Post # 1
We are getting married in May, and although I thought I would find THE Dress at a boutique shop in my area, I actually found it at David’s! What concerns me, however, is that I will have to get the dress altered, and since they are a larger store, I am worried about the quality of the alterations. I ordered it in a size larger than I am so I will have to have it taken in both waist-wise and length-wise. My Dress is lace and I am worried that the tailor working at the store may not be as qualified as someone indepent of them.
Has anyone out there had any experience with getting their wedding dress altered there? If so, could you please comment on the quality of the workmanship and overall experience? I know it will depend on the store’s individual employee, but we have had some mix-ups with the bridesmaids’ dress orders and my dress is so delicate I am just afraid of any mistakes!!
Post # 3
My friend had alterations on a Bridesmaid or Best Man dress done at David’s. The quality was fine, but she was frustrated by how long it took considering that she only needed to have straps shortened. If I remember right, it took something like 2 months. She was glad she had told them the wedding was a month earlier than it really was. (It was done well in time for the wedding though).
Post # 4
My SIL had a HORRIBLE experience with David’s Bridal.
She went in for her final fitting and they claimed they needed to do a lot more work on the dress. Her friend sewed a lot, so her friend kept exclaiming that they were taking in too much, etc etc.
Long story short, my SIL went back in to pick up her dress a week later, and it was WAY too small. They had cut off all of the material, too, so it was impossible to make it any bigger. They seriously make it about 4 inches too small.
She actually ended up having to pick out another dress that was already in the store, and they did the alterations over night. So she didn’t get to wear "her perfect dress" and instead had to settle for a random dress that she picked out two days before the wedding!
I wouldn’t use them simply for fear that would happen to me too, but I am SURE that it depends on the individual seamstress. If your gut tells you that you might have problems, you might want to look elsewear! Just make sure to find someone who knows how to handle wedding dresses!
Post # 5
Oh, and look at Mrs Pineapple’s posts about her experiences. She had some problems.
Post # 6
I would just buy the dress from DB and take it to a reputable seamstress in your area for the alterations. DB tends to charge more for less quality, and they do take forever.
Post # 7
I purchased my dress (entirely lace) at Davids and had it altered there. I had NO problems at all they did a fantastic job (I am in Albuquerque, New Mexico) The gal was kind of rude at first but she did an excellent job and was super nice after a couple minutes. My friend had her dress altered there as well and she went in to pick it up and it was not ready yet so she picked it up the week of the wedding (she was stressed) but the alterations were perfect as well. I think it depends on the store and who does it. Good luck!
Post # 8
I had a lovely experience purchasing my dress at David’s (I’m plus-sized, so it was great to be able to try on a dozen dresses in my size).
However, the alterations were a nightmare. Thankfully I did something similar to peachypear’s friend and when they wanted me to have my second fitting the week before the wedding I said no and insisted it be the MONTH before the wedding.
It was a good thing I did so because when I went back for my 2nd fitting they hadn’t even started working on the dress! Apparently the alterations lady hung my dress on the rack by the wrong date and they hadn’t worked on it. It took them over 30min to even FIND my dress!
So I went back a week later and the hem was fine but the sleeve were all messed up. I purchased sleeves to be sewn on the dress’ existing straps- well they sewed the sleeves on crooked and crappily so that the strap on the sleeve showed out from behind the ornate and beaded strap of the dress.
So I went back another week later and the dress was supposed to be totally finished (steamed, all the little beads and threads checked, etc- totally ready to go). Well, it wasn’t. The sleeves were sewn on how I wanted, but there were frayed edges showing and beads missing from several spots on the dress. So I had to sit and wait while they fixed it all.
I was so angry that once I had the dress in hand I spoke politely but firmly to the manager and they knocked 25% off the cost of the alterations.
If I had it to do over again, I would still buy my dress there, but I would have gone elsewhere for the alterations (especially considering that all I needed was a hem and some pre-made sleeves sewn on).
Post # 9
i bought my gown at david’s and had it altered there as well. it was an okay experience. i had to come for a second fitting because my sleeves still looked too long on my first fitting. from taking the order up to the first fitting, it took them a month… which is pretty long to me. from the first fitting to the second fitting… it only took them a week (well because they got no choice, my wedding was coming up).
if you’re to do it on david’s alteration, just make sure you have plenty of time.