(Closed) Cheapest Bridal Gowns Chicago , IL and Cheap Alterations

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2015 posts
Buzzing bee

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hanae:  It depends on what you mean by cheap and if you’re willing to do secondhand. I’d recommend looking at the lower budget dresses on theknot, find some that you like and call the stores that carry it. They’ll let you know what they have in your price range.

I can’t remember the name, but there is also a bridal resale shop on the northwest side that has some more affordable dresses.

If I were you, I’d also look at all the bridal resale websites and find something that fits your measurements. It will save you on the alteration costs and there are many dresses listed in a variety of price points.

Post # 3
2655 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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hanae:  +1 need to know what is Cheap.

There are places like Wedding Bells in Barrington where you can get sample dresses for a lot cheaper. Most of them are sample sizes so if you are close to that ( like a 12 or 14 or w/e it might be a good fit. I looked there but wound up going to Eva’s in Oak Park. I spent $1200 + $300 for alterations. ( it was a flat fee tho so even if they had to totally red do the dress it would have been $300)

The Wedding Bells Dresses are all unaltered/ un worn also so its a good alternative to pre owned since many wedding gowns are heavily altered. 


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Post # 4
1073 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

David’s Bridal for new. They run a $99 dress sale quite often, with higher proces dresses also on sale. Also like PP said, call around to bridal shops and see what size samples they hacve and if they are for sale. You could also get lucky at reslae shops like goodwill, savers, ect, but that will be a long shot and could take a lot of time wth no results. 

ALso, here is a list of consigement and secondhand shops I found on Yelp.

For alterations, seriously check out local tailors and seamstresses on yelp. That is what I did before my DH told me one of his high schools friends moms did alterations, and she ended up helling my dress. The local people had much lower prices than the bridal shops.

Post # 5
1470 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I second what others said about trying a David’s Bridal type of place and looking at their $99 dresses. Also, look out for Black Friday sales. 

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