Last year, before becoming a BSB guest blogger, I found the post 6 Ways to Get Your Wedding Dress for Less! which offered great advice for making the most of my wedding dress budget. For our $10K wedding I knew the dress was one area a great savings could be made and this was how I came to my decision to buy mine wedding dress online and not at a traditional bridal shop.
With a $300 dress budget and roughly $100 set aside for any last minute alterations I knew the dress was achievable with patience. I needed to find an amazing in-store sale, last call clearance rack, or something more unconventional. On Mother's Day my Mom & I went dress shopping to try on gowns for my first time; we did not find the dress, but we at least found a shape complimentary to my body type. I shopped once with my girlfriends while visiting Chicago which was a total bust. Mom and I shopped locally on two other occasions once I was back in California, but nothing was quite right. My online search for finding a deal took me back to the BSB post about ways to get your dress for less and with that hint I began looking for reputable internet retailers. I ended up finding JJ's house, which is where my search ended in success!
Personal Testimony – Two friends of mine, who also recently planned their destination weddings, both purchased their dresses here and were smitten over their selections! I found their personal testimony gave me the confidence and trust I needed to buy online without fear or regret.
Variety – They have quite a large inventory of dresses for all occasions. Almost all of the dresses are customizable for color and/or size. Some popular color choices I had in mind for my wedding dress were Ivory, White, Blushing Pink, or Champagne. This alternative party dress comes in shades of Grape, Lilac, Fuchsia, and Lavender for that pop of color.
Description– Not only does JJs House offer clear descriptions of their products, but they offer multiple model images, including plus sizes. They include true measurements of the dress models for reference. They also have unbeatable shipping rates up to 75% off, and the ordering process is very clear. Check out this very helpful measuring chart. Thank goodness for friends who tailor & Moms who measure!
And lastly, Price! – Undoubtedly the main reason I wanted to buy online came down to sheer value of my dress budget. In my experience shopping for the dress, online retailers won out over bridal shops.
A little hesitation remains in the back of my mind since the dress is in production for my April wedding and I will not try it on for one more month. Oh well, with the money I saved us buying my dress online I’ll be able to stylize my complete wedding day look with glam hair & new make-up, or perhaps buy myself a second dress for another grand night out with Chuck in Las Vegas. Here’s a sneak peek of my dress, I’m obviously the same size as the model… 😉
The dress combines all my favorite features for an outdoor garden ceremony & I plan on blinging it out for our purple glam theme. Mom & I are beyond excited to see it soon and I’m nervous to even ask but…
How was your dress shopping experience? Did you choose to buy online and love it or hate it upon arrival?