(Closed) David’s Bridal request

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
Member
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
Member
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
Member
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
Member
13101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
Member
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
Member
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
Member
13101 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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
Member
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@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
Member
5 posts
Newbee

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 # 13
Member
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I agree!

Post # 14
Member
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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 # 16
Member
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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.  

The topic ‘David’s Bridal request’ is closed to new replies.

Get our weekly roundup of the best of Weddingbee.
I agree to receive emails from the site. I can withdraw my consent at any time by unsubscribing.

Find Amazing Vendors