This is a good thread for me to contribute to…I went all over the place in the search for my dress! Haha.
What bridal salons did you visit and what did you think?
Wolsfelts Bridal (Aurora): Pros: Big dressing rooms. Cons: Didn’t let me take pics. Wouldn’t tell me what designer I was wearing. Kind of pricey. Pushy salespeople. Overall experience: Not good. This place is my least favorite/landmine.
House of Brides (Aurora/Naperville and Schaumburg): Pros: Great prices. Nice consultants at both stores. Cons: Didn’t let me take pics (actually, one girl did let me). Overall experience: I went to Schaumburg becauses the Aurora store didn’t have any of the dresses I’d found online. I liked dresses I found at both stores, just none of them happened to be “the one.” I found their pricing close to David’s, but nicer quality.
David’s Bridal (Aurora/Naperville): Pros: Great prices. Large selection. Pick dresses for you and let you pick. Let you take pics. Cons: Not good service. Lower-quality dresses. Overall experience: I had bad service at David’s. I was there for an hour and a half and tried on a total of four dresses. Because my consultant, who was juggling four different appointments, was constantly disappearing, leaving me sitting in a dress I didn’t like, with no back-ups pulled for me. But, that was just my bad experience. I know others who have had good experiences at David’s. Although to me, you could feel the quality of the fabric was not as nice as designer dresses.
The Dress by Nicole (Wheaton): Pros: Unique brands. Nice consultants. Let you take pics. Cons: Small. Limited selection. Kinda pricey. Overall experience: I went here twice, and really liked the dresses I tried on. But, they were a little pricey, at least for my budget (the lowest I tried on was $1,300, when I had a budget of $1,000). The salespeople were nice, would let me pick styles, but the store is small so they don’t have a lot. I would suggest coming here if you are looking for a unique designer (for example, this is the only place near me that carries Kitty Chen’s line).
White Satin Bridal (Plainfield): Pros: Great prices. Nice consultants. Let you take pics. Cons: Smallish selection. Overall experience: I really liked this store. The consultants were very nice, and they had designers who were less expensive, like Mori Lee. They had a bigger selection than The Dress but a little on the smallish side.
Bella Bridal (St. Charles): Pros: Big selection. Let you take pics. Nice consultants. Big rooms. Champagne and cupcakes! Cons: A little pricey. Overbooked. My overall experience: I came here because I loved Enzoani, but eventually that wasn’t the style I decided to go with. They were really nice here during my appointment, pulled dresses for me and let me pick me own. However, I almost left in frustration. They were overbooked, and I waited for 45 mins (!) after my schedule appt time before I was able to go in and start. I had to rush, because I had a hair appointment afterwards. They had an event going on that weekend though, so it might be an exception.
The Crystal Bride (Geneva): Pros: Big selection. Let you take pics. Good prices. Cons: Small rooms. Overall experience: I really liked this place. They picked some dresses for me and let me pick some. They had a mix of lower-priced dresses and higher-priced ones. They had a lot of trumpet/fit-n-flare styles, which is what I wanted! But the consultant wasn’t super helpful, she was very quiet.
Which one did you end up purchasing a gown from and why?
I ended up buying from White Satin Bridal. I originally found my dress at The Crystal Bride, but when I was at Plainfield (for the second time) retrying another dress, I realized they had “the dress” there too. I bought it from them because I really liked my consultant there (she was super nice, very forthcoming with any information, told me all prices and designers). Also, Plainfield was slightly cheaper, plus they gave me additional discounts.
Any landmines to avoid?