I understand about THE DRESS. I found THE DRESS and it was over $3,000, which was a third of my budget. I think it is absurd to pay that kind of price on a dress that you are going to wear one day. You are planning for a marriage, not a wedding. The wedding is just the fun party to kick off a lifetime of joy. So get over it. If you want that dress - get it. Sure, it's a replica. You and whoever else you told will know it's a replica, but how many of your guests are haute couture designers? My guess is very few, if any. So buy that beautful gown that you had your heart set on... as long as you give yourself enough time. My wedding is in November and I wanted to buy this Lazaro gown that I fell in love with. I decided that I would go ahead and take a chance on this website. I knew that I was going to get a replica, but I didn't care too much. Like I said, only I really know that it's a replica and it still looks fabulous. The only difference is the beading and they make up for it with other fabulous details like the lace underlay peeking from the bottom of the silk skirt. I was quite surprised at how much I love this detail. Anyway, I made a custom order (meaning I picked a dress that was similar to the one I had my heart set on and sent them pictures of the difference) in February and told them that my wedding was in June. They told me that my dress would come by the end of April. The service reps were very helpful and detailed. They answered every question that I had. I planned to follow up with them twice and by the time I could follow up the second time, my dress had been shipped. It took them 4 days to ship it from China and it came in a month earlier than I was quoted.I'm not saying that some people don't have horror stories to tell about these dresses, but just remember - when you order your dress, from that boutique that raises the price of your dress everytime it switches hands, it too is coming from China. Designer gowns are just not mass produced in the United States anymore.