How to Buy a Wedding Dress From China

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How to Buy a Wedding Dress From China
Find a gorgeous wedding gown for a fraction of the in-store cost. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

With the average cost of a wedding soaring around £16,250, according to The Wedding Report, many brides are looking for ways to save money. The current average of £978 is just a little too much to spend on a wedding gown. Therefore, bespoke wedding manufacturers based in China have seen an influx of orders from brides looking for a bargain. These manufacturers are dedicated to creating stunning, designer-like wedding gowns for less.

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Things you need

  • Flexible tape measure

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    Talk to a few gown manufacturers before you select one. A great way to gauge the success of your transaction can be shown by their helpfulness in answering your preliminary questions, so e-mail away. Additionally, check the reviews and photos from other brides to ensure that other women are happy in their choice. A few places to start are My Wedding Dress for Less, Wedding Dress China and Dragon Orient, which consistently receive high satisfaction reviews.

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    Ask your manufacturer for a swatch of the fabric you intend to select to avoid distortion of the colours on digital screens. These usually cost a few dollars, but ordering samples of the fabric is better than choosing a gown colour only to be unhappy with it later.

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    Ask your chosen gown manufacturer any questions you have regarding the sizing, quality of materials and labour used to create your gown. Bespoke wedding gown manufacturers are aware of your concerns and will work to put your mind at ease. If you're still unsure, ask if you can contact other brides who have ordered gowns through the company for their advice.

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    Measure yourself using a flexible tape measure to produce the most accurate reading. Bespoke wedding gown creators generally ask for seven measurements (bust, waist, hips, your height, hollow of your neck to the hem of the gown, nape of your neck to your waist and the height of your heels) to create the best-fitting gown possible. Send the measurements to your wedding gown manufacturer.

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    Select the style of gown you wish to wear. Manufacturers will have a stock set of designs that they use often, but many will also allow you to make changes to the designs. Some even allow brides to send them a photo or sketch of a gown they want and will create the dress from there. Be sure to confirm this service beforehand, though.

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    Pay for your gown using a third-party money handler. This is a good practice to maintain regardless of what kind of online shopping you are doing, as all your transactions and their details are stored within the database of an impartial party. That way, if your gown is lost in transit or the material is the wrong colour, you will be protected and eligible for a refund through the handler.

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    Leave feedback on the website for future brides after you receive your gown so they can learn from your experience and be less afraid to take the plunge.

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