Covid has certainly done a great job of scuppering wedding plans for the past couple of years. After lockdown(s) and possibly your own personal struggle with the virus, when you can eventually make it inside the disinfected doors of a bridal boutique, it could still be unlike any you may have experienced before Lockdown. Want the heads up on what the ‘new normal’ will look like? From your limited guest list to ordering lattes and from trialling hair accessories to getting hands-on assistance, here’s what you can expect at your post Covid bridal boutique appointment…..
Visiting ‘by appointment only’ isn’t exactly new but expect a more detailed pre-appointment consultation, either via email or the phone, than you’ve had in the past. Rather than be offered the opportunity to browse the rails, you’ll be encouraged to scan the boutique’s website and select just a handful of frocks to try on. It’ll save valuable time and mean you can get straight down to the exciting business of slipping on a wedding dress. By checking the website, you’ll also know for sure whether the shop carries the styles of dresses or designers you’ve been adding to your Pinterest boards lately. The dresses you choose will be ready and waiting on the floor, so that you can simply step into them.
A less hands-on appointment
The consultants will be there of course, but they’ll be masked up and wearing gloves, with a bottle of disinfectant never too far away. They make take your temperature before you’re allowed into the shop, so don’t be alarmed. They may even hand you some PPE if you don’t have your own. You’ll be encouraged to get yourself changed and ease your dress into position so that they can simply attend to you from the back. They will stand by your side for any repositioning but all the while, avoid face-to-face attention.
Boutiques will be even quieter with fewer brides than before
Social distancing means that bridal shops will be limiting the number of brides attending at any one time. Some shops are considering opening on traditionally closed days or cutting right back on mens appointments to allow the backlog of brides and bridesmaids time to find their dream dress. Only one VIP guest will be invited to each appointment. A real shame, but a safety necessity and at least your other guests should still be able to join in virtually.
BYO is the new norm
It’s a ‘yes’ to taking your own fizz (and glasses) but a ‘no’ to in-house refreshments. (Don’t drink too much though as they will probably discourage trips to the loo.) Whilst we’re on the subject of what to take to your appointment, heels of the height you’re planning to wear would be good, as would any other jewellery or accessories your heart is set on wearing on your big day. You’ll still be allowed to try on a veil.
Timings are essential
Chances are, if there is another appointment happening elsewhere in the shop, your arrival and departure times will be staggered so do your absolute best to arrive on time. Bear in mind, that in-between appointments, the dresses will be steamed and the changing room/chair/door handles thoroughly cleaned so the consultants can’t run the risk of overrunning due to late arrivals.
Yes, it’ll be different, but at long last you get to slip your Lockdown body into a bridal gown! Scary thought??? You may have taken advantage of shops offering virtual appointments in recent weeks but there’s nothing like the real thing. Even if you forget the fizz, expect bubbles of excitement!
I hope this post has helped prep you for your long-awaited appointment. Any further updates I hear about before the 4th, I’ll let you know. Oh, and if you own or work in a bridal shop, please do tell me what your plans are and how excited brides can help.
Pic courtesy Rosa Clara