(Closed) David's Bridal – Yay or Nay?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Hostess
16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I had a perfectly fine experience at David’s, I just didn’t find my dream dress there. As far as cost goes…I bought my dress at a bridal boutique for $900 or so. The dresses I liked at David’s were about $700. So shopping there wouldn’t really have even saved me that much money. So for me, it wasn’t about the money or the experience…my dress just wasn’t there.

Post # 4
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5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have seen plenty of brides buy their dresses at DB and look absolutely beautiful. In my experience and from what I have heard is that the service can be pretty terrible. At the bridal salons I have been to you have a consultant and they help you pick dresses, and get you dressed, and clip you, and all of that stuff. At DB you look through the racks of dressed in bags, it can be very hard to see as the dresses are stuffed on the rack, and then you go try them on. Basically it’s like regular shopping as opposed to bridal shopping. As long as you are aware of that before going in, you should be fine.

Post # 5
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3472 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

One of the biggest things that keeps DB prices low is their size– since they are a chain, they get a better deal on dresses because they can buy them in bulk– whereas a small boutique can’t have that much inventory.  

I’ve gotten mixed reviews on customer service, it sounds like the weekends can sometimes get crazy, but for the most part they’re good- it just depends on the individual rep you get.  Just don’t be afraid to speak up– sometimes they can get into a rut based on THEIR style instead of yours, so be sure to tell them how you really feel about a certain dress, and they will try their best to find something that fits your style. 

 

Post # 6
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306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went to a few different shops before I went to DB. And at one of them, they were great with me, my mom, and MOH & I was so close to getting my dress from there. The next shop, was wayyyy to pushy, put me in dresses I flat out said I didn’t like and were just plain rude. I had a good experience at DB though. I found the dress I wanted there and I ordered it within a few days of trying it on. It came in within 3 weeks. The consultant I had was really sweet, too. I am planning on going to someone else for alterations, cause I’ve heard mixed things about their alterations department where I’m from.

Post # 7
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581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Not to thread jack but check out his thread: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/guidelines-for-dos-and-donts-of-a-davids-bridal-appointment

Honestly each store is different so it’s hard to say.  I took my girls to try on BM dresses and my consultant more or less abandoned me.  I tried on wedding dresses in a seperate appointment and my new consultant was wonderful. 

I noticed the material wasn’t as quality as the dresses in the boutique where I ultimately bought my dress, but they are still not bad quality.  I mostly tried on the Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal dresses.

ETA: and whatever you do, avoid weekends like the plague!

Post # 8
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306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

BTW, I went on a weeknight to try on dresses, and I think that had a lot to do with me having a good experience. I picked my dress up on a Saturday and it was CRAZY in the store!

Post # 10
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5668 posts
Bee Keeper

I just posted on the other thread but I’ll repost here:

“I walked in on a Saturday afternoon and had a great experience. I tried on two dresses and bought the second one on the spot. My consultant was super nice and attentive. The whole thing was relatively quick and painless.”

Honestly, I love my dress. It’s a lace tea length dress with sparkly beading all over it.

Post # 11
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3472 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

@gingerlylove:  

Haha, guess I didn’t refresh the page fast enough 🙂

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it completely depends on your DB store.  I visited my DB and had wonderful service and ended up going back and finding my dream dress there.  They have been so helpful with everyting and so accomadating.  I have heard absolute horror stories about some DB, so I think it completely depends where you are. 

Post # 13
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3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never had a problem with getting the service I needed there. However, I went on a week night with only one friend. I had my friend pull some dresses for me & tried them on myself. I really don’t like being fawned over or pestered to try things on, though, so I really liked that the sales consultant was more hands off lol.

Post # 14
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745 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had two opposite experiences at one David’s in the Pittsburgh area on different days. The less than stellar one was a Sunday in the middle of prom season. The consultant was barely there, had three other people she was working with, and it was a mad house. I suspect she wasn’t the right consultant anyway, because her personality (and ideas) weren’t close to mine. The great experience was on a week night in May. Great consultant, undivided attention, and our personalities meshed very well together. I fell in love with a dress that was around $675 (on sale) during the second appointment. I had another appointment the next day at another store (Mom was in from NJ, so tried to pack as much shopping in as possible). I ended up finding a dress I loved more at another store for around $599 at the next appointment.

I have been to the David’s in Wayne, NJ and it was a decent experience (for a BM dress in 2004). We went on a weekday then as well. 

I went there this time around because there were specific dresses I wanted to try. I was afraid to look at other designers because my budget was low. I don’t think David’s is such a horrible place. They do have nice dresses, many of them are good quality, and depending on the time, day, and consultant, it’s not a bad experience. You won’t be handed a glass of champagne upon entering, but that was fine with me.

I think the reason their prices are lower is because they are a huge chain, which means higher volume. They don’t have the princess experience bells and whistles that some of the smaller stores may have. You’re also not paying for a name there (unless you get the Vera Wang dress, but even then, there’s still a volume of sales that helps with the price). They are ableto have their dresses in distribution warehouses, for the most part, so I would imagine shipping overhead is lower. 

There are designers who are more reasonable than others, and you can probably find a dress that is comparable in price to David’s. But if you love a David’s dress, at least try it on and consider it. No one is going to be rifling through your dress on the wedding day looking for a tag. They’re going to see you as a beautiful, glowing bride.

One other thing, if you love a dress but hate the consultant (she’s a shrew, doesn’t match well with you, you aren’t feeling like she understands, etc), ask the manager about another consultant. The problem with David’s is that they are a chain, which means there are going to be crappy consultants and good ones (which happens at smaller places too, but you don’t hear about them as far and wide).

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