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David's Bridal vs House of Brides

To help you find the Best Bridesmaid Dresses, TopConsumerReviews.com provides you with an in-depth comparison of David's Bridal and House of Brides.

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Buy Your Bridesmaid Dresses at Dessy Today! One of the most memorable, special moments in your life is your wedding day. Deciding which of your friends and loved ones will surround you at the altar as part of your wedding party is an important part of the event, and coordinating your bridesmaid dresses can be a fun, yet challenging, experience.

You may want all of your attendants to wear the exact same dress with perfectly-matching color, or you may opt to give them the freedom to choose the style that fits their personalities - or you may be a bridesmaid yourself, and you’re looking for the attire that will match what your bride-to-be friend or family member has asked you to find.

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4.5 stars
David's Bridal

DAVID'S BRIDAL

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For more than six decades, David's Bridal has been a part of the market for Bridesmaid Dresses, with retail locations throughout the US, Canada, and UK in addition to their online store.

David's Bridal has an easy-to-use website, allowing brides and bridesmaids to quickly find the color, style, and price range they're looking for. The navigation links on the left-hand side of the page let shoppers filter the 500 available Bridesmaid Dresses in a number of ways, such as sleeve length and color; on the day we reviewed the site, however, many of the side navigation options (such as brand, style, and availability) appeared to be disabled.

Shoppers can also use the favorites list for keeping track of not just dresses but also accessories and other bridal party essentials.

David's Bridal really stands out in their range of available sizes. While many retailers of Bridesmaid Dresses only sell sizes up to 18 (or even just to 14), David's is one of the only retailers in our review that can meet the needs of petites (women 5'4" and under), plus sizes up to 30W, and even moms-to-be.

Shipping is spendy at David's Bridal, compared with some other retailers: regardless of price, the first Bridesmaid Dress will cost $12.95, and any additional dresses in the same order ship for $8.95 each. On the other hand, David's Bridal has a return policy that is more generous than some, with returns of dresses in original condition accepted within 14 days of shipping. Customers should be aware that online dress purchases can only be returned by mail, not to a retail David's Bridal location.

Some customer reviews indicate that shoppers received dresses that were flawed or stained, and that the replacement process took more time than they expected. Overall, though, David's Bridal customers are satisfied with their online purchase of a Bridesmaid Dress. We give David's Bridal high marks, particularly because of their wide selection and competitive pricing.

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House of Brides

HOUSE OF BRIDES

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With 10 brick-and-mortar stores in the Chicagoland area and an online retail store, House of Brides has thousands of Bridesmaid Dresses, Wedding Gowns, Wedding Accessories and more. Their history is impressive, with nearly 90 years in the business.

One advantage that House of Brides offers is that the 2,000+ Bridesmaid Dresses they sell are all original designer dresses, unlike some of the stores in our review that only sell knock-off copies of those same designers. Another plus is that they have wedding experts on call during regular business hours, making it easy to ask questions about colors, sizing, and so on.

The House of Brides website is relatively basic: dresses can be sorted according to price, silhouette, neckline, fabric, sleeve style, hemline, and color. A unique feature that House of Brides offers is the ability to create a "Dressing Room" where brides can share their favorite styles with their wedding party, compare deals, and even upload music and videos. This feature is conveniently located next to the image of every Bridesmaid Dress, labeled "Create a Room!"

Free shipping is offered on all Bridesmaid Dress purchases totaling $299 or more. For all other purchases, a shipping estimate is available once an item is entered into the online shopping cart. For example, 2-day delivery via US Priority Mail on an in-stock dress priced at $135 was $11.95.

Unfortunately, House of Brides does not accept any returns on special order dresses - and, according to the website, the majority of their dresses are considered to be special order, effectively making it so that virtually no purchase will be accepted as a return. Compared with other retailers in our review, House of Brides' return policy is not customer-friendly for online purchases, especially since designer dresses are notoriously difficult to size accurately without trying them on first. Customers should be aware that House of Brides tends to have lower prices online than they offer in their retail stores; because those online prices are not honored in their brick-and-mortar locations, bridesmaids may want to try dresses on in person and then make the purchase online.

Despite an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, we found more than a few poor reviews with respect to House of Brides' customer service, both in-person and online. Several indicated that they felt that their order qualified as a "bait and switch", when a dress ordered was suddenly no longer in stock and the customer was asked to accept a different dress after already having been charged for the original order.

Although House of Brides has one of the largest, most affordable selections in our review, we can't ignore their total lack of a return policy and numerous customer complaints regarding the service they've received.

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If you limit your search only to local bridal and formalwear stores, you’re likely to come away aggravated and empty-handed. Bridesmaid dress selection may be extremely limited, and you’ll find yourself at the mercy of the retailers with respect to pricing.

Fortunately, finding the right Bridesmaid dress becomes much easier when you shop for your dress online. In just a matter of minutes, you can easily search through thousands of options in a rainbow of colors and a wide variety of styles until you spot just the right dress.

Of course, not all online retailers selling bridesmaid dresses are the same. You will want to keep in mind several key points as you begin the hunt for your outfit:

  • Selection. How many bridesmaid dresses does the retailer offer, and are they typically in-stock? The more options you have to choose from, the more likely it is that you’ll find a dress that matches what your bride has in mind.
  • Quality. Does the retailer sell original dresses or knock-off replicas of designer gowns? Do the dresses shown online match what is eventually delivered to the customer, especially with respect to fabrics and detailing?
  • Return Policy. If the bridesmaid dress is delivered and you want to return it—the sizing is off, or the color is different from how it looked online, for example—can you return it?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Bridesmaid Dress stores available today. We hope this information helps you find that perfect bridesmaid dress for your wedding attendants, or for your friend’s beautiful wedding!

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