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After booking the big three — the dress, the location and the photographer — the real planning and prepping begins, and by the time all is said and done, you'll feel like you've compiled a team of experts. Here are a few extras in the Chicago area that you should have on speed dial to make sure you're looking and feeling your best for the big day.
The Dress Doctor
Soheila Ghofrani, aka the Dress Doctor, is someone you can hand over your dress to without an ounce of hesitation. With decades of experience under her belt, she's going to nip, tuck and customize your gown to perfection, and she sends a staffer to assist on the day of your wedding, so you get in the gown and down the aisle without so much as a thread out of place.
Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology
Long before the big day, it's probably a good idea to check in with a dermatologist. Dr. Carolyn Jacob is one of the most well-respected in the biz, and her practice offers everything from general dermatology to laser rejuventation and chemical peels to full-on body contouring procedures. Plus, her staff is as friendly as they are prompt, which is always a nice surprise in a doctor's office.
Need to go off the grid for a few hours of R&R? Book one of the rejuvenating massage treatments at this hotel's spa and take advantage of full access to the fitness center and pool, which was considered a feat of engineering when it was built in 1929 as part of the Medinah Athletic Club. Still featuring original design elements like a terra-cotta fountain and Spanish majolica tiles, this hidden oasis will be just the mini retreat you need.
Maggie Egan is simply the best in the biz when it comes to eyebrows. We first found her years ago at the Benefit Brow Bar at Water Tower Place and have followed her from Anastasia Brow Studio to Phenix Salon. She is an artist when it comes to seeing how your brows should look naturally and whipping them into shape without an ounce of pain. She's fast and precise, and those arches come out absolutely perfect.
Whether you're looking for some light cosmetic dentistry or more complex restorative treatments, check out Weller Dental. This cosmetic dentist with three decades of experience will make sure your oral health and aesthetics are up to speed. After all, you're going to have a lot to smile about.
Davis Imperial Cleaners
This is not your neighborhood cleaner. Davis Imperial Cleaners is the finest dry cleaner in Chicago, specializing in restoration and preservation of designer and couture garments. And when it comes time to hang up your veil and pack away your gown, this is where you take them. Using a black light, consultants spot even the smallest of stains that over time will damage fabric. Once cleaned and ironed by hand, the garment is wrapped in muslin and acid-free tissue paper to preserve the color and protect from wrinkles. Read real brides' reviews here!