(Closed) David's Bridal – yay or nay?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You can really do either but I would suggest making an appointment because there is a sales person who is prepared for your arrival. Sometimes David’s Bridal can get very packed and you might walk in on a day like that and have to wait a while. 

The first time I went I didn’t make an appointment, I just showed up and it was perfect but I could imagine that not working out sometimes. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i have a DB dress. i’m in the US, however, it’s a chain company. if i hadn’t fallen completely in love with my dress, i would not have purchased from them. however, a lot of people also have amazing experiences. i’ll tell you what to expect, from a brutally honest standpoint.

1) you can just walk in, but i wouldn’t go on a weekend. if you want to go on a weekend, make an appointment.

2) they will sell your phone number/email address/mailing address, even if you check the little ‘do not share my information’ box on the form they give you to fill out. just a warning.

3) be prepared for either a) ridiculously pushy sales associates, b) ignorant sales associates, or c) sales associates who don’t care.

4) some dresses are amazing quality. the others feel and look cheap.

they have some amazingly beautiful dresses. it’s never a bad idea to look! but i hope that you have better luck and a better experience than i did with the company. i love my dress, but as a company, they’re awful.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I had to make an appointment at DB to see dresses. 

It was a good place for me to start out since I wasn’t sure what type of silouhette would look good on me. I got to try on a lot of different options in a low-pressure environment and they let me take plenty of pictures (which was very helpful)! 

My attendant wasn’t great (she only put clips on me when I asked for them) and didn’t pull anything out that she thought I might like. She was also serving other brides and was pretty MIA. 

The dresses that I liked there were priced in the $750 – $1000 price range so I didn’t feel like I was getting much bang for my buck. I ended up getting a Mori Lee dress which was within that price range instead! 

There are several budget friendly designer options these days that I definitely recommend checking out as well (Eg. Mori Lee Blu and Voyage, Wtoo, Justin Alexander’s Sincerity, Allure Romance, etc.) 

Happy dress hunting! 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did not personally buy my dress from DB, nor did I even look there because of past experience there., My SIL went there to look for hers… after trying on about 5 dresses and not being sold on anything the sales girl said, “well if you don’t know what you want, and are not going to buy anything, then maybe you should come back another time.  I have other people I need to help.”  She was so RUDE!  Now, this was most likely just the one sales associate in the one store, but it was enough to turn me off!

 

If you know going in to it that they are a chain and you will just be a sale to them, you’ll be fine.  I had a good friend that bought her dress throuh DB just because of the convenience (she lived 6 hours from where her hometown and ceremony was and both locations had a DB).  She said she didn’t have a great experience, but absolutely loves her dress.  

 

Definite pros and cons 🙂  Good luck!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My dress came from there, and I honestly had a great experience with them. I think it depends on the location though, because I’ve heard several bees say that they didn’t like it there. While you don’t *have* to make an appointment, I would just go ahead and make one just in case. That way, you’ll have your own dedicated sales person when you arrive. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I bought my first dress from David’s Bridal. I think it really depends on what you expect in a dress shopping experience. I personally don’t want a ton of attention or “help”. I don’t want people fawning all over me, blowing smoke up my ass about how fabulous I look in EVERY SINGLE DRESS. Granted, the manager would walk by occasionally and do just that.

It’s pretty hit or miss from what I understand. Some places have really good staff, some not so much. I don’t really care either way, but that’s my preference. It can’t hurt to give it a shot.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It really depends on what you’re after, and your location.

 

 

 

I had a terrible experience with them, and tell everyone to stay clear of them. Their quality of their gowns was less than impressive and considering I only paid $300 for my couture wedding gown sample, I’d say it was pretty pathetic to charge the prices that they did. 

I also got exceedingly annoyed with the, “Oh my gosh! THIS! This is the one!”

 

 

 

The sales woman was so pushy, I couldn’t even believe it. I had told her from the get go that I couldn’t afford a dress that day and it was going to be a few months, but I wanted to start looking. When I had found a dress that I liked, she said, “Oh wonderful! I’ll be right back and check if we have your size in stock so you can take it home today!”. I told her, “I cannot afford it right now.” She said, “Well, make a call to your fiance! I’m sure you can!” Just rude, I would never go back there. 

 

 

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I had a terrible experience there with rude and pushy saleswomen, and got my dress elsewhere. Also I have received calls from other wedding retailers, im sure because they shared my info. BUT I did get some lovely Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from them, at a different location. It all depends which one you go to. I’d say give it a shot. You might find something you love.

 

Post # 11
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633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I tried on dresses there and my experience was great. My consultant was SO nice and I actually felt bad that I didn’t buy anything that day…not b/c of any pressure she put on me, but b/c I actually liked her and would have loved to give her a sale!

I’ve done the bridesmaid/prom thing there, too…and while the experiences were just so-so then, it was never as bad as some stories I’ve heard. 

Post # 12
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546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think an appointment is better. And if possible a week night or day as it is less crazy and you will get better service. I had a great experience for my wedding dress as well as 3 trips with my bridesmaids and a trip the year before when I was in a wedding. Very helpful attentive friendly assistants. I think it depends on location though. I am in the US so no specific info on stores in your area. I also received lots of compliments on my dress.

Post # 13
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238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I only shopped there and bought my dress there. I had the same sales person each time, because I liked her and I booked appointments with her. I had an awesome experience. My email/phone were not shared and I only get emails from davids itself. I do recommend making an appointment though, that way they will have time set aside for you. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I didn’t get my wedding dress there but we got our bridesmaids dresses there because they were cheap compared to the stores where I live. We actually went to the DB in Mississauga too.

 

 

 

I would suggest that if you’re going to get your dress there, give them lots of time to order it. The date they told us we’d have the dresses by was NOT accurate at all.

 

 

 

They gave us an approximate date that the dresses would be ready (the date was in April) and said at the VERY latest we’d have them the middle of May. Well, my wedding is in June and the dresses didn’t arrive until the week of my wedding AND they screwed up and had the dresses sent to the store instead of my house even though I’d paid for shipping. The store is 3 hours away from where I live which is why i wanted them shipped to me directly. They said they could still ship them to me but it would take 7-10 business days. Did I mention my wedding was less than a week away? lol We didn’t want to risk having them shipped so Darling Husband drove and picked up the dresses. When he got home, one of them had a broken zipper so we had to go back AGAIN. Needless to say, the dresses were lovely but I don’t think we saved a lot of money due to driving back and forth.

 

 

 

ETA: I just wanted to add that our experience in the store was great (it was after we left when things went downhill lol). The sales lady we had was really helpful even though it was obvious she was run off her feet. Because we had to drive so far to go to DB we had to go on a Saturday. Otherwise, I would have went on a week day when it was less busy.

 

 

 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve figured out the service all depends on your location. I had a pretty good experience with David’s Bridal, but I know of others that have had terrible ones. 

 

It would probably be best to set up an appointment on a weekday if you can manage. With an appointment you have someone who is ready to help you. Weekends can be ok, but just know that it will be pretty packed on weekends. My appointment was at 1 and it was very crowded, but when I went dress shopping with a friend, she had an earlier Friday appointment and hardly anyone else was there. It didn’t start picking up until we were getting ready to leave.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I had a great experience at he Mississauga location. I also had the same fear of walking in and looking silly. I suggest making an appointment especially if yo’r going on the weekend. I didn’t buy my dress there bu I definable recommend takin a look.

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