(Closed) Is David Bridal’s alterations trustworthy?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  From what I’ve heard, DB alterations can be very expensive. The other thing I don’t like about them is that I’m under the impression that you have to get them done earlier than what I would like. I don’t believe they’re done in-house, that they do all the measurements, send the dress away, and then get it back.

  Please correct me if I’m wrong, though! I believe this is what my friend told me, and she went through DB for her alterations.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

When I was dress shopping, I went to DB. I had a question about altering a dress, the salesperson went and got one of the people from alterations. And even with my very limited sewing knowledge (4-H project sewing), I knew the lady had no clue what she was talking about. I confirmed that with my mom (my mom knows a lot more about sewing than I do) who was with me during dress shopping.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I bought a DB dress but had never heard anything good about their alterations department so I refused to use them (even though I lost the ability to get the bead check and pressing for free from DB by going somewhere else).  So I don’t really have personal experience other than the fact that I’ve never heard anything good.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I had a fine experience there. My mom has sewn basic patterns (mostly when we were kids) and took some sewing classes, and she was impressed with them. They did seem to argue w/each other a bit (each of the seamstresses having different opinions), but they’ve all been fine to work with as far as knowledgability. I don’t know how long alterations typically take, but it has taken anywhere from a few weeks to a month to get alterations back. I have no clue about pricing, which I assume is regional anyway. The quality may also just depend on the DB. They could be hit or miss, you know? I’ve been happy so far.

One thing I like about them is they have a gaurentee that if they mess up your dress, they will make sure it is fixed or get you a new one. If you take your dress somewhere else and they mess it up, you’re stuck with your seamstress.

If it helps you with pricing, I believe a basic overbustle at the DB in my area is $35.

Post # 7
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263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I got my dress from DB but I am getting it altered elsewhere for a lot cheaper than what they said it would be ($350 vs. what I’m paying- $200). 

Post # 8
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317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had no problems with my alterations at David’s Bridal.  I paid $190 for them to hem the dress, do the bustle, and take in my cap sleeves (and they also steam it for you, of course.  Mine needed a little more steaming when I picked the dress up and they included that for me as well).  I had my alterations done pretty early (I started in Jan. for a May wedding–alterations were done in March), but I preferred it that way; I’m sure I could have waited longer if I wanted.  I know nothing about sewing, so to this un-trained eye, they did a great job.

I think you’ll find on these boards that David’s Bridal’s service seems to vary from store to store.  Some stores (like the one in my area) are great, but there are some horror stories out there too. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

At least the store I was at had the industrial sewing machines in store. The lady who hemmed my dress was very helpful and fairly knowledgeable. She was certainly more careful than the recommended seamstress at a bridal store back home. We’ll see what the hems looks like in two weeks.

I wasn’t concerned by the early hem date as I know I’ll need it taken in at the bodice the month before the wedding.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had a great alterations experience at DB.  I asked a sales person who I trusted and who had helped me a lot about who she recommended. She told me who to request and who to avoid.  It was so helpful!  I paid so little for my dress I didn’t get hung up on alterations costs, but from what I can tell, they were reasonable for my area. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I had a very positive experience at DB with reasonable fees for alterations. The staff was attentive and the gal that pinned the dress was thorough. The alterations were done on site and the dress was ready on time approx. 8 weeks later. They even shipped the dress across the country for me from their location in Westbury, NY to my home in California for $16. The dress arrived and fit perfectly. It wasn’t pressed because they mailed it to me and it would just get smushed again, but they said I could take it to a DB near my home in CA for a final fitting and they will press/clean it there.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The lady at our David’s has been doing alterations for about 16 years and she’s wonderful. She does everything in house and will even try to fix mistakes by other David’s alterations people. She likes to see brides at least 6 weeks before the wedding. She tries to make things easy and if you have a long time before your wedding she’ll do the alterations in pieces: a hem one month, a bustle the next… so that it can be affordable.

Of course, we have one of the smallest stores in the chain.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I didn’t have my dress altered at David’s bridal, but I did briefly speak with them about alterations. They quoted me $200 for the bustle alone on my dress.

Alterations at the shop I ended up having it done at were a little over $200 for the WHOLE DRESS. So, yeah, I think David’s overcharges quite a bit!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Tswife4ever: Hi again, I just came across a copy of my receipt from DB:

For letting out the sides of the bodice, shortening the hem, fitting the over bustle and each additional loop for the over bustle it came to $205.

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