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Cream or ivory, lace or satin – when it comes to wedding dresses, we know the options are practically endless. As a bride, you can go short, with a cocktail-style dress, or track down the floor-length gown of your dreams with the elegant cathedral train you always wanted. You can opt for beading or silk, fabric rosettes or a sash. And whether you’ve spent hours – or years – thinking about the way you’ll look on your wedding day or you’re just getting around to that now that you’ve got a sparkling ring on your finger, we think this list of shops will help you find your perfect wedding dress in Chicago.

Ultimate Bride

From its home on Oak Street – one of Chicago’s favorite shopping destinations – Ultimate Bride is one of the finest bridal salons in the nation. Designer gowns of all styles can be found in this boutique, alongside an elegant range of additional services including accessory shopping and dress alterations. Intended for the classic bride with a fashion forward frame of mind, Ultimate Bride’s selection and service play a key role in maintaining the shop’s excellent reputation.

Dame Couture

At Dame Couture, brides can find gowns that pair modern lines with retro details to create a unique and beautiful bridal style. Gowns can be made to measure – created from a pattern based off your own measurements – or custom designed, and the shop will also alter and restyle vintage gowns from outside stores and makers.

The Crystal Bride

Located in the Chicago suburb of Geneva, The Crystal Bride has one of the largest selections of bridal gowns around. The shop exudes a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, and bridal consultants work to make sure each bride’s experience is unhurried and pressure-free. Accessories and bridal details are also available to help you, as a bride, “capture your sparkle.”

P.S. Don’t forget to use the best planning tools around – our wedding websites are perfect for communicating with your guests and sharing the details of your wedding day and registry.

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