Post # 1
Hey Bees! Does anyone have any experience with David’s Bridal alterations?
I just got an email from them today saying my dress came in. I just left 2 days ago to come back to school (go figure), and I’m debating whether I want to have it shipped to the DB out by where I am currently, to do alterations, or pick it up from a store out here & bring it elsewhere.
The dress shouldn’t need a hem, but I need a bustle & it is going to need to be taken in, at least around the chest area. I don’t think it’ll need to be taken in much, but was wondering if anyone has experience with DB Alterations, as I’ve heard that’s kinda where they make up their money by having lower price dresses, is by having expensive alterations. So, for anyone who HAS used them for alterations.. were you pleased with the results? Was it pretty expensive or was it what you’d expect for altering a bridal gown?
And, just in general.. how long does it typically take for alterations to be completed? IS it typical to have 2 fittings, or more than that? How far apart are the fittings? Just keep going back & forth about whether I’d have enough time to do alterations if I just have my mom pick it up & keep it at home for me (I’d be able to get back home the last week of March, and again at the beginning of May, & again at the beginning of June, and I’m getting married June 25.. which feels like it’d be cutting it a little close, especially with it being during the busy wedding season).
Any advice on alterations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
That is so exciting that you got your dress!!!
Sadly, I haven’t heard many good things about David’s Bridal. I’ve gone through them twice for bridesmaid dresses. The first time, the sales lady said that they would be able to add straps to our dresses (a must for one girl in the wedding), and then when they came in, they told us that straps were never able to be added to that dress. Then, when I went and picked up my dress, they gave me someone else’s that happened to share my first name (albeit spelled differently–my name ends in a “y”, and hers ends in an “ie”). Thankfully, it was someone in our wedding party, so it was an easy switch. However, the second time, it went very smoothly!
What I will say about their alterations is that from what I’ve heard, you need to get the alterations done early. So, if you are planning on losing weight before your wedding, this may not be a good option for you. I also heard that the alterations were expensive. We have a tailor that we go to, and for my bridesmaid dresses, he did those. They weren’t as intricate as a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress, but he did a fantastic job, and it was very reasonable. I would ask people you know who have gotten alterations in your area and look for recommendations.
Post # 4
Yay for finding your dress!! I also got my dress at DB and have heard that their alterations are very pricey. I am probably going to use a local tailor in my area for alterations since I just need the dress taken in a bit and bustled. I am planning my first fitting near the end of April and my wedding is in July. I will probably have 2 or 3 fittings depending on what the tailor suggests. Good luck!
Post # 5
I was in a wedding last year and the bride had lace on the bottom of her dress and they ruined the lace. She had to get a new dress.
Post # 6
I was in a wedding as a bridesmaid that had DB gowns. The alterations were significantly overpriced! (As in, they cost more than the gown.) I had my measurements done by DB prior to ordering my gown, and when it arrived it did not fit properly, If I had had my alterations done onsite… the gown would have cost more than double the cost of the gown… and would have not been styled appropriately… (I had gowns custom made prior to the experience…and so I recognized what the DB dress needed to have done to it to look appropriate. I ended up taking it to another seamstress who remade it… and it was less than half the cost of the alterations that they had suggested… and they were not going to do all the work that she did…) Another friend in the wedding did get her alterations done at another DB, she paid more than the cost of the gown, and wasn’t satisfied with the dress when it was finished. I would not recommend the DB group for alterations. You pay too much for a discount gown. (I’d recommend DB for gowns that you can walk out of the store without altering, otherwise… they are way overpriced!
Post # 7
@Missbliss: When I originally bought my dress in May, I thought I’d have a dress that needed nothing but a bustle and a little bit of a hem.. it fit like a glove. Well, then came the summer where I was doing an internship & was working long hours & had an hour commute home, so I snacked more than I should have. I’ve gained probably 5-6 pounds since then, and when I tried on a sample dress in store in October when Bridesmaid or Best Man shopping with 1 of my girls, the girl couldn’t zip it all the way. But, she said next time I was home I could take it into the store I bought it from to exch for a larger size & for a petite size so I wouldn’t have to get it hemmed.
Went a few days before New Years when I was home, and it was a whole fiasco I won’t go into, but they ultimately ended up changing their minds & letting me do the exchange after initially telling me they wouldn’t. I ordered a size 10 originally, which like I said fit great. So they pulled a 12.. it would barely zip up at all.. which seemed odd.. I haven’t gained enough weight to go up TWO dress sizes. So, tried on the 14 which zipped up easily but is too big in the chest (yet another issue I normally NEVER have). Didn’t make sense that a 14 would zip easily but a 12 wouldnt zip at all, really. Oh, and they said my measurements were b/w a 14 and 16.. my chest/waist was a 14 but hips were 5.5 inches too big for a 14 supposedly.. but the 14 zipped easily so who knows.
Anyway, long story short, if I had watched my weight more/worked out more, I would have been able to get a dress with no alterations (just adding a bustle).. but, because I didn’t, I ended up with a dress that doesn’t fit that well, so I’m going to have to pay for alterations to get it taken in. My own fault, I guess! :- I’d agree though.. DB is a good option if you don’t need any alterations, or just very small ones! Otherwise it is probably worth it to at least check out other stores.. something I didn’t do, as I assumed DB was the only one that would have dresses in my price range (didn’t want to spend more than about $650-$700).
Post # 8
My alterations were fine…I gaines weight and my dress didn’t fit, but I lost it and they refunded me $200 ( you have to call and ask them to WAIT for your last “fitting” or they will charge you twice). All I had done was a bussle, and that was $65, I think?
They messed up the bussle on my friends wedding dress, but I set them straight and they fixed it for free. = )
Post # 9
Don’t go to David’s Bridal for alterations!!!!! They charged me $500 to alter a dress that cost $600 and they ruined the dress. I have to have another dress shipped in from another store…did I mention I’m getting married in 3 months?
I’m going to get my money back for the alterations and take my new dress elsewhere!
Post # 10
Ive heard of a lot about the high alternation costs from DB, so to save money, never go for them for alteration!
Post # 11
I know this is an old thread, but things have NOT changed…. They are AWFUL. I actually left in tears a few weeks ago want didn’t even look at my dress until last night. My (secret) wedding is in two weeks in Jamaica, and I have a dress that they sewd the bra cups almost to the waistband, and then told me I was over exaggerating when I was crying. My girlfriend, who can fix ANYTHING can’t even fix it. So now I’m in a panic to find a GREAT seamstress to fix it.
do NOT go to DAVID’s bridal!!!