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