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Just received the dress over the weekend from inweddingdress.com. The package was tiny and the first thing I thought was there is NO way my dress can fit in that thing. I was really hesitant about reading the reviews about the poor packaging but once I opened up the black plastic, I was relieved that the dress had been sealed in a damage-proof bubble brown envelope and then wrapped again in breathable plastic. Nervously I took the dress out and gasped. Not because the dress was disastrous, it was actually the complete opposite. It was beautiful, just like I imagined it to be. The dress I ordered was a replication of Sherri Hill’s Style1002(http://images04.olx.com/ui/3/22/21/61892121_1-Sherri-Hill-Prom-Dress-1002-Pink-.jpg). I had it customized so that the main part of the dress would be in light ivory and the satin sash would be in saffron (One of the colors of my wedding). Inweddingdress used real satin for the sash and it turned out beautifully. The encrusted rhinestones on the side, obviously are not the exact same from the photo but it is a great attempt! For almost $200.00 less, I couldn’t ask for anything that looked more similiar.
Then the time came to try on the dress, I took a deep breath and put it on. The sizing was near perfect. My measurements were followed to the exact specifications. I didn’t try it on with a strapless bra so I am sure that that may be the only reason the top felt a tad bit loose…and I stress “tad”. The dress looked and felt like it was made just for me! I am sooo excited about putting it on during the reception, there is no doubt heads will turn.
I ordered a dress just for the ceremony and it has yet to arrive, but “Helen” said that it would be here this week. I think I have figured inweddingdress.com out after accumulating information from different reviews and sites. If you want a simple dress to be replicated..GO FOR IT! It will more than likely turn out FABULOUSLY and save you LOTS of money if you are on a bridal budget. If you want a detailed and intricate dress, I wouldn’t turn to the website because it is very difficult to mimic another designer’s complex work just from a visual image. Then in the time frame they have (they make each dress from scratch) it seems nearly impossible that they could get it all right in a matter of weeks. The dress that I ordered is very intricate, so I have already set myself up for it. However, the Sherri Hill design looks so great that I told my MOH that I would consider wearing that for my outdoor ceremony. Luckily, I have a back-up plan just in case this other dress turns out to be an abomination. Also, I think that when you try on the original it makes it very very difficult to appreciate the knock-off. In your mind you already know the material you expect to feel, the way the dress should move, the way your hips should be and immediately you begin to identify errors. Do yourself a favor and if you want a “simple” knockoff…get it..and try not to worry to much. If your expectations aren’t dangerously high..you won’t be disappointed with the outcome.