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History

Over the past thirty-five years, Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo has catered to the bridal needs of customers in the Champaign-Urbana area and beyond. Currently in our fourth location, the shop has grown into a full-service salon offering brides superior service, style, and selection.

Through the years, Michelle’s has evolved by offering more than just bridal gowns. You can shop for all of your bridal needs at our one-stop-shop. We have a highly specialized stylist team in each department of our store who can accommodate every member of your wedding party on an individual basis. Everyone at Michelle’s works together to create a relaxed, enjoyable experience for your friends and family alike.

Morgan, Michelle’s daughter, has assumed the role of Bridal Team Leader. Michelle and Morgan have worked together to expand the store while maintaining the personal, unique bridal experience that Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo has prided itself on over the past few decades.

Area and traveling brides are able to hand-pick from our variety of bridal gowns, bridesmaids’ dresses, mother gowns, tuxedos, and flower-girl dresses. M2, The Place for Prom and Pageant is also available for non-traditional weddings, reception or rehearsal dresses, and special occasions.

At Michelle’s Bridal and Tuxedo, we look forward to working with you from your very first appointment, to your walk down the aisle.

About The Owner

Michelle Schweighart opened the doors to Michelle’s Bridal in 1983. Since, Michelle has been able to provide both brides and grooms with the best service and selection in the area. The expansive bridal shop provides urban variety with a small-town feel. Michelle’s years of experience and expertise have assisted her success today.

Twenty-seven years later, Michelle welcomed her daughter Morgan into the family business. Prior to Morgan working alongside her mother, she worked in the multiple specialty areas that the store has to offer in order to gain experience for her future in the bridal industry. Both Michelle and Morgan share a passion for creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience for each bride’s happily-ever-after. They have succeeded in establishing a family-based salon that will continue to fulfill wedding dreams for many years to come.

Meet the Team

Michelle Schweighart

Owner

Morgan Stone

Manager

Tonya Bradd
Tonya Bradd

 Backroom Manager

Tracy Grimm

Business Administrator

Michelle D
Michelle Dickinson

Marketing Director

Judy Hawkey

Director of First Impressions

Stephanie Rank

Shipping & Receiving Specialist

Kayla Dallas

Tuxedo Manager & Bridal Stylist

Cassidy Juodis

Bridal Stylist

Alex Ivakovic

Bridal Stylist

Abbie Janisch

Bridal Stylist

Melinda Engle

Bridal Stylist

Savannah Klein
Savannah Klein

Bridal Stylist

Mathew Ramaly
Matthew Ramaly

Tuxedo Stylist

Jeanne Stierwalt

M2 Manager

Debby Reynolds

M2 Manager

Lylia Janusik

M2 Sales Leader

FAQs

Order as far ahead of your wedding as you can! Ideally, you should begin your shopping 9-12 months before the wedding date. It takes an average of 6-7 months for the gowns to come in, depending on the manufacturer and you also want to allow enough time for custom fitting.

Michelle’s carries gowns with a wide range of prices. For special ordering our gowns, prices typically range from $800-$4,000. If your budget is less than this, we also offer Cinderella’s Closet which features off the rack dresses at deeply discounted prices beginning at $199.

Michelle’s can order any gown from the manufacturers and divisions we represent, even if we do not have the sample in the store.

We do not typically give out prices of our dresses over the phone. The reason behind this is Michelle’s likes our brides to experience all of our services and additional incentives we may include in the price of the gowns.

One recommendation is to wear proper undergarments. If you have a strapless bra, you can bring it with you, but we do have bras here for you to use as well. Also, we DO allow you to take pictures, so feel free to bring a camera with you!

We recommend not bringing more than 3-4 guests to your bridal appointment. Space is limited and it is also important that there are not too many opinions being offered to the bride. Too many opinions can get stressful and not allow the bride to truly pick her favorite gown without being influenced by everyone else at the appointment.

If you really want to bring a large group to your appointment we definitely recommend booking a Champagne Appointment. These appointments allow you to bring up to 10 guests and you get to shop with an extended time of two hours after the store is closed. Be sure to check out the Champagne Appointments tab to see all the benefits to booking one of these appointments.

For your first appointment it is important to arrive ON TIME! We want you to have plenty of time to look for your perfect dress, but we work by appointments, so if you are late it cuts into the time you have with your stylist. Arriving 10 minutes early is even recommended in order fill out all of your information.

After filling out your information, your stylist will sit down with you to conduct an interview to get a better feel for your wedding and the type of gowns you are looking for. Your stylist will then give you a tour of our store and explain how our wedding gowns are arranged and information about our sample pieces. After this, you will begin selecting some of your favorites styles for your stylist to help you try. Throughout your appointment you or your professional stylist may choose to select additional gowns which meet your criteria. Finally, after finding the perfect gown, you say “YES TO THE DRESS”!

In order to special order a gown we require a 60% deposit. We accept Cash, Personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express for your convenience. Once your dress arrives, it must be paid in full to take it out of the store.

When you create an account at Michelle’s you will need to provide us with the names of all your wedding party members. We prefer them to be measured here, but when that is not possible, measurements and payments may be submitted over the phone. They will just need to have proper measurement taken at a local Bridal Shop/Tuxedo Retailer and give us a call. We can select sizes (with their help) over the phone.

No, we cannot return the merchandise back to the manufacturers, so we will have to pay for it and are unable to return deposits.

We do not have an alteration department, but we do provide a list of area seamstresses that we refer our customers to.

Michelle’s stylists will measure and discuss with you the size that is best for you to order. The majority of customers will require some alterations to provide for a more customized fit, and even the correct size may not have exactly the desired fit you want.

Photography Credit: Good Photography, Caitlin and Luke Photography, Holly Birch Photography