To Our Valued Customers,
In recent years, we have noticed a growing problem online with websites using our copyrighted photos to sell 'knockoffs' of the Christian Expressions Collection® and other well known manufacturers of First Communion Dresses, Flower Girl and Christening Apparel and veils. We have found numerous sites using our own photos as well as other manufacturers and have taken action to have these sites removed from the major search engines.
How do you protect yourself?
1. If the online price is very low, its probably a knockoff using a legitimate company's photos. Remember, if it's too good to be true, it usually is. It is impossible for legitimate retailers to price high quality apparel at such low prices.
2. Always check where the company is based. Most of these sites are located in China.
3. Our products will ALWAYS have our logo shown in the description. Never purchase from a site that omits the designer name (some of these companies even use the designers' name so proceed with caution)
Why you should avoid these websites
1. We have heard countless horror stories of products not arriving at all, leaving you and your child without a first communion dress for your special day or the first communion dress arrives severely defective and the overseas company does nothing to remedy the problem; leaving you stuck with an unwearable first communion dress and out your hard-earned money
2. You are exposing your credit card information to people overseas
3. These Chinese websites shut down for Chinese New Year (mid January-mid February) which means your first communion dress will not even begin processing until this holiday ends
3. Products are probably not CPSIA Tested for lead and phthalates (see our test results below)
Why Choose FirstCommunions.com
We have a REAL STORE! WE STOCK OUR FIRST COMMUNION DRESSES/VEILS/ACCESSORIES We stock thousands of first communion dresses and first communion veils year round in a variety of lengths and sizes (while supplies last). Each first communion dress will indicate in the product description the current availability (inventory changes very quickly so we may need to notify you of any changes). In stock dresses usually ship in 1 day.
Our Showroom is open to the public. Our Rhode Island store is conveniently located just one hour south of Boston and 3 1/2 hours from New York City. Take a look at some of our store photos from our Facebook page
Free Shipping On Exchanges (within USA) 50% shipping on international exchanges We allow exchanges on most products. Most online companies are final sales Please review our return policy here
Worldwide Shipping We ship worldwide via US Postal Service. Please note, that international orders will ship when all items are available. If purchasing gift items, jewelry, rosary beads or first communion favors, additional processing time will be required as we order from our suppliers as needed. Food items cannot ship outside the United States. Christian Expressions LLC reserves the right to refuse any order we deem fraudulent. '
Professional Photos-Our online photos are professionally photographed using REAL people (not mannequins) . This allows you to see the first communion dress/veil in different angles and allows you to see how it will look on your child.
We do not mass produce our apparel-Christian Expressions Collection® is offered only to our approved online stores. We do not allow every website or store to sell our merchandise. We believe in limiting our designs to fewer companies This ensures that your child will not be wearing the same first communion dress as another child and avoids cheapening the line.
Other online stores uses suppliers to drop ship their merchandise. Is that bad? YES! Most online stores stock nothing or very little. They depend on third party suppliers/manufacturers to ship your order directly to you. Why is this bad? Because when you place your order, you do not know if the first communion dress/veil is out of stock or even discontinued. If you need to exchange for a different style or size, you have no idea if it is available. FirstCommunions.com and our partner sites stocks thousands of first communion and christening dresses, first communion veils, first communion accessories and first communion gifts in our fulfillment center. We offer a 99% same day fill rate. If you do require a different size/style, simply return using the exchange form in your shipping box (or print from our website) and we will ship your exchange in 1-2 business days of receiving it. We even pay the ground shipping to send exchange to you! We use a state of the art system to ship and handle exchanges.
Quality Merchandise-Quality Storage-The moment our dresses arrive to our fulfillment center from our factory, it is carefully boxed and labeled in a shipping box and stored in our fulfillment center which protects your first communion dress and greatly reduces error. This ensures that you receive a clean, new dress. When purchasing from a store, first communion dresses are hung on a rack, handled by customers, tried on by numerous people. Our strict return policy ensures that every item being returned has never been worn ensuring each customer is receiving a brand new dress.
Christian Expressions® DOES NOT use overseas call centers where the representative speaks little english and has no knowledge of our product.Our company is located in the United States and our staff is also located in the USA. We are able to assist you 7 days a week. Emails are returned promptly and we answer every inquiry and concern efficiently and in a timely manner.
CPSIA Tested. Our first communion dresses, first communion veils and first communion accessories are tested for lead and phthalates as required by law. See our test results below
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