Post # 1
I popped into DB yesterday and, to my surprise, found a dress that was just beautiful. I’m not trying to sound snooty, but I’d been in before and hadn’t seen anything. I went alone, none of that “Say Yes to the Dress” stuff. I had an appointment and had already told them the 2 dresses that I’d researched and wanted to try.
After the “tour,” which involved them pitching me honeymoon packages, photographers, etc. then onto accessories, shoes, bridesmaids dresses (I just wanted to try on 2 dresses!)… and the attendant’s insistence that I “browse around,” I finally got to try on the dresses, about 40 minutes after my appt started.
I get it. It’s the wedding industry, they’re trying to turn a buck, but I couldn’t tell you how flustered I was! Again, I just wanted to try on 2 dresses, and I already knew what I was looking for! Then the attendant insisted I try on the dress with a slip and one of their bras, even after I flat out told her “I’m not going to be wearing anything like this on my wedding day.”
I thought it would be a 20-minute session, and it ended up taking an hour and a half!
Haha, this poor attendant. I asked her which dress she found more flattering, and it was like I couldn’t get an answer out of her. She just didn’t want to say the wrong thing.
I’m curious about DB employees. What’s it like working there? Are you required to do all of the tours and pitching? What things are you required to do that you hate? Do you have any pet peeves from brides you meet? And do you hate brides like me who “know what they want”? 🙂
Post # 3
I’m interested in this thread! Just wanted to mark it for later.
Post # 4
Ooh i’m interested in this too!
Post # 5
you must have been there on a slow day. When I took my bridesmaids in to try on dresses, with an appointment, the place was crazy. I had to hunt down our salesperson several times because she kept being pulled away by other people. She had 3 appointments booked simultaneously and the poor girl was run ragged. On the other hand, after the appointment they called several times to try to interest in other things. Still, the dresses were affordable for my bridesmaids, and looked nice. Can’t complain about that.
Post # 6
I went there twice. The first time was slow in the beginning and the attendant was great. She didn’t pitch anything and was very helpful. But when it started to get busy, I couldn’t find her anywhere and it took forever to change dresses.
The second time, the lady I had was horrid. She had a really bad attitude and every time I wanted to ask her about a dress, she’d shuffle past me and looked annoyed when my sister caught a hold of her. She also had a snotty tone. When she asked about my reception and I told her I hadn’t planned it yet she was like “OMG. That’s gotta be the first thing, not the dress!” Oh and yes, I did have an appointment, I wasn’t just dropping in.
Post # 7
I have had wonderful experiences every time I’ve gone. I’ve been in 3 times. Once for my prom dress (10 years ago), once for my wedding dress and once for bridesmaid dress shopping. They have been so understanding, patient and informative!!!!
Post # 8
I know there’s a bee who worked for DB, I hope she pops by this thread!
I think I’m fairy savvy about the sales pitches and on my first trip to DB I sidestepped almost all of it (politely, I think) by saying things like “Yes, but back to the task at hand” and bullshit. Never make eye contact ;o) The consultant kind of got it after a bit, and she let me do my thing. I don’t do pushy. She was fairly helpful. That was at one store.
The second time I went in I told the consultant I want to try on one dress and one dress only. This was at another DB, I went there because I knew they had that dress in my size in stock. I shoewd up to my appointment and she had the dress ready for me. Tried it on – BOOM. She knew I loved it, took my pics for me to send to my mom, helped accessorize – it was awesome. There was no pressure to buy (I told her about having to wait to return my other dress and she got it), and I was one very happy camper. SOLD.
Post # 9
Personally, I haven’t had very good experiences with DB. As a bridesmaid, they “forgot” to place the order for our dresses and by the time they realized the error, the color/dress was discontinued and we had to make do with the samples in the stores that were in sellable condition in the correct style/color and anywhere close to the sizes we needed. No, we didn’t get a discount or free alterations out of it. And I ended up with a dress that looked nothing like it was supposed to because I ended up with a 24 instead of a 16.
My hairdresser waited for her dress to come in, only to have a giant boot print on it– like it had fallen off of a hanger in a warehouse and been stepped on, then boxed up and sent on its way. The stain wouldn’t come out and she had to get a new dress.
My Mom, a bridesmaid and cousin dropped by a store to check out the selection. First– everything is by style # instead of size now, so it’s a pain to find anything specific. We didn’t have an appointment, and even though there were rooms open, they insisted that they were just slammed and I’d have to wait. After 45 minutes we left.
THEN two weeks ago, we were at one looking at bridesmaids dresses. I am a bridesmaid in April for one of my friends, and she’s in my wedding in January. So there were three of us checking out dresses. First dress my friend puts on? The zipper gets stuck. And our attendant person couldn’t get it undone and disappears. So we tried on dresses that we chose, and my friend just stood there in this dress with a broken zipper– not a good selling point, by the way. They ended up having to cut the zipper– it skipped a tooth on the line and wouldn’t release. And we left. And we won’t be back 😉
Post # 10
I had great experiences and visited 3different locations. Butttt I have 2 friends who worked for them and one of them had such a horrible experience she will never step foot in a db. The other friend enjoyed it and actually got her own dress from there.
Post # 11
Hey there bees. I use to work at David’s bridal. I was a bridal consultant there. It’s been some years ago. Youra objective is to sell cause you make commission and when we’re talking about 7.50 an hour or sell your ass off you’re gonna try to sell everything. Now if u have a fantastic consultant they’re not gonna pressure u and they will take the time to listen and put u in the riggt dress. I always wanted to say Ipulled the right dress so I listened. A lot do not. I pulled the right veil and head piece. Typically my brides didn’t buy their shoes from there but I always put the brides in shoes just so they can see with the heel length for those who would be wearing heels( makes it look complete). Now as far as the bra and slip I put it on them so they could see what it looked like and then took them off so they could compare. Itook pictures of them cause it looks completely different in a photo. I even had a fake bouquet and I practiced the walk down the aisle or first dance whatever my brides needed. I enjoyed talking about weddings and helping those clueless brides. Alsostores are typically lesscrowded during the week at opening and around 7:30 pm. They usually only have one bride at a time. Also the consultants don’t book all those brides to come in at once. When a bride comes in they put her with the next consultant regardless if they are already working with someone. I hated that cause someone always get the short end no matter howhated u try. I always introduced my brides to each other when I had multiples and my dressing rooms were always side by side