Post # 1
Hi ladies! This weekend I’m planning on finally starting the dress search, and I would love to get some recommendations on where to go in the Chicago area. I’m open to places either in the city or out in the ‘burbs. If you have suggestions, can you give me a sense of what it’s like to shop there (were they helpful? Laidback or pushy? Allow pics?), what price ranges they carry (I really can’t afford to spend several thousand dollars on a dress, so wouldn’t want to go somewhere where that’s all they have), and any other feedback you may have.
Also, anyone have any feedback on their experience at Eva’s in Orland Park? The reviews I’ve seen recently are quite negative, but the ones from earlier this year and last year are more positive… so I’m wondering what’s going on. They carry a lot of the designers I like, so I feel like I should check it out…
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
Didn’t Eva’s burn down? I went to their location on Harlem. I found it annoying that they cut off all the designer tags on the dress and the SA kept walking into my rom w/o announcement. I could’ve been naked!
I really liked Dresses by Nicole in Wheaton. The staff is really nice, not pushy, and allow you to take pics. I found my wedding dress there, but I ended up buying it at a l’amour in Barrington b/c they are more conveniently located and offered me a 10% discount for buying the dress on my first appointment. I really wanted to check out Aisle Style Bridal in Elmhurst, but I ended up finding my dress before my appointment. I also liked Jenny Yoo a lot.
If you are in the market for a sample dress, I recommend Wedding Belles in Barrington. They are very reasonably priced and the dresses are in great condition.
The one store I would not recommend is A Joyful Occasion in Naperville. Their dresses look very dated to me, and the staff is incredibly unprofessional and judgemental.
Post # 4
I believe it was the Eva’s in Oak Lawn that burned down. From my understanding, Eva’s in Orland Park is owned by a different member of the family or something. And I guess there’s an Eva’s in Chicago proper as well, on Harlem? It’s incredibly confusing.
Post # 5
Gigi’s in glenview that’s where i got my dress, and you don’t need an appt
Post # 6
Definately check out The Crystal Bride in Geneva. I got my dress there and they were fantastic. I can’t say enough good things about them – I had a great experience.
Vanessa’s in Arlington Heights has some gorgeous dresses that I always admire when walking by, but they are a bit pricer (starting @ $1500) depending on your pricepoint.
I also looked at Wedding Belles in Barrington, but I found the dresses to be somewhat overpriced for consignment gowns.
I would not recommend VIP Occasions in Elmhurst. The store was run down and I was not fond of the selection or service.
A L’Amour in Barrington was pretty nice too, but I thought their selection was a bit small.
I didn’t look there for bridal gowns, but went to Veiled in Elegance in Geneva to check out bridesmaid dresses. It was a cute shop and the service was great.
Post # 7
Aisle Style Bridal in Elmhurst is amazing! The SA is super nice and she has beautiful dresses! I definitely recommend going there!
Post # 8
I bought my dress at White Satin in Plainfield. The ladies (young 30’s) that own the store are super nice…I could go on forever on how great the experience was. They let you take picture and drink mimosas!!(you have to bring them though) I felt more like I was hanging out with my best friends rather than strangers. They totally know what’s in style and what would look best on certain body types. The dresses are amazing! I know the location might be a hike for some, but it will totally worth your time! Prices from $500 to $2K.
I went to Eva’s in Oak Lawn, this was the worst dress experience I had. They were super rude, the dresses were filthy and zippers were broken, they were super pushy about putting a deposit down, they were unprofessional, they will not tell you prices when you ask, you can’t take pictures, and they will not tell you style numbers. It was the first place I went when I started looking, I was so scared to go to more dress shops. Thank God they are not all like Eva’s in Oak Lawn!
Eva’s Orland Park-trust me I would have not gone to another Eva’s (even though they are seperately owned) but i was looking for a dress that only a few stores in the area carried. They tried to convince me over the phone that they were nothing like the Oak Lawn location. I really don’t have too much to complain about. it was cleaner than OL and overall it was an ok experience. I wish they were more helpful.
Davids Bridal & House of Brides (Orland Park locations)-Overall ok experiences at both. Associates were somewhat helpful and not pushy. They do not help you get into the dresses, but they do clip the backs for you. Can not take pictures. Lots of dresses under $1,000. Although some of the dresses at David’s look really nice in the magazine, but they are made of what I refer to as “dryer sheets.” They do made with more expensive material. The dress I tried at House of Brides was a taffeta material, come to find out the designer can make it in satin for $200 more and silk for $500 more. I found this out on my own, the associate helping me never mentioned it.
White Carriage (Shorewood) It is a cute little shop. The dress selection was not at all what I was looking for, a bit old fashioned for my taste. They did have some pretty dresses, just not what I was looking for. The owner came to see each dress on me and give her opinion. It felt overbaring and her comments didn’t jive with my thoughts. I’m not sure what the price range was, but I think the ones I saw were under $1,500.
I have heard really nice things about Priscila of Boston in Oakbrook also. My next appointment would have been there if I didn’t go to White Satin. I was looking for a Kleinfeld experience without the Kleinfeld price tag. Hope I helped!
Post # 9
I started my search at House of Brides in Chicago. The dresses they have there are much nicer than the other House of Brides. By that, I mean better fabrics. The dress that I ended up with is made in silk and taffeta. If I would have tried it on in taffeta, I wouldn’t have liked it as much. The silk was beautiful but came with a heftier price tag. The House of Brides in Glen Ellyn had a larger selection. However, you go through the racks and pick out the ones you like. They don’t really help you here.
I HATED Macy’s. It was awful. They made it seem like they didn’t want to sell me a dress b/c my budget wasn’t exactly $5k.
The only other place that I went to was VIP Occasions in Elmhurst. Like someone else said, it’s ok but wasn’t thrilled with their selection and it seems like their samples were beat to hell.
Post # 10
Thank you all so much for your help! I ended up going to David’s Bridal (the location on Elston), Weddings 826, Jenny Yoo, and Eva’s in Orland Park. I had pretty good experiences at all of them, and just today bought my dress from Weddings 826! It’s a sample, but they did have the option to order from the designer for that dress. But the sample was only a couple weeks old, in perfect condition, and in my size, so I figured I’d save the 15%. It was nice to have the option to order, though. I don’t think they have that for all of their dresses — I’m not sure.
If anyone is interested in more in-depth reviews of each shop let me know. And thanks again!!