(Closed) Need dress shop recs!

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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.

Good luck.

Post # 5
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Gigi’s in glenview that’s where i got my dress, and you don’t need an appt

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Aisle Style Bridal in Elmhurst is amazing!  The SA is super nice and she has beautiful dresses!  I definitely recommend going there!

Post # 8
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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.

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