Friday, January 22, 2016

Brides Beware - Tips for Spotting Counterfeit Dresses

A very important item that factors into wedding planning is your budget.  Sometimes it is difficult to decide how much you should spend on each aspect of your wedding, and a wise bride is always on the lookout for a good deal.  One area that Angelus Bridal & Formals can advise you on is the importance of quality over a low price, especially when it comes to choosing your wedding gown.  

There are many unsavory people in the world that have no problem taking advantage of the excitement you are experiencing about getting married.  It can all be a bit overwhelming at times.  Counterfeit wedding dresses showing up on the market has become a big problem. Angelus Bridal & Formals is South Florida's most trusted bridal salon, and when you shop in our Pompano Beach wedding gown store you know that you are trying on real brand-name dresses from notable design houses.  

If you choose to look anywhere else because you heard about some really incredible prices that simply can't be beat, there are a few warning signs that you need to keep an eye out for.  This is especially true when you are shopping online and cannot physically check out the store and merchandise before purchasing.  Remember these red flags to save yourself from being fooled by a counterfeit dress.  

A deal that seems to good to be true.

We all know that amazing feeling when you find an incredible bargain, but that feeling doesn't last long if the item that was purchased falls apart immediately.  The rule of thumb is, if a designer wedding dress is discounted 50% or more, chances are it could be a knock-off.  The low prices are only possible because the craftsmanship and materials are of inferior quality.

A long string of unsatisfied customers.

Reviews can tell you a lot about a business and its products.  Nobody can please everybody 100% of the time, but if nearly every review that you read about a company is from an extremely unhappy customer, you should not shop with them.  Make sure that you are searching for reviews posted on a site that the company would not be able to plant false reviews on or hide the bad ones.  Wedding Wire and the Knot specialize in reviews for wedding vendors, and they make sure that they come directly from a customer. 

The store is not listed on the designer's website.

If a store or website is selling you a designer gown, then you should be able to find their name listed on the designer's website as an authorized dealer.  Contact the designer and double-check the facts if you have any questions at all.  If they have never heard of the company that is trying to sell you one of their dresses, then you will know that it is counterfeit.  

You cannot get answers to your questions.

If a retailer never answers their phone or emails, and if you cannot find important information like the return policy and guarantees, these are people that do not deserve your business.  Most of the time the reason that they will not contact you with answers is because they are trying to hide something.  

Some women might think that having a gown from the actual designer is not important, as long as it looks like the designer gown.  Here are a few scenarios that you are very likely to encounter if you choose to buy a counterfeit wedding dress. 

The dress you get looks nothing like the one you ordered.

There have been numerous cases of counterfeit dresses showing up made with incorrect materials, being the wrong color, and in some cases they weren't even the same style that was ordered.  

It falls apart when you put it on.

Counterfeit dresses do not use the high-quality materials that designer wedding gowns are made out of.  This is a big reason that they cost so much less.  These fake gowns may end up falling apart before you even get down the aisle.

The dress size is way off.

You shouldn't be surprised if a dress needs a small adjustment or two when it is ordered, but when you buy from retailers that are selling inferior product and are unresponsive to fixing problems, the dress that shows up for you may be so far off in size that it costs more to fix it than it did to buy it. 

The bottom line is, if a deal seems way too good to be true, then unfortunately, it probably is.  This is your warning to dig deeper, do some research, and find out if you really can trust the store that is offering you this unbelievable deal.  

You don't have to worry about any of that when you shop at our South Florida bridal gown store.  We offer only high-quality name brands that you can trust, and you will find Angelus Bridal & Formals listed on the designer's websites as an authorized dealer.  We offer the most fashionable attire at the lowest prices possible.  You won't need to go looking anywhere else after you visit our trusted wedding dress store in Pompano Beach.    


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