(Closed) Should I exchange my dress-more than dress regret! Long!

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My advice would be to try the dress on again. If you really are not happy with how it looks on you and you’re envisioning something else the whole time you’re wearing it… I would take it back. You only get ONE wedding dress! It should be exactly what you want and it should make you feel beautiful! I can’t believe your dress came in dirty! I would definitely complain about that and have David’s Bridal pay for it to get cleaned if you decide to keep it.

Post # 4
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not sure if you’re near Boston but this coming friday is the running of the brides.  The absolute most you would pay for a dress is $699, but more likely you’d be paying $199-$249 for a dress.  You can get top of the line designer dresses that were originally $10k or more.

Also this weekend I got a bridesmaid dress for my friends upcoming wedding at David’s bridal.  They had the size and color I needed right there and when I got to the counter to order the girl behind the desk was like oh we have the dress right here, take this one.  I’m like nooo this one has pen marks all over it and has been tried on a million times.  Please order me a new one.  She gave me a dirty look, but I’m not paying for a dirty used dress.  It’s something you have to look out for at that shop.

Post # 6
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

You seem really unhappy with your choice so, if I were you, I would look for another gown. That being said, you don’t have much time, so you may have to get something off the rack or a sample gown. If you keep this dress, I am afraid that all you will be thinking as you are walking up the aisle to your Fiance is that he thinks it looks “hideous”, even though I am sure he will think you are beautiful no matter what you are wearing.

Post # 7
2907 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011


Don’t be unhappy with your choice. See what you can work out with DB over your dirty dress, and then return it, or sell it, or something.

Go buy yourself something you love.

Post # 8
3639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Find something you love! Surely DB should let you return the dress in that condition.

Post # 9
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As a two dress bride myself, I am infinitely happier that I decided to get a new dress.  I struggled with the decision for a long time, because like you, I DID NOT WANT TO BE A TWO DRESS BRIDE!  But the more I thought about it the more I disliked my dress, so I finally decided to look for a new one, “just to see.”  Well, I found one I loved, went back and forth for awhile about buying it, and finally decided to.  I am so happy I did.  I love love love my new dress and can’t wait to wear it on my wedding day. I love talking about it and I love showing people it and I love thinking about wearing it. While I did like my first dress, I never felt this way about it. 

So, if you are really unhappy, I say look into your options.  You might end up realizing you really love the dress you already have, or you might find something you really love and be a lot happier. 

Post # 10
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Okay, this is coming from a 2-dress bride, one that went through MONTHS of crying, frustration, huge dress regret, and guilt.

GO WITH YOUR HEART. If this dress is NOT the dress for you, then you’ll KNOW it.

It’s so scary, it’s frustrating, and a bit saddening knowing that you have to start ‘all over’ again, and have to deal with the first dress, but IT’S WORTH IT.

I am SO SO SO SO SO happy and thankful that I bit the bullet and went with my heart – even against other people’s wishes. I convinced my mother, my fiance, and everyone, and ended up with my DREAM dress.

The last thing you want is to regret your dress on your day.

Good luck – go with your heart.


p.s – the dress that ended up being my DREAM dress was lace and tulle 🙂

Post # 11
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

You’re in luck if you’re willing to drive.  There’s a Running of the Bride’s at Filene’s Basement in Atlanta, GA on March 18th.  The best thing I’ve read about this event is to go at 10:30am or later because things will have calmed down considerably and the dresses will be returned to the racks.  


Post # 12
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

You said you live in Alabama, are you anywhere close to Decatur/Huntsville??

Post # 13
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think you should get another dress, especially since both you AND Fiance dont like it much

Post # 14
1645 posts
Bumble bee

First of all–if you can swing it, get the dress you really want. It’s your wedding day!

But I don’t understand all these men out there who have some kind of input in the dress. That’s off to me. I guarantee if you walked down the aisle in that dress he would only be thinking “wow.” If he were to think anything else in that moment I would question his sexuality. 

My SO has never said anything other than you “You look awesome” to ANYTHING I’ve put on.

That being said–YOU should be happy in your dress. 

Post # 15
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you got a dirty, damaged dress, you should demand a refund or at the very least an exchange.

Post # 16
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What about one of these? I think the first two could be altered to a sweetheart. and David’s should do a free spot cleaning/pressing since you bought your dress there.

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