After being on lockdown for a month and a half, the first group of bridal shops are finally starting to open up again! There’s only so much wedding planning you can do in quarantine, so many soon-to-be brides are looking forward to finally shopping for the perfect dress. You might also find yourself wondering how COVID-19 is going to change the way we shop for wedding dresses. Here’s what a few bridal shops had to say about what you can expect when you go searching for your dress.
How Bridal Shops are Adapting
Like nearly every other business, bridal shops are implementing social distancing and frequent sanitization rules to keep staff and clients safe. Some shops are taking it even further by steam cleaning dresses after every client and offering face masks for anyone who wishes to wear them. Bridal shop staff will only make as much or as little physical contact as you’re comfortable with, and shops will be regularly sanitized to prevent the spread of bacteria between clients or staff.
What to Expect
Bridal shops are working hard to give you and your party the dress shopping experience you’ve dreamed of, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You might have to invite a smaller party, reduce the physical contact between yourself and the people around you, and even wear a mask while trying on dresses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy yourself.
If you opt to order a custom dress, place your order earlier than you think you need to. Shipping and delivery are delayed right now, so you might want to give your dress a comfortable 7 to 8 month arrival window. Even if it doesn’t take that long, it’s better to be safe than to end up dressless on your wedding day.
Do’s and Don’ts of COVID-19 Dress Shopping
Bridal shops are doing their best to adapt to COVID-19 safety guidelines, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to make some adjustments as well.
Call your bridal shop before your appointment and ask how many people you’re allowed to have in your party. If you can’t invite everyone you hoped, add the rest of your guests to a video call so they can still join in on the fun.
Make your appointment further in advance than you think is necessary, and please cancel or reschedule if you don’t feel well on the day.
To make your search easier, and to cut down on the amount of time you’ll spend in the shop, come prepared with a pinterest board of ideas or a portfolio of dresses you find inspiring.
Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! Even in the midst of a global pandemic, every bride deserves to have a wonderful time picking out the perfect dress.
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