@lauralynn: I am a size 14/16, and started at David’s Bridal… I hated it and thought I’d never find a dress or be happy in any wedding gown. Then I tried an independent salon, had a wonderful experience with a wonderful woman who made me feel beautiful. Best of all, she was honest with me about everything and didn’t try to upsell me!!
Here’s why I hated David’s and would never recommend them to anyone:
1) They sold my information. Despite me and my MOH REALLY demanding, and I mean DEMANDING, that they do not use my information for any purpose other than scheduling appointments. (My MOH had purchased her dress through DB two years earlier and went through hell trying to get people to stop calling/emailing/mailing her because they sold her information). They sold it anyway and I spent months being harassed by all sorts of crazy people trying to sell me junk.
2) They made me feel fat. They had me wear a longline bra that was not the right cup size at all so I looked terrible in it (I am a 36DDD, and they put me in a 38D somehow because it was the largest cupsize they had). It was stuffy and uncomfortable. They also made me wear a slip, which I hated because I hate super poufy dresses on me. And when I asked if I could try on a dress without the poufy slip underneath, the consultant told me I could, but I’d have to get into the dress myself – she refused to help me into the dress unless I was completely 100% covered up. I had underwear on, and they were nice ones, too!! But the thought of having to see a sort of plus sized gal in her underwear dusgusted this girl. :/ I was soo ashamed and felt so gross.
3) They spent more time trying to upsell to me than help me. I couldn’t get anyone to just focus on finding a dress for me – everyone was pushing photography, shoes, jewelry, etc. I needed to find a DRESS before anything else… and why would I go through them for photography anyway?!
4) They didn’t listen to me or my preferences. I wanted chiffon, nothing too sparkly or poufy or over-the-top… and somehow they kept bringing me sparkly, poufy, tully dresses that were all wayyy over my budget (which I had clearly told them). What??
However, I did find them useful for one thing… finding the right silhouette for my shape.
I went to an independent dress place, and was BLOWN AWAY by how amazing the dresses were. I tried on Maggie Sottero gowns, and DIDN’T NEED A BRA at all!! The dresses were so perfectly designed that they held everything right in place without any extra support or stuffy longline bra or anything. I felt naturally beautiful. The shops I went to had plenty of sample that fit me, so I could try on a good amount.
SO, there’s hope.. I think you’ll positive and negative experiences, just keep in mind that you WILL find the dress to highlight all your beauty in just the right ways! 🙂
I really stronglyyyyy recommend not going with DB. The quality of gowns you can find through other designers is SO amazing.
Best of luck to you!