David's Bridal UK

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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2052 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Stormchild:  I’ve been for wedding dress shopping. I’m going bridesmaid dress shopping with my friend there next week for her wedding. It looks as though the bridesmaid dresses are good so I’m looking forward to that.

My honest opinion for wedding dresses though was that I personally didn’t like it. However, it might suit other people with different tastes and who are less shy perhaps.

My main tip is to not go on a Saturday if at all possible. It was absolutely manic, I had to share a consultant and so many dresses were unavailable for me to try on.

Pros: they let you take pictures when no other shop I went to did. The appointment lasted 1 1/2 hours as opposed to 1 hour at other places.

Cons: It was an overwhelming experience. Not calm at all. I was rushed into running around the shop floor to choose only 3 dresses to try on to begin with, as opposed to 5 or 6 at other stores. Plus the lady wanted me to try on everything at once so I was bombarded with questions about my bra size, shoe size, veils etc. I just want to buy a dress at this moment in time!!

I had to share a consultant which meant I spent a large amount of my appointment in dresses I hated waiting for someone to take me out of them.

The dresses are very very elaborate compared to most of the other dresses I have seen in the UK (not on the Bee). The general theme seems to be bigger, rufflier, sparklier = better. If this is your style the shop will be great. For me, it was too much.

The whole “ring the bell and make a wish” thing – cringe.

I was expecting prices to be much cheaper but actually they weren’t. The only dress I really liked was £1400 and the dress I ended up buying elsewhere was about £1000. Plus you are still likely to need lots of alterations.

The sales assistants tried to persuade me buy a dress even after I had said it made me feel like Big Bird.

Overall me, my mum and grandma all came out of that appointment feeling anxious and stressed.

I would highly recommend going midweek as it might be calmer. It might also be better now that a little while has passed since their Grand Opening – I think that contributed to the chaos. So give it a try – but expect it to be a totally different experience to shopping elsewhere.

 

Post # 5
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2052 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Stormchild:  That’s ok! I’d be interested to see if any other UK bees had a better experience than I did, because to be fair I did go only a few days after their Grand Opening and I think that contributed to them only having weird sizes and the shop floor being total chaos. I will probably go back there to look for accessories as well as bridesmaid dresses for my friend’s wedding, mainly because it’s close to me.

Is there a bridal store at Bicester perhaps? Could be a good way to get a deal. Otherwise the only bridal store I know in Oxfordshire is the one on Little Clarendon St in Oxford but not sure how expensive it is.

My best friend tried on dresses in shops to get an idea of what style she liked, and then bought second hand from a website (can’t remember which one). Her dress is gorgeous and only cost £400.

In the end we bought my dress from a shop near Elephant & Castle – I’d be happy to recommend it to you but it’s a long way for you!

(And yes, I played Audrey in Little Shop a few years ago – FI was in charge of sound & light. Not how we met but great memories!)

Post # 8
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631 posts
Busy bee

@Stormchild:  I have been twice and both times were fabulous.  They are nothing like what you hear they are like in the US.  The staff are salaried and don’t work on commission and they spent ages pulling dress after dress for me.  They didn’t try and push anything on me and really took on board my concerns about it being a second wedding for me and my debate over whether I should go for something ‘appropriate’ or more OTT.

It is a good idea to have an idea of what you want to try before you go because time does go fast but the consultant also pulled dresses she thought I would like and I did – she was definitely on my wavelength.  They had every dress in stock although not all were my size some bigger some smaller.

highly recommend the experience.  I can’t make my mind up which one to get so will be going a third time at some point!!

Post # 10
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631 posts
Busy bee

@Stormchild:  hope you have a good experience too.  I think things have settled down a bit since they opened.  The first time I went on a Saturday but it wasn’t too busy and last time I went on a Sunday and had appt as soon as they opened which was nice.  

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