News & Updates

Want to catch up on the news and updates from Down the Aisle Bridal Shop? There’s always something exciting happening here, and below you’ll find the latest.

 
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We're Open!

February 25th, 2022

We are finally OPEN!
It is such an exciting time to be open as this is bridal season and we are loving the brides that we are meeting and getting to help. Our official opening date was February 5th, 2022. The shop has come a very long way since I bought the building, to the transformation of where we are now! 
The first several brides we have had have been incredible! Leesa and Kelsi have been doing great in their roles assisting at the shop. Kelsi, a Rockstar bridal stylist, gets our girls in their dresses, zipped in, clipped in, whatever it takes! Leesa has been fantastic attending to our guests while the bride is switching in and out of dresses. As for me, well, I have been doing a little bit of everything, playing bridal stylist, manager of the shop, hostess with the mostess, whatever it takes to ensure that my guests are well taken care of! 
Many of our wedding gowns are in for the Spring 2022 season. We have a little bit of everything, from A-lines with sparkly tulle to Fit and Flares with the most exquisite trains. Whatever your style is, we take extra care to ensure the detail work is there, so you look beautiful on your big day. If you are looking for something that is a little extra special, then Down the Aisle Bridal Shop is the place to find your gown for your wedding. 

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New Year!

January 16, 2022

            It’s a New Year and we are all excited that a new Bridal Shop is coming to the Peoria area. We are in full swing participating in bridal shows. This year we are doing five bridal shows in Central Illinois. Next year I would like to pick up 4 more! They are just so much fun. After our first show, we decided to shake it up a little bit and add a live model! Kelsi has been having fun modeling off one of our Glam Plus dresses. Our last two shows are the Elegant Bridal Expo in Bloomington, IL and The Starved Rock County Bridal Show at The Barn at Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, IL.

            We are still working on the shop! Tying up a few final details in the front room and the fitting rooms. The plan is to be open the first week of February with appointments available starting Saturday February 5th. So, if you have been thinking about booking an appointment, please be our guest and use our online booking portal!
            Speaking of our appointments, we offer three different experiences. Our most popular appointment that is being booked is the Classic Bridal Experience. The Classic Bridal experience is perfect for your first appointment or if you are just wanting to browse and determine your style. The Sunday Bridal Experience is a brunch themed appointment that is perfect for the unveiling of the dress you chose at your first appointment. Both The Sunday Bridal Experience and the Ultimate Bridal Experience require deposits, and you also get $200 credited towards the purchase of your dress. Both two appointments are ideal for the girl that wants to amplify their bridal dress shopping experience, making it different and extra memorable!

           

Wishing you all a Happy 2022 and I look forward to seeing you as we open!


Love,

Rachel

Bridal Bouquet

Thankful for a November Update

November 16, 2021

Well it has been a bit since I last updated everyone on the happenings! 

To begin with, on October 27th I closed on my property for my shop. Our grand opening location is at 211 N. Second St. Dunlap, IL 61525. We are still on target for an opening in January of 2022. 
Since closing, my husband, Ian, and I have worked tirelessly at demolition projects in order to put a fresh face on the shop. That included interior and exterior- where we tore out a forest of brush out front of the building.
Meanwhile, on the inside I had a wallpaper dilemma. I spent several days pulling old wallpaper off the ceiling and walls. What a job!

Other exciting things to know about: Well, inventory is rolling in. I am so excited to start posting pictures as soon as the dresses have a proper home to live in. A large assortment of accessories- veils, hair pieces, jewelry, etc have also begun to arrive. Let me tell you I was blown away when the mirrors arrived! They are huge and gorgeous and I can not wait for you to see yourself in your dress in these mirrors! 

Lastly, I just want to give some thanks. I have a host of family and friends who are helping me in their unique ways. I have accumulated my tribe of wonderful people over the years who are in the trenches with me through this project. For all of them, I am grateful.

To my future customer, I am so thankful that you have chose Down the Aisle Bridal Shop to help you find your dream gown. It is my honor and pleasure to have your business and put you in the dress you will walk down the aisle in.

With love and gratitude,

Rachel


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Update

September 26, 2021

The last month has been incredibly exciting. I have an accepted offer on the building that I am purchasing for the shop! So I can share with you the date that I will announce my location- October 27th, so stay tuned! In the last month, I went to the National Bridal Market in Chicago with my dear friend Kelsi and we learned a lot, plus we had a great time! Then in September, Kelsi and my SIL's sister, Ashley, took on the Peoria Bridal Expo as a new business! Again, we had a fabulous time and that was largely due to the incredible women we met! My biggest takeaway was that I HEARD what you want out of a bridal shop and I aim to deliver!

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Coming Soon- Down The Aisle Bridal Shop!

August 22, 2021

We are currently in the process of getting started! We have been talking to a lot of lovely designers across the world and will select only the best for you. Lately we have also been working on getting our location finalized, which is a process in itself, and are excited to announce the Grand Opening location in the near future!