Post # 1
I am getting married 9-10-11. I am slightly obsessed with Maggie Sottero gowns. The problem being is that I live in a relatively small town so the sample gowns here are very limited. I did travel to Denver though and loved Megan. This was back in August though, so I thought it was a bit soon to commit.
I went into my local David’s Bridal with no intention of buying basically just to see what they had. The experience was terrible. I left feeling like a fool because I bought a dress and I wasn’t ready. I also ended up with all sorts of extras (five hundred dollars worth) that I wasn’t even sure about. Basically everything I had tried with the dress they just bagged up and took to the register. By the end of the experience I was so mentally exhausted I just couldn’t say no. I felt obligated since they had spent so much time with me and I had tried on so many dresses. It was also very annoying that they kept insisting I used their stupid credit card. I told the manager about 5 times I would be paying cash. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the dress. It just doesn’t have the wow factor I’m looking for. I know everyone is thinking she should have said no. I really can’t explain what happened. They just really put the pressure on. I was devistated. Anyways, I wanted to get some opinions. I am thinking about possibly using the dress for the reception since I really have my heart set on a Maggie. Another complication is that the alterations are gonna be astronomical. It’s too long and doesnt fit right on top. They said it would be $120 for the hem because there are so many layers and the bustle would be close to $200. I also need cups and want to put a corset in which is $150. Of course when I ordered the dress they said maybe around $200 total in alterations which was way off the mark.
I am taking another trip to Denver so I can try on Leoni. I have also tried on Charlotte and that was great too, but I’m worried it’s gonna be too large in the bust area. What should I do. Cut my losses now on the Galina or use it for the reception and wear a Maggie at the ceromony? I am impatiently waiting for the new Maggie’s to arrive. Please help. No one really seems to understand. The first pictures are of the Galina WG3040 from David’s Bridal. The broach does not come with the dress, I just wanted to add something. The last picture is an example of how the bustle would look.
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Post # 3
i think the galina looks great on you! can you be happy with it though?
david’s is infamous for adding-on to dress sales, and their alterations are astronomical. if that’s the issue, take your dress to another seamstress and get a quote.
did you pay for the entire dress or just the deposit? if just the deposit, i would probably just cut that loss since you sound so unhappy with it. if you paid in full, can your budget afford that loss? you could still search for a used maggie if you don’t have much money left over. try to sell your galina, but don’t count on that money – i don’t think db dresses have good resale value since they’re not very expensive in the first place and go on sale pretty frequently.
Post # 4
Oh no… I totally understand being pressured and overwhelmed, and not feeling like you can stand up for yourself. What a nightmare! Have you just paid your deposit, or did you pay in full? If it was me, I’d take a loss on the deposit, or try to sell the dress. It sounds like you really don’t like the Galina, and with the costs of the alterations, you could practically put a new deposit down on a Maggie dress you actually like. 🙂
Post # 5
I can also understand the pressure issue, I used to bought a lot of things just because I feel ashamed of saying no. I have the same question for you..do you pay it all or jut left the desposit? Cuz, is you wedding day you should be happy with you wedding dress and it should be the one of your dreams:). I blame the sales people, sometimes they are sos weet and still they don’t put the pressure what is great but others you just feel gilty of saying no.
I hope you can make this your dream wedding dress, maybe adding some touches t it will make you happy?
Post # 6
Unfortunately, the dress is paid in full. Luckily it was only 549 plus tax, but like I said I have all the extras as well. I’m glad people understand how I am feeling as it really does make me feel better about the whole deal. It really is a shame David’s is known for treating their customers like this. At least now I know and will let others know as well. I hadn’t bugeted for buying 2 dresses, so I’ll have to see if I can find a great deal. What does everyone think of this dress? Would a corset help?
Post # 7
i love that dress! and it look beautiful on you, but YOU have to be happy in what you wear…you have time..have you thought about trying to sell it and then buying another?
i bought a dress that i liked enough ( i was between two) and i ultimately bought it because my mother loved it. to me returning or selling isnt an option so im stuck with my dress, its beautiful, dont get me wrong but sometimes i wish i had more time and had thought aobut it more before buying. either way it was one of my favorite just not my absolute favorite so ill make it work, hopefully once its fitted ill like it more. Plus make up and jewlery and hair will make a world of difference on the big day.
Post # 8
why not sell the db dress with all the extras sans alterations?
ETA: don’t feel bad about caving. that’s their job. i’m notorious for doing the same. take someone more assertive with salespeople to any future appointments!
Post # 9
I had the same experience when I went to one. I felt so pressured that I just wanted to leave. I went just like you to see what they had and I really didn’t like anything. There was one that looked good one but was not what I had in mind. She kept asking me on a scale of 1 to 10 how much I liked it. Uh, I didn’t. Sorry for your unpleasant experience. It’s not something a bride needs to deal with. I have worked retail for the last few years and the last thing I can stand is a push sales person. I try to related to the customer and clearly your DB consultant did not have that in mind.
I would get your Maggie and try to sell the Galina. That’ll help pay for the Maggie and I would contact DB about your experience. The most important thing is that you are completely happy and have no regrets. Good luck!
Post # 10
The dress does look beautiful on you!! Why so much ttaking in on the bust, is it not the right size? I agree that you should go to another seamstress for aloterations David’s is ridiculuos. I considered getting a dress fro them, but the alteration I knew I’d need were almost the price of the dress!! I ended up at another salon, got a beautiful dress and the basics I needed (hem and bustle) are included. I think you canmake it work, but if you’re not happy, then try selling it, use as much of the extras you purchased and cut your losses.
I think you should give it a shot though, you do look gorgeous!
Post # 11
@ mrstobeeisme thank you for your kind words. The dress that I was worried about the bust was Maggie’s Charlotte. It’s a beautiful dress but I think the top might overwhelm me since I’m small chested. The Galina gown is a beautiful dress, I’m just not sure its the “one”.
Post # 12
I love the bustle of that dress. its very unique. If you really want to buy another dress you can go ahead and get the new Maggies, although the new samples arent going to be available for a while..
Post # 13
I think our love for Maggie’s is purely a result of very good marketing. Yes, it’s a lovely product, too, but I don’t think it is really any better than Galina. I tried on Maggie’s and didn’t find that they really looked any better on than several others. even though I was convinced I’d be a “Maggie bride” before I even set eyes on one for real. Again- GREAT marketing! I totally inderstand about the pressure and not feeling that what you bought is “the”dress. I felt that way, too. But when i went for my first try on, and tried on different headpieces and hairstyles, I started to feel differently. However, the others are right, yo ucan sell the dress if you aren’t happy with it. you need to do what feels right for you.
Post # 14
My personal opinion!
Did you try on the Maggie first!?!?
Now the first wedding dress I ever tried on was a Maggie dress, then I tried on some at Davids Bridal! WHAT A DIFFERENCE! In just the FEEL of the material!
The pic of you in the Maggie dress is breathtaking and you can see how you truly feel in it! Your going to wear how you feel that day my dear!
And you got a steal for such a pretty DB dress! You could always RE-SELL it on PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com or something similar like Ebay or Craigslist, so dont think you are done!
AND if you dont feel like its the “ONE” then I’d kepe looking and if it is, it’ll be made known when you cant find the “ONE” because it might just be at home already!
BEST OF LUCK!
Post # 15
What about selling it, since it’s a completly new dress, maybe you could sell it cheaper than the stores (just a little bit cheaper) and is very possible that you sell it, you still have time to buy a new one to your wedding:)
Post # 16
I actually like the Charlotte better than the DB dress. ITs much more interesting to look at and its beautiful. But you need to find the one that you love the most.