(Closed) Experiences with David’s Bridal?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You don’t need an appointment. I went in a couple of times to just look and ended up with a consultant that was juggling me and one or two other brides. That was fine for me because I knew I wasn’t buying. I’m not sure whether they work on commission.

I went dress shopping before we had set a date or picked a venue. It was fun, but now that we have a better idea for the feel of the wedding, the kind of dress I want has changed. So just know going in that your opinion may change when you get some details worked out!

Post # 4
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7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I started looking about a year out, but I was going to purchase if I found something.

Personally, I didn’t like DB. The consultant was nice enough and was as helpful as she could have been, but the store was a circus. I didn’t make an appointment either. I wasn’t pleased with the quality of the dresses. The fabrics just felt thin and cheap to me.I didnt feel like I would have gotten a lot for my money.

You can go look at other lines such as Alfred Angelo, Jasmine, Casablanca, Mori Lee, Allure, etc and still stay in a reasonable price range.

Post # 5
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412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think if you go on a weekend it would be nice to call in advance. WE had to when i went with my SIL and if we hadent they wouldnt have been able to help us that day. Good Luck and Happy Shopping. =-)

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t think I made an appointment when I went in there, but I had a terrible experience there. They were nice and all, but they were bringing completely opposite styles of what I was asking for (I’m assuming because they were more expensive). It was one of the first places I went to, but I never went back after that. Definitely had much better experiences in other bridal shops!

Post # 7
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I went there. My only thing with them was they allowed us to purchase dresses that were scheduled to be discontinued WAY before the wedding. We ordered the first set of dresses 10 months before the wedding. Now…still no dresses but that was after exchanging dresses due to the disconintuation problem. This is my BM’s fault. But my problem with them is they make you buy off the rack if the dress is in your size. I didn’t want a white dress I wanted ivory. But they didn’t have ivory. They would have to order it but then I didn’t get the sale price WTF. It all worked out becuse they misplaced my dress and had to order a new one anyhow. So I got the ivory one I wanted. 

Also, check reviews for your local David’s Bridal because they vary from place to place. I have seen some with sparkling reviews and some with barely 1 star. I think it really comes down to the management.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I enjoyed my experience with them..

Went on a weekend and made an appt. They “require” this for their weekend schedule.

I’m sure you don’t have to make an appt but it’s always nice to know for sure you’ll have the help you want/need

Post # 9
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh yeah I did notice a lot fo people didn’t make an appt. It is recommended that you do. Otherwise you won’t get all the help you need and it will be a zoo in there if you go on the weekend.

Post # 10
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i recommend making an appointment so you don’t have to wait a long time for a fitting room, and so a consultant can assist you.  my experience was AWESOME.  my consultant was amazing, really listened to me, and cried when i found my dream dress and cried.  and she did EVERYTHING when it came to putting the dress on me, zipping me into it, and then hanging it back up afterward.  all i had to do was stand there with my arms up.  πŸ™‚

 

i think DB gets a very unfair bad rap.  give it a chance!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am in the minority for this post, as well as on other similar threads, but I enjoyed my experience with David’s Bridal. I went to other bridal shops, even picked another dress (somewhere on here there may even be a suuper old post about it!) from a boutique but I got my dress, MOHs dress and flower girl dress from DB.

I think it helps to make an appointment, even if you go during the week. Also, I think it depends on your location/store as far as the experience.

Good luck! And here is a picture of me in my DB down

Post # 12
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186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I didn’t get the chance to check out David’s Bridal when shopping for my gown because of the distance it was from where I was living and horrible snow storms we had at the time that prevented me traveling long distances.  I ended up finding my dream dress at a great price before I was able to make the trip, so I never went.

However, I did go shopping with one of my friends who is getting married in Decemeber.  I’m going to be a bridesmaid so I wanted to support her in her search.  She found a dress she absolutely loved at David’s Bridal.  I hated that they allowed her to fall in love with a dress, but forgot to mention that she could not order a new gown.  The dress she tried on was stained and damaged.  And then they were going to charge her to clean and repair it!  The extra hidden costs of buying the dress off the rack was enough for her to backpeddle and duck out of the store as soon as she could.

She ended up finding an Alfred Angelo that she loved at the same shop I bought my dress from for about the exact same price as David’s Bridal, but much better quality.  (Since this will be a brand new dress and not a dirty and damaged one).  Her bad experience made me glad that I took the risk to get my dream dress at a shop I could trust.

I have nothing against David’s Bridal, but I think brides should be made aware before they go in that they will be purchasing the dress that they try on.  They will not get to order a brand new dress.  That was something I wasn’t aware of until now.

Post # 13
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Foolhardy: Yeah it is amazing that they sell their dresses off the rack  like that. and for the same price as a brand new. Then they want you to pay for alterations. Sometimes the dresses are so dirty I don’t think anything can get them cleaned. They have ben touched over and over. If they are going to sell of the rack I think the dresses should be out of view from customers who are just looking and touching but not buying.

Post # 14
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5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@foolhardy and @edisongirl…it is a shame they sell of the rack like that, but for me that wasn’t the case, I ordered one and waited a couple months for it to come in πŸ™‚ good warning, though!

Post # 15
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Worker bee

You don’t need an appointment but I think it’d be a lot easier on both you and them if you had one. I went in without an appointment and they seemed a little flustered I didn’t have one (even though I just wanted to try on 2 or 3 dresses I saw on their website). It was Saturday tho and I hear the weekend is their busiest time. Anyway, they wanted me to fill out some paperwork regarding wedding date anyway so I say either make an appointment or go on a weekday. πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Worker bee

You don’t need an appointment but I think it’d be a lot easier on both you and them if you had one. I went in without an appointment and they seemed a little flustered I didn’t have one (even though I just wanted to try on 2 or 3 dresses I saw on their website). It was Saturday tho and I hear the weekend is their busiest time. Anyway, they wanted me to fill out some paperwork regarding wedding date anyway so I say either make an appointment or go on a weekday. πŸ™‚

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