How to find your wedding dress during Covid 19. Whether you had already begun wedding dress shopping, had planned to start the search for your dress or perhaps you have gotten engaged during lockdown, our guide to wedding dress shopping during lockdown will help you prepare for when restrictions are lifted and bridal appointments begin again, so that you can be ready to find your perfect dress.
Discover your Bridal Style
Our top tip to all our brides, even before Covid 19, is to carry out some research before you try on a dress. The easiest way to do this is to create a Pinterest Board and start pinning any styles that you like. The dresses on your board may all vary in silhouette or detail but it can quickly become apparent if you are drawn to a particular style , such as Boho, Glamorous or Minimalist. Think about any celebrity bridal looks that you admired, you may not want to wear their exact dress but perhaps you liked the overall style or bridal vibe. Was it sassy and sophisticated or timeless and elegant ? Consider your wedding venue and decor at this point too as you will want your bridal style to complement this.
Research Bridal Designers
Before you book your bridal appointment it's important to think about if there are any particular bridal designers who's style you favour. When pinning images of wedding dress styles you love it may be that lots of them are from the same bridal brand and you already know which brands you love and have a wish list of dresses from their collection that you want to try on. But what if your unsure about where too even begin with bridal brands ? Don't worry we are here to guide you and help you choose the right designer for you.
Bridal Brands at Opus Couture
We stock a carefully chosen selection of premium bridal brands including Maggie Sottero, Enzoani, Blue by Enzoani, Pronovias and Elysee. Each brand brings their own distinctive style whilst offering an exceptional fit, luxury fabrics and couture styling at an affordable price point. Maggie Sottero firmly place romance at the core of their bridal styling and incorporate exquisite design details and hand sewn embellishments into their designs making them perfect for modern, romantic brides. Pronovias excel at reinterpreting classic, iconic silhouettes in a fresh, sophisticated way to create a timeless, statement bridal look. Enzoani are renowned for effortlessly merging traditional and contemporary styles for wedding dresses with a wow factor, whilst Blue by Enzoani offers fresh, sophisticated styling for modern brides seeking glamour on their wedding day. Newly launched Elysee is a fashion forward collection of exquisitely designed gorgeous gowns incorporating on trend details with timeless silhouettes.
All our designer ranges are available to order in sizes 4 to 28, with some ranges available up to size 34. We stock an extensive range of sample sizes from a size 6 to 26 for you to try on in store.
To find out more about each individual designer and the styles we stock please visit our Bridal Designers Page.
Consider your budget
Wedding costs can quickly spiral and start mounting up so it's important to take time to consider how much you of your wedding funds you feel comfortable spending on your wedding dress. At Opus our wedding gowns range from £1000 to £3200, dependant upon the designer and style. Our price ranges for each designer can be found on our individual bridal designer pages and should you wish to enquire about a price of a specific style you have seen please reach out to us via email, DM or telephone.
Perhaps a family member or love one have kindly offered to contribute towards your dress, this is wonderful but can also be a source of tension when it comes to finding and paying for your dress if you haven't fully discussed things beforehand. To avoid any awkwardness it is a good idea to have this conversation before your bridal appointment by discussing brands and styles you are considering and (gently) drawing awareness to their price points.
When you find your dress a deposit of 50% is required to secure your contract and place your dress order. Coming prepared with a clear idea of how much you plan to spend makes for an enjoyable 'I said yes to the dress' moment that you can share with your loved ones.
Select your bridal salon
Now that you've identified your bridal style, researched bridal brands and considered your wedding dress budget it's time to book your bridal appointment. Finding your wedding dress should be a fun, enjoyable and memorable (for all the right reasons ) experience and to make that happen it's important to choose the right wedding dress shop for you. After a 3 month pause due to the Coronavirus pandemic, bridal boutiques are opening their diaries and getting ready to host appointments, but things will look slightly different and due to safety regulations and social distancing restrictions appointments will be in high demand and limited. That's why it's vital to do your bridal shop research to make sure your chosen shop offers the bridal styles and brands you love at an attractive price point for you.
Be an Opus Bride
We love helping our brides finding their perfect (wedding dress ) match. At Opus it is our mission that each bride can feel and 'be ' beautiful on her wedding day. Our friendly, professional bridal consultants will be on hand to offer expert knowledge and advice throughout your one to one bridal consultation so that you can find the best wedding dress for your style, shape and silhouette. If you would like to chat before your appointment or enquire about a particular designer, dress or size please reach out to us using the contact button below. We look forward to welcoming you to Opus and hope to see you soon.