Post # 62
@freshflowers: I went to David’s Bridal the very first time I went wedding dress shopping. My budget was around $800 so they were a must.
I didn’t buy my dress there, but I tried on about 7 dresses and had a really good time. It was a positive, fun first experience.
My consultant was nice and knowledgable and not pushy at all. The store wasn’t super crowded even though it was a weekend, and I got to try on a large variety of styles and fabrics, which I think is very important for your first dress shopping experience.
I also just went to David’s to help my friend pick out her wedding dress and also had a good time. She was nervous because she is plus sized and has …. um …. gi-normous boobs, but she only tried on 5 dresses and found hers! Another positive experience!
Post # 63
@Nikii_Luv: By The Way I love your dress! It was one of my runner ups! Looks great on you!
Post # 64
When we took my sister dress shopping, we went to a little boutique that was lovely, but very pricrey.
Then the first David’s Bridal we went to was horrible and pushy. The second one was wonderful and helpful. She ended up getting her dress there.
I would suggest looking at Yelp reviews of different David’s Bridal stores in your area. It might be worth a little extra drive to go to one with a good reputation.
Post # 65
I was there this weekend looking for bridesmaids dresses. When your bridesmaids are all spread around and it’s impossible to get them all together to try things on, I think David’s is an awesome option. I had my Maid/Matron of Honor help me decide on our favourite and what we thought everyone else would love. I’m really happy with our decision and the other ladies LOVED our choice. Now they can go to their local DB, try on, order, etc. which is just soo convenient.
As far as gowns, I went with a small (but insanely busy) boutique and wouldn’t change a thing. I ended up finding a dress that was under budget that I adore and had fantastic service. I really think I’d start out with a boutique and be upfront with your budget! Hopefully yours is as great as mine was.
Post # 66
@freshflowers: FYI about DB, you can get their credit card and have a year to pay your dress off, interest free. That’s what my mom ended up doing.
I didn’t think that DB would be “good enough” for my dress and boy was I wrong. Aside from having a great experience, I chose the 3rd dress I tried there. I could care less about labels/designers etc. to begin with and my ultimate goal was flattery and comfort.
Consider this: after DB, I went to an uppity place near me, mostly for the experience, and found 1 contender, but couldn’t get the DB dress out of my mind. It was nearly half the price and just as beautiful, if not more so. I was so happy with my decision that we got our b’maid dresses and menswear from there as well. The tux situation was a no-brainer since we have 2 out of town groomsmen, it needed to be a chain they could order from out of state.
Here are some pics of the dresses I tried and what I ultimately chose:
Here is what I ended up choosing. It is perfect for my rustic fall wedding. The lace was to die for and I was comfortable as soon as I put it on!
Post # 67
@BurlapnLace: Your dress looks beautiful!
Post # 67
freshflowers: I just ordered my dress online!! My suggestion is to look at what sample size gowns they have online, then go in the store and tell them an old email (don’t want spam), be adamant that you don’t want to try on anything over $500. and have dress numbers with you to try. I have been to 2 Davids Bridal stores, here in MA and in NC and the ladies were all very nice and accommodating to me. I was also budget conscious. Just got my originally 549.00 dress for 248.98 online sample sale!! Whoop whoop 😉
Post # 68
BurlapnLace: Omg That second dress was a serious contender for me! but I also took another path even though it looked so light it was actually a little to heavy feeling for me!
Post # 69
Here is the link to the dresses on sample sale.
I also had tried alfred angelo but theirs were way out of my price range and in my opinion the same quality. I also tried Consignment (limited sizes) but if you are not plus size might work, prices were ok. Then the bridal boutique, prices were not even close tomy budget $800+. Good luck dress hunting!
Post # 70
freshflowers: I bought my dress from DB I went in to “just look” and ended up falling in love with a dress! I had a great appointment never felt pressured to buy but I couldn’t leave without that dress! I also had a small budget and there were many dresses to choose from. My Only complaint was paying it off. We put a deposit down and had 3 months to pay it off my mom and dad were splitting the dress. and there was some MAJOR confusion among the staff we had to get a manager involved because no one knew there a$$ from there elbow. I bought early so I had plenty of time to work it out but it was defiantly aggravating always write down names of who you speak with is my best advice. Heres my dress (please ignore my messy hair!) it was $549 afer taxes plus $60 for the flower and sash.
Post # 71
I bought my drsss on SALE at davids bridal and was in love with it and I got more compliments on the dress. I was worried it wasnt enough because it was on inexpensive side but it made me feel beautiful which is not easy feat.
Post # 72
I bought both of my dresses from there and bridesmaid dresses but I would never do it again. First they ordered my dress one size bigger than what we wrote down, and told me they’d order the correct size it I only had a month til my wedding and the bigger dress took 4 months to come in and they didn’t guarantee it’d be in on time. Then they wouldn’t alter it to fit without me paying for the alterations. I think I was too nice about the whole thing, I feel if I screamed and yelled I probably would have gotten my way but that’s just not me. With the bridemaids dresses they ended up getting a huge black stain on the “brand new” dress and blamed the girl even tho it had just came in, they fixed it. Then bridesmaid 4 went to pick up her dress and they told her it had already been picked up. They have signature lines but don’t make anyone sign for anything. They had given bridesmaids 4 dress to bridemaids 3, and put bridemaids 3 dress in the back somewhere where it took 2 days for them to find it, the name tag was ripped off and everything.
So I would definitely never recommend Davids bridal. They have great prices, but not the best customer service.
Post # 73
I went to talk to them at a bridal show in the area and they really didn’t want to help me at all. They didn’t know anything about the dresses they had out.
I had a great experience with a local small boutique. The attendant asked for a budget limit, and asked what types of things I thought I would want in a dress, and helped us find some examples. We did get to pick out some other dresses. I had called ahead for a specific dress, and they had it already set out for me and any possible underthings I’d need. She also helped ‘alter’ the dress to show what it’d look like with the alterations I’d want (less poof in the bottom, no train, etc). Nothing super complex, but she was so much fun to work with. We also got a coupon for a seamstress, and discounts for all Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. She was helpful with pretty much anything – I have never really bought a fancy dress or even anything that deserved alterations, so I had tons of questions for her. Any questions I have now I can call in or email and I get a response with about 2 days.
I would agree with PP that it really truly only depends on location – some ‘Walmart’ type stores are horrendous, but some of those tiny boutiques are horrendous too, and some of all of the above are great.