Pros: enjoyable job, commission, great team of co-workers
Cons: short breaks, minimal base hourly rate, have to work hard to even get commission
A typical day at work would include me greeting brides, bridesmaids, mother's, grandmothers, etc. and taking the bridal party around the store for a brief tour. I explain where everything is, what accessories we'll play around with, and then I'll explain the different designer gowns we have. I'll explain whether the designer gown is vintage, american – more... royalty; glamorous, sexy; modern, creative; tradition; fun, hip, savvy. I'll then explain how the dresses and sizes are organized in each row and where the discontinued gowns are. At this point, I ask the bride some questions about how she wants her gown to look and what her budget is. I then take the bride aside for her measurements. While she and her party start looking, I go and get her undergarments. Once we have 3 dresses picked out, I'll bring the bride and her party to where we'll be set up. I help her get in and out of the dresses all the while making conversation with her, getting to know about her and her fiance and about her life. I build rapport and get her to trust me. Once I get her in a dress and she comes out of the dressing room, usually I can tell right away if she has on the dress of her dreams. It's all about the party's reaction and most importantly, her reaction. If she smiles big and starts petting the dress, it's the one!
I learn how to deliver great customer service. I establish rapport with bride and bridal party throughout the appointment so that we build trusting relationships. I've actually become close friends with some of my brides and we hang out now.
The management at my David's Bridal store is phenomenal. I love all three of my bosses. They are the best! My store manager is a hard worker, wonderful at delivering quality customer service, a great saleswoman, and an excellent boss. I trust her and go to her with questions, concerns, problems, etc.
My co-workers are wonderful as well. I hang out with the girls outside of work.
The hardest part of my job is balancing multiple bridal and bridesmaid parties. I could be working with two brides and a bridesmaid party of 4-5 girls on a busy day. It really helps my sales but I work extremely hard to balance it all. I love it though! The adrenaline rush I get makes me work hard.
The most enjoyable part of my job is helping my bride(s) find the dress(es) of their dreams! I feel like I help them check a huge thing off of their to do lists and we have fun doing it! It's very rewarding knowing that I helped her look amazing on her special day and that her husband to be will be blown away at how beautiful she looks! – less