@lauralynn: I am a size 14/16, and started at David’s Bridal… I hated it and thought I’d never find a dress or be happy in any wedding gown. Then I tried an independent salon, had a wonderful experience with a wonderful woman who made me feel beautiful. Best of all, she was honest with me about everything and didn’t try to upsell me!!
Here’s why I hated David’s and would never recommend them to anyone:
1) They sold my information. Despite me and my Maid/Matron of Honor REALLY demanding, and I mean DEMANDING, that they do not use my information for any purpose other than scheduling appointments. (My Maid/Matron of Honor had purchased her dress through DB two years earlier and went through hell trying to get people to stop calling/emailing/mailing her because they sold her information). They sold it anyway and I spent months being harassed by all sorts of crazy people trying to sell me junk.
2) They made me feel fat. They had me wear a longline bra that was not the right cup size at all so I looked terrible in it (I am a 36DDD, and they put me in a 38D somehow because it was the largest cupsize they had). It was stuffy and uncomfortable. They also made me wear a slip, which I hated because I hate super poufy dresses on me. And when I asked if I could try on a dress without the poufy slip underneath, the consultant told me I could, but I’d have to get into the dress myself – she refused to help me into the dress unless I was completely 100% covered up. I had underwear on, and they were nice ones, too!! But the thought of having to see a sort of plus sized gal in her underwear dusgusted this girl. :/ I was soo ashamed and felt so gross.
3) They spent more time trying to upsell to me than help me. I couldn’t get anyone to just focus on finding a dress for me – everyone was pushing photography, shoes, jewelry, etc. I needed to find a DRESS before anything else… and why would I go through them for photography anyway?!
4) They didn’t listen to me or my preferences. I wanted chiffon, nothing too sparkly or poufy or over-the-top… and somehow they kept bringing me sparkly, poufy, tully dresses that were all wayyy over my budget (which I had clearly told them). What??
However, I did find them useful for one thing… finding the right silhouette for my shape.
I went to an independent dress place, and was BLOWN AWAY by how amazing the dresses were. I tried on Maggie Sottero gowns, and DIDN’T NEED A BRA at all!! The dresses were so perfectly designed that they held everything right in place without any extra support or stuffy longline bra or anything. I felt naturally beautiful. The shops I went to had plenty of sample that fit me, so I could try on a good amount.
SO, there’s hope.. I think you’ll positive and negative experiences, just keep in mind that you WILL find the dress to highlight all your beauty in just the right ways! 🙂
I really stronglyyyyy recommend not going with DB. The quality of gowns you can find through other designers is SO amazing.
Best of luck to you!