Brides today have many choices on where to purchase their wedding gowns or party dresses, whether it is from a chain store, a privately-owned bridal/dress shop, an online store or even eBay. Here are some tips to choose the best place to buy your dream dress. Off-the-Rack
(This is normally where the store stocks all gowns in the store)
This is not a recommended option unless you are really pressed on time and you want your gown today! There are several reasons why we say that:
---Dressilyme offers accessories at discounted prices. We sell veils, tiaras, lingerie, shoes, flower girls, and Prom dressing accessories.
---FYI- Dressilyme is a mega occasional wear distribution center that can save $100's on unnecessary markups for your dress as we do not have the overhead of a traditional store.
Ordering your dress Online
(many options are available online, but you must be smart shopper)
"I am considering ordering my dress from a mail-order discounter or online. Bridal shops warn me if something goes wrong with the dress, the discounters won't fix the problem." Here's a common scare tactic full-price retailers use to frighten brides. Retailers say: 'If you order online and a problem happens with your order, you are left high and dry.' Nothing could be further from the truth. We found many reputable discounters that have excellent customer service reputations and stand behind what they sell. And we've found the best gown web sites will work hard to correct any problem with a dress order.
It should not take any longer than 10 weeks to get a wedding gown or customized dress in unless it is a special/custom order gown. This is a BIG red flag. If the store tells you it will take longer than 10 weeks to get a standard gown go somewhere else. This is what we mentioned above about some stores using your money to pay their current bills and not ordering your dress from their suppliers, hoping that they will have the funds in the future to order your dress. Bottom line, you want to make sure the company can fill the order in a reasonable time.
If you walk into the bridal/prom dress store and the representatives don't acknowledge you, turn around and walk away. If the store is not clean, walk away. If the gowns are not neatly hung on the racks, walk away. If the store does not look stocked, walk away. Do not be afraid to walk away. If you are ignored or treated badly before they get your money, imagine how you will be treated after they get your money. Even if you live in a small town and it's the only bridal store for 100 miles, you still have other options. Trust us, for being a long-term wedding expert, we just know!
Avoid the website if it sells items other than just occasional apparel and occasional accessories. If the website sells everything from iPods to fishing equipment, and has wedding gowns thrown in the mix, do you really think they know anything about selling wedding gowns? They just want to sell stuff.
If you purchase from these sites you will most likely not be able to return your item. So don't even tempt fate. http://www.dressilyme.com/where-to-buy-your-dresses%e2%80%a6-hd-41/