Frequently Asked Questions
How is Elite Bridal different from other bridal stores?
We strive to provide exceptional customer service and offer the best shopping experience for everyone, regardless of budget, size, or style! At Elite Bridal, you will find 5 grand stages, extra large dressing rooms, a whole room dedicated to accessories, and a special “maids and moms” lounge. We also work with various other wedding vendors in the Champaign area, so you’ll receive discounts from those vendors once you become an “Elite Bride!”
Do I need to make an appointment to try on wedding dresses?
We recommend scheduling an appointment to ensure we have a consultant available to work with you! However, if you need to walk-in on the day of, we will do our best to help you!
Do I have to pay to have an appointment at Elite Bridal?
No, there is no cost to schedule an appointment with Elite Bridal. You can upgrade your appointment to a VIP Appointment, though! If you’re interested in our VIP Appointments, simply go to the “Appointments” tab and select “VIP Appointment” to learn more!
How long is my appointment?
We allot 1.5 hours for bridal appointments, 1.5 hours for bridesmaid appointments, and one hour for any other type of appointment.
What should I bring to my appointment?
We recommend bringing pictures of dresses you’re interested in. We also suggest bringing undergarments you think you would want to wear on your wedding day. The most important things to bring with you the day of your appointment are an open mind and any family or friends who you’ll want to have with you when you say “yes” to your dress!
What are the price ranges for your wedding dresses?
Our pricing ranges from $999 to $4999. We also offer discontinued and sale gowns starting at $599, as well as other discounts during trunk shows and special sales events.
What size gowns are available for me to try on?
Our sample bridal gowns range from size 6 to size 32 and our bridesmaids’ and mothers’ sample gowns range from size 0 to size 30. We can order bridal gowns in sizes 0-34, and bridesmaids’ and mothers’ gowns in sizes 00-36.
May I take pictures of the gowns while I try them on?
Not only are you allowed to take pictures of the gowns you try on, we recommend it! Looking at pictures of yourself in your favorite dresses will help determine which dress is “the one,” and also allows you to capture the special experience of the day you found your dress!
How far in advance do I need to buy my gown?
Our designers’ dresses can take anywhere from 5 to 7 months to arrive to the store after the order is placed, so we recommend ordering your dress 8 to 10 months before your wedding date. This “stress-free” time zone will ensure that you have plenty of time for alterations once it arrives. If you don’t have that much time, please read the next Q & A to see how we can help you!
We recommend ordering Bridesmaids and Mothers dresses at least 6 months before the wedding.
HELP! I’m getting married in less than 4 months – is it too late to get a gown from you?
No, it’s not too late, but every second counts! We have several off-the-rack options provided that they meet your size and color specifications. We also have designers who offer in-stock gowns and rush shipping.
When should I order my veil, headpiece, and/or belt?
Special order designer veils, headpieces, and belts can take as long as 6 months to come in, so making a decision at the time you order your gown is recommended.
Does Elite Bridal provide alterations?
While we do not have an in-house seamstress, we do provide all of our customers with a list of alteration specialists, located in Champaign and the surrounding area, which we personally recommend.
What are your payment options?
We accept Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards. When you purchase your bridal gown, we require a 50% deposit. The remaining balance is due within 2 weeks of the dress arriving at our store. Everything else must be paid in full at the time of purchase.
You don’t have a dress in your store that I’ve seen. Can you order it for me?
As long as the dress you saw is from a designer listed on our website (see the Bridal Gown Designers tab) and is a current style (meaning it is not discontinued), we can order it for you! If you’re not sure, you can always call or email us to ask about the specific gown.
How many guests can I bring to my appointment?
Ideally, you’ll want to bring only a couple of trusted friends or family members — it’s less stressful that way. If you must bring a crowd, invite them to your dress fitting after you’ve already selected the gown — but choose wisely. You should bring only the people who will help you make a decision and keep your best interest at heart.
Will this dress still be available if I wait to buy?
It all depends on how much time has passed once the appointment happened. Once you’ve found the dress that makes your heart smile, you should end your search, and go with “the one.” Many brides have commitment issues with wedding dresses and that is okay. At some point, you have to make a decision and realize that designers discontinue styles every season — and your dress could be the one to go. Ask your consultant if the shop offers any incentives if you buy the dress during your first visit; that could certainly help you make a decision.
We recommend scheduling an appointment, but we will do our best to assist walk-ins!