Meet Our Milliner!

Loving fiance: check. Wedding gown: check. Fabulous wedding shoes: check. Just two more necessities to complete your wedding day look:a gorgeous headpiece and veil! From floral to jeweled, to lace and tulle, let our in house milliner, Debra Shirley create a custom look for you!

Debra has been with us for 20 years and her designs just keep getting more gorgeous! We met with her to get some input and advice on how to make your bridal look unique, take a look at what she said!

“After greeting a bride, I first notice the shape of the wedding gown itself. Then I pay close attention to the particular details of the dress.  My first goal is to compliment the overall look of the bride while wearing her dress. I consider specific design lines and details especially on the back of the gown when determining which veil length will be most flattering. 

In many cases, the best option is a sheer, understated floor length veil that will give a continuous flow to the 

ensemble.  This way, there is no cut off point, nothing to pull the eye away from the features of the dress or from the brides figure.  Beyond the length and shape of the veil, the possibility of adding custom details such as matching lace or beading is discussed. I am quite fond of a hint of matching detail to truly gel a bridal look together. If not on the veil, then in a decorative hairpiece that remains on after the veil has been removed for the reception. I believe that wearing a headpiece that compliments the wedding gown is the perfect way for the bride to feel polished and put together throughout the evening.”

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If you are one of the lucky brides to get your dress at Ultimate Bride, Debra can make your headpiece and veil dreams come true!


Lee Petra Grebenau (Chicago Premier) June 21 – June 23 Trunk Show

Ultimate Bride is excited to host Designer Lee Petra Grebenau’s Chicago Premier trunk show!!

Lee Petra Grebenau

Established in 2011, Lee Petra Grebenau Couture Design House is one of Israel’s most prestigious fashion brands, defined by it’s luxurious bridal and evening stores worldwide. Lee Grebenau, discovered her innate passion for fashion and art at a young age as her family owned and international textile business. Lee graduated with honors from “Shenkar”, one of the top fashion design colleges in the world, and at the same time she established her couture house which attracted exclusive clientele by word of mouth.

Ultimate Bride

Nestled on Chicago’s prestigious Oak Street, Ultimate Bride continues its reign as one of the country’s finest bridal salons. The bride will be surrounded by a beautiful selection of designer gowns with a full realm of services, enhanced by elegance, ambiance and courteous consultation. From conservative to trendy, traditional to contemporary, Ultimate Brides are sure to find the perfect dress for their wedding day.

Since 1982 Ultimate Bride has been providing brides with a premier location, excellent service and extraordinary gowns from the most elite designers. As the Ultimate Midwest bridal couture, we pride ourselves in our ability to care for our bride, knowledge of the best designers in the industry, our full-services skilled stylists, alteration team and in-house milliner. This family owned timeless bridal salon will dedicate its team to finding classic brides with a fashion forward edge.

Make your appointment today at or call us at 312.337.6300.

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