Just like buying from a bridal shop... buying discount wedding gowns online has some risk involved. In the bridal industry problems do come up from time to time involving sizing, color, the wrong style and delivery problems.
This happens whether you order a gown from the local wedding dress shop or an online wedding dress store. But when you order online you can’t physically get in front of someone to handle the problem. You have to handle any problems by phone or email. So let's limit your chances of a problem coming up.
"To make sure you are looking at websites selling authentic designer bridal gown... steer clear of the online websites that sell replica dresses made in China for unbelievably low prices. Some brides have mistakenly bought gowns from those sites thinking they were getting the same dress they saw in a bridal shop or pictured on the designer's website."
With some online discount wedding gown websites you will need to contact them by phone or email or use their online form. They will want to know 4 things....
Once they have this information, they will contact you with pricing and delivery information if it is not available on the website.
You can go to the designer’s website to search for the gown to get a style number. What if you are looking at a bridal magazine, like Brides magazine, and have fallen in love with a gown pictured but don't know the style number?
Try calling customer service and give the page number and the month of the bridal magazine that you are looking at... they may be able to come up with a style number and pricing information for you that way.
When ordering discount wedding gowns have accurate measurements taken. Match them up to the correct size. Your gown size rarely will be the size you normally wear in street clothing. Most of the time your size in a wedding gown is going to be typically 1 to 3 sizes bigger. So don't be alarmed.
For example if you wear a size 10 in regular clothing... your dress size in a wedding gown might be a size 12 to 14. It all depends on the designer. If you order your dress way too small or way too big you will have consequences to pay later by way of expensive alterations.
Depending on your size, your height and the time you order, you can encounter extra charges. Find out all fees, like extra size, extra length, rush cuts, extra rush shipping charges, etc. Some of these can be avoided by making sure you order way in advance of your wedding.
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