Post # 1
I bought my dress from Davids Bridal and it was supposed to come in May 17th. Well i just got the email that it’s actually come in TODAY! I have no shoes, no bra, no petticoat thing, and haven’t decided on where I want my alterations done.
When I tried the dress on in the store I fit perfectly into a sample size 2 so that’s what we ordered. It was just a little long so I got the petite size. Since I will probably only need the bustle and a *possible* hemming, should I do alterations at DB or go to a specialized tailor? I have heard horror stories about overpriced, shoddy alterations at DB but since mine shouldn’t be that complicated, what do I do? The main reason I’d do it with them is convenience, and I wouldn’t know what to say to pick up my dress and not try it on. Has anyone had trouble with DB alterations?
Post # 3
do not, i repeat, do not use DB for alterations. find a tailor. the alterations departments at most stores WILL mess up your dress, and overcharge you for everything they do. it’s safer, and easier to go with a tailor/seamstress.
also, you can try on the dress and say you’ve made other arrangements for alterations. if they give you crap about it, just take the dress. if it’s paid for, it’s your property. they can’t keep it from you.
Post # 4
I just got the call too! Mine was due in may also! Going tomrorow to pick it up. I have no intensions of using DB for alterations. Def take it elsewere it will be cheaper.
Post # 5
I second what the PP wrote. Do not let them do your alterations!! Ask around from other brides and find the name of a seamstress who does good work with bridal wear. They may try and convince you to have your fitting there, but don’t let them manipulate you, it’s your dress for your day and you deserve to go somewhere you are comfortable.
Post # 6
I have bought and paid for it completely so it is definitely mine. I didn’t know if I had to have a first fitting there and then take it elsewhere, but it sounds like I can just go and pick it up and then do a first fitting with whatever tailor I choose?
Post # 7
Yup, I got my dress from David’s Bridal and I just picked mine up when it came in. They didn’t imply at all that they wanted me to re-try it on or schedule alterations. I just went in, told them I was picking up, they showed it to me to make sure it was right, and then I left : )
Post # 8
@Equine_Breeder: IMO i would NOT use DB for alterations. They wanted a ton of money to do mine and then wouldnt have my dress done til the week of my wedding… i found a small tailor(way closer to me-DB is like 1.5 hours from my house) and a hem and a bussel cost me $165 where DB was telling me a hem started at $150 and the bussel was the “expensive part”…I’ve had my dress back for 2 weeks now.
Post # 9
@Equine_Breeder: I would try the dress on there just to make sure everything is perfect, but then after you see that nothing is wrong get changed and leave. Do everything else through your own seamstress or tailor.
Post # 10
I’ve never had alterations done at David’s Bridal so I can’t comment on the work, but I would suggest trying the dress on when you pick it up to make sure there’s nothing wrong with it, even if you have no intentions of having alterations done there. I tried on dresses at David’s, and I remember my consultant saying something about how they’ll exchange or give a little more leeway on changes with dresses if you haven’t left the store yet and notice something wrong with it (i.e., wrong size, doesn’t fit correctly, etc.). She said once you leave the store with it, you’ve basically accepted it and agreed that it’s what you want.
Post # 11
you should definitely go and try it on to make sure it’s right size, color, no issues before you take it away from the store.
Post # 12
@Equine_Breeder: Exciting!!!! I just got a call about 30 minutes ago, letting me know that my dress is in a month early!!! I happen to have everything except for the shapewear, which I will decide what I need when I try it on.
Eeeekkk time is tickin’
Post # 13
I bought my dress from DB. When I went to pick it up I asked if I could try it on and they didn’t say anything about alterations. I tried it on before I left and then took it to a different tailoring shop for alterations. It was no big deal.