David's bridal – can you buy off the rack?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
7357 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Yes, you can buy a sample dress. That’s what I did.

Post # 3
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012


cat89:  yes you can buy off the rack at Davids bridal. It just depends on what size you are.  They carry the dresses in one or two sizes in store pretty much pin or hold up the dress so brides can see how it fits.  If you are really far off from their sample sizes, they may not have any on the rack that you can buy.  Also if you are going to do this, make sure you tell them you want to purchase and leave with a dress that day.  Some stores wont sell their newest dresses off the rack, because it would leave them without a sample dress for brides to try on.  You need to make sure your consultant only pulls dresses that they will let you leave with that day.

Post # 5
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

cat89:  They prefer you make an appointment, but they do take walk ins too.  It varies from store to store but a lot of David’s tend to be pretty busy mostly on weekends, and it can get a little crazy.  Since you are trying to do this in one visit, I would probably make an appointment.  

Post # 6
2922 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i think it depends on the store and how busy they are. i was in a david’s bridal to try on/order a bridesmaid dress (which i didn’t need an appoinment for) and i asked if i could try on a couple wedding dresses while i was there and they said i’d need to set up an appointment for that.

i’d make an appointment just to be on the safe side.

Post # 8
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I bought my first wedding dress from there off the rack and took it home the same day.  You don’t need an appt BUT since you’re in uniqe position I would make an appt and let them know you need to take something home that day so they can be prepared.  Good luck!

Post # 9
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - 11/15/14-Vineyard
  1. Yes most prefer you make an appt first or you can do it online. That way you have a dedicated person helping you. Especially if you go on a weekend, they are usually pretty booked up.
  2. They will get you undergarments for you to use trying on dresses.
  3. Try and go through dresses online and put in favorites before making the appt and they will pull them for you to try on.
  4. you can also have them pull what they think will look good on you
  5. BE OPEN MINDED. Most brides to in with one style or type they really want and end up going with something completely different. 
  6. Have fun. 
Post # 10
847 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

cat89:  Absolutely! My sister and I both bought off the rack. David’s Bridal has a whole selection (and catalog) that you can buy and walk out the door. My sister spend around $300 for her dress. It was very pretty and classic. She walked right out with her new dress. My dress, on the other hand, was of the Vera Wang line, and required ordering. However, the dress was last seasons and was on clearance, so I was able to buy the sample dress. Since it had been tried on multiple times, they kept it for about a week to clean it and fix any issues the dress might have had.

Post # 11
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you can, go on a weekday during the early afternoon. There is hardly anyone there and you will have more than ample staff to help you. I went during that time and I think I tried on every dress they had. The sale ladies just kept bringing me dress. I had a blast and they treated me so well. 

Post # 13
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I bought my dress from DB and it was the sample. I got it for $100 less than what an ordered, unworn dress would have cost, plus a “scratch off” discount card that got me $50 off on top of that. The cards were worth $25-$200 off or something like that, but I don’t know if they have that going on all the time.

We made an appointment on a Wednesday afternoon at 1:00p, and there were literally only two other brides in the store. I walked out that day with my dress. It needed serious alterations because the attendant measured me incorrectly, but it’s nothing my seamstress had any trouble fixing. 

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