After yesterday’s slightly pitiful post, I’m happy to move on to cheerier days. We tabled the dress shopping for about two months, and my (wonderful, awesome, hugely-accommodating) mom made plans to come down to North Carolina in November. We made the most of her extended weekend, and fit in visits to three different dress shops. Our first one was actually to Nitsa’s, where I would eventually buy my dress, but I’m going to shake things up and post about our third store of the weekend, David’s Bridal, first.
(The second store doesn’t really need a post of its own – we went to Bridal Mart in Burlington hoping to try on a few specific Watters gowns, but all the designers were totally mixed up on the racks, so we couldn’t find what we were looking for.)
David’s Bridal, of course, needs no introduction. I’ve actually loved a lot of what they’ve done recently, especially the White by Vera Wang Collection, so I can honestly say I went in with an open mind. I also went in with fairly low expectations, which I think was helpful. There was one specific dress I was hoping to try on, and happily, they had it in stock! Here it is being sported by another real bride:
I did try this one on (it’s by Oleg Cassini), and I liked it quite a bit! I’m actually surprised I can’t find it on their website anymore, because I thought it was one of the loveliest designs they offered. Here it is on me:
For one, it was about half the price of the “Brisa,” if I’m remembering correctly. It also shared many characteristics with Miss B, like a soft, full skirt, a draped top, a sweetheart neckline, and a natural waist.
Of course, there were some issues. David’s Bridal designs come in two shades: white and off white. I knew I didn’t want the off white (way too yellow for me), but the white was that stark BRIDAL WHITE, which I also didn’t care for. Left with no middle ground, I didn’t like my options.
Also, I would have liked to make some significant alterations to the Oleg Cassini to make it a better fit for my style — I wanted to remove some of the ornamentation around the waist, and add illusion sleeves. With the additional expense of those alterations, the price gap between the two would have narrowed.
In addition, I knew that if I bought the Christos gown (or any designer gown, really) I would need to sell it after my wedding to be able to match my dress budget, and I was okay with that. Though the DB gown was less money initially, it would have been harder to resell it, especially if I had made significant alterations.
As strange as it sounds, the final nail in the coffin for David’s Bridal was the service/environment. For whatever reason, my mom did not care for the gal helping us, and I think she was very turned off by the whole environment of the store — we had to wait at several different points throughout our stay, the lighting was weird, the attitude was more “sales-y” than at the boutiques we had visited, etc. These things didn’t bother me quite as much because, like I said above, I came in with lower expectations.
I think my mom’s biggest concern, though, was that she felt I was settling for the David’s Bridal gown, and because she is wonderful and amazing, she didn’t want me to do that. Love her.
Tomorrow, I will conclude our dress hunt saga with my experience at Nitsa’s, from first visit to gown shipping!
Tell me: Did you visit David’s Bridal in your search for a wedding gown? What did you think?