- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
I took this off another thread i started and i hope this helps some bees!
Let me preface this post by saying that this is only a list of GUIDELINES and not ABSOLUTES for an appointment at DB. Please don’t give me crap about this, i’m just giving suggestions for having the best DB experience and how to not driving your consultant bonkers.
GUIDELINES FOR DO’S AND DON’TS OF A DAVID’S BRIDAL APPOINTMENT
- don’t bring 15 people with you. this is true for a weekend appt. especially because the store is black friday packed at that time. there is limited standing room and hardly any seating to speak of. also having so many people can make it crazy for the bride, that is a lot of opinions. i suggest bringing a couple of people who are closest to you and whose opinion matters the most to you.
- if you can avoid it at all, please don’t bring children with you. there is nothing to keep them occupied and out of the way and it’s potentially dangerous. i constantly went around picking up straight pins off the floor and other small pieces. kids get bored quickly and will make the experience a nightmare for you and your consultant.
- this one is huge and i can’t stress it enough. don’t come in and spend two hours trying on a billion dresses, find your dream dress and proclaim “ok now i’ll go the the DB by closer to me and buy it there.” that’s the worst. consultants work on commission, that is a huge slap in the face. if you don’t find a dress that’s perfectly fine, but if you do find a DB dress please please purchase it from your consultant unless you had a bad experience with yours.
- do have print outs of the dresses you want to see in person. having the style numbers written down is not a good way to find the dresses as they are arranged by size and not style number in any way.
- do choose no more than six dresses to try on total for a single appointment. and six is a lot. it will take around 2 hours to try on that many and each appointment is only an hour and a half long. if a consultant spends her entire shift working with you and you don’t buy then her chance at making her sales goal is shot.
- don’t let your group go pull dresses for you. there is a very limited amount of space each consultant is allotted. having to put away 20 dresses before you can take another appointment will take an hour. takes time away from making sales goal.
- expect to wear a larger size dress than your street size. we know what we’re talking about. and KNOW YOUR PANT AND BRA SIZE. we use that to gauge what size you’ll be in wedding/bm dresses. we’re not being cheeky, we want you to have the right size bra/dress so you aren’t screwed when you order one too small and it doesn’t fit. 8/10 times i would ask what size bra/pant someone wears(after explaining why i’m asking) and i would get an “i don’t know.” really? really? you don’t know what size pants or bra you put on this morning? i find that hard to believe.
- go get professionally sized for your bra. 9/10 women are wearing the wrong size!!!! go to macy’s or any nice department store or boutique and get measured for the correct bra size. most women think they wear the same size they did in highschool and that is NOT THE CASE. when you have the correct bra on you will look 10x better in your clothes. the support should come from the band more so than the straps and the band shouldn’t raise up to the top of your shoulder blades. just get fitter. you’ll thank me.
- BRIDESMAIDS-DON’T GRAB 10 DRESSES TO TRY ON AT A TIME. 3!!! OR 5 MAXIMUM!!! and don’t pillage through the racks like you were born in a barn. i spent 70% of my time putting dresses away and straightening the racks of Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses because they looked like wild dogs trampled through them. when i had a bridal party i would give them the catalog and have them point me to the dresses they liked and i would pull them, since they ARE arranged by style number. so this brings me to the next point.
- DO GRAB A CATALOG AT THE FRONT DESK (BRIDAL OR BM) AND MARK THE ONES YOU WANT TO TRY. I’LL GET THEM FOR YOU!!! the dresses become such a mess when the parties rifle through them that no one(consultants included) can find what they need. leave it to us, we’ll take care of it for you. 🙂
- DO FIGURE IN THE COST OF ALTERATIONS TO YOUR MAXIMUM BUDGET. 9/10 a dress will need some sort of alteration. dresses come without a bustle so this will always be needed(if you want one, and trust me you don’t want the train dragging behind you all night.) alterations can add hundreds of dollars to your cost. NO THEY AREN’T INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE DRESS
- DO EXPECT YOUR DRESS TO TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO COME IN IF YOU ARE ORDERING IT AS OPPOSED TO BUYING OFF RACK. THIS GOES FOR BRIDESMAID DRESSES AS WELL.some dresses tak as many as 18-20 weeks to come in. most dresses are cut to order so they don’t start making it until it’s paid for and the order goes through.
- DO KNOW YOUR BUDGET!!!
now i know some of these things might offend or anger some bees but i’m really just trying to help give you a better DB experience. if i hadn’t been a consultant before i was a bride i would have done all the wrong things. i hope this helps some of you. i’ll add more if i think of them.
- DO UNDERSTAND THAT YOUR CONSULTANT HAS AT LEAST ONE OTHER GROUP TO TEND TO BESIDES YOU AND YOURS. if you’re feeling neglected do say something but know that she is off doing something for you or the other appointment.
- DO UNDERSTAND THAT THE COMPUTER SYSTEMS ARE TYPICALLY SNAIL SLOW AND OLD SO IF YOUR CONSULTANT DISAPPEARS WHILE LOOKING SOMETHING UP FOR SOMEONE IT CAN TAKE A BIT.
- DO KNOW THAT THERE ARE ONLY 5 COMPUTER/REGISTERS IN THE STORE, MOSTLY USED BY THE CASHIERS. FINDING ONE FREE IS IMPOSSIBLE SO IT TAKES TIME TO WAIT FOR ONE. YOU AREN’T BEING IGNORED.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE NOT STEADFAST RULES, THEY ARE GUIDELINES AND I REALIZE THINGS ARE SITUATIONAL AND MAY BE DIFFERENT THAN YOUR EXPERIENCE.