(Closed) Is David’s Bridal considered “second class”?????????

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

A lot of people don’t like them because they don’t create many of their own designs, they mostly just copy other designer dresses.

So maybe people consider them “second” because they aren’t an actual design house.

You can buy off the rack there if they have your size but when I was looking they were all pretty dirty and run down at the store I went to.

Post # 4
4 posts

They are not really second class, more of dresses for brides on a budget. You honestly pay for what you get, so if you are paying 500-800 on a wedding dress full price, expect for it to not be the best quality.


I would also reccomend NOT buying off the rack, as they dress will be streched out or have imperfection ( ex loose beading that would cost a bit to fully repair) also, from what I understand David’s bridal charges an arm and a leg for alterations.


Honestly, if you want an affordable dress, but have it still be lovely and original, my sugestion is find a private maker (ie on Etsy) you could get a coustom gown for about the same price as david’s but better quality, and one of a kind.


Post # 5
505 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I wouldn’t call them second class either.  I just thing their fabric choices are not that great.

Post # 6
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

They are kind of more “budget” than say going to a design house, but they have nice dresses!

Post # 7
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Personally, I cannot fathom spending several thousand dollars on a dress i wore for 8 hours max. So I bought a dress at davids bridal because it wasn’t important to me that my dress be the finest hand made silk and lace or whatever. No one but me knows where my dress came from. So if you want a coture fancy dress, don’t buy it at DB. But if you want a nice dress for less money then it is wonderful. I wouldn’t consider it second class at all. Just not a high end boutique.

Post # 8
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I dont think they are second class its just a big company. I think you can find a lot more styles at Davids Bridal and you can order your dress or take it off the rack if they have it available.  I got my dress there, we went to some boutiques and places but I really fell in love with my choice at Davids Bridal.  The fabric was one of the things I loved about my dress!!  It was perfect and I also got a good deal on it since it was there $99 sale!!

There alterations were a little expensive, but I think they are expensive everywhere.  I had a bit of a nightmare with my dress when it came to alterations, it was not done right so Davids gave me a brand new dress!!!! (same dress but looked a lot fresher and brighter, problably b/c the old had been sitting in my closet for a year) and I got some $ back on alterations and now it is perfect!!! I am so happy 🙂

Go check it out see what you find, its a good place to start!

And really unless you are like this is a so and so dress nobody will know, and nobody really cares!!!

Post # 9
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@foreignbride:  idk if i would consider them second class but i def liked the dresses i tried on at alfred angelo and bridal and formal better 

Post # 10
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@foreignbride:  IDK if I would call them 2nd class more just like where to go if on a tight budget and need a large selection.  I am on a tight budget, but went to a small boutique. I refuse to step foot in David’s doors because of an experience I had with my friend when I was her Maid/Matron of Honor.  we had to beg to let them let her try on 2 dresses.  They were very rude to us.  

Post # 11
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What is this, the Titanic?  

At the end of the day it’s an outfit you wear on the day you get married.  Some people wear swimsuits, some dress as clows, goths, Elvis, some don’t dress up at all.  Hell, some don’t even wear clothes.


They are a more affordable line, yes.  And GIANT, so therefore more people wear dresses from them.  This does not matter in the grand scheme.



Post # 12
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I bought from Davids because honestly, there are not many salons where I live. I bought a Vera Wang White and love it. I think the Oleg Cassini’s are nice too. My alterations were only $115. 

They were also much kinder to me than the salons I did go to.

I do not think they are second class at all. I think it’s a solution for brides on a budget. Also, you get lots of other discounts when you buy from them. 

Post # 13
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got my dress from David’s I love my dress and the entire staff has been incredibly kind and helpful. except the manager she is rude and snooty. we have been thrilled with them also got bridesmaids dresses there.

As far them being second class…idk maybe they are I really couldn’t care less. I’m not spending thousands of dollars for a designers name.

I know someone mentioned you get what you pay for…but my dress is extremely high quality. In general I would agree with that statement.

but in terms of clothes, you either pay extra for a designers name tag or you get a generic item minus the name and save thousands.

Kind of like medication, same thing in generic, always cheaper, same quality and effect. 

Post # 14
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Think of it in terms as if La-z-boy is the top of the line in recliners then (at least were I am from) Davids bridal is Wal Mart.

They may both sell recliners but one is going to be better made and have better material. I honestly only know 1 person who has bought a dress from davids bridal and it was a horrid experience.

Post # 15
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I got my dress at Davids Bridal and i love it so much.   the staff there has always been fantastic.   I wouldn’t consider it “second class”, it’s just another bridal salon, they carry many different price points there and different designers as well as their own. 

Post # 16
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Who cares?  Does anyone really ask the bride what the name brand is — and does your average guest really notice whether its a Vera Wang couture vs. White by Vera Wang at DB?? Frankly, after the wedding day, I don’t even remember the minute details of the bride’s gown, only that she looked good and comfortable in it (or not).  Having said that, I don’t think DB is considered “second class”.  However, their service often gets low marks.  At least the ones I’ve visited, the stores are sometimes chaotic with not enough personalized and attentive service. I do like their selection of dresses though, which often cost a lot less than higher-end designer brands.  To me, it’s the wiser choice if you’re on a small to average budget-without sacrificing too much on quality. 


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