Wedding Postponed? Here is your guide to dealing with wedding dress drama

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Over the last few weeks we have had lots of couples who have had to postpone their wedding date due to Covid19 get in contact with us. There is a lot to consider when reorganizing and one topic of coversation that keeps coming up is the dress!

We turned to our friends who run Pearls & Lace Bridal Boutique in Donegal town to get some expert advice surrounding the dos and don’ts when you are re-organising your big day.

Do: Communicate with your bridal boutique

Owner Carole tells us, ”we’d recommend you get in touch with your bridal boutique and keep them updated about your wedding plans. We’ve already started the conversation with our brides who are supposed to be getting married between now and the end of August so they know we are here to help them and advise them. Your bridal boutique will have answers to all of your specific questions and will be able to put your mind at ease so don’t be afraid to ask anything you are worrying about. ”

Do: Plan ahead and factor your dress in when considering new dates

There are a few things you need to think about in relation to your dress and the stage of your planning you were already at with your wedding dress before you had to postpone due to coronavirus:

  1. If your dress hasn’t yet arrived in store, check what stage your dress is at and when it’s expected to arrive into the boutique. Are deliveries running normally or can you expect delays with your gown? This is particularly important for spring/ summer brides who have postponed but rebooked for later this year . Be sure there are no delays that may affect your new date.
  2. If your dress is already in the boutique, are they able to offer storage for it for you until your new date? And is it covered by insurance?
  3. Does the store offer a delivery option for your gown? This is useful for those brides whose dresses haven’t arrived in store and those that might need access to their gown for alterations or to purchase accessories needed for alterations before the store reopens.

Don’t: Worry about alterations

Carole tells us ”we’ve had a lot of brides worried about alterations, particularly those that are still planning to go ahead with July weddings and would typically be starting alterations around now. Don’t let this worry you, while the dressmakers are all closed at the moment- once restrictions lift, dressmakers will also be back at work. We deal with brides coming home from Australia for example, often with just one week before the wedding to get alterations done so don’t worry about tight timelines, we do it all the time!’’

Depending on how close you were to your wedding, your alterations may already have commenced or be complete. If this is the case, we recommend that you leave any further alterations for now, book a provisional alterations slot with a dressmaker for 4 weeks before your new date. You can then try it back on and ensure you get any final tweaks for the perfect fit. It can then be pressed and steamed in preparation for the day as normal.

If you haven’t completed any alterations- we recommend you book a dressmaker for your new date and leave starting any alterations until 4-6 weeks before.”

Do: Get Organised

If your new date isn’t far away, for example July or August, Carole recommends that you ensure you have everything you need to begin alterations- the right underwear, cups or bra and shoes so that once the dressmakers reopen, you are ready to start your alterations without any delays. Most of these can be purchased online or over the phone from local suppliers.

Don’t: Worry about ‘going off’ your dress

This is a common concern but Carole advises ”you picked your dress because you love it and you will love it on your wedding day, even if it wasn’t the date you first planned. Wedding dress trends are subtle and don’t change quickly so your dress definitely won’t go out of fashion.

We recommend that you don’t look at it too much, delete any pictures you have of it and if you need to store it yourself you should aim to do this at your mum, sister or bridesmaid’s house so you aren’t tempted to keep peeking at it? This will keep the magic alive when you see it again. In our experience these nerves disappear once you step back into your dream dress.”

You can also book a styling appointment with your boutique to try it on again closer to your new date. This will be a fun experience to look forward to and  gives you the opportunity to choose some fun and on-trend accessories to complete your look.

Don’t: Worry if you have to change season

Carole tells us ”Our personal experience at Pearls & Lace is that wedding dresses don’t vary greatly by season. We have summer brides that get married in long sleeves and winter brides that get married with deep low cut backs- because they love them and that’s much more important than anything in our opinion. For practical reasons you may want to make some small changes- like adding a beautiful cape if changing to winter or maybe lowering that back if moving to summer. Start the conversation with your boutique/ dressmaker and they will have lots more ideas and suggestions.”

”If you are changing to a winter wedding, you may want to get an additional cover up for your bridesmaids like a shawl or cape. Adding an extra colour into your colour palette can totally transform the overall look and theme. If you have blush bridesmaids dresses for example, why not add burgundy as a secondary colour. This can carry through into your invites, bridesmaid accessories and beautiful rich berry bouquet. Adding a secondary colour to Bridesmaids will add a unique element to your day.”


We hope this has helped answer your questions. Carole and the team at Pearls & Lace are happy to help if you have any specific queries your boutique can’t help you with, particularly if you have had to postpone due to Covid19.