Among everything else disrupted by the coronavirus, wedding dresses are no exception. Are you one of the many brides stuck in a coronavirus wedding dress crisis?
Since 80% of wedding gowns are manufactured in China, the coronavirus is causing big problems for many women who already ordered a dress. Manufacturing, materials, and supply chains have all been disrupted. Brides who haven't ordered a dress yet, but are looking at wedding dresses right now, are seeing a huge drop in availability due to fabric shortages and manufacturing hang-ups.
Here's what to do if finding the wedding dress of your dreams seems suddenly impossible because of COVID-19.
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Find out from your dress boutique if the delays are due to manufacturing in China. There are other retailers who don't rely on China and Italy nearly as heavily, and can get manufacturing done in other countries. If your dress provider isn't one of them, see what their refund policy is. You may be able to go with another retailer who has not been as disrupted by the virus.
Nordstrom and David's Bridal reportedly still have dresses in stock. One of the challenges is maintaining social distance while still being able to try on dresses in the store. While stores in your city might be closed due to coronavirus for the immediate future, stores in neighboring cities and states may still be open for business. And if you know you have the right fit, many stores offer free delivery or curbside pickup, so you never have to interact directly in order to snag your new dress. Still, however, you should be prepared for delays. Order now! Some retailers even have deep discounts right now, due to a short-term dive in demand. Meanwhile, retailers are trying to stock up as much as possible in case shortages continue.
Of course, even during normal circumstances, brides can expect four to eight month delays from the time they make their order to the time the dress arrives. Now that so much uncertainty has been added to the wedding gown timetable, many brides are concerned that even weddings booked a year from now may run into dress trouble. This leads us to the next common consideration: Can I get my wedding dress deposit back due to coronavirus delays?
Will I Get My Wedding Dress Deposit Back Due to Coronavirus?
Whether or not you can get your deposit back for a delayed or unavailable dress you've already reserved all depends on your retailer. Due to how unprecedented the situation is, retailers are more understanding than usual in waiving policies that keep customers from getting deposits back. However, other retailers might hold firm to their policy. For many dress sellers, the sooner your wedding is, the more likely you'll get your deposit back. If you have a summer wedding, some might be tempted to hold onto the deposit aggressivley in the hopes that the worst is over before then.
At the end of the day, there are still a lot of unknowns. No one is sure how long that coronavirus containment measures will last, or how extreme they'll be. Your best options at this point are to get a deposit back or, if your wedding is still a year or more away, you may be able to find a dress now at a discount!