Post # 1
I visited David’s Bridal a few weeks ago. First off, it was a horrible experience and I did not buy a dress there – could’ve been the overly ambitious sales people throwing all kinds of accessories on me after I had what they thought was "the" dress. "here is a necklace, and how about these shoes and these gloves." Though they almost had me when they wanted to sell the whole package (dress, shoes, veil, tiara, etc) for $500 – a third of the price of the dress I later bought at a bridal salon down the street.
Anyways, the point of my post… I made the mistake of giving the bridal consultant information so she could fill out a form when I walked in the door with my phone number, mom’s phone number, and my email. I get a dozen emails – eventhough I tried the unsubscribe button, they still come. And I’ve received at least 3 calls from vendors that they must’ve sold my number to – last week was a photographer, this week was another photographer and today was a DJ. And my mom gets the phone calls! Has anyone else had this happen?
I wish they would stop calling me – but I think its too late. I hope that after my wedding they at least stop – I imagine next they will probably have real estate agents, life insurance, daycare and babysitters calling all at the right moments after marriage.
I suppose future David Bridal shoppers should beware not to give your personal information to them unless you are interested in using their vendors.
Post # 3
I got my dress at David’s (lovely experience) but never got any phone calls.
I did go to a couple of bridal shows. After the first one I was inundated wtih phone calls (mostly scams- like "you won a vacation, just come listen to our sales pitch") and e-mails. So at the second one I didn’t give my number and I set up a wedding related e-mail so my regular account wasn’t swamped.
Post # 4
I’m sorry this was your experience. When I was asked to register, I gave them a fake number, but I was lucky enough to read that they give out your number prior to my trip there. I also have a wedding related e-mail address that use solely for wedding related stuff. I think your post is a good reminder about this.
Post # 5
I have also been receiving an aggravating amount of wedding spam via e-mail and calls to my cell phone, and I’m not sure if they got my information from David’s Bridal, House of Brides in Chicago or both. This has been one of the few irritants in an otherwise super pleasant and fun wedding planning experience so far.
I’m mostly annoyed because I’m pretty vigilant at not signing up for crappy e-mail stuff and I also believe companies should be responsible about offering clear ways to opt out of mailings. There was definitely no way to opt out of wedding spam at House of Brides, where I was required to enter my information on a computer, and there was no way of advancing to the next screen without completing the fields on the current screen. Worst of all, when I went to a separate House of Brides location for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, they made me enter all of my information again. I wanted to cry.
My only hope is that my personal information is programmed to self-destruct or whatever shortly after my wedding date.
Post # 6
Yeah, I got this too. The worst one was a makeup consultant over 100 miles away who said she’d already scheduled an appointment for me and that I "had" to show up. I said no, as my wedding was almost a year and a half away at that point and I had no interest in driving that far. She was incredibly rude after that and then hung up. I’ve gotten several other ones as well, it’s very annoying.
Post # 7
I also had a very bad experience at David’s Bridal. And the number of phone calls and e-mails I started to receive were astronomical. I just continued to unsubscribe to the e-mails, I would sit down once a week and do it. Eventually they did slow down. As for the phone calls, they have definately slowed down, but I notice spurts where whoever they sold my number to said "You’ve won a vacation!", and all you have to do is…..how annoying!
Post # 8
I bought my dress at David and havent recieved any phone calls. Im sorry that some of you have had a bad experience with them. The only nagging phone calls that I’ve got came after my Fiance and I went to a bridal show. The Pink Apron people have called a MILLION times! Fisrt it started out that we won something. I was kinda excited, im not gonna lie. But I get off the phone and 20 min later a different woman from the company calls me to give me the same info I just recieved. Then the next day 3 other ladys called. This went on for weeks. Turns out this was just some sales thing and they wanted us to go sit through a 90 min sales pitch to get some matching aprons and a free trip to some 2 star resort. No thanks! We pass!
Post # 9
Ugh. Bridal shows are the WORST! They give out your information to every vendor and I’ve been deleting e-mails and voice mails from them ever since. I also think I received a free subscription to Modern Bride from a bridal show I attended or a vendor, and while I love getting it now I am hoping the subscription will magically end after my wedding date…I wouldn’t know how to cancel it!
Post # 10
Yes yes yes, they do give out your number, although when I filled out the registration there was an option not to receive emails, which I did check and have not had problems with that. As far as phone calls though, I get them constantly and most of the vendors have already set up appointments for you like Annui described. Since I went to David’s in a city where I don’t live, I just keep telling them all its 300 miles from my home and they have all understood.
To carry on the rant though, my shopping experience with David’s was not fun. It was the poor lady who helped me’s first day, and the manager kept giving her very audible tips on how to make the sale. "When she tries on an expensive dress, tell her that’s the one." "She says that her wedding is in ten months. Tell her it will take us 8 months to get the dress ready so she has to buy now." and so on. I ended up thanking the consultant that helped me and telling the manager that since I still had two months (by her calculations) to choose a dress, I would keep looking. The truth was I only went to David’s to get a good idea of how a variety of styles looked on me, but they were hell-bent on pushing the styles that I was least interested in if it was more expensive. So all in all it was not even helpful for that.
Post # 11
I went to DB too and I did receive a FEW phone calls from some chick at Mary Kay telling me I won a make-over. I just told her I wasn’t interested and hung up. After that I’d get a few random calls from an 800 number and I just didn’t answer. i haven’t gotten any spam mail and the phone calls have stopped. Yes, it was annoying.
And what is with the Pushy sales people? Seriously, they tried to get me to buy a bunch of stuff from them too and I had to say NO firmly several times before they understood that I wasn’t buying that from them.
Post # 12
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
I didnt go to Davids, but I made the mistake of visiting long island weddings.com because I wanted to see a picture that was posted there and could only be seen by members. I get probably 10 spam emails a day AND phone calls on top of that. Don’t don’t don’t give them your phone number!
Post # 13
I had this happen to me when i was "new" to the planning world. I entered a "contest" on their website and needless to say, months later I am still trying the unsubscribe button with no luck.
Post # 14
Whenever you give anyone your phone number you have to assume you’re going to get annoying phone calls.
I went to DB also and the first thing they did was ask me all about my contact info so they could "send me information to help with my planning process". I said no thank you and didn’t give them my phone number or email, I did give them my address figuring it was the least invasive way to contact me. I have been getting tons of postcards and mail from different wedding vendors though.
My experience with davids bridal was decent, except the girl was also helping 2 other brides at the same time. I ended up buying a DB dress that I loved on ebay for less than half the original price.
Bottom line, dont give out your number to any one in retail. Its their job to sell you things.
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
They did the same to me! I didn’t get a dress there because I didn’t try any that I cared for, and the next day I got a call from mens warehouse!!! I called them up and told them not to give out any of my info and not to sign me up for any mailings etc, and luckily I haven’t had any unwanted calls since. The nerve!
Post # 16
I got a bunch of calls after giving my number to David’s bridal. To every vendor, I said, I have already booked a vendor (in whatever their business is), please take me off you calling list as I am not going to use your services. They usually did not call again.
Also, the calls have totally stopped now that the wedding is over. I suppose you could call DB and tell them to update their lists with your "new" wedding date of "next week." Or tell them (or vendors who call unsolicited) that you’ve cancelled your wedding. That might put a damper on it.