(Closed) I am seriously annoyed with the DB stigma…

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 18
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711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My fiancee and I are both brides and we each budgeted upwards of $2,000 for our gowns since our parents are paying for them (we’re paying for the rest of the wedding). We could have gone anywhere, but at the end of the day, we found the best (and least judgemental) service to be at a David’s where we each found stunning gowns that made both of us and our mother’s cry. And they each cost less than $700 with alterations.

I know it seems strange, but if people ask where you got your gown or who designed it you could always say it’s private label and leave it at that.

Post # 20
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I wouldn’t go to DB because I’ve heard that once they get your info they send you tons of coupons and offers in the mail and in your email. I did get a $350 Alfred Angelo dress on sale, so I’m certainly not walking down the aisle in fine imported silk… and I ended up with a seamstress who was used to working on really expensive dresses that would not take my dress in anywhere but under the armpits (they convinced me to order it 2 sizes too big, don’t get me started) I spent 2 months worrying and crying, and TOTALLY EMBARRASSED to tell anyone that my dress was way too big and my seamstress refused to take it in because it wasn’t worth the work. As a bride I literally did not matter, and the fact that I hated the way my dress looked on me and I was dreading walking down the aisle meant nothing to her. She was completely condescending, rude, and judgemental. It took me so long to figure out why I left my seamstress feeling like trash. She literally knew nothing about me and didn’t bother to ask what I do for work, where I went to school, anything. She saw the price tag on my dress and that was all she needed to know.

I have no problem with people spending a lot of money on wedding gowns, and I do think big corporations and discount stores like walmart can bad for the economy in a lot of ways, but women should not be treated worse because they feel beautiful in a less expensive dress. Ridiculous.

Post # 21
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had two very pleasant experiences at DB stores but decided not to buy my dress there because they blatantly gave my contact information to other vendors, who inundated me with junk mail, e-mail, and phone calls for months. Pretty dresses or not, I will not give several hundred dollars of my money to any company that does that.

My bridesmaids did buy their dresses from DB (all different styles in the same color), loved them, and received many compliments on them. There are a handful of bridesmaid dresses at DB that are so cute I would buy them just for normal wear.

Post # 23
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116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Miss Tattoo: YES!!!!! OMG!!! So I didn’t even register at DB since I wasn’t getting my dress there but my bridal party did get there dresses there and of course they have to put in my info as the bride. Then like 10 minutes later I was spammed, uggggh!!!

 

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@RahlyRah: Thank you! I saw it a year ago and I have been in love ever since!

Post # 24
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597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally, I haven’t really had to deal with any negativity about DB, but I got my dress there and I think it’s definitely very me and so beautiful! I’m really satisfied with it. I was able to pay for it right away too which helped me to have extra money. Fortunately, I also got good customer service at the store. I didn’t get spammed that much either.

Post # 25
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61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with most who have posted that the service at DB is hit and miss.  While I did not get my dress there I have had great experiences with the company.  I told my Bridesmaid or Best Man that they could any dress they wanted.  We went to 5 different bridal stores and then DB because and it was there they found their dress.  I have heard where they make most of their money is alterations and its not uncommon for a bride to spend almost the cost of their dress in alterations as well.  The only thing that annoyed me calls/emails from their vendors.

Post # 26
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7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got my dress there and I tried on tons of other brands including La Sposa and Maggie, but at the end of the day, my dress was my dress. I had the absolute BEST customer service at DB. I also had great experiences at all but the highest end store I went to. At DB, I went in during the middle of the day n a weekday and I literally tried on every dress in the store and every consultant in the building was getting me dresses and veils. I went in there several times to make sure that was my dress and my consultant remembered me every time I went in. I think they got a bad wrap there for awhile and it will take them some time to over come it.

Post # 27
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7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh, and I have never gotten spam from them, but I didn’t fill in the email portion of the paper. I only fill those parts out on anything if it is required but I set up a junk email account just for that stuff.

Post # 28
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1334 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

My dress came DB and it was totally fine.  I’m a real snob about clothes and shoes but their dresses are good enough.  First of all, nobody is going to notice the construction or the quality of the fabric of your gown.  Secondly, all those dresses are basically polyester and made in China, whether you pay $200 for fire sale DB dress or $2,000 at a higher end salon.

Here’s all my DB $500 rejects:) (Sorry they’re so big-but I think the dresses are pretty!)

 

Post # 29
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1379 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@RahlyRah: I am one of those people who doesn’t care for DB but not because of the name. I had a couple bad experiences with one of the local DB’s locations when dealing with my best friends wedding. They just were not knowledgeable staff.

Post # 30
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548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I shopped at DB, but did not get my dress there.  I had a great experience with the consultant I worked with there, best by far of the major bridal boutiques I went to.  The dress of theirs that I really wanted to try, I did like; but after seeing it on their commercial 100 times and on what seemed like about 100 other brides on this and other sites; I kept looking.  I wanted to find something more unique, and ended up at a very very small privately owned salon off the beaten track that allowed me to do that.

Not that DB is the only line that I feel like I see a lot of, there are others.  I have nothing against them or their dresses, just wasn’t what I ended up wanting for me.  Although for me, their service was the best!

Post # 31
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403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I personally dislike DB because of the bad customer service I got.  The girl was clueless and would not listen to me. They then called me 13 times after i left until I freaked out and told them I was reporting them to the BBB for harassment. I don’t look down on anyone that buy their dress there though.

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