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Everything you need to know about wedding dress shopping post-lockdown

A couture bridal design by Phillipa Lepley - Phillipa Lepley
A couture bridal design by Phillipa Lepley – Phillipa Lepley

Weddings are back! On Wednesday, the government announced that from July 4, ceremonies could resume in England with up to 30 guests. Small weddings have been allowed in Wales and Northern Ireland since mid-June but they are yet to get the go ahead to make a comeback in Scotland. 

For many brides, this will be the cue to get serious about wedding dress shopping again – whether you’ve already chosen your gown, put the process on pause during lockdown, or are just getting started. 

Choosing a wedding dress is, most of us hope, a once in a lifetime experience so it’s understandable that you might feel wary about beginning the process at such an uncertain time. But as someone who has recently dipped my toe in the water, I can assure you that bridal designers are full of ingenious

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The new reality of wedding dress shopping, from prosecco on Zoom to virtual fittings

When I’d imagined what searching for a wedding dress might be like, I can’t say it had ever crossed my mind that, on my first appointment, I’d be wearing my slippers and the designer would be warning that her four-year-old son, dressed as a dinosaur, might roar into the room at any moment. But such is the new reality of the search for the perfect look. 

Weddings may have been suspended since March, but the bridal style industry is still in full swing, confirms Kate Halfpenny, renowned for her modern spin on bridalwear, who is preparing to re-open her Bloomsbury boutique in the coming weeks, ready to welcome 200 brides who are awaiting fittings. In the meantime, she’s been using Zoom to consult with new clients. 

I got engaged in February and, as a fashion editor, my thoughts naturally turned to what The Dress might look like, well, years before

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