starting wedding dress shopping
September 26, 2020
With the UK currently in lock down due to COVID-19, wedding dress shopping has become difficult at the moment. It’s hard to know exactly what to do if your wedding is during the Coronavirus pandemic, as the situation is constantly changing, and we don’t know how long the lock down will last. However, if your big day is later in the year 2021, you don’t have to totally give up on wedding day planning.
Shopping for your perfect wedding dress is usually very much an in-person experience. There will be visits to multiple bridal boutiques and high street stores to try on wedding gowns, often with a member of your bridal party or two. Then there are the fittings and alterations, as well as any styling appointments you might book to choose your shoes and accessories.
Maybe you always planned to get married on this date, or maybe you’ve rescheduled your wedding and are already sending out change the date cards. Whatever the case, there are things you can do now to get closer to find your wedding dress.
Start researching bridal boutiques:
You need to think of which location to look at boutiques in, this could be near you or you could turn wedding dress shopping into a weekend away in another city, once the lock down is over.
Look at boutiques’ social media feeds for inspiration and sneaky peek of what they stock. Research the price range of any boutique you like the look of especially if you have a clear budget in mind.
Look at their opening hours, do they suit your shopping availability. Look at how they handle the shopping process to see if it suits your style, do they offer appointments and if so, how long are these? Do you have to pay a deposit for an appointment? Is this refundable? Will there be any other brides-to-be in the store? What size samples do they have for you to try on. Ask married family and friends if there’s anywhere they’d recommend.
Book wedding dress appointments:
Most boutiques are working on an appointment only bases so our advise would be to ring ahead a book a time and day to suit you.
Most boutiques are following strict COVID19 measures, here are what we have in place: