We are doing a happy dance over here at Gateway Bridal & Prom because we finally get to share this gorgeous styled wedding shoot featuring our beaded sheath wedding dress, the Despina gown, at the White Willow Reception Center! So many incredible Utah wedding vendors came together for this styled wedding shoot and it came together so beautifully!
Our Despina gown is a lovely pop over bridal dress with a sheath fit and delicate beaded. Perfect for your spring or summer wedding.
The gorgeous venue was White Willow Reception Center. How yummy is that light over the incredible tablescape set up by some amazing vendors (scroll down for the complete list)!
Every little detail is absolute perfection, from the draping florals to the intricately etched glassware.
These dripping candles are so romantic. And we swoon.
This White Willow Reception Center styled wedding shoot was such a pleasure to be a part of! Check out these amazing Utah wedding vendors who made it possible!
Elyse Alexandria Photography
(Las Vegas, NV)
Blushing Rose Florals
Table & Chairs Rentals:
Gateway Bridal & Prom** (UVB Vendor!)
Hair & Makeup:
Alyssa Hall Makeup Artistry
White Willow Reception Center
Platters & Candlesticks:
Utah Vintage Rentals
Tono & Co.
So you are engaged, yay! Congrats! Now it's time for the fun stuff: planning and shopping. If you are like most brides, you are working with some kind of a budget. Of course, you want to get as much of your dream wedding as you can out of that budget, so you naturally want to look around for great deals. You get online and search for "cheap wedding dresses" and suddenly, you find yourself with a huge list of websites advertising absolutely gorgeous gowns for $100-$200, with great reviews! STOP! Before you buy, let's chat.
"But GUYS," you may say, "These dresses are beautiful! They look exactly like the dresses my local bridal shop carries for 10% of the cost!"
We know. But they aren't the same, we promise. If we had a dollar for every sobbing bride who has come into our shop who has ordered their wedding dress online from a so-called "wholesale" supplier to save money, we would be as rich as Midas.
Have you ever heard the saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is?" Nowhere is this more applicable than discounted online wedding dresses from China.
Many Chinese wedding dress websites claim they are "wholesalers." They claim to use the same designers, fabrics, and patterns as the actual dress designers. They don't. Designers don't sell or give their patterns to discount wedding dress sellers in China. They just don't. And they don't use the same materials. The materials used to create a true designer wedding dress you see at your local bridal shop are expensive and high quality. In fact, the true materials themselves actually cost a lot more than these discount online stores are selling the whole dress for! The photos they are using to advertise these "wholesale" designer" dresses are, more often than not, taken off a designers website without permission. We can't tell you how many times we have found our own dresses and photos from our photo shoots on these sites.
Because these Chinese wedding dress suppliers don't have the actual patterns and don't use high quality materials, you will not get the dress in the picture. And it will not be the right size. Even if you put in your exact measurements, things tend to get lost in translation. Literally. But don't take it from us! Andrea from "The Pink Bride" shares her own personal story of ordering a wedding dress online from China. It was advertised as a wholesale Maggie Sottero dress. Here is a side by side example of what the picture showed and her in her actual dress.
Yeah. A bit different. The bust and skirt were two different shades of white. There were no cute buttons or sparkly embellishments. The lace was frayed and the flower design looked like a craft project.
I also personally helped a friend about 8 years ago buy a dress online from China (sorry, I didn't know any better). I wish I had pictures to show you. We could have fit 3 friends in one dress. The alteration costs were astronomical just so she could wear the ugly thing!
I did a few quick searches for some of our favorite vendors here at Gateway, Casablanca Bridal and Allure Bridals. I added "discount" to the beginning of my search and voila! Here are a few that came up:
Guys, I promise. Those are not going to look like the pictures. Notice the "Wholesale?"
Shipping from China is a bit of a black hole. And it's expensive. So imagine how much of that $114 dress is actually going to shipping. Also, your dress will be crammed into an itty bitty box to save on shipping costs. But that isn't even the worst part. There is no tracking information. It can take months for your dress to actually ship. Then once it leaves, you just hope and pray it shows up in time (if at all). Sometimes the entire website shuts down after you order and you never see the dress (yes, believe us, we have heard all the stories).
We hope we have successfully dissuaded you from buying a wedding dress online from China. You will never get the same quality, designs, styles, and personalized service that you get from your local bridal shop. So when you are looking for ways to cut costs on your big day, shop local! You may be surprised at how reasonably priced you can find a dress at a bridal salon near you. Shop sample sales! Shop in stock products instead of special order. We promise, you won't regret it!
Did you know Gateway Bridal has been around over 16 years? We are so proud that we have been a part of 12,000 Happily Ever Afters and Counting! Our brides consistently say the personalized experience, huge selection of wedding dresses from strapless to modest, and amazing customer service are some of the things that make us sparkle. But don't take our word for it! We have some of our Real Bride testimonials here on the blog for you today!
The Dress: "Violetta"
The Dress: "Roslyn"
The Dress: "Joleen"
"I bought your Joleen dress. It was the first dress I laid eyes on and also the first dress I tried on. It was love at first sight!"
The Dress: "Austen"
The Dress: "Waverly"
The Dress: "Heathcliff"
We would love to help YOU with your Happily Ever After! Shop online or make a personalized bridal appointment here!