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I am a firm believer of the creed “you get what you pay for.” There is nothing fabulous about cheap buys unless it’s quality stuff on sale with great discounts, or disposable items that are to be used once, or twice at most, then thrown away.
Where bridal fashions are concerned, I do have an issue with very affordable gowns that look… inexpensive. Brides get to be a princess (Also read: Look like a modern royal with these 19 stunning wedding dress styles) on their big day; they should be dressed in stunning gowns that evoke romance and style.
I have met many brides who have gone overseas to to purchase off the rack gowns at amazingly low prices and regretted it afterwards. Like some of the dubious online sites I have visited, pictures of these dresses tell only part of the story.
Cheap dresses that look good on you are just that – good-looking cheap dresses. I am a stickler for beautiful fabric, intricate detailing and precise workmanship. I have seen brides who look beautiful in their inexpensive dress a distance away but up close, all the flaws and mistakes become obvious for everyone to see. So when getting your dream dress, note that your guests, and photographer, will be seeing it close-up and not just from a distance.
Even worse is polyester lace – laces that are tacked on dresses and also have a disturbing shimmer and shine. The designs of these laces remind me of tablecloths – most likely they were trimmed off actual tablecloths!
Along with bad workmanship is bad fit. Some brides buy cheap dresses that fit badly thinking they can alter them later. Depending on the design and cut, some dresses can’t be altered for a beautiful fit. And once bought online or from overseas, it’s tough to do returns and get a better alternative. So it’s always best to source your dress locally or get your it made-to-measure for that perfect fit.
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