Post # 1
Hi hive. I am going for my on my frist(hopefully only) dress shopping outing this weekend and I was wanting some advice. We are going to David’s bridal and have an appointment already set. I wanted to start there since they will peobably have the most variety in my area and then I can always price/look elswhere later. Basically I just wanted to know if there is anything I should do to get ready, be prepared for, look out for, take with me, ect. I know to check the privacy box so I don’t get calls…thats about it….
Post # 3
I brought my own nude colored strapless bra with me, and I’m glad I did because I didn’t really want to wear the strapless brought they lent me. So definitely bring your own bra and don’t wear bright red undies, maybe something nude colored or white. I would say make sure you have lots of time. I went on a Wednesday afternoon with my Maid/Matron of Honor and it was me and one other bride and it took a good 2 hours, so be sure you allow yourself plenty of time. I was really pleasantly by David’s Bridal, I had heard such terrible things about them but I had a great experience there. Oh, and their new line comes out in June, so you might want to schedule a follow-up appointment.
Post # 4
I think Stacy Marie is definitely right–bring your own strapless bra along with you. Also, bring a couple of friends/family members along with you–folks who you think will be honest and have a good sense of your style. I’d advise against going with too many people–I always see people on "Say Yes to the Dress" with large groups and they get easily distracted. I found that having just one other person with me (mom or sister) helped me focus and decide what *I* liked. You should try to talk to the consultant and let her/him know what you’re looking for, even if you just want to try a variety of styles/shapes. The consultant may have some ideas for your body type that you hadn’t considered. I know a consultant pulled my dress for me and I never would have pulled it myself.
If you’re going on a Saturday, be prepared to be patient. I’ve been in there only once on a weekend and it was a zoo. You may want to bring along some water or a small snack, just in case.
Also, if you like something/don’t like something, speak up for yourself. When I was at David’s the consultant didn’t listen to anything I said and kept pulling dresses that had nothing to do with what I liked. He actually told me "well, even if you don’t like the dress, you can cover that up with a veil and jewlery". Be honest about how you feel and let the consultant know.
Personally, I had a really bad experience at David’s, but I think everyone’s different. BE SURE to check the box not to get the phone calls. I spent months (and tons of cell phone minutes) trying to fix that mistake. Even if you’re planning on buying there, I’d sugges creating an email address (like a gmail or something) just for that purpose so that you don’t get too spammed to your real email.
Best of luck and let us know how it goes!
Post # 5
Take someone with you that can help becasue their sales girls tend to disapear. So maybe take your Maid/Matron of Honor and someone else just in case.
Post # 6
Ohh Davids Bridal…. I started my dress search there as well, for the same reasons as you and I am also wearing a DB dress after multiple alterations.. as Jessie516 stated above.. be patient and be ready for a full out stress feast… DBs on the weekend is CRAZY!! You get a very small "box" (dressing room) with no mirror and they have more dressings rooms than pedestials so be ready to wait to look at yourself in the mirror UGH! If you find a friendly, helpfull, and well trained assistant… OMG HOLD ON TO HER bc she is a 1 of a kind!
It may sound like all complaint but really they are just friendly FYIs so you are not blind-sighted by the zoo like atmosphere… with all that being said, go through their website and print off a few dresses you would like to try. Also, go through the book they give you when you walk in and tab the pages you want to try on as well… be open minded and try a few dresses on that you did not pick but the assistant brings over (Even though most of the ppl that work there are rude, some seem to have a talent to give you a dress that may look great).
If you have the bra, bring it bc the one they give you .. welll has seen better days but never seem a washing machine (EWW).
Hope This Helps and BEST OF LUCK .. Let us know how it goes !!!!
FYI… I know Jessie516 said to bring a snack BUT just a little tid-bit, if you do HIDE IT!!! we were there one weekend afternoon for what felt like an eternity and one of my BMs pulled a granola bar out of her pocket book and I thought one of the assistants working there was going to choke hold her… BUT if you want immediate help pull one of those bad boys out of the purse and WHAAA-LA.. help arrives. LOL
Post # 7
You have to be pretty vociferous with the attendants. Best idea is to look on their website and jot down some styles you like and want to try. That way you give them direction at first, cause sometimes they don’t let you look around yourself. They will bring you stuff you don’t like. Tell them before you put it on. And they do give your name/phone/address/email to EVERYTHING wedding related. I get loads of junk mail/emails etc and I checked the "do not contact me with offers" box.
They want to put all sorts of stuff on you. Bring your strapless bra and spanx etc. if you want to actually be comfortable. They want you to wear their slimline bra (doesnt work for me) and their poofy slip thing (no idea what this is called) even though I wasnt trying on ballgowns. They made me wear their flats (even though I was wearing flats that day) and put veils on you (i am not wearing a traditional veil). Also, the attendant insists on getting inside the dressing closet to help you, instead of letting you get dressed like an adult and asking for a zip up.
I’ve had mixed experiences there. Weekends are out. It’s a frenzy. Weekdays or nights are much better and I got better service. I went there twice….once a few years ago when a bridesmaid was in town and once a few months ago when I was actually searching. If you need something fast, I’m pretty sure a lot of their dresses are available off the rack. Be sure to check the prices too…not everything is cheap. TBH I didnt find a lot of variety there.
Also, I’ve heard they rape you with alterations. If you buy there, take that baby to another tailor!
Post # 8
<h3>Thanks for all the quick response ladies. I definatly have a wedding only email addy that I set up as soon as we got engaged. Being in school I already get a lot of mail in my personal account and didn’t need it mixed with wedding stuff. </h3><h3>@ Jessie516–Hopefully my being pretty stongheaded and outspoken will help. Working at a bar has definatly make me speak my mind and not care whos feelings I hurt if I don’t like something. And my mom and sister(who got married last oct) will be there so I think they know me pretty well. They helped mt pick many pagent gowns out and know my style.</h3><h3>@emdash–As for someone being in the room with me.. whatever… I am used to it… doing pagents and danceing(ballet tap jazz…no strippin for me:-D) has gotten me unshy and used to having people around while I change.</h3><h3>Alterations are always improtant. My Fiance seems to think that I may just be able to order the dress in my size….sph, whatever.. I have a tiny little size 3 waist and an 32/34Dirty Delete up top…. there will be alterations i fear. But I heard that DB garuntees everything that they do so I would really like to do it there. Hey insured my didters dress and basically if they screwed it up they bought her a new dress to replace it(same dress)…. </h3><h3>PS: I think that it is funny that one of the 99 dollar gown sale starts SATURDAY!!! That totally wasnt planned.. I made my appt before it was announced. Now I know it will be super nutty there, but I have my appt, I dont have to be at work till 8 so I think im good.
Post # 9
I’ve had mixed experiences at Davids Bridal. Like Carmen mentioned above, their Salespeople do disappear for long stretches at a time. I refused to wear their bra/corset thing, but they did make me wear the crinoline for the poofier dresses. I was not a fan of it.
Once I started trying on more form fitting dresses & didn’t have the crinoline or their giant bra on, the Saleswoman stayed out of my dressing room. She spent the rest of her time shoving various veils on my head & randomly disappearing.
However, I found the PERFECT dress at DB & it was on sale (not $99, but still under $500!), so that makes it all worth it. I had to go to another store to find a size small enough to fit me. I didn’t mind driving to the other store because they had the size 2 petite on the rack, so I won’t need to worry about alterations. I also like the fact that I don’t have to deal with waiting for my dress to be ordered (like at a boutique) & the dress is already in my closet, so I don’t need to be concerned about a store going bankrupt or something before my wedding. Hopefully you can see the stock footage of my dress below (I’ve never uploaded pics on here…)
Let us know if you find something you like! If you buy at DB, they give you a great coupon book for deals on bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, tuxes, shoes, & even a GC for $50 that you can use at popular restaurants.
Post # 11
Whoo hoo!! I gots my dress. It is purdy….and is everything that I wanted in a dress…Sweetheart neckline, corset back, scrunchy poofs….i love it. And the best part is… IT WAS ALL FREE!!! for me at least… My mom just paid off my sisters dress in April and if you use your DB card its always 12 months no intrest no payments on each seperate purchase and so she bought it all for me as a wedding present like she did for my sister. We just bought the dress, a garment bag, and then the bra thingy. We wouldnt have worried about getting the bra there except they garuntee to exchange it until you ind one that fits right… and for me, my dress is a size 4(small) my boobs are a DD(big) so I want one that fits right. As for the skirt, my sisters freind is my size and just got married in a similar dress so she is going to get hers for me.
Alterations: I just need it shortened, that is it. So it will be super cheap sine it just needs hemed, that is all.
Link to the dress: It is style # is T9325 if you want to search for it.