Just like the state of Illinois ranges from busy metropolises to Midwestern country charm, so too does the variety of bridal salons. If you're looking to shop for your wedding dress in and around runway designers Chicago, look no further. We've done the leg work for you when it comes to wedding dress shopping, and rounded up our five favorite bridal salons in the Chicago area. Featuring the utmost personal experience, historic charm, vintage touches, and some of the country's top bridal stylists, here are the best bridal salons in Chicago.
1. Ultimate Bride
High fashion meets the everyday brides at this landmark salon on Oak Street in Chicago, which has been a staple in the city for around 35 years. Why? Here, you can get designer gowns by Carolina Herrera and Marchesa in sizes ranging from a zero to 12+ and every stylist ensures that each bride feels comfortable and confident in her gown. The in-house seamstresses are pretty awesome too as they’ve pulled off flawless alterations with just months left to go.
2. Belle Vie Bridal
Women fly in from all over the country to this historic ivory-covered salon in Chicago for the stylists. Why? Each one goes through personality type and proportion training to ensure you get the perfect dress. They find out details like what you do for a living, how you met your fiancée, and then analyze your dimensions to figure out how to get that image of the perfect silhouette. I can look at someone's body and pinpoint exactly what they do for sport and find a dress that makes sense,” said owner Amanda.“Our brides are editorialized more than any other for a reason.”
3. Alice in Ivory
Alice in Ivory in Chicago only books one bride at a time to browse through the carefully selected 150 gowns, which are delicately on display in the angelic shop complete with a vintage bar cart. “I went everywhere looking for unique pieces to make my shop truly one of a kind and have a style of its own,” said the owner. “And in terms of the vibe, I want my brides to feel like they are walking into a charming, quaint boutique in Paris.”
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The intimate salon describes themselves as having modern gowns for the vintage at heart, and it’s true. The lace detail in their selections is like no other in the Midwest and they’re known for heirloom re-styling of mom or grandma’s dress into a modern masterpiece. Even the groom can have a vintage vibe as the salon also sells old-fashioned suits. Plus, everyone who works here is either a seamstress or a designer, so you know you (and your bridal party) are in good hands.
5. Dimitra’s Bridal Couture
From the music played in this 6,000-square-foot Gold Coast boutique to the selection of modern, form-fitting gowns, everything here screams young (but still elegant) bride. “It’s not about a fairy tale idea of a wedding dress, we are grounded in our backgrounds of garment making and fashion design,” said owner Tina. That’s why after saying yes to a dress a team of three full-time couture seamstresses fit your gown.
6. Haute & Co. Bridal Boutique
Home to PeopleTV's new body-positive series, The Perfect Fit, this Chicago salon is dedicated to sizes 14 to 32. Plus-size brides flock to this elegant locale for the personalized attention, dreamy dresses, and salon attendants who are specialists in styling curvy brides.