Today’s post will be about TBDress.com, a China based formal and wedding dress online shop. This will be a super long post, so stay with me and read on if you want to find out more.
When I first started looking at wedding dresses, there was this one site that kept on popping on Pinterest called WeddingDressBee.net likely in an effort to confuse you with the popular weddingbee.com. I really liked both the prices and the styles offered on the site and then randomly stumbled on TBDress.com. They had a lot of similar styles but I found the price and selection was quite a bit better.
After browsing through the site for about 3 days, and attempt to pin the ones I liked to Pinterest (due to some complains of spam Pinterest won’t actually let me pin any of the links?), I chose a style and paid for the dress.
So this is the dress I bought. Yea, cheap right? These are the original pictures offered on the site as to how the dress looks.
… and the panic started when I spotted this lovely gem on Pinterest. While the list doesn’t specifically talk about TB Dress, it seems like all similar Chinese run sites were scams. My heart just sank. What was I going to do about my wedding dress (which at the time was just under 2 months away)? How was I going to get my money back (probably never see it again)? I did have the foresight to pay via PayPal instead of straight through my credit card. The hope was that PayPal can help dispute and return the money to me if I never received the goods. I have never been successful at doing this previously when I used eBay but hopefully the system has improved since then, since my girlfriend swears by it.
My second bought of panic came when I stupidly realized the dress isn’t quite the empire waist I had originally hoped. This was my own fault however as the title on the listing CLEARLY said “Mermaid”. So somehow I was going to have to squeeze my large ass and wide hips into the mermaid silhouette.
So in my attempt to suppress my panic I started Googling TBDress.com reviews. BAD IDEA. Not only did it not quell my anxiety about never getting the dress, it only made it worse after reading forum after forum of pissed brides complaining how bad the dress was or how they never received the dress. However, if you go to the 1st link and scroll down to post #29 & #36, the only reviews where there are pictures to backup their claims are also the positive ones. Now I’m beginning to think while it’s just likely that the good ones are few and far in between, how come none of the bad reviews have a picture supplied? There are plenty of people complaining about the poor quality of the dress supplied, how come none of them have bothered to upload a picture to backup their claim? Sure poor craftsmanship may not come through a picture, but that one lady who claimed the dress came with burn marks (post #13) surely will show without issue?
So I decided to wait patiently and just see how this played out. My only wish at this point was to receive the dress before the big day. Then, once I receive it I will try and rescue whatever crap I may have received. Trying to stay extremely positive from the 2 good reviews I found with pictures.
They advertised a processing time of 10-15 calendar days and a shipping time of 2-8 calendar days from payment confirmation. So that’s a total of 23 calendar days.
June 14 (Fri) – Order was played on June 14th and a payment confirmation was sent to me via email.
June 19 (Wed) – Received an email advising me my dress is now “in production” (as if they actually make these to order… lol. I’m cheap, not stupid).
July 2 (Tue) – Received email advising my dress has now been shippped and was provided a tracking number.
July 9 (Tue) – Order received
If anyone doesn’t believe these dates, I have the original emails that I can screen print and show you. But here is a screen print of the tracking. I’ve only blocked out part of the numbers for privacy reasons. But I’m a real person. You can find me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to ping me on any of these places. My username is the same on everything: SijiaW.
That makes 26 total calendar days (including the day of the order and receipt), and 18 total business days from order to receipt. That’s less than a month time. 13 business days from purchase to delivery and 6 days in transit. Not bad at all, especially for a place claiming every dress was made to order. I tend to think that local bridal shops are MUCH slower considering anywhere I’ve read about wedding planning tells me to get my dress 6 months to a year ahead of time?? Compared to their advertised 23 days? Pretty damn close.
As you can see from the tracking above, the dress came out of Su Zhou, which if you don’t already know is actually a HUGE textile center in China. They’re famed for their silks and brocade cloth. So I told myself to have faith, it’ll only be a few days more to wait and I’ll make the judgement when the product gets here.
And now, it’s here!
I have to admit, I was quite a bit disappointed in the packaging. I thought it would at least come in one of those flat gift box looking boxes. But no, it came in a standard shipping bag.
And when you open that you get another plastic bag, with a tag that indicates your order number and on the back size tells you how to take care of your dress. That’s really it. No real useful info.
And here is what it looks like on a hanger. I’m rather impressed by the quality at this point. Especially given the amount of whining and complaining exhibited on the forums. The beading were done nicely and I’m not sure if the color is really as ivory as I ordered it but whatever. No loose beads or anything. On some parts of the tulle you can see the stitching but c’mon, it’s tulle, that shit is see through. I suppose they could have used invisible (plastic) thread but whatever. And honestly, it’s quite close to the picture.
And here is the back of the dress. The lacing you see wasn’t laced, it came attached to one of those loops inside the garment that you would normally use to keep your dress on the hanger. So if the lacing looks like shit, that’s me, not the dress maker’s fault. I have to say the lacing could’ve been a bit higher quality as the seams where it was stitched wasn’t ironed at the same spot along the length of the lace so you will definitely see the stitching. Again, not a huge issue for me as you clearly can’t see this on the picture.
Here’s just a close up picture of some of the beading. The stitching on the pedals could be a little tighter and not so gappy but for intents and purpose, it was fine.
Here is where I found the biggest issue. This piece of tulle is part of the outter layer and it’s part of the train. So, obviously sloppy work. Nothing a pair of scissors can’t fix in half a second. Frankly, my cat can do more damage in less time. Plus, given how clumsy I am, I am more likely to step on the train and rip that thing off the bodice altogether than notice this actual flaw.
There are also a few lose threads that weren’t attached to anything but once again, nothing a quick snip wouldn’t fix.
And DRUM ROLL please!!!
Yup, this is me in it. And my cat is starring at the train with insatiable desire to scratch the shit out of it. Don’t mind the mess in the kitchen. We’re summer cleaning for tomorrow’s TV shoot so all the furniture and crap is being moved around. Resulting in couches in front of my dishwasher making it inaccessible.
So, I’m no 6 foot 1 super model who weights all of 90 pounds with 8 inch heels. I’m about 5 foot 3 and I weight approximately 130lbs. In this picture I’m wearing a pair of 5 inch heels and the dress I ordered is a size 4. No I didn’t get a custom size as the size 4 was really close to my measurements. Although, after trying it on I do wish I had gotten it a little bigger in the hips.
As you can see, besides the length of the dress and that I look a bit thick around the waist, there is no real issue. There’s no one to help me pull the train and pose it in a nice full circle since the fiance decided it was bad luck for him to see me in the dress before the wedding day and threw a fit when I insisted on trying it on and left the apartment. I got into and out of and posed this all by myself while avoiding my cat’s inevitable attack.
So my final conclusion:
1. Don’t believe everything you read on the review forums. I’m not sure if they’re just bridezillas, or just pissed off bridal shops out to slander these super cheap Chinese dress makers. But at 10% of the cost of what it would have been at a bridal store, this was well worth it, especially for a dress that I will only wear once.
2. Be skeptical when you see bad reviews with no pictures to back up the claims. I know people take their wedding super serious and wants to spend 10s and hundreds of thousands of dollars on their one special day. Shit, if you can afford it, go for it! It is your day! Then don’t buy a dress online. Take your 28 girlfriends and make yourself 20 appointments at bridal shops around town and do that “Say Yes to the Dress” thing. I think it will be fun. Personally, my budget on the wedding was $1,000. In total. Including the marriage license, venue and commissioner. Yup. You read that right. One Thousand. So far, I have not exceeded this budget and I really don’t plan to. If I had another $1,000 I’d travel my ass and not waste it on a dress. Plus I didn’t start planning the wedding till 5 months until the day cus I’m lazy and I like to procrastinate. That’s just me and that’s how I made my decisions. Albeit I panicked a lot when I read the other reviews so I wrote this one to hopefully ease your wedding planning stress if you do choose to go the online shopping route.
3. I probably won’t bother dry cleaning and preserving this thing like some of these other brides and trying to pass it down to my kids for when they get married or for when I renew my vows. Why bother? So I can look back an remember how much less fat I was when I got married? Why do that to myself? It will only make me depressed. Not that I’m planning on getting super fat post wedding, but it’s somewhat inevitable as my metabolism slows down and pregnancy occurs. Plus, if I wanted to renew my vows, I want the chance to buy a new dress. Cus, why the hell not. Kids wise, seriously? I’m counting on my kids to have the same taste in clothing as I do? Not a chance. I let them suffer the dress picking process all on their own thank you very much.
4. If you have previously bought from TBDress.com and would like to share your pictures, please do comment below. I’d love to see them whether good or bad. If they were bad, I am very sorry for your experience. Personally, my experience has been positive. I can’t say that I will use them again, but this time it was positive.