(Closed) David’s Bridal Experiences?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’ve heard horror stories, too–so I defnitely wasn’t expecting to get my dress there but wanted to try it out. I’ve been to two DB locations in New York, one in Queens and the newer one on 23rd Street and have only had pleasant experiences. I bought my dress at the Queens store and had it altered in the Manhattan store. The two people I dealt with were nice, friendly, and went out of their way to help me, and on a return trip, went out of the way to help my mom and bridesmaids.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heron Hill Winery

I did have a slight bad experience in that the consultant wasn’t very helpful in helping me find the dress nor helpful in offering advice on style or size.  It felt like she was just trying to get me outta there….On the other had as a sales lady I suppose she was trying to make a sale and perhaps didn’t see the sale potential with me.  I didn’t have my date set in stone yet…though I definately know it will be next fall.  I like to plan plan plan ahead and think there is nothing wrong with picking a dress now.  So my complaint is that they weren’t too helpful didn’t offer to help in choosing what size I needed or what style might work for my body type.  I do plan on going back, but to a different location…perhaps it was because I was in a different state.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I didn’t have any problems at David’s Bridal.  They were helpful, friendly and very accomodating.  I just have a problem going to a bridal salon and paying $4,000 or more for a dress I will wear one day and never again.  I got a beautiful dress there for $650.  Also, since I had gotten my dress there, my bridesmaids got a percentage off of their dresses, and they only ended up paying $100 for their dresses!  All in all, we had positive experiences.  I know some people look down their noses to David’s but their dresses are just as pretty as the other ones in the high end salons!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I did not have a good experience there. One piece of advice that I have is not to give them your phone number. Right after I went there, I started getting many, many phone calls from people telling me I had won a special wedding prize.  I also started getting random solicitations in the mail (although this could have been from registering on a website). They pressure you to give your phone number by telling you they need it to tell you when your dress is ready, but I don’t see why they should have it until you actually buy a dress from them.

I was also disappointed because although they have many dresses, there is not a lot of variety. I also got the hard sell on other items like shoes, a crinoline, a veil — all stuff I wasn’t interested in buying.

And even though you probably will not have the same sales woman that I did, I’ll let you know that I  did not appreciate having her leave the door to the dressing room open as she walked away, with several people staring at me in my underwear. Class!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I went to my local DB and was totally, utterly, completly ignored. Not even a “hey, you are?” My BM and I walked around and looked for about 35 minutes without a single second of acknowledgement. Which isn’t indicative of all DB’s, just my experience with my local store.

Post # 10
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised–my mom was ready for their to be a fight because of what she had heard in dealing with them–but it was good.

Yes, they charged extra for alterations–my dress was $700 and my alterations were about $150-200 (don’t remember exact amount). My dress had to be taken in a lot at the top because I’m smaller there, I got a double french bustle, and added some cups in the breast area. I ordered my dress in August of last year and it was ready in September. They told me it would be ready in December, so it was early.

I tried on a range of sizes because I’m a 12 on the bottom and an 8 on the top–mermaid style I needed a bigger size, for instance–so they do have a range, but I remember some of the sample dresses stopping at size 12 (even though you could order it in a larger size).

Post # 11
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I definitely think the experience changes from consultant to consultant.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I had a pretty bad experience and i agree, DO NOT give them your phone number.  My experience there was bad enough that I reviewed it when they asked and I wrote a separate letter to the manager.  They were so rude, pushy and unprofessional beyond belief.  Its the only time I’ve ever heard a sales person make a dress being on sale sound like a BAD thing. At one point she literally said that the dress was 1/2 off so “it might be in your budget” with UBER negative on the “your”…. it was also funny considering I hadn’t told her my budget (which wouldnt have had any problems with any dress in the store, on sale or otherwise).  These people acted like they were at Klienfelds and I was a street rat witha $20 budget. It was absurd to the point that my friend who was with me started laughing at the sales lady so hard she couldnt breathe, and upon catching her breath promptly told her “you are horrible and we are leaving”.  I wouldnt recommend it to anyone.

Post # 13
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60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

My DB was ok. They have lots of sizes for you to try on so you aren’t trying to squeeze yourself into something or tugging lots of excess fabric and hoping you can still figure out what the dress looks like. They were fairly nice.

The problems I had were trying to sell me the dress I liked best right then and there. I’m a think it over type and while my mom probably would have gone for it I wanted some time to process, which was good because I found my dress elsewhere about a month later. They are big on pushing their sales like you might miss it even though they are ALWAYS having a sale basically.

They also (if they think you really like something) attack you with veils and accessories which can be somewhat annoying.

The major problem I had was my associate was also working with a BP of 6 girls and so I’d have to wait forever to get a new dress brought to me. I’m pretty quick about the decision making so I’d pop one on, not even want to look at it cause I knew it was bad, and be out of it long before she’d even think to check on us.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I only bought my dress there, but had a wonderful sales person. Although my dress was amazing for a decent price, I did find that their shoes, veils, etc were overpriced, so I got those somewhere else.  I also did not get my dress altered there because I found a wonderful seamstress shop near my town that is doing a wonderful job, found fabric that matched my ivory dress, and is making me a bolero that is almost identical to one I fell in love with online that was WAY out of my budget for half of what DB was charging me to fix my dress. However, I did go to several shops and stores, like Alfred Angelo, and found that the same (or very similar) dresses were cheaper at DB. At the end, it all really depends on who your sales person is. Good Luck!

Post # 15
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Worker bee

I think it just depends who your salesperson is that day. I would recommend making an appointment, just because I think it makes things go smoother and gets you in quicker. My saleslady wasn’t rude, but she also wasn’t very helpful either. She just brought me the dresses I’d printed pictures of, and when I didn’t see exactly what I wanted, she didn’t make me any other recommendations like the salesladies did at other stores. It was a pretty neutral experience for me.

Post # 16
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682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I think it depends on the store you go to and the consultant you deal with along with when you go. Keep in mind that the weekends are going to be busier and more crowded. The 2 stores I went to told me that consultants sometimes are helping two brides at once so if you are looking for the special one on one with a consultant DB might not be your place. I had my MOH and bridesmaids with me so I felt I didn’t need that one on one.

I found a beautiful dress there and I feel like a million bucks in it. I went to a boutique and tried on dresses that cost 3-4 times what I paid at DB and didn’t experience that “this is THE dress” feeling. They sell their dresses off the rack so they might have your size, it depends on how popular the dress is. I was lucky enough to not need alterations on my dress aside from the bustle.

If your schedule permits, try going during the week as they may not be as busy or schedule for first thing in the morning on the weekend.

Hope this helps!

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