- 5 years ago
I decided to put my two cents in about my experience shopping for my gown. I’ve seen horror stories (plus size and not) about shopping there, but I had no other options for shopping nearby. So here goes! I’ll tell you the good, the bad, AND the ugly!
I’m going to try to make this as short as I can. From David’s Bridal I bought my dress, undergarments, shoes, two veils, a sash, and a cover up. I went in for my intial appointment where I purchased my dress, one alterations appointment for hemming, and the final fitting appointment where I picked everything up.
-I found my dream dress.
-They allowed me to exchange my sash after my order came in. I realized the color did not flatter my dress.
-Everything came together in the end and it all works.
-I brought in a list of 11 dresses I wanted to try on, and they only had 2 of them.
-My consultant also never offered other options besides the two dresses.
-They did not have a single cover up in my size. I had to blindly order one and hope that the fit and style was right for my dress.
-In fact, they had nothing in my size. Even my bra/corset is the wrong size. And my dress only fit because it laces up.
-My consultant was super sarcastic and gossipy.
-I was never quoted a price for alterations at my initial appointment. I later realized that and had to call.
-Their preservation kit was pushed on me AT LEAST 7 times throughout my appointments there. I still didn’t buy it.
-My shoes took a full month to be dyed, when I was told it would be two weeks. I had to go buy shoes of the same height just for my alterations appointment.
-At my final fitting, my alterations consultant rushed through so quickly that I had to ask if I could even try my cover up on. (They took in the sleeves.) I had yet to see everything together, and I had to practically beg to see myself in everything.
-They had nothing in stock for me to take home with my dress. I literally had to order everything but my dress and undergarments.
-All of the orders came in a different times, and they would not hold any of my items so I could pick them up all at once. I made 4 trips to the store just to pick my orders up. That’s not including appointments.
-Even after I said I was in love with my dress (the first one I tried on), my consultant insisted I try on the second. After it was on, her, along with 3 others, began to try on at least 5-6 sashes, multiple veils, and jewelry with it. They wouldn’t stop overwhelming me until I had to make some rude comments about it. They couldn’t take the hint. (I later realized that second dress was $400 more than the dress I purchased. She must have needed that commission.)
-Alterations forgot to charge me for hemming my slip. They called me 15 minutes before closing one night to tell me they were putting my dress and slip on hold until I paid them the $30 for my slip. I was at school and had to wait until 3 days later before I could go in and pay them. I’m in school for 12 hr days and couldn’t just leave.
-Alterations also told me my total would be around $200. I just needed a hem and a few bustles. As she was pinning my dress, the price suddenly skyrocketed to $398.
-All of the accessories recommended to me were the most expensive they offered. Literally. The most expensive veil they carry, most expensive shoes, most expensive sash, etc. Luckily, I checked price tags before I commited to anything.
All in all, I would never recommend David’s Bridal to anyone. Yes, I found my perfect dress, and everything worked out in the end. But I never felt like I would assume a bride should feel trying on her gown. My DB store is not that large, yet they never knew my name. I made 7 trips (alterations + picking up orders) there total, in less than 2 months and they never remembered me. I felt like just another clueless bride to them. My opinions were not taken into consideration until I had to be brutally rude with them. (I dread confrontation, so that just made it worse for me.)
Of all the wedding planning and preparing, my dress was the most stressful thing. I hate that. Catering and placecards should be stressful. Not buying your dream dress. I’m honestly so glad I do not have to go back there. I have my dress and everything that goes with it, and I’m going to just look forward from here. Should any of you choose DB in the future, please just be careful and know what you’re going into. Ask a lot of questions and stick with your gut feeling on what you want. If I hadn’t, I would not have the bridal look I wanted and would have spent double or even triple the amount that I actually spent.