Chinese Wedding Dresses What Issues Might You Find

Chinese wedding dresses... what is meant by that? This is referring to bridal gowns you can buy direct from China and are sold on eBay and on the web... a good deal? Maybe...

No doubt you have come across websites and sellers on eBay who sell wedding dresses directly from China. Should you consider buying one of these wedding gowns?Maybe...

These are popular with brides because they are cheap.

But how can you be sure that the gowns sold on the web and eBay at incredible prices will meet your expectations?  Read the tips that follow.


"When I wrote this article several years the problems that follow below with wedding gowns purchased direct from China manufacturers, were more prevalent than now. But there are still companies out there you need to watch out for. The problems encountered by brides who ordered this way and the solutions they chose, can help you decide if you want to order a bridal dress this way or not."

Chinese Wedding Dresses: What Issues Might You Find?

Now I am not saying that the following is true of all wedding dresses sold direct from China. But these are some things you need to be aware that could occur when purchasing a wedding gown this way.

There are a few issues that tend to come up with these dresses I've read about on wedding boards and forums. Interestingly, these same issues I've come across in my business when brides brought in gowns they ordered direct from China to be altered.

The things listed below will either make the gown unusable or costly to correct.

Color Issues

Determining the color of a wedding dress and the color of the details on it has been a problem for some brides. In the cases I personally know about, the color of the dress was not the shade the bride expected.

One bride thought she was getting a white dress with red embroidery design details on it. That’s what it looked like on the computer screen. What did she end up with?

"A white gown with hot pink embroidery!” She had to then change her flowers and other decorations for her wedding so that it would not clash with her dress. “Imagine the trouble that would cause if it happened to you!

Another bride I worked with had to have them send her another dress because the color of the first dress was a rust color, instead of the burgundy color she expected.

Sizing Issues and Problems with the Cut

If you don’t take correct measurements, and order your gown using the sizing charts, then there is a good chance your dress could be several sizes too small.

Most alterations I have had to do involved putting gussets into these dresses because of the gowns coming in way too small. I think this happens because:

  • brides misread the charts
  • the charts are hard to understand

When ordering wedding gowns direct from China. please make sure you order the right size. It is better to order it too big than too small. It is easier to take a dress in than to let one out!

Another problem is the cut of the bust area. It appears that on some gowns, the bust area is cut smaller than normal. This is a complaint I have seen on wedding forums by some brides, especially from some plus-size brides.

The gowns I have worked with seem to be designed more for someone who wears an A to B cup size bra. So if you are a B cup or larger... you might find that the neckline on a strapless wedding gown will not be high enough to cover a fuller bust. This has been my experience with brides and bridesmaids dresses.

Poor Construction and Fabric Quality

Inside Construction Of A Wedding Dress Direct From ChinaThe inside construction has only four pieces of boning. Sideseams are sewn incorrectly."

Some of the Chinese wedding dresses sold on the web direct from China I have worked with lacked the linings and inner structure needed to provide a smooth finish while wearing the gown.

The fabrics the bridal gowns are made from are not up to the quality of the typical designer wedding gowns.

The linings are extra thin and in some cases so thin that you can see through them.

Most brides don’t realize that the lack of proper structure will cause problems with the fabric of a bridal gown not laying smoothly on the figure. But they soon find out. When is that?

They found out when looking in the mirror, during a fitting. They noticed wrinkles in their dress. They asked me if they can be ironed out or altered. At this point I have to let them know that because of the fabric and/or construction, nothing much can be done. This is the last thing a bride wants to hear.

Customizing Problems

Some of these manufacturers say they can design the gown of your dreams. Be careful. I have seen simple additions such as sleeves added, not come out correctly.

I would be a little apprehensive to have a whole dress designed this way. It is best to get someone you can go to directly to have a custom made wedding gown. This way you can have the necessary fittings and see the design as it progresses.

Condition of Gown on Delivery

The condition of the gowns when brides receive them are not what they should be in some cases. Here is what's happening...

  • Some of the gowns come in with stains that need spot cleaning.
  • Brides have complained of unpleasant odors. I myself have experienced this when altering gowns.
  • The fabric has to be delinted of tiny fibers that discolor the gown.
  • The zippers on some split apart when tried on.
  • It was an unnerving experience for me when I started steaming a gown and all the marks from a purple marking pen popped back up.

Phony Reviews

I am finding out that some Chinese wedding dress wholesaler companies are seeding their sites with reviews and placing phony ones on other review sites.

In the past they tried to submit promotional reviews to this website. When detected, I don't post them. Some that got through and were posted and were later discovered to be fakes, I left it up and update the review, noting the fact.

This way you will know which companies you should do business with and which you shouldn't. I hope this will discourage companies from posting fake reviews on this site.

What is the bottom line?

There are companies out there that can deliver a good quality wedding gown. You have to do your research in order to find them.

  • Look at the reviews brides have made, on forums and on the company's web site
  • Google search the "company name + reviews", to see what comes up. This can be a big help in your making your decision.

You certainly can save a lot of money buying a dress this way. But make sure you are getting the best quality dress you can for your money!

Special Note: After I had finished up this page I came across this information someone else had written about eBay retailers of China made wedding gowns. I feel it is informative and something you should read before you purchase a gown this way. Even though this article was written several years ago it is still relevant. Click here to read this article.

For some brides they may feel it looks close enough to the dress, so it may not be a big deal. But if you are one looking for the exact quality you saw in the bridal shop, you would might not be happy with the gown.

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