Post # 1
What is up with the negative reactions to David’s Bridal? I hate the look some people give me when I tell them that is where I bought my dress. Why is everyone so judgemental about it? My dress is beautiful. I look at dresses that cost thousands more and do not feel they are nearly as unique as my dress. Ok, so the quality may not be as good as a $2,000.00 dress but who cares? I am wearing it for 4-6 hours! I cannot fathom spending thousands of dollars on a dress I wear once, and not even for a full day! Do I judge you for spending a down payment for a car on a dress? No!! If you LOVE your gown, then I am all about spending whatever you are comfortable with. Everyone has aspects of their weddings that they choose to splurge on. I fully respect your decision. However, I do not see the need for people to be snobby about my decision to go to DB to find a more affordable option! You are not better than me because you spent more. I’m sorry.
Ok. End rant. Has anyone else had to deal with the DB prejudice??
Post # 3
I was prejudice against david’s bridal, I felt like it was a wal-mart of dress shops. The best customer service and nicest consultant that I had by far when dress shopping was david’s bridal- no joke. I ended up getting another gown because I fell in love with it elsewhere, but it wasn’t about quality it was just love! It really opened my eyes though, the people there were genuinely a lot nicer than at the other shops I went to!
Post # 4
No one said anything negative about my DB dress. Maybe the people I talk to have better manners? But I don’t see anything wrong with a DB dress (obvy!) My dress was only $750 and it wasn’t the most expensive thing I tried on. I had a budget of up to $2K… but this dress made me cry. It was the *one*!
Post # 5
I acutally wasn’t happy with the first DB I went to but the fact that the second DB I called searched and searched and FOUND the dress I wanted while I as sitting down to an overdue lunch and drink totally made up for it.
I believe their alterations are a rip off but I think they are at most places anyway.
And I feel the same way as you… I’m wearing it for very little. I’d like to sell it afterwards. I have very little attachment to it.
I actually feel this way about the whole wedding. I’m sure I’ll feel different once its here but reality is, it’s one day. We’re spending about $10K on one day that isn’t even FOR us. Imagine the damage I could have done!
Post # 6
I personally dislike DB for the service I received, though I’ve seen many beautiful dresses from there. I don’t care if anyone else buys there though.
I saw someone once say that they disliked laceup backs on wedding gowns because they looked cheap, like Maggie Sottero dresses.
Um… Maggie Sottero is in the $1-2k range, that’s almost half my wedding budget! Not cheap to me. The Disney gowns by Alfred Angelo have also been called “cheap” on these boards… I loved the Belle dress but ended up deciding against it because it’s $1100 and I couldn’t afford it… not everyone’s definition of cheap is the same I guess. Sorry people are being so rude to you about it!
Post # 7
@murmur: The DB rep was the nicesest wedding dress helper tryer-on-er that I had the entire wedding dress shopping too! I had fun at DB. Not so fun at the others.
Post # 8
David’s Bridal does get some bad press. I didn’t get my wedding dress from there, but one of my friends did, and it really was a beautiful dress. I’ve had some good luck and some bad luck with bridesmaid dresses from there (I have purchased three Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from them). I think the customer service can be very hit-and-miss with them. I’m sorry that people are making those types of comments–they just don’t realize that it is hurtful to hear those things!
I wonder what would happen if you told people you happened to get your dress from another store, print out the picture (with nothing related to DB on it), and showed them? Could be an interesting experiment :-).
Post # 9
I only WISH we had DB’s up here (rumour has it we’ll have one by the end of the year- of course, too late for my wedding!). It would make everything MUCH easier.
I’m jealous, is what I’m saying.
Post # 10
I had a terrible experience there with customer service. I do not look down on anyone for buying their dress there, it just wasn’t for me.
Post # 11
Yes, I see bees on here all the time casually call DB low-end and I have heard other brides say they refuse to shop there because they are “warehouse dresses” and such, which I think is annoying. My dress was gorgeous and I got nothing but compliments on it all night, it fit me great and it was affordable. I dont have a lot of money so it was perfect for me but one of these brides I know who is planning her wedding couldnt find a dress she liked at fancy salons, and refused to shop at Davids until my sister told her just to take a look. What do you know, she found her dress! And she has the money to spend on something more expensive. But she doesnt want to tell people where she got it, so she is just telling people its an oleg cassini. And I dont know how most people budget but spending even over $1000 on a single garment is so out of my reach that it seems crazy to even consider it. Do you get the same experience shopping there as kleinfelds? No, but you dont waste a house payment on a dress either, and you still look beautiful.
Post # 12
I had great experience with their customer service. I suppose it is hit or miss wherever you go. My dress also came in ridiculously fast which was awesome.
My girlfriend is getting married in October and ordered her dress from a higher end bridal shop in Baltimore. Her dress is GORGEOUS (a Maggie) but the service she received was awful. She ordered her dress last November and it just came in yesterday. The bridal shop owners were really rude to her to the point she was afraid to ask questions. It was really sad. Luckily, her dress is stunning (she would look phenominal in a paper bag though!) but all the stress she went through to get it was a little much!
I am happy with my DB purchase. I had some dress regret to begin with but then I realized a lot of it was because of all the comments from people that DB dresses look “cheap.” I don’t think mine looks cheap at all now that I have rationally thought about it. And, I haven’t seen anyone else with my dress which makes me even more happy about it!
Post # 13
I spent thousands on my dress but that was choice and my budget. I personally would NEVER speakly lowly about a DB dress. I personally have had horrible experieces with the one here but that isn’t saying anything about the dresses just the staff.
I think there are some really pretty dresses at DB but not what I was looking for 🙂
Post # 14
@RahlyRah: SFreeman2187: I haven’t gotten a dress yet, actually I haven’t even tried one on yet. But I agree! I have heard comments about DB, especially when I told people I have an appointment there.
I’m with you girls though.. It’s one day, and it’s a dress you are going to wear for a couple hours. I could use that money for a lot of things… I judge other bride’s that are going crazy.
I don’t even think I am going to go with a traditional wedding dress, and even though My mom is paying for most of it, I am trying to save money.
Nothing against anyone else, I just think it is “snobbish” if/when people look at you like “oh.. that’s what your dress/wedding is like”..
To each their own.. I know it is a special day, and everyone’s will be different. I think it’s wrong for anyone to be negative towards another bride’s excitement.
Post # 15
@RahlyRah: I don’t think it’s the dresses that people judge, but the customer service. Some people have a great time there and a lot of people don’t. David’s is known for selling your info and spamming the shit out of you. I did try on some beautifull gowns at David’s, but my consultant was off in her own world and I hated the 50 emails that I got later that day from photographers, DJ’s, event planners, venues, etc that all got my email address from them.
Post # 16
I have nothing against DB and was actually looking there first because I only wanted to spend about $500. But I just never found anything I loved. So I ended up spending double that on my dress but I know it’s the one and with my family being so generous I have been able to afford it. I think DB dresses are fine and like you said, you only wear them one night. I think people tend to judge DB before they wedding plan and then realize why brides go there, because its affordable with all the other costs of wedding planning!