Location, Location, Location


Once you’ve decided on the perfect day to get married you need the perfect venue.  Flip through any magazine, browse The Knot or Wedding Wire and you will find 100s of venues that might peek your interest.  While it’s amazing to have a ton of options, its very easy to get overwhelmed.  I’m always in awe of all the amazing venues right here in Illinois.

First thing first, it’s important to nail down your wedding vision before you start visiting venues.  If you are unsure spend some time on line browsing different styles, pinterest is a brides best friend when planning.  Are you going for a shabby chic theme or do you prefer a black tie city affair?  If you prefer more of the city vibes don’t waste your time visiting barns in the burbs.  If you’ve been dreaming of a rustic barn wedding I wouldn’t recommend visiting city chic loft spaces.  Looking at spaces that aren’t your style can be very discouraging so avoid extra venue tours.

Once you’ve picked a style you’re going for, make a top five list of venues.  Once you have your top contenders go venue by venue to weigh the pros and cons of each.  Do they offer a menu you like, can they accommodate your wedding size and most importantly is it in budget?


Brad and I had talked numerous times about what we envisioned to be the perfect wedding.  We both agreed that we wanted something different and not typical.  My least favorite part of weddings is the long sit down dinner.  It works great for others, it might be my busy body nature but sitting through a long dinner is pure torture.  I like to be up, moving around and visiting.  Brad works for Lettuce Entertain You so without any hesitation we thought it would be great to have our wedding at an LEYE restrurant.  After some debate we decided on Joe’s Live in Rosemont, IL which is an awesome concert venue with tons of space to make our own.

I love live music so Joe’s is a perfect space to host our wedding which will include a band and dj through out the night in addition to an acoustic musical performance during cocktail hour.

What are your favorite venues?  What helped you pick the right one?  I would love to hear from other brides planning the big day or recently hitched!  Email me:marketing@vollesbridal.com







“Dressing the Dresser”


Dress shopping has obviously been high on my list of things to do.  In full disclosure I was a little nervous to start this process.  Not that I didn’t have every faith in the world in Volle’s and the amazing gowns but I sell these amazing wedding gowns each and every day!  How the heck was I going to pick a dress for myself?!?!?   Many thought I would have my exact dress picked out right away…I wish it was that easy!

I started my dress shopping just 3 days after getting engaged.  With family in from out of state for the holidays everyone was excited to be part of the process.  My family and friends were sending me dress pictures and flipping through bridal magazines like it was their job.  I didn’t do much browsing online because I get walk through our bridal closets 6 days a week.  I came to my appointment with an entourage and open mind.  I probably had 100 dresses that I’ve been keeping an eye on, not to mention we had received about 50 new dresses in the past few weeks.

My appointment went off without a hitch, Pamela was truly amazing!  I was probably her most difficult bride as I had no clue what type of dress I really wanted or envisioned myself walking down the aisle in.  My biggest problem was finding a dress that I could make my own, a dress that I’ve never sold to a bride, a dress what I was confident in.  This was no easy task, many of the gowns I tried on immediately brought back memories of working with a bride who had already said yes to this dress.  After about 20 gowns, I put on the one!  It was definately a crowd pleaser and props to my dad for suggesting I try it on when he saw it hanging up.  This dress was so not what I thought I would end up in but it felt right.  I felt confident and didn’t want to take it off.  I was twirling around the boutique like a little kid, I now know the feeling I tell my brides about…when you know you know.

I woke up the next day and immediately looked at pictures and still loved my dress.  I didn’t want my dress shopping to be over so quickly.  I knew I loved my dress but working at a bridal salon I want to wow my wedding guests, so I decided that I needed a reception dress.  For this shopping trip I brought my Mom and Future Mother in Law.  I wanted something completely opposite of my ceremony gown and boy did I find it!

Stay tuned for sneak peeks of both gowns when they arrive from Maggie Sottero and Hayley Paige.




“Dressing the Dresser”



Best of Weddings Winner




Twelfth Annual Best of Weddings Awards, from the #1 Wedding Planning Website, Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America


Lake Zurich, IL/January 19th, 2018—Volle’s Bridal Boutique is pleased to announce that they have been selected as a 2018 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot,  the leading online wedding brand and app.  This is the 3rdyear Volle’s Bridal Boutique has been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings.


In 2018, only 3% of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received this distinguished accolade. In its twelfth annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2018, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost 3.6 million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best  wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider booking for their own unique wedding.


As the number one online wedding brand and app, The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professionals to create their perfect wedding day. Eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of the approximately 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.


About Volle’s Bridal Boutique

The mission of Volle’s Bridal and Boutique is simple: to make you feel like the only bride in the world.  Volle’s Bridal accomplishes this mission by pledging personalized attention and by treating you, the customer, like family.  The Lake Zurich, Illinois store, located approximately 30 minutes northwest of Chicago, meets the definition of a full-service salon.  Volle’s offers complete outfitting and accessory needs for brides, grooms and their wedding parties.


About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading online wedding brand and app that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), which helps people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

The Volle’s Legacy

Family owned and operated for nearly 50 years, Volle’s specializes in building quality relationships with each and every bride that walks through our doors.  Our highly trained staff has almost 200 years of combined experience.

Wedding Gowns:
After years in the business working with top designers, Volle’s Bridal Boutique carries one of a kind dresses.  Our dress designers include Allure, Azul by Liancarlo, Blush by Haley Paige, Calla Blanche, Eddy K, Fiore, Lazaro, Maggie Sottero, Martina Liana,Matthew Christopher, Mikaella, Paloma Blanca, Pronovias,  Stella York and TiAdora.  We pride ourselves on carrying gown styles and samples for brides of all sizes.

Make Volle’s Bridal Boutique your one stop shop for both your bridal gown and your bridesmaid dresses.  Save yourself the hassle of dragging your bridesmaids to shop after shop and enjoy styling them in our newly remodeled bridesmaid boutique.  The bridesmaid boutique is filled with top designs from Occasions by Haley Paige, Bill Levkoff, Sorella Vita, B2 and Belsoie.

Once you’ve said YES to your dress, it’s imperative that the fit is just right.  Our European trained staff  specializes in fitting gowns perfectly to brides bodies.  In additional to our world class fitters, Volle’s staff is highly experienced in gown customization.

Mr. Tux:
Can’t say I do without your groom.  Mr. Tux is on site to outfit your grooms, groomsmen and all the men attending your wedding.  With over 40 years in business Mr. Tux makes sure your groom says I Do in the finest bridal fashion.  With in stock inventory we are able to dress your groom from head to toe to preview his wedding day look.





Every Dress Has a Story, I’m Ready for Mine

Given that I sell wedding dresses for a living I would be lying if I said I haven’t spent some time day dreaming about what type of wedding day I wanted.  My favorite dress changes at least once a day, and I frequently spend time browsing dress designer websites and The Knot…for work purposes of course.  Each and every dress I’ve sold has a special story attached to it.  It’s so much more then a sale to me, its the beginning of a special bond.  When I see a dress in the closet I refer to it as the brides name who’s purchased that dress, not the style name or number.  I truly enjoy seeing a bride through her say yes to the dress moment to her pick up day  the week of the wedding.  My favorite emails are from wedding photographers sharing my beautiful brides wedding day photos.  It’s safe to say I LOVE what I do.

My wedding day dreaming officially ended as of 12/17/17, because… I’m ENGAGED!  After nearly 5 years Brad popped the question in front of both our families at our first annual Christmukkah party.  As you can imagine I can’t wait to start the planning process.  I’m anxiously awaiting the moment I find my dress and give it a story.

I’m taking you with me through the good, the bad and the ugly of everything wedding planning from my say yes to the dress moment to finding the perfect venue.  Follow along on my weekly blog posts and feel free to share your wedding planning stories that may just be featured on my blog.




“Dressing the Dresser”
Marketing Director/Sales Consultant

Q&A for Bridal Alterations

Alterations to your bridal gown is just as important as the gown you’ve said YES to.  A great fit will ensure that you look best in you wedding photographs.  Volle’s Bridal Boutique has a highly trained alterations staff who will bring your wedding day vision to life.  Our European trained staff specializes in custom design changes and build ups.

In todays blog were breaking down some of the most popular questions we hear from brides going through the alteration process.

When should I start alterations?
We recommend starting your alterations appointments 2-3 months prior to your wedding date.

How long does a typical alterations appointment take?
Your first alterations appointment is the longest, but most appointments will last 30-45 minutes.

What should I bring to my appointments?
It’s  very important that you select your wedding day shoes and bring them to your fittings to make sure the hem is adjusted accordingly.  You’ll also want to bring the undergarments that you plan to wear for your wedding.  If you are undecided bring a few options to your first fitting.

Should I bring my entourage to fitting appointments?
Your dress is a big part of your special day and should be seen on your wedding day once it’s properly sized. During your final fitting we ask that you bring 1-2 people who will be with you wedding day to teach them how to bustle your dress.

I’ve lost or gained weight since purchasing my dress, what now?
It’s best to get in with a fitter sooner rather then later.  We know that planning a wedding can be stressful and weight gain or loss can happen, we want to make sure no matter the size your dress fits like a glove.

What is the average amount of fittings for a bridal gown?
Most bridal gowns take an average of 2-3 fittings but there are some dresses that can take more depending on the amount of alterations need to make sure the dress is properly sized.




Toss the Bouquet

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip


Flowers are the finishing touch for a beautiful wedding day.  They add so much to the pictures and décor, they just make everything more romantic.  The only problem is that they don’t last forever.  So what should you do with your gorgeous bouquet once the wedding is over?  While in New York for the market we came across an adorable idea to preserve your bouquet; make it into a Christmas Ornament! This bride dried her flowers (hanging them upside down works the best) and then used the flowers to fill an ornament and decorated the outside with their wedding date.  Having something to remind you of your wedding day during the holiday season will just remind you of all you have to be grateful for!  Another fun idea is to make potpourri out of the flowers.  Save the flowers in a nice dish and put them out as a unique decoration.  If you had anything special on you the day of your wedding, your something old or something blue, place it in with the flowers.  Saving the little things from your wedding is a nice way to have a reminder of your and your spouse’s love every day.  Your bouquet is too pretty to just throw away, so find a unique way to keep it around, you’ll be happy you did!


With Love,


Nip in the Air

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip:

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Personally, there is nothing better than a chilly fall day; leaves falling, a cup of hot chocolate warming your cold fingers and the person you love walking next to you.  I know I am not the only one that loves fall, so it’s no surprise that couples decide to get married in autumn all the time.  They think of everything, what colors would look the best in the fall foliage, where they can get the most unique pictures; some couples even have pumpkin flavored cake!  Once you find your perfect dress it seems that everything else falls into place.  The one thing most brides tend to overlook is the weather, which is ironic sense that is what they are planning the wedding around; the fall weather.  But what I am talking about is that it might be a little bit colder than you planned for, and if you are in a strapless dress that could make for some uncomfortable moments.  Nobody wants a picture of a bride turning blue because she is freezing! Fortunately bridal companies make adorable bolero’s and jackets that look elegant while still keeping you warm.  I love the classic Fur Stoll; I think it adds a little bit of an ‘Old Hollywood’ glam look to any ensemble.  You could also order extra fabric from your gown (or find material that matches) and have something custom made to match your gown.  Either way, you’ll be much warmer than just wearing your strapless gown all on its own.

Don’t just hope for perfect weather on your wedding day, plan ahead! If you don’t end up needing it at least you’ll get some really unique pictures out of it! You will be much more at ease if you plan for all sorts of scenarios, but just remember your day will be perfect, chilly or not!

With Love,





Don’t Forget Your Junior Bridesmaid!!

Deanna’s Tuesday Tips

dress trioSo you have your wedding party all planned, but what about your little sister or niece?  They are too old to be flower girls but too young to be a full on Bridesmaids so where do you put them?  Junior Bridesmaids tend to get forgotten, but there are several benefits to having them in your wedding party.

First of all, it is a chance to get your second color in the wedding; if all your bridesmaids are wearing blush pink have her wear champagne so she compliments the wedding while being a bit special. Second, it will mean so much to her, being in your wedding will make her feel important and part of the big girls’ crowd.  The only issue is, which dress to get her?  She is too small to fit in the bridesmaid’s dresses, and doesn’t have the bust to fill out the bra cups.  Also most bridesmaid’s dresses are strapless, which is a little too mature for the tween age.  Junior Bridesmaids dresses are perfect for that in between age, they have straps and are made for a younger girls body with modified neck lines and sizing. Our designer Jasmine offers junior sizing that matches the Bridesmaid dresses but adjust the neckline and dress to make it more modest for that younger girl.

There are so many styles that could work for that younger attendant, so don’t feel like they need to wear the same dress as everyone else, find a gown that is made for your junior bridesmaid.


With Love,


Let It Go!

Deanna’s Tuesday Tip:

You have planned and planned, everything is set down to the tiniest detail. You wake up the morning of your wedding, with butterflies in your stomach, and you just want your day to be perfect. Every bride has this feeling, but your wedding day is not the day to stress about what may go wrong, just let these things go.

Guess what the goal of your wedding day is? GETTING MARRIED! Everything from the dress to the party afterwards is extra! As long as you are wed to the person you love at the end of the day, the day was a success! Your wedding day is a day for celebration of your love for each other, not a celebration of your great taste in flowers. Nobody is going to know that the flowers were supposed to be light pink instead of hot pink or that the band played the wrong song during your first dance. So what if it rains? That’s good luck, didn’t you know? Now, don’t get me wrong, I want you to have the most amazing gown and best reception anybody has ever seen, but let the little things roll off your shoulder, and your day will amazing. Enjoy every moment of your wedding day, even the moment when Uncle Joe has a little too much to drink and says something embarrassing.

The secret to a fabulous wedding is when the bride and groom have the time of their lives. Your guests will follow your lead, so get your groove on and have a blast!


With Love,