I get to David?s about 15 minutes early. When I walk in, it is very crowded (which I expected for a weekend), but all I can hear are screaming kids, frazzled moms, and crazy children running rampant amongst the wedding gowns. I don?t have kids. And when I am in ?adult? places, I get very annoyed with rowdy kids who should be home with a babysitter. A grocery store is fine; a bridal shop is not. My fianc? even called me, confused, at one point because he thought I was at a playground. So the environment alone put me in a stressed and irritated state of mind. Anyways, I go up to the table, tell them my name, appointment time, and that I registered online a week ago. Well, they tell me their computers are slow and they don?t have my information yet (even though I registered 1 week ago); a little odd given modern technology, but no big deal. So I fill out a form, again. Luckily I arrived early. Upon completion, they told me they will ?page? me over the intercom when a room becomes available and in the meantime, I can browse the store. My friends and I use this opportunity to save future time and look by ourselves for the 3 dresses I already found online that I wanted to try on. After 30 minutes of tag-and-style-number hunting, we found them all. So we hung them up on a random rack and waited. And waited. 4:30 rolls around (30 minutes after my scheduled appointment time). I asked them nicely, what the deal was. Apparently they were too bombarded with walk-ins and brides trying on dresses for hours. I understand that, but as the responsible one who did the right thing by making an appointment, I shouldn?t be the one waiting that long. So finally a sales consultant comes over a few minutes later. She only asked me a few things about what I wanted in a gown, so she had a vague idea. But I made her job a little easier by already having the gowns I wanted to try by myself. We get to the dressing room. It is very small, with no mirror inside. I could only fit in there with 2 wedding dresses at a time. The only mirrors were outside. I was instructed to try on the gowns by myself, which was fine, but it made me wonder how many people have ripped them before me because the consultant didn?t supervise the fitting. Some of the dresses also smelled bad, like the other people who had it on before me didn?t wear deodorant. A few had stains too, from make-up and fake-tanning cream. I understand that they are samples, but they need to be cleaned or replaced every now and then. I didn?t happen to like any of the 3 dresses I tried on. So the consultant kept running out to the floor to get more dresses for me to try on. This was okay at first, but she started grabbing dresses that I specifically said I didn?t want as far as style. She even tried to convince me at one point that I need a headpiece and veil because in my photos, I won?t look like a bride. I am getting married at the beach and I want a simple flower. That?s what I want, don?t try to convince me it?s not good enough! Finally, I just told her I was too exhausted to try on any more gowns. I was friendly and polite the entire time, but I was clearly frustrated. I am pretty easy-going and definitely not a ?Bridezilla?, but I just had certain expectations for a bridal shop. After all, it?s my wedding dress: the most expensive and beautiful gown I?ll ever wear. And I just envisioned some level of professionalism and ?elegance?. This was a nightmare.
Pros: Unprofessional, pushy, ""Walmart-like"" environment
Cons: inexpensive a-line gowns