Recently engaged? MOH to a local bridezilla? If you've ever played the role of bridesmaid before, you know finding the perfect dress isn't always the prettiest process. (In fact, many brides admit, this is the worst task of all!) When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, these Chicago spots offer plenty of selection, price ranges, and brands, with un-stuffy staff ready and waiting to help. With so many styles to choose from, you'll easily find one you can shorten and wear again. (Just kidding.)
Convenience meets innovation, meets the bridal market–if you hate the thought of spending hours toiling over bridesmaid dresses for your wedding, you're going to love Brideside. How it works: Sign up and add your favorite dresses (they have more than 300 to choose from) to your digital closet and invite your wedding party to choose the ones they love, which can be shipped to their door for an at-home try-on. Or, if you'd prefer an in-person experience, make an appointment to stop by the brand's headquarters, located in the West Loop. Either route, you'll be assigned your own personal consultant to help you along the way.
Bella Bridesmaids is typically the first place a Chicago bride heads to scope out dresses for her maids, and with good reason–with hundreds of dresses to choose from and more than 30 showrooms across the country, chances are, you'll find whatever you're looking for right here. While the showroom can be a tight squeeze crowded with bridal parties, the service is typically warm and friendly. If you're looking to try out dresses by popular name brands like Joanna August, Jenny Yoo, Monique Lhuillier all under one roof, this is your spot.
Anthropologie's bridal shop (pronounced "Beholden") features a selection of vintage-inspired, bohemian, and classic wedding dresses (starting around $600), accessories, decor and just about everything else you’ll need for your walk down the aisle. And as for bridesmaid dresses? Expect a selection of frocks you’d actually want to wear again.
Famous for her namesake line of feminine and understated bridesmaid dresses, Jenny Yoo does not dissapoint when it comes to outfitting the bridal party. Her bridal designs are equally stunning and will suit especially those brides who appreciate attention to detail. The shop also carries lines from Nicole Miller and Kelly Faetanini, as well as bridal accessories.
Founded by sisters Natalie Bauer and Melissa Russell, Bella Bianca is known for its selection of luxury gowns from designers like Lazaro, Sareh Nouri, Hayley Paige and Ines Di Santo, with prices beginning at $4,000. Also check out the selection of accessories and bridesmaid dresses by Hayley Paige Occasions and Sorella Vita. Don't be surprised if your consultant pops a bottle of Champagne when you "say yes" to your dress.