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 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 the landmark Ultimate Bride 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. 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.”
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 at Mignonette is either a seamstress or a designer, so you know you (and your bridal party) are in good hands.
4. 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 Dimitra's Bridal Couture owner Tina. That’s why after saying yes to a dress, a team of three full-time couture seamstresses fit your gown.
5. Haute & Co. Bridal
Home to PeopleTV's new body-positive series, The Perfect Fit, Chicago's Haute & Co. Bridal 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.