54 total reviews
From the first time I walked into Kathryn's in McHenry, I knew that I was going to have a special experience. On my first visit, my consultant Laura and Kathryn, the owner, spent more than 2 hours with me to make sure that I would be 100% happy with the dress that I chose! While Laura pulled dresses for me, I was able to walk around the shop to look at the dresses. Ultimately, I told her what type of dress I was hoping to find, and it was the first dress that she pulled. I was nervous about sizes because I am a size 18, but they had plenty for me to try on! Even though I knew I found my dress early in the appointment, the ladies were patient with me as I tried others on to help confirm my decision. I love all of the personalized attention that I received, and I loved that there was only 1 other bride in the shop at the same time as me. The shop was clean and the fitting rooms were spacious and private. Everything was great! My dress was the easiest decision to make in the whole wedding experience!
I purchased my dress more than a year before the wedding, and it came in rather quickly! About 2 weeks sooner than anticipated. They stored my dress at the shop for me without charging a storage fee, and without any problems. When I went for a fitting two months before the wedding, I found that I had gained some weight and my dress did not fit. Kathryn and Deb, the seamstress, did not make me feel bad about my weight gain at all! They encouraged me through multiple fittings, and I'm pretty sure they worked some magic so that it fit beautifully for my wedding! Deb even added some extra touches using extra material from the dress so that the bustle looked beautiful. I cannot thank Deb enough for making my difficult-to-alter dress fit perfectly! There were so many beads and so much delicate lace on my dress, but she did a fantastic job with the alterations. She is such a professional!
In addition to my dress, I also purchased my veil and earrings from Kathryn's. They had a great selection to choose from at great prices, and I received a discount on top of that because I purchased my dress from the shop! Everything was of such high quality. There were no disappointments from this bride!
When I walked into the church on my wedding day, I could hear people gasp at my ensemble. I felt so special and beautiful on my big day! Kathryn's made sure that I had everything I needed to look and feel amazing on my wedding day. They were the only vendor that gave me exactly what they promised, with genuine smiles along the way! Thank you Kathryn's for an amazing experience!
Thank you so much for taking the time to let others know you were pleased with our service at Kathryn's Bridal! We are honored to have been a part of your experience and we are thrilled you felt truly beautiful on your wedding day! Please feel free t...
We visited Kathryn's to choose my daughter's bridal gown. She tried on several dresses and the one she chose turned out to be a sample that was priced to sell. We were thrilled.
Kathryn's is a darling bridal store and you can have a very nice bridal experience there. They offer a large assortment of bridal gowns, jewelry and hair accessories. We purchaed her earrings and hair clip that day as well.
I was VERY impressed with the reasonable pricing of the alterations. The lady who did the alterations really knew her stuff and was obviously very skilled.
All in all very pleased with our experience.... the dress choices, the service and reasonable alterations
I bought my dress back in October 2011 for my Aruba Destination wedding on August 13th 2012. My dress came in early and was exactly the way I dreamed it would be. When it came to alterations, they were done ahead of time, incredibly affordable and the job exceeded my expectations. The even cleaned and pressed my dress before the big day. I would highly recommend them, everyone who works there is friendly and eager to help you find the perfect dress. I will be bringing my dress back for a final cleaning before putting it in storage. Thank you Kathryn's for making my special day a dream come true!
My experience at Kathryn's Bridal was so wonderful! I chose to plan most everything with Kathryn's-- my dress, bridesmaids dresses, tuxedos, alterations, invitations and wedding accessories. I remember the night I said 'yes to my dress' I really thought I would wear a tulle ballgown- nothing says bride like tulle! But Kathryn pulled a lace mermaid for me to try and I had made up my mind. I felt so special to have Kathryn help me find the right wedding dress.
I wanted to be sure my bridesmaids all felt comfortable on the day of the wedding. It was so nice to have the upstairs space to ourselves to make our decision without pressure. There were more than enough options for each of my bridesmaids to choose from. Plus the price point couldn't be beat. We were on a tight time frame. I was worried we would have to pay rush fees to get the dresses in on time. But I was assured there was plenty of time, even for alterations! When the dresses arrived, they were flawless.
For the tuxedos we selected the Slate Blue tux right off the mannequin. This was totally different from what I went in wanting and anything I had been seeing, it was new and I was excited to do something different. The consultant helping me definitely caught my vision and was very helpful. All the men looked so sharp!
I am not a do it yourself kinda girl. Therefore, I wasn't going to make my own invitations. Anna walked us through from beginning to end and it was so easy. And also within budget!
Every time I was at Kathryn's, the consultants were so genuine and helpful! They truly did everything they could to ensure my day would be perfect. I loved being there and having my wedding experience with them. I will insist anyone getting married needs to go to Kathryn's.
I had a great experience at Kathryn's Bridal! My consultant Kelly was extremely helpful during my appointment and a pleasure to work with. I came in to the appointment without a clear picture of what I wanted but Kelly asked me some questions and helped me find "the dress". I didn't feel rushed during the appointment, was able to try on lots of dresses, many different styles/designers and price ranges. I didn't wake up the next morning with any regrets and cannot wait to see my dress when it comes in. The communication after my appointment to answer any of my follow up questions have been responded to promptly and have been professional. I'm also so happy to have been able to find my dress at a non-chain store and to be able to support one of my town's businesses.
Thank you for your lovely review! Finding your dream dress is such a special event and we are honored to have been a part of it. We also thank you for seeing the value of shopping local and supporting a family owned business. All the best to you!
Kathryn's was a good place for me to find my dress, but not great.
Pros : Lots of variety to choose from, reasonable prices, and a pretty place for family and friends to sit and relax and watch you try on dresses
Cons : It took 8 months to get my dress, which was never really explained to me. The women that worked there were nice enough, but some had a bit of an attitude that left a bad taste in my mouth. Also, I was unable to take pictures of any dresses I tried on until I agreed to purchase one. I hate this practice, because I had a lot of friends from out of town that I wanted to get an opinion from.
Cons aside, I did get a beautiful dress at a very reasonable price. And that is what matters most, right?
Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are so glad you enjoyed finding your dream dress at a very reasonable price here at Kathryn's. Shopping for a wedding gown is very different from "ready made" fashion shopping; it truly doe...
Kathryn's bridal was a joy to work with. The staff was absolutely wonderful. I would highly recommend this shop. My dress was so beautiful and the staff made me feel special.
Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so happy you enjoyed working with our staff and were able to find your beautiful wedding gown here at Kathryn's Bridal.
We wish you much joy!
Absolutely loved working with everyone at Kathryn's! They were always there to help from the largest to the smallest details. Being able to get my dress, the bridesmaid dresses & invitations there was great- everything turned out amazing! I highly recommend Kathryn's to everyone.
We appreciate your wonderful review! It was our pleasure to be able to assist you with every detail of your special day.
Thank you for selecting Kathryn's for your gown, bridesmaids and invitations!
Lana is the most helpful consultant out there! She made my experience feel amazing!
Thank you so much for your Tried & True Review! We are happy you enjoyed working with your consultant Lana. It is important that we provide every bride with the best possible service and we are always seeking ways to improve. Therefore, please contac...
I loved every minute of my bridal appointment at Kathryn's!! The staff is warm and welcoming and it's a very comfortable atmosphere. I was able to browse the inventory and pick out the dresses I liked. My bridal consultant was helpful and laid back which made the appointment a great experience. They have a HUGE selection and they are very affordable for the quality of dresses they carry. I wish I could do it all over again!! I had a wonderful time. You need to go there for your wedding dress experience!
We are happy you loved your appointment and had a wonderful experience finding your dress! Thank you for taking the time to submit your 5 Star review!
We truly appreciate your support and wish you all the best!
I had a bad experience here. The woman that was suppose to help me try on dresses didnt do much but tell me that the dresses I picked arent a good choice for my size. Im not huge but Im not tiny. Unless someone wants to be criticized on their size and what dress you pick I highly suggest to go somewhere else.
Dear Bride to Be:
I am very sorry that your experience was so disappointing. Purchasing your wedding gown should be the most memorable shopping day of your life and our goal is to make every bride feel she is in the care of true professionals with a ...
I was very disappointed with my experience here. Upon arriving, they asked me to fill out a sheet that contained questions like my fiancé's name and our wedding date. I handed it back to my consultant. She glanced at my answers and then left to look for dresses. That whole part of it seemed very impersonal and awkward, I would have much rather had an actual conversation with her. My family/friends and I began to look through some dresses while she was gone and found a few I wanted to try (about 3 dresses). When she came back, we went into the fitting room and she left as I changed. Another lady helping my consultant came with a dress my family had picked out. I heard my consultant come up to her outside of the curtain of my dressing room. While she attempted to whisper, I could hear most of what she was saying. Something along the lines of "I can tell this is going to take a long time, we can't have them continue to be picking out dresses, I don't want this to take forever." EXTREMELY unprofessional. I felt like I was not wanted there and that I was wasting their time before I even began trying on any dresses. Definitely ruined the entire experience from the beginning.
I fell in love with the first dress I tried on, but since I had never even looked at any before this I was very hesitant to make a decision right away. She was very pushy and wanted me to say yes before I left the store. We made an appointment to come back and get measurements taken the next day so that I could think about it (even though I felt like I needed more time than just one day). She held up the store's calendar/schedule and said, "Just so you know, we are fitting you in" as she pointed to how busy they were. I was a little offended by this, as I felt like I didn't even need to be fit in tomorrow and that I was actually doing THEM a favor by deciding so quickly.
I ended up going to a different dress shop that day and ordering the same dress (for a much much cheaper price). I was very glad I didn't have to give them my business but could still get the dress I fell in love with!
The consultant's name was Sue. The other lady helping her was very friendly, although I didn't get her name.
We are so sorry to hear your experience was disappointing and that you felt pressured to purchase. We truly apologize that you did not feel like one of our special, valued brides.
Our consultant Sue was very saddened to read your review and hopes sh...
I bought my wedding dress and hair piece as well as my bridesmaids dresses at Kathryn's. The quality of everything was wonderful and the service was fantastic!
Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful thoughts with us! We are so happy you were pleased with your dress, hair piece and especially our service.
Wishing you all the best,
The Salon was GORGEOUS! The staff was so friendly and made everything so fun. It was a great experience and I found a wonderful dress.
Kathryn's was great, very helpful. However, I did see my dress at another store for less price
Found my dress at Kathryn's during an Allure Trunk show. I was pretty happy with the discount. Of course when you try it on it's way too big and you hope for the best when it comes in. I live over an hour away from the shop so when it came in I did my best to get there ASAP. Made an appt to try on and get alterations to dress and the seamstress was suppose to be there. Guess what?? I take a Tuesday off work, drive and hour to get there only to find out there was some sort of "schedule conflict" and the seamstress was not there . But the woman helping us says " you can come back on Thursday". Unfortunately for them I took my dress that day and got alterations done elsewhere.
I did get my dress from Kathryn's. The dress was great but I wasn't so pleased with the service. The consultant actually was able to find the dress I purchased based on my preferences and I do applaud that. I was not pleased when I had already told her I was not wearing a veil and she insisted on putting one in my hair anyway. And how she had informed me the dress would bustle was incorrect due to my height and dress style. Also, I was coherced into buying the dress a size larger than I needed due to my bust size/waist difference.
When I took my dress to a different tailor, I was informed that I could've ordered the other size, all I needed was the privacy panel to be moved over!
I felt they rushed me into choosing the dress instead of encouraging me to do what I felt comfortable with or even sleeping on the decision. I was still happy with my dress in the end but the experience could have been better.
We are very sorry that you were disappointed with your service here at Kathryn's. Your consultant Sue, was quite upset that you feel she pushed you into buying your dress when you were not ready. We are not on comission here at Kathry...
My dress was gorgeuos and I loved it! It was a little more than I was planning on spending, but it was definetly worth it! My service there was fine. Nothing spectacular, but they didn't do anything wrong to me. Some of my bridesmaids on the other hand, did not agree. They had bad service and rude people on the phone. Not sure if they just treated me better because I was the bride or what, but more than one of them experienced this.
Everyone at Kathryn's is great to work with. My dress was absolutely beautiful and I received many compliments.
I searched over 3 states and dozens of stores for a selection of dresses I could try on. As a Woman-sized bride it was often difficult for me to find things to try on & if I did... they were all the same. Kathryn's not only had a vast variety of dresses for me (a size 18-20 bride) but a variety of ALL sizes! I know several shops only have sizes 6 OR 16.
Beyond just the variety of dresses the staff is AMAZING! Melissa helped us but I have since visited the shop with other family members and everybody has been spectacular. There is something to be said for the experience of trying on dresses & a helpful & knowledgeable staff makes a WORLD of difference.
The shop is adorable, the staff is amazing, the selection is vast... what more could you want?
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Gown Collections Available
This salon carries the following collections featured on TheKnot.com. Please note that this salon may also carry others not listed here.
|Allure Bridals||Kenneth Winston|
|Allure Couture||Maggie Sottero|
|Anjolique Bridal||Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner|
|Blue by Enzoani||Sottero and Midgley|
|Bonny Bridal||Unforgettable by Bonny Bridal|
Kathryn's Bridal, Dress Shop & Invitation Studio
Kathryn's Bridal & Dress Shop is the area's premier bridal, special occasion & invitation destination. Our outstanding collection, personal service & attention to detail is what every woman expects & deserves. Our beautiful location will enhance your experience, & we look forward to assisting you.
- Type: Alterations, Bridesmaids, Flower Girls, Mothers Fashions, Other Attire & Accessories, Shoes, Wedding Gowns
awards and affiliations
- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2011