J K. on Insider Pages
10 years ago
09/19/2009, 01:14 AM
David's Bridal is a frustrating place
Both of my daughters are flower girls in my sister's wedding. They are less than one inch different in height and wear church dresses in size 8, but soon will need a size 10. I made an appointment for them to try on flower girls dresses. My sister came in from out of state to see them at this appointment. She even took the time call David's Bridal weeks before this appointment to make sure the employees knew which dresses that the girls were going to try on and the size of my daughters.
When we arrived, the dress that my sister picked out for the flower girls was only in the store in sizes 5 and 6. The closest store that had the sizes we needed to try on was in Minneapolis!!!! David's Bridal was not going to have the dress sent to their Brookfield store. I was left to guess what sizes my children needed. The sales girl recommended a size 7. I tried to explain that my girls were currently wearing a size 8 in church dresses - and the size 6 flower girl dress that they did get to try on was WAY too small. There way no way a size 7 was correct for them. The sales girl also explained that trying on other size 7 and 8 dresses wouldn't work because the styles of the dresses were too different. Basically, unless I was going to drive to Minneapolis, there was no way to try on the sizes that I needed so that I could make an informed decision. Since I had to buy 2 dresses for the wedding, and since I thought the sales girl was wrong, I bought size 8 - and of course I was told "we can always alter it." Of course they can $$$$$$.
The good news was that the size 8s were the right length (thank goodness I didn't listen to the sales girl), but they needed tons of altering. One daughter needed hers taken in - and even though David's Bridal did the alterations once, it still didn't fit (it wasn't taken in enough) and now it is in for its second round of alterations and should be finished a few days before the wedding. The other daughter needed the dress let out. It really would have been beneficial to have been able to try on the 8, because then I would have known to order the size 9 for the second daughter. One would think that since David's Bridal made it impossible (even with advance notice) to try on a dress even close to the size my children needed, that they would offer to take some money off of alterations... no way. I was told, "Yah, this situation is rough." It didn't even matter that the bride, 4 bridesmaids and the mother of the bride all bought their dresses at David's Bridal.
My advice is this - if you are going to buy a dress, and they don't have it in your size - don't buy. With all the money I have spent on alterations, it would have been cheaper to drive to Minneapolis.