Last night I caught an episode of, “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC. It honed in on how important a wedding dress really is to a bride (and groom on this show). The featured bride initially decided to go with a simple and affordable dress, but then became jealous of a friends gown and decided to go out and find an outrageously priced replacement to complete her perfect day. Luckily for her, her wealthy fiance decided to flip the bill.
I have to admit that the dress I ended up with on my wedding day was not the one I imagined it would be. While searching on my own, I came across a pricey little boutique and found a ghostly looking, empire-waste dress with long shear sleeves that fell over my hands. I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t wait for my mom’s final opinion since this would be her wedding gift to me . Unfortunately, she didn’t care for it and talked me into buying a different one altogether that better suited me AND her budget.
Your wedding dress should define you and your style. You shouldn’t have to compromise, even if you’re on a budget. There are ways to buy what you love without spending a fortune. A close friend of mine fell in love with a Monique Lhullier dress, but unfortunately she couldn’t afford it. She ended up going to a local dressmaker and they created an original design inspired by the Monique Lhullier.
Jenny, the Co-Owner of Scarlet Petal, found her sample gown at the Bride’s Against Breast Cancer event. Not only did she find her perfect dress, but the proceeds from the sale went directly towards a great charity.
I’ve found a few places in the city that offer alternatives to department and boutique store prices. Explore these shops and have fun!
I Do Designer Bridal Consignment (Appointment Recommended)
6742 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60634 (773) 205-1234
2218 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 248-7714
826 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 529-8871
1755 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 235-5797
222 W. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 397-1571
Here Comes the Bride
190 N. Swift Rd #J
Addison, IL 60101 (630) 261-9950
334 W. Main St.
Barrington, IL 60010 (847) 304-0414