(Closed) Why does David’s bridal get such a bad rep?

posted 14 years ago in Dress
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I was initially excited about going to David’s because I figured that they had a good selection of bridal and bridesmaids dresses so that I could gather ideas.  I was initially put off because they immediately stop you at the door to gather a bunch of information from you, you can’t even browse the styles before getting jumped. 

 I tried on several dresses and even found one that I liked, but the saleswoman tried very hard to push me into buying.  Even if it had been "the one," it was my first time out and I wasn’t ready to be done with my dress shopping experience yet.

 Since then I’ve been back to get some ideas for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses and got awkwardly stalked the entire time and forced to reregister because I wans’t registered at that specific store.  When we didn’t find anything we left and I got a phone call 10 minutes later from a hurt and slightly anxious saleslady who wanted to know if there was anything wrong and if she could write anything down for us.

 They are a good store for what they are: a large chain bridal store with a few choices at fairly good prices.  You can find a diamond in the rough there, but it can be difficult.

Post # 48
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

If you’re looking for the princess treatment, don’t go to Davids.  The consultants there are obv hit or miss.  I think that a bridal shop will be more likely to give lots of personal attention to you because that is what is necessary for them to stay in business.  Lets face it, they rarely can compete on price.  If you like the dresses at Davids I think you should go for it, and I know it’s hard to block out the judgy-ness (not a word ) of other people.  For me, I found a dress at Davids that I loved for $400.  The next closest thing I found that made me feel as pretty and bridal at a boutique was $2000.  There was no way in my mind that an extra $1600 was worth a consultant who was a little more pleasant to deal with. 

Also, I just dealt with Davids on alterations.  Not an experience that I would want to go through again, I was kept waiting for hours since they were shortstaffed and I got attitude because I didn’t bring my veil even though they never told me to, but again, I didn’t go in there expecting to be treated like a princess so it didn’t really bother me.  If I knew someone else who could have done alterations, I probably would have gone that route but I trust that Davids will do good alterations too. 

Post # 49
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I bought my dress at Davids Bridal, and I was not wanting to spend lots of money.  Fashion is important to me, but I feel I don’t need to spend $1000 on a dress I am going to wear one day….

We went on the $99 sale day…and I found a gorgeous dress, exactly what I wanted.  I got to take the dress home that day.

I bought the dress 9 months ahead, so in the mean time..I tried it on often, and it got a little dirty on the train, etc.  They give complimentary cleans before the wedding!  I was so impressed!  My dress is actually there now..I pick it up Sept.11!  WOOOO!

Can’t wait…don’t listen to the stories, everyone has different experiences everywhere they go.  I will say though.  DO NOT GO ON SATURDAY!  It’s complete insanity!

Post # 50
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I went to David’s Bridal and tried on a few dresses.  The dresses there weren’t really my style, but I did find a couple that were nice.  My problem was that because of the quality of the sewing, they just did not lay right on me. I suppose you get what you pay for, so I shouldn’t have been too surprised!

Post # 51
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My consultent was nice but she pulled a couple of gowns that i specifically didnt want(I hate pick-ups). She was also tending to another bride who was super picky and was there in dresses before we got there and was still looking afterwards( mind you we also looked at bridesmaid gowns) 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I had a good experience with DB in Buffalo – I went SPECIFICALLY for the Vera Wang White collection and if you ask me, those are the only decent dresses there (ok, so maybe there are a FEW exceptions). 

I had a great consultant and I loved the fact that I could take photos of the dresses I tried on (some bridal boutiques I’ve visited did not allow photos).

Don’t go on a weekend, and DO expect to be on display. Not much privacy. But awesome prices 🙂 

Post # 53
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

aside from my past horrible experiences (all back home in MA), i did buy my dress from them, at a store here in buffalo. i had a great experience, much like MissGemini did. i went to the larger of the two stores we have here, and i was quite content with the experience i did have.

however,  i half regret buying my dress at david’s. i fell in love with it, and i didn’t want to lose the dress. so i did buy it. but now? i’m annoyed. they sold my email and my phone number. pretty sure they sold my address as well, cause we’re now getting tons of junk mail. plus, a ton of random phone calls and emails. i’m just glad i used my “extra” email address.

i did check the “please don’t share my information” box. every time i went. i used a fake email/phone number combination when i was trying dresses on. but once i did really buy my dress, i gave my real one. and i regret that.

to clarify: i don’t have an issue with the store, or the consultants i worked with. i have an issue with the company policy on information and privacy.

Post # 54
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I bought my wedding dress and Bm dresses from David’s bridal in Canada, and they were ban! Brilliant Brice, lots of lovely dresses, and not crazy expensive! I even ordered the wrong bm dress by mistake and they changed it so easily! Have a look and see what you think 

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I went to a local shop called Barefoot Bride which sells samples and preowned gowns. I ended up picking a DB sample of an Oleg Cassini dress. I didn’t know it came from DB at the time that I bought it. I LOVE the dress though. The look and feel of it beat out all the other dresses from different brands I tried there.

Post # 56
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I went to davids bridal with a friend when she was shopping at had a great expirience, when we returned to shop for my dress the next year it was  whole different thing. It was terrible most of the dresses looked bad on me ( not their fault) and my person kept bringing me things that I had no interest in. There dresses only go up in price to 1500 and we told her we could pay any price and she kept bringing me thin fabric 100 dollar dresses. It was just a bad time, also the shape dresses she brought me were not what I wanted I wanted a ball gown. These were not it!

Post # 57
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Interesting to see such an old thread revived, but it’s clearly still relevant.

I was definitely not over the moon with my experience at David’s (in Syracuse) but I wasn’t expecting more, either. It was a Sunday and the bridal consultants were very busy. They, like other people, pulled dresses with pickups which are not my thing, though I personally pulled the majority of dresses that I tried on. Interestingly, I have not had a problem with spam from David’s Bridal or affiliates. Any wedding-related spam I receive and I can pretty safely trace back to a door prize entry at a bridal expo.

I did think it was interesting, though, that when I went literally across the street to an Alfred Angelo the experience was totally different. Even though it is also a chain bridal store, it was not busy at all and I got individualized attention from a VERY nice consultant who personally helped me in and out of each dress. She was also very good about pulling dresses that were very figure flattering on a girl with my figure, whereas the dresses pulled by the David’s consultants didn’t seem to have much rhyme or reason. Two of the dresses she pulled looked so nice on me that I almost forgot how much I dislike pickups and taffeta*.

 

*Note: I do not mean this against brides who like pickups and taffeta. I am short and clumsy so pickups add dangerous bulk to a skirt for someone who trips on her own pajama pants. And as for the taffeta, it’s a tactile thing. Certain textures just bother me, but I think taffeta gowns can be beautiful – I just don’t like to touch them!

Post # 58
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

When I went there for my bridesmaids they told me that they knew there would be four girls trying on dresses, they crammed them into one tiny room and told me that I should have one designated trying on girl. That would not work since they are all so different and I didn’t want to pick a dress that someone would get and hate. It was just terrible they didn’t pull dresses for me, I had to go through the racks and search for the girls sizes myself in each style. When I went for me the week before which I didn’t end up getting a dress from there, the girl who was my sales consultant had another bride as well, it was awful!

Post # 59
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Bumble bee

To each their own but I feel like it’s the Wal Mart of wedding dresses… from the quality to the service. Meh.

Post # 60
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I didn’t have too many problems when I went there. They definitely didn’t have the type of dress that I was looking for. I got pretty frustrated because I kept telling them that I wanted to try on certain dresses that were saved in my favorites online and they wouldn’t pay attention to me. They even told me to save favorites online because those would be the first dresses that I would try on. They just completely ignored me and brought out what they wanted. Needless to say, I didn’t end up getting a dress there.

Post # 61
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

Because they suck!  Every experience I’ve had has been horrible.  The dresses are waaaaaay overpriced.  The quality is terrible.  The customer service sucks.  And don’t get me started on alterations!  Ugh.  Never ever ever.

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