Jasmine’s Bridal Shop: Replica Bridesmaid Dresses

I talked about bridesmaid dress choices with you girls several months ago…and we decided to go a different route. Much like the tuxedos we ordered online (and everything else I’ve ordered online for the wedding), we bought our bridesmaid dresses online. From China. From a “replica dress maker.”

The online retailer we chose to go with was Jasmine’s Bridal Shop. I know there are huge debates surrounding replica dress makers and the ethics of it all…but this option worked out great for us. After we found a dress we liked at a bridal salon, we checked the tags…”Made in China,” but it was priced at $350, and it was pretty flimsy. I knew we could get the same “Made in China” dress for a fraction of the cost if we went with a replica maker.

The dress we chose was from Jasmine Bridal B2 (different than Jasmine’s Bridal Shop):

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Screencapture via Jasmine Bridal Canada / Dress B2 B4037

Jasmine’s Bridal Shop was super easy to work with. I sent them photos, they sent me a quote ($199 per dress, premium fabric and craftsmanship), I paid a 50% down payment via credit card and they started the dresses. When they finished the dresses, they sent us 20 pictures of the two dresses and we were in love! They actually finished them right before I left to Africa, which was about six weeks from when we ordered them.

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Dress Progression Photos / Images Courtesy of Jasmine’s Bridal Shop

When we got the dresses, we were really impressed with the quality. The quality of the “replica” dresses we ordered far surpassed the flimsy $350 dresses in the bridal shop. They were heavier, boned, fully lined and there was a high attention to detail. The rouching was great looking. They fit amazingly (but need a few slight alterations) and the fabric is high quality.

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(they’re the same color—silly iPhone flash!)

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personal photos

Now, this process wasn’t all easy: we asked that the dresses have hooks and eyes above the zipper closure, and they weren’t added. We paid for garment bags, and they weren’t included with the dresses. However, I just emailed Jasmine’s Bridal Shop—and they rush shipped me several hook and eye closures, color-matched thread, needles and the garment bags. They were very apologetic that these things were overlooked during the original shipping. I love great customer service!

We had an amazing experience with Jasmine’s Bridal Shop. I’m itching for a fancy event invitation where I need a gown…I’m dying to order a cocktail gown from them. That being said, I think that when ordering a replica dress (especially a wedding dress) we need to have realistic expectations. When I was considering Jasmine’s Bridal Shop for a Elie Saab Caelum replica dress (a $15,000 dress), I wasn’t expecting an exact replica for $1000. You can’t get a $15,000 dress for $1000, no matter how hard you try. If brides approach the replica route with realistic expectations, I think that Jasmine’s Bridal Shop is an excellent choice. They produce high quality dresses that are nearly identical to the originals.

Would you ever consider a replica wedding dress, or replica bridesmaid dresses?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Eagle

Location:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Wedding Date:
August 2012

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    mslyre 512 posts, Busy bee @ 7:15 am

    Those look beautiful! I’m totally going to get a replica dress at some point, I’m just not sure for what occasion yet! I think they did an amazing job on your bridesmaid dresses!

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    mholden 167 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:25 am

    Wow, the rouching on the bust looks awesome! So swooshy!

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    sarahcool 224 posts, Helper bee @ 7:36 am

    Those are beautiful!!!! Yay!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:41 am

    These turned out beautifully!

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    elysion 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 7:43 am

    those look pretty gorgeous, and how awesome that they seem better quality than the originals! I might consider this route for my bridesmaids now~

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    Mrs. Dragon 813 posts, Busy bee @ 7:46 am

    Those look fantastic!

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:10 am

    @Miss Lyre: I want to get one so bad!!

    @mholden: The rouching is my favorite part!!

    @sarahcool: Thanks :)

    @Mrs. Pony: I love them!

    @elysion: I know, we were so impressed at the quality. Amazing.

    @Miss Dragon: Thanks Miss D!

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:17 am

    They turned out beautifully!

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    Kareen 1 posts, Wannabee @ 8:22 am

    very imprasive dress for bridale http://arabictrend.com/

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:24 am

    @SuperDuperBrit: Thank you! :) We love them.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:31 am

    I was 100% ure I was going to use Jasmine’s for my wedding gown, they have great reviews.

    Your BMs dresses look amazing, I don’t know if they have any small flaws but they look great in picture.

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:58 am

    @Miss Toadstool: No small flaws here! I was pretty convinced I was going to use them for my dress too, but my Mom wasn’t having any of it.

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    Mrs.Mittens 2427 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:01 am

    They look amazing! I wish I’d seen Jasmine’s when I was dress shopping!

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    madtowngirl 1787 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:26 am

    Miss Eagle…love your bridesmaid dresses!! They are beautiful! I love the color too!

    I ordered a replica wedding dress…$3,500 discontinued Priscilla of Boston for $420 and couldn’t be happier about it!!

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    BuelowMrsBuelow 43 posts, Newbee @ 10:05 am

    All 4 of my bridesmaids ordered replica dresses from a China based site. Out of. 4, 2 were perfect. (2 others needed tailoring to be let out) they run small, but with a local tailor they are perfect!!! Super excited now for my wedding day, Aug 25th!!! The site we used was Honeybuy. Com …. I too do not think they look cheap at all!!! I have pictures if anyone is interested, just let me know!

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    misspine 1492 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:10 am

    Beautiful dresses! I love the ruching and the overall style – great choice!

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 10:26 am

    They turned out great!!

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:53 am

    They turned out so well! Very impressed.

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:56 pm

    These came out really nicely! I, personally, am sympathetic to the idea of a designer not wanting his works to be re-created. But, [1] designers are always pulling inspiration from each other, and [2] the majority of the world can’t afford a $15,000 price tag. I think if you’re that motivated to protect your designs, you should make a greater effort to sell products at a more affordable level for your client base. So, I am 100% okay with replica dresses.

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    Ana85 18 posts, Newbee @ 5:35 am

    .Can any one please tell me if they faced any problems or delays when they delivered their dresses from Jasmine’s?!

    i have paid rush fees for one week to get my dresses by 5th of August and they are not ready yet and now they telling me that the fastest delivery time take at least 10 days :( and i’m traveling to the wedding place (different country) on 8th of August and still dont know where i’m gonna be staying there so can’t give them address there to send them and already when i get there its gonna be to late!! Please help me if you have any idea
    Thank u

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    Cynthia Chen, Guest @ 6:26 am

    An authentic B2 B4037 is retailed at $189 in the US. Did you know that you actually paid more to get a replica dress? Did you also pay for shipping?

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:44 am

    @Cynthia Chen: At all of the bridal stores in the city I live in, the B2 B4037 was priced at $350 Canadian dollars. We could NOT find it for less than that. This was a year ago, so maybe the price has gone down since then since its now an old dress…. but when we ordered the dress from Jasmines Bridal Shop…. we were saving a LOT of money. A LOT!

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    Weddings Venezuela, Guest @ 3:25 am

    Beautiful cut of dress

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    Patricia, Guest @ 11:15 am

    An authentic B4037 in Canada should run you no more than $260 so while you did save a little bit of money you had to sew your own hook and eyes and denied several Canadians of work. Most bridal salons are mom and pop shops and keep good Canadians working. I will be reporting this online store to the folks at Jasmine Bridal seeing as you’ve so happily posted that they copied one of their gowns, hopefully they have some success shutting down this horrible factory. And yes, while Jasmine’s B2 gowns are legitimately made in China in a factory where quality control, honest wages and standards are met to North American Standards. These copy factories do not have to adhere to those same standards. Don’t kid yourself you got lucky, I wouldn’t be bragging, the next person who orders may not be so lucky.

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    Stef, Guest @ 6:30 pm

    Stop being such a stick in the mud to those of you that are giving this lady such a hard time. Not all of us have the money to give the “good Canadian workers” some money. Good for you to be able to pay for that… others of us don’t have that option. And like she said… it was A YEAR AGO so it was obviously a more expensive dress when she bought it so that’s why she paid as much as she did. It is NOW priced lower being that it’s been a year. Last season’s things are always going to be less expensive. Quit being a spoil sport and let us people who desperately need a financial break do what we need to do to enjoy our wedding. And if she did just “get lucky” good for her. I personally am happy to know that I might actually be able to afford a wedding dress without making myself or my parents go into debt. Self righteous people really should “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.”

    @Patricia: @Patricia: @Patricia:

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    Justice, Guest @ 4:42 pm

    Honest wages are made by North American Standards???? And wages would that be? Companies for years have used the same labor that you accused this dress shop of using.
    Hence the many outsources jobs? That have left the United States.

    Anywho excellent dress!! and it looks lovely

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    BusyBeaBee 91 posts, Worker bee @ 10:08 pm

    Hi girls! My name is Bea and I am getting married on October the 5th, 5 monts from now! I have heard so many good things about Jasmine’s and they sent me pictures of the dress I want from a previous customer that I am eager to order it right away!!! I am only ordering the dress, a shrug and my veil.
    One thing worries me only: Customs Clearance. I will ask my dress to arrive to Texas. I understand Jasmine’s declares that as”Gift cloth” in the package so it doesn’t have issues at Customs in US. But this still comes from China… how was your Customs Clearance experience? What should I expect regarding taxes and clearance costs? Issues?
    I really appreciate any experience or advice you can share with me.
    Thanks!!!!!! Bea.

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    kathleenya 21 posts, Newbee @ 7:20 pm

    STUNNING!!! Thank you so much for posting! I cannot wait to work with jasmines :) I am speaking with Kimmie and she is getting me some quotes! <3 again THANK YOU FOR SHARING <3

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