Angry brides share knock-off nightmares after buying gowns that looked stunning online but are HIDEOUS in real life.
Given the high price tag of wedding dresses in boutiques and department stores, it’s no wonder brides-to-be are searching for cheaper alternatives online.
But the beautiful bridal gowns pictured on websites are often startling different to the specimens that arrive on their doorstep.
That’s according to the many aggrieved brides who have taken to social networks to share their wedding dress nightmares.
A quick Google search for ‘cheap wedding dresses’ brings up endless websites offering economical alternatives – some with their original designs and others promising to create copies of designer gowns.
But given the flurry of disappointed brides sharing their wedding dress nightmares, it seems that buying a dress online can be fraught with issues.
Many of the websites offer cheap copies of designer gowns, made in the Far East – but instead of using lace from Chantilly, what arrives is polyester from China.
Left, how the wedding dress looks in the adverts. Right, what one bride-to-be was delivered
One bride-to-be, Grace Jennings-Edquist, started a blog on Australian website Mama Mia about her wedding dress fears after ordering her dress online and was inundated with horror stories from other brides.
The writer admitted she first had a ‘flutter of anxiety’ after reading this review of the website she purchased her dress from.
The reviewer wrote: ‘Ordered a wedding dress…the thing came in made of God knows what for the lining….weighed a tonne! Never have I put anything (except perhaps the dentist’s teeth apron for teeth xrays perhaps) that weighed so much. Trying to get it returned seems to take an act of congress!’
Left: The trendy number with feather detailing that the website said they would copy. Right: The frightening dead bird-look the bride was sent.
The writer then warned other brides-to-be: ‘That flutter of anxiety may then turn into a sweaty, stomach-turning realisation that you’ve made a huge freaking mistake when the reviews start to include words like “truly hideous dress”.
The images sent in from brides-to-be of what they were expecting versus what actually arrived are astounding.
In some, the lush beading in the picture turns out to be cheap applique in real life.
Or what looks like delicate peach edging in what has been advertised, arrives in a hideous shade of fuchsia.
In others, the entire shape of the dress is unrecognisable, ‘pure silk’ turns out to be cheap polyester, and lace just is not lace at all.
On Facebook group Knock Off Nightmares, others have shared their bridal gown disappointments with the images of the dresses they thought they were buying and the shocking reality of what arrived.
One writes: ‘I bought my wedding dress online, but I am very very disappointed. The dress is from a very bad quality of material. I want to return the product but they don’t want to give me the money back. In a few words: they are selling bad dresses, bad quality of material and they are cheating the people.’
What looks like burgundy (left) arrives in a hideous shade of bright red (right)
One bride, who ordered a dress with a fitted bodice received a specimen with heavy ruching instead. When she contacted the site she was dismissed an told it was ‘very similar’.
Another image is posted with the caption: ‘Another bride whose wedding gown is definitely NOT what she imagined! No delicate bead work & embroidery as shown in the original – just heavy embroidery with no bead work at all! Despite the company’s “100 per cent money back guarantee”, they refused to give her money back, as is usually the case!
One ruffly gown is pictured next to a sad imitation with the post: ‘This customer sent a picture of herself in the dress she wanted from an actual boutique. This is what the online “bargain” site sent her. Would you want to wear this?’
Perhaps the lesson is the with bride gowns, just like bride grooms, it’s best to try them on for size before committing.
Spot the difference? The beautiful designer dress (left) and the copy that arrived in a bright fuchsia, right