To every bride-to-be, there's one critical wedding decision that stands out the most: the dress. While finding that dream dress can sometimes be intimidating, it's also exhilarating. We've gathered the top 10 wedding dress retailers to help brides find the perfect wedding dress, from couture to vintage to traditional.
An invitation and wedding planning company turned bridal boutique, Weddings 826 Ltd. has been serving brides in the Lincoln Park neighborhood since 1997. With a reputation as the shop that has “everything for your wedding,” this boutique can provide beautiful off-the-rack bridal gowns, source an array of accessories and do alterations too. At Weddings 826 Ltd., you have the options of purchasing dresses at off-the-rack discounts, or ordering new dresses in your desired size or color. After expanding from two dressing rooms to an entire 2 floors, Weddings 826 Ltd. has room for bridal appointments downstairs, alterations upstairs, as well as special events and trunk shows.
The salon offers an environment that is welcoming, relaxing and fun with various room spaces to accommodate parties of all sizes. Your appointment will take place in one of the three rooms, where a consultant will show you a selection of gowns to match your style and your budget. With dresses from an array of designers in prices ranging from $800 up to $3500, Weddings 826 Ltd. has something for all kinds of all tastes. Weddings 826 Ltd. takes pride in having helped thousands of brides over the years in finding their dream gowns and accessories within any budget or time-frame.
Type: Wedding gowns, Flower Girls, Hair Accessories, Garters, Jewelry, Shoes, Veils
2. Mira Couture
1 E Delaware Pl, Mezzanine Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
312.255.1699 l miracouture.com
Mira Couture boasts the charm of an old-world European fashion house with the luxury of a personal shopping experience. Owner Mira Horoszowski has been providing classic wedding gowns, evening gowns and cocktail attire in the heart Gold Coast of Chicago for over 40 years. Inside a glimmering showroom, you can choose one of the many designer pieces (from names like Elie Saab, Rosa Clara and Pronovias Atelier) or have your custom look created by Mira’s daughter Yvette, who has been working and learning alongside her mother for 20 years.
A continuously growing collection of styles and designer fabrics (in high quality materials from French laces and Italian wool to cashmeres) keep Mira Couture evolving with shifts in the fashion industry and a rapidly growing clientele. The mother-daughter duo has maintained the company’s original work ethic and vision, focusing on the quality fit and construction of each garment produced. Mira is also a member of several committees and women’s boards dedicated to helping Chicago’s charities. In addition to a true passion for fashion and client satisfaction, Mira Couture has a long legacy of outstanding custom-made clothing. Attention to each and every detail continues to be the main focus of the business.
Type: Wedding Gowns, Accessories, Mothers Attire, Custom Gowns
One of many in a largely successful franchise, Bella Bridesmaid Chicago is owned and operated by mother-daughter team Kathleen Casey and Erin Casey Wolf. Bella Chicago offers a vast selection of bridesmaids in every color, fabric and style, as well as a small selection of wedding dresses. Your stylist will arrange and confirm an appointment with you and become your problem-solving partner throughout the process, offering experience with all shapes, sizes and body types. You are given personal, undivided attention for the duration of your appointment making for a comfortable, stress-free and relaxing experience.
Your bridal party can also take advantage of over 43 locations nationwide, any of which will do courtesy fittings for orders through Bella Bridesmaid (perfect for a bride with friends and family all over the map!) Bella offers dresses that are custom made to order, as well as dresses that are quick ship and will hold your hand through style selection and planning- no matter what the timeline or budget. They will also encourage you to bring any vision boards, magazines or family photo albums you may have to better understand your inspiration. Combining a head for business, love for fashion and a true appreciation for a fabulous wedding, Kathleen and Erin believe they have found their purpose in helping each bride select the perfect dresses for her wedding.
Type: Bridesmaids, Wedding Dresses
When it comes to choosing Chicago wedding dresses, The Bridal Salon at Macy’s offers premiere collections by today’s most celebrated bridal designers. With the reputation of Macy’s exceptional service and the high quality aesthetic of the bridal styling team, the bridal salon delivers truly head-turning looks for Chicago brides to be. The renowned showroom features designers Demetrios, Lazaro, Judd Waddell, Watters and Watters, Augusta Jones, Marisa, Adele Wechsler, Max Chaoul, Cosmobella, Jorge Perez de la Habana and more. Appointments are usually recommended but the salon will accommodate walk-ins as well.
Your consultant will meet with you to discuss the details of your wedding, such as location, colors, budget, time of year etc. and begin to make selections. As the appointment goes on, the esteemed staff will converse with you and listen to your comments to find a dress to fit your vision perfectly. The salon also carries celebrated designers for the entire wedding party from bridesmaids to flower girls. The designers host regular trunk shows The Bridal Salon at Macy’s, Chicago, offering the most-up-to-date styles at discounted prices. Take advantage of expert stylists and in-house alterations, to ensure you look flawless on your big day. At The Bridal Salon at Macy’s, it’s all eyes on the dress!
Type: Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Mothers Attire
Since 2004, Belle Vie Bridal Boutique has been bringing the finest in bridal couture to Chicago’s elite Oak Street. Offering the most exquisite collection of bridal attire and accessories in the couture world, the salon parallels that of an Haute Couture Parisian boutique. A warm, neutral palette creates a soothing ambiance for a truly unforgettable bridal experience. The renowned team of bridal consultants is among the most highly trained in the world, offering exceptional customer service as well as styling expertise. Your personal bridal stylist will guide you through your private suite into a showroom as lavish as the dresses inside.
With gowns starting at $3,000 and going up to $30,000, the selection ranges from simple and elegant to luxurious and extravagant. Once you select the dress of your dreams, the Belle Vie team specializes in curating the “Total Look.” They will go above and beyond by assisting with your accessories, veil, shoes, attendants and even invitations to ensure that every aspect of your wedding is meticulously coordinated and complementary. The Belle Vie team will work to bring your vision to life, from the moment you step into the salon the moment you walk down the aisle.
Type: Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids, Mothers Attire, Flower Girls, Accessories, Alterations, Shoes
Chicago’s Gold Coast Neighborhood is home to the second-ever BHLDN bridal showroom. With its roots with Anthropologie, BHLDN provides brides tradition with a twist. Created with the urban bride with a partygoer in mind, there is an ample selection of heirloom quality gowns, artisanal hair adornments as well as bridesmaids and special occasion dresses. The BHLDN collection is inspired by the sweeping expression of love throughout weddings. The collection is designed to speak to your interpretation by presenting unusually beautiful garments in a whimsically unique atmosphere.
The salon’s high ceilings boast natural light throughout an intricately decorated showroom. Enter through revolving brass doors to experience modern and vintage flairs with custom fixtures, a large-scale Parisian mirror and a one-of-a-kind travertine staircase. If you’re visiting from out of town, contact the store’s travel concierge. They will gladly make recommendations for travel, hotels and dining in the renowned and historic neighborhood. BHLDN believes the dress selection process should be layered, dimensional and uniquely you. With a passion for experience and creating one-of-a-kind moments, BHLDN strives to celebrate a woman’s most anticipated milestones while also reflecting her signature perspective and taste.
Type: Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids, Bridal Party and Guests, Accessories
House of Brides first came to Illinois in the form of a brick and mortar store in 1929. Now located on Chicago’s north side, the business brings over 85 years experience in dressing brides and their wedding parties. As an authorized online retailer, House of Brides is able to offer a vast selection of the latest bridal styles at competitive prices. It’s truly a one-stop shop with everything from dresses for bridesmaids, mother of the bride (and groom,) flower girls, and guests as well as headpieces, veils, shoes and other accessories.
House of Brides Couture is dedicated to providing the best in selection, price and customer service. Whether your style is A-line, ball gown or fit and flare, House of Brides has a vast selection of every style to choose from. Their trusted staff will provide guidance and honest opinions to help locate the dress of your dreams. The variety of dresses in every silhouette, neckline, sleeve style and hemline sell for up to 80% off retail price. House of Brides also offers free shipping and no sales tax, perfect for a bride on a budget. Now servicing brides online all over the world, the Franklin Street location remains home to many of the leading bridal gown designers for Chicago brides to try on.
Type: Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids, Mothers Attire, Flower Girl, Special Occasion, Headpieces, Veils, Shoes, Accessories
With over 1000 bridal gowns and 700 bridesmaid sample dresses in stock, Eva’s Bridals boasts the largest selection of wedding attire in the Chicagoland area. The Original Eva’s Bridals of Chicago has been in business for over 45 years and continues to be a premiere choice for Chicago wedding dresses. Each and every piece of inventory is hand picked from runways and bridal conferences and meetings to provide a constant supply of the newest and trendiest gowns from the industry’s most celebrated designers. The selection at Eva’s is timeless, with styles to reflect brides of all tastes, whether it’s sleek and edgy for the modern woman or nostalgic vintage romance for those with an old-fashioned aesthetic.
You will be paired experienced consultant, who will get to know you and ask about your price range, style and details about your wedding. Eva’s also offers an elegant assortment of veils, tiaras, sashes, belts, boleros, hair clips and combs, ensuring you will be styled to perfection head to toe. There are custom order options as well as dresses off the rack, accommodating brides with all budgets and time constraints. A seamstress is available on-site for ultimate convenience, leaving brides satisfied and delighted for years and years. Excellent customer service and dresses at competitively affordable prices guarantee that your dream dress at Eva’s Bridals of Chicago.
Type: Wedding Gowns, Bridesmaids, Mothers Fashions, Flower Girls, Accessories, Alterations, Shoes
Under the mantra “Vintage Redefined”, Silver Moon Vintage showcases the areas largest collection of original vintage. Owner and designer, Liz Meyer, brings 15 years experience dressing rock and roll elite. Her vast professional experience and unique eye for design for the past 10 years have made Silver Moon a must-see for brides looking for a bit nostalgia. Channel the spirit of the 1920s with a short ruffled flappers dress or regal elegance with a princess ball gowns.
Silver Moon Vintage features a signature one-of-a-kind collection called Beloved. Their collection of handcrafted gowns incorporates vintage textiles and trimmings with modern silhouettes. Their expert team is dedicated to providing personalized service. They will fit you to perfection, create a custom interpretation of your dream dress or even repurpose or restoring a family heirloom. All alterations are done in house, using the same techniques and finishings as the original garments. The vast selection of gowns and accessories can be customized to create your own bespoke gown or headpiece. Meyer also draws inspiration from her travels, stocking premiere inventory from around the globe. The array of array of glamorous, romantic and classic gowns makes for timeless brides and historical elegance.
Type: Wedding Gowns, Custom Gowns, Hair Accessories, Veils, Jewelry, Shoes, Wraps, Sashes
From helping you select the perfect dress to the final details of the big day, Ultimate Bride offers the premiere bridal experience on Chicago’s prestigious Oak Street. The elegant ambiance at Ultimate Bride is surrounded by a lavish selection of designer gowns. The owner has developed a close relationship with some of the most innovative names in bridal fashion. Carrying Carolina Herrera, Jenny Packham, Monique Lhuillier, Oscar De La Renta and many other celebrated names, Ultimate Bride also offers a full realm of services to meet any need for brides to be.
The conscientious staff will work with you to understand your style, from conservative and traditional to trendy and contemporary. After choosing the dress of your dreams, the in-house milliner will walk you through styling accessories. The team at Ultimate Bride offers custom veiling as we as a collection of tiaras, headpieces, jewelry and more. The on-site tailors assert that fit makes the dress and believe each detail of your of your bridal gown should be a unique expression of your taste and beauty. They will fine-tune everything from neckline to bustle to create the dress of your dreams, exactly as you imagined it. For over three decades, Ultimate Brides has reigned as one of the finest bridal salons in not only Chicago, but also the nation at large.
Type: Wedding Gowns, Mothers Attire, Alterations
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