CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- I am not one of those people for whom the wedding is the most important event of my entire life (but I don't blame those who are, because it is quite a big deal). I didn't spend endless hours obsessing over minute details of the ceremony, but David's Bridal in Chattanooga, TN treated me and my wedding party with such a lack of professionalism and courtesy, I feel that it is important to warn others of the quality of their service.
About four months before my wedding, I walked into David's Bridal on a whim with my mother and sister. We didn't have a consultation scheduled (more about that later) and were simply perusing the gowns on the racks. I found one that I absolutely loved and was allowed to try it on. It fit perfectly and did not have to be altered in the least (once again, more about that later). I immediately put that dress on layaway as well as a veil that I had selected. I was having an issue deciding between two veils and they had told me that if I wanted to change them later, it wouldn't be a problem. Like an idiot, I took them at their word.
Fast forward to three months before the wedding. I called and scheduled a consult with their bridal "consultants" for my bridesmaids and to check on my dress. My bridesmaids were sized, the specific dress was selected, and measurements were taken. I was somewhat shocked to see the consultant "eyeballing" as she called it, the measurements by putting a dress three sizes too large on one of my bridesmaids and simply taking four inches of it by hand saying that it would do. I was aghast.
I stated that it would not fit her properly. My bridesmaid stated the same and told the lady that based on the measurements that we had taken on our own, she should be wearing a different size than the consultant suggested. The consultant wrote down the size that my friend suggested. She fitted another of my bridesmaids by placing a dress that was in no way comparable to the one that I had selected (mine was a halter, this one was a strapless with boning in it) and was WAY too small (by like five sizes) on her. From that, she made up her mind what the correct size was, despite our protestations.
After we had asked her to order the dress two sizes larger just in case, she rolled her eyes and said "Why come to the consultation if you already know everything." The irony of all of this was that I sew, my mother sews, and one of my bridesmaids is a seamstress. We had one bridesmaid who couldn't make it, so we had taken her measurements specifically and given them to the consultant who looked somewhat irritated about having to work with only measurements, but she took them down. I had a total of five bridesmaids. Four of them had been sized and I felt somewhat relieved.
After this infuriating process, we left, not wanting to spend any more time in the store than we had to, which was a mistake. I should have asked to see my dress, but I didn't. We were told that the bridesmaids dresses would be finished and received by one month before my wedding. That was plenty of time, I reasoned, with just a bit of wiggle room in the middle in case something happened.
Two months pass. No bridesmaid dresses. I was fairly calm, and kept getting very polite but obviously BS excuses. Another week passed. Then another. And then another! Almost a month late and one week before my wedding! By now, I was freaking out and almost on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I was fairly anxious about the fact that there may need to be some alterations to the dresses that the girls had ordered. Thankfully, my mother is a very calm and rational person. She had a talk with the elderly manager and the dresses were delivered.
My bridesmaids and I went to the store in order to retrieve our dresses. We picked them up and I had my girls try them on just in case. Out of the four bridesmaids that had been sized, NOT A SINGLE DRESS FIT. I was furious! The only one whose dress DID fit was my bridesmaid who had not come to the fitting. I asked to see the sizing charts, as I had watched the consultant write down the sizes. The dresses did not match the sizes that we had requested. The consultant had erased the sizes that we had requested and as a result, not a single dress fit! We could see the eraser marks!
One bridesmaid had a dress that was literally two sizes too small, the rest of them were too large by at least two sizes. I demanded to know how they were going to fix it. The elderly manager was obviously angry with me for questioning her consultant and stated that we would just have to pay to get the dresses altered to the correct sizes ourselves. They wanted to let out the dress that was too small (there is NO WAY that it could be let out two sizes and since it was a satin dress, the original seam line would be seen regardless of what they did, making the dress look cheap and cheesy.) and take in the dresses that were too small, distorting the way that they looked.
I told them that there was no way that MY bridesmaids were going to be penalized for their consultant's poor work. She suggested having the girls in the dresses that were too large purchase a bust-enhancing bra for $80.00 that only they carried. One of my friends who was not involved in the wedding paraded through the store with fake boobs that did the trick (that were five dollars, might I add) for two of them (resulting in one of the more comedic moments of our drama). We DEMANDED that they order a new dress for the bridesmaid whose dress was too small and they grudgingly agreed to do so without charging her extra and having it rush-ordered.
We went to the front to finish purchasing our items and I asked them to bring out my dress since it had been in layaway and I had finished paying it off a week previously (they had said that they were going to clean it). It came out and was FILTHY. It had makeup stains all over it, was picked up, and had a black line that pretty much went from the top of the dress to the bottom. That was not the shape I had put it away in layaway in. I was nearing an apoplectic fit by this time. Did they really expect me to get married in that filthy dress?
Thankfully, my mother came to the rescue once again. She kindly, but firmly insisted that the dress was to be cleaned. They stated that it had been. Then she lost her temper as well and told them that they were going to clean it again if that was the case. Oh, and remember the veil that I was told I could exchange for another one later if I wished? I attempted to do so.
The elderly manager refused to allow me to do so, despite the fact that I had paid it off already and the one that I had selected was identical in price. We argued about it for another five minutes and I was allowed to exchange the veil as they said I would be. The staff (especially the elderly manager), my consultant, and the woman who performed the alterations were not only unhelpful, but downright rude and inefficient.
Fast forward three years. My sister finds a dress at the store that she loves. It was dirty and all picked up, though. She was told that it was no issue, that another one could be ordered and delivered. When she went to the front to pay, she was told that there was no way that they could order the new dress. My mother (bless her) told the same elderly manager that there was no way that she was going to pay full price for a dirty and damaged dress if another one could be ordered instead. The manager relented and the dress was purchased and ordered.
She hasn't had any more run-ins with this company, but I am really hoping that she decides to go somewhere else for her bridesmaids' dresses. I for one know that this company will NEVER get any of my business again and I believe that it is my duty to warn other brides that this company's total lack of respect will leave a bit of a sour taste in their mouths on their special day.
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.
I went in to look for a bridal gown this past April. The woman at the table in the front was humorless and acted like my bridesmaids, my mom and myself were bothering her. She claimed all of her consultants were busy with other customers but rustled up a girl I'll call **. She told **, right in front of us that she had to give us to her even though ** was helping another bride and her bridesmaids find bridesmaids dresses.
Now, if all of the consultants being busy had actually been the case I could have accepted sharing my consultant with no problem. However, I never saw more than ** and one other consultant helping customers the entire time I was in the store, not on the sales floor or in the dressing area. I did see them hanging at the front desk and chatting with the table lady. Were they passing the time while their customers browsed? No, there were no other customers in the store except the girls looking for bridesmaids dresses and a bride whose consultant was right there with her. But why couldn't the rest of them have helped me?
They weren't non consultant employees, they weren't busy with other work, they were just hanging around. Why did I need to be given to ** who already had 4 girls to tend to? Anyway, I went in with print outs of all my favs from the website which I gave to **. She looked through it quickly and said she didn't think they had any of them in the store and started flipping through the racks to find me something else. While she was flipping I started seeing a bunch of my favs! I informed her that "wait, I want to try this one on, that one on etc." Her response was along the lines of "Ummmm...okay..." But she pulled them down.
She wanted to pull a lot of dresses before I tried any on, I guess so she didn't have to go running back and forth, which was fine by me so I picked out all the dresses I wanted. She sent me to the fitting room and came back with 4, less than half of the dresses I'd chosen, which I thought was weird because she wanted me to pick out so many more. I figured she had them sitting aside. After she hung them up she took off to the bridesmaids without a word to me. Going to take care of her other customers I can totally understand but hanging up my dresses and walking away with no instructions, asking if I needed help or anything I cannot.
I put on the first one with my maid of honor's help (thank God she came in to see if I'd need it!) and walked out to show everyone. They oohed and aahed and ** came out. With no smile or enthusiasm she said "So is this the one?" I hadn't tried on anything else yet and she's already asking if I've found my dress? I politely told her it was beautiful but I wanted to keep looking. Again, with no emotion she turned and walked back into the dressing room, back to the bridesmaids. My MOH and I tried on the rest of the dresses I had and ** came out once and asked again if I'd found the one.
It was expectable at that point cause I'd tried on multiple dresses but when I told her I wanted to keep looking again she actually looked kind of annoyed. She came with us back to the dressing room to take the dresses and informed me that there were no more A-Line dresses in my choices and she'd be bringing me the sheath dresses I'd chosen (I'd only picked A Line and sheaths). As we waited I realized that couldn't be true because I'd only picked 3 sheaths to try on but had picked about 14 total dresses I wanted to try on. And I knew that there were other dresses I really wanted to try on and that she'd pulled down that weren't included in the 4 she gave me.
I doubled checked with my MOH to see if she realized it too and she agreed. ** was intentionally telling me there were less dresses than I'd chosen. Sure enough she came back with the 3 sheaths and told me that they were the last of the dresses I'd picked out. I decided not to start a disagreement right then and there and just try the sheaths and mention it to her after if none of them struck my fancy. Luckily for me I fell in love with the first sheath I tried on. It was beautiful and perfect for my body but slightly too tight.
My mom, MOH and bridesmaids wanted me to buy the size I had on and up my exercise routine since it was only a little bit tight and I had 6 months to the wedding but ** went on about how it was too risky what if I gained weight I should buy the next size up. I tried the next up and it was way too big but she had gotten to me with her "What ifs". I decided to take the next up. She disappeared with the dress after telling me I had to take the one off the rack and sent us to the check out.
After she walked off with the dress I didn't see it again because when I got to the counter they immediately brought up the garment bag which I purchased and put my dress into it behind some other merchandise. I paid for the dress and the underthings and went home and hung it up. Now what happened next is as much my fault as theirs but if they were a decent company it wouldn't have happened. I didn't open the bag to verify everything was right or double check my receipt before I left and I didn't open it back until after the 72 hour window to return the dress.
I looked at the receipt at work and realized the dress was listed as ivory. I had requested white dresses and the dress I had tried on (and was in all of my pictures taken at the store) was white. The next size up was white. But my receipt said ivory? Clerical error? No, when I got home I opened the bag and the dress was ivory. This didn't make sense to me because I was under the (possibly mistaken) impression that their dresses are usually one color or the other in the store and if for example you try on in ivory but want white they have to special order it?
If that's true they apparently had at least one in the store that was ivory when the rest were white. AND the dress I tried on and ultimately agreed to buy off the rack was white and she walked off with it. That can only mean she walked away with the white dress and somehow grabbed an ivory one and took that up to the check out. Why? How? It makes no sense but it happened. A friend suggested maybe it was ivory all along and I didn't notice but it's not that kind of ivory, it's very obviously a different color.
Plus, the other reason I know it's a different dress than the one I agreed to buy is because I inspected that dress for stains or problems before I handed it over to her (and after I took it off) but when I looked at it at home there was a ugly brown stain on the collar! Now, what I probably should have done was march back to the store and demand a new dress, in white this time. But due to an experience a friend had had with her dress and problems discovered after she signed the receipt and after the 72 hour window I knew it would be a giant fight so I decided to make due with my ivory dress.
I took it to a private seamstress (their alterations department is awful, what I needed done to make the dress fit would have cost more than the dress!) who got most of the stain out, pressed it and made it fit perfectly for a fraction of the cost of the dress. When I tried it on after she was done I realized that the ivory looked great on me and is not going to be a problem. The white would have been better but the ivory is also beautiful.
We also had a slight problem when we went in for bridesmaids dresses. We had another consultant who was rude and impatient and told my MOH it was going to be hard to find a dress in her size (she's overweight)! Who does that??? It actually wasn't a problem, they all found beautiful dresses but the consultant claimed they wouldn't come in until right before the wedding because of the color. I debated changing colors but she said it would be fine, alterations could be rushed and my girls didn't want to change so I stuck with the original color. The dresses came in 6 weeks before she said they would which was a huge plus and I give them credit for that.
All in all, going to David's is a gamble. One of my good friends had a fabulous experience, another a good experience and another a terrible experience (made mine look tame!) so knowing and accepting that before you go will strongly affect how your view your experience. Remember, it is like going to the Target of Bridal shops. Overall I think mine wasn't good but it wasn't awful. If my expectations had been higher I think I would have felt much differently.
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.
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.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- I was at a bridal show about a month ago and talked with the ladies at the David's Bridal booth. They were friendly and very eager to sign me up for an appointment. This past week I was finally ready to start dress shopping, and so I thought of them first. I called the store to make an appointment, but was told be the girl on the phone that I could just come in and would be helped. She didn't offer to take down my name and seemed in a hurry. I arrived at the store about 20 minutes later and had to stand and wait for a few minutes while the girl at the front desk finished a personal conversation with a consultant. Finally they had me sit down and I filled out some paperwork.
The girl at the desk then yelled across the store to a consult, "Would you take this Bride?" The consultant replied that she was in charge of the floor at the time. "So you can't take the bride?" "NO!" I was feeling a little weird by this time almost as though I was intruding. I sat there a bit longer while the girl found someone to help me. She told me to go look at shoes while I waited for the consultant. I waited for about 10 minutes and finally someone was calling my name across the dressing room. She was a nice lady but seemed to be in a huge rush and took about 30 seconds to flip through their catalog so I could show her the dresses I wanted to try on.
I tried to explain my wedding and what I wanted but she didn't listen and just wanted me to point at pictures. She brought me three dresses to try on and then left. I tried one on and waited and waited and waited some more. I was about to take it off when she finally came back. She made me get up on the pedestal by the mirrors and then left again. I got the idea the poor lady was helping 3 other brides besides me.
I finally just went back in the fitting room and got dressed. I was not interested in trying on anymore. The store was dirty as well and the dresses were expensive! I said what I had to to get out of the store. I have been getting calls from them all day but I will never go back. I felt so saddened and discouraged by the whole ordeal! I was so excited to start dress shopping, but that almost ruined it for me. The attitude, the surroundings and the waiting!
I called my Mom crying to tell her how turned off to the whole thing I was, and she has promised to help me again in a few months. I can tell you one thing: no matter how many calls and e-mails I get from them I will never again set foot in their store. The dress I tried on was beautiful but I will never purchase a gown from David's Bridal.
KENNESAW, GEORGIA -- I had a terrible experience with David's Bridal from start to finish! I am a bridesmaid this month. Since we are all scattered across the country the bride thought it best to use David's because of the convenience. I really wish she had chosen Ann Taylor instead (they have beautiful wedding attire and amazing service). My fiasco started when I initially went to try on the dress the bride had chosen. She emailed us the style numbers-- all of us to have the same skirt with 3 or 4 tops to choose from. First off, the sales associate seemed very unwelcoming.
I gave her the style numbers, tried them on and decided to wait a week before ordering. Good thing!!! Because when I went back to the store I discovered she had me trying on the wrong dress! Crisis averted! I ordered the correct one in a size 4. Dress came in-- SIZE 8! By this time it was too late to re-order. Fast forward about 3 weeks and I find out I'm preggers. Very excited and actually relieved they ordered a dress that was too big because I'm starting to have a baby bump.
Here I am now 1 week out of the wedding date and the top is tight. I called and asked if I could exchange it for a size larger if they happen to have a floor model in the color and size I need. They said it would not be a problem and to come on down. The "greeters" are super friendly until you actually need help. I go in and they refuse the exchange because the item had been altered! What?!
I assured them that it was sold to me in this condition and the saleswoman in a round-about way called me a liar. She was rude, unwilling to make any kind of effort to help and quite frankly making me VERY upset. I kept telling her that I did not touch the top in any way and she went on the say in a snide tone that it appeared to have been let out and made larger-- so now I'm a liar and fat!
Who speaks to a customer this way? I agreed that may be was tailored by a previous customer, but that I surely did not do it and they sold me a tampered item! I could feel my blood boiling and as I started to raise my voice I just gave up and said that I would attempt to have it "let out" again and she said "Yeah, AGAIN!" as if to call me a liar one more time! I could not believe the treatment I got from this lady. I sent a certified letter to their Corporate office and copied the store manager and intend on pursuing this matter until I am satisfied!!!
Do not shop at Kennesaw David's Bridal. They will ruin your event! And lastly, they have no customer service info available-- I wouldn't either if I ran an operation like theirs. I had to dig around on sites like this to finally have the pleasure of leaving a VM that will never get returned.
BOWIE, MARYLAND -- I went to David's Bridal to find a wedding dress for my wedding in June. I found a dress that I absolutely loved, and told the sales person that I wanted to order it. She said that David's Bridal only sells the dresses off the rack and that I couldn't order another one. I didn't like that idea because it had been tried on so many times, but I agreed. Luckily, my mom inspected the dress as I was taking it off and changing back into my clothes and saw that there were makeup stains all over it. When we pointed it out, the salesperson seemed irritated at us and said that she would see if they could get the stains out. She took it to the back of the store, and then returned saying that the stains wouldn't come out so they would order me another one. We did that, and they gave us a delivery date.
So a week after the delivery date had passed, I called and they told me that my dress had arrived. I went in the afternoon after work to pick it up. There was only one customer besides myself in the store, but I stood at the counter for a full five minutes while the sales associates talked and finally someone asked me if I needed anything. They went to the back to get my dress, and put it in a garment bag, offering me a glimpse as they zipped it up so I could verify it was the right dress. I should have asked to try it on, but I saw how slow they all were and I wanted to get out of there, so, stupidly, I took it -- after waiting another ten minutes for someone to come over and ring me up.
I ran it to my mom's house because she has a cedar closet where I knew I could hang it without worrying about bugs or anything. I had to run back to my house since I live kind of far away and had to be at work in the morning.
So that Saturday, four days from when I picked it up, I went to my mom's house to try on the dress and show my sister. I laid out a sheet so I wouldn't get it dirty, and my mom brought the dress down. She laid it on the bed and unzipped it for the first time since we left the store, and there was a black mark all along the bottom like someone had worn it and walked across a dirty floor. I couldn't believe it, and we decided we would have to take it back to have them fix it. But I wanted to try it on to show my sister, so I did. The dress would not zip up by about four inches. The dress I had tried on in the store fit perfectly, it was not going to have to be altered at all.
I immediately called the store, where the salesperson listened to my story and put me on hold. She got back on and said, "The manager said that once you took the dress out of the store, we can't do anything." I asked her about the sizing issue, since that obviously was a mistake. I explained that I was the exact same size, and even said that I would come into the store and try on the dress I tried on before to show that I had not just gotten fatter, which is what she implied.
I asked to speak to the manager, and was told she was really busy and couldn't talk to me (no offer to call me back). I said I would wait for her, and she she sighed and told me it would be a while. It was, but I waited.
The manager was extremely rude right from the beginning. I said that I completely understood that they couldn't do anything about the stain since there is no way for them to know what I did once I left the store, but that the sizing issue was something I really felt the store should take resonsibility for. I tried very hard to be polite, but she basically told me I was lying, and was very short and rude about the whole thing. So basically I'm out five hundred dollars and have to start looking for a new dress. I was stoked to get a dress for so cheap, but I guess it's true that you get what you pay for -- I'd rather spend more money to get what I asked for and not be disrespected. Stay away from David's Bridal!