David’s Bridal is a chain of clothing stores that specialize in wedding dresses, prom gowns, and formal wear.
David’s Bridal was founded in 1945 by David Reisberg when he opened a bridal boutique in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
In 1972 Phillip Youtie bought the store and, over the next 16 years, opened 17 more stores.
In 1990 Youtie teamed up with his childhood friend Steven Erlbaum. Together they incorporated the company and launched the first “David’s Bridal Wearhouse” which was a 12,000 square-foot no-frills bridal store which offered about a 35% discount on wedding gowns.
By 1995 the chain had grown to 36 stores.
Today David’s Bridal is the largest retail chain specializing in bridal gowns with more than 300 stores in 45 U.S. states as well as Puerto Rico, Canada, and the U.K.
David’s Bridal also sells wedding accessories such as veils, shoes, invitations, and gifts.
The chain is owned by private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and maintains headquarters in Conshohocken, Pennslyvania.