When you’re considering purchasing a discounted designer gown, ask “how” they are able to slash prices. Be suspicious if the bridal boutique is unable to allow you to try on a sample of the designer’s gowns; this is a major red flag that they may not be an authorized retailer. If you neglect to be informed, it is very likely you will be disappointed too.
If a salon is not an authorized dealer of the designer, they might not even sell you a dress made by the designer, but a “knock-off” without disclosing this fact to you. Most knock–offs arrive in a different color, an imperfect pattern, or an inferior fabric. If a bridal shop is willing to promise you an exact duplicate of your dream dress at a huge savings, trust that little voice inside your head saying… “You know better!”
Here is a link to the original article where the above photo was found: http://www.replicagowns.blogspot.com/2011/03/sad-knockoff-story.html
Here are links to more information on this topic by:
Maggie Sottero also has warnings posted on their website: http://www.maggiesottero.com/brides_beware.aspx
Morilee has posted warnings on their website as well: http://www.morilee.com/beware
By Anna Novak, Kathryn’s Bridal & Dress Shop, McHenry, IL
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