I had a mildly negative experience there.
I had an evening appointment – at least I think I made some sort of appointment, but I could be wrong, perhaps I called and they told me to just go, I don’t even remember at this point – and I showed up with my sister. They had me fill out all that information that they collect on you and they wanted me to look through a catalog at styles and then just told me to go back to where the dressing rooms were so my sister and I were just standing around, not knowing what we were waiting for.
I had seen nothing that I liked in the catalog and the only reason I was there was to specifically try on a Vera Wang DB dress that I fell in love with when I saw it on The Knot. I had called ahead specifically to make sure they had the dress. I told the consultant who greeted me that I wanted to try on that dress and so she took just that dress and brought it to me. I was wearing some really gross corset thing they made me put on and just really unflattering undergarments.
I put the dress on and I liked it but my mom and sister (my mom had joined me at this point but was in a huffy mood so that contributed to things) hated it. The consultant kept trying to put me in a really ugly sash (of course they didn’t even have any of the VW sashes there for me to see with the dress, which was annoying since they show it like that on the website and of course I wanted to try on the types of sashes that the VW dresses are shown with – they had about 3 sashes for me to choose from in the whole store), she kept shoving a really ugly veil onto my head in a most unflattering way and I kept moving it and she kept putting it back and she was not giving us a straight answer about the sash, how much it was, if they had it, when they were getting it, etc. Like I was trying to just take a breather, look at myself and decide how I felt about the dress itself without the ugly veil and unflattering undergarments and she kept inserting herself and being really pushy. I felt like I had no time to really just look at myself in the dress.
After that when my mom said I should keep looking, I described what I wanted in a dress, and instead of showing me those dresses, or pointing them out in the racks, she led me over to the racks in the huge poofy ball gown I was wearing (this one for reference) and just had me standing there in the racks, saying these are all in your size, you won’t fit in any others, so what do you like? I had no idea how to tell the style of any of these dresses in the bag, the bags were all so tightly packed, I was annoyed, like I understand it’s David’s Bridal and I’m not shopping at the most upscale bridal salon, but she still should do some sort of job in helping me find dresses, right? Especially since it was a Monday night and the store was EMPTY.
In the end I tried on one other ball gown that was the opposite of the type of ball gown that I wanted. She kind of sensed that I’d really liked the Vera Wang but my mom hated it and she kept pushing me and telling me that they offer a credit card if I want to take the credit card out in my name and pay for the dress, etc. The thing is, my mom was paying for the dress, it was something she was doing for me, and the consultant knew that but kept saying, you could take the credit card out and she’d never know about it. Like as if I want all that drama surroundig this purhcase, “hiding” my gown from my mom, when my mom was highly instrumental in all wedding preparations as she has been in all other big occasions and moments in my entire life.
My bridesmaids did end up getting their dress from there, but since they all wore the same dress, I told them which one it was and then they all went out and got it themselves – I didn’t actually go to a David’s Bridal shop with all of them. I know some of my girls just ordered it and got it shipped to them and got it altered wherever they wanted, I know some of my girls didn’t alter it all and I know one of my girls for sure went into the store and used the David’s Bridal alterations team who she said were a nightmare to work with.