Brides and grooms-to-be shouldn’t miss these upcoming Chicago wedding trade shows.
By Beatriz Sison|
Oak Street’s Fifth Annual Wedding Walk This posh shopping street is great for window-shopping—and turns out it’s also a good spot for planning your dream wedding. Check out big (splurge-y) names such as Vera Wang for your perfect wedding dress, Agent Provocateur for your honeymoon attire and David Yurman for some extra icing on your ring. And even if you’re on a budget (who isn’t?), you won’t leave empty-handed, because every bride-to-be and guest get a luxury swag bag. Event starts at Spiaggia, 980 N Michigan Ave. Bus: 36, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 151. Sun 16, noon–4pm. $65 for brides, $25 for guests of brides.
Chicago Bridal Expo Walking down the aisle is something you’ll never forget, and you want to make sure no one forgets what you look like on that big day, either. This couture bridal show features dreamy, one-of-a-kind, made-to-order gowns from clothiers like Rivini, St. Pucchi and Rina di Montella. Plus, you’ll sip wine and enjoy cake with samples from Bleeding Heart Bakery, SweetPea Cakes and more. A mile-long list of vendors, freebies and exclusives is not to be missed at this mega bridal show. DoubleTree Hotel, 1909 Spring Rd, Oak Brook (847-428-3320). Sun 16, 11:30am–4pm. $10 in advance for brides and up to 4 free tickets per bride, $15 at the door.
Navy Pier Bridal Show and Expo The Lakeview Terrace ballroom at Navy Pier makes for a lovely setting for all things wedding related. For the 11th year, this expo features everything you’ll need for the wedding day. Look for florists, photographers, caterers and more. Specific vendors include ArtLynn Photography, Ener Spa, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Phillips Flowers and more. Plus, since you’re already at Navy Pier, you can always ride the ferris wheel after the expo. 600 E Grand Ave. Bus: 2, 65. Sun 16, 11am–4pm. Free.
Indie Wed All brides are not created alike. Luckily, indie craft fair aficionado and ecofriendly letterpress owner Kelly Horvath created Indie Wed to cater to quirky, nontraditional brides. Expect nostalgic, handcrafted and personalized vibes from vendors such as Chicago-based Quartet Parapluie, Horvath’s ecofriendly invitations by Paper Stories and the Blooming Quill calligraphy for your invites and table settings. Brides and grooms can even coordinate their indie threads from custom dressmakers Dame Couture and menswear specialists Sebastien Grey. Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N Ravenswood Ave. El: Brown to Irving Park. Jan 28. See indiewed.com for more details.
Great Bridal Expo Curb your bridezilla instincts at the Great Bridal Expo. There’s no need to panic about the big day because the event has invited makeup artists from Acadia Artists, personal trainers and health experts from ProBody Solutions and Body By Vi, as well as bakers from Simply Cakes & More. And since the dress is an important aspect of the wedding, you’ll find plenty of white options from the Oleg Cassini and Galina collections, courtesy of David’s Bridal, as well as custom gowns by Katherine Feiel. Crowne Plaza O’Hare, 5440 N River Rd, Rosemont (800-422-3976). Oct 30 at noon. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.