(Closed) David’s Bridal Experiences?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 17
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4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I had a so-so experience at David’s (the one in Albany/Colonie)  I went to try on some wedding dresses and brought a few of bridesmaids along as they were going to try on dresses too.  They do have tons of dresses in tons of sizes so you can try on your own size.  I just didn’t like any of the styles. 

I set up the whole “wedding profile” thing because my bridesmaids are all getting their dresses there.  They do call you constantly.  And I think they are mad that I didn’t get my dress there, which makes no sense since we will be spending lots of $$$$ on bridesmaids dresses, flower girl dress, and likely MOB and MOG as well.

Also, they charge $1 for swatches which is sort of silly.

But overall, their bridesmaids dresses are very affordable and come in lots of colors and styles.  I’m letting my bridesmaids pick whatever they want as long as its cocktail length and watermelon, so this is really helpful.

Post # 18
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952 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I didn’t have the best sales experience but not the worst. I’d heard the horror stories so I was prepared. Our consultant was nice, but she was also helping two other brides, so the help was kind of limited. She wasn’t the friendliest, but she did pull ever gown I asked for and didn’t mind me wandering around the shop and picking things out myself. I didn’t buy my gown at David’s, but it’s not because of the experience I had there.

Post # 19
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336 posts
Helper bee

I wanted to like them, I did… but it was awful. We got there 15 minutes prior to my appt, but they didn’t talk to us until 30 minutes after my appointment time. Even then, the consultant had me get my own dresses, in a size that was way too big, and then she disappeared and was never to be found again.

Needless to say I left when we couldn’t find her then proceeded to find “The One” at Here Comes the Bride in San Diego!

Post # 20
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80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

David’s worked beautifully for my geographically-scattered wedding party and me.  I bought my dress in California, my bridesmaids bought their dresses in Ohio, Illinois, and California, and we all had great experiences.  As long as you don’t expect to get the kind of 1:1 treatment you might receive at a smaller salon, I think it’s a great option.  My dress was affordable, and I loved it.  I don’t think you can beat David’s if you’re trying to coordinate a far-flung bridal party or are on a dress budget.  I say give ’em a shot!

Post # 21
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14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Give them a shot, but heed the other comments already left here and be prepared to deal with a so-so experience. I wasn’t expecting a great experience, and I didn’t get it. The sales person was extremely rude, condescending and pushy. I tried to do things on my own — go find my own bridesmaid dresses when she refused to listen to what we wanted — and then got scolded for not consulting her before I went to the racks. However, I had BM’s scattered across the country and DB just ended up being the easiest to deal with and the least expensive. You get what you pay for, I guess.

My biggest issue was that one of my BM’s ordered her dress when she was living in Oregon; she then moved to Chicago in the time it took for the dress to come in. Rather than just sending the dress to a Chicago store, they insisted it still had to be sent to Oregon and then they CHARGED HER to have it mailed to a store in Chicago. Absurd, absolutely absurd. They look to get every last penny out of your pocket, and they will harrass you with e-mails, phone calls and mailings up until the second you walk down the aisle. They truly are the Wal-Mart of the wedding world.

Post # 23
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1018 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

One last suggestion– not sure if anyone else mentioned this:

 

The service was fine at DB, but I signed up on their website first and the sold my info. I started getting all this spam in the form of e-mails and phone calls. I was NOT happy. When I did go in to the store they had me fill out a form, and I made sure to check the box at the bottom for them NOT to send me stuff or give out my info. So if you go in, be sure to look for that little box!

Post # 24
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3331 posts
Sugar bee

I had a pretty bad experience there, but I know people who had good experiences. I won’t rant too much, but I’ve had several bad experiences with DB (as bride and BM), so I knew I’d never buy anything from them.  Personally, I liked the personal attention I got from going to a smaller salon.  The owner of the salon knew me, knew my dress and paid attention to my concerns and questions.  FWIW, if you’re on a budget or if you’re not a size 0, don’t think that DB is the only place you’ll be able to find a dress.  I feel like people often feel like this (I know I did), but it’s just not true.

Like other posters said, I highly recommend NOT giving them your phone number, under any circumstances, especially if it is a cell phone.  I got countless calls FOR MONTHS before I was able to fully remove myself from their call lists.  Give only an email address and if you can, set one up just for this purpose.

Having said that, as negative as my DB experience was, it was good for one thing. I was able to try on a bunch of different styles and silhouettes.  I was able to isolate the one I liked best, so I could continue my search.

Post # 25
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15 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I too had a bad experience with David’s Bridal, which I used when asked to help plan my friends’ commitment ceremony.  The bridesmaids were located in different parts of the country, and so when I went to DB and picked out the dress styles and colors, they inputted that information into the computer.  That way, the bridesmaids could go to the DB nearest to them.

Unfortunately on the day of the wedding, we discovered that DB messed up the styles AND the colors, and so everyone was wearing something completely different.  Instead of light pink and lavender, we looked like a freaking rainbow.

Post # 26
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1573 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I felt like cattle

hahaha

but they’re great for a bargain

 

my Bridesmaid or Best Man got dresses for $82 each on sale

 

i went to kleinfeld and felt like a star

Post # 27
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108 posts
Blushing bee

I did go there during the initial phase of dress shopping, but didn’t buy one of their dresses.  All in all, I would say my experience was positive.  I would strongly recommend making a week-day appointment to avoid the crowds.  Also, be firm up front about what information you are willing to give them.  I refused to offer my email or phone number bc I didn’t want any solicitations.  When I made this clear, my sales assistant was able to check a box in their computer disallowing them to contact me for promotions (and I haven’t received a single one).  Another helpful idea was that the sales lady and I went through the catalog so I could choose styles to try.  This made it a lot less overwhelming.  Finally, I told them I already bought my shoes (which was true) and hated things like gloves and veils.  This way, she knew better to pressure me into buying. 

On the downside, their dressing rooms stink!  Puny little curtains with no mirror.  Ugh.  Otherwise, I think this store can work for people on a budget or just trying to determine which silhouettes work best for them.  Good luck!

Post # 28
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I actually had a great experience at the David’s Bridal that I went to (Central, PA) and bought my original dress there (since then I have changed my mind and gone with a different dress). My sales consultant was honest and very supportive. I went during a weekday so it wasn’t very busy which may have also helped.

I just try them out and if you get there and feel like it is not going well…just walk out!

Post # 29
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168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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Realized my rant was super negative, so decided to try again.  Laughing

They took my measurements, I’m a size six, made me order a 16 (!!!!), and paid almost $100 in alterations for a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress.

I’ve heard from several people they up your measurements so they get your alteration business…

Post # 30
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5150 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I got my flower girl her dress here and they didn’t hound me at all and haven’t called me constantly. The dress looks adorable and the price was right. I think it must vary store to store and consultant to consutlant but I loved the lady who helped me, she was great with my little soon to be cousin in-law 🙂

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Please do NOT give them your phone number!  Or email!  I get calls saying I won all sorts of crap. 

Also go somewhere else for your alterations!  My alterations will cost $200…they would have been over $500 at David’s!

I do love my dress, but I wish I had been more careful about giving out my personal info.

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