Post # 1
A few weeks ago, there was a request to stop the “is this tacky…” posts. I’ve got a new request: I think it’t time people stop referring to David’s Bridal as the Wal-Mart or K-Mart of dress stores.
I think the way it’s so often used is to put down David’s Bridal as too cheap for something as important as a wedding dress. I’m not cheap, I just found a dress there that I loved and made me feel beautiful.
Sure, my dress din’t cost thousands of dollars, and I didn’t sip champagne as I tried on dresses with my mom and closest friends. But I still loved my dress from David’s Bridal. I loved the details on it. I love how it made me feel. And no one at our wedding came and thought I was any less of a bride just because I bought a reasonably priced wedding dress.
I think there are quite a few people with beautiful dresses from DB and there is no reason to put down their decision when discussing dresses and dress stores.
Post # 3
I think in some situations, people are not bashing DB. DB is a “big box store” so-to-speak, and I think that’s where the K-Mart/Walmart comparison comes in.
Post # 4
Amen, sister. I got my dress there too and I love it. But whenever people ask me where I got it, I feel like I’m supposed to feel bad or apologetic about having shopped there! Considering it’s just hanging in my closet now, frankly I’m glad I didn’t spend a fortune on it!
Post # 5
I don’t put Davids Bridal in the same dept as Walmart. I went there expecting to get my dress but I actually picked out the most expensive one in the store so I kept looking!!! I def think some people have a super negative opinion thats unnecessary, but I also think its so easy to make such statements because since its sooo big and sooo many people go there you run the risk of having more people with negative experiences which is why I think it gets a bad name sometimes. Oh and ironically one of the “nicer” salons in the area has the word Mart actually in it! Just thought I’d share!
Post # 6
I’m with you mrsbeth – I LOVE my David’s Bridal dress! The beading on it is beautiful and runs all the way down the train (something I’ve seen on few gowns anywhere and is probably my favorite part of my dress)! And its a major perk that my dress wasn’t super expensive either.
Post # 7
I think people are entitled to their opinions and I don’t think that they are necessarily slamming DB when they call it the Walmart of wedding dress shops. To me these comments mean that DB is price oriented and more of a chain store than other shops. I bought my dress at DB too, but I am not offended when people compare it to Walmart.
Post # 8
I guess I am a little confused. Is it that phrase you object to, or criticism of DB generally? I ask in part because I’m not sure calling DB the WalMart of weddings is all that negative. As rachel leigh pointed out, it is ubiquotous chain that caters to a very real audience of people who want a reasonably priced dress. That is actually a lot like WalMart, which I imagine most Bees shop at.
The instance I saw it used most recently, the Bee was using the phrase to say she couldn’t afford a dress even at DB, which is generally one of the better priced places. She used the phrase as short hand to explain her financial situation.
DB is the one wedding vendor that almost all of us will deal with at some point, whether planning our own wedding or being involved in someone else’s. Therefore its the one place that most people have an opinion about. While I think it is distasteful to be snooty about things on this board, plenty of us have had negative experiences there, and we should feel free to share our actual experiences, IMO.
Post # 9
@monitajb: I think she was getting at the fact that a lots of Bees seem to automatically rule out DB as being “cheap” and “a bad experience” and overall not having good dresses without ever giving them a chance. Many seem to have these pre-conceived notions about DB that I think are entirely incorrect.
Yes – I know some people have had bad experiences with staff there and such, but that doesn’t change the selection of dresses they have. (My experience with the staff actually sucked – but I still have a stunning dress that I love!) I just think too many people rule out DB without even giving it a chance.
Post # 10
@Mrs.KMM: I hear what you are saying, but my point is that many, many of us have actually given DB a chance. And most of us know someone who has bought and liked a dress from DB. It is not a foreign thing to most women our age. I think most people would agree that DB serves an important purpose but that it isn’t for everyone.
Post # 11
I actually think there is something to the DB/Wal-Mart comparison, but not for the reasons people might think. Rebecca Mead’s One Perfect Day details David’s aggressive marketing and expansion tactics, its overseas production in less-than-savory labor conditions, and the way it threatens independent dress sellers. I like to be aware of where my money’s going, and when I think about Wal-Mart or about David’s Bridal, I’m uncomfortable.
That said, I’m going to be wearing a David’s dress to my own wedding. I looked far and wide but I just couldn’t find comparable satisfaction within my budget. I will assuage my consumer guilt by reselling my dress after my wedding.
Post # 12
@Mrs.KMM: That’s exactly what I was meant! I just don’t want people to automatically call it cheap and somehow think less of brides that shop there.
@monitajb: It’s criticism in general, but specifically Wal-Mart or K-Mart comments. That implies that we’re so cheap we couldn’t go to a real dress store, and it just rubs me the wrong way. It is used in a derogatory manner that just has no place in a community like this where people are usually very supportive of other people’s decisions.
Post # 14
Hold up, did anyone READ the blog? Is that where this is all stemming from?
She ends by saying, “Have you ever vetoed something only to reconsider it later?” That pretty much says to me that she realized she had a misconception. WHY are people flaming her for that?
Post # 15
@KLP2010: It wasn’t from Miss P’s post on the blog. This is a general feeling I’ve gotten from reading the boards and is in no way “flaming” her for the post.
Post # 16
As a bride who will be wearing a David’s Bridal dress, but who could afford to buy a much more expensive dress if I wanted, I have to admit that I hate the comparison of DB to Wal-Mart/K-Mart. I understand the comments above that suggest the comparison is because DB is a nationwide chain known for being more affordable – but then why do you never hear of people comparing DB to Target? At least with respect to clothing, there is not NEARLY as much stigma associated with shopping at Target than there is with shopping at Wal-Mart or K-Mart because Target is known for having more fashionable clothing and even pairs with high end designers to put out affordable limited edition collections. Yet Target is also a nationwide chain that is known for affordability, just like K-Mart and Wal-Mart. So I can’t help but read into these comparisons a certain level of judgment for shopping at DB.
I bought my dress at DB because I liked it more than any dress I tried on at local boutiques and as a size 16 I could actually try on the dress before I bought it. And yes, it was a good price.