(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 # 46
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    Busy bee

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    davidsstylist:  They have a ton of shades that are similar, but definitely not exact matches, and unfortunately nothing even CLOSE to my color (meadow). Everything is too lime green or forest green when meadow is more gray ish green (not sure how to explain it, but matching it has been a pain lol)

    Post # 48
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    Newbee

    What’s the most memorable customer you’ve had and why?  Has anybody ever truly touched your heart so much if you could have given then the dress gratis you would? 

    Post # 49
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    Busy bee

     

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    davidsstylist:  Thank you I love it too! 🙂 I actually already purchased the sage green tie from bows n ties website! lol. It doesn’t match super well but might be my best option. I got one of the girls dresses in, I’m picking it up tomorrow and I can see them next to each other. All I had to compare was the swatch once I got the tie! Thank you! I will try that second website too if it doesn’t work out!

    Post # 50
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    davidsstylist:  yeah that’s kind of what I was getting at…whether the lace or beading was higher quality. Thanks!

    Post # 51
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    Bumble bee

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    davidsstylist:  Thank you so much for those links! They are exactly what I was looking for. I’m still deciding on the formality of mine, but knowing that if we go a less formal route now I can at least find vests and ties and whatnot for the guys. Even better, some of the simple things (such as suspenders) we could just rent for them and not have to worry about, and assign someone to collect them after its all said and done. 

    Post # 52
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    361 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    Why does it always take SO LONG for dresses to come in? To me it seems really rediculous that its considered normal for it to take 3-6 months or MORE for a dress to come in. Why????

    Post # 53
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    Bumble bee

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    sunshinedaydream:  I’ve always wondered this too! I could understand if they were custom measurements, but since they are standard sizes (for the store I mean) I wouldn’t think it would take so long. 

    Post # 54
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

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    futuremrsc2016:  Yeah, I am having a short engagement compared to “normal standards”(5 mos), and out of hundreds of bridesmaid dresses only 4 or 5 would be in on time. Same for wedding gowns – I was lucky that the dress I tried on in store was the right size and I could take it home, otherwise I would have had to wait almost 5 months?? To me it seems like they are trying to guarantee a sale for alterations, or forces brides into buying something before they are ready for fear that they will not get it in time or it will be discontinued etc. I can understand a few weeks, a month even, but 6 months? REALLY??  

    Post # 55
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    Bumble bee

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    sunshinedaydream:  I agree. I went in a couple months ago, just to look. I knew I wasn’t buying that day, that even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. At the time, I didn’t a venue picked, a style, anything. I just wanted to see some in person. The one I really wanted wasn’t carried in the store, was some kind of special value. So there was one, while gorgous, that the salesgirl kept pushing on me, and how it was originally over $1000, and marked down to $99, it wouldn’t last long, and on and on. It was beautiful, but nothing like what I had envisioned, and I said said over and over I was not buying a thing that day. I wasn’t happy. Next time I’m taking a friend of mine who is very blunt so she can ward off that kind of stuff. And yeah, I’m worried about the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. While we haven’t picked a set style yet or anything, still in the early stages, early EARLY stages, it kind of worries me since we’ll be using at least 4 stores, if not more. And I can understand the ordering early for alterations, but still… 

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee

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    davidsstylist:  hey! i’m already married (didn’t go to db) but i worked in retail for years and i’m curious…i worked commission but never in a bridal shop- what’s the deal at places like DB? is there a range of commision percentages based on the cost of the gown? i would think that commissions would lead to a more stable workforce but from what you’ve said with the huge turnover maybe it’s a negligble amount? do DB stylists also get an hourly wage? 

    Post # 58
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

     

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    tessadub:  I can answer that for you! I used to work at David’s and LOVED! Dying shoes, lol. They use a tool that looks kind of like a pompom on a stick. They dip that tool in a cup of the chosen dye color and paint it on to the item being dyed. 

    They will paint around the embellishment as much as possible, but the dye really only stains fabric, so it can be wiped off crystals and such :). It is a very easy process, and difficult to mess up. Especially with a color as light as ivory, the shoes should come out looking great!

    Post # 59
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

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    cewright17:  thank you for your helpful response! 🙂

    Post # 60
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    Bumble bee

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    mrshomemaker:  I’m curious on this as well. I’ve considered trying to get a job at David’s (I’ve done so much research that I went in with a friend who’s married recently and pointed out allt hese things to her… oh that’s chiffon, oh that’s this) and someone even asked if I worked there lol. But I couldn’t do a job soley on commission, I’d have to have a guaranteed base wage at least. 

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