(Closed) Dress Boutique vs Mainstream Bridal Store

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
6458 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

David’s Bridal was awful.  All the other local places I went to were excellent.

Post # 4
2253 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I bought my dress from a couture boutique in downtown. I have been to two different DB’s (one in Florida, one here in Oregon). Both of them, I was extremely disappointed. I think the one here in Oregon was worse, though. 

I specifically told the consultant that I was going to have to wait to buy a dress because of finances. I found a really pretty dress, and the consultant must have brought up about ten times that they had this dress in the store and I could take it home that day. When I took it off, she said, “Oh, so you’re ready to check out?!”. I hate pushy sales people, and DB is JUST that. Not to mention the lack of quality. I got a Paloma Blanca sample for the exact same price as I would have paid for the poor material that DB uses. (No offense to any of the brides using DB. They’re just not my cup of tea)

Also, if you buy from a boutique you are supporting a small business. Not some CEO in New York laughing his way to the bank. 

Post # 5
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When I first started dress shopping I didn’t have attitude about where I was going to go, I’m in NYC and totally hit David’s Bridal first- for me, the big issue wasn’t the service I received- it was a) the dress selection (it didn’t feel modern to me) and then b) the materials used in the dresses. Everything I tried on felt stiff, and polyester-y. I tried on all the VW for DB and the fabrication was still an issue for me. I also went to RK Bridal, which is more of a self-serve sales environment. It’s basically a HUGE warehouse with thousands of dresses you rifle through yourself! Not for everyone but I actually enjoyed the process. In the end I bought my dress from Mark Ingram Bridal Atelier, which is a pretty upscale bridal store. Again, I wouldn’t say one experience is better than the other, in the end, they had the dress that was right for me!

Post # 7
6458 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ddavila2001:  I went to RK Bridal the first time I ever tried on a dress…it was awesome.  I was very clear with them: I said I was not sure whether I wanted a long or a short dress, so I wanted to try on a long dress to see how it looked.  They were absolutely fine with that.  

Post # 8
4 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

I am very glad i started at DB. I had a good consultant, and a pleasant experience. She may have gotten into trouble, because i took up all her time, and she wasn’t pushy w/ me. I did not like some of the other people at DB, but my consultant was great.

I needed a little bit of experience before attempting those couture/boutique-y places. I was not quite snubbed at the 1st boutique i went to, but i was not comfortable, not helped as much, not made comfortable, not taken seriously. (i think they were trying to close early that day or something)

I ended up buying from a boutique, not quite of my choosing (hey, when buying a discontinued sample dress you can’t choose the place you liked best), but i am still glad i started at DB.

The hardest part of dress shopping is not to get carried away- ANYWHERE! Take a picture, take it home, think about it for at least a day- if it ain’t there when you go back, it wasn’t meant to be. We’re all prone to getting carried away, no matter who you take with you and one of the boutiques pushed hard (the designer was in the store, at a trunk show, and the dress i liked might be coming out next fall, or might be discontinued), much harder than DB.

Post # 9
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had a HORRIBLE experience at DB. The girl helping me was so rude to me, that my mom had to pull her aside and ask her if she was okay and if we were going to have an issue. The worst thing she did was my mom and sister (18) were pulling dresses they thought I might like while I was trying on dresses in the room. Now I’m not huge, but I’m also not thin (I wear a street size 14) and my sister accidentally pulled a size 10 dress. The girl looked at my sister and said “This is a 10” then she looked at me and said “You are NOT going to fit into a size 10”. Gee, thanks lady. I already know that, but appreciate the reminder! Needless to say, after that happened, my mom had a little ‘chat’ with the girl. She was better after that, but I wouldn’t recommend DB to anyone. 

 Short story long, I bought my dress from a wedding boutique, had an amazing experience and no regrets!

Post # 10
6263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a horrible experience at DB when I was Maid/Matron of Honor in a wedding last year. They were horrible in every way! I did not even consider them when I was shopping for my dress. 

Post # 11
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I heard horror stories of David’s Bridal.  I knew I wouldn’t get my dress there, so I didn’t even go in (no offense to anyone who has bought their dress there…I’m sure their dresses are beautiful). I had an INCREDIBLE experience at a beautiful bridal store.  I literally felt like I could have been on ‘Say yes to the dress’…the consultant I worked with was awesome.  It was the best ‘bridal’ experience I have had so far!  

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