Bridesmaids celebrating a girls weekend in Chicago
Bridesmaids celebrating a girls weekend in Chicago

Shopping for Bridesmaid Dresses in Chicago? Plan a Girls’ Weekend!

Make the most of your bridesmaid dress appointment in Chicago by planning a special weekend with your besties! Here’s how.

Trying on Bridesmaids Dresses in Chicago at Brideside
Trying on Bridesmaids Dresses in Chicago at Brideside

Trying on Bridesmaid Dresses in Chicago

Are you looking for bridesmaid dresses in Chicago? Check out Brideside! A woman-owned and led retailer founded in Chicago, Brideside has an expert team of stylists that can help your girlfriends find the most beautiful and flattering dresses for your wedding day. We carry many different styles, sizes and colors from designers like Jenny Yoo, Sorella Vita, Dessy and Amsale. If you’re focused on affordable bridesmaid dresses, we even have two exclusive collections: Brideside and Aura by Brideside. Priced at $200 and under, these long bridesmaid dresses don’t sacrifice on style or variety. So what are you waiting for? Bring your bridal partyin to try on some bridesmaid dresses in Chicago today! Our West Loop showroom is ready with Champagne, comfy sofas and dresses in sizes 00–32 for your leading ladies to try on.

Make it Special! Chicago Girls’ Weekend Ideas

Maybe all your bridesmaids live in Chicago, or maybe you have a few flying in from other locations, but one thing’s for sure: It’s time for a Chicago weekend getaway! Get excited to have some special time with your girls before the wedding. There’s a ton of fun things to do in Chicago; keep reading for some of our favorite girl’s weekend ideas!

Cute Brunch: After you try on bridesmaid dresses at Brideside, check out Beatnik on the River for brunch with a view. We can’t get over the boho-chic decor!

Tour Chicago in Style: Although it’s easy to get around the city by foot or train, why not make it an experience? Do a kayak tour on the Chicago River or rent a quadricycle (yeah, that’s a thing!) to bike around your favorite neighborhoods as a group. You’ll get amazing views of the city along the way.

Sip at the Spa: Your girls’ weekend in Chicago should include some pampering! Check out local spa treatments and relax. Manicure bars like Polish and Pour in Old Town, are great for bigger groups; you can even get a cocktail with your mani/pedi! If you’re interested in something extra-special, we recommend the Aire Ancient Baths. Close to the Brideside Chicago showroom, a soak in these ancient thermal baths will melt all your pre-wedding stress away.

Laugh the Night Away: Grab some tickets for improv night! Chicago is home to many comedy clubs, including Second City and IO Theater. Both host a variety of shows at different price points, but we guarantee all will make you smile.

Dinner & Drinks: There is no lack of restaurants and bars in Chicago for a girls’ night out. Feelin’ italian? Try Monteverde. Sticking with Sushi? Get Sunda. Deep-dish pizza? Lou Malnati’s has our vote.

There are a lot of ways you can make your Chicago girl’s weekend getaway a bit more affordable. If there aren’t enough places for people to stay at friends’ houses, check out AirBnB for some lower-cost listings. Ubers & Lyfts add up, so look into getting Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) day passes if you’re going to be traveling around, so you can take the bus or ‘L’ trains instead.

Also be sure to browse Groupon’s local pages for discounts on restaurants and activities you were already planning on doing anyway.

We also recommend asking your complimentary Brideside stylist for ideas on places to eat, shop and explore in Chicago.

Chicago wedding shopping with bridesmaids
Chicago wedding shopping with bridesmaids

Prepare for Your Chicago Wedding
with the Bridal Party

If you’re getting married in Chicago, incorporate that into your girl’s weekend activities! If your venue has a restaurant in the building, put in a reservation for you and your friends to get food or drinks there. You might even get some inspiration on your signature cocktail.

You could also take your bridesmaids on a wedding shopping adventure in Chicago. Shop for wedding shoes or matching bachelorette party outfits at the shops on Michigan Avenue. (It’s called Magnificent Mile for a reason!) Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue never fails, and if you’re looking for some show-stopping wedding heels, there’s a Stuart Weitzman store nearby! For some serious shop-til-you-drop action, check out Water Tower Place.(Bonus: The Ghirardelli chocolate shop is across the street!)

If you aren’t surprising your bridesmaids with jewelry the day of the wedding, you could also take this time to look for earrings or necklaces that speak to each woman’s personal style. Not only will everyone get a great memory out of it, but they’ll also have a souvenir to remember yourgirls’ weekend by! We love the stunning, timeless jewelry at Dana Rebecca Designs, as well as eclectic finds from Art Effect Boutique.

Another thing you could do on your Chicago girls’ trip is go wedding dress shopping! Brideside has a great bridal showroom in Chicago, next door to our bridesmaid dress location. If you’re looking for a wedding dress in Chicago, Brideside is the premier destination. With a gorgeous selection of wedding dresses from designers like Allure Bridal, Amsale and Brideside’s own private collection, you’re sure to find a dress that speaks to you. Most dresses range from $1,000–$2,500, and all of them come with a luxury bridal shopping experience. Contact us today to book an appointment at our Chicago bridal salon!

Working with a stylist at Brideside Chicago
Working with a stylist at Brideside Chicago

Work with a Bridesmaid Dress Stylist at the Brideside Chicago Showroom

Getting excited about your Chicago girls’ trip? We are too! Each and every bridal party gets a complimentary stylist who can help you with all things wedding! Here’s what you can expect at your bridesmaid dress appointment in Chicago:

  • Champagne on us <3
  • Endless photo ops
  • An expert stylist that will help with sizing and dress orders for every member of your bridal party. They can also help answer any of your burning questions, so come prepared!
  • Lots of dresses foryour bridesmaids to try on from designers like Jenny Yoo, Dessy, Sorella Vita and Brideside. Let us know ahead of time what your favorites are so we can pull them for you!
  • A great collection of affordable bridesmaid dresses under $200
  • A variety of size-inclusive bridesmaid dresses,from sizes 00–32 long.

We’re here to make sure every woman feels beautiful and comfortable in their bridesmaid dress! If you can, have everyone come to your bridesmaid dress appointment in Chicago with strapless bras and heels so you can get the full picture. Contact us today to set up your Brideside appointment for bridesmaid dresses in Chicago! Ready to book your Chicago bridesmaid dress appointment? Sign up now!

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