Post # 31
I’m going to be completely honest. I went shopping at 3 different stores all in the same day – David’s Bridal, a traditional bridal store, and a “discount” store that sells brand new dresses from last season at a lower price. Once I got to David’s Bridal I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED some of the styles but I just could not get over how much lower quality the fabrics looked and felt (especially the lace) in my price range (around $1,200) compared to the 2 other stores I went to. I ended up with a dress from the discounted store for $1,200. I believe it was around $3,000 originally so there was definitely a variable there, but even with the dresses that were originally around the same price I did feel the quality was lower. So did the 2 other people with me. That’s NOT to say you can’t find a gorgeous dress at David’s Bridal. I was SO close to choosing one of the dresses I tried on there. But In the end that quality did end up being a deal breaker for me.
Post # 32
Honest opinion: if you don’t want to spend more than DB price range, don’t shop at more expensive stores.
More expensive dresses will almost always more or less mean better quality. If you try DB and are happy with the price and the fabrics, then just buy the dress. There isn’t any point to compare unless you do have much more to spend, well then you can shop anywhere you want.
PPs mentioned dresses which are “better quality” such as Maggie Sottero and Allure. What if I say those who can afford Pronovias and Lazaro scoff at MS/Allure brides because those are made in China? And what if those who can afford Elie Saab, Galia Lahav and Oscar de la Renta scoff at Pronovias brides in turn?
Ignore your friend, it’s what you like + can afford that matters.
Post # 33
That wasn’t my point. My point was that many of the “designer” dresses, like Allure or Essence, were at the same price points as dresses at David’s Bridal but better quality. If you’re looking for a $500 or under dress, then yes, DB is a good choice. But for dresses $1000-$1500, which was the price range I was looking at, DB’s quality was not as good as others. Obviously the more you spend the better the quality (usually) but if two dresses are around the same prices there shouldn’t be a huge difference in quality but I found DB’s (and like mentioned, Maggie Sottero) to be lacking.
Post # 34
I didn’t buy a DB dress but I did go in there to look at Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses.
While we were there I took a look at what they had just to see- all the dresses that I did like were a price way higher than the dress I bought and the quality was considerably terrible compared to my dress. (In the 1500 to 2000 range).
Post # 35
Here was my DB gown and I loved it!