Hello Brides! Today we are going to help you with the bridal dress shopping experience how to make it stress free and present the best {U} when walking through those salon doors to find your dream dress.

Below we list of the Top 3 things to do before you head out to the Bridal Salon:

1. Heels: We will admit that often we see our glamorous brides kick off their Jimmy Choos at the end of the night and opt for a more comfy pair of flip flops or TOMS. But lets be real who doesn’t feel more statuesque in a pair of good heels. If you have already found “the shoes” bring those along… otherwise we suggest going SIMPLE!

+ Wear your comfy shoes but bring with you a heel height that you will feel comfortable standing in for more than an hour. Keep in mind that some dresses are heavy because of fabric and construction so you don’t want to tire out your toes too quickly!

+Skip the black pumps and bring a soft nude or silver strappy sandal.


These simple silver Jimmy Choo Shoes were captured by the talented Chicago based Caleb Condit Photography

2. Undergarments: Embrace your undergarments as a gift sent from above. Even the most petite brides have fallen for a good shape wear product.  Present a polished version of yourself ! {U in the dress} not that bra strap or panty line {Gasp}!

+ Avoid black shape wear as it might be seen under corset style gowns.

+ Panty hose are great to wear because they offer an easy way to slide in and out of dresses.

( If your not sure what to bring with you don’t worry! The bridal salon will have samples for you to try on each dress. Once you find “the dress” to find the perfect undergarment Belle Vie couture  suggests these stores: Bloomingdales and Wolford. )

Pantyhose + Booty Boosting Technology All in 1!

3. Equip Your Entourage: Before you start your shopping experience let your friends and family know the essentials for a great shopping experience.

Budget: Know your ideal budget. Don’t forget to factor in another 10-25% in alterations depending on the style.

Style: If you have researched several designers or styles share those with your group. This will help them get the true essence of what you want to look like on your wedding.

Final Decision: Let your bridal party know that the final decision is yours alone. That you appreciate the support and love them all dearly; BUT U ultimately are the one wearing the gown down the aisle.

Trust that your consultant will work with you to find the dress of your dreams.

Now that you are armed with our {Top 3} things to do before heading to the salon..call and make those appointments!

Chicago Brides: Check out these amazing salons for all your bridal shopping needs:

Belle Vie Bridal Couture (By Appointment Only)
34 East Oak Street, 4th Floor Chicago, IL 60611


8 East Walton Street  Chicago, Illinois 60611 312.573.2573
Call To request an appointment

Happy Planning!





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