This year has definitely has brought many changes and the wedding industry has been working overtime to make sure it adapts to this ever-changing world and social distancing regulations so that our brides get the help they need to keep planning and looking their best on their wedding day.
Whether you are choosing to postpone or opting for a smaller celebration, one of the options non-negotiable for any bride is looking their best and feels beautiful on her wedding day. As bridal salons starts to slowly reopen their doors and make the necessary adjustments, one thing remains the same across all vendors: doing our best to make every part of your wedding planning experience special.
HOW TO SHOP FOR YOUR WEDDING DRESS AMID COVID19
Planning might have slowed down a bit but it does not mean to stop all together, you just need to pivot. Utilize this time to research all the shops you want to go shopping when shops open up. Narrow down your ideal designers, silhouettes, and find out what local salons have them in inventory. Creating a mood board with your favorite gowns and styles you would prefer it will help you to be more focus as you go in and start trying on different dresses and get closer to making your decision.
Call up those local salons and check and see if they are scheduling virtual appointments, or when they are anticipating being able to have in-person appointments. If you a list of local shops available, just send me an email and I’ll send that over to you.
Bridal salons are making sure you still get the special experience you would get in-person, while you do a virtual appointment. They are offering virtual tours, with a stylist to help you and answer any questions you might have.
Some of these bridal salon are offering curbside pickup and at-home try-on options to brides so they can physically try on the dress and and hone in on their ideal gown. Some select salons are even shipping out gowns and delivering them directly to brides to try on at home.
Bridal designers like Maggie Sottero, Casablanca, Watters, Justin Alexander, Allure Bridal, Mori Lee and Anne Barge, are working with independent retailers to insure inventory is available, some are even offering discounts to brides. So make sure to ask about these specific designers. Bridal designers are doing their best to reassess the situation to help brides and bridal salons to cut the delivery time for each gown. Normal lead time for a gown is 15-25 weeks in production, since each gown is made individually for each bride. Designers are getting dresses in as little as 3 weeks, that is just amazing!
NEW RESTRICTIONS AS SHOPS OPEN UP
Keep in mind when shop start opening back up, things will be a little different, and there will be a few thing you will need to keep in mind. Each bridal shop will have their own specific guidelines but these are a few to keep in mind: wearing a mask, maintaining six-feet of distance whenever possible, limiting the number of appointments they have each day, guest will be limited. Although there will be social distancing, you will feel emotionally connected throughtout your dress shopping experence.
If you want to share this special experience with family and friends, plan on setting up Zoom, FaceTime, or Skype to connect with them. Some shops are extending the length of appointments to allow you to share this experience with them.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Despite all the change you have been dealing with and the disappointment of having to change, postpone or alter your original wedding plans. Remember that every part of wedding planning, big or small is worth celebrating. Dress shopping might not be what you originally imagined or dreamed of, but know everyone will do their best to make your experience as special and stress-free as possible. Most important of all remember that “Love is not cancelled!”.