(Closed) My (Plus Size) David's Bridal experience!

posted 5 years ago in Full Figured
Post # 3
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Wow – that’s crazy. I’m glad that in the end you loved your dress. You are right, though. Nobody should have to feel that way when they are talking about their dress! It’s supposed to be a great experience.

Post # 4
544 posts
Busy bee

Wow, I’m sorry that happened to you! I’ve gotta say, I’m getting my dress from DB and they couldn’t have treated me differently! Granted, I bought a dress I didn’t like, but that was more the pressure of my friend than the sales associate. They called me once per month just to see how things were coming along with the wedding, and asked if I wanted to set up appointments for anything. I get that they were trying to get me in there so my bridesmaids would buy their dresses from them, but they weren’t pushy or anything. I have heard other horror stories about David’s Bridal and I’m just shocked!

Post # 5
47 posts

@FutureMrsTharp:  Wow, well that’s enough of a story to make me think twice about going back to David’s.  Happy to hear it worked out for you in the end. I was engaged previously, and made one trip to David’s Bridal, ended up buying a dress of of Craigslist instead. The pressure was too intense from the consultant, and I couldn’t choose any of the dresses I wanted to try on.  I’m definitely going to be shopping around this time.  Make sure to update us with a photo on your big day!

Post # 6
3229 posts
Sugar bee

I went into DB with low expectations and at least five dresses that I wanted to try on. I knew which one I wanted out of the five though, tried it on, ordered it, and then picked it up when it arrived. I went somewhere else to get the alterations done (they were great and so helpful!) and bought my slip off of ebay. Overall, my experience was exactly what I expected it to be.

Post # 7
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I know how you feel about david’s bridal.

When I went there for my appointment, it was an awful experiance, my experiance wasn’t nearly as bad as yours, though.

My consultant was great, best part about my experiance. She answered all of my questions, and seemed interested [even though i’m sure she really wasn’t, i know thats just her job], and asked alot of questions about me, my fiance, and the wedding. She seemed really good at what she did, even though you was just a college student.

I had brought in a list of 4 dresses I was interested in. They only had 1 dress I could try on, she did bring me numerous other dresses. They didn’t have undergarments in my size either, but I was shoved into a C [im normally a DDD], they did however, had a slip in my size.

Now, normally, I wear a size 18/20 in street clothes, and begin bottom heavy, I was able to try on some of the 16/28/20 size dresses, even though they needed to order a bridal size 24 [and i’ll need to alter in down].

The dress I love the most [which was vera wang], i never got to try on. They told me they could order it in my size… but… how would I know if I liked it or not?

I ended up going with another dress that I really loved the look of, but who knows if I would have loved the vera.

If I needed to get formal attire again, I think i’d skip david’s and go to somewhere that caters more to women my size.


I’m sorry you had such a bad experiance!

Post # 8
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

The thing about DB is that it’s a franchise.  So a particular store can be wonderful or awful, depending on the local owner.

That being said, I got my DB dress from a consignment store, not from DB and my DB slip from another bride via eBay.  And I was very glad I did.  We saved money.  We got the individual attention of the store owner to help us pick out dresses that would flatter our figures.  We were able to try on the exact dresses we would wear, instead of trying on a dress in some completely different size and then imagining how it would look in the right size.  We were able to take the dresses home the same day we bought them.  And because the store didn’t even have an alterations department, we just took our dresses to a well regarded local seamstress, whose prices were much more reasonable than what I’ve heard about at DB.


Post # 9
2 posts

Sorry to hear about that experience at DB. I get exactly what you mean about not feeling like a bride should during your wedding dress shopping.

Let me explain my nightmare-of-a-first-wedding-dress-shopping experience: at the first shop I had one helpful lady assisting me but then this other one, who didn’t even introduce herself, swooped in and picked up a dress to recommend and at first I thought that was nice BUT when I asked her what size the dress she recommended was, she simply responded “big.” I am curvy in all the right places but I do wear a larger size, I range between a size 10-14 generally – now that is NOT an appropriate response. I asked for the SIZE which is a NUMBER. This was not a miscommunication between languages, which I would have forgiven. This woman’s English was perfect. So unprofessional, made me very upset (all brides are meant to feel beautiful on their dress shopping day!) This is still raw as it was just yesterday but at my third store I found the perfect dress. I still came home and cried to my fiance which he was so sad about and I wish that didn’t have to happen because of one insensitive incomprehensible comment. If anyone reading this lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, NEVER go to Diva Boutique. I found my dream dress an hour and 30 minutes away in a boutique called Paula’s Elegant Bride that has the motto “where all brides are beautiful” – now that’s a motto I can get behind! 

Post # 10
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Dunes House - Hilton Head Island, SC

I know how you feel about David’s Bridal – I ended up making an appt with them ONLY to look at/try on Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses (since I’m in SC, three of them are in GA, and the other is in KY, I knew I had to go somewhere that had national options), and they initially forgot I had an appointment (even after I showed them the confirmation email on my phone), kept pushing me to try on bridal dresses, even after I told them repeatedly I had already bought my dress (which was not a lie), the consultant kept disappearing to help other brides (they had her assigned to four brides for some reason!), and then tried to tell me that only one of the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I looked at came in size 26-28 (two of my BMs are that size), even after I pointed out that the website said they all did (because I didn’t want to even consider anything that not all of my BMs could wear).

Absolutely awful. I’ve half a mind to go to the place I bought my dress from (Anya Bridal in Atlanta), pick out a few for everyone to consider and send pics to all, and just buy one for my SIL in KY and ship it to her so she can have it altered locally. The other BMs are close enough that they can go on their own.

Post # 11
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I’m so sorry that happened. I had a bad experience there too. Ended up going with a little boutique shop. Much better.

Post # 12
37 posts
  • Wedding: January 2014

I am plus size and also bought my dress at David’s Bridal. I was very happy with my experience. I went with my mom and the consultant was great. Yes, she had 2-3 other brides, but she doesn’t keep any of her commissions unless she makes a quota for each week. So you cannot hold that against them. They are there to make money and sell you the most expensive thing not to assist you in picking accessories. This is true no matter where you go. Saying that, my consultant was so great. She pulled a dress I did not think would look good on me but she knew it would and it was the one I ended up choosing. I decided not to buy a dress at that appointment but instead think about it over the weekend and went back on the next Monday so that I could order it and get her the commission which worked out great. She also told me the perfect size to get me, and it fits like a glove – my seamstress even said it fits perfectly and isn’t altering the fit at all (just hemming). Some boutiques purposely order in the wrong size to make money on alterations so just know DB doesn’t do that. I also chose to have my alterations done elsewhere and bought everything but the garment bag elsewhere. I recommend them to my friends but tell them not to be surprised at the lack of individual attention. I also agree they won’t hold things which is annoying but that’s just their policy being a chain store. I was also surprised the dresses are all “off the rack” but now I understand it and that’s how there is such a discount.


Post # 13
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Here in the uk I dont think we had a david brial chain,atleast ive never heard of it. I went to try on dresses 2months after my second child. I had lost the baby weight and was a uk size 10 but had stretch marks and was still self conscious about my mummy tummy as I call it.

I went to a bridal outlet and got afew dresses to try on.  I was taken to a massive changing room where other brides were trying on dresses, I was so selfish concious and frankly embrassed.


 They were extremely pushy none of the dresses had the wow factor and they were trying to sell me a dress that was too big for my chest and I have big boobs. When I said il think about it they got me another three dresses before I could get out of the door half the time she was on the fone no professional service.


Later that day I went to another bridal shop and they were fantastic and complimentary they couldnt believe I just had a baby. I was given the full privacy to get dress and undressed in the cubicle and was told to shout if I needed help. I didnt feel like they were on top of me. I found my dream dress and so excited to wear it.


My SIL had a similar problem as she is alot bigger due to her insulin as she is type 1 diabetic and has a pump. This  has caused her to gain weight. The lady is the shop was so rude to her about her size. Least to say she didnt get her dress from there! Makes you wonder why are in the bussiness.

Post # 14
905 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@FutureMrsTharp:  I absolutely cannot stand David’s Bridal. I drove across the border to the nearest David’s Bridal to look for dresses for my Mom’s wedding. They hated on me the whole time because I’m Canadian. I’m also plus size so I got the usual nonsense about sample sizes and blah blah. Rude. Snarky. Nonsense. I asked the woman about where the next nearest DB was and she was pissed that she had to give me directions (in the same vicinity). I would never tell anybody to go there nor would I ever make the trip there again.

Post # 15
7 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

I did not buy my dress at David’s. I did however go with my bridesmaids to get their dresses. The consultant assigned to us had no personality, acted as though we were a problem and tried to talk me out of not only my colors but dress choices. In addition when I asked to try a dress on she just sighed and told me to do it myself. Thank god for the wonderful manager there or I would have walked out without my bridesmaid dresses. I however did not buy my dress there or even think about it.

Post # 16
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I went to David’s a week ago to try on a few dresses for myself and to look at bridesmaids dresses since I had one of my girls with me.  I printed off a list of dresses and styles I like (approximately 10), with the picture and ID number so they knew what I was looking for.  I also told them upfront – empire, A-ilne, or ballgown.  No mermaid.  No fit & flare.  I’m a street size 24/26 with a pooch and a booty so those styles do not compliment my shape – at all.  My dress size ranges between 22 and 24 in those styles since I’m very pear shaped.

They only had around 6 dresses in those sizes for me to try. They kept bringing mermaids for me to try on in a MUCH smaller size – 14s and 16s – double no.  I also told them I wanted simple and elegant – no embroidery, lace, or lots of embellishments – and completely ignored my requests.  I was also the only one in there, so we had everybody being pushy – OR they would all go off and leave me stuck in an ugly, uncomfortable, too small dress to do who knows what.  There was one dress I “kinda” liked, but when we asked if the embroidery could be removed, we were told that it would look ugly without it.  They also kept pushing their accessories, even after I told them I wasn’t interested.  After being stuck in a lacy mermaid dress for approximately 15 minutes I took my friend into the dressing room, took off the dress myself, changed, and we left.

Since then, I have gotten a call EVERY DAY following up on the appointment.  Each time I answer, relay my bad experience, and that not only will I never go there again – but I will make sure people know how horrible it was. 

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