Post # 1
I have a problem and I feel like experienced gals can help me….
I just started looking for wedding gowns, and I’ve only been to a couple places. This past weekend, I found a gorgeous dress that might be “the one” at David’s Bridal — it’s an Oleg Cassini preview gown. I didn’t buy it because I wanted to look more just in case — but the salesperson said that it probably wouldn’t be available after this weekend. Now I keep thinking about the dress and I’m so worried that I made the wrong decision walking away.
So, here are my questions:
1. What’s the deal with preview dresses? When do they actually become part of the regular line?
2. Is what the salesperson said true, or do you think they were just trying to pressure me into buying it ASAP?
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you can put my mind at ease 🙁
Post # 3
Hm, I don’t know much about preview gowns in general. It might be that they do limited production at first to see if the gown becomes popular before adding it to their line. Do you have any pictures of the dress? I was just at DB two weeks ago and I’m curious if maybe I’ve seen it. 🙂
Post # 4
I wish I did! But I can tell you that it looked VERY simular to Mrs. Cowboy Boot’s dress. It even had the flowers on the waist… so lovely!
Post # 5
I tried on a dress at David’s and the saleslady tried to pressure me into buying right away. She told me the dress had been discontinued and they might not have it if I didn’t buy right then… turns out the style was brand new and in no danger of being discontinued anytime soon. I’ve heard several other stories of similar, shady sales tactics by consultants at David’s. Perhaps try calling another David’s location than the one you visited to find out what they know about the dress, at least to see if they’re consistent with the woman you spoke to. Then you may have a better idea if all this worry is worth it. No need for unnecessary stress!
Post # 6
kiddosc — thank you! That’s great advice.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
My mom bought a preview dress from DB. It just means they haven’t added it to the catalogs and website yet. It’ll be there when/if you go back. Not cool that they’re not being upfront!
Post # 8
Whew!! What a relief! Thanks, Miss S, I had a feeling that’s what it meant – but you can never be too sure! 🙂
Post # 9
I have to agree with what another poster said – though I adore my dress, I bought it waaay in advance because I fell in love, and then the salesperson told me it might be discontinued. This was last December, and it just recently (as in the past month) began to look like it might be discontinued, but it’s not even official yet.
So – totally pressure tactics, I think.
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Post # 11
Sorry, but I can’t say anything nice about David’s Bridal. I do know though that any gown that they sell is a knock off and not the real thing. If you really love love love the gown, then I would get it. Be careful of their customer service and any extra charges they may tack on.
I went to a private bridal salon to purchase my gown and was not pressured at all. I was able to get a sample gown that was being discontinued at approximately 40% off the original sale price, and I have seen the gown list for much more in the past.
When you do your gown shopping, you should try to stay away from any place that tries to pressure you into buying. It is your decision; not theirs.
Post # 12
I actually had the opposite shopping experience at David’s this weekend. I was the Maid/Matron of Honor, not the bride. We went to a private salon who had ridiculously rude sales ladies and pressured us into thinking they were not going to have the gown 24 hours later. We went to DB the next day and the lady was very patient, allowing us to try on 15+ dresses. She gave opinion when asked, and followed us around being extremely helpful. I was thrilled with DB. We ended up finding a sale gown that was $199. We thought it was AS IS, but she went to check and said it was just sale. They were able to fix a bead that had fallen off within minutes, and we checked out – $99! Just wanted to say we had a great experience this past weekend.