56 total reviews
Kelly and Susan are probably the best two people on this planet! They make you feel special and beautiful. I was probably annoying (I went back to try on the same 3 dresses 5 different times), but they didn't seem to care in the least! I found my dream dress here (it was a Cara Fina) and had it altered so it was almost a one-of-a-kind! I have not seen a dress I would have rather worn. I felt beautiful in the store, I felt beautiful at the seamstress (if you are near Shiller Park, check out Mary Catomy... she's amazing), and I felt special and beautiful on my wedding day thanks to this dress, and the work and effort Kelly and Susan put into finding me the right dress. The shop is small and appointment only, but Kelly and Susan make the trip to this store worth it. I hope one day to bring my daughter here for her wedding dress... it was THAT special! I wish I could give it 6 stars!
After searching unsuccessfully for my dress at some larger stores, a friend recommended A Joyful Occasion, which turned out to be just the place I needed. I found my dress here and was so pleased with my dress as well as the experience. The staff was helpful, especially Susan! When I came back a second time to try on the dress again with my friends, it was a great and fun experience. I felt that the pricing was also fair and we had no problem finding a dress with the budget. While this is a smaller store, there is still a nice variety of dresses and definitely worth a look.
I found my dream dress at A Joyful Occasion and Susan and the rest of the staff were so helpful and flexible! It is a small shop which made my shopping experience so personal and perfect!
We went to a total of 3 bridal gown shops to look for my wedding dress. The 2 other shops just didn't compare to a joyful occasion. I found 2 dressed I loved and kelly and Susan helped me narrow it down. Kelly and Susan were absolutely amazing and helped me see the whole vision of my dress. I also bought my veil, jewelry, and a hair piece for my maid of honor from them as well. They refered us to a woman who did a beautiful job on my alterations. I couldn't be happier :)
This was hands down the BEST part of our wedding! The service was impeccable! I had no clue what style I wanted, but they put me in a gown that flattered my body type in EVERY style! I only looked at this store and only shopped once because I had so many beautiful dress choices just at this one location. Their knowledge of what looks best on different body figures was really what drove me to make a decision that day! The dress arrived early, the seamstress they use had a perfect fit after only one fitting, and I loved the accessories they had in their store as well!
How do you know if the dress is the right one? After leaving Kelly's shop, I have full faith; I did not make a mistake.
Kelly's knowledge of not only dresses but also accessories and alterations, help make your dream dress a reality. Kelly does not let you settle on a dress. She is willing to let you stand in front of the mirror as long as you need to get a full vision of what you look like. She sits back as you talk through with your friends and family about your likes and dislikes of a dress but it is not because she is not listening. Instead, she is thinking of what she needs to do to find the dress you envisioned yourself in. As I was trying on my dress-to-be, I talked about how I liked deep V backs. The next thing I knew she explained and showed how a small alteration can make a dress I was falling in love with the one.
Kelly does not push anything on you. She gives you ideas of how you can make the dress yours while still staying in your budget. I was unsure if I wanted bling or not and Kelly showed me many options of different ways to incorporate bling not only in my dress but also in my veil, flowers and shoes!
Kelly takes her time with each of her clients and makes the experience personal. I did not feel like I was just an appointment in her book, instead I was someone she wanted to make beautiful for my special wedding day. I cannot wait to go back to the shop to get my actual dress!!!
LOVE this shop! If you want personal attention, to stay within your budget, and especially if you like lace, this is the place!
I was able to find my perfect dress in one day because of the amazing help I received here. Kelly and Susan are extremely knowledgeable about each of their dresses and each of the designers. They made the experience easy and fun - which is the way it is supposed to be! They listened to what I was looking for and went out of their way to find exactly what I wanted. Another place I had gone to earlier that day put me in dresses just because the consultant wanted to see me in them since they were new, not because it was anything close to what I was looking for. What a waste of time. I wish I had gone to A Joyful Occasion right off the bat instead and not have wasted my time at the other place.
I was nervous going in with a modest price range, but they worked to stay within my budget and still find me a beautiful, one of a kind dress. I am such a fan of lace, but did not want to look old fashioned. They have a large variety here so I was able to find one I really loved. Not only that, but one of their designers has dresses where you can pick the style you like and then the lace pattern you like. I never thought I would have a custom dress! Thank you so much!
This was by far better than I could have ever imagined my experience would be! Kelly provided me outstanding customer service. She really took the time to figure out what I was looking for in my wedding gown, and was able to find dresses I absolutely loved. She actually picked out MY dress :)!! I would highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for the most relaxing wedding dress shopping experience! I was never pressured to purchase anything, and Kelly definitely kept in mind my budget when looking for dresses. I even got my bridesmaid dresses that same day. Overall, it was an incredible experience for me!
We went all over the city of chicago but it wasn't until I went to this lovely place that I found my dress!!
I would recommend this cute, intimate dress shop to anyone - especially those looking for options under $1500. I was told by several other shops when I called that "they only had a few dresses that MIGHT fit my budget."
When we showed up for my appointment at A Joyful Occasion, Susan immediately made us feel welcome and comfortable. She gave me plenty of dress options that would fit my budget and knew everything there was to know about each dress. She also gave me a GREAT deal on my accessories so I would stay in my budget.
They also use a seamstress who did a beautiful job on my bustle and my other alterations. (Her prices are very reasonable as well).
The day of my dress was stunning. So thankful to A Joyful Occasion for making dress shopping so fun and enjoyable!
I started looking for wedding dresses at David's Bridal and House of Brides and started getting frustrated with the process...then I went to Joyful Occasion in Naperville. They only take 1 bridal appointment at a time so you are the only one there and 100% their focus. Susan was SO pleasant to work with, asking me about budget and style before allowing me to pull dresses and also pulling some for me. Susan is the one that found my wedding dress for me and I LOVED it. She worked within my budget and then stayed in communication with me via email after I picked it out. Their small business atmosphere and focus on the bride was exactly what I loved about this store as opposed to the "big box chain" bridal shops. Susan really makes you feel special and you can tell she loves what she does. It was a great experience!
Suzan worked with me from the beginning. I gave her my budget and my likes/dislikes. Never once did she try to sell me a dress outside my budget. My dress ended up being $50 over and she felt so bad that she gave me my veil for free! She always gave me and my mom her full attention. Wonderful woman. I would send everyone I could to her.
I loved my experience at A Joyful Occasion! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a wedding dress on a reasonable budget or anyone just looking for a pleasant, suburban wedding dress shopping experience. The two ladies who own and work in the shop were very helpful in suggesting different dresses for my body type that were within my budget. I ended up going with a dress that was recommended to me, even though it originally was not the style I was thinking for my wedding dress (I went with a La Sposa dress, just over $1500).
The whole experience (shopping for dresses, ordering the dress, getting the dress on time, and taking it to their recommended seamstress) was flawless!
You need to check them out!! Sue and her daughter are great!!!
I had gone through a slew of bridal salons and even though I didn't end up buying my dress here (simply because the one dress I fell in love with they didn't carry) this by far was the best shopping experience I had. For a smaller salon they have a fantastic selection and I was helped by Susan who is extremely knowledgeable patient and very pleasant to work with. A huge difference from all the other salons I had been to.
Also wanted to note that their prices are very reasonable and within my modest price range they probably had more options than some of the large chain salons.
OMG this place is AMAZING!
I went to many other jobs, and left disappointed before going to AJO. I actually came across this amazing little shop through a YELP review, and all of the great reviews were DEAD ON!
This quaint little shop is run by a mother and her daughter, and they know each dress that comes in and out of there. Unlike many other place, when you give them your budget, they respect, and don't make you feel uncomfortable or judge you for not spending 10K on a dress.
Susan, the owner, was so sweet, and when the dress I fell in love with was slightly more than I had wanted to spend, she threw in the veil for free! She knew exactly what I wanted when I described what I was looking for, and I tried on so many beautiful dresses before I found my actual wedding dress!
Please check out AJO! It is 100% worth it, and I WILL be recommending this wonderful little shop to all of my friends and family!
I went into this little shop on a whim and I am so glad I did. Susan and Kelly (mother daughter team) were more than happy to work with me and my bridal party even though it was quick order. I ended up getting a floor sample and the seamstress made me a beautiful bolero to go with the dress. I used them for my bridesmaid dresses as well Davinci Bridal in Claret. The color was perfect! I am so happy with my choice and would not dare go to any wholesale shop ever after seeing those dresses.
Susan was wonderful to work with--we ordered my gown and the bridesmaid's gowns from A Joyful Occasion. From the very beginning she was careful to ensure we understood the deadlines to get orders in, to get alterations done, etc. Alterations were very well done. Overall my bridesmaids and I were very happy with the experience.
After shopping around at 7 different boutiques, I finally tried my luck at A Joyful Occasion. I described my vision to the store owner and she instantly brought me the dress of my dreams! She was friendly and helpful. The price was very competitive and the tailoring was exceptional.
I loved this store! They were wonderful. I was very overwhelmed by the dress choosing experience and the sales people were amazing. They were very patient while I tried on several dresses.
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At A Joyful Occasion in Naperville you will be treated like royalty! Destination diva, trendsetter, or princess bride, your experience at our elegant boutique will be magical and memorable. Couture designers by order and off the rack are always unique and affordable.
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2014
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013