- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2011
I was just at brunch with friends the other day when an already married acquaintance of theirs made the comment to never buy from David’s because their dress are cheap and she’s heard stories of the dresses falling apart on the day of the wedding!
I’m a DB bride and I love my dress! The ivory satin is luxurious, the detailed beading is exquisite, and I’m pretty convinced that sucker could survive a tornado that’s how well the overall construction of the dress is! And don’t even get me started on the price! The original price was $899 which I still think is great for the amount of fabric and beading involved but, as it was, it’s discontinued and on sale for $399 and the day I bought it discontinued gowns were and additional %20 off! Score!
I actually found my dress before I joined WeddingBee! (A Google search to see my dress on other brides brought me here! Before Weddingbee, I did not know “Dress Regret” is a term at all!) It took me two (3 hour long each) DB appointments at the South Edmonton location before I rang the bell. I walked in to DB the first time with no intention of buying. I had an awesome consultant. I told her that I was looking for something “vintage” and “timeless”; something with lace. I also told my consultant that I’m really torn between tea-length and full-length. I’ve always imagined myself in a full-length dress… until I stumbled upon Stephanie James Couture. No stores in Alberta carries SJC; I’m SOL, lol.
Since I’ve been to other bridal houses, a lot of their nicer dresses start at $1k and up — even then, none of the dresses I liked were available in petite sizes. My consultant asked me what was my budget, I said.. well, around 1k, maybe? I asked a lot of questions; for example, how much would alterations for this dress cost. So, she went back & forth, checking with DB’s in-house seamstresses. For full-length dresses, I would have had to budget $300 to $500; maybe more for bustle. (They would have to cut around all the beautiful lacework and reapply the lace after hemming it. I can only imagine my blessed curse of being vertically challenged and can’t imagine imposing such a daunting task to any seamstress.)
I heard a “meh” review from a friend who went to DB; I guess it really depends on who your consultant is.
My consultant pulled out probably 10 to 15 dresses in total? She helped me get into a bustier (solves that awkward strap problem) and took out appropriate petticoats for different dresses — though on the first consult, DB was out of petticoats in my size. There was no pressure to buy; her words: “Take as many consults as you need. Shop around! You don’t have to make a decision right away.”
When I tried on full-length dresses, my consultant was showing me bustle options. Her first go-to dress for a full-length vintage-like dress was a corset-back:
(My thoughts were like, help me! I am trapped in the Victorian-era mixed with contemporary strapless top.) I was thinking, I like the front bottom, but am really worried for my Maid/Matron of Honor on such pressure on helping me get into a corset-back dress.
Anyway, here are the tea-length dresses I tried on.. and ended up picking one of them, which my Future Mother-In-Law and I both love.
First one was an Oleg Cassini. It was really romantic, but I hate my arms and felt like I needed a bolero immediately.
This dress didn’t have the lace I was looking for. I liked the longer almost-train-like thing in the back though:
And this is the dress that I kept comparing other dresses with; though, in these pictures, it lacks flounce as DB didn’t have any petticoats availabe that day. The last picture on the left shows the difference with a petticoat and without (right side).
My consultant made me order one or two sizes too big, but it’s better to size down than having to rework a dress that is too small. The estimated quote to take the top side-hems in was around $65 CAD, after tax.
Avoid Sundays as they don’t have enough consultants to meet walk-ins/appointments. I didn’t mind sharing my consultant with other brides/grads as it gave me more time to consider my options. I was there to look for a dress without breaking my savings. 🙂
My only regret was not waiting/shopping around for my finger-tip length ivory veil. $149+GST for a veil embroidered with lace applique/glass pearls is a bit steep even if it matched my dress perfectly. (You can find cheaper veils on Etsy)
I love ALL your dresses ladies!! So beautiful! I love my dress from David’s Bridal too. It’s a Galina Signature dress. I first fell in love with a dress that looked just like this one, but it was a Pronovias dress with a $2700 price tag. This one I found for $950! These pics are without alterations, so it will look better after I don’t have to try and hold my dress tight in back! lol
The last picture is trying to show how long the train is in the back (i’m not wearing the belt in this picture). Sorry for the quality of the pics not being so great!
I’m also thinking of altering it into a sweetheart neckline. 🙂
I love my dress from DB
Here’s one of me this afternoon, at my 2nd fitting.
Here’s mine… I had to order it online since my David’s didn’t carry it. I want to put it on every day 🙂
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