Post # 1
My FI and I have booked a holiday to Florida DisneyWorld as our pre-honeymoon since he is already in the USA doing research. I’m in New Zealand so reasonable price dress shopping is almost impossible! Plan A is having a wedding dirndl made up but I’m starting to get concerned about time as my wedding is 1 March 2015 and my friend from Germany is still yet to get the traditional pattern to me so that I can start working on getting quotes.
Plan B for my dress is going to David’s Bridal on this holiday in January. So my question is – is it possible to simply take a day, walk in with no appointment and buy a dress that I can take home then? Alterations can be done in NZ (if minor my Mum or Nana can help).
I realise that I can buy online but I just hate not being able to see what I am getting and also I don’t really understand US sizes so it will be really hit and miss.
I see that some Bees don’t rate DB very highly but to be honest, I’m not a super fussy person. I don’t mind plain if the price is right. My biggest problem in New Zealand is that you pay $2000 at least for something very plain… which is something I’m not prepared to do! $2000 is a lot of $$ regardless of how wealthy you are to spend on something you feel “blah” about.
Thank you in advance bees!
Post # 2
Yes, you can buy a sample dress. That’s what I did.
Post # 3
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 # 4
Awesome – thank you! Do you know if I need to make an appointment first?
Post # 5
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
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 # 7
OK great thank you, I think I will get my FI to make an appointment for me. I’ll get him to do it soon so we can guarantee we get it on the day we want (and not interrupt precious disney time!)
Post # 8
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 # 10
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
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 # 12
tksjewelry: Thanks, that is a good idea. I’ll try to do that since we specifically timed our holiday so that USA had gone back to work after the holidays so it should be nice and empty in the week.
I actually did that at the dress shop which they have in my town – my mum was visiting for the day so I took a day from work and walked in – the lady was super helpful (just too expensive for me!)
Post # 13
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.