(Closed) David’s Bridal Experiences?

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 62
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705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’m kind of offended by all the comments about the quality of their dresses. Both my Moh and I bought are dresses there.  Is my dress a $10,000 dress? NO, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good quailty. My dress was made very well and I think it’s a gorgeous gown…no not all their dresses are and you have to do some looking. My moh also got a fantastic dress that is made very well.

Post # 63
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree with everyone saying they are pushy. I went to DB on my first time out trying on dresses. I had NO idea what I wanted so I just started trying on dresses. EVERY dress she asked is this it???? I just felt very overwhelmed between not knowing what I wanted and her pushing me to buy every dress I tried on. She also wasn’t helpful in saying okay what do you like or dislike… okay here try this dress. I went back a second time because I had found two the first time around and liked them. The second time I took bridesmaids so they could try on dresses. And, I showed them the two I liked and we narrowed it down to one. At the end of that visit I had that one but still wasn’t 100% sure and I told her that. And, bridesmaids had dresses they liked that looked good with my dress, but, we didn’t want to order them yet in case I changed my mind and the fabrics were off or whatever. The lady at DB wrote down all the info so we could come back and know what we had tried on. Since that second visit I went to another bridal shop and found THE ONE. Absoulutely fell in love and knew it was the one. It is a taffeta material so I wanted Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses in taffeta too so the DB dresses were out. I ordered my dress, Bridesmaid or Best Man found and ordered theirs. DB to this day, three months since my second visit there STILL call me saying we have open orders do you want us to go ahead and place them. Last week I finally got upset and was like okay I keep telling you guys we have found our dresses, we NEVER placed an order so there should be no open orders. They just kept pushing from every angle. Grrr. But, I have also heard friends have good experiences there too.

Post # 64
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I went to DB a few weeks ago and was VERY worried that I would have a bad experience, but I had a blast!! I went on a Saturday, but I got one of the first appointments in the morning so it wasn’t busy yet when I went it.

The girl who was helping me was absolutely wonderful and helpful, and she wasn’t pushy AT ALL! They had me try on a veil with the dresses, but I really appreciated it because it was good to see what the whole picture would look like. I wasn’t pushed to buy anything at all. 

I really just think that it’s going to depend on the store you go to and the person who helps you…there’s no way to know what exactly the experience will be like – but I can say that every time I’ve been to DB (in the past, for friend’s weddings, and for prom) I have had a wonderful experience!

Post # 65
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I want to make a comment about the quality of David’s Bridal dresses.  In response to WDWBride, I understand you being frustrated about the comments.  I mentioned earlier that I didn’t think the quality was that great for the price.  In defense of that, what I meant was that I have spent 9 months looking at dresses…long engagement :), and in my experience I have discovered ways to get a dress that I have found to be better quality at even less of a price than many David’s Bridal dresses.  My dress is also not a $10,000 dress, and although I could afford a more expensive dress, I simply refuse to spend an exhorbant amount of money on a dress I will wear once because I am frankly too practical of a person.  And I completely agree that the quality can range depending on the dress at DB.  I was actually surprised that the dress I tried on there was decent quality. 

Post # 66
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274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’ve gone 3 times to David’s Bridal. My first time was my first dress try out. The sales associate was by herself, and had three brides to work with, but she was really sweet and helpful. The second time I went, was a dress try out for me AND my Bridesmaids.  We had the store to ourselves for a while. The sales lady was just as sweet as the other. We had a blast, and she was very patient with all 5 of us. And the 3rd time I went was to pick up my gown, and try it back on. Again, great service, and very helpful. I enjoyed it all 3 times. 😀

Post # 67
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I had a wonderful consultant and bought my dress there.  I went a total of three times before getting the dress and she understood the need to look around at other places.  I found DB to be a lot nicer than a lot of other places I went to.  She worked with me to find a style that fit me and my wedding. 

Post # 68
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Newbee

I have had bad and good experiences. The only reason why i bought my dress there is for the price and because my consultant was really nice and patient with me. I guess it depends who you get. Also, after i went in there and created an account i started receiving all kinds of calls from wedding vendors and honeymoon scams. It was really weird. Im guessing they sell your information. Thats the bad thing about it. They even knew my wedding date. But ya it stopped already. It happened for about a month and about 3 times. I also still get wedding stuff in the mail (like bridal expos coming up, invitation stuff). im like watever about it now. so it just depends if it will bother you.

Post # 69
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

i didn’t try on dresses at davids, mostly because the only one in our area is really small. i went to 2 local boutiques to try on dresses and ended up having a fantastic experience at one where i eventually bought my dress from. i did however have to go to try on a bridesmaid dress at davids bridal for my friend’s wedding and had a completely different experience from trying on my wedding gowns at small stores. i was given 2 sizes in the bridesmaid dress then told to go try on the dress and see which one fit better. i immediately knew which one was better, but the salesgirl was nowhere to be found. then she came back 15 min later and said nothing about the dress, just asked me the size and said, oh you won’t have to hem that. i would have appreciated some sort of feedback on whether i should have gotten one size or the other. 

Post # 70
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I had a wonderful experience at David’s Bridal.  I went in without an appointment and spent some time browsing through the dresses with my mom.  No pressue at all.  I was asked if I wanted any help, and I said I’d let them know if I needed it. 

I decided to try on a few dresses, and had a wonderful consultant.  She waited for me to voice an opinion before giving hers, and her opinions were always helpful and polite.  I ended up buying the 4th dress I tried on–off the rack–for $600. I’m fairly certain, after some looking around, that my dress was modeled after a much more famous and expensive designer dress that retails for $7000. Both are beautiful, but I actually like the simpler design of mine better (the price doesn’t hurt either Smile)

As for alterations, I had them quote me alteraions price before I bought the gown, and the quote was on par with what I’ve paid at independent ladies.

As for quality, the dress is well made (seaming well done and matched), and the fabric (not polyester btw) drapes well.  When I think of good quality, those are the things I look for.  

Post # 71
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

In all honesty in regards to the kind of dress you want and what kind of quality comes with that!

 

Like if you want nice beading or lace,,,urmmm not so much. But I have a veryyyyyyyy simple dress. Its no lace, embelishments, beading NOTHING and its a GORGEOUS well put together dress. so it just depends on what you want.

Post # 72
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I got slack on another thread for bashing them for copying other designers, but on top of that I’ve never been impressed with the quality of the dresses. I feel like you can get better value for your buck elsewhere if you know how to hunt for a good deal. Still, I kept an open mind and ordered my invitations thru them….And guess what, just got my proofs from them and my name is spelled wrong Yell So now I’m officially a hater.

Post # 73
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104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it depends on where the store is located and who your consultant is.  I had a very good experience there and thats where I ended up getting my dress at!  The only thing I’m worried about is the cost of alterations.  I thought the quote they gave me was a little expensive but I guess I will have to wait for my first fitting to see how much its really going to cost!

Post # 74
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I agree that it depends on the store that you go to.  When a friend of mine got married three years ago, we went to a David’s Bridal in NJ and they were so rude that we didn’t even stay to try on dresses!  However, I had a wonderful experience at the Davids in Charlotte, NC this past summer.  My consultant was great–not pushy at all–I needed a few days to think about the dress that was the frontrunner and she didn’t even push me to make the decision that day.  I went back a few days later and bought the dress.  Granted, the fabrics they use are not as nice as the fabrics on the dresses I tried on that cost thousands–but I’m not a bride who can justify spending more than the $550 I spent at David’s just to wear this dress for half a day!  I love my dress and just went in for alterations.  They are charging my $190 to make the hem shorter (my dress is two layers underneath, a layer of satiny material, and a layer of chiffon), take my cap sleeves in a bit, and do my bustle.  I don’t think $190 is bad for all the work they are doing. 

Post # 75
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

They told me that just for a hem it would cost $100 and thats not including the bustle and it has to be taken in at the top!  I hope my alterations dont break the bank!!

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