How to Avoid Counterfeit Wedding Dress Scams

If you’re in the market for a cheap designer wedding dress you may want to exercise caution. Wedding dress designers, bridal publications, websites, and bridal shops across the country are working together to spread the word about counterfeit wedding dress scams.

In the past couple of years many articles have been written about scams involving websites selling counterfeit wedding gowns.  The problem has reached such heights that it has even appeared on Good Morning America and Inside Edition.

Scammers lure brides in with the idea that they can have a designer wedding dress at a fraction the cost. Often the customer will first try on her dream dress at a brick and mortar bridal shop, and then she will search for the designer or the dress style number online.  This is where the problems begin.

Unethical online retailers have made a profitable business out of designer knock-offs. They offer brides what looks like a good opportunity in the moment — a designer dress at a very low cost. The problem is the dress isn’t designer and, of course, isn’t made with the same care as a designer dress. Brides have complained of seams falling apart, dresses being different from what they ordered, or not arriving at all, and online retailers who don’t stand by their product.

There are a few things you can do, however, to avoid buying a counterfeit wedding dress.

  • Visit a local bridal shop that specializes in designer wedding dresses to educate yourself about designers, styles, and prices.
  • Only use websites as a source of information. When it comes time to buy, do so in person.
  • If you’re looking at wedding gowns online to try to save money, try talking to a consultant at a bridal shop instead. There may be an upcoming sale you’re just not aware of yet.

For a complete list of websites known to have sold counterfeit gowns, visit Bridal Guide’s article on the subject Buyer Beware: Your Wedding Gown may Be Counterfeit if you Shop Online.