(Closed) I'm a David's Bridal Stylist – ask me anything!

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Did you purchase your dress from David's Bridal?
    I did not try on dresses at David's. : (77 votes)
    35 %
    I tried on dresses but ultimately bought my dress somewhere else. : (72 votes)
    32 %
    I purchased my dress at David's! : (54 votes)
    24 %
    I did not purchase my dress at David's, but by bridesmaids did. : (20 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 2
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    davidsstylist: Hi!

    First off- this is awesome, thanks for ‘hosting’ it!

    Personally I have already purchased my gown and opted not to look at David’s but one of my BM’s is getting married this June and made an appointment for this Saturday (3/5). I’ve stressed to her that the time restriction on her will severely limit what she can look at but I’m wondering if you can give some more specific details on what her consultant will say/offer. Is this appointment worth keeping? Would she have to buy the sample that day? And to be blunt (but absolutely no offense intended)- will they not invest as much time in her appointment or ‘care’ as much-or- alternatively will the consultant try and pressure her into a rush or sample they’re eager to get rid of? 

    Thank you for the time!

    Post # 3
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    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2016

    What sticks out as the worst bridal experience for you? What about the best?

    What’s your least favorite thing about David’s (company wise)?

    Post # 5
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    302 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    I’d like to just chim in and mention to brides… Saturday’s and Sunday’s of course are going to be busy! And while it’s not excuse for DB, to handle the volume of women trying on dresses at one time of course is going to hinder someone’s experience. I would recommend going during an evening or weekday (take a day off and make a girl’s day of it!). 

    Post # 6
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    Bumble bee

    One thing I’ve always been told is that if ordering for a group, because dye lots can be different, that they all need to be ordered from the same store (I’m guessing they can be delivered elsewhere?) I’m a little concerned about this because I’d be using at least 4 if not more stores and that just seems like a hassle if its true. They’d have to go to their store, try on, send me their size, me place the order, then have it sent to their store. 

    Also, I know that the back can be changed for a zipper back to a lace up back and it mentions how sleeves can be added, but the sleeve options aren’t on the webiste anymore. Is it just something that you have to ask for? 

    Also, do stores communicate with others? I’ve heard both answers. For example, I had seen a dress online that I LOVED but when I went to my store, was told that it was a special offer or something and that none were available, even though it is (or at least at the time) was available online. If another store had had it, would that store have been able to get it from them? Or does each store operate individually on its own? 

    Post # 7
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    Newbee

    Serious question – what’s with the underclothes they make you wear to try on dresses?? I was really surprised when I went to have to put on a corset and a plastic skirt UNDER the dress. I have never worn anything like that before and I found it extremely uncomfortable and unflattering! haha.

    Second question: Do different stores have different bridesmaids styles? I found a bunch online that don’t appear to be sold in stores and thus my girls can’t try them on!

    Post # 8
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    68 posts
    Worker bee

    How do I figure out what size undergarments to buy? I am a plus size bride with a smaller bust. Any help would be greatfull!

    Post # 9
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    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

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    happyowl19:  I wondered the same thing but then ended up being really grateful for the underthings! My stylist was dressing me, and had to do it with the door wide open because the fitting room wasn’t big enough for both of us AND a huge poofy dress, so at least I wasn’t standing in front of the whole store in my undies. lol

    But yeah, I’ve never seen that at any other place. I think the point is to sell you the undergarments…they made kind of a big deal out of how important they were to the fit of the gown.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    davidsstylist:  this thread is great!! i actually bought my dress from DB and had a wonderful experience. my mom and i happen to wander in on a summer saturday, i guess everyone was down the shore or at a pool party, because the store was pretty quiet and even without an appt, i had an awesome stylist all to myself. she was so helpful and patient. 

    i went back for a bridesmaid appointment recently and while the stylist was great, i feel so bad for her, my BM’s which consisted of my sister and cousins were SHIT. SHOWS. i kid you not. it was such a fkin mess…. it got to the point that i was just standing there helplessly while the circus ensued. i should just go put myself on timeout now for letting that happen. 🙁 i will most likely purchase my Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses from David’s so at the very least, that girl will make the commission. although, i feel like i also need to send her a gift basket filled with tons of wine and my deepest apologies. seriously. 

    i am now at the point where i need to make an alterations appt. i also have a tailor i’ve used to for bridesmaids dresses…and i kind of want to compare prices…my question is, if i make an appt to bring my dress in for alterations am i committed to leaving my dress there for alterations? i really don’t need much, maybe a nip and tuck at the waist, they are hemming the front up a little, and removing an applique so i can do a belt instead. i am not even sure if i plan to add a bustle since my train isn’t that long and i want to enjoy it. any comments/recommendations regarding DB tailoring? 

     

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee

    Petticoats!  Why are the hoop petticoats not sold in most bridal shops (includint Davids)?  All but one shop I visited had the petticoat with crinoline and tulle.  The dress ends up weighing them down and the pettycoat gets wrapped around your legs.  I hated most wedding gowns for that reason.  When I tried on a hoop it lifted the dress up, looked great and my legs were free (and cooler).  

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    davidsstylist:  maybe this is a silly question, but how exactly is it dyed? It confuses me since there is beading on it and I wonder if they just dip it? Or what haha

     

    And yay! K good, I figured 🙂

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