(Closed) Davids Bridal quality?

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
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Busy bee

My experience at DB was 50-50. My consultant knew nothing and had no idea how to dress someone with my body type. Fortunately my sister was there and she pulled my favorite wedding dress. I didn’t end up buying it because I couldn’t justify the price for a one day dress. The quality was decent, but I think overall experience depends on your consultant.

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

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generaldreaddd :  you got that second dress for $99?! My lord its gorgeous!!

 

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horsefeathers :  i loved my DB dress. Our wedding outdoor ceremony/indoor reception. It was great to move around in.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I think they have very pretty dresses. However, some of their lace looks plasticky, but not all of it. You just have to try it and see.

Post # 19
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Quality is subjective. What one person considers nice another might not. At the end of the day the only way to know if it works for you is to go there and see for yourself.

I personally did not consider DB for my own dress, but I’m also a little biased because as a wedding photographer I see A LOT of dresses. I’ve just never been super impressed with the dresses I’ve seen (both in quality and style)….but that also could be because DB is known as the place to be if you’re on a budget. I feel like a lot of times the dresses I see that come out of there are lower end budget dresses. All the dresses I’ve seen on their website that I personally like and think are pretty are all $1,100+ dresses – and I think at that price point most people willing to spend that kind of money or more would prefer to go to a boutique and get a more personalized experience with a designer they really love.

Post # 20
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Sugar bee

DB is fine. I wore a dress from there, and guess what? I still got married. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I wasn’t impressed by the quality of DB’s dresses. Many that I like there were $1200-1500, so not super cheap. On the flipside when I went to boutiques I was blown away by the beauty & detail on some dresses I could get for the same price points. But it wasn’t just DB that I felt that way…I honestly really disliked Maggie Sottero gowns. Felt like they were made cheaper than other designers. I really loved Allure gowns & Essense of Australia ones. Great quality in those designers. I ended up with a Moonlight dress and paid $1400 and was also surprised at the amount of detail on the dress. I feel like it looked more expensive than it actually does. And in many dresses I tried I on I just didn’t feel like they were worth it.

But that’s just me, personally. Another thing I disliked about my DB’s was the customer service. I went and bought a veil there & bridesmaid dresses (also overpriced) and really never acted like they cared. It took me like 2 hours to purchase a veil because no one would get me the one I needed to try on.

 

 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

My sister got her dress at David’s and had an amazing experience after having some pretty terrible experiences in the smaller boutiques. She had her heart set on a mermaid style and the other shops kept telling her that her body didn’t work for that style, and I was pretty angry about it (she was anti-ballgown and that’s all they would bring her and they made her cry, which is not okay. I get making other suggestions and brides trying on other styles and being open minded, but flatly refusing to let a woman try on a sort of dress because her body wasn’t suitable for it? Not okay). Her consultant at David’s Bridal actually listened to her and brought her the kinds of dresses she wanted to wear, and sure, some of them didn’t work for her, but a lot of them did, and she ended up getting one and looking amazing and being happy. She was an amazing consultant.

Six months later, I went back to the same store for my own wedding dress shopping and it was a miserable experience. They only had four dresses I could try on, they were all itchy and falling apart, none of them looked okay, and I had a panic attack in the dressing room. The consultant wasn’t helpful (but how could she be, they literally had no stock. I think they’d had a big sample sale the week before). I got my dress from a tiny bouquet store. It cost twice as much as my sister’s. But it doesn’t itch!

 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard

Mine came from DB. Where I was living in Florida we only had DB And one boutique. Sadly my father had some sticker shock at the boutique even though I was looking at off the rack sale dresses since everything would need alterations on top of the price. So when we found one I thought was acceptable even if it was very plain for 99 dollars at DB we grabbed it. The service was fine. The prices were okay. Perhaps we could have found better if we shopped around but I didn’t want to so we just stayed with them. 🙂 I think they are at least worth a visit if nothing else. 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I absolutely love my Davids Bridal dress, and I tell everyone that I got it there, and on clearance. Also, I had some serious dress regret and they took me back in and helped me find a new one, letting me exchange my first dress and slip for a new one and a new slip. I’ve heard of some women getting a dress at a salon and not being able to exchange it when they changed their mind, so I appreciate that too.  The best part? That means I was able to dump the money I would have spent on the dress on adding some excursions to our honeymoon – we get to kayak in glacier bay now. Totally worth it. I agree with other ladies here – your friend is one of those people that judges things based on price, and honestly, you’re walking down the isle, stars in your eyes – who is going to be like “STOP THE WEDDING THAT DRESS IS FROM DAVIDS” Silliness all around!  

Post # 25
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Busy bee

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horsefeathers :  I didn’t end up buying at DB, but I did try on a ton of dresses there. Dresses weren’t beaded by hand or anything, but I was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Dresses are very nice and it’s so much more relaxed than some of the uppity bridal salons where the well-manicured woman stylist picks out all the dresses for you and none of them even come close to fitting what you’re describing. 

David’s lets you look around the store yourself and decide which dresses you want to try on. And your sales person is there to assist and support and suggest. So much better! 

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I ended up with an Oleg Cassini ballgown from David’s Bridal and the quality was great, I loved it. The whole experience was really low stress and easy. It was NOT my plan to get my dress there, but I tried on other dresses and ended up loving the DB one. 

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - W-Loft

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horsefeathers :  I wanted to know the same thing. There is a dress I absoutely love at DB, but they I read reviews and some were rather negative (namely the quality). So happy to see this post, and the beautiful brides that showed their pics. I’m not getting married until next year June. 

Here is the dress By The Way:

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