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I was in my friend's wedding last year and the shop we ordered the bridesmaid's dresses from was horrible. After that I decided that I was only going to buy my wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses from a store that had a good rating. I went to another store and decided on a dress I like, but after reading their reviews I wanted to find a differnt shop with the same designer. I went to Bridals by Elena because I everything I read about them was good. I cannot tell you how right all of the reviews were. Francis helped me pick out my dress and she was amazing to work with. She was very helpful, to the point, and wouldn't let me try on anything that wouldn't look good on my body type. She has an amazing sense of humor and was so nice that she really made the whole process great. Elena and Katia were also amazing to work with and you can tell how much hard work they put into their business. I am so happy that I decided to get my dress here and make the long drives to Gambrills. It was all worth never having to go through anything bad with them. I ended up getting my dress, my bridesmaids dresses (two who live out of state), and the MOB dress all at this store.
I worked with Elena for almost 7 months to get my dress into perfect condition. Off the rack, my dress was a strapless sweetheart neckline, but she added the most beautiful removable keyhole back using the lace from the manufacturer. It turned out to be incredible. Her tailoring is impeccable. I have never felt so glamorous. The price was not cheap but it was worth every penny.
I walked into Bridals by Elena, thinking that I would try on some dresses to get a feel for what styling I liked, and then head to Vows in Boston for some "I Found the Gown"-style shopping. Frances was super friendly and welcoming from the time my mom and I walked in the door, and gave us a quick overview of the store's layout before allowing my mom and I to pick out dresses to try on, which I really liked. After trying on some dresses (probably close to 10?), Frances said she had one last dress for me to try on. When I put it on, I absolutely fell in love and knew that there was no point in looking further. They "jacked me up," and we lost it. Dress and veil, done deal on the first shopping trip, and I managed to stay within my budget without even trying!
Elena and her staff are professional, friendly, and knowledgable. My dress was a custom-made dress by Elena, so there were no "alteration fees," because the dress was made to my measurements. My mom also bought her MOB dress from them, and we couldn't be happier. She and her seamstresses do phenomenal work.
I would HIGHLY recommend Bridals by Elena to any bride in the Annapolis area looking for a great experience and even better gown.
You MUST get your gown from Bridals by Elena!!! From Day 1's consultation, Frances was the perfect consultant! I brought a decent sized entourage with me, but Frances made everyone feel welcome and we all had a great time! We had our own "runway" and they have cameras so you can easily see the back of your dress! I definitely went over the time allotted for consultations, but not once was I asked to finish up nor did I ever feel rushed! Frances gave me honest opinions and helped me pick out my gorgeous gown. Then with all the fittings, Elena and her daughter always made my fittings very stress free and easy. When I picked up my gown, it was just perfect. Seriously, they have the best gowns and the best staff, I would recommend this shop to everyone I know!! Thanks for making the day perfect!!
They were very personal and accommodating at the odenton shop. My dress needed more alterations than they told me it would, and the work took longer than planned but the result was beautiful. My only complaint is the younger receptionist was very unprofessional and snippy both times I interacted with her. Not what you expect from an upscale boutique.
I went to 3 or 4 stores before I came to Bridals by Elena, and it was by far the best experience. Not only did they have an excellent selection of dresses, but the staff were always friendly and helpful. At all of the stores I went to before Bridals by Elena, there were dresses that I liked a lot, but there was never anything I loved and the dresses never seemed like they were worth the amount of money that was being spent.
Not only did I find a beautiful dress here, we also felt good about spending the money because of the quality of the dress and how enjoyable the staff was to work with. The whole process was amazing, even after we found the dress. They did an excellent job with the alterations, including built-in boning and bra. My mom also bought her dress here for the wedding and they did a great job with her alterations!
I almost didn't come here because I thought a smaller store in Gambrills couldn't have a great selection, but I was completely wrong, so I would definitely encourage any brides in the area to go to Bridals by Elena!
After a few dress shopping excursions (2 expensive private salons and Davids Bridal) I came across Elena's and absolutely fell in love with the shop, the dresses, and most importantly the REAL people that worked there. By "REAL" I mean- they were helpful, they never seemed fake, they were encouraging, they were not judgmental, and they were honest.
I actually found "the dress" at a different shop 1 week earlier, but i RE-discovered it at Elena's for $300 cheaper. They did a great job altering it and working with me as I tried to lose those last 10 pounds before the wedding! I think i had 3 final fittings and they never made me feel like i was inconveniencing them! They really truly wanted me to be a happy bride.
Then my best friend bought her dress from the same store! I would recommend it to any bride. The shop is beautiful. they have a beautiful wooden runway to walk on and a camera so you can see the back of the dress while you're standing in front of the mirror.
& They always have a large sale room full of dresses if you want to buy something off the rack!
I loved Bridals by Elena. Elena is so talented and has an eye for detail. I worked with Terry at most of my appointments and I would recommend any bride to see her. She was amazing! As was Elena. Their staff makes you feel beautiful yet you know they are completely honest with you at the same time. Their dress selection is amazing too. They had everything I was looking for. The salon was always clean and beautiful and spacious for guests to come with you as well. I had an amazing dress experience there- Elena even carried my dress to my car when I picked it up. This salon is top notch!
This was my second of two visits to bridal salons and this was by far the better experience. I only had to try on three dresses to find the one for me and it was of course the one that Frances had picked out for me from the start. She knew exactly what I was looking for and what worked for my body. I also bought my bridesmaids dresses here, which are beautiful, and again, the one that Frances picked out was the dress we ended up going with. The boutique itself was very cute, had a good selection of dresses, and the space given to us for our appointment was big enough to fit my entourage of 8. Frances and the other ladies were super nice and very, very helpful with many suggestions and great advice. I highly suggest going here for bridal and bridesmaids dress shopping, it was an amazing experience!! Thank you Frances!
People always say you will know the dress for you and it is so true! The staff at Elena's really made me feel special!y dress was layered and it allowed me to have Elena cut it to become a short reception dress with snaps that pulls apart the bottom! Everyone was so shocked when I was introduced with a short dress they loved the work Elena put into my dress!! My sister and cousins all got their dresses from Elena and we have loved each one!!!
I recently purchased my wedding dress at Bridals by Elena. From the very first visit the service was warm and attentive. The salon is very comfortable with large couches for bride and family/friends to sit on during the fittings. Each bride-to-be has her own private fitting room which is spacious, so the mother of the bride can attend the actual dress changing if needed. The spacious, comfortable layout of the store also is very nice for the dress fittings once you've chosen your dress.
Elena and her team (special thanks to Francis!) gave great advice and were able to execute all the modifications I wanted to make to the dress. I had a lot of work that needed to be done since I was integrating different details to my dress and Elena and her team worked very hard to get everything done with a tight schedule, as I live out of town.
Overall I am very happy with my experience and would recommend this salon to anyone looking for a wedding dress! My sister had previously bought hers with Elena, as well as one of my best friends. Both of them were very happy too and recommended Elena to me :)
Bridals by Elena was a perfect place to help me find my dream wedding dress. The staff was courteous and helpful. They treated you like family and made the experience fun and relaxing. We enjoyed the experience so much that I got married in September and my family just went back there this week and my sister bought her dress for July 2014!
Amazing place! Elena is wonderful. Everything she does is fantastic. She knew just what dresses to put me in to make me look & feel as beautiful as possible. Everyone in the shop made my entire family feel welcome & part of their family every time we walked in the door. The dresses were all beautiful, the alterations were done on time & immaculately. I cant say enough about them!!!
Frances is hilarious and love how her honesty! She picked out my dress and knew exactly what she was doing and what compliments each bride that walks in. They allowed me to make whatever changes and did it perfect to my imagination! Makes you feel so comfortable ad breaks the ice with great humor to make the whole experience fun and not stressful!
I'll be honest, I read mixed reviews - but I think there are always high emotions when it comes to wedding dresses, so I went here with an open mind.
I am glad I did because I found my dress! It wasn't a quick process, but I never felt rushed by my consultant, Terri. It's a lovely boutique. Now, they're not going to fawn over you with champagne and massive discounts but keep in mind - Say Yes to the Dress is a TV show. This is real life! With that in mind, my experience was great from start to finish. Reliable service, great selection, and, most importantly, I felt very understood. I loved one dress but really wanted to change something about it. Terri was quick to involve Elena in making the alteration to the design and, to my surprise, the cost didn't skyrocket. They really took the time to make sure I felt comfortable in the dress and it fit perfectly. That took several fittings, yes, but there's no cost after the initial visit and the first fitting. (Total, I was there for 5 visits). They're great - highly recommend them!
Beautiful new salon, great staff and wide selection of dresses. Alterations and getting a bustle sewn in are a bit pricey, but the end result is beautiful. The consultant pulled a few dresses and let me pull some, but the one I went with was one of her picks. She listened and knew exactly what I wanted, my dress was perfect. It is worth the long drive to the middle of nowhere to get to work with such amazing ladies!
I bought my wedding dress at Bridals by Elena, had my alterations done, and my bridesmaids bought their dresses there as well. My dress shopping experience was lovely. My appointment was with Francis, who simply just knows what she's doing. She let me pick my own dresses while she picked some of her own. She listened to me and asked me questions about what I liked and disliked about wedding dresses. In the end, she's the one who picked out my wedding dress and veil. She is tons of fun and has a great sense of humor. Love her!
After that I had about 4 fittings. They are very thorough and precise with their alterations, which was important to me. Elena is the main seamstress and was always in my fittings or just around the corner to check in on me. They do their alterations as a one-time only fee. Aka you pay once for a hem, bustle, to take it in, etc. It doesn't matter how many times you need one alteration, you only pay once.
My bridesmaids had a positive experience as well when they shopped for their dresses. We all went together and had an appointment with Francis again who picked out the dresses. Of the two bridesmaids who got their alterations done at Bridals by Elena, one was happy and one was not. For the unhappy, she felt that they ordered a size down from what she should have gotten and therefore didn't fit her well when the dress came. It had to be taken out and she wasn't satisfied with the end result. She also felt that when she arrived for her fitting(s) that she waited quite some time before anyone helped her. In the end, she was not happy with her dress and voiced her concerns with Bridals by Elena who promptly refunded her money and offered to fix her dress until she was happy and comfortable in her dress. Bridals by Elena even called me to clarify what we had agreed upon as far as dress length, etc.
Overall, I had a positive experience at Elena's and loved my dress and veil. I was well taken care of during the whole process.
I absolutely loved my dress. One of the consultant's picked it out for me and it was perfect! They did a wonderful job with alterations that needed to be done three weeks before the wedding. I did get a little frustrated that my appointments never started on time and my dress wasn't ready at the time for pick up like indicated. But all in all would recommend Bridals by Elena to others.
I fell in love with the dress I found at Bridals by Elena. I went there very early in my shopping process, and then ended up shopping around for a few more weeks, and still ended up coming back to buy a dress from Elena. The owner and seamstress (Elena) is incredibly sweet and does a great job stocking her shop and even builds some of her own beautiful dresses. She also gave me a break on price because I paid in cash (in full when I ordered the dress).
I did not choose to use Elena for my alterations, because they seemed incredibly over-priced compared to other alternatives in the area. I have known others that have used her though, and said she's great (very skilled).
Their customer service was an interesting experience. When I was shopping for the dress, they were so great - scheduled an appointment, and when I showed up, they helped me pick out some dresses and were super helpful (and honest) throughout the process. When I ordered the dress, I was told it would be in at the beginning of February. When I hadn't heard from them by 2/20, I called. They said my dress had "just come in that day and they were about to call me" but I had a hard time believing that. I had family coming into town that weekend, so I asked if I could come in and see the dress and try it on for my family (no alterations/measurements, just a quick try-on). They told me that I would need to make another appointment and that they were full on that particular Saturday. I was able to talk them into letting me come in, but the person I spoke with (whom I believe was Elena's daughter, Katya) was very rude and seemed frustrated with my request. When I got there that Saturday morning, they were rushing us around and trying to get us out the door as quickly as possible. This was definitely a separate part of why I chose to take my alterations elsewhere - the experience with service towards the end of the process was much different from when they were trying to sell me the dress!
Elena was great at making sure that I was 100% satisified with my dress before she released it to me. I got so many compliments on the dress, it fit me like a glove!
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Gown Collections Available
This salon carries the following collections featured on TheKnot.com. Please note that this salon may also carry others not listed here.
|Blue by Enzoani||Mikaella|
|Essense of Australia||Sottero and Midgley|
|Impression Bridal||ST. PATRICK|
|LA SPOSA||Winnie Couture|
|Maggie Sottero||Yolanda Couture|
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Imagine yourself on your wedding day, oozing of confidence and your audience is captivated because you look stunning in your Bridals by Elena couture bridal ensemble. Come to our boutique in Gambrills, a quiet northwestern suburb of Annapolis, and start living out your fantasy.
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