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Aug 252016
Best Midwest Bridal Salons

Photo: Alice in Ivory; Kristin La Voie Photography

Finding the right wedding dress may be trial-and-error, but finding a bridal salon shouldn't be. Our editors polled more than 1,500 brides to discover the places with the prettiest dresses (from the designers like Carolina Herrera, Mira Zwillinger, and Houghton, just to name a few!), nicest consultants, and chicest spaces from coast to coast. Every single shop on this list is a true standout in style, service, and atmosphere whether it's the white dress mecca in your state or a gem in the middle of nowhere (we didn't judge!). Get ready for our curated, tested, and fully endorsed list of The Best Bridal Salons in America. Here, our editors narrow down the best bridal salons in the Midwest. Happy shopping!

Alice in Ivory, Chicago
A year in and business is already booming at this Lincoln Park shop, where boho brides can find all the Stevie Nicks-inspired silhouettes they desire from Carol Hannah, Rue De Seine, and Houghton. "I've referred at least a dozen friends already," raves one bridal blogger.

Ultimate Bride, Chicago
This landmark on Oak Street is considered "the ultimate salon" by Midwest brides for good reason. Reviewers went nuts over the massive selection of high-end designers (Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, and more), plus the pro staff "makes you feel confident with your decision."

MH Pomander's, Indianapolis
A number of women we surveyed experienced "love at first try" here, thanks to the two owners' almost psychic ability to read brides. "They immediately understood my vision and brought out beautiful dresses, veils, and accessories that matched it perfectly," says one client.

The Gown Shop Bridal, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Want to feel like the only bride in the world? For your appointment, the doors are locked and the curtains closed to give you time to test-drive that Sarah Seven dress you were eyeing. "It was so private! I felt as special as I did the day my fiancé proposed," says one customer.

Roma Sposa, Birmingham, Mich.
This posh salon has the best selection of Inbal Dror, Zuhair Murad, and others in the Detroit metro area, maybe even the entire state. Add to that a perfect score for service — one called her consultant "the dress whisperer" — and it's a no-brainer for Michigan brides.

A & Bé Bridal Shop, Minneapolis
Sure, the trendy designers (Truvelle, Katie May) and approachable price points (tons under $1,500) are a draw, but for our reviewers, what sealed the deal were the engaged consultants who get exactly what you need.

L'Atelier Couture Bridal Boutique, Minneapolis
In this spacious industrial-chic showroom, racks hang from the ceiling to display on-trend dresses at eye level, meaning you can do a 360 degree inspection before hauling a gown to the dressing room. Bonus: You can rent out the space on the big day to get ready with your bridesmaids.

Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique, Clayton, Mo.
When Connie and Kristin, a mother-daughter duo, shopped for Kristin's dress in 2007, they were bummed they didn't get "that special salon experience." So they created a bridal haven with gorge gowns made in North America and the kind of above-and-beyond attention brides crave.

Rhylan Lang, Omaha, Nebr.
Worried you won't find a decent salon (or dress) in Omaha? Our reviewers were — until they found this gem of a shop, where they lost their minds over ball gowns from Hayley Paige and jewels from Haute Bride.

Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal, Cincinnati
This pretty pink boutique is all about the custom experience. It starts with a reserved parking spot and a big welcome sign with your name on it and ends with, say, a Pronovias gown that makes you feel and look like a million bucks.

White of Dublin, Dublin, Ohio
This place is such a stunner that reviewers admitted to window-shopping here before they were even engaged. Once inside, "the consultants will do anything" to find you the One. "My dress was over my budget, and they gave me a deal to make it work," says a bride.

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Aug 052015

Sometimes in the great search for that one perfect dress, you don't even know where to begin. The answer? With an appointment at a top-notch bridal salon. In our new August/September 2015 issue (on newsstands now!) we call out the best 50 bridal salons — big and small, luxury and budget-friendly, boho and traditional — across America. How did we go about creating such a list? We asked more than 1,100 real brides nationwide to weigh in on the best spots to find that dream wedding dress by rating and submitting their own gown-shopping experience. From precious, personalized boutiques in the South to giant wedding dress meccas in the Northeast to intimate indie shops in California, we found them all. So take note, brides-to-be! These are our readers' favorite bridal boutiques in the Midwest.

Ultimate Bride, Chicago
Owned by industry vet Elena Grapsas, this Oak Street salon specializes in swank labels like Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera. "But I never felt pressure to spend more than I wanted," says a bride.

M.H. Pomander's, Indianapolis
Bringing Mom is a must, say reviewers: Along with gowns from the likes of Lee-Ann Belter and Theia, the shop is known for its flattering MOB dresses. P.S.: In-house seamstress Erin Young is couture trained.

Laura's Couture Collection, Shawnee, Kansas
This chic boutique carries fresh-off-the-runway gowns from designers like Marchesa and Pronovias. Says one bride, "My mom and sister couldn't be there, so owner Laura Mease FaceTimed them while I was trying stuff on."

Roma Sposa, Birmingham, Mich.
Fashion-forward Detroiters, take note: Anna Castaldi-Roselli stocks her salon with haute designs from Vera Wang and Inbal Dror. Reviewers raved about the trunk shows: "After she knew my taste, my consultant suggested I go for one by Ines di Santo. I found the perfect gown and met the designer!" says a bride.

A & Bé Bridal Shop, Minneapolis
Owned by the same duo as Denver's Anna Bé, this laid-back boutique is beloved by boho brides, who tout the crazy-good selection of indie labels (Anna Campbell, Rue de Seine) and range of prices: Many gowns ring in under $1,500.

L'Atelier Couture Bridal, Minneapolis
At this gallery-like salon, you'll find gowns by hot designers like Jenny Packham and Mira Zwillinger displayed like works of art. As for the service, one recent bride told us that her consultant made a video to show the out-of-state 'maids how to bustle her gown.

See more: The Ultimate Wedding Dress Guide: The Best Necklines by Body Type

Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique , St. Louis
Again and again, reviewers said that shopping here was the highlight of their wedding-planning experience. Not only is it the only salon in the city with sought-after designers like Rivini and Judd Waddell, but if you avoid a Saturday appointment you'll also be the only bride in the store.

Rhylan Lang, Omaha, Nebr.
Love lace? This chic salon is the state's go-to spot for ultrafeminine lines like Hayley Paige and Anne Barge. Area brides are obsessed with the private dressing rooms; each one has an elevated platform and enough space to fit even the largest entourage.

Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal, Cincinnati
At this intimate spot, each bride gets the whole shop — and a reserved parking spot — to herself. Says one, "I was greeted at the door with champagne and a sign that said, 'Welcome, Jennifer!'"

Something White, Independence, Ohio
This light-drenched salon is filled with gowns from hard-to-find labels like Leanne Marshall and Ivy & Aster. It's also the only Ohio store selling perennial fave Lela Rose. "I loved that they weren't afraid to stray from the poofy princess dress," says a fan.

Gigi of Mequon, Mequon, Wis.
City brides flock to this mecca outside Milwaukee for gowns by Peter Langner and Monique Lhuillier and spoil-you-silly service. Says one, "In Chicago, appointments are stacked on top of one another. Here, I felt like the only bride they'd ever dressed."

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES August/September 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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