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Buyer Beware the Bargain Dress: Online Dress Shopping Tips

Sometimes a bargain can just end up being a headache.  When it comes to weddings, proms, and formal events, getting everything done right, on time, and with minimal stress, is tantamount to saving money.  However, a cheap dress just might end up costing more you in the long run. Buyer beware, indeed.

If you come across a price on a designer gown that seems to good to be true, it probably is.  Nothing puts a damper on a wedding like finding out your dresses are low quality knock-offs when it is already too late to hunt down replacements.

Consider that an inexpensive dress may only afford you one or two wearings and might not survive a cleaning.  The last thing you need at your prom or wedding is a wardrobe malfunction or a creeping hemline.  High quality dresses are lined, and stitched to last with beautiful lasting fabrics and strong thread.

You do not have to go with a famous name designer to get quality.  The bigger the name, the bigger the price; because you are paying for the prestige-factor. In fact, wearing midlevel and less known designers is an industry secret to getting the quality and the look at a reasonable price point.  Regardless of how famous, when a designer puts his or her name on a piece, it is a symbol of pride.  When investing in a designer piece you can expect heirloom quality to pass on for generations, or a wear again look to enjoy for years to come.

Unfortunately the internet is flooded with websites selling fake goods, cheap imitations, or even worse, just simply charging credit cards without even sending the gowns. Without dresses, can there even be a wedding?   Wedding planners use reputable businesses to avoid unpleasant surprises.  When searching for a reputable dress shop there are a few things to look at to make sure you are getting the real deal.

Right off the bat you can tell by the quality of the website and dress descriptions.  Does the website mention information like specifics on styles and sizing?  Anyone can throw together a quickie website.  Be sure that the website you buying through is verified.  If you are buying through Paypal or with a credit card, although you have some buyer protection, keep in mind that that still does not guarantee you finding replacement dresses by your deadline should something happen to wrong.

Read real reviews from real people who have used the services of the shop, and look for these reviews on legitimate ratings websites. A website with little to no reviews, or reviews that sound fake, is probably a scam.

How many years has the shop been in business?  Do they have a real brick and mortar location?  Ask questions and do  your research. If the dress shop only exists online, this is something to be wary of.  By using a dress shop that has a real physical location, even if it is not in your town, you can still count on top-notch customer service and timely deliveries. If you need alterations or customizations you can either buy locally or enlist the services of your local seamstress. Many dry cleaning establishments also offer alterations.

And finally, is their claim of selling authentic dresses backed up by the manufacturers of those dresses? The simplest way of finding that out is by going to the manufacturer’s website and using the zip code of the retailer’s brick and mortar store to find them in the store locator provided by the manufacturer. If they are not listed, they are not authorized to sell those products. It’s as simple as that.

When it comes to clothing you get what you pay for.  When thought is put into the design you can count on a great fit, blacks that will resist fading, and fabrics that feel soft against the skin.  Knock off dresses are all about making a quick buck off of the hard work of someone else.  There is no telling where, how, or who makes them.  Even worse, you may end up without a dress at all.

-Bridal Gown Expert

www.madamebridal.com

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The Most Expensive Celebrity Wedding Dresses and Real World Alternatives for the Rest of Us

Here are four of the Most Expensive Celebrity Wedding Dresses…and Real World Alternatives for the Rest of Us

Kim Kardashian: For Kim Kardashian’s third wedding to Kanye West, she wore a $400,000 Givenchy dress designed by Riccardo Tisci.

Our pick for a similar look is the WTOO 17120 Lenora wedding dress.

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Sheer details at the neckline and waist create a sleek silhouette in intricate lace in this WTOO 17120 Lenora wedding dress.

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Jessica Biel: Jessica Biel’s beautiful pink Giambattista Valli dress for her wedding to Justin Timberlake, was stunning both in looks and in price. Though the exact dollar amount has not been revealed, it is rumored to have cost Mrs. Timberlake upwards of six-figures. In a 2013, interview with Elle magazine Jessica talked about why she chose pink.

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The Allure 9375 wedding dress features layers of ruffles and wrap bodice with pressed pleating and sweetheart strapless neckline.

“I wanted the dress to be very romanjessica-biel-wedding3-horztic and feminine and a shape that I very rarely wear. I have never been crazy about all-white wedding dresses, for me at least.

 

 

 

This Allure 9375 wedding dress captures the essence of Mrs. Timeberlake’s gown with its ruffled horsehair skirt, and yes, it comes in pink.

 

 

 

Amal Clooney: Amal Alamuddin, aka Mrs. George Clooney wore a $380,000  Oscar De La Renta wedding dress. When asked why she chose the designer, Amal told Vogue magazine

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This lace Allure 9000 wedding dress features the same off-the shoulder sleeves and bateau neckline, with a fit-and-flare silhouette that is less bulky and more wearable than the original.

“George and I wanted a wedding that was romantic and elegant, and I can’t imagine anyone more able than Oscar to capture this mood in a Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 7.02.16 PMdress. Meeting him made the design process all the more magical, as he is so warm and such a gentleman.”

The seemingly simple off-the shoulder dress featured 14 yards of Chantilly lace appliqués, embellished with beading and hand-stitched embroidery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and last but not least…Kate Middleton:  Kate Middleton’s Wedding Dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen matched Kim Kardashian’s price tag, costing a staggering $400,000. Fit for a princess indeed.

Our affordable version is a close match.

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The Casablanca Bridal 2073 Wedding Dress is remarkably similar to Kate’s with long lace sleeves, a V-neckline, and A-line skirt with a generous train.

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Coordinating Your Bridesmaids’ Gowns With Your Wedding Dress

Tips to make the bridal party match the bride

How you pair your bridesmaids dresses to your wedding dress is very important, as this can make or break the overall impact of the wedding scene. This makes bridesmaids dress shopping just as challenging as shopping for your wedding gown. The right bridesmaids dresses will complement your bridal gown and enhance its beauty. It will also look good on the different women wearing it.

The fashion teams at Best for Bride (http://www.bestforbride.com) and Madame Bridal (http://madamebridal.com) have teamed up to bring your their take and some tips on how to choose bridesmaids dresses that will coordinate nicely your wedding gown.

Match the formality of the occasion 

You will naturally pick a wedding dress that is suitable for the style of your wedding. Your bridesmaids dresses should also match the formality of your dress. The details do not have to match, however, it is essential that their dress is just as formal or casual as your gown for the entire bridal party to look co-ordinated. Therefore, if your dress is a formal ball gown, choose floor-length gowns for your girls. If you will be wearing a simple sheath dress for your outdoor wedding, pair it with fun and flirty bridesmaid dresses in airy, light fabric.

Pay attention to the fabric choice

Fabric choice has huge impact on the overall effect of your dress. For your bridesmaids dresses, choose fabric finishes that complement your own, for example, if your dress is muted, don’t put your girls in shiny dresses. Pair structured wedding dresses with bridesmaids dresses that have neat lines and definite shape. Wedding dresses with lace look good with textured or layered bridesmaid dresses. Soft and light wedding dresses go well with chiffon bridesmaids dresses and style elements like ruffles. 963-4

Find a unifying factor

Choose a focal element to unify your wedding dress with the rest of the group. This is an easy and effective way to match the bridal party to the bride without trying too hard. The common factor could be the neckline, embellishments, color or dress silhouette. You can also consider accessories like shoes, bouquets and jewelry to create a cohesive look for the entire group.

Choose a silhouette or neckline that complements your dress

The silhouette of your dress is another focal point to base your bridesmaids dress choices on.

Different dress silhouettes look good on different body types. Account for this factor when choosing the same silhouette for all your girls. A good option is to go with variations of the same shape, like an A-line and a modified A-line, these look quite similar and help to keep the effect uniform. Another aspect that can tie a group together is the neckline. Choose from strapless and sleeveless choices that match your gown neckline for a cohesive effect.

Author Bio:

Best for Bride is a leading wedding dress chain operating from four locations in Canada. They carry designer wedding dress collections as well as dresses for the entire bridal party. Best for Bride also has an online shopping option for brides from all over the world.

Madame Bridal is a brick and mortar store in West Palm Beach, Florida, and also serving the entire world through their website. As a family owned business, they have been making wedding and prom dress dreams come true for over thirty years. http://www.madamebridal.com