Frequently Asked Questions

Your frequently asked questions

Our Bridal Boutique

What makes your boutique different?

Laura (owner) established Elegant Forever over 20 years ago based on a love for serving and a love for the wedding industry. We believe you will feel the difference when you enter our warm and intimate boutique. You will not be pressured, rushed, or feel like a number.  We want you to have a genuine and stress-free experience.  We are sincerely grateful to be part of your journey.  

What wedding dresses to you carry?

Our bridal shop offers a beautiful, carefully curated collection of wedding gowns in a range of styles, sizes, fabrics, colors, and price points. Whether you are looking for a petite, curvy, bohemian (boho), or beach wedding dress, we are confident we can help you find the perfect dress! Our curated wedding dress collection is carefully selected and organized based on quality, style, and popularity. Our collection offers a range of options (styles, fabrics, and price points) but also simplifies your wedding dress experience. Our selection is based on our knowledge and understanding of the latest wedding dress trends and styles, as well as the needs and preferences of our brides. 

Do you carry prom dresses?

Yes! We are now carrying a full line of prom dresses! Check our our collection of unique styles. Don't forget, we can provide onsite alterations!  

Where are you located?

After nearly seven years in downtown Frederick, we opened up our new location in Urbana, Maryland starting in 2023! We are located at 3518 Worthington Blvd, Suite 101, Urbana, MD 21704.  Our alterations services are located in Suite 102. Don't forget, we see brides by appointment only. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept most major credit cards (e.g. Visa, MasterCard), Checks, and contactless forms of payment (e.g. Apple Pay, Google Pay).

What is your return policy?

We are very upfront with our cancellation and return policy.  Being a small business and given the nature of the wedding dress industry, all purchases are final and cancellations, returns, exchanges or refunds are not allowed. Once your order is placed we cannot make changes and modifications to your order. If you have questions or concerns, please let us know. We want you to be fully aware of the policies surrounding your purchase.

Appointments

Do i need an appointment?

We see brides by appointment only. Scheduling an appointment allows us to give you dedicated time and our undivided attention. Our boutique offers an intimate setting where you can feel comfortable and pampered. We suggest scheduling your appointment at least two weeks in advance. However, depending on our schedule, walk-ins are possible if you call ahead.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The best way to schedule an appointment is through our website.  By using our appointment form, we can gather information on your needs.  We will then call you to discuss details and find a date and time for your appointment.  Alternatively, please feel free to call us at (301) 916-7774 or email us at sales@elegantforever.com. 

What should I wear to my appointment?

You must wear undergarments to your appointment. Ideally, you should wear undergarments similar to those you plan to wear with your wedding dress at your wedding. We suggest a strapless style bra, spanx and, if desired, a body shaper. Let us know if you have additional questions. We do carry a selection of undergarments for sale!

How many people can I bring to my appointment?

Brides typically bring with them one to two family members or friends they trust the most. Having too many people with you can be overwhelming and take away from you experience. To reduce stress, we strongly suggest limiting your group to no more than four people. If you anticipate bringing a larger group, please let us know when scheduling. Also, while we love children, a bridal boutique is not a fun place for kids and they will get bored easily. More importantly, there are many hazards including glass mirrors and loose pins.

How far in advance should I book my appointment?

A normal starting point is about eight months prior to your wedding date. Some brides start sooner and some brides have a very short time frame. Most gowns take approximately six weeks to receive if they are not in stock. Often times our designers have dresses ready to ship within two weeks. Also, we typically have floor sample dresses available for immediate sale on discount prices! Each bride’s timeline is unique, so please plan accordingly based on your personal needs. We’re happy to help with your planning!

Wedding dress Alterations
Wedding Dress Silhouettes

What is an A-Line wedding dress silhouette?

An A-line wedding dress silhouette is fitted at the top and gradually flares out from the waist to the hem. The A-line is probably one of the most popular wedding dress silhouettes.

 

What is a ballgown wedding dress wedding dress silhouette?

A ballgown wedding dress silhouette is fitted at the top and has a full, voluminous skirt.

What is a mermaid or trumpet wedding dress silhouette?

A Mermaid or Trumpet wedding dress silhouette is fitted through the bodice, hips and thighs and then flares out from the knee to the hem.

What is a Sheath or Column wedding dress silhouette?

A Sheath or Column wedding dress silhouette is straight and form-fitting, follows the line of the body without flaring out.

Do you offer alterations services?

Yes! We provide in-house, expert alterations for wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses, and other clothing. Consultation and fittings are scheduled at the boutique. You should plan on two to three fittings. Our new Urbana, Maryland location includes an expanding suite dedicated to alterations!

Are wedding dress alterations always necessary?

Most all dresses will require alterations to ensure your dress fits exactly right. Alterations really are the finishing touch! At a minimum, dresses will require a hem.  Most often alterations are needed to tailor the dress to your specific figure.  Alterations may also include custom modifications to sleeves, neck lines, etc.  We have the experience to help with your vision.

What should I bring to my alterations fitting?

You must bring your shoes and we recommend wearing the undergarments or shapewear you plan to wear on your wedding day. The height of your shoes is critical to making sure your hem is correct.  We also suggest bringing any accessories such as veils, gloves, or jewelry to make sure your look is perfect overall!   

What should I budget for alterations?

First, it is important to include the cost of alterations in your overall wedding planning budget. The cost of alterations can vary considerably depending on the dress and needed adjustments. Costs can range from a couple of hundred dollars for basic adjustments to over $1,000 for more extensive adjustments.  We will be able to give you a rough idea of costs at the time of your dress purchase and a final estimate at your first fitting.   

When should I schedule my wedding dress fittings?

We try to schedule your first fitting two to three months before your big day. If alterations are more extensive, we might suggest allowing more time.  Our goal is to time your final fitting within a month of your wedding or event date.

How many fittings will I need?

The number of fittings required depends on the adjustments needed and other factors such as body changes. In some cases, alterations can be accomplished in two fittings. Oftentimes, an additional fitting is needed to finalize adjustments.  We will work with you to schedule fittings based on your wedding or event date.

Wedding Dress Lengths or Trains

What is a floor-length wedding dress?

A Floor-length wedding dress reaches the floor and is the most traditional length for a wedding dress.

What is a chapel-length train?

A chapel-length train is a medium length train that extends several feet beyond the dress hem, usually one to two yards.

What is a Cathedral-lenght train?

A Cathedral-length train is a long train, usually three or more yards, that extends dramatically from the back of the dress.

What is a Sweep train?

A Sweep train is a short train (about one foot in length) that just brushes the floor.

What is a High-low length dress?

A High-low dress has a hemline that is shorter in the front and longer in the back.

What is a tea-length dress?

Tea-length dress falls between the ankle and the knee. It has a more playful and vintage-inspired look.

What is a Mini dress?

A Mini dress falls above the knee and us most suitable for more casual or destination weddings.

Wedding Dress Fabrics

What satin wedding dress fabric?

Satin wedding dress fabric is  smooth and shiny with a soft draping quality. Satin is one of the most popular wedding dress fabrics.

What is Chiffon wedding dress fabric?

Chiffon wedding dress fabric is lightweight and flowy with a matte finish.

What is lace wedding dress fabric?

Lace wedding dress fabric is more delicate and intricate, often considered a romantic look.

What is Tulle wedding dress fabric?

Tulle wedding dress fabric is fine and lightweight. It is often used for adding volume to wedding dress skirts.

What is Organza wedding dress fabric?

Organza wedding dress fabric is  lightweight and crisp and has a slight sheen.

What is Taffeta wedding dress fabric?

Taffeta wedding dress fabric is crisp and smooth. It will have a slight rustling sound.

What is Silk wedding dress fabric?

Silk wedding dress fabric is considered luxurious and elegant. It has a soft draping quality.

What is Mikado wedding dress fabric?

Mikado wedding dress fabric is  heavy and smooth with a matte finish. It works well for structured gowns.

What is Brocade wedding dress fabric?

Brocade wedding dress fabric is generally heavy, with a raised pattern and a stiff drape.

What is Crepe wedding dress fabric?

Crepe wedding dress fabric is lightweight and flowing and often has a slightly crinkled texture.