April 18, 2023

In the News – David’s Bridal

This past Monday (April 17, 2022), bridal retail giant, David’s Bridal, fired Chapter 11 bankruptcy status. This news came just a few days after the company announced a plan to lay off thousands of workers. Understandably, brides are concerned about what this will mean for their wedding planning. We’ve answered a few Frequently Asked Questions below and then provided you with some other options for wedding shopping that may help during this time of transition.


Q: Does this mean the store is closing?

A: Not necessarily and not immediately. What this means is that the store is looking for a new buyer. If they can’t find one, they would eventually have to close.


Q: I’ve made an appointment to shop for a dress. What now?

A: According to ABC News, for now, it’s business as usual at David’s Bridal. You will be able to keep your appointment.


Q: I’ve purchased a dress and am waiting for it to come in, will I still get it?

A: CNN says that all 300 stores as well as the online side of the business will remain open and all orders will be fulfilled.


Q: What about my gift certificate?

A: The company is still accepting gift certificates.


Q: I need to make a return or exchange, can I?

A: Yes, at this time the company is still accepting returns and exchanges.


This isn’t the first Chapter 11 rodeo for David’s Bridal. The company also filed in 2018 and was able to bounce back.


Think Outside the Big Box Store

Read on for some non-David’s Bridal options that can still have you saying YES to the dress.

Shop Local

We love supporting local retailers. The customer service you can receive from a vendor who knows you personally and is not only invested in you, but your community is unparalleled. And in Central Virginia, there are a plethora of local retailers ready to help you look your best on your wedding day.



Whether you reuse and update a family heirloom dress, or purchase a dress second-hand, thrifting is a great way to purchase your wedding attire at a discount rate.


In Central Virginia, you can look at local Goodwill Stores, Mission Thrift, and even consignment stores like Pandora’s Closet (Old Forest Road). Just a short trip to Charlottesville will provide you with even more options. Agents in Style is a luxury consignment boutique selling items from brands like Dior and Chanel. They even offer styling services.


There are also online retailers helping brides find second-hand dresses. Not only do these dresses get a new life, but thrifting your bridal gown helps the planet.



Services, like Rent the Runway, are great for finding pieces to wear to special occasions that you may not need again. Check out our Wedding Accessories blog to see more wedding fashion rental companies.


Alternative Fashion

One reason David’s Bridal’s business is suffering is that brides are looking for alternatives to traditional wedding dresses. From more casual looks to customizable fashions, big box stores like David’s Bridal may not have what a bride is looking for. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box yourself.

We know that David’s Bridal sells more than just bridal gowns. Consider these alternatives for dresses for your wedding party, accessories, and more.

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