Post # 1
So when I went to Davids to look at bridesmaids dresses with my Maid/Matron of Honor for my wedding in May 09. I asked my consultant how long it takes to get the dresses (i.e. when should we order them?) She told us that the color I picked (peri) is sometimes the slowest to come in and that it could take up to 5 months to get the dresses! So you should order them in the next few weeks. So I got my BMs to all go and get sized, etc… Well, I was about to call and check if the order was placed and I had a voicemail from them telling me "two of your BMs dresses are in the store….come w/in 10 days to pick them up" I was so confused since last I thought it would take MONTHS. Well apparently…that is just what they tell you (the worst case scenario). Obviously I’m not upset that they are in, but I feel I should have been told that they could arrive in 5 days vs. 5 months. We’ll see how long the other two dresses take to come in. And now I feel silly for acting like it was urgent to go and get sized and order the dresses!
Anyone else have a similar experience at Davids?
Post # 3
Yep! They told me that it would take 4 months for the girls dresses to come in and they came within a month and a half. It’s a little annoying because you feel as though there was a false sense of urgency, but better safe than sorry I guess. I suppose they give such a wide timeline to protect themselves in case any problems arise.
Post # 4
I have been getting mixed answers on when to order my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. I have chosen to go to David’s Bridal as well. But most of my BMs are married and have also used David’s Bridal. Keeping in mind that they planned their weddings in just one month (circumstances beyond their control forced them to get married..quick..) and have not had to go through all the ins and outs of a long engagement and planning process, I just don’t know what to believe. Plus, they bought everything off the rack. So I’m heading up to David’s tomorrow with one of my BMs to pick out dresses. My wedding is in May 09 also. We’ll see what they tell me and how long it actually takes for the dresses to come in…
Post # 5
Yep, they told me my Bridesmaid or Best Man dress for a wedding would take 2 months, it was there in 5 days.
Post # 6
I was also told the color was probably the slowest…except it was a DIFFERENT color. Due to the fact you cannot order extra length there, we went elsewhere. Luckily, the other dress (Watters, withOUT extra length) is still long enough for my sister who is 5’9".
Post # 7
The same thing happened to me. I ordered my dress for my SIL’s Febuary wedding in December. They almost wouldn’t let me because they said there wasn’t in enough time. I got my dress in 2.5 weeks.
Post # 8
Yes, they definately DO that. They give you the "worst case scenerio" the woman there told me that. Usually the dresses come fairly quickly. 3-4weeks i would say. But I would give yourself more time in case a problem does arise. 5 days is rather quick, did they give you the store sample?
Post # 9
They definitely try to give worst-case scenario lead times, but mainly they rush you because they want the sale! I went in a few months ago to try on a couple of different styles for my sister’s wedding (in June 09), and the consultant kept trying to get me to go ahead and order a dress. I explained that my sister had not chosen between two different styles and wanted each of her bridesmaids to try both on first. I thought I made it pretty clear that I was not there to buy a dress, but she kept persisting that I could swap it if I needed. Um, keep your pants on, lady! I’ll order it once she’s made her decision! Sheesh! When I did order the dress a few days later, it arrived within two weeks.
Post # 10
- Wedding: August 2020 - Oakland Manor
same situation with Lapis! jeez
Post # 11
Hey – I can help you out with this one. I myself am planning a wedding and know personally how important it is to order briedesmaid dresses early….thats because I used to be a bridal consultant for a popular retail wedding dress store – a competitor of davids bridal.
So, I can give you the inside scoop, here are the reasons why your dress needs to be ordered and why it sometimes comes in early:
1. Winter is the most popular time of year for ordering for summertime weddings, bridesmaid and bridal gowns are actually made when you order them – not custom made for your body, but created in your size. SO, they ask that you give them 5 months or longer for your dress incase there is a delay in delivery, or incase they are backed up with orders – and so you have time for alterations which could take about 3 visits.
2. For bridesmaids dresses, each dress is ordered individually – but the order is not officially released and processed until every bridesmaid has put down a deposit – this is because the company wants to ensure that all of the dresses are cut from the same fabric-dye lot. If you order them seperately there is a small chance that the colors may not match up. Also, bridesmaid dresses also need time for alterations and they they sometimes can be delayed.
3. Ok, so then why do they come in early? This I do not completely understand, but I do know that bridal wear companys keep warehouses full of dresses just in case, this way you are guarented to get your dress before your wedding date. They also know the most popular sizes ordered and know when wedding season is coming.
What I would like to offer as an ex-consultant is, that it is a very stressful and very rewarding job and that believe it or not, consultants genuinely want everything to go right when it comes to your wedding attire.We track your order, and we worry, and we want everything to be perfect and the last thing a bridal consultant wants to do is tell you to order two months before your wedding and then have you stressed out completely up until you receive the dresses, and god forbid there be a delay. I admit, evenm I was surprised when a dress would come in early, but i would just tell my brides that its a good thing – because it is.