A Day in the Life: A David’s Bridal Wedding Consultant

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When we found out our own Michelle Y. was getting hitched (woo-hoo!), the topic around here was the dress, the dress, the dress. All this talk got me thinking: What’s a day in the life of a sales associate at a wedding gown store like? We already know the bride-to-be is filled with tons of emotion, but does anyone ever ask how the associate is holding up? (Yeah, people say I’m too nice, but I’m just a super caring fashionista, that’s all.

To find out, I caught up with Crystal Jeffers, who’s been a wedding consultant at the Clearwater, Fla. David’s Bridal for 10 years. She’s dressed thousands of ladies so, needless to say, she’s seen a lot. From dealing with potentially awkward, “how does this look on me?” moments to why working there could render her gym membership useless, she gave the scoop—plus some great tips and fashion observations to boot.

First, though, I want to give a shout out to David’s Bridal, because they GET it. They understand we all have different budgets and therefore, offer options. Plus, I admit to being partial (I got my wedding dress at DB years ago and have memories I’ll always cherish). “I love helping the bride on a budget because I know I can find her that special gown,” says Jeffers. “While we do have designer brands like Oleg Cassini and White by Vera Wang, our DB studio collection has amazing dresses for all under $249.”

Sigh. We’re lovin’ this.

So, without further ado, let’s get to it. Crystal talks about how she deals and what she thinks, starting. . .now.

A Day in the Life of a David’s Bridal Consultant

Move Over, Jillian Michaels

Wedding Photo © Andrea Jackson

David’s Bridal Wedding Consultant Crystal Jeffers (yup, she’s got toned arms, all right) and husband Michael.

Crystal wants to make one thing clear. Her job is nothing like those “bridezilla” shows. Instead, it’s about how she enjoys the “chance to be a part of the big day. It’s an exhilarating rollercoaster of emotions,” she says. “The best part is when the bride finds her dream dress.”

In addition to providing helpful suggestions based on her experience and excitement over the big day, she’s . . . wait for it . . . getting a rockin’ bod in the process. Seriously, wedding consultants may be putting Jillian Michaels to shame.

“I think people would be surprised to know that I get such a workout every day,” Jeffers told me. “I now have incredibly strong upper arms from carrying gowns back and forth to dressing rooms. It’s almost as if I don’t need a gym membership!”

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  • zeinab

    A bride to be showed me one of the ugliest satin ruched dresses from Davids bridal. Bride to be said it was unique and it was. It had a fitted silouette and a trumpet bottom. It shaped her like a fish and it didnt help that she was preggers. IF she only asked her entourage if they would wear that dress for their wedding day she may have actually had an opportunity to select the perfect dress. Better luck next marriage eh

  • PINKY4321

    I’m shocked that you would see David’s bridal as a go to source on wedding information. They have a terrible reputation I work in a destination wedding town. All I hear everyday is bad things about Davids. They are known to bait and switch, the 99 dollar dress sales have no selection and few sizes. They nickel and dime the brides to death. The bride has to PAY for the dress to be steamed and has to PAY for a bag to put the dress in . The tuxedos from the place next door is owned by Davids , do if you pick the bridesmaids dresses or vest  etc…the strange colors they will not be able to be matched by out of town guests …..Be very wary the cheap dress, after all is said and done will cost you as much or more as a traditional bridal store ……shop around.

  • Draft Horse Design

    Great article! As a Invitation designer I usually deal only with the Bride as well and have to deal with the full range of emotions and stress that she usually feels forced to carry around. Your advice to relax and come into it with an open mind is the most important. Convincing the Bride to be open to suggestions and try new things can be difficult when she has been planning this day since she was … oh; about nine yrs. old. I often forget there are others in the industry facing the same facets of this. Thanks 🙂