The Wedding Planner Magazine

Charlottesville 5-2

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM 39 rials look just that, and if you add poor workmanship on top, you get a hideous garment. The manufacturing cost of a fake gown may also be very low due to labor rates abroad, and few workers protections. Many good designers also produce in their own factories and uphold American-style standards. Other factories have high levels of competence and produce for some of the biggest and most well-known brands. They are in hot demand be- cause of their expertise. They make the gowns to the specifi- cations of each designer, using the exact fabrics and beading that the designer has requested. The sewing on a poor quality gown is frequently pretty dreadful. I have seen gowns where the embellishment is com- pletely off-center. Seams may not be straight, hems lop-sided, linings and crinoline not present at all. A gown must have the necessary internal structure to make it wearable. Several weeks after she left my store, I had a phone call from Janice asking whether I still had her gown. She had or- dered from a website she believed was in New York, supply- ing detailed measurements. When her order arrived, it did not fit in any way, shape or form, and there was no crinoline. On trying to get her money back, she had to make multiple late night calls to Beijing. If you have a limited budget please call a bridal store, ask their price ranges and whether they have a sale sec- tion. If your budget affords you a regular gown, but you are concerned about being smart enough to get the best deal possible, please remember that you get what you pay for. A quality product costs money to produce and the market is competitive, which is all good news for the consumer. Happy shopping! Jennie wearing a gown purchased over the internet in 2015 Embellishment off-center, puckered seaming, stitches showing, unevenly placed plastic sequins

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