Post # 1
Hello everyone,<br /><br /> I am new to the forum and am soon to embark on the adventure of wedding gown shopping. I’m wondering if anyone in the Chicagoland area has any advice on the best local Bridal Shops. I live in the city, but have family in Northwest Indiana. I’m especially interested in whether anyone has had any experience in shopping in both places. More specifically, I’m wondering if it would be worth venturing across the border to shop over there instead. Have any of you found that the SAME dresses are more reasonably priced in NWI, as opposed to Chicago and the closer suburbs? And if so, any particular suggestions?<br /><br /> I would also appreciate any suggestions for this area, as well.<br /><br /> Thanks in advance for any input!
Post # 2
One reason to at least try out NWI is that taxes are so high in Chicago, it’ll add a significant amount to your dress cost. On the other hand, shops in Chicago often have trunk sales and that kind of thing, so you might be able to get a dress at 10-15% off if you go at the right time.
Post # 3
rubysparks: Excellent point! I hadn’t even thought of the difference in sales tax (should have, of course). Thank you!
Post # 4
If you go to SW suburbs (ie. not Cook County) then tax isn’t an issue as much. Plenty of shops in Oakbrook area. I can’t speak for NWI, but in terms of Chicago versus suburbs, I did find that suburb prices tend to be a little lower. I ended up getting my dress at Eva’s Bridal in Oak Lawn – completely satisfied with my experience there. They were willing to price match and even go $100 lower on the same dress I had previously tried on at Volle’s – Volle’s was just too far from the city so I wanted to find a store closer to the city to purchase the dress from in case I ended up needing alterations. Another tip besides asking for price match is that if you pay for the entire dress up front or in cash, most stores will give you a discount but obviously you have to be completely sure it’s THE dress cause it’s not like you would only lose out on your deposit if you change your mind.