Written on: 09/01/2013 by JenSmc (1 review written)
When I floated the idea of getting my wedding dress made for me abroad and ordering it on the web all of my friends said, "DON'T DO IT!!!"
They told me that I was going to be ripped off, that the dress wouldn't fit, and showed me numerous horror stories about brides whose wedding had been ruined by shoddy workmanship, late delivery, or had simply lost the money.
This was all very well, but negative stories are only part of it, because there are also lots of brides who order online and not only have a great dress, but save money too!
I was doing a search for wedding dress makers, and came across ads for outerinner on google.
I saw that they already had quite a number of good reviews, (some not so good too, but mainly good), which was comforting.
Money was, and is, an issue for us, so I thought that if we were able to save money in different ways at the wedding we'd have more to put towards a deposit on our flat.
First I contacted them by email, and even though they're in Hong Kong they replied in English and tried to help me. They even sent me pictures of the little fabric colour swatches to show me the difference between white and ivory chiffon (I went for the ivory). They even suggested ordering a dress based on my measurements, because it would be less likely to need any alterations.
So far so good I thought.
I went on to get pictures of the dress I wanted as they'd already made it before, so it was really good to see it for real and not just on a screen.
Finally I paid by credit card, and I asked HSBC if my payment would be safe and what would happen if I lost the money, and they said paying by credit card was secure and that if it was a fraud my payment would be protected. That shut up my friends, even though they still maintained that the dress would be poor quality.
They kept in touch with me and let me know when to expect the dress (I arranged so that it came about a month before my wedding in case alterations were needed), and when I finally tried it on...gosh, I couldn't stop welling up!
It was just perfect, and all of the stress of waiting and worrying just kind of came out as it was so beautiful.
Bear in mind that I'd seen similar dresses locally and they were at least £600 or more, so to pay around a third was just amazing!
To all of the brides out there reading this, go for it! Outerinner didn't let me down, and I just couldn't have been happier with my perfect dress and its price :)