This was what I originally planned on purchasing:
I loved the gown, but when I tried on a similar style in a bridal shop, I didn't like how it looked 'on me.' It was more like a down comforter or quilt. So that was out. I then spent 2 months searching through 7 salons looking for a gown. At the last place, I finally found the Maggie Sottero SaBelle gown and fell in love. I posted about it last week here.
But at the $1400 price tag, I hadn't planned on spending that much for a gown. I contacted Julius Bridal.and showed them the dress asking if they could make a knockoff of it for me. They said they'd make it for $700 or $800. More than what I originally planned on paying but way less than the Maggie cost from a salon.
My mom and sister flipped out on me telling me it was not worth it to chance having a gown copied like this. Especially by an online store. I started researching these type of sites. You need to be really careful, because they advertise their gowns as though they are actually the designer's dress...but in reality, they are creating a copy of it...not selling you the designer's actual gown. And they do it for anywhere from $250 to $800. Sounds great, right?
I read lots of positive reviews about Julius Bridal and felt okay with asking them to make it. Spoke with their representative and she told me that it turns out they had just recently made a copy of my exact gown for someone else. So she e-mailed me pictures.
This was the SaBelle gown by Maggie Sottero:
And these were the pics they sent me of their 'copy' of this gown:
My advice: If you're thinking of buying online, don't! At least not if you want an extravagant, detailed type of gown. Interpretation is almost always lost in communication. Have you ever checked out the site Cake Wrecks? They should have one for gowns!