Kathryn's Bridal, Dress Shop & Invitations

McHenry, IL

About this Vendor

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.


Wedding Categories

Bridesmaid Dresses, Flower Girl Dresses, Mother of the Bride Dresses, Wedding Dresses, Dresses, Alterations, Fashion


Contact Info

3807 W Elm St Rte 120, McHenry, IL

Reviewed on 10/05/2015 Michelle P

I was pleasantly surprised upon my visit to Kathryn's! This was my second wedding dress shopping appointment so I did not go in thinking I was going to buy. I was immediately impressed by the ambience and the fact that my consultant Anna took so much time to get to know me and... Read More my style. She did not start pulling dresses until she clarified everything. I liked how the selection was pared down to select brands and dresses were sorted by price and style. It was also nice that I was able to look through the racks as well since there weren't too many and the shop was easily navigated. I was initially wary when I was told to only try on five dresses as I thought that would be way too little but as Anna proved throughout the whole appointment, Kathryn's really knows what they're doing. Every part of the process had some sort of mastered technique applied. I enjoyed my appointment so much and ended up buying the first dress I tried on! I was shocked I let myself make that decision but I definitely knew that was the one! I also appreciated the attention given to helping me pick out my accessories to match my dress. I can't wait to go in for my fitting and bring the other women in my family in for their dresses, too! Thank you so much Anna and everyone else at Kathryn's!!

2015-10-06T11:53:44 Response from the vendor

Dear Michelle, Congratulations on finding your dress! We are honored by your kind words and we appreciate the time you took to share your wonderful experience. We look forward to being of further assistance to you and all the other women in your family. Warmest... Read Less Read More

Come for the Variety, stay for the alterations

Reviewed on 9/30/2015 Bess E

Excellent variety, without the stuffiness of the city (and prices). I LOVED my dress, but what really made it was the amazing alterations by Laura. She is an absolute miracle worker, and a person that I could not have gotten through the wedding planning without her and her... Read More graciousness. I would suggest Kathryn's to all brides in the area!

2015-10-01T16:43:58 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, We are thrilled you were delighted with the work completed by our seamstress Laura! Thank you for taking the time to let other brides know how happy you were with your experience. We truly appreciate your review and wish you all... Read Less Read More

Best Dress Experience

Reviewed on 9/30/2015 Kelly Z

I am getting married in March and got engaged in late August. I had been to several bridal salons that told me because of my shorter engagement I was in the "danger zone" for buying a dress. Needless to say, I didn't need more stress, I needed help finding a dress! Lana... Read More from Kathryn's bridal was it. She was honest with me, telling me that time was tight, but that we'd find the perfect dress. I arrived in the evening, and was helped right away. Lana assisted in picking dresses in my price range and style, trying them on, telling me some of her tips and advice and eventually hugged me when I found the best one. I think I chose that dress partially because I loved it and partially because I had such a good experience at Kathryn's! Everyone should go there.

2015-09-30T15:14:14 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, Thank you for sharing your amazing experience! We are so happy you found your dress and hope you will think of us for bridesmaids, invitations, mothers and tuxedos. Best wishes, Kathryn

Loved my experience at Kathryn's

Reviewed on 11/06/2015 Emily D

I have been to Kathryn's previously as a bridesmaid and out of convenience, I began my wedding dress shopping here. Going into the appointment I was back and forth between 2 different styles and I told the associate helping me that I wanted to try on a bunch of both styles, and... Read More she was absolutely wonderful! I tried on about 15 different dresses and the last dress I tried on was the one. I wish I could remember the name of the woman who assisted me, she was the absolute best and made sure that every dress I tried on was within my budget and what I was looking for. I am definitely going back for my bridesmaid dresses!!


Reviewed on 10/28/2015

We first encountered Kathryn's for wedding dress shopping and had fantastic, experienced service. They offer discounts for wedding party orders. So mom of bride, me, and mom of groom decided to check out dresses for our special day. Total professionalism. I would highly... Read More recommend Kathryn's for any of your formal needs. Including prom, etc..


Reviewed on 10/28/2015

My son's upcoming wedding is in December. I am, so to speak, late in shopping for a specific type of gown. The sales consultant, Cathy Walters, was so accommodating, friendly and asked all the pertinent questions to ascertain exactly what I was looking for. All the gowns she... Read More selected were beautifully designed. Very hard to choose from such a wide collection. A decision was made, and the first alteration has already taken place. Kathy's salesmanship and professionalism is beyond excellent. I would recommend Kathryn's to anyone who is in need of a gown or evening dress. has already taken place. Being in sales and marketing my entire career, I must commend

Thank you, Kathryn's!

Reviewed on 10/26/2015 Amie L

Kathryn's has a great selection of beautiful gowns at very affordable prices. Everything went smoothly. I found my gown during my first appointment and it was on sale! Everything was very orderly, clean, and of great value. I was able to get my gown and accessories at the same... Read More time and it was very stress free. My only con comment is my consultant did not grab very many gowns for me as a guideline. As a first time shopper, her advice and guidance would have been greatly valued. Overall, completely satisfied and recommend Kathryn's to other brides!

2015-10-27T11:47:14 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, Thank you for your lovely review. We are pleased you found your gown and veil. We are also happy your experience was successful and stress free. Warmest wishes, Kathryn

Reviewed on 10/07/2015 Kailey P

Kathryn's is phenomenal! My mom and I stopped in to look at dresses and they wound up squeezing us in for an appointment. The staff was so attentive and helpful. I wound up purchasing the first dress I tried on!!! I probably tried about 7 all together but kept coming back to the... Read More first dress. I'm not a exactly a sample size (I'm a 14) and it was difficult to picture the entire look without a dress that "fit" but the woman helping me made me feel so comfortable and helped me picture what I would look like when everything fit. In addition to making me feel comfortable I was torn between two dresses in two different price points. The woman helping me was honest with me and told me what she thought was most flattering. She didn't just push me to purchase the more expensive dress as I anticipated. The seamstress I've worked with is absolutely AMAZING. Just wonderful. She is so helpful and accommodating she can make anything happen. Truly a pleasure to work with. I've had a wonderful experience at Kathryn's. They offered a discount for tux and bridesmaid dresses as well with the purchase of my dress so we ordered all our tuxes and bridesmaid dresses their as well. My bridal party loves their dresses! Not to mention they have a wide range of tux options unless other vendors we looked at for tuxes. Can't say enough good things about Kathryn's. Highly, highly recommend!!

2015-10-11T14:56:34 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, We were thrilled to read your wonderful review! Thank you for sharing your experience and letting others know how we delivered on our promise of exceptional service. Best wishes always, Kathryn

Unforeseen Wedding Bliss

Reviewed on 9/09/2015

I went to Kathryn's Bridal in search for my wedding dress. It was nice to see the amount of dresses available in various styles so you feel you have a good chance in finding "the one." Lanna was my consultant and she was wonderful. She was very patient with me and honest when I... Read More needed an opinion while trying on since I am very indecisive. She was a great help and made sure to find dresses in the styles that I liked. My only disappointment was the end price I ended up paying for my dress. I wish we stayed more in my price range. However, I have no regrets because I still get the butterflies thinking about it and for the amount of beading and detailing on my dress I'm surprised it was not more. Overall I had a great experience and would recommend Kathryn's to any bride searching for her wedding gown. If you make an appointment ask for Lanna! You wont be disappointing.

2015-09-17T17:20:10 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, We appreciate your lovely review and are so happy you enjoyed your experience! It is so exciting to find your wedding dress and say "Yes!" We are honored to be a part of your special day. Best wishes, Kathryn

5 star!

Reviewed on 9/02/2015 Lisa M

The staff at Kathryn's were great! Very helpful, did not make you feel any pressure, took the time to make your experience perfect. Kathryn's also has a huge selection on dresses , veils etc! I purchased both from there and actually purchased the first dress I tried on! Dress... Read More costs range from less expensive to higher end pricing so its perfect for everyone! I definitely recommend making an appointment today! You will not be disappointed!

2015-09-03T15:22:05 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, We so appreciate your review! We are happy you found your experience worthy of 5 Stars and we look forward to the opportunity to help with invitations, bridesmaids, & tuxedos. Warmest wishes, Kathryn

1 stop shop

Reviewed on 9/01/2015 Allison F

I went to Kathryn's just to browse the dresses since it was my first time shopping for a dress. We unexpectedly found the perfect dress there. They stock dresses of a higher quality that you cannot match at chain wedding dress retailers. It is worth it to pay a little bit more... Read More for a dress that everyone else is not wearing. They were all so kind and have many options for stationery and bridesmaid gowns.

2015-09-03T15:24:35 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, Thank you for taking the time to let others know you were pleased with your visit. Congratulations on finding your dress! Best wishes, Kathryn

Reviewed on 8/09/2015 Alyssa D

I love the ladies at Kathryn's bridal! The selection of dresses was amazing and the woman who helped me with my appointment was so helpful! She picked out perfect dresses for me to try and made me feel beautiful in every single one! I recommend them to all my friends who have... Read More weddings coming up

2015-08-09T16:36:27 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, We so appreciate your lovely review! Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience with others. Wishing you much joy, Kathryn

Reviewed on 6/08/2015 Jen B

I had no idea what I was doing whatsoever when I went dress shopping for our wedding, we had been to a few other places first, and our last stop was Kathryn's. We worked with Lana and she was AMAZING! She knew what would work for my body type and what wouldn't, and when I asked... Read More her to be honest as far as what looked good and what didn't, she was, and I loved her for it. You could tell that she cared just as much about finding my dress for our wedding as I did, and she was in tears along with the rest of us when we found THE ONE. We were absolutely thrilled with our experience there, so much that we went back to her for the bridesmaid dresses, the flower girl dresses, rehearsal dresses, mother's dresses, and the men's suits as well. The ladies at Kathryn's take care of you like you are family and go above and beyond to make sure that everything is just right for you and your wedding. I wouldn't go anywhere else and have referred all of the fellow brides I know to go see them as well!

2015-06-08T15:25:42 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled you were so pleased with our service and we wish you all the best! Warmly, Kathryn

Fabulous Customer Service & Experience!

Reviewed on 5/11/2015 Allee P

I really felt like I was on "Say Yes to the Dress" when I had my bridal appointment at Kathryn's. Annie, my consultant, was the sweetest and really worked to make my experience great. I had another bridal appointment at another salon later that same day and it was absolutely... Read More horrible! Complete night and day difference. I highly recommend going here if you are looking for beautiful dresses that are not outrageously priced and would like to be treated like a queen while shopping.

2015-10-27T12:08:11 Response from the vendor

Dear Allee, Thank you for your lovely comments! We appreciate that you took the time to let others know how pleased you were with our service. Best wishes, Kathryn

Found my Dress!

Reviewed on 5/05/2015 Katie O

I had a wonderful time with Kathryn's finding my dress. I will say that their selection is really small, so don't go here expecting a warehouse of dresses. But it was the NICEST boutique out of the one's I tried in Northern Illinois.

2015-05-07T10:34:01 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, We appreciate the time you took to share your positive experience at our shop. We pride ourselves in offering the best service in a magical environment. Congratulations on finding your Wedding Dress too! We hope you will consider returning soon so... Read Less Read More

Wonderful place to find a dress!

Reviewed on 2/07/2015 Morgan J

I went to Kathryn's Bridal on December 30th to look for a wedding gown. It was so easy and quick to make an appointment. I worked with Lana and she was wonderful! I told her my price range and what I was looking for and she found so many dresses for me to try on. She was never... Read More pushy, and helped to make it such a wonderful experience. She also has a talent for picking out belts and veils. The store itself and all of the other employees were great as well! I can't wait to go back there for my fittings!

2015-05-07T10:38:56 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, Congratulations on finding your wedding gown! We are so pleased you had such a memorable experience. Thank you for taking the time to review us and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Best wishes, Kathryn

Awful Service

Reviewed on 1/02/2015 Rachel K

Went in today to find bridesmaid dresses and the staff was RUDE RUDE RUDE!!! Awful service, unhelpful, and rude!! We will be getting the bridesmaid dresses somewhere else!

2015-01-04T14:49:32 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be: We are so saddened by your review! However, the specific day you stopped by our shop was very busy and we were unable to accommodate walk-in customers like you. We hope you understand that appointments are required to ensure we have... Read Less Read More

Kathryn's Rocks!

Reviewed on 12/15/2014 Maggie H

Kathryn's was my second stop for a dress shopping day with my "entourage." My first stop wasn't horrible but gave me the feeling that I wasn't going to find my dress. We walked in and I stopped by the check-in area and filled out the needed paper work. We were about 20-30 mins... Read More early and they took us early, which was great! My consultant was Lana and she was absolutely amazing! and that's an understatement! She got us all settled in and I described to her what I was looking for and off she went! I love that the dresses are all out for everyone to see. My group was a little bit rowdy and Lana did great with them. She understood our humor, joked around, but kept us on the right path so we didn't derail too far. She recommended one dress that was over budget but was on sale since it was a sample gown, I decided to pass. I tried on a few dresses and she was very honest with how something looked on me, which I value. I like the opinions of my friends and family but someone who works in the business is really going to know. After trying on a few great picks by myself and Lana and some not so great picks from friends and family she brought in the original dress she told me about. She let me know that with the discount it would be under budget so I gave it ago. It was PERFECT! I got in front of the mirror and just started to tear up. She brought over a veil and I knew it was the one. It was so beyond perfect, everything I said I wanted, and under budget! Lana hit the nail right on the head! And the fact it was the first dress she even recommended is amazing! I cannot say enough good things about Kathryn's and Lana! Thank you so much for everything, for dealing with my group, and for showing me it can be fun. The girls and I can't wait to book the bridesmaid appointment!

2015-05-05T15:11:51 Response from the vendor

Dear Bride to Be, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and found your dress! Best wishes always, Kathryn

Friendly, Lots of Options, Wonderful Seamstress

Reviewed on 11/13/2014 Erica W

My whole bridal shopping experience at Kathryn's was great. I had an hour appointment and was given full attention the entire time. I had an idea of what designer and style I wanted already, which made it easier, but the staff was great nonetheless. I ended up buying the... Read More dress from Kathryn's and everything went great, the dress was delivered around the time they said it would be and setting up alteration appointments was easy. I LOVED my seamstress, Laura. She really helped me make the dress even more beautiful than it was already; she suggested to bustle a certain way and even fixed a bead that was missing on the sash that I had bought separately. I highly recommend this bridal shop, it's the best one that I found in the western burbs and Laura alone makes the drive well worth it.

Superb Experience

Reviewed on 10/28/2014 Kristina S

When searching for my bridal gown, Kathryn’s was my second dress shop. At Kathryn’s, they let you go out looking at the different styles, ensure you stay within budget (I actually came in under budget), really take the time and work with you and they truly listen to your... Read More feedback. Anna was assigned in helping me find the perfect dress. Anna was extremely knowledgeable, attentive, patient, and really easy to work with. She would ask what I liked and didn’t like with each dress and she would pull different options based on my feedback. Anna ensured her focus remained on me and what I was looking for. Anna suggested a dress based on all my feedback and it was the PERFECT dress. It had the right amount of detail, design, and sparkle. I truly didn’t want to take it off and knew from the moment I put it on it was THE dress. I can’t wait to see my fiancé’s face the moment the church doors open and he sees me in it. It was surprisingly light and quite comfortable; I don’t have any worries about wearing it all day and night! Anna had really great ideas when it came to accessorizing my dress, but wasn’t pushy at all. Not only did I get my dress here, I purchased a belt to be sewn into my dress, my veil, and a tiara. I was quite pleased with Kathryn’s overall. Kathryn’s has a great layout that ensures you have enough room to view each dress on the rack. They had at least two designated large dressing rooms and viewing areas that accommodated my family that accompanied me, for wedding gowns solely. I was advised that the bridesmaids and mother of the bride areas were located on a different floor. They have a large collection of gowns to choose from and carry most designers. I went to two other bridal shops and have to say the customer service was the greatest here. Everyone I have spoken with at Kathryn’s was extremely nice and friendly, but I can’t thank Anna enough as she made the whole experience really enjoyable!

2014-10-30T16:47:19 Response from the vendor

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 and accessories here at Kathryn's Bridal.We look forward to working with your bridal party as well mother of wedding and... Read Less Read More

A Family Affair

Reviewed on 10/20/2014 Theresa T

Kathryn's has the most amazing selection of gowns, I thought it would be impossible to choose just one. I was amazed when I found "the dress" - I just knew it would be the one I'd wear down the aisle. I will never forget trying on so many gorgeous gowns that day but absolutely... Read More falling in love with the one my sister chose for me. I wore the dress this June and, just as I had imagined, it was perfect. Kathryn helped me choose the perfect veil and accessories and my seamstress was wonderful. Kathryn also helped me find a complimenting bridesmaids dress and my attendants looked stunning. I wanted a timeless and elegant look and she helped me find all the perfect pieces. My parents and grandparents shopped at Kathryn's for my wedding and they were dressed to the nines! My dad and grandpa rented tuxedos and my mom and grandma got gorgeous new dresses. I can't recommend Kathryn's Bridal enough!!!

Kathryn's is simply the best!

Reviewed on 10/14/2014 Melissa K

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... Read More 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.

Great time and I found my dress!!!

Reviewed on 9/11/2014 Maura B

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... Read More 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.

2014-09-23T15:35:37 Response from the vendor

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... Read Less Read More

Just Good

Reviewed on 9/03/2014 Heather L

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... Read More 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?

2014-09-04T15:06:10 Response from the vendor

Dear Heather: 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 does... Read Less Read More

Loved my dress!

Reviewed on 8/26/2014 Elizabeth D

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.

2014-08-28T10:44:25 Response from the vendor

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! Kathryn