(Closed) I have a question for all Chicagoland bees!!!

posted 10 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY

i personally hated House of Brides, both the shaumburg location and the downtown chicago location.  horrible service at both places.

i would HIGHLY recommend going to Veiled in Elegance in Geneva, IL.  that’s where i got my dress and they are just awesome there. 

the only other shop i went to in the burbs was Brides by Demetrious and i wasn’t thrilled.  the people were very nice, i just didn’t like their dresses.

are you planning on coming into the city at all? 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I actually liked Brides by Demetrios (well, I found my dress there so I’m biased).  House of Brides was okay, but I went on a Saturday afternoon and I wish I had gone at a different time.  The woman who helped me was nice, but the dress selection was horrible.  I had found a lot of styles online (around 10) that I wanted to try and they didn’t have any of them!  ("oh, our online selection is much better" grrrr)  I think a lot of dresses were hidden away in other bride’s rooms, so maybe going on a less busy day would have resulted in a better search.  GL

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

Kourtann,

 I actually bought my dress in Woodfield Mall in Schaumberg – not only do they have a Jessica McClintock store in there, but mine was called "Modern Bride" and I found my bridesmaids dresses there too!

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Skip House of Brides- they don’t have a good rep. Or, at least don’t buy there.

If you are going out to Geneva- go to The Crystal Bride.  That’s where I bought my dress, and I’ve been thrilled.

Make appointments!  They are all busy, everywhere in the suburbs.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I spent an hour at each place I went to.  And I could only handle two places a day because I’m a shopping wimp…I really hate trying on clothes.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2018 - St. Clement Church, Cafe Brauer (or a big church wedding and a fancy party at a cafe in Lincoln Park.

There are a few great sample shops, too.  I loved Wedding Belles in Barrington and A Joyful Occasion in Naperville.  The customer service wasn’t great, but I love Melissa Sweet so I would also recommend Priscilla of Boston in Oak Brook.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I had a nice experience at House of Brides, but it’s true — most of what they have on their web site is not in the store.  Eva’s Bridal has a lot of Watters gowns, but they keep them tucked away so you have to ask for the ones you’re looking for otherwise you just get what they think you want (based off what dresses you choose out on the showroom floor). 

I’d say at least an hour at each place.  It’s a little tricky getting into some of the dresses, and then you have to get it tugged and pinned to make it look like it fits you. 

Maybe also check out the Brides Room, which also carries Watters.  I’ve heard good things about them, though I’ve never been.  Yelp has some reviews on these bridal salons, too.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I second Wedding Belles in Barrington.  I got my dress there!  🙂  They sell mostly sample dresses that are well-maintained and, of course, at a discount.  Their stock is in constant rotation because of that.  The shop itself is in an old Victorian house.  And the staff is super nice. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I THIRD Wedding Belles in Barrington…I just bought my dress there TODAY.

They were so kind and let me stop by without an appointment (which usually isnt cool).
I also checked out dresses in the last couple days at L’Amour in Barrington and The Brides Room in Wheeling.  Both had lots of variety, could easily work within my budget (1500-2000, which i came way under at), and were really nice to work with. I’m probably going back to one of those places to order my bridesmaid dresses!  
From what I heard yesterday and today at these places, L’Amour and the Brides Room has Watters dresses.  
Good Luck!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I bought my dress at Catherine Simm’s in Naperville (<span class=”a”>www.catherinesimmsbridal.com). i can’t recommend them enough. They had beautiful dresses, were very reasonable, and the staff was super nice and helpful. I worked with Karen and she was wonderful.

I went to House of Brides in Schaumburg and found them ok. I think i called a different one before that and they were rather rude. 

Other places to consider: The Bridal Mansion in Lisle I’ve heard from several people is awesome! Here Comes the Bride (www.herecomesthebride.com) in Addison is a good source for getting a designer dress for less (lots of samples etc..)

I went to Eva’s Bridal in Orland Park because they had a certain dress I wanted to try on. Selection was great, but they were very "salesman fake" to me. I also found their pricing varied from store to store.

I found a great Bridal resourse is to pick up the Knot’s yearly magazine of all the top vendors. I think it just came out for this year a month or so ago. It’s like $10 and you can find it at most stores (I got mine at Walmart). There you can go by the state and see what other brides have used and liked. It helped me out a lot of for the Chicagoland area.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I second Catherine Simms, at least for bridesmaid dresses. They were very nice, accommodating, and even let us negotiate price (I have 7 BMs and we found the dress cheaper online so we used that as negotiation)

I got my dress at Wolsfelt’s Victorian Bridal in Aurora and they were so great! The store has a huge selection, and the salespeople were very helpful. It’s family owned and has been in business for 30 years, so they have a pretty good reputation.

I also shopped at Priscilla of Boston in Oakbrook, and when I went with my mom and sis shopping for my dress (with an appointment) they were very helpful and nice; however, I came back with BMs to look for their dresses and we were treated kind of rudely. We didn’t have an appointment, but the place was empty so I think it was mostly a matter of age discrimination or they didn’t think we were serious buyers (we were until they treated us like lepers)

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