As the media attention surrounding Coronavirus’ effect on the wedding industry intensifies we’d like to update you with the current effects on our business and whether you should be concerned. Our stance at The Boutique & Co. is to be cautious and prepared but without unnecessary concern.
For many couples in the UK coronavirus has meant they have had to delay their wedding – Boutique & Co co-founder Tori also runs The Tori Harris Pro Team who have found that most brides with a wedding scheduled before August 2020 have now had to reschedule. It’s hard to know exactly when weddings will start operating again and heartbreaking for those who should have celebrated their special day already however for many it is a delay and not a cancelation everything already ordered will be stored until the winter or 2021 when the celebration will go ahead. If you have an August or September wedding and haven’t yet ordered a wedding dress or bridesmaids dresses the predicament is a little harder. If your wedding does go ahead you’ll need to order your pretty soon to ensure they can be here in time, but that can be a challenging decision while you cannot visit the shop or while you’re not 100% if it will go ahead or not. We’ve got a few options on how to buy bridesmaids dresses from home including virtual appointments with our sales assistants demonstrating the dresses on mannequins for you. While it may not be how you imagined it at least your bridesmaids will have dresses to wear!
Is wedding dress production being affected by Coronavirus?
Yes to some extent but it hasn’t ground to a halt! Like everything, dresses are produced globally so there has been, and is, some effect to the supply chain. Every store will be different – our suppliers suffered delays to dress production in January and February as many of the factories in Asia remained closed for a few weeks however they are now open again and producing dresses. In February we suspended all rush orders however on many brands these have now been re-instated. We are advising brides to order as soon as possible to give themselves as much time as possible. For those with dresses on order we are still expecting them to come in during this time just slightly after the originally quoted ship date.
The important information is – you can still order a wedding dress or bridesmaids dress and expect it to arrive on time! But please give yourself as long as possible to avoid unnecessary stress.
Currently, we are taking orders on 2021 weddings and even still with July/August 2020 weddings. Our advice to anyone with a 2020 wedding still looking for a wedding dress or for their bridesmaids dresses is to order as soon as possible. The current lead times vary from brand to brand. You have the option to order our bridesmaids dresses so you can and try them on in your own home. We would then just simply ask to take your own measurements.
How is the UK situation affecting deliveries?
At the moment while there is a lockdown in the UK, it is not causing significant issues currently, orders are still coming in but we are working from home as our shops had to close within the parameters of the lockdown. Therefore we can process orders for delivery but not for collection at this time. If your order does arrive in the next few weeks we recommend where possible opting to have it posted to you as we are running out of storage space so unfortunately dresses may have to be stored in boxes. If you have them shipped to your address you can get them unpacked and hung.
At the present time we don’t see any reason for customers with orders in production to be overly concerned about the delivery of their dress.
So what about brides who haven’t ordered yet? Our advice is to get your order in as soon as possible, it’s a changeable situation and right now we’re confident in our suppliers that they will be delivering in time.
How The Boutique & Co. is managing the situation
We are currently working remotely from home. We do monitor our emails daily and can still process and dispatch orders.
For those who have already ordered with us or are thinking of placing an order with us we are in constant communication with our suppliers. We have sorted our order list by wedding date and expected delivery date and frequently check on the progress of any upcoming weddings or orders due so that we can keep our customers updated as much as possible regarding the delivery of their dresses.
We are also rescheduling appointment free of charge is you’re unable to attend your appointment due to government imposed travel restrictions. So you can book your appointment without concern that you’ll be out of pocket if the situation in the UK doesn’t change.