BHLDN vs David's Bridal for April 2019

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BHLDN vs David's Bridal

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A wedding is one of the most special and memorable times of a woman's life. When getting ready for such an important day, every bride wants to feel attractive and confident. That all starts with a beautiful, well-fitting wedding dress.

Finding the right wedding dress, however, can be a time-consuming and frustrating experience. Driving from store to store, trying on different wedding dresses, and agonizing over limited selections can quickly turn the event into a nightmare.

BHLDN

BHLDN, or "Beholden", gets its name from the Dutch word meaning "to keep". As an Anthropologie brand, this Wedding Dress retailer prides itself on having a "passion for tradition with a twist", selling heirloom-quality gowns, camisoles and skirts with "timeless style from another era".

With respect to selection, BHLDN carries a smaller range than many of the stores in our review: 40 designers and 54 gowns in sizes ranging from 0-18. Pricing is typically more expensive as well, with the lowest-priced gown retailing for $600 and dresses up to $3,600. Fortunately, when comparing a particular selection, such as the Nicole Miller "Dakota" gown, BHLDN's prices were very competitive with other online retailers.

Also, BHLDN's return policy is much more generous than many of their competitors. Wedding dresses can be returned within 30 days, provided that they are in original condition with all tags attached and in their original packaging. A prepaid UPS label is included in every shipment. It is important to note that while BHLDN currently has over a dozen brick-and-mortar locations, wedding dresses purchased online cannot be returned in-person.

Shipping is $10.95 for orders of $501 and up, plus an additional charge of $15 for all wedding gowns. We would love to see a more generous shipping policy, like many of the other wedding dress retailers in our review.

What we love about BHLDN is their focus on helping brides find the perfect dress for their special day. Stylists are available via phone or email to help with selecting and sizing the right dress, and brides are eagerly encouraged to make that connection as they shop for a gown. Even using the website is simple: shoppers can narrow down their options by back detail, style (for example, A-Line, Strapless, Sheath, Mermaid, and Ball Gown), and length - or absence - of sleeves.

When looking at a particular dress, brides can see BHLDN's recommended pairings for jewelry, veils, and so forth, or they can choose from the wide variety of accessories available on the corresponding pages on the site. Most of the wedding dresses also have customer reviews that can help shoppers get a real-world perspective on the feel, weight, and fit of the gown. Best of all, BHLDN provides specific hints with respect to alterations. For example, on a gown with detailed beading, the dress's information clearly states that an expert tailor will be required if the dress needs to be shortened.

Although their selection is narrower - and average prices are higher - than many of the retailers we reviewed, BHLDN makes it possible for brides to find a truly classic look in a high-quality gown, and to easily return the purchase if it winds up not being a good match.

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DAVID'S BRIDAL

With a history spanning 60 years and retail stores throughout the US, Canada, and UK, David's Bridal is well-established as a Wedding Dress retailer. Their website is incredibly user-friendly, and makes it easy to find exactly the style, color, and price range you're looking for. Using the options on the left-hand side of the page, you can sort the 1,500 available dresses by designer, such as Vera Wang, Oleg Cassini, and nearly a dozen others; or, by style, price, color, silhouette, length, straps/sleeves, or neckline.

Additional features include the ability to save favorite items to multiple lists - bridesmaids dresses and accessories, flower girl dresses, and so on - to keep track of potential choices while shopping; a budget planner, to keep an eye on expenses; and even the David's Bridal Rewards program, offering discounts and savings of up to $2,000 with DB's national partners, such as $40 off every tuxedo rental from Men's Wearhouse and discounts on wedding rings at Helzberg Diamonds.

David's Bridal has a selection that truly covers every prospective bride. If you're on a budget, David's has 100 dresses under $200. Looking for something elegant and high-end? There are 500 dresses in the $800-and-up range. And, David's Bridal is one of the few retailers in our review that has a wide selection for both petites (women 5'4" and under) and plus sizes, up to 30W.

At the time of our review, shipping was free for all orders of $99 and more; there was also a pop-up for free shipping as well as a contest to win a wedding dress. In general, returns of dresses purchased online are accepted within 14 days of shipping, provided the dress is in original condition. Wedding dresses purchased online may not be returned to any David's Bridal store and can only be returned by mail.

We did find several customer complaints that they received dresses that were stained and that it took some time to have them replaced by customer service, but in general their shoppers are satisfied with their online wedding dress purchase. Because of their incredibly wide selection for brides of all budgets, sizes, and preferences, we recommend David's Bridal as a good place to find a wedding dress.

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Shopping for a wedding dress online can alleviate all of these frustrations. With the click of a mouse, you can browse through hundreds of wedding dresses from a variety of top wedding dress designers. You can find wedding dresses in all different sizes and colors, and often at a much lower cost than anything you can find in a local store.

However, not all wedding dress stores are the same. You should consider a few important factors when starting your wedding dress shopping effort:

  • Selection. How large is the wedding dress selection? A large number of wedding dress designs will increase your chances of finding the perfect wedding dress to suit your body type, budget and preferences.
  • Cost. How does the price of the wedding dress compare with other stores? Are you getting a great price, or are you paying a premium? Does the store only cater to high end wedding dresses, or do they offer a selection that anyone can afford?
  • Return Policy. In the event you're not happy with your wedding dress once it arrives, are you able to return it for a full refund?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best wedding dress stores available today. We hope this information helps you find that perfect wedding dress for your beautiful wedding!



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