Post # 1
I am not really sure what route I want to go with getting my wedding dress because I have a pretty small budget: Have it made in china, make it myself, luck into finding a cheap dress I love, etc.
I am cursed with that disease where I always manage to love the most expensive thing I see, if I see the price tag or not. Ugh.
I definitely want to try some dresses on my body before anything to get a feel for what I like on myself.
What are your experiences with David’s Bridal. I don’t particularly care for the overall quality I see in the photos on their site. However, I have seen a lot of brides on weddingbee in beautiful David’s Bridal gowns that don’t look cheap at all. Also, if I do find something I love I have to possibity of being able to fit it into the budget.
On a separate note: Because I am also looking to go gown shopping not to necessarily purchase a gown, but to have the experience would you recommend I go somewhere more boutiquey to get a more up-scale experience, or is DB good enough?
Thank you ladies
EDIT: Should have mentioned this, because it’s important info. Budget is less than 500, and I am looking for a laid back, but still elegant and wedding-gown of my life beachy dress. I like a look that says I am not trying too hard at all, but I look stunning anyway. I must have a dress that “flows.” I hate the look of a super stiff wedding down that doesn’t move when you walk.
Post # 3
I loved Davids Bridal. I had the most wonderful experience there. I actually bought my first dress therr years agi, but because of deployment and family things, we postponed the wedding. the dress no longer fit me, so I took it back and the girl who had helped me choose my dress years ago was now a store manager. Even though itnwas way past the return date, because i still had the tags on it and it was in perfect condition, she let me exchange my dress for a new one. I had been crying my eyes out the entire way there stressing over the wedding and everything that was going on, and they were just the sweetest! They made me feel wonderful and special, just like every bride should! They have a big selection, and a wide variety of prices, so im sure you can find something! They can order things in quickly, and do alterations there. I have purchased several special occasion dresses there and had them altered through them and it has always been a good experience!!
Post # 4
I went to DB for my first time trying on dresses. I went yesterday actually. My problem was that the style dress I want, as the sales girl put it, “david’s bridal just isn’t there yet”. The majority of their dresses are strapless. I walked around and look at dresses by myself before the sales girl was assigned to me- I honestly only found 2 dresses that were worth trying on (in terms of what I was looking for) but there were a few others that I thought were pretty. I think their lace looks cheap so maybe if you want a lace dress, don’t have very high expectations.
I wasn’t pressured to buy anything. It was a pretty quick process, literally 30 minutes to try on the 3 dresses and then I left. The store is kind of a madhouse though.
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2014 - Omni on San Antonio riverwalk
I just posted pics of my dress on my wedding day. It was perfect! My complete outfit, shoes, alterations and all for less than 900$. Check my recent post it was beautiful. I would recommend going to davids during the week with only one or two people. When they r not busy like a tuesday first thing in the morning. also do ur hair and makeup maybe wear spanx and a good bra so u get a real idea of what it will be like. Don’t tell them your budget, just say you would like to see clearance dresses. Also check their site for clearance styles u may want to try on. U can easily find a dress there for less than 500$. Messagwine privately and tell me what ur budget is, I’m a great shopper ill check the website.
Post # 6
We went there for bridesmaid dresses, since one gal lives 7 hours away. They had a more limited number of colors, than I expected, so it didn’t work out. They have you fill out an information form. I’m still getting spam e-mails from vendors, etc., who they shared my e-mail with. Not happy abut that at all. I did buy my bridal shoes and sandals there, though. Didn’t look at any bridal, flower girl, etc.
Post # 7
I had a great experience there & my beautiful Galina dress is hanging in my closet waiting for December to get here. As long as you have a consultant that is attentive and willing to help you find the perfect look for you then it’ll be wonderful. And if you are having issues don’t be afraid to speak up & let someone know you aren’t happy with your experience. They really aren’t as bad as people make them out to be. And you can’t beat the prices! Happy shopping!
Post # 8
I used to work at Davids Bridal and that is where I found my dress. I think it is worth a shot expecially since this time of year they have a huge sale.
Just be warned that their sales team is trained to up sell you or get you to sign up for their credit card. They will always offer lay away as the last option!
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
I went the day after Christmas with my mom, Future Mother-In-Law, and FSMIL. It was a wonderful experience! The store was quiet (a Thursday, the day after Christmas was bound to be). I went that day because my parents were in town from out of state, and I didn’t know the next time I would be able to have all three moms together. We had been engaged for all of 4 days, and my ring hadn’t even come in yet! So, we didn’t have a date, we didn’t know anything, so I went into the appointment telling them I simply needed to try on different shapes and textures. Well, 3.5 hours later, I walked out having ordered my dress. I didn’t feel pressured to buy that day.
Post # 10
I went twice. both times i had an appointment, and both with the same consultant… The first time was great, she was very attentive and listened and didnt push anything… The second time though she was double booked, left me in a dress i didnt like for like a half hour and just seemed like she wanted me gone so she could focus on her other bride…
very hit or miss i guess
Post # 11
@freshflowers: if you’re looking for the bridal experience like you mentioned, DB is not going to cut it. I went there when my friend’s sister was looking for dresses, and I hadn’t heard of it before. It had just recently opened up where I live, but despite being new, it was so dingey. It truly is the walmart of bridal dress shops. No one is going to be fawning over you and handing you a glass of champagne, but the upside to that is cheap dresses.
Personally, I want to have the bridal experience too. If I was on a budget, I’d order a preowned dress before ever going back to David’s.
Post # 12
David’s Bridal on a weekday morning was a very pleasant experience. My Maid/Matron of Honor and I went together on a Thursday at 11 am (we’re both getting married in the same month, so we were both trying on bridal gowns), and had a very nice laid-back appointment and almost the entire store to ourselves. She found her dress there, and I almost did, but eventually chose to buy online.
Post # 13
I had a great experience at DB, but I went to a small store in the middle of a weekday, so there was literally only one other bride there. My consultant was awesome!
Honestly, yes, the quality isn’t amazing. I didn’t want to spend a zillion dollars on my dress, though, so it was more than good enough for me! I’ve heard that quality doesn’t really become way better until we’re talking, like $5000 dresses–otherwise you’ll be seeing mostly synthetics, or so they say.
I tried some dresses on in regular bridal boutiques first. I’m not sure I would have done that if there was no way we could have afforded a more expensive dress–if I had really fallen in love with something, I would have wanted to be able to get it, you know? But my natural cheapness I think prevented me from doing so. 🙂
Here’s my dress!
Post # 14
@freshflowers: I wanted to spend under $500 and literally had an emotional break down after trying on the hideous gowns in my budget at DB (no offense to anyone who loved their inexpensive DB dress). I went straight to Macy’s after the appointmet and found a BCBG wedding dress off the rack for $200 that was GORGEOUS!! With alterations, my dress cost me about $440 total.
Post # 15
Warning they spam you like there is no tomorrow. I bought a dress from them for $99 was looking at getting a 2nd one, but decided to go with a smaller bouquite since I found a dress that I liked better but also because they kept calling me multiple times a day, to make another appointment to get the other dress, I finally told them they needed to stop calling me everyday multiple times, and to put me on the do not call list. Honestly I didn’t want to go back to them for bridesmaids dresses but they were the most affordable option for my maids so we did, diff having my girls alter their dresses elsewhere.
Post # 16
@mousiegirl: Ya. I am scared I will do what you did and have a breakdown. Gosh, does that make me sound bad/spoiled??? Idk, but it is an honest fear of mine. And I don’t want that to be my dress experience.
I get really frustrated when I cannot find what I am picturing in my head.