(Closed) David can go kick rocks!!!

posted 10 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I have an Alfred Angelo dress on order; it shipped on the 25th as promised, and so I’m happy so far.  My sister (MOH) is getting her dress from JCrew.

I found DB to be a weird combination of a total lack of service and a really hard sales push.  Plus the fabrics were cheap and the gowns were not well made.  Not only did I not go back, I ended up calling the store manager to tell her how unhappy I was about their use of my email and phone number for marketing.  Thank heavens it stopped after that conversation. 

They seem to me to cater mostly to people who either assume they don’t have the money to go elsewhere, or who like the no-frills approach – seriously, their dressing rooms were like Target.  It was 7 months before my wedding, but they kept telling me there was no way I could get a dress anywhere else in that time.  I would assume that they wanted you to find out your dress wasn’t available at the last minute, so that you would assume you had no other options, and they could sell you whatever they wanted.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

You should check out netbride.com, You could order all the dresses at once like I did. They give you a garentee date, and they are usually in way before that date. Mine came 2 months early. Also the prices are wayyyyyyy less than botiques, and they are the exact same dresses from the manufacturer. All you have to do is have your bridesmaids use the measuring chart and then order the size. It worked great for me with all the out of state bridesmaids.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Sorry I just wanted to add I got Bill Levkoff dresses shipped for 130 when the boutiques said they were at least 200 and wouldn’t come in on time.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

as a bridesmaid, we had a TERRIBLE experience with david’s bridal. so much so that i wrote a complaint letter [we did buy our dresses there but was not happy to be giving the commission to the sales lady who was our main issue – but we were so exasperated with the entire process that we just wanted to be done] to both the president of the company and the store manager explaining the dissatisfaction and how i will not be returning to any david’s bridal in the future. even after being plied with discounts on alterations and other stuff, i still haven’t gone back. though it’s sad when you still end up getting alterations done for cheaper than the offered discount.

so for my future wedding, thanks to weddingbee, i’ll be going other boutiques to find bridesmaid dresses and then buying them online. so much easier. maybe you can pick a designer and then find out where they are sold in the areas your bridesmaids are located and then have them go and try them on to see what size they need, and then buy on line. i believe a few of the bees have done this option.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Thats exactly what my other bridesmaids did went to other salons and tried them on. It also helped them apprieate how much of a deal I got online when they saw the salon’s prices. LOL.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I had no problem with DB.  I got my dress from them and the salesperson was great.  She was helping a couple of other brides at the same time, but I felt like it was good service.

My BMs went to try on dresses at a different DB location and also felt the service was fine.  The salesperson even told them that they should wait to decide on a dress because new styles were coming out in a few weeks and they would have a better selection.

It is a relatively no frills deal, their prices are very reasonable, and to a certain extent you get what you pay for.

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I have bought and sold DB bridesmaid dresses on eBay.  There is a brisk secondary market on eBay for DB dresses,  moreso than for any other brand.  It may be possible to outfit your entire bridal party in the discontinued dresses – at a deep discount – on eBay.

And that’s the best thing I can say about DB bridesmaid dresses.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Anyone get dresses through RK Bridal?  That stinks about DB….where was the one you went to Dulaman 8?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

So far I am so pleased with the Alfred Sung dresses my ‘maids will be wearing.  They were originally $190 but we got them on sale for about $139.  They are a nice quality and a beautiful color.

I think it’s a common misconception that David’s is the only place/brand to get inexpensive dresses from.  I saw bridesmaid’s dresses and bridal gowns at other boutiques that weren’t much more expensive than, if not in the same price range entirely as those at DB.  This is not to say that DB doesn’t have some great options, but there are also so many other places to look these days.  You don’t have to sacrifice good customer service (or good prices) in order to get a good deal if you find that your David’s in particular is lacking in the customer service area.  

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I agree with Mrs. Cupcake–David’s Bridal is not the only option for inexpensive gowns. The local salon where I purchased my gown had gowns from $500-$2000. To be honest the gowns at the salon I went to were much higher quality for the same prices and better, more personal {not just trying to make a buck or at least hiding it well!} service. The fabric of the three or four dresses I tried on at David’s Bridal felt very cheap compared to ones in the same price range at the store I purchased my gown from. Another thing I didn’t like was that DB wouldn’t let me walk around and look at gowns; they had me pick a few by looking at a catalog and then the salesperson chose a few based on what I said I liked. I liked walking around and feeling the fabric, seeing the 

I know some have had a great experiences with DB, but I’m super picky and sometimes a bit snobby {at least I admit it!!} about fabric and clothing so I pretty much figured David’s Bridal wasn’t going to be for me. We only went in to see about bridesmaids dresses and I ended up trying on a few gowns.

I think we might have just hit the jackpot with the bridal salon I went to; we found my wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses, AND my mother’s dress all in one weekend. The BM dresses were only $160 and my mother’s dress was less than $200.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I am in no way saying David’s Bridal is the best, because I think as with every chain, the people and service REALLY vary by store. That being said, I bought my gown there and had fantastic service. My sales girl didn’t push at all, but she also told me she hated working in sales. Haha. But I had a good experience and I am truly sorry you didn’t.

Onto Alfred Angelo, my MOH and I went there to try on dresses (also did at David’s) and had a terrible experience. It was like all the girls had better things to do than help us. In the end we did get dresses made by Alfred Angelo, but not from the store. Haha. I got them from Pearl’s Place (the dress was $149 in the store, and $100 with Pearl’s Place, serious no brainer). I can’t wait until they come in, and hopefully I’ll have nothing but great things to say about Pearl’s when they do

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

JCrew is really making an effort with rewearable and affordable bridesmaids dresses. I know that wasn’t the point of this post, but it’s worth a look.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Haselwand that’s funny – at our DB, even though I came in with catalog numbers written down from the website, they wouldn’t pull the dresses for us – we HAD to walk up and down the aisles and find them ourselves.  I don’t think you necessarily get bad service from a chain – look at Starbucks – but I do think it’s the sign of a really poorly run organization when the standards and practices vary so much from store to store.  Also I second that there were lots of better quality dresses in the same price range at the boutiques I visited – so I have no idea what makes DB so popular.  The power of mass marketing I guess.  Not only will I not be back, but I’ve told everyone who might be interested that I had a very poor experience, and what a great experience I had at the locally owned shop where I did buy my dress.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I was in the same situation as you (6 bridesmaids, all over N. and S. America), but I ordered Jim Hjelm dresses through Netbride. I ordered them last week for a September wedding, and they’re slated to come on August 5. My BMs all went into a local bridal salon to try on dresses and get fitted so that they could see what the dress looked like in person. It really wasn’t a big deal, so please don’t feel like you’re limited to the "big chain" bridal stores!

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