Post # 17
WOW! what a wide range of different experiences! I just hope that the store I go to has positive, friendly staff. I really want my first experience to be a positive one, especially since I don’t have a very good idea of what I’m looking for. My appointment is tomorrow so I will check back and let you all know how it was.
Post # 18
I have been to 2 different DB’s in my town and have had 2 different experiences. The number one thing I wished I’d done at the first one was to just request a different consultant. Mine sucked. Since I wasn’t familiar with the whole wedding dress shopping thing (okay, I did it before but it was 15 years ago!)…. I didn’t realize she sucked. She was very friendly in a very phony way. That was something I could overlook though. The biggest thing (and I didn’t realize until I went to the OTHER store in my town) was that she just didn’t listen to what I was telling her.
For example, I asked for lace dresses and gave her my price range. I have since discovered that she totally skipped the obvious dresses and I have no idea why I wasn’t shown this or that dress. She also insisted everything looked “Greeeeeaaaat!!” (gag). She also kept sticking veils on me that I didn’t like/want. I just wish I’d been more assertive overall.
The next store was different and the consultant there was awesome, she was honest about what did or didn’t work with my skin tone, she was respectful of what I KNEW I didn’t want (accessories, shoes, etc)… and it was just better 100%. I wish I’d gone there first but interestingly enough that store had awful reviews so I went to the other one first! So in my case the consultant made all the difference.
Oh and I wore my own strapless but not a long line bra, and both times I wore their longline instead and I am glad because it has a slimming effect and helped me feel better about the way the dresses fit. So I wasted my time wearing my own strapless, but if you have your own “torsolette” or similar bra then I would wear it.
Sorry to ramble. I overall like their selection and the dress I am getting has allover lace with a fuller skirt which is hard to find in that combination. I suppose that another dress would feel better, more expensive, etc. but hell, I’m not expecting it to last for years of wear.
Here is the one I am getting (without sash):
Post # 19
Like others said, I think it really may vary by store. I went to both the Wilmington, DE store and Glen Burnie, MD store and had no problems at either. Given, David’s was the fourth place I’d gone to try on dresses, so I was less about the “experience” at that point. Both of the sales people I worked with were very nice and friendly and not pushy. Going during the week is definitely better if you want more personal attention, but if you’re pretty self sufficient a weekend is fine and may be less pressure since your consultant will likely be working with other brides at the same time. I definitely recommend browsing their website before going and printing out your “wish list”, which will make it easier to weed through all the racks of dresses.
I was skeptical about David’s because I too wasn’t sure if it was “nice” enough, but since I’m pretty practical, their price point was very appealing to me, especially when I just need this dress to last me one day! I found my dress, ordered it maybe 2 weeks ago, and it’s already in!
Post # 20
@MsInterpret- When you said lace gown from DB that is the first one that came to my mind. I am surprised that the consultant didnt pull it for you. Actually I am not surprised. DB sucks! There is also another beautiful and affordable DB dress. It is discontinued but it is so cute and cheap now. I wish I could remember the style number but either way your dress is georgous too!
Post # 21
@charmedlife357: She brought me the other one… ummm T9612 I think??? Can’t remember but it’s allover lace and more of a fit & flare and was pretty… but not my size (to big) and seemed TOTALLY uninterested in finding out if the other store in town or even one an hour away had it in my size so I could try it on. I had to push her to go make some calls or check the computer or whatever they do. The second consultant was the opposite! Totally depends on the person I think! I feel bad actually since I bought my dress (same dress) on ebay but tried it on there with that girl 2x in 2 days!
Post # 22
Like a lot of other brides, I had a not-so-great experience at David’s Bridal. In the beginning I talked to the consultant about my budget but she still pulled dresses that were more expensive (but I didn’t realize this until I had some of them on). That kind of stunk, because I really loved one of the dresses but it was almost DOUBLE my budget. I was totally honest with her when I first got there that this was my first time trying on dresses and I wasn’t coming in prepared to purchase anything that day. They must hear that line all the time and ignore it thinking they’ll change your mind… because halfway through the appointment she started to get frustrated with me when I wouldn’t commit to purchasing the dress I really liked (but it was so far out of my budget so there was no way I COULD commit even if I wanted to). She even left me standing in that dress for 15 minutes in front of the mirror and disappeared (not sure if she went to help another customer or took a break or what.. but I didn’t have anyone with me to help me back out of the dress so I just stood there like an idiot – no other sales associates in sight and unable to walk in it because it was SO long). I actually tried on a $99 dress while I was there but I wasn’t 100% sure about (but I was in love with the color – it was a deep ivory that I hadn’t really seen before). At the end of the appointment I told her I wanted to purchase the $99 dress (thinking I could always sell it on ebay if nothing more). She got visibly irritated with me and acted like I had wasted her time.. She litterally ripped the dress off me (it actually pulled my hair as she tore it off me and I yelled out loud when it happened – no apology from her) and she shoved it into a garment bag and dropped it off at the desk without saying a single word to me and disappeared again. I don’t know why, but the slip I ended up with is the wrong size (two sizes BIGGER than the dress I purchased – my tailor has to take it in for me) and I was told a couple weeks later I couldn’t exchange or return the slip even though I think they made a mistake and packed up the wrong size for me. Fabulous. In the end, I will be wearing the $99 dress on my wedding day.. But the price only somewhat makes up for the bad experience I had when purchasing the dress.
Post # 23
I went to David’s Bridal after going to other places because my mom (who is NOT helping pay for the dress) gave me a bit of a hard time about how much the dress I’m probably going to buy costs. She just kept saying “You’ll never know if you don’t try them”….
The experience itself wasn’t bad. My consultant was nice (though busy) and helpful, and really listened to what I wanted and only pulled dresses I asked about instead of suggesting things I didn’t want to look at (other stores did this).
I would suggest printing out your list of favorites before you go. It will help.
Personally, I wasn’t that impressed with the dresses. Having gone elsewhere first, I found that the best silhouette for me is a fit and flare/trumpet style gown, but it has to have lots of structure in order to keep my little tummy pooch from showing (I’m not very heavy, but I’m not super toned either)
Had I gone to DB first, I would have automatically ruled out that style b/c they all made me look really fat. The Maggie I am probably going to buy, however, has plenty of structure and a beautiful corset back that is SUPER comfortable and makes me look really skinny.
They did, however, let is squish some bridesmaid dress trying into my appointment, which was SO nice of them. I had 2 of my bridesmaids with me, and one of my bridesmaids brought her sister along b/c she and I are bridesmaids in her wedding… so all 4 of us tried on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses right after my appointment, and they were completely understanding and so nice about it… I even found a pretty solid contender there!
Post # 24
My mom and I went to David’s Bridal. She hated the dresses, she said they were poorly constructed. She didn’t like that the zippers and seams were obvious.
I thought they were ok, but I don’t know much about sewing or dress contruction like my mom does.
When we asked about alterations possible on a certain dress, they brought out a seamstress for us to talk to, and she to didn’t seem to know what she was talking about. Even me, not really knowing anything about sewing, could tell she didn’t know crap!
Post # 25
worst experience ever at david’s. I say it’s like Ross and Wal-mart on crack but dirtier and busier.
Post # 26
@mishelleez – your advice on DB is spot on. I did pretty much all of those things and my experience turned out to be completely fine. The consultant listened to what I wanted and even found a dress that perfectly matched the shoes I plan on wearing.
Like a lot of people have said, your experience at DB will depend on which store you go to. The one I went to was accomodating and not pushy whatsoever.
Post # 27
I went to David’s Bridal and the experience was a lot different then I expected after all that I had heard. I had a GREAT time! Even though it was a Saturday it was pretty slow (my consultant said they had a few no shows) so I’m sure that helped. My consultant was very nice and went out of her way to find out what I was, and wasn’t, liking on the dresses I was trying out.
I always thought that I was going to get a ball gown. I figured those would be the ones most likely to have a stiffer top and would be able to hold in my “chubby” belly. Man, I had no idea what I was talking about lol. At David’s they put me in this wonderful corset bra (which I planned on buying even if I didn’t get the dress there) and it did wonders for my body shape. Then, after trying on a few ball gowns the store manager asked if I was willing to try on something different (she was very honest about styles she didn’t think would work on my short body). She then pulled out this wonderful gown (picture attached) and I fell in love. It was an A-line flowy dress that had just enough beading on the top and bottom to make it sparkle without being overwhelming. It also has a corset (tie) back that I absolutely loved. I couldn’t believe it! it wasn’t a dress I would have picked in a million years.
Needless to say I was very pleased with my David’s Bridal experience. I was also thrilled that they didn’t pressure me in any way but still recognized that I loved the dress and they made sure to write everything down for the future.
After going to David’s I did have an appointment at a more high end bridal boutique and I was very disappointed. We were asked to walk around and pick dresses that we liked. I figured this was just the starting off point but the consultant never made suggestions or anything. Many of the dresses my sister had to help me in to. I was shocked!. The day turned out exactly the opposite of what I was expecting. I had a great time at David’s and a not so good time at the high end store.
Anyways. Here is my picture. Its my first time attaching one so hopefully it works.
Post # 28
Wow, the dress looks great on you!
Post # 29
I went to DB and I had a really good time. I scheduled an appointment so I had the full attention of my consultant. I think the consultant really makes or breaks the experience. I went with my mom whose opinion I value very much. The consultant picked up on that right away and really included my mom and let her pick out veils and stuff for me to try on. The consultant also stepped back and let my mom and I talk about the dresses without jumping in with the fake “OMG THAT LOOKS SOO GOOD!”
I agree with everyone that the dresses are not high quality. DO NOT BUY OFF THE RACK! All of the dresses I tried on were stained and/or torn. But at the DB I went to, they didn’t push buying off the rack as I’ve heard they sometimes do. It’s a great jumping off point and honestly, IMO, the quality of the dress isn’t a big factor. For me, I’m going to wear my dress for around 8 hours. As long as it doesn’t fall apart on the dance floor or pop a seam on me, I don’t really mind that the fabric isn’t the highest quality. But that’s just me. I’m very budget conscious.
Post # 30
I had a great experience at DB but didn’t end up buying my gown there. This was the 3rd (I think) bridal shop that I visited when shopping for my gown and I fell in love with this one…
The staff was great, very helpful and nice. One thing that I do remember thinking is that they don’t have too much variety there — I was looking for a modern dress with more beading then aplique and they didn’t have much (if any) that fit the bill. BUT none-the-less I loved the dress above. All in all I found my dream dress elsewhere which has every element I was hoping to find in a gown – but we did end up choosing a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress from DB and ordering DIY invitation kits. Great customer service…and I personally think their Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses are awesome — very pretty, yet wearable post-wedding. 🙂
HAVE FUN! Good Luck!