Best Bridal Salon to go to with a good amount of people?

Morning girls!

So 80% of my family wants to know "WHEN ARE WE GOING DRESS SHOPPING!?!"  And while I really appriecate all the enthusiasm, it is kind of really overwhelming!

My mom passed away 4 years ago so my aunts and my FMIL and her sister wanted to come.  I do not plan on buying a dress with the influence of 10 women around me haha, but I want to make a day of it.  From going with other friends, I've noticed I am drawn to smaller boutiques and salons over the huge large ones.  I actually already have a specific dress in mind that I want to go try on with my BM's and my FMIL in a small salon, but I need a place for the massive trying on of the dresses event with everybody else.

House of Brides? Evas?  I've heard such horror stories about HOB and would never buy from them, but it seems like they have a pretty large selection and large "viewing" area if you will.

Help?  HA.

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Re: Best Bridal Salon to go to with a good amount of people?

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    Hi there! :)

    If you're looking for massive, here are a few just off the top of my head:  The Crystal Bride - Geneva, Jasmine Bridal - Lombard (new store!), or Brides by Demetrios - Schaumburg.  They are all loaded with dresses and have several big viewing areas - excited family commotion and all ;).  And you are right about HOB - I've heard nightmare stories too so I'd probably just skip them.

    Good luck! :)
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    I went to the Crystal Bride in Geneva with 8 people (ridiculous, I know, but it was fun!). At first when I said i had that many the girl on the phone acted a little unsure if they would have room, but it ended up being fine! There was another bride there with about the same number of people and everyone had a seat and it wasn't crowded at all.
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    I started off at Crystal Bride when I began trying on dresses. It's a nice place for lower priced gowns. A l'Amour in Barrington is at a mid price range and has an awesome selection. For higher priced gowns, Bella Bianca in Villa Park is a great boutique. It all depends on what you're looking for and you're price range. I wish Jasmine in Lombard was around when I was looking, though I did get my veil there. I can explain more on each place if you'd like. I got my gown at A l'Amour and so did my best friend a year before me. My consultant Susan did an awesome job and I got exactly what I wanted. Hope this helps, let me know if you have questions.
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    Agreed, skip HOB!!
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