The dress arrived THREE days before my wedding (order placed on Feb 10, 2014, and it was delivered on Mar 11 for my wedding on Mar 14). It almost did not make it.
The dress was folded and well packaged in a box, that comes with a thin plastic pink full cover of zipper for the dress. This is a plus for me to bring my dress in the trip.
1. Order early and save at least 1.5 - 2 months in advance to your wedding.
I kept close contact with the customer service, with several messages back and forth. I have to admit that during the waiting I was kind of frustrated by the order process.... I had to use "complaint" ticket to get them back to me. But overall the customer service representatives were correct about the date of delivery date (they replied me that it would arrive Mar 10). With a day delay, I was so anxious waiting for the dress and other accessaries. But they did make it on Mar 11, so overall i am satisfy about their service.
My Advise: sister, really save extra days, like 2 months in advance, to order your dress. I feel it took them quite a while to finish the dress, even though it is a standard plus size (not custom measurement). I believe they make dresses from scratch when they get an order, instead of storing all sizes in warehouse. Maybe this is not much an issue if you are a standard size women, which they may have some pre-made in storage?
2. Good quality semi-formal dress.
The Chiffon fabric of the dress looks really good in quality. No cheap made feeling. It is thick enough for me in a early spring in San Francisco. Of course you will need a light color cape/Shawl to go with it, if you want to cover up some shoulder line / upper arm. I wore a beautiful white shawl bought at mall the whole time, a lightly unfortunately it covered the belt and waist line a little bit. Lightinthebox does not have many options for wide shoulder bride, so maybe order a very long Chiffon shawl to go with it. I ordered http://www.lightinthebox.com/Chiffon-Bridal-Jacket--Wedding-Wrap--54227-_p157388.html which is 160cm in length that I did not use, cause it is still a bit short for me (5 feet 6 inch wide shoulder me).
3. Maybe you should still go with custom made measurement.
I found that the dress is at a longer side to me, 5 feet 6 inch tall for 16W size. You can see the pictures I uploaded, that the end of the skirt is almost at my ankle. This length works for me for my small scale wedding ceremony, so I am fine with it. But if you are looking forward for the length that looks like the model (in the middle of the calf), you should pay a bit extra for custom made so the tailor can adjust to your height (state this request in your order too). This is just my guess.
Overall I recommend this beautiful dress to anyone who does not need a big luxurious tail for their wedding dress.