Brides are warned that their wedding dresses could take a year to arrive and are urged to purchase them early, as a supply chain disruption could result in late deliveries of dresses, veils and headdresses.
- UK Alliance of Wedding Planners warned that deliveries could be delayed
- Delays in ports mean sails and headdresses will take longer to arrive in Britain
- Wedding planner Bernadette Chapman advised buying dresses immediately
Brides have been warned to order their wedding dresses a year in advance after disruptions in supply chains could lead to late deliveries of dresses from overseas, retailers have warned.
Delays at UK ports mean dresses, veils and headdresses purchased from manufacturers overseas could take longer, with industry experts suggesting brides could wait up to a year.
Bernadette Chapman, of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planner, said brides-to-be should start looking for their dresses as soon as they get engaged.
“My advice is not to leave it too late to order your wedding dress – give yourself plenty of time for a buffer if there is a delay in your dress arrival,” she told The Telegraph.
Delays in UK ports mean dresses, veils and headdresses purchased from manufacturers overseas could take longer to come. Image bank
It comes as a severe shortage of heavy truck drivers, congestion at global trading ports and new post-Brexit trade and immigration rules continue to hamper the UK’s economic recovery as it emerging from the Covid pandemic.
Industry executives said today they fear the problems – including inventory and staff shortages – will continue for the next six to nine months.
An alternative to buying a new wedding dress could be buying a second-hand dress or renting a dress – a growing trend after Carrie Johnson married the Prime Minister wearing a gown rented by Greek designer Christos Costarellos.
While renting a dress isn’t a new phenomenon, the fact that more and more brides are choosing to do so – as opposed to a necessity due to a tight budget – is a change.
These are a severe shortage of heavy truck drivers, congestion at global trading ports (pictured, shipping containers at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk) and new trade and immigration rules post-Brexit continue to hamper UK economic recovery as it emerges from the Covid pandemic
Hiring a dress can also make a high end designer more accessible who can usually be out of a bride’s price range.
There’s also the sustainability aspect of renting or buying a second-hand dress, and the process can be much faster than buying one, which often requires a lot of fittings if it’s made on. measure.
Fashion rental site HURR launched HURR Bridal last year and the site saw a more than 268% increase in brides-to-be looking for rentals, with some booking through fall 2022.
Co-Founder Victoria Prew said: “We have seen a constant and growing interest in the bride, but web traffic and bookings sped up dramatically over the bank holiday weekend.
“As a great time for planning, the long weekend gave brides the opportunity to plan for a more sustainable wedding dress option.”
Sacha predicts that the rental will end up making up 20% of the UK bridal market if it goes as she heads to the pond in the US – nearly £ 60million a year based on 2018 figures.