Despite the fact that the wedding industry is undergoing a period of uncertainty, there are still many wedding tasks you can do from the safety of your home. Case in point: wedding dress shopping! You may have thought finding your dream dress was impossible right now. But the reality is, there are several ways you can shop for your wedding gown during this pandemic. Keep reading to discover our top 4 wedding dress shopping tips!
Know What You Want
Whether we were in the middle of a pandemic or not, it’s a great idea to do your research before you begin the wedding dress shopping process. This will make the entire experience much smoother and more efficient. Thankfully, you have plenty of time at home right now, which we recommend spending on the internet, scouring for wedding dress ideas. Social media is a great place to start (check out WedElf’s Instagram and Pinterest pages for inspiration). But social media shouldn’t be all you search. We’ve found that Pinterest is perfect for figuring out your favourite silhouettes and details. However, once you’ve got a general idea of what you want your wedding dress to be, you should start looking at the bridal salon websites in your area. After all, you don’t want to fall in love with a dress that isn’t available in your city. This brings us to tip #2.
Schedule A Virtual Salon Appointment
Just because bridal salons around the world are closed, doesn’t mean you can’t schedule an appointment. Several salons are conducting virtual appointments with brides using video chat. These salons include The White Dress by the Shore, Grace Loves Lace, and Savannah Miller. How does this work, you may be wondering? Through Zoom, FaceTime, or even Facebook Messenger, a consultant takes the bride on a virtual tour of the boutique, pulling out gowns of interest. Of course, this isn’t a replacement for shopping in person. However, it’s certainly a solution that will give brides a better feel for the dress without having to leave the safety of their home.
Try-On Gowns At Home
Though many brides dream of their “says yes to the dress” moment happening in a salon, it is possible to have this moment in the comfort of your own home. Several wedding dress brands have their collections available for purchase online, such as BHLDN, Luxe in a Box, The Last Minute Bride, and David’s Bridal. Plus, right now, many companies are waiving return fees and/or extending the amount of time you have to return the item if you don’t like it. This makes online dress shopping easier and less expensive than ever before. Beyond online shopping, some bridal salons are allowing at-home try-on for brides getting married in 2020. These salons are shipping out gowns and delivering them directly to brides’ homes. If you’re not sure whether your local salon offers this service, reach out to them.
Shop For Accessories and Other Important Outfits
Our final piece of advice for wedding dress shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic? Take the time to shop for bridal accessories and other wedding-related outfits. Many brides rush this process, leaving their bridal shower, bachelorette, rehearsal dinner, and after-party outfits to the last second. Similarly, bridal accessories like shoes, hairpins, and jewellery, usually don’t get the attention they deserve. These fashion choices are much easier to shop for online, so check something off your to-do list by taking care of this during the quarantine.
We hope you now realize that it really is possible to shop for your wedding dress even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Happy shopping, everyone!
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