MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK -- I visited David's Bridal with my daughter around a year ago. It was the first time either of us had ever shopped for a wedding dress, so we weren't sure what to expect. We were aware of the complaints and negative reviews, but we decided to make an appointment and see for ourselves. My daughter had no intention of buying a dress the first time out and basically just wanted to see what it was all about.
When we entered the store, we were asked to sit at the reception desk where a friendly and knowledgeable employee handed us catalogs and then proceeded to obtain the required information from my daughter to get the ball rolling. As she answered questions, I browsed through the catalogs trying to become familiar with the different styles. So far, everything was going well.
When we were finished at the reception desk, we were assigned a consultant and taken to the dressing room area. My daughter showed the consultant the dresses that she wanted to try on and made it clear that she was not going to buy a dress that day. The consultant understood and couldn't have been nicer about it. Knowing she wasn't going to make a sale did not stop her from catering to my daughter in every way possible. She was cordial, helpful, patient and professional at all times, never once making us feel like we were taking up her time.
After trying on about a dozen dresses, critiquing each one and taking pictures, we were exhausted. The consultant, on the other hand, was fresh as a daisy and still running around trying to accommodate us. Despite the consultant's enthusiasm, our heads were spinning, and we were ready to leave. When my daughter told the consultant that we had to go home and process it all, she began trying to persuade my daughter to buy a dress by offering limited time discounts and various other incentives. We only had to remind her once that we weren't ready to buy a dress, and she completely understood and immediately ended the sales pitch.
She thanked us and gave us her card, making us feel a twinge of guilt for not committing to a dress. Either it was a clever exercise in reverse psychology, or the consultant truly understood that we were not going to buy a dress but never let that influence her level of customer service and professionalism in any way.
We left the store and spent the rest of the night talking about the dresses and looking at the pictures. We were completely satisfied with every aspect of our David's Bridal experience. Everyone we encountered that day was professional, helpful and friendly. The whole time I was sitting in the waiting area while my daughter was trying on the dresses, I noticed that all the consultants exhibited the same caliber of professionalism as ours, and all the brides-to-be seemed just as pleased as we were.
If you are hesitating to visit David's Bridal based on the complaints you read on the internet, I encourage you to at least give them a chance. While I cannot attest to the quality of the service provided after a purchase is made, I do know that my daughter and I were treated like royalty for the several hours we were in the store. If she had decided to buy a dress that day, I would have felt confident that she wasn't going to be disappointed in the end.
As with all chain stores, some locations are better than others, depending on the employees. Some stores may be disappointing, but if you receive the level of service and professionalism that we did, I think the chances are good that it will continue through the entire process.
DURHAM,, NORTH CAROLINA -- Before I even went into David's Bridal in Durham, NC I went to their main website and wrote down the codes of the dresses I wanted to see. I thought it would make it easier for the sales people and for me. I went into David's Bridal with an expectation that because weddings are such an important day, they would have enough people and support staff to walk you through the process. I felt utterly lost. I did have someone greet me and they did have a few of the style numbers I wrote down from their website, but not a lot of them.
I thought I decided on a dress I liked because they told me it would probably be out of stock or they would not carry that style in a year when my wedding was planned, so I felt that I had to get the dress quickly and my dad applied for their 12 month interest free credit card to pay for the dress. However, after thinking about what a rush decision I made, I brought a friend back with me to get a second opinion and we decided on a more expensive dress.
At first this David's Bridal franchise did not have a problem with that because I was giving them more money, but when the shoes that I originally picked out did not match the more expensive dress that I switched it for, they told me that I had to pick another pair of shoes that were the same price or greater. Now mind you the first pair of shoes that I ordered had not even arrived at the store yet and the selection that they had available was scarce. I asked if I could have store credit to use on the web or get a refund for the shoes since they didn't even have the original pair I ordered in the store anyway, and they said no.
I guess because all of David's Bridals are owned by Franchise owners, they will not call other David's Bridals stores to ship in another dress or look up an item their store does not have. They will order it from the warehouse from PA, but it takes at least 3 to 4 weeks to get it in the actual store.
I suggest if you do go to David's Bridal because they have cheaper prices, go on line first to pick the style of the dress you want, write down the codes, and call of the David's Bridal stores in your area to make sure they have it in stock first. If I had known that once you pick something there you are stuck with it, even if you haven't received it yet, I would have been more careful and went to Payless where they have dyeable shoes that you can return if you do not like the way they fit. I felt the management was snoody and the couple of times after I ordered my dress to get help with other accessories I literally had to wave my arms in the air to have someone come and help me.
All of my bridesmaids had similar experiences with lack of customer service. Good prices, but don't expect customer service or ever getting a refund.
NORTH CAROLINA -- I went to David's Bridal anticipating buying a wedding dress. Well, I ended up buying my dress, now upset that I did at this location in the first place. When I went into David's Bridal, everyone was nice and friendly, however..... I couldn't find a dress that I liked within my budget, which was $700. After trying on 8 different dresses, I was getting very discouraged. I drove over 2 hours just to get to the store and couldn't find a thing within my budget. Well, after looking over the entire store, I finally found one that I liked. It was $1100, but they were having a sell for $300 off this particular dress.
After putting it on, I fell in love. Only to find out I had to fight with the women to sell it to me bc it was a designer dress, and was the last one in that size. They claimed they had to order it instead of me taking it home. I didn't have the time for it to be ordered bc of the date of the wedding. It took over an hour of arguing with them about me buying the dress. "You can buy any of the other ones from the rack, why not this one?" Well, they said they would try to steam clean it to make it just like new, and only then would they sell it to me, if all the dinginess came out.
I just kept asking them if they could throw in a pair of shoes or under garment to compensate for the difference of the steaming (which I had to buy THERE at the store AT THEIR PRICE) Not allowed the manager said. AHHHHHH!!!
What the hell happened to this store's customer service? It's like they didn't want to earn my business. Long story short. I finally got the dress, ended up paying over $150 more than I wanted to and had to basically beg for them to sell me the dress. On top of all this crap, two days later when I was home, I wanted to try my dress on to show one of my friends.... Well when I did, the freaking garment bag ripped permanently down the side and I had no way of zipping the bag back up. You've got to be kidding me??????
I hope whoever shops at this store does not have the same luck as me, bc I'll tell you, I feel like I had a new one ripped for me (if you know what I mean). This was almost like a bad omen, bc everything else after this point has been wrong, all of it, just PLAIN WRONG. Bridesmaids dresses the wrong color after ordering them (with no returns allowed), my preacher walking out on me one month beforehand, the engraving on our bridal party items, our bachelorette/bachelor party being cancelled........... marriage is a true test. A test that I'll NEVER take again.
This whole scenario has almost broken me and has definitely put a dent into my spirits. OH AND ONE MORE THING DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR CELL # OR EMAIL ADDRESS< unless you want to be contacted for everything under the sun.
Bought my wedding dress here in a size 4 because the "specialist" said I needed a size four. The actually dress available to try on was a size 8 and she was sure I needed a size 4. When I received the dress, it was too big and I had to have it altered. I could've fit a size 2 perfect without any alterations but ** (the assistant manager) said it'd be too small. Plus, I didn't have a lot of time to wait for the order to try to see. (I know I would've fit a size 2 perfect because I also bought a red gown there in a size 2 and it fit like a glove. I'm sure the wedding gown in a size 2 would've fit without any alterations).
So, I decided to let them alter it. I had several alterations done, including 10 french bustles, the hem, taking in of the neckline, and taking in of the bodice. Long story short, took my dress to NY to be wed and 2 days before the wedding day, I realized the bodice was too big. I wore the dress for pre-wedding photos and it kept falling off. I took it to a tailor who said the bodice was never altered. I had two tailors confirm that work was never done to the bodice at all.
In a hurry to have it fit me for my big day, I had them alter it for $100 overnight. And I called David's Bridal immediately, who gave me a run around by passing me off to several people. I spoke with a girl named ** who was going to have her alterations manager call me. She never called. I called again and spoke with another sales associate who said I needed to talk to the alterations manager but she wasn't there that day.
I call a third time and finally get to speak with the alterations manager. She wants me to bring the dress in. I don't see why but she insists. I bring the dress in, speak with her, she gets ** (the stores' assistant manager) and he tells me I have to talk to **. ** investigates and we call back and forth.
Final conclusion: I signed the receipt when I picked up the dress so they are not liable. I paid $85 for alterations they never did. If they did the work and it was still big on me, I understand. At least they did the work. However, they did not and ripped me off $85. I will NEVER buy anything else from them ever. And I will make sure to tell any new bride-to-be's or anyone even thinking of shopping there, to stay away.
I read a lot of bad reviews about David's Bridal. I should've been wary. If you must shop there, please BE VERY CAREFUL and DOUBLE CHECK EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY AND LEAVE THE STORE.
PHOENIX & ONLINE, ARIZONA -- Do not order from this company, in store or online--rude, inconsiderate, and an online return takes 6 weeks before you get your money back!!!! And you don't get to talk to a customer service rep to find out where your money is, b/c they don't have return customer service department.
The first time I went to David's Bridal with my friend for her wedding, the sales women were extremely rude, not helpful at all and the dresses lacked style. We were not allowed to take the dresses off the racks, we could not get anyone to assist us, and we were told that Saturdays are their busiest days so there were no appts open without pre-scheduling. We left and went to Tri-city Bridal in Casa Grande, where Virginia was wonderful.
I really didn't want to go a second time, but my mom said we should just stop in and see. We were immediately barked at about an appt. I said that I would be happy to sign up for an appt and look while I waited for something to open up. The twit at the door did not seem happy about that. We looked around for a good 45 min and no one once asked if they could assist. The twit at the front seemed perturbed that I was checking if any appts opened up. My moh and I just said to hell with it, they're not paying attention, and tried the dresses on ourselves.
Finally a manager came over to find out what we were doing and she began assisting us. The manager at the Ray Road store was very helpful, but her underlings are twits without home training, etiquette, and if they weren't zipping up dresses would probably live in a box behind Taco Bell for all the couth and intelligence they have. And the dresses were horrendous! Imagine acting so snobby about their low-quality dresses that were filthy.
Finally, I decided on a dress that I found on their website. Looked beautiful online, but no way to tell since it's only available online. Everyone at the store on on their customer service number assured me that it would arrive promptly and if there were any problems, I could return it without hassles. What a lie-- I didn't realize that I ordered ivory instead of white. The receipt for the online purchase did not arrive until 14 hours later.
I immediately sent an email saying that the color was incorrect and could they please ship white. A day later a guys says no, since it's already gone for shipping (another lie, it didn't ship until 2 days later). They said that it would arrive but I could just refuse the package. It came while I was gone to work. Tried it on, but didn't know if I just needed a different size or what, sent it back priority mail with instructions to exchange for white.
Checked the USPS website and they had received it 3 days before, but no one bothered to inform me. I emailed them and they said they didn't have online exchanges or store credits for online returns, and a manual check would be sent in approx 3-6 weeks. Screw David's Bridal and their low quality, dirty items and poor poor customer service.
My “adventure” started on my first visit to the store. After filling out paperwork and talking to a generally unpleasant and unknowledgeable girl, she took my selections to a dressing room. I tried on the dresses, without much enthusiasm or input from the girl. My biggest surprise was when I selected a dress with a corset top and she only laced it part of the way up, excusing it by saying “it would just take too long”.
As this was my first time ever trying on dresses, I figured this was standard practice. I will let you know the location I purchased my wedding dress from took the time to completely lace me up and tell me what their opinion was of every dress. So it may behoove them to take up the practice of investing a little more time and interest in their customers and they may retain some.
Second visit to the store, I came back in, asked for the girl I had last time, and was told she no longer worked there. As well, they lost my paperwork, and I had to go through all the paperwork again and there was no record of me being there. Third trip, again, paperwork lost, along with the notes of the dresses I liked on the previous visit. I will say I liked the girl I got that time (again a different girl). Although when I went back in for my fourth visit, she was gone.
I had called ahead on a Saturday and was told that I would have a woman set aside to work with my 2 bridesmaids and 2 flower girls. That didn't happen. I understand Saturday's approaching prom season will be hectic, but I should not have been told I would receive personal attention if it wasn't realistic.
That day I ordered 2 bridesmaid dresses. Around this time my bridesmaid in California ordered a dress, and my bridesmaid in Georgia ordered a dress. A couple of weeks later my bridesmaid in California called to tell me they ordered her dress in the wrong color. This encouraged me to go confirm my other bridesmaid dresses. I came in to the Chattanooga store around 6:00 and spoke to one of the managers who looked up my order. I will note that although the problem did not occur in her store, an apology at this stage would have been nice. I would have done a lot to cool me down for the last few visits.
I did not have all the information she needed at that time to track down the problem. I returned the following day with the information she needed, and asked about the status of the dresses I ordered in that store, and when they should be in. It was at this time that she went to the back and produced my two bridesmaid dresses that had been ordered. I asked her how long they had been there, she told me ten days.
When I asked why I wasn't informed she told me they had typed the email address in wrong. I asked what phone number they had for me, it was the correct number and when I asked why I wasn't informed by phone, she said “well, that girl has been really busy”. What a terrible excuse, and rude. Again, at this point no apology.
Last visit I came in to pick out a flower girl dress. Again a different girl, after looking around I set aside two flower girl dresses, one was paid for, the other was being held for one day for my other flower girl to come try on. When her father came in to have her try it on, they at first could not find any record of the dresses in the system. So while one girl fumbles her way through the computer system, another woman comes up to help. They inform him that the dress I want is not in stock in her size, but a similar dress is in that she could try on.
I returned that night; spoke to the manager who informed me that the dress was indeed on hold, in the size and color I wanted. For whatever reason, the women he spoke to two hours earlier didn't know where the hold shelf was. As well at this time I wanted to confirm they still had the dress I had purchased and was waiting on alterations. At this time she tells me she can't find any record of the dress being purchased. Eventually she did find it in the back, again, no apology.
The location in Georgia on Barrett Parkway, allowed my final bridesmaid to order in a dress in a size 2 after she told them she was a size 0. They even saw her in it, knowing it was huge, without letting her know alterations would exceed the price of the dress. Or communicating that we were about to pay 180 dollars for alterations on a 120 dress. They should have suggested another opportunity. They have communicated well on when the dress arrived, but to not even give a heads up on the astronomical price, is deceiving and makes me wary about future purchases.
I have since contacted David's Bridal corporate who is working with me to come to a resolution on this horrendous service I have received. I would like to point out, if at any point I had received an apology, or at least a sympathetic look, I would not be this irritated. All I have gotten from the Chattanooga location is impatience and attitude. I have already told many people, and future brides, about my terrible service at David's Bridal, as well as the wonderful service I received at Monica's, the location I purchased my wedding dress from. I suggest the employees at David's Bridal Chattanooga take a field trip down town to Monica's and see how a bridal shop should be run.
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.
HURST, TEXAS -- We went to look for my bridesmaid's dresses for my sister-in-law's wedding that is in October 2012. We found a really cute affordable one that everyone liked. We opened a credit account specifically for the dresses and placed our order. We were told it would take 6 weeks and we ordered in May. July gets here and still no dresses. So the bride calls and apparently the dresses are no longer being made and the consultant put her wedding date in for December 2015, so our dresses had not been made yet. We had already made several payments on the credit card and the balance owed was not the amount that needed to be refunded.
We asked for a split tender refund, where they put the amount owed on the card back on the card and the remaining balance back in cash. But they said that cannot be done, the credit card company would have to send a refund check. Now that doesn't seem fair, we paid for the dresses the day we ordered them and they made a mistake. Shouldn't we get our cash back the same day? Needless to say we went to a different company, paid double for our new dress and had to put a rush on it since the wedding is now 2 months away. So...only go to David's Bridal if you want to pay for dresses that do not exist!
OXNARD, CALIFORNIA -- David's Bridal proclaims to be a cheaper alternative to bridal wear. Their customer service was so bad that it would have been better to pay the additional price of another place but we had already ordered a wedding dress. Before we purchased a dress, it was tried on twice making sure that it could be altered in such a way that would be acceptable. We waited until the appointment as directed to open the bad in which the gown was wrinkled and stuffed. They wouldn't alter it the way that we wanted, and were not friendly or helpful. At that point, not one person offered to help.
Get this... even after paying for a wedding dress, they charged us $10.00 for a paper garment bag to take it home in. I can't believe it. I would advise other people not to use David's bridal. We were put in an unfortunate situation because we were told that an alteration was possible when I guess it was not. We didn't have any recourse... we were left with a gown and an unfortunate day that should have been an exciting event.
My daughter went to David's Bridal in Danvers, MA and purchased a bridesmaid dress in July of 2011. When she tried the dress on in the store it was a perfect fit (size 2 - she tried and another size 2 that fit also) so she order it. The salesperson took her measurements and then placed the order. When we went to the store to pick up the dress, surprise - the size 2 doesn't fit! It needs to be altered in the bust area (which she is small, but the dress was even smaller) and the abdomen and waist area which were to big.
This is NOT how the sample size 2 dresses in the store fit and why take measurements, if the dress is not going to fit correctly. That's where they make additional money off these cheaply made dresses - the alterations! Not only do you pay for the dress, but you can double your cost with the alterations. The dress should have only needed to be hemmed when it came in, but it needed to be completely redone.
When the rude and ignorant Store Manager came over to hear our complaint, she really didn't care because their store policy was NO REFUNDS! So in other words we have your money and your stuck with our crap! They only offer to get you another size dress (which would have had to be altered even more) or give you a store credit if you're lucky! Don't waste your time or money at this store - they do not care about customer service or the product that they sell. Once they have your money, they don't care whether you're satisfied or not!