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Belle Vie Bridal Couture

Chicago , IL
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34 East Oak Street, Floor 4
Chicago, IL 60611 US (map)

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312-751-2222

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Located on the elite Oak Street, Belle Vie Bridal Couture offers the most exquisite collection of bridal attire and accessories in the couture world! Belle Vie Bridal Couture has been... Read more
Located on the elite Oak Street, Belle Vie Bridal Couture offers the most exquisite collection of bridal attire and accessories in the couture world! Belle Vie Bridal Couture has been bringing fine luxury bridal to its clients since 2004. The Belle Vie Experience parallels that of visiting an Haute Couture Parisian boutique. Personalized customer service is Belle Vie Bridal Couture’s foundation. Our nationally renowned stylists are the most highly trained bridal stylists in the country. Owner, Amanda Bonnell’s nationally known and acclaimed team will offer you the most impeccable customer service and expertise in the bridal world, no matter where you have been or where you will go.

We do everything to ensure that selecting your wedding gown is an experience you will never forget. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our team, who will treat you as their personal guest. You will feel at home in our modern French ambiance. After you are escorted to your private suite by your personal bridal stylist, you will then be given a tour through our showrooms, where we feature our entire collection of couture gowns. We have a gown for every bride with our extensive and beautiful selection within every price range (from 3,000 to over 30,000).

Amanda Bonnell is also the owner of our sister store, Vera Wang Chicago, located on the 2nd floor of 34 E. Oak Street. The strategic partnership between the two stores, allows us to carry all seven looks that a ‘couture’ bride may be looking for. These seven different looks are: Modernist, Purist/Minimalist, Sexy/Sensualist, Princess/Romanticist, Unique/Individualist, Classic/Traditionalist, and Dramatic/Exhibitionist. Both boutiques maintain the same high quality service and couture selection, ranging from $2800 to above $20,000 Read less
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Who do you provide services for?
Bride, Flower Girls, Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom
What accessories do you provide?
Garters, Hair Accessories, Jewelry, Shoes, Veils

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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/24/2014
4.8/5.0
I absolutely loved/am loving my experience with Belle Vie! I tried dresses on at 5 other stores, and honestly I loved this boutique so much that it DID effect my decision of what dress to buy. Let's be honest, if I had found "the one" at another store, I guess I would have had to buy it from wherever it was (although I would have been disappointed if it were not at Belle Vie). But I was thrilled when I showed up for a trunk show, fresh off of the bridal runway, and found my dress! SOMEHOW I had found a very unique dress that somehow blends my style, with my fiance's! (He is very traditional, and I am fashion forward) I can't wait to see it!

The shop owner, Amanda, was a big part in my entire experience so far, as she was there helping us for awhile. We talked about style and fashion, and I instantly felt that I was in the right place. (this boutique was "the one"!) Amanda actually called me when my dress was almost ready to ship, and gave me the complete run down of what to expect over what would happen next! She has amazing style, and a wonderful appreciation and understanding of style, fashion, and garment construction, which has made me trust her opinion completely.

Since Belle Vie is all bridal couture and high end designers, it is clearly going to be on the high dollar end of wedding gown shopping. But Belle vie is great at helping you stick within the budget that you decide, and they don't pressure you to go above that budget.

While for most reasons I am SO happy that a wedding only happens once in a lifetime, here is one instance where I wish I could do it over again in a few years! I will just have to recommend this place to everyone I know, and then I can live vicariously through them at Belle Vie!
I absolutely loved/am loving my experience with Belle Vie! I tried dresses on at 5 other stores, and honestly I loved this Read more...
I absolutely loved/am loving my experience with Belle Vie! I tried dresses on at 5 other stores, and honestly I loved this boutique so much that it DID effect my decision of what dress to buy. Let's be honest, if I had found "the one" at another store, I guess I would have had to buy it from wherever it was (although I would have been disappointed if it were not at Belle Vie). But I was thrilled when I showed up for a trunk show, fresh off of the bridal runway, and found my dress! SOMEHOW I had found a very unique dress that somehow blends my style, with my fiance's! (He is very traditional, and I am fashion forward) I can't wait to see it!

The shop owner, Amanda, was a big part in my entire experience so far, as she was there helping us for awhile. We talked about style and fashion, and I instantly felt that I was in the right place. (this boutique was "the one"!) Amanda actually called me when my dress was almost ready to ship, and gave me the complete run down of what to expect over what would happen next! She has amazing style, and a wonderful appreciation and understanding of style, fashion, and garment construction, which has made me trust her opinion completely.

Since Belle Vie is all bridal couture and high end designers, it is clearly going to be on the high dollar end of wedding gown shopping. But Belle vie is great at helping you stick within the budget that you decide, and they don't pressure you to go above that budget.

While for most reasons I am SO happy that a wedding only happens once in a lifetime, here is one instance where I wish I could do it over again in a few years! I will just have to recommend this place to everyone I know, and then I can live vicariously through them at Belle Vie! Read less
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Kiley
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
I searched high and low for my wedding dressed and finally found Belle Vie. This was literally the only store i did not feel pressured from the moment I walked in to buy a dress! I attended the appointment with my father and mother and they made such an effort to make us all feel comfortable. Once we had narrowed it down to one dress I was amazed when they told me to think about it and if at the end of the day this is still the dress for me come back and they will stay open for me. When i heard this I was so taken aback because at any other store we would have been hounded at this point to buy. We ended up leaving the store for lunch and called about an hour later to come in to buy the dress. They stayed open an hour later for us as we perfected the look and the owner even came in to help us out. The dress came in quickly and the staff remained professional and courteous to me throughout the process. The the dresses are on the higher end, you truly are buying one of a kind dresses with the quality and professionalism unmatched by any bridal store in Chicago!
I searched high and low for my wedding dressed and finally found Belle Vie. This was literally the only store i did not Read more...
I searched high and low for my wedding dressed and finally found Belle Vie. This was literally the only store i did not feel pressured from the moment I walked in to buy a dress! I attended the appointment with my father and mother and they made such an effort to make us all feel comfortable. Once we had narrowed it down to one dress I was amazed when they told me to think about it and if at the end of the day this is still the dress for me come back and they will stay open for me. When i heard this I was so taken aback because at any other store we would have been hounded at this point to buy. We ended up leaving the store for lunch and called about an hour later to come in to buy the dress. They stayed open an hour later for us as we perfected the look and the owner even came in to help us out. The dress came in quickly and the staff remained professional and courteous to me throughout the process. The the dresses are on the higher end, you truly are buying one of a kind dresses with the quality and professionalism unmatched by any bridal store in Chicago! Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
9/14/2013
5.0/5.0
I would absolutely recommend Belle Vie to anyone. I bought my dress at a Reem Acra trunk show and I had special requested two dresses to be there. One of them they couldn't get, so Kayla and the Reem Acra representative went out of their way to have the dress flown in. Luckily they did because it was the dress I ended up buying. Fabulous service and I couldn't have been happier with my dress.
I would absolutely recommend Belle Vie to anyone. I bought my dress at a Reem Acra trunk show and I had special requested Read more...
I would absolutely recommend Belle Vie to anyone. I bought my dress at a Reem Acra trunk show and I had special requested two dresses to be there. One of them they couldn't get, so Kayla and the Reem Acra representative went out of their way to have the dress flown in. Luckily they did because it was the dress I ended up buying. Fabulous service and I couldn't have been happier with my dress. Read less
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sue
Wedding:
8/17/2013
4.6/5.0
Just ordered my dress here. Went in a couple of times with my mom and my sister looking at dresses and they have been so nice especially compared to a couple of other nice dress shops where the staff was a little snooty.
Just ordered my dress here. Went in a couple of times with my mom and my sister looking at dresses and they have been so Read more...
Just ordered my dress here. Went in a couple of times with my mom and my sister looking at dresses and they have been so nice especially compared to a couple of other nice dress shops where the staff was a little snooty. Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
3/9/2013
3.5/5.0
I bought my wedding dress at Belle Vie and my initial appointment and the day I bought my dress was fantastic! I had an amazing experience with my consultant and at the shop and had that bridal moment where we all cried and it was wonderful. Unfortunately, after that initial day - my consultant left a few months later, before my dress arrived. After that I felt as if I got lost in the shuffle with Belle Vie. I didn't feel I had a direct contact anymore, was passed along to a number of people and felt as if they didn't particularly care about me anymore. On top of that, they temporarily lost my veil (which eventually was found with a rip - and they did rectify this and order a new one) - but this process took three months to figure out and I was never contacted by Belle Vie - I continuously had to follow up with them each time. I made all my appointments way in advance and the transition from after I bought my dress to the delivery and then to the alterations (I used their suggested vendor) was rather rocky. I would like to give them an amazing review from my initial experience, but too many things fell through the cracks afterwards. Overall though, my dress was gorgeous - it did arrive early in perfect condition and I would suggest going to this store still, hopefully if you have one consultant all the way through your experience should be seamless.
I bought my wedding dress at Belle Vie and my initial appointment and the day I bought my dress was fantastic! I had an Read more...
I bought my wedding dress at Belle Vie and my initial appointment and the day I bought my dress was fantastic! I had an amazing experience with my consultant and at the shop and had that bridal moment where we all cried and it was wonderful. Unfortunately, after that initial day - my consultant left a few months later, before my dress arrived. After that I felt as if I got lost in the shuffle with Belle Vie. I didn't feel I had a direct contact anymore, was passed along to a number of people and felt as if they didn't particularly care about me anymore. On top of that, they temporarily lost my veil (which eventually was found with a rip - and they did rectify this and order a new one) - but this process took three months to figure out and I was never contacted by Belle Vie - I continuously had to follow up with them each time. I made all my appointments way in advance and the transition from after I bought my dress to the delivery and then to the alterations (I used their suggested vendor) was rather rocky. I would like to give them an amazing review from my initial experience, but too many things fell through the cracks afterwards. Overall though, my dress was gorgeous - it did arrive early in perfect condition and I would suggest going to this store still, hopefully if you have one consultant all the way through your experience should be seamless. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/27/2012
3.9/5.0
I purchased my Anne Barge dress and sash from Belle Vie. My experience was really nice; however, when I returned with a friend to shop for her wedding dress, the staff was a little pushier than was appreciated. They attempted to convince her to purchase her dress without her mother's presence. The store is beautiful and the selection is great. It is expensive, but when you're shopping in downtown Chicago this can't come as too much of a surprise.
I purchased my Anne Barge dress and sash from Belle Vie. My experience was really nice; however, when I returned with a Read more...
I purchased my Anne Barge dress and sash from Belle Vie. My experience was really nice; however, when I returned with a friend to shop for her wedding dress, the staff was a little pushier than was appreciated. They attempted to convince her to purchase her dress without her mother's presence. The store is beautiful and the selection is great. It is expensive, but when you're shopping in downtown Chicago this can't come as too much of a surprise. Read less
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hillary22
Wedding:
4/28/2012
0.0/5.0
BEWARE!!!
I purchased a designer bridal gown with Belle Vie Bridal for my wedding on April 28th, 2012. It was a total nightmare!! After the dress arrived, and being switched from the orignal rep I worked with, I was told that Vera, who worked with Belle Vie, would be fitting my gown. After two fittings with them, they assured me that my dress would be ready. They did not even deliver the dress until Friday evening BEFORE the wedding, because the did not follow up on some things they needed from New York (Which they made ME pay to overnight). They never followed up on it, and actually had the nerve to put the overnight charges on my UPS account 4 days later!! When it was time to put the gown on, the zipper was broken and the dress was completely altered incorrectly. We had to sew me into an $8000 dress and it would not stay up. It was not closed in the back and looked terrible. At that pont I had no choice but to get through my night.
We had our photographers, my wedding planer and the Trump hotel video the ordeal and when I called Belle Vie (We did call them on Saturday when the dress did not fit, but they sent a young girl over to the trump that did not have any experience to fix the drees, so muwedding planner sent her away) they said that they would not help and that I needed to file a formal complanit with the seamstress! I talked to Amanda the owner and she said that I signed a contract and she has no responsibility. That was a week ago, I have yet to hear back form them. BEWARE!! DO NOT SIGN ANY CONTRACT, BELLE VIE BRIDAL WILL NOT STAND BY THEIR DRESS.
I was in tears my whole wedding day because the dress looked so bad in the back. My biggest dissapointment is that Belle Vie Bridal has not even apologized and blamed the seamstress.
As of right now Amanda Bonnell, the owner, is refusing to acknowledge any responsibility and does not answer the phone. I have left several messages, and as of righ tnow, she has yet to apologize.
BEWARE!!!
I purchased a designer bridal gown with Belle Vie Bridal for my wedding on April 28th, 2012. It was a total Read more...
BEWARE!!!
I purchased a designer bridal gown with Belle Vie Bridal for my wedding on April 28th, 2012. It was a total nightmare!! After the dress arrived, and being switched from the orignal rep I worked with, I was told that Vera, who worked with Belle Vie, would be fitting my gown. After two fittings with them, they assured me that my dress would be ready. They did not even deliver the dress until Friday evening BEFORE the wedding, because the did not follow up on some things they needed from New York (Which they made ME pay to overnight). They never followed up on it, and actually had the nerve to put the overnight charges on my UPS account 4 days later!! When it was time to put the gown on, the zipper was broken and the dress was completely altered incorrectly. We had to sew me into an $8000 dress and it would not stay up. It was not closed in the back and looked terrible. At that pont I had no choice but to get through my night.
We had our photographers, my wedding planer and the Trump hotel video the ordeal and when I called Belle Vie (We did call them on Saturday when the dress did not fit, but they sent a young girl over to the trump that did not have any experience to fix the drees, so muwedding planner sent her away) they said that they would not help and that I needed to file a formal complanit with the seamstress! I talked to Amanda the owner and she said that I signed a contract and she has no responsibility. That was a week ago, I have yet to hear back form them. BEWARE!! DO NOT SIGN ANY CONTRACT, BELLE VIE BRIDAL WILL NOT STAND BY THEIR DRESS.
I was in tears my whole wedding day because the dress looked so bad in the back. My biggest dissapointment is that Belle Vie Bridal has not even apologized and blamed the seamstress.
As of right now Amanda Bonnell, the owner, is refusing to acknowledge any responsibility and does not answer the phone. I have left several messages, and as of righ tnow, she has yet to apologize. Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
4/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Belle Vie is the couture bridal store to go to for the dress of your dreams! I had the most wonderful experience shopping for my wedding gown at Belle Vie. It was the only store I went to and I found my dress on my first shopping trip! I felt so special during my visit to Belle Vie. It was so fun and stress free and it will be an experience I will never forget! My Belle Vie stylist was wonderful and really listened to what I was looking for. I chose a lace Romona Keveza gown and I loved it! My stylist helped finish the look by adding a champagne sash and I also accessorized with a Paris earrings and Haute Bride necklace. I received so many compliments on the day of my wedding and days after! I found exactly what I was looking for; a timeless gown that was unique and flattering. While I was at Belle Vie, I also found a gorgeous short Amsale white dress. I couldn't resist getting it and I wore it to my rehearsal dinner! I loved it! Overall, my experience at Belle Vie was wonderful and I would recommend going to there to find the dress of your dreams!
Belle Vie is the couture bridal store to go to for the dress of your dreams! I had the most wonderful experience shopping Read more...
Belle Vie is the couture bridal store to go to for the dress of your dreams! I had the most wonderful experience shopping for my wedding gown at Belle Vie. It was the only store I went to and I found my dress on my first shopping trip! I felt so special during my visit to Belle Vie. It was so fun and stress free and it will be an experience I will never forget! My Belle Vie stylist was wonderful and really listened to what I was looking for. I chose a lace Romona Keveza gown and I loved it! My stylist helped finish the look by adding a champagne sash and I also accessorized with a Paris earrings and Haute Bride necklace. I received so many compliments on the day of my wedding and days after! I found exactly what I was looking for; a timeless gown that was unique and flattering. While I was at Belle Vie, I also found a gorgeous short Amsale white dress. I couldn't resist getting it and I wore it to my rehearsal dinner! I loved it! Overall, my experience at Belle Vie was wonderful and I would recommend going to there to find the dress of your dreams! Read less
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WowMom
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
I have not received my gown yet but so far I have had a great experience at Belle Vie. The consultant (JC?) was really friendly and incredibly patient and not at all pushy. She followed up with me since I did not decide on my first visit and told me about their trunk show which would get me 10% off the gown I really wanted. I even got to meet the designer and she showed me some gorgeous veils and helped me complete the look. I was having some trouble deciding since the price of the dress was a lot more than I am used to spending on anything let alone one dress but the owner talked to me and worked out a great deal on alterations to help me feel a little better about the final price. Their Vera Wang and St. Pucchi selection is amazing but if you're not into those designers I can see how some people don't think they have a great selection because I wasn't really feeling anything else in the store. I also liked that they let you browse because I hate sitting there waiting for someone to guess what I might like. Plus, if you're going to drop big bucks on a designer gown you might as well get the star treatment along with it and they are awesome at making you feel like you're their #1 Bride.
I have not received my gown yet but so far I have had a great experience at Belle Vie. The consultant (JC?) was really Read more...
I have not received my gown yet but so far I have had a great experience at Belle Vie. The consultant (JC?) was really friendly and incredibly patient and not at all pushy. She followed up with me since I did not decide on my first visit and told me about their trunk show which would get me 10% off the gown I really wanted. I even got to meet the designer and she showed me some gorgeous veils and helped me complete the look. I was having some trouble deciding since the price of the dress was a lot more than I am used to spending on anything let alone one dress but the owner talked to me and worked out a great deal on alterations to help me feel a little better about the final price. Their Vera Wang and St. Pucchi selection is amazing but if you're not into those designers I can see how some people don't think they have a great selection because I wasn't really feeling anything else in the store. I also liked that they let you browse because I hate sitting there waiting for someone to guess what I might like. Plus, if you're going to drop big bucks on a designer gown you might as well get the star treatment along with it and they are awesome at making you feel like you're their #1 Bride. Read less
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milenas
Wedding:
2/19/2008
3.0/5.0
This was the second bridal store I visited in my search for a perfect gown. If it was all about customer service, this shop would have gotten 5 stars from me. However, once I factored in selection and prices, it had to be brought down to three. This store offers almost no variety. All of the gown are super old fashioned ball gowns. Nothing is unique. Their most unique designer is Amsale which is famous for huge ball gowns and, quite frankly, is far from being unique. If you want to get your typical rich princess look with plenty of beading and heavy skirt, go ahead to Belle Vie. It caters to a very traditional bride. However, if you want to get a runaway look and be able to dance at your own wedding, then Belle Vie is not the right place for you. Moreover, even if you are a traditional bride interested in heavy gowns with lots of beading and lace, the prices at Belle Vie are so high that it is not justified going there for a traditional dress from a decent bridal designer. You should go to White Chicago which has many traditional gowns from Anne Barge, Christos, Demetrios and other designers who work with classical styles for a fraction of the cost. Being not a fan of White Chicago myself (my taste is more avant garde than their selection), I can easily see how this store can have something for a traditional Belle Vie customer. While being extra critical of their selection, I can't say enough good things about Belle Vie's customer service. The girl who worked with me was nice and helpful from start to finish, followed-up with me in a week, and sent me a "thank you" card just recently. In other words, I received the treatment that should be expected when one thinks of dropping major bucks for a gown. The prices of Belle Vie are similar to those of Ultimate Bride, i.e., the highest in the business. I believe that they start from $ 3,000 and go all the way into the sky. Again, in summary, I would recommend going to Belle Vie if you are 1) a traditional bride with a very traditional taste, 2) looking for luxury more than style or even glamor, 3) opposed to wearing a gown that was previously owned (like those sold at White Chicago), and 4) capable of spending major $$$ for a gown and alterations.
This was the second bridal store I visited in my search for a perfect gown. If it was all about customer service, this Read more...
This was the second bridal store I visited in my search for a perfect gown. If it was all about customer service, this shop would have gotten 5 stars from me. However, once I factored in selection and prices, it had to be brought down to three. This store offers almost no variety. All of the gown are super old fashioned ball gowns. Nothing is unique. Their most unique designer is Amsale which is famous for huge ball gowns and, quite frankly, is far from being unique. If you want to get your typical rich princess look with plenty of beading and heavy skirt, go ahead to Belle Vie. It caters to a very traditional bride. However, if you want to get a runaway look and be able to dance at your own wedding, then Belle Vie is not the right place for you. Moreover, even if you are a traditional bride interested in heavy gowns with lots of beading and lace, the prices at Belle Vie are so high that it is not justified going there for a traditional dress from a decent bridal designer. You should go to White Chicago which has many traditional gowns from Anne Barge, Christos, Demetrios and other designers who work with classical styles for a fraction of the cost. Being not a fan of White Chicago myself (my taste is more avant garde than their selection), I can easily see how this store can have something for a traditional Belle Vie customer. While being extra critical of their selection, I can't say enough good things about Belle Vie's customer service. The girl who worked with me was nice and helpful from start to finish, followed-up with me in a week, and sent me a "thank you" card just recently. In other words, I received the treatment that should be expected when one thinks of dropping major bucks for a gown. The prices of Belle Vie are similar to those of Ultimate Bride, i.e., the highest in the business. I believe that they start from $ 3,000 and go all the way into the sky. Again, in summary, I would recommend going to Belle Vie if you are 1) a traditional bride with a very traditional taste, 2) looking for luxury more than style or even glamor, 3) opposed to wearing a gown that was previously owned (like those sold at White Chicago), and 4) capable of spending major $$$ for a gown and alterations. Read less
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pcoctober
Wedding:
10/26/2006
5.0/5.0
Great to work with. They gave me a discount for the trunk show and another discount for being too tall. Designer's make you pay for extra length.
Great to work with. They gave me a discount for the trunk show and another discount for being too tall. Designer's make Read more...
Great to work with. They gave me a discount for the trunk show and another discount for being too tall. Designer's make you pay for extra length. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Belle Vie was the greatest place to try on lots of styles of dresses. They helped me find the one!
Belle Vie was the greatest place to try on lots of styles of dresses. They helped me find the one!
Belle Vie was the greatest place to try on lots of styles of dresses. They helped me find the one! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
[Private]
5.0/5.0
Erica is the best stylist. She was even willing to text with me to make the experience easy! Love this store!
Erica is the best stylist. She was even willing to text with me to make the experience easy! Love this store!
Erica is the best stylist. She was even willing to text with me to make the experience easy! Love this store! Read less
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