A woman’s wedding day is likely the most photographed one in her life, so there is a lot of pressure to look picture perfect. But that isn’t always easy, and one thing no bride needs is more stress. Luckily for Chicago brides, I have rounded up the best places and experts to go to for some top notch bridal primping. From the engagement photos to the first night of wedded bliss, I’ve got you covered!
Before you can really begin your process, it always helps to consult with a professional! In terms of picking out your dress, accessories and wedding party attire, Belle Vie Bridal Couture is the place. They have a wide range of designer gowns and their highly-trained team knows the best tips and tricks. The whole experience will have you feeling like a true princess!
In addition, fashion experts at Bloomingdale’s and Modern Luxury Brides have a special event on May 1st that will help Chicago brides plan their registry, preview vignettes from legendary bridal designers Monique Lhuillier and Marchesa, and enter to win a honeymoon stay in Tuscany! All the fabulous bridal details are below:
Leading up to the big day, Goldplaited finishing salon is the perfect spot for all of your “wedding adjacent” activities, including hair and makeup for your engagement photos or bridal shower or bachelorette party beautification. And if you want to include your bridal party, with groups larger than six, they have an exclusive salon rental package which allows for the group to have complete rule over the whole salon space and to bring in your own food and beverages! They prefer to leave wedding day hair/makeup in the hands of on-site glam squads of the bride’s choosing, but the gilded salon is great for all your other bridal activities!
But you’re not the only one who might need help! Your bridal party has to look their best too! With two locations in Chicago, Polish and Pour is the perfect spot to get your fingers and toes wedding-ready. Their Streeterville spa is BYOB but the newly updated Old Town spa and bar has a variety of drink packages, including premium cocktails! Pick a drink package that’s best for your group, or rent the private party room for more fun!
And on the big day, there is no better place to primp than in a hotel suite. But the key is to pick a place with good natural lighting and plenty of space for your photographer to capture all those little moments. Big windows, and cream or white walls are best, and hotels like The Wit and Sofitel Chicago Water Tower are recommended spots. The Peninsula is also a great bet, as they offer a complimentary suite for the bride and groom for their wedding night (so long as the wedding has 100+ guests).
After all the prepping and planning, remember to make your big day all about you! Take a moment to relax and appreciate the whole experience, and your natural beauty is sure to shine through.