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New bride

helloo! 

Im getting married in November 2019!

I've always wanted to get married in a red gown. My bridesmaids will be in black. (not very traditional but we are an odd pair)

how do I go about shopping for a red wedding dress? I only ever see white ones in shop windows. Is it possible to find one that I like and have it made in red?

Ive no idea where to start!

Bridezilla

Depending on what you want, you'll probably have more luck if you get something made, or have a Google for alternative wedding dress shops. 

 I got married in dark green and had a lady who does theatrical and historical costumes make it. Absolutely loved the whole process! Cost depends on materials and how complicated the design is, but a good maker will help you through it all. 

New bride

Would it be a good idea to try on dresses to find a style that I like first? And how do I go about finding the right dress maker?

Bridezilla

Don't look 4 a "wedding dress", shop 4 a ballgown/evenin dress or look at bridesmaid dresses 

Bridezilla

Yes totally agree or a prom dress.

My cousin wore a red wedding dress and looked stunning 

Xx

Wedding addict

Ring around a few shops and ask, look at designer websites and see if they do any colour options, look at prom dress shops or try on 'regular' dresses to find the style and shape and either dye or get a newsmaker to do similar :)

Wedding addict

I’ve also considered a red wedding dress, so would love to hear suggestion. However I’ve also contemplated purple and blue..... anything but a shade of white really 

Bridezilla

I wore a purple dress to my wedding so I'm all for non traditional dresses   I was toying with a black and red theme at my wedding too but it would have clashed with my husband's purple and navy tartan.

I know a lot of people are scared about buying dresses online but it would probably be one of your best bets. I've never had a bad experience buying formal dresses online. I even bought a white one on Amazon for my wedding just to see how it looked and to make sure I was sure white wasn't my thing. Only cost £60 and you'd think it cost hundreds! Either look up red prom dress or bridesmaids dress for yourself as a search on red wedding dresses probably won't return many results. Going into a bridal gown store is a good idea to try on dresses to see what shape and styles you like and will make the dress hunt overall easier for you 

 

Since prom season is nearly over, you may find discounted prom dresses both online and in shops. Also check charity shops! I actually got my purple wedding dress in one years before the wedding and the wedding was the first time I got to wear it since I was never out anywhere formal enough to wear it before that lol.

Bridezilla

Agree with above - go and try on dresses (I picked the poshest shop I could find for this and tried not to feel too guilty...), see what shapes suit you,you may be surprised at what you find out! 

As to finding dress makers - mine was by word of mouth, but it might be worth trying to find similar styles on etsy, and seeing if there is a maker on there local to you. They often do custom designs anyway, and if you pick someone near you can go for fittings etc easily. Mine was in London if that's useful for you - Christina Dettmers http://www.nehelenia.de/

 

New bride

I like red too,you could custom your own dress on line, according to your preferences,such as fabric, color, size,etc, it doesn't cost much too.

Wedding addict

My best friend wore a bright purple dress to her wedding, and she got it from a traditional bridal shop. They offered a dye service, usually for bridesmaid dresses, but they did it for her dress. It might be worth asking at some of the local bridal shops.

New bride

I know Vera Wang has colored wedding dress, you can check it.

And also you can find one favorite, then ask custom made into red color, you can ask free color and size custom service from kissprom.co.uk

Bridezilla

Liancarlo does some stunning red wedding dresses, as does Vera Wang and a few others. Unfortunately, they aren't typically the designs carried in stock. They are also incredibly pricey designers.  

I would tackle the situation twofold; one, def do try on (white) wedding dresses in general to see what styles you like and what flatters your figure. Two, find a formalwear store that does stock red gowns in general to make sure you love the colour red on you and figure out what shade (there are a million shades of red). Once you have the style and shade decided upon, I would consider having a dress made. Made-to-order actually isn't as expensive as it would seem. You can find reviews for good seamstresses online (or start a thread on here asking for referrals in your area).

Whatever you do, don't google search red wedding dresses.  You will be bombarded with all of the garbage from the Chinese-based sites.  Great looking dresses (in the pictures) that take months to arrive and look NOTHING like what you ordered...

Bridezilla

Elz2017 wrote (see post):

Depending on what you want, you'll probably have more luck if you get something made, or have a Google for alternative wedding dress shops. 

 I got married in dark green and had a lady who does theatrical and historical costumes make it. Absolutely loved the whole process! Cost depends on materials and how complicated the design is, but a good maker will help you through it all. 

I was curious about your dress as I love dark green.  Did you ever post a pic of it anywhere?  Would you mind sharing?

Bridezilla

I got my dress online, from a China based website and it was gorgeous. Really well made, was fully lined and boned. Everyone commented on it, including the seamstress, and you'd never in a million years think it cost £107. They do lots of designs to order and you simply select colour before checkout. I wouldnt rule it out, or be scared off it. If you pay by credit card you have an extra level of insurance. I think lots of wedding dresses are made in China and then shipped to UK for 'finishing', so all you are doing is cutting out the middle man and saving yourself a bucket load of money which can then be spent elsewhere

I would agree to try on shapes and colours first to narrow down what you want. Good luck!

Bridezilla

gill17 wrote (see post):

I got my dress online, from a China based website and it was gorgeous. Really well made, was fully lined and boned. Everyone commented on it, including the seamstress, and you'd never in a million years think it cost £107. They do lots of designs to order and you simply select colour before checkout. I wouldnt rule it out, or be scared off it. If you pay by credit card you have an extra level of insurance. I think lots of wedding dresses are made in China and then shipped to UK for 'finishing', so all you are doing is cutting out the middle man and saving yourself a bucket load of money which can then be spent elsewhere

 

You were one of the lucky ones. I wasn't so lucky. I ordered a dress from izidress and it was a disaster. All of the photos on their website were stolen/ unauthorized pictures; mine was a "Maggie Sottero" as it would turn out. It arrived half-finished, falling apart, and stained blue. It was made out of a polyester lining (that came up over the neckline and was only partially covered by "lace" in some areas) and the coarsest "lace".  It took months of arguing over email to get a refund, which only occurred when I threatened to report them as fraudulent to my credit card company.  I was literally without a dress with just a few months to go before my wedding.

I would not take chances and would shop local.

 

Bridezilla

KittyFiennes wrote (see post):
gill17 wrote (see post):

I got my dress online, from a China based website and it was gorgeous. Really well made, was fully lined and boned. Everyone commented on it, including the seamstress, and you'd never in a million years think it cost £107. They do lots of designs to order and you simply select colour before checkout. I wouldnt rule it out, or be scared off it. If you pay by credit card you have an extra level of insurance. I think lots of wedding dresses are made in China and then shipped to UK for 'finishing', so all you are doing is cutting out the middle man and saving yourself a bucket load of money which can then be spent elsewhere

 

You were one of the lucky ones. I wasn't so lucky. I ordered a dress from izidress and it was a disaster. All of the photos on their website were stolen/ unauthorized pictures; mine was a "Maggie Sottero" as it would turn out. It arrived half-finished, falling apart, and stained blue. It was made out of a polyester lining (that came up over the neckline and was only partially covered by "lace" in some areas) and the coarsest "lace".  It took months of arguing over email to get a refund, which only occurred when I threatened to report them as fraudulent to my credit card company.  I was literally without a dress with just a few months to go before my wedding.

I would not take chances and would shop local.

 

I don't think it's fair to dismiss me as simply lucky. I spent a lot of time researching it and was in constant contact with them before and during the order process. The site I used has real reviews including pictures. I'm sorry that you had a bad experience but you cannot write off all Chinese based companies on the experience of one. I have had bad experiences with UK companies on Etsy, poor quality work, items arrived damaged due to poor packaging, items not as described or pictured etc but I wouldnt then write off all UK Etsy companies based on those experiences. A lot of the clothes we buy are made in China, or Bangladesh or Pakistan, including 'top' brands like Jojo Maman Bebe. It says so clearly on all their labels. It's simple economics. Cheaper doesn't always mean poor quality, it just doesn't. I had about 2.5k on me in a boutique once and the fabric was so thin I could see straight through it. It was quite itchy also, and the stitching was shoddy. I don't think you should buy a cheap knock off, if it looks too good to be true then it probably is, if you want a certain designer such as Maggie Sottero then buy that designer, but buying a dress from China does not instantly mean a knock off. 

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