RICHFIELD, MINNESOTA -- Recently my Fiancee and her wedding party set up an appointment at David's Bridal to go try on dresses for our wedding. Within 20 minutes of being there my fiancee called me in tears. Given the circumstances I wanted to take the time to tell you about her recent experience so that it hopefully NEVER again happens to another bride to be.
My fiancee set up an appointment with the David's Bridal at 840 W 78th St, Richfield, MN 55423. Upon their arrival they were excited and filled with joy. Her grandmother was there for support and also because she is older and she wanted see her granddaughter in a wedding dress, God forbid she passes away before the wedding.
They arrived right at 4pm and were not even greeted upon entry. It took them about 5-10 minutes to find anyone willing to help them as employee after employee completely ignored them. Once a half willing employee was found they informed the employee they had set up an appointment to try on wedding dresses. The employee said "well she can just look for dresses herself" and walked away. Her grandmother who is elderly, asked for a chair to sit down and once again the employee said “then go find one” and continued to walk away.
After a few minutes of searching for a dress they realized they did not even know where to start and again they searched for an employee. This time another employee told her that they just have to "figure it out for themselves because they are short staffed.” My future mother in-law again asked for a chair for her grandmother and was completely blown off as the employee rolled her eyes as if asking for a chair was just not important enough.
At this time my fiancee went into a changing room and called me crying. She did not understand why these people were being so rude and disrespectful as this day was supposed to be filled with joy and love. I did my best to console her but I could tell she just could not hold back the tears any longer. Being the strong woman she is she picked herself up and attempted to look for dresses to try on. Unfortunately being unfamiliar with the store and having no help aside from her wedding party proved to be too much and they left with tears running down their faces.
I am shocked and appalled at how David's Bridal took one of my fiancee's most memorial days and turned it into an event she wishes she could forget. I pray that my grandmother is able to see my bride to be in her wedding dress and that she does not pass away with this final memory. I cannot comprehend why David's Bridal would employ such disrespectful staff and why they even take appointments when clearly they are not even concerned with helping anyone but themselves.
I will post this story on every message board and wedding website until I hear a response from David's Bridal. I am doing this not out of spite… Instead I am writing this so others do not have to wipe away tears and console their loved ones. In writing this I also hope that others may understand that David's Bridal is NOT somewhere to make fond memories but instead a place where self indulging employees are more concerned with looking at their phones and talking with each other than helping women find a dress to be married in.
MURFREESBORO, TENNESSEE -- We arrived and they were not busy. Saw several salesgirls visiting with each other. The male at the desk said he could help us. We informed him we needed a flower girl dress and junior bridesmaid dress. He took us over to the flower girl dresses and we asked if she could try on a few to get her size. He looked down at my first grade granddaughter and said "we don't have anything that will fit her, flower girls are babies." I did not respond back to his rude comment, though my granddaughter was hurt. I proceeded to ask if they didn't have larger sizes in girls, maybe a junior bridesmaid dress. He said sharply "not in white!"
I told him I knew that and was just hoping to find the correct size. He grabbed a couple smaller bridesmaid dresses off the rack, pointed to a room and walked off. Our other girl tried on a dress which was too big and he told us to order a size larger. He just glanced at her. We left disappointed and I was so upset about his rude hateful comments to a little first grade girl. He made her feel like she was too old to be a flower girl. David Bridal does not have the right to judge the ages of who and who shouldn't be flower girls.
ROBINSON TWP, PENNSYLVANIA -- They botched my dress. One side was shorter than another. They were supposed to alter the upper section of the dress...it seemed bigger than when they started. All they did was add in Breast pads. My daughter was returning an online order. Could NEVER reach customer service to even get the return address. I DEFINITELY do not recommend ever dealing with this store.
NOVI, MICHIGAN -- I would like to leave my review with you. If we switched places for a day, you'd be happy marriage is only suppose to happen once, and you'd also want people to talk positively about the company that helped you make you special day look beautiful.
Where could I possibly start with my disappointment, and bad feelings of my special day, not so special to women who CHOSE to work at David's Bridal? Let's begin with the location: Novi, Michigan in the West Twelve Oaks Shopping Plaza. Maybe it's the competition that these women at this location feel it is necessary to be completely mean to any and pretty much all of the people who get the opportunity to step foot in this store.
Obviously, because there is not competition located near this location, therefore, they can be disrespectful, rude, cold, and disregard any of your request entirely, because let's face it, it is YOUR big day, how could you possibly know what you are looking for? It is definitely not assistance from anyone who works there, that would help you decide either. Instead they will do a superior job to make sure that your big day, is a disaster, and they will do it as many time as possible!
My first disappointment with them was when I went in with my family at a scheduled appointment, to get my step-daughter's dress picked out, sized and ordered. Everything went perfectly, minus the negative attitude from the STORE MANAGER we received, because my color was BLUE BIRD, and we already had dresses in our possession that color. On any normal occasion, this would not be a problem, BUT she had just received an email THAT MORNING that they were discontinuing that blue bird color next week, on Tuesday. Still, I thought “what's the big deal, it is not discontinued YET.”
Well, the big deal is that they needed to make sure they could order it, we stood at that counter for an hour and a half! And we got nothing! No information, no sigh of relief, no you're in luck. Not that I should need any of this, because the color was not discontinued YET, but regardless, instead the STORE MANAGER (you know, the one who should do everything possible to keep their word) told me she should call me on Monday, with the information. So I waited, and prayed that it would be doable. Left the store, was excited that things should work out.
Come Monday, no call, so I called just before they closed, and the lady I talked to told me the store manager wasn't in that day, and nor would she be, Tuesday (the day the color gets discontinued) so I asked her if she could look into my dress for me, and let me know if anyone had gotten back to them. She put me on hold for maybe 20 seconds, came back and said “nope I don't see anything, regarding an answer, I just see on my manager's desk a sticky note with your name on it.”
Hm, awesome, so I asked her what am I supposed to do, now that this is the day before the color ends, and she isn't going to be working to get back to me, and what? She is the ONLY one who can take care of this???? Of course she answered “She is our store manager. She will take care of you. The color will still be available, the day after it is discontinued, worst case scenario.” I was baffled, really? Because if it is still available, then why can't we just order the damn dress? Well as Tuesday and mid-day Wednesday came, I managed to miss the manager's call on Wednesday evening, she left me a message though, and it was awesome!
I was so pleased to hear that the dress my step daughter wanted was not able to be ordered in that size and color, BUT she could have the other dress in her size and that color, ordered and made…. The one she didn't want, are you kidding me, how does that make any sense whatsoever? Nope, it doesn't! I called her back, asked questions, no apologies from her, just that she can't control what they can and can't do, and maybe I should just change my color, HA, so I told her until she can take the dress that they can make for my step daughter, and turn it into the one we actually want, don't tell me what I should and shouldn't do.
I was livid, and upset, how poorly could I be treated? This made no sense, what did I do to them? I had an appointment, I was getting married, I was not a bridezilla, (up until that point) I had gone there before, and didn't seem to have any issues, what went wrong?
To this day, I still don't know, BUT it got better!!! Okemos called me and they helped me a ton! They were a blessing in this entire situation. We did change my color, they exchanged the dresses we already had, and did everything for free, except for the cost of the dress. I told them how horrible Novi was, and they apologized, they called store, after store, after store, and she talked to her manager to see if there was any way possible to make this right, and they did. They tried to get bluebird on the one dress still, before she asked me if I would be comfortable making a color change. She was AWESOME!!
Even after everything was fixed, Novi still managed to mess things up. My sister in-law went there to get her daughter a flower girl dress and treated her like crap, to the point where I called Okemos and asked if they had notes on my account to treat my bridal party like crap? Can they even do that? No one had any good luck with the ladies at the Novi store. Why were we being treated so poorly?
We paid for everything we had ever got from them on the spot, thanked them for their help, even when it sucked, and it just kept getting worse! My other sister in-law went there to get her dress and wanted to mailed to her, and when she got it, it was the wrong damn color, it was not a color ever even requested or looked at. How? How? How?????? How badly do you have to hate your job to ruin someone's special day that had a pretty good piece of mind up until that point? I just wasn't ever going to give David's bridal my business again, and I was going to leave it at that.
And of course tell everyone I could to not go to Novi, how this location should be shut down, because they ruin weddings across the board, it's venom, spewing from that store. Yet, to my amazement, after being done with shopping there, and still getting everything I needed from the WONDERFUL people at the Okemos store, Novi managed to mess ONE last thing up, that was completely un-noticeable, until the damn day of my wedding.
I had two flower girls, and one dress came from Okemos, where they do everything right, as asked by the bride and her bridal party, the other one, came from Novi, for my sister in-law who already had so many issues there with their attitudes and ability to perform their job courteously. The flower girl's dress was “off white” the original plan was “white” and my other flower girl did have that color. The day of my wedding, ha, how little I actually cared, but man, how pissed I was to see that Novi still managed to mess something up.
I hope that this location has to close their doors, there were 10 dresses from David's Bridal, for my wedding, and almost all of my girls had to deal with Novi, and no one of them got what they needed right, the first time. And they were all just mean.
Get a clue woman! Just because you already had your special day, or have not had one yet, does not mean you should treat those of us who are on our way to that special day, like crap! Find a different job, where you can be mean, and ruin people's days, like debt collections. You should be ashamed of yourselves for treating women so poorly, given that you are women yourself! I know it is not just me, because my sister in-law's sister is getting married soon, and she went to you guys first, and that was all she needed to know she wouldn't go there again!
I hope you find this to be somewhat constructive criticism too, because in general, everyone deserves to be treated A LOT better, on any given day. Although, if you don't I am sure there is a reason you all act like that, at that store, maybe it's management, or a particular co-worker. I am not going to buy that everyone I or someone in my wedding party had “run ins” with at this store, just caught that person on a bad day. Maybe make a point to try being happy, and seeing the positive side of things, and all of your days will be better.
Maybe David's Bridal needs to review how they hire people, and do surprise visits after assembling a team. Or you could just shut this location's door and never hire those people again, because most of them are cold hearted, mean, ridiculously childish people. (I know it's hard to swallow that considering my review, but I gave you plenty of chances, and I don't dislike David's Bridal all across the board, just Novi's location and that staff. And my wedding is over and I still felt the need to do this.) Thank you, a concerned customer who supports your company – just not Novi's location.
TOLEDO, OHIO -- On Wednesday 10/8/13 my daughter Aaron came to me in tears. Her Fiance had called off the wedding and is breaking up with her. The following day I called David's bridal to inquire about her dress. I had made the final payment on 9/28/13 and wasn't even sure if the dress was there. They gave me a delivery date for early November. The lady I spoke with on 10/9/13 was very pleasant. She told me the dress was there.
I explained to her what happened and she said as long as the dress has not been picked up that I would receive a full refund. She also said If I do pick up the dress David's bridal will always allow me to exchange it. I asked her if I wait about a week would that be OK. I was still hoping they would reconcile. She said "sure just don't leave it there over a month." I said OK. We ended the call.
By Saturday 10/12/13 it was painfully obvious that they were not going to reconcile. I called David's Bridal on Monroe St. Toledo, OH at about 12 noon. The lady who answered the phone this time was very rude. I asked to speak to the store manager she said she was a manager. I began explaining to her what happened and that I spoke to a lady from their store on 10/9/13. I didn't even finish what I was saying when she interrupted me and inquired in a very nasty tone "who did you speak with?" I replied "I am not sure." She said "if you don't know who you spoke with I can't help you. All sales are final!"
I then became very angry and asked her what her name was she replied "Stephanie". I asked to speak with her boss and asked her name. She replied she wasn't at the store and her name is "Cindy". I asked for her boss's phone #. She became even more nasty and said. "I am not giving you her personal phone #." I replied "I didn't ask you for her personal #." (assuming she may be at another store) She said "she's the store manager and she isn't working today."
I then said "wait a minute you told me you were the store manager." She said "I'm one of the managers but she is the store Manager." I then attempted to go over the entire thing again. She was very rude and kept repeating to me that I needed the name for whom I spoke with. I asked her if I had the name would that make any difference.
She emphatically replied "Yes, we always honor what our associates promise and we have honored it for others" I said "but you won't honor it for me." She again said "only if I remembered the name." She also said "I needed to read my receipt better". I became irate at this point and told her that is "**" up. I know that wasn't nice but I had it with her at this point. I felt like I was being robbed of $500. I ended the call.
I checked with my attorney and he advised me to file a claim against David's Bridal in small claims court. He said in order for there to be a sale I need to receive either goods or services in exchange for the currency. I have not only have not received the dress I have not received a receipt for the payment made on 9/28/13. I have nothing to return or exchange.
This is also causing me extreme stress. After my daughter being crushed and now this. I have fibromyalgia (verifiable by my physician). When I have stress it adds to my body's pain and can make me bed ridden for days. Today I couldn't even move when I woke up. It has taken me to 3 pm in the afternoon to even type this letter.
As far as remembering the lady's name my fibromyalgia can and does cause me to forget many things names and numbers especially. I have to write everything down or I forget them. When I called on 10/9/13 and spoke to the Lady, I trusted fully what she told me. I didn't have any reason to ask her name. I'm sure she said it when she answered the phone but I didn't remember it 3 days later.
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- On Thursday May 13th I called my local David's Bridal store in Chattnooga TN on Gunbarrel rd to schedule an appointment for the following day. This was around 3 pm. I was shocked to be laying in bed at 9:20 that evening to be receiving a call from them. I answered, half asleep, to hear a young lady by the name of ** on the other end confirming the appointment I made 6 hours prior. This was the beginning of my nightmare.
My appointment was the next day at 11 am, and since several bridesmaids had planned to go with me I begrudgingly went to David's. I told the manager about my late night call to which she responded by rolling her eyes and stated she would note on my account not to call me so late. The last time I checked it was illegal to call anyone, even if you have a previous business relationship, after 9 pm.
This same manager then asked me to take a seat at a desk near the front door. She then began yelling across the store at me for my personal information. I abliged her, until she loudly said,"Wow, it looks like you have been here QUITE a few times as a bride!!" to which my reply was, "Yes, thank you for pointing that out." Strike two.
I was then introduced to a young lady named ** who would be my "consultant". I told ** what I was looking for. I wanted a simple gown with minimal to no beading, no train, and ivory. There are a ton of dresses on David's website like what I was looking for, and I even showed her pictures. ** laughed at me and told me she couldn't really help me, they had nothing like that. Even after her behavior I let her play dress up with me for 3 or 4 dresses.
I asked ** for a face mask as many bridal salons carry to keep the dresses clean of makeup, and she looked at me like I was crazy and said "well if it's that important not to smudge your makeup I will get you a napkin." I didn't take her up on it, as I explained it was not for my benefit, but theirs. Mandy disappeared for quite some time until I was so disgusted I put my clothes back on.
As my friends and I were leaving I found the dress. It was very similar to what I had described. We finally located the lost consultant ** and she pulled the dress in my size. It was filthy with make up all over it. (remember me asking for a face cover?) It also had several pleats torn out and a rip in the back. Mandy assured me all these things would be fixed. I had already had such a bad experience at this point that I was not willing to take her word for it.
I asked if I could get the promised repairs in writing as I know their policy of as is/no returns. Again ** mocked me saying "What do you want me to do, WRITE IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER?" Why yes I do. This is when she called a woman from alterations out to the dressing area, who pinned the dress and assured me that it would be repaired right that minute. I had two girlfriends who heard this.
I went to the front register to pay, just glad this experience was over. It was then that ** walked by and said there were too many other dresses back in alterations and mine would have to wait. I explained AGAIN that I was not buying a dress in that kind of shape. ** told me if I wasn't willing to pay for it and wait for them to repair it another day that she would put it back on the rack, and walked away.
The manager was sitting at the front desk through all of our exchange, and continued to sit there until I asked her to ring me up. I explained to her that I would put the dress in layaway to hold it, and I would be calling the following Monday to check on the promised repairs. She said that was fine and she would make sure it was taken care of.
I called midway through the next week and the dress had not been touched. Mandy began telling me on the telephone that they would not do the repairs until the dress was paid in full. But wait, she was the one who told me they would be done that night. Also the manager knew the dress was a layaway and also assured me it would me done. I was fuming. ** assured me that it would be done that week and to call back. I called the following Friday and spoke with an associate who stated that it wasn't done, and it was not in line to be done, and wouldn't be done until I paid in full.
In the meantime, I was getting 6+ calls a day stating I "had won an amazing honeymoon" or I "had won a dream registry" from various David's Bridal partners who had purchased the information that the manager had asked me for at the beginning of my nightmare consultation.
At this point I had enough. I went into David's on June 3rd to speak with the manager about the situation. ** was at the front desk ringing up an unsuspecting customer and she promptly walked away as I approached. The manager came over and I explained the situation. When she offered no apology for the deceitful practices they used to get my quick sale but then didn't follow through with their promises, I requested a refund of my deposit.
She explained that I would be forfeiting 10% of the price of the gown. I accepted it just to end this, however they are the ones that didn't honor an agreement that was made to fix the gown. I feel like I lost $40, but it was a small price to pay to be able to take my business elsewhere, where it will be appreciated and I will be treated with respect.
SAVANAH, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- I realized that I had purchased the wrong color dress from an outside source on 5/23 for a wedding I am in on 5/30. Due to the holiday, I wasn't able to contact David's Bridal until Tuesday 5/26. When I called and spoke to Ashley of the Savannah, GA location. Ashley informed me that they indeed had the right color and size of the dress I need and that I could get it express shipped to me for an extra $25.00. She gave me peace of mind and assured me that it would be here Thursday 5/28. It is now Friday afternoon and still no dress. I have tracked it and it is en-route and should be here by end of the day.
Needless to say, I am in crunch time and crossing my fingers that it is the right size and color and not crazy wrinkled. Just as a plan B option, I have my local David's bridal holding the same dress that is four sizes too big. I called the Savannah, GA location with the suggestion of my local store for an adjustment on the shipping cost. I spoke to Ashley again and explained that I still do not have the dress.
After being on and off hold for 20 + minutes, Ashley communicated to me that it will be here by end of day and after speaking with her manager Melissa **, there is nothing else that can be done. Her manager appeared to be fixated on all of the reasons as to why it wouldn't have been here any earlier than end of day. Either is was UPS or when my card was charged.
I am disappointed out of principal at this point. Instead of taking an opportunity to maintain a good customer experience, Melissa as a manager explained the process to Ashley. Ashley provided empathy and told Melissa that she had informed me. Melissa still did not do anything further to offer to mediate the situation. Basically, it is what it is. That is certainly not what I would have done for any customer I serve. She didn't even get on the phone with me to further explain or apologize.
Maybe my expectations are too high, but I am not doing business with David's Bridal next year when I get married. I hope that in the future as a manager, Melissa will put herself in the shoes of the customer and attempt to fix or maintain the relationship. A little goes a long way. Thank you Ashley, I know would have done more if you could have.
One of the things that I find most interesting about sites like this is how quickly [and thoroughly] people complain about their services or experience without first checking to see how their attitudes affect their overall experience. How many people act like bridezillas or are just plain rude and/or allow their people [bridesmaids, mothers, friends, whoever] to be just plain abusive to another human being just because they think being proposed to makes this special.
I too have a negative experience at David's Bridal. Mine went like this. I made an appointment for Saturday. I was told on the phone it would busy and I may have to share my consultant, but that was the only day I could get two friends in so I came.
It was no biggie to me. I completely understand that at is heart, David's Bridal is a retail store-a special retail store-but a retail store nonetheless. And just like Macy's can become crowded on a busy Saturday it made sense to me that so too could David's Bridal. And just like at a doctor office on a busy day, appointments may run long. I was okay with the idea that I may have to wait for my appointment.
I was just excited about my wedding and wanted to take in the whole experience. I got to my appointment on time, but my friends weren't there yet I asked if I could wait. They asked me to register, but since I registered online I didn't have to fill out the paperwork. I did hear a girl complaining about doing so. That should have warned me.
My friend picked up one of the dress to ask me what I thought. We were told that we could not handle the dresses because they are sold off the rack and only the consultants are allowed to handle them. I was told when I got my consultant, if I liked the dress, she could take it to the fitting room for me. The girl who said this wasn't rude, she was just matter of fact. I got my consultant. She was friendly and upbeat. When I was told that I would have to share my consultant with another bride, I was okay with that.
However, guess who my bride was. She was the girl who was at the desk complaining about the registration process. And she was not at all pleased that she had to share me. She and her sister complained about it the whole time she tried on dress. But that was just the beginning. She was rude and a nasty and her sister was way worst. However, the consultant I had remained pleasant despite this.
I noticed that the other bride's family, bridesmaids or whoever she was with kept bringing dresses after dresses back to the fitting room. The consultant asked them to stop, but the didn't. The sister even snapped at the consultant, yet the girl was still very pleasant, but I could see she was stressed.
I felt so bad for her. She was trying her best to juggle both of us at the same time and still remain upbeat. The other bride's sister who absolute flat out refused to go sit outside so she remained standing at the fitting room door--would contradict everything the consultant said about anything. But the consultant remained tactful. I have to say I was impressed at her professionalism because it so couldn't have been me. I so wanted to tell that girl to shut up and let the poor girl do her job.
Then there was the fact that every time my consultant came to help me, the other bride would call to her. It was like the woman was determined not to share. It got so bad, I decided to cut short my appointment. As I was in the fitting room getting dress to leave I could hear the bride and her sister complaining about the consultant being stupid and rude and pushy, even using profanity about the poor girl.
That angered me. I was there. I heard the consultant trying hard to please both me and the other bride. It was a shame, but I just knew when those women left they were going to complain about the girl--probably to the manager or on some site just like this. So I made a point to go to the manager and tell her what a good job the girl had done and I made a point to fill out a survey and call customer service.
It just goes to show that sometimes it's not the consultants or the people in the store, but how rude we as consumers can be because we think we are entitled to certain things and we live and breathe that customer is always right bull. Just as a side note, I made another appointment with my consultant during the week. It was quieter [a tidbit of information I got as my consultant walked me to the door] and the bride I shared my consultant with this time was much nicer.
After things were all said an done. I wrote a nice letter about my experience praising the staff. Because one of the things that gets my goat and that I find so interesting how little people are willing to be so thorough when they receive quality service.
It's like when things go outside of how people thinks things should go, they want to tell the world, scream, rant and rave. But when things go well no one says a word. So I said I am letting everyone I know, know just how pleasant my experience was. Moral to this story ladies... sure bad things happen and sometimes people are just plain rude. But let's check ourselves. Let's make sure we leave our bridal egos at the door and walk inside these stores wanting to be just as respectful to them as we think they should be to us.
NILES, OHIO -- When approached to contract with them for their vendor program... beware. I received a phone call saying that I had been "recommended" to ** by a previous bride or one of their employees. When I questioned this at the store they had no idea. I contracted with them for a one year contract (opt out after 6 months) and thank goodness for the opt out. My biggest gripe was "Black Friday" weekend. I had asked if some sort of "trial period" or some really short term (1-3 month) contract was possible before agreeing to 1 year and was told no.
I get there that weekend and learn of some other vendors there displaying and showcasing free of charge! What really upset me was the fact that I was set up off in a corner and these vendors, once again there free of charge, were invited to showcase right in the middle of the store and can easily be seen upon entering and exiting the store.
Don't expect much out of store traffic as they come there with 1 of 3 intentions: 1) Picking out a dress. 2) Trying on a dress. 3) Picking up their dress. All this is usually within 8 weeks of the reception and they already have all vendors they need booked for their reception. Oh and probably 50% of the store traffic are actually brides, others are bridesmaids and little girls trying on dresses for school dances! When approaching the customers and advertising yourself, you feel like one of those people in the mall trying to sell lotion. The clients just form a big circle around your table, almost as if you have some sort of odor.
Very seldom does an employee send one of their clients over to check you out. Most of the store traffic already had a vendor for the service I provide. When you're there set-up at the store, the employees and management act like they paid you to be there instead of you paying to be there. You almost feel like an employee. I was commanded to do certain things that a client of mine would ask me to do instead of being able to work my own magic in terms of promotion.
For the money paid, you would think they would make their employees promote your service, but instead displaying brochures and business cards is good enough for them and they think they did their job. They do send you a copy of the registry once every 2 weeks and I did get some inquiries from that, but if I didn't quote them the lowest price they've ever heard... forget it! When you contact ** regarding your concerns you just get "I'll have to check with the management at the store on that."
I never did get an explanation about Black Friday weekend! What a waste of hard earned money this truly was! They are willing to take your money with little or no return! Take my advise wedding vendors, the best and most cost effective form of advertising is word of mouth. If you're just starting up, the next best thing is the web.
Create or pay someone else to create a professional looking website and optimize it for major search engines. Brides today are very tech savvy and will turn to the internet at some point when looking for vendors. You need to reach them when they're actually looking for you, not a few weeks before their reception when they're stressed out at David's Bridal figuring out their dress!
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA -- It was my worst shopping experience in years, while this was supposed to be one of the most important things in my life: finding my wedding dress. I went to the David's Bridal store in Bakersfield, CA, after work. I walked in and stood there for 2 minutes until someone approached me. The employee was not friendly or helpful at all. Without any greeting, she had an attitude like “what are you doing here?” She barely talked to me although I tried to express my need in a friendly manner. She threw me a catalog, asked me to fill out a form, and had another girl help me.
That girl was more friendly with a smile one her face, but she was impatient to listen to my description of dresses that I would consider. She only heard the first criteria and ignored the rest. Of course, she could not be very helpful to find me “the dress.” She found me 3 dresses that were very similar, while I'd like more variety to choose. She took me and the 3 dresses to the fitting room, asked me to try on, and said she would come back and check on me soon. The dresses did not fit and took me a while to try on each of them. There was not any mirror in the fitting room so I had to walk out of the room to see what it's like in the mirror.
I spent 20 minutes trying on, coming in and out of the fitting room, but she was never back. During that time, I really needed help, but where was my help? When the dresses didn't fit, I really didn't feel comfortable walking all over the store to find that girl with my bra showing.
I was extremely frustrated w/ their service so I finally changed and left. When I left the store, no one even approached and asked me how I was doing or if I found anything I liked. Since I entered the fitting room, the girl or any other kind of help just seemed to disappear, and I was left alone. For the whole time, I felt like I was not welcome there.
How did that happen? I kept wondering after I got home. I have been very disturbed. The employees seemed pretty friendly and helpful to other customers. They only had an attitude to ME, so it must be something about me, not their general personality or service. Was it because I didn't make an appointment and just walked in? I don't think that it could justify their bad service and attitude. They could have had told me that they were occupied by scheduled customers at that time, explained to me professionally, and helped me schedule an appointment, as any decent business would handle it.
There was no need to give an attitude. If that wasn't the reason, what is? Because I went there alone? Why would it be an issue as long as I have money to spend? I dressed better than many customers at the store, so I'm sure that they treated me like that not because they thought I could not afford their stuff.
I understand big women sometimes are discriminated, but I am a size 4 so it is not a problem. Plus, people who know me always say that I am the kind of customer that every business (especially fashion) would love to have. Then the only thing I could think of was my ethnicity. I am Asian, and I was the only Asian at the store. I am not sure how much experience they had in serving Asians. Anyway, racism, which is the last thing I'd like to believe, was the only believable guess I could come up with after ruling out many other possibilities. I will never recommend this store to any of my friends, and I would like to warn the potential customers of David's Bridal.