Post # 1
I know it’s generally understood that small bridal salons require appointments, but what about places like David’s Bridal? Their website says that they strongly suggest it. Does this mean if I go in there at a non-busy time without an appointment I would still be able to try some on?
I just don’t get why I need a consultant or any of that. I am wondering if I can just go, look, pick out things myself and try them on myself, esp. if I have a friend with me to help me zip and unzip?
When I bought my 1st wedding dress many many years ago, I went to a big retail chain, walked in, picked some out, tried on what I wanted, and that was that. I liked it. I’m a very independent sort of shopper and I know what I like and I don’t like to be bothered or pressured and hate dealing with sales people.
I know, I sound grumpy about this, sorry!
Post # 3
I did that at a few of the smaller bridal stores – just went in and looked myself but it was really store dependent on whether they made you have a consultant or allowed you more freedom.
I’ve only gone to DB once and they made my friend have a consultant, who was just terrible and didn’t understand what no beading meant, it honestly should have been a comedy skit, each dress she came back with had more and more beading on it. So I don’t know if it was just the DB I went to that made you have a consultant or if it’s all of them.
Post # 4
I walked into a David’s Bridal without an appointment once and I was able to look through their racks but was instructed not to take any off the rack or remove from the bags. If I wanted a particular dress, I needed to have a bridal consultant pull it for me, then stage it in the dressing room.
I think they mostly do this to make sure the dresses are well taken cared of during the fitting/looking process.
Post # 5
I think you can walk into David’s Bridal without an appointment, but depending on the salon, they may or may not allow you to try on any gowns. I have heard, but have no experience, that they can be quite cranky. I am sure they will assign you a consultant though because none of the bridal shops that I have heard of or dealth with will even allow you to touch the gowns. They have to be brought to you.
Post # 6
I walked into David’s Bridal without an appointment. They let me browse the dresses. I didn’t end up seeing anything I wanted to try on – but I’m sure they could have accommodated me without an appointment. It was the weekend and not very busy. I think if you go in with the attitude that you don’t mind waiting (if they are busy) you’d be fine without one.
Post # 7
You could probably try it. I’d still call to make an appointment just to ensure you can try on some dresses. I bet you could get same day appointments (well, during the week at least) at places like David’s or Alfred Angelo.
Post # 8
I don’t know about DB, but I walked into several smaller bridal shops without an appointment and was never turned away. If the shop was busy I didn’t get super attentive service, which was understandable and totally fine by me. I was not, however, able to try on any dresses by myself. At every shop I visited a consultant had to be there to help me get me in and out of the dresses. So even if you shop without an appointment and bring a friend, it is unlikely that the salespeople will leave you alone. They want to be able to protect the condition of their sample gowns and likely aren’t going to trust your mom, sister, or whoever to be careful with them.
Post # 9
I would say the opposite of what you said is true. I walked in to a small boutique twice without an appointment and could try on dresses without problem. I walked into DB and they wouldn’t let me to anything but look at the racks (but no pulling and trying on dresses) without an appointment and a consultant.
Post # 10
I think it depends on day and time – I made appointments at all the smaller boutiques but didn’t for David’s Bridal and I was fine.
Post # 11
I didn’t make appointments for any of the boutiques I visited. But i also didn’t go into the Demetrios or fancy stores, either.
Post # 12
If you go during slow times—mornings on weekdays—you probably don’t need an appt. But if you’re going anywhere on a weekend, you should definitely get one. Appts are encouraged because they (usually) guarantee you a fitting room and the attention of a consultant.
Post # 13
I made appointments and was glad I did..I’m not sure why you wouldn’t if it weren’t an impulse visit? I was able to browse the dresses with my Maid/Matron of Honor and Mum, and we just pulled out those I wanted to try on. It was super helpful to have the consultant there later since she was the one helping with the industrial clamps to get the dresses to not fall down 🙂
I would say, when possible, make the appointment. It makes them happy, it makes things easier for you, and you can always ask to have a minute alone to browse or think by yourself; none of the places i went (okay, I only went to 3 places) were particularly pushy about things, which made asking for privacy/space/time pretty easy…and I’m very non-confrontational.
Post # 14
I live in Maine so we don’t have a huge selection of bridal salons but every place local makes you have an appointment. The Davids Bridal up here I just called and they booked it for the same day I called! I think having an appointment was less stressfu because I had someone right there to answer every question I had.
Post # 15
I am afraid of pushy consultants and I wanted a no fuss experience trying on dresses too. being in NYC I have to travel at least half an hour to get to salons so it’s not worth it for me to just go and see if I’ll get rejected. I’ve actually found it very helpful to have the consultant there with me. Even if you’re shaped like a model you will encounter sample dresses that don’t fit correctly. the consultant can help you by clipping it either to your body or to modesty pieces so you have an idea of what it will actually look like.
Post # 16
I had to make an appointment at DB because the thought of sifting through all their dresses on thousands of racks just stressed and depressed me.