Review #1: I got my knock off wedding dress!

Where do I begin?! I ordered a custom sized Maggie Sottero Hampton dress in Diamond white the end of January 2010 from http://www.inweddingdress.com. I received the dress around 4pm today (March 11, 2010).  I was so excited I grabbed my camera and proceeded to open it! This is what it looked like when it arrived.

 

Package

Package

How does a huge dress like that get shrunk into this tiny package!? They basically saran wrapped the whole dress. They are brilliant because they packaged the dress inside out, so the outside of the dress (which is the most important) would not get ruined if anything happened.

When I took the dress out, it was pretty wrinkly and puffy. Nothing gravity can’t take care of! I will let it hang for a few months and I will retake pictures of the dress and make sure to post it here for you all to see.

The pictures came out a little blurry…sorry.  You can’t see the details of the dress with the flash on, so I turned off the flash..which makes the picture a little blurry. Make sure to click on the picture to see the entire thing..the columns cuts off some of the pics.

The front of the dress

The front of the dress

top part of the dress

top part of the dress
top

top

The back of the dress

The back of the dress

Closeup of the top back of the dress

Closeup of the corset

This is me wearing it!

This is me wearing it!.

Do you see how the very top part of the bust is flipping outwards? It’s because the straps are buttoned onto it and tugs on the fabric inside. I think I would wear this dress without the straps so the flipping action doesn’t happen.
Side of the dress

Side of the dress.

Back of the dress

Back of the dress...GORGEOUS! I LOVE IT!

OK! so I tried on the REAL Maggie Sottero Hampton dress, and all I can say is…this knock off is not EXACTLY the same…but it’s still a pretty nice dress. I wasn’t expecting an exact replica anyway. The real Maggie has a nice silky feel to it. The knock off uses different fabric…it’s just not as soft. I think the fabric feels a little cheap…but maybe it’s because I’ve felt the real silky fabric?  The real Maggie also hides your tummy way better than the knock off. The beading is different than the real Maggie….but it still looks nice. The inside of the dress is soft. There are three layers, the inner which is soft that touches your skin, then the fabric that makes it puffy, then the dress itself!

OVERALL: I like this dress and I think this knock off was worth $300 which includes shipping….but I LOVE LOVE LOVE The real Maggie which is around $1400. I guess you get what you pay for? If I didn’t see the real Maggie would I LOVE this knock off? It’s not bad dress. It looks fabulous in the pictures…but in real life..the fabric is not as expensive looking as I would’ve hoped for.

OH! I found a picture of someone wearing the REAL Maggie sottero Hampton shown below so you can compare the real one from the knock off.

I’m curious as to what you think. You’ve seen the pictures. What do you think? Would you buy a knock off wedding dress? I believe if you are not uber picky, then a knock off is not a bad alternative.

If there is anything I left off…let me know! This is my first time reviewing something..so I’m a bit rusty.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/concerns…or pictures of a knock off dress that you have purchased for your wedding! I would love to hear from all of you!

Real Maggie in diamond white

Real Maggie in diamond white

Knock off Maggie Sottero Hampton in Diamond White

Knock off Maggie Sottero Hampton in Diamond White