the middle of June which is very quick for a wedding dress to be made and fourthly and perhaps the thing that worried me the most was the fact that it was being made in China!
Now I have nothing against products from China, but while I was innocently reading the newspaper I came across the headline 'Brit Brides in Chinese Dress Con' not the best thing to read while waiting for your wedding dress to be sent from China. Apparently tempted by prices, British brides were buying dresses on the internet that knowingly or not came from China. Sometimes the quality was terrible and sometimes the items didn't arrive at all, but the thing that really worried me was the fact that the article said that Paypal don't usually pay out on items that have been personalised. They made an exception for the lady highlighted in the article as an act of good faith, but I was worried, so worried in fact that I kept the newspaper, just in case I had to use it in a court case against Paypal (you paid for her dress, you must pay for mine!) as you can see being a bride is perhaps making me a little over dramatic!
I should maybe tell you the story from the beginning. I am getting married abroad in June and having rather a lot on my plate recently it got to April and I still hadn't picked a dress and to be honest I hadn't even looked for one. Well, at the beginning of April I started to worry and began looking (in a bit of a frenzy!) on the internet for ideas. I had looked in shops last year but found on the whole they were too expensive for my budget and also took too long to make in most cases. While searching the net, dresses from eBay kept coming up again and again, but I was reluctant to buy from eBay as I felt it was too risky. I then saw a dress I really loved on eBay from Hong Kong, I looked at some of the comments that people had made and decided the seller didn't sound reliable enough as some people said the dresses were arriving dirty!! I then saw another seller that had amazing prices and great comments (though there were only about 20 comments in total).
Although the information claimed the seller was making dresses in the Midlands, I wasn't completely convinced and so I contacted about 6-7 of the people who had bought from the seller and had left good comments. I was so surprised that all of the people I wrote to contacted me and it shows how kind people can be. Everyone told me that they were incredibly pleased with the dresses, but that they were actually being made in China, so I think that the whole Midlands thing was a front, maybe to encourage more buyers from the UK.
Encouraged by the replies I contacted the sellers and asked if they could make a dress I liked by the beginning of May (I wanted it a bit early, so I wouldn't be panicking at the last minute) they said it would need to be a rush order and would cost £250 all together (The other dresses they sell are much cheaper, mine cost more because I asked for a design not on their site). I agreed and paid the money and then wasn't contacted by them for a day. During that time I had visions of them starting a life of crime with my hard earned cash but they eventually contacted me and asked me what size I wanted and from then on it was just a matter of waiting for my dress to arrive, with a certain amount of worry as their communication was pretty much on and off.
My dress arrived yesterday and I am really pleased with it, the quality is amazing and it fits perfectly. The only problem I have is that a shrug/bolero type jacket they made to go with the dress does not fit particularly well. Luckily I have a few seamstresses in my family so I will either have one of them fix it or just buy something similar, which to be honest isn't a massive problem for me.
So it seems it is possible to buy a bargain wedding dress from China, but it is best to do your research and order early (unlike me!) then if you have any problems you have time to sort it out. If anyone is interested the name of the seller is numberoneuk. I cannot guarantee your dress will be perfect but in my opinion my dress is almost perfect, I just hope everyone who sees me in it thinks so.
Summary: Are you brave enough to order a dress from ebay?
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