Real-Life Horror Stories From 'Custom' Wedding Gown and Bridesmaid Dress Websites

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If you've spent any time trawling the Web for a wedding gown or bridesmaid dresses, you've likely come across a site that offers up hundreds of seriously breathtaking styles, ready to be created just for you after you send in your measurements. A "This is too good to be true!" feeling likely passes your brain (or should) because, well, it is. Plenty of reviews exist on the various sites, but they can read like a mixed bag. Some women are pleased with what arrived and others are spitting mad, upset that the dress looks nothing like what was promised or fits poorly.

Knock Off Nightmares is your spot for real-talk and real-girl posts about experiences and dresses received (they're "dedicated to showing consumers the reality of ordering their formal wear online"). The website includes a section for shoppers to share their stories, and disreputable sites are collected in one page to help prospective buyers.

Ready to see some offenders?

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Photo: Courtesy of Knock Off Nightmares via Facebook

scammed wedding dress

Photo: Courtesy of Knock Off Nightmares via Facebook

scammed wedding dress

Photo: Courtesy of Knock Off Nightmares via Facebook

INSANE, right? Beyond collecting experiences online, people are working to do something about these shady sites too. The American Bridal and Prom Industry Association (ABPIA) has actively worked to shut down approximately 5,000 counterfeit sites, with the domain names then switching over to ABPIA ownership. It's good news, but the very best weapon comes courtesy of us would-be shoppers. Don't be tempted to try any sites that feel off or promise something for a price that's clearly too low. Share this post too, and if you have friends hunting for gowns, point them toward Knock Off Nightmares (because on top of it all, it's got some OMG-worthy stuff).

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