David's Bridal files for bankruptcy

The steep decline in marriages among millennials in the United States has had a direct impact on sales of the biggest bridal gown retailer in the world.

David's Bridal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, according to published reports.

The company operates more than 300 stores in 45 states, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Puerto Rico.

David's filed for protection from its creditors with the goal of emerging from bankruptcy in mid-January.

The bankruptcy came as a shock to customers who have large deposits on hold for bridal gowns and other wedding accessories for their upcoming wedding ceremonies.

A statement issued on Monday assured brides with gowns already on order that their orders are safe.

"We are, and will continue to be open for business, and we hope to see you soon," Chief Executive Officer Scott Key said in a video on the retailer's website.

As of Oct. 31, David Bridal's held about $32 million in deposits for 82,000 special orders and owed customers nearly $4 million in merchandise or cash, according to court records obtained by The Chicago Tribune.

A recent study shows marriages are in rapid decline over the past decade in the U.S., particularly among millennials younger than 45 years of age.

The divorce rate is also in steep decline -- probably because less couples are marrying.

In one state alone there were 5,100 marriages -- a drop of 18% since 2008, according to published reports. 72 of those marriages were same-sex couples.

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  • What???

    Say thanks to Feminism.

  • Coy little wink

    Marriage is not valued as much as it used to be where I grew up.... But whew Chile...here in Charlotte its very valued...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sears, David's, Mattress Firm, Nine West...
    What happened to the great booming economy?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    MW Cleaners is now Tide Dry Cleaners. They didn't last that long. And let's not forget about Toys R Us.

  • Coy little wink

    Hmmm...its fake news? I think brick and mortar stores are dwindling as more people shop online

    Mattress firm had waaay too many stores...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I seldom shop in a store and can't tell you the last time I was in a mall.
    P.S. MF was like liquor stores...one on every corner.

  • tintin

    My friend bought two wedding dresses from a chinese site, she bought two in case the sizing didn't go well, one didn't fit but the other was perfect and it was a beautiful gown. Long train, beads , sheer and all. Both dresses totalled just over $300.

    These asian ecommerce stores are putting everyone out of business.

  • Misslaydj
  • Coy little wink

    There are 2 near me right across the street from each other!

  • Coy little wink

    This link is broken

  • tintin

    I love their dresses so i will be taking advantage of the closing down sales.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    um, not every bride-to-be chooses David's *shrug*

  • HotInCleveland

    The media stays blaming us millenials for the death of everything. ?????

  • Kbellaluvvs

    Folks are having their gowns made by unknown designers these days.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I just bought some stuff from China. You're right. Sizing is an issue, but the prices are good.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yeah brick and mortar is competing with amazon, wayfair, etc.,
    they've closed a bunch of kmart/sears stores in the dmv, and jc penny is closing more stores nationally... it's hard out here for a brick, Lol

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yes! i know a young lady (millennial) who went this route, and he dress was unique and stunning.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Small specialty stores seem to be doing ok only because they don't have all that debt. Their websites probably generate a large percentage of their sales.

  • oshh16

    I know I wouldn't.

  • HotInCleveland

    Lolololololololol

  • pecancandy

    I will have to check them out.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    maybe it's a good sign (not for David's, obviously), but maybe more entrepreneurs are getting into the marketplace and providing more variety and exclusive designs

  • pecancandy

    Mattress Firm going out of business? I need a good pillow top.

  • Coy little wink

    No they filed bankruptcy...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    let me text Mister, Lol!

  • Navybeans95

    Lmao...ain't nobody getting married no mo..who does that?..
    ....I bought my last dress from tj maxx Vera Wang..$60

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Filed on October 5th w/700 unprofitable stores.

  • Coy little wink

    Funny I recently read an article that Millenials are making marriage rates go up...

  • FukkFolks2018

    Baby Mattress Firm has THREE locations up the street. They are technically in same shopping center. Its really two shopping centers side by side, but they connect at the end of the first one. Its so STRANGE

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l!!

  • Coy little wink

    Bananas yo...are they based in NC its so many here in Charlotte?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Our oldest Sears announced closing first and then NOW our oldest Kmart. Sad times. After my parents divorced that was THE ONLY cc my mom kept. Sears fixed our whole life lol. Need glasses for the kids? Need a new blender. The Sears auto service center kept my mom car in good running condition. Its real nostalgic for us.

  • FukkFolks2018

    No. Girl Houston. I feel sorry for them...if its this bad here lol. And its crazy too bc my bff said they will straight be having THREE diff. sales etc. Said there are 2 like that in her part of NC (Wilson) and they had totally different offerings!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I wouldn't know. I use Dryell and Woolite for your dryer...

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    yes, for me too. because it's always been there since childhood. we used to go to kmart for all of our fly back to school fits because my mama stayed balling in the lay away dept, LOL!

  • Coy little wink

    Lolololool

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Nan & Osh...R U guys designer bridal gown snobs?? Is it Vera, Amsale or nuthin?

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    My mom was manager at MW Cleaners (Men's Warehouse Cleaners) for many years so when I saw the cleaners' pick-up vans changed to Tide Dry Cleaners, I looked them up online and saw they offer all the same things MW Cleaners used to offer. I loved how their chemicals weren't harsh and our clothes wouldn't stink like they would when using other dry cleaners.

  • Ni Ni

    I bet they did file bankruptcy. Everybody wanna shack up nowadays...not that there's anything wrong with that... ?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They're trying to get on "Yes to the Dress". Some of those gown are yucky. Sometimes I scream at the tv, "No Gurl, Don't do it"!

  • FukkFolks2018

    So David's is filing bankruptcy. Im sure this will be blamed on black women, black men, and our uncouth, unmarried, always a baby mama/baby daddy a$$es. Dont belee me jus wash.

  • Coy little wink

    Yes and treat prom like its a wedding ?

  • oshh16

    Nah I wouldn't say snob and no diss to anyone but I just know for a fact David's not my speed.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Listen. My aunt worked at Kmart as a GM YEARS before the Sears merger. She got laid off few years back after 29 years, BECAUSE of the merger. So my mama would ball out in layaway with her sister store discount. Or my aunt would always bring us stuff down when she came from VA lol. We was Sears and Kmart WINNING

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ohhhh!! Yep, that smell.
    P.S. Dry cleaning sure is getting expensive!

  • Coy little wink

    I tried to watch that show some of the dress budgets just mind boggling

  • Patricia

    hell, its true

  • ClaireHuxtable

    $17,000 for 1 dress and she's gonna change outfits 3 times.

  • Patricia

    that, too. i got my own from a boutique shop. went in there to shop for my mom a cute dress and ended up finding my wedding dress lol

  • Coy little wink

    Its stupid dumb! I can't relate ?

  • Patricia

    right. the trick is to order huge and get a good, inexpensive tailor to adjust it down to perfect fit

  • Ghost

    Yeah right your orders are safe! All these companies say that..then a week before your wedding day..you go to David's to pick up your dress and the store is closed! smh. This happened with another bridal dress company..if your wedding is next spring please get your money back and go somewhere else...wouldn't trust it

  • WhoKnew

    Hmmm. I thought they closed down about 3 years ago.

  • oshh16

    Neither can I.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Ok Gurl, call me when you want to go to Maggie Sottero's. I'm there 4 U!

  • Lady_Elle

    Really sad!
    So many large retailers are failing!
    David's Bridal served a purpose... weddings and formal events.

  • Lady_Elle

    Yep!
    For formal occasions they were a good option.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Sounds like a good time to buy some prom gowns. The ones my daughter doesn't want I'll sell on Ebay or Amazon.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Sure did and was a mess

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    There is a lot of crazy stuff going on.

    One is the incel movement where these guys who can't get a date and are socially akward are blaming feminism blah blah blah because they're ugly.

    Then there the MGTOW (Men Going their own way) which cautions men against serious romantic relationships with women, especially marriage.
    They claim marriage is titled against men financially and the courts are titled against fathers, blah blah blah and there are a lot of internet preachers who are amening that nonsense.

  • Lady_Elle

    I think if they currently have your $$$... you will be in limbo.
    Perhaps if you used a credit card you can get the issuer to step in.

  • FukkFolks2018

    How ma'am. Black women who do marry gotta go to David's? Only place selling dresses huh? Whale ok.

  • Guest

    Didn't Sleepy's become Mattress Firm?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I dunno. Never heard of Sleepy's. That's cute!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Yes! but 'cept that one time my mama had that cart full of boots and the lady told her they didn't do layway on boots.... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a16feb7886870b58e876a7ffc6b264e7419e743bb55ec579123b82d4a427799.gif

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Dryell - is this the dry-clean-at-home product?

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    They to busy on all social media telling, men to go the other way, and women telling each other, do you, you don't need a man, be independent, what a future we gonna have,. Maybe Sodom and "gonorrhea", will take over...****shrugs*****

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yes. I do our sweaters in 20 minutes and then put them away.

  • Neva RuthLess

    Yes millennial actually have lower divorce rates. The highest divorce rate was in the 80s. Ironically my generation are marrying later but staying married.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ooh!!!!
    i've been looking for something like this, but didin't know where to begin. i have some old (read "too small") clothes that are still in excellent condition. i want to donate them directly to a charity for women who may need some nice outfits for work, like dress-for-success, etc., but i've put off doing this because i wanted to dry clean them but avoid bankruptcy as a result. tell me a lil more about it please... can you use it on blazers? lined pants? silk? wool?

    Thanks!

  • Navybeans95

    Ridiculous...for one day, one time wear...I don't get it...

  • Coy little wink

    Yes...it just depends on who you talk to or what research study you come across ? I don't know what to believe

  • Navybeans95

    I just ordered some coats off Amazon from China..and they are beautiful...

  • MsSapphire9800

    Complete shock to customers...really...this has been on the news and if they do not watch the news...it has been on the internet for a minute. I guess I will be checking for their closing door sale...they have some nice formal gowns.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Chile these days more and more couples are optionc out of the big wedding production ?????

  • ClaireHuxtable

    IKR!

  • MrsSpice1

    Maybe its because they dresses are ugly lol...im actually seeing alot more women getting married between the ages of 27 and 35....so idk i think also women are leaning towards custom and couture gowns and also just eloping vs having a huge wedding. The way the society is now i think getting married is being looked as a “business deal” vs a sacred commitment. Smh

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Wool---yes. I've never done silk. Garments with buttons I turn inside out. We've never had a problem.
    Don't forget to turn your dryer on 'Low Knit'.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Post a pic so we can see.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Post a pic so we can see.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Post a pic so we can see.

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Why buy the whole cow when the milk is is $2.99? Marriage outside of religion has always been a business agreement.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    Or going online to buy. One of my friends bought her gown online and it was beautifal...

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    Millennials are smarter and more progressive all around. It’s not that marriage is opposed, but people are making wiser decisions instead of getting in situationships. Let’s be honest, like Chris Rock said , most don’t want the reality of marriage and What comes with it, they simply want the ring and wedding ceromony.

  • Kbellaluvvs

    You know what I'm going to do just that. My little sister does hair and makeup on her spare time and she's been wanting to help 1 young lady each year who cant afford prom or homecoming. I will help her with the rest shoes, ticket and a ride if needed....

  • dru and neil

    I hope Men’s Warehouse goes out of business next.

  • Kbellaluvvs

    10-19-18 we went right to City Hall lol.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    * clapping* That sounds like fun! That's a wonderful way to have a great time.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    Yasssss congratulations!!! I dont blame you gurl at all

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    no-no.... that was just a statement of fact. i'm aware of quite a few 'independent' bridal shops in my area, so i'm used to seeing these stores in addition to the David's stores.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Congrats on getting married and saving a ton of money!

  • Quitedeliteful

    they simply want the ring and wedding ceromony.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So true!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    thanks... much appreciated!

  • Ni Ni

    I guess. I certainly wouldn't do it if i was rich.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    *Steve Harvey voice* I see Imma have upgrade from my brand new $21 Cititrends h0t pants outfit to come to ya lil wedding. l0l!
    I guess U want diamonds on my eyelids too!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LOL!!!
    but girl, how about i just found out about cititrends a few months ago??!!!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You must not live near no h00ds or semi-h00ds.
    Got my daughter the cutest fake designer purse there for $6.99.

  • RealATLPeach36

    David is mad at all the baby mama’s, we’re the reason they aren’t successful...lol

  • RealATLPeach36

    I did not want to say that...someone on here got their dress from there...I will not say it but I’m here for the David’s girls...lol

  • RealATLPeach36

    Congratulations
    9-28-18

    Honeymooning in May 2019- Costa Rica

    Ring 3kt emerald with platinum band. I want the money to go into our rings and home....

  • Rent em Spoons ?????????

    They can try but Nah , millennials are more progressive and wiser with their decisions. WHy spend thousands for a dress that will be worn onced when they could get a decent one for a better price.

    Other things on the decline include Milk , cable tv alcohol sales, and more vegetarians.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i got some nice sun glasses, some slides, a few other things.... i thought they only sold hoochie clothes, but they got home goods too, Lol!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Girl, Y U aint call me?? I could have met yall downtown!
    P.S. U gone be pregnant by May 2019...

  • nick c

    I couldn't get over the motorcycles that cost 20-30k dying who in the world ever thought that was financially responsible no bike should be over 5k.

  • nick c

    Everyone in Charlotte is all about status it's all about whos doing better had to move to the burbs.

  • Coy little wink

    Lol...interesting

  • Coy little wink

    Sounds like transmichelle and some other trolls on here ?

  • MythCalledLove

    Weddings are a waste of money. Justice of the peace " I do You do we done. Spending all that money on a dress & and for folks to eat.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Look gurrrrllll we didn’t do it in the city nor Alpharetta we went to Hall County bc they were the only town/place that would except our desperate asses same day. Everything was last minute even my ring!! We got that the day before...

    8 years I was like it’s cool we’re good...he was like nawww we do this now or not, but I’m not waiting. I said I’ll be back..it was like WTF I pulled a spiritual granny move. Went into my closet shut the doors when I came out face wet eyes red hair in face feet sleep he was on my bed..he said God spoke to me what he said to you?
    We have a black son we love each other you love my soul you’re raising my son like his blood is running through your veins...

    I can’t miss my blessings. Let’s do it.

    So we did? Nothing romantic just everything spiritual. I was in the closet for 1 hour 17 minutes, and he sat right there NEVER RUSHED ME. So im’s married. Lol.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    U must be a divorcee... but nevertheless u ain't lyin.

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Damn u broke AF lol ain't nobody here 4 that

  • Louisville Is4TheBirds

    Greek millennials killing stepshows all over the East Coast, for sure smh.

  • Navybeans95

    Actually the reason I'm not broke is because I DON'T waste my money....now run along..

  • da troof

    men are wising up.. you could end up taking care of a woman forever.. no benefit in it for men..

  • We Can Do This

    Lol. Those jive suits must be put to an end!

  • We Can Do This

    We were never their target market.

  • Trace da Ace

    wow...and to think that I bought my wedding dress there many years ago.....

  • Trace da Ace

    ha!! my wedding date was 9/27/2008!!! Great minds think alike! :)

  • free

    me too! hell, i might put my sh!t on e-bay now!

  • Trace da Ace

    Girl....my dress is still in the box under my momma's bed...lmao!!! I have been meaning to get it cleaned and sell it for the past 10 years....but you know...life...lmao

  • free

    i sent mine to a wedding shop to get it cleaned and preserved right after. if they running david's bridal into the ground, there may be a serious market for used dresses. i'mma look around to put that sh!t in consignment.

  • Trace da Ace

    you know..that dont sound like a bad deal!!! I'm gonna have to put mine up too...cause hunty...if I can get back at least half my coins on that dress....I'm down..lol

  • dru and neil

    Yes they do.

  • tintin
  • Shamwow

    I agree been with my sig other since 9/28/02 married at the court house 2/21/07 (12years married- 16 years together) and still going strong. Own our home, able to travel when I want, we have 3 boys that are happy. I couldn’t justify spending all of that money for people to dance and eat on my dime.

  • Kimocha

    Dang!... And I didn't even get to ever buy a dress from David's yet!... Oh well...

  • Beautiful Drizzy

    Don't blame the millennials!! Them dresses ugly af

  • Dahl

    This is sad, even tho I wouldn’t get my wedding gown there...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    *I AM WEEPING!!* How sweet...authentic. No pretense. Just love at the right time.
    Congratulations to you and your family. Best wishes that life gets better and better as the days go by! Always remember to thank God for your gift...not everyone gets it. You are blessed beyond measure.
    JOY in abundance!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Thank you my love thank you!

  • RealATLPeach36

    Sayyyyy what! Yes LORD!!! Our precious minds think EXACTLY alike ??

  • Misslaydj

    weird. its about how mattress firm could possibly be money laundering.

  • Coy little wink

    Really! For what dirty trade?

  • ShelbyMoore

    It's real pretty. Thanks for sharing. Where did she get it? Did it look like that when she got it?

  • Misslaydj

    it doesn't say. folks say conspiracy theory as there can be 4 on one block. def weird. not that many people are buying matresses

  • tintin

    the material was a little thinner but it was nice , looked very close to the pic.
    i think she got it on Wish.

  • Mrs. S. O.

    The oldest millennials are 37/38 so there is no reliable data on if they are staying married as most have been married under a decade. From my observations, I know a few Black millennials who are already divorced and divorced in their 20s/early 30s.