One-on-one bridal dress shopping
By Daina Saleh For The Beacon-News November 23, 2012 5:28PM
Bonnie Wegner offers an ever changing bridal gown collection selected from more than 30 designers at The Bridal Boutique, off Route 59. | submitted
The Bridal Boutique
Where: 1995 Springbrook Square Drive, suite 117, Naperville
Who: Bonnie Wegner
Hours: By appointment
Updated: December 28, 2012 6:09AM
The Bridal Boutique moved to 1995 Springbrook Square Drive just off the Naperville side of Route 59 three weeks ago. The dresses didn’t have to go far, just across the street from its previously smaller location.
“The new store is almost four times as big. Wonderful exposure,” says Bonnie Wegner, owner of The Bridal Boutique and self-professed wedding junky.
“I love everything that’s weddings,” says Wegner about how her passion became a business.
The Bridal Boutique offers more than 300 designer sample gowns that come greatly discounted. Each dress is an individual item, and once sold, it’s gone.
Wegner encourages her customers to come prepared.
“I do encourage my brides to look around at the bigger bridal stores first to get an idea of what is out there,” she says. “If they find what they were looking for at my boutique but decide to shop around some more, it may just be gone.”
The dark floors and airy loft-like ceiling accent the rows of gowns. At 12,500 square feet, the boutique is big enough to accommodate a bride-to-be and her entourage.
At the same time, Wegner found it important to give each bridal group privacy.
“I consult by appointment only, and only one bride at a time. All my attention goes to the bride and her needs,” Wegner says.
Walk-ins are welcome and can roam the rows of dresses. They might even be lucky enough to find an appointment slot open.
“I want to see a happy bride. Nothing compares to the moment when she finds that perfect dress,” she glees.
Roomy changing rooms, modern seating and design, as well as light dimmers all help the bride make the most of her 75-minute appointment. The Bridal Boutique also offers some select jewelry and custom-ordered veils.
The store welcomes the bride getting married next week or next year. Wegner can also recommend seamstresses, photographers and wedding planners.