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What to expect when looking for the perfect wedding dress during the pandemic!

Bride and Groom by Kelly Firmin Photography

Since Covid-19 hit our shores life has been thrown into all sorts of chaos. We have seen our lives change over night and now we are trying to rebuild something of a new looking normal.

The pandemic has a lot to answer for! The massive effect it's had on the wedding industry being one of them. Thousands of couples have not only had to postpone their big day but some have had to change it completely and a lot have had to change the way in which they plan it.

Searching for a wedding dress will be a very different experience for quite some time. The freedom to visit a bridal boutique without an appointment or to try on dozens of dresses that aren't really what you want because it is fun may be a thing of the past.

I recently spoke to the owner of the Cath Adam @ The Bride shop who has explained in more detail what you can expect when searching for your perfect dress.

A bit about the boutique and it's fabulous owner:

The Bride Shop

Cath Adam @ The Bride Shop is a stunning wedding boutique in the centre of Three Bridges in West Sussex. It boasts a variety of dresses by Kenneth Winston and Ella Rosa as well as the boutique’s own private collection, the Cath Adam Collection. There are over 80 dresses in sizes ranging from 4-32 in all colours including ivory, nude, blush, dark ivory, light champagne and champagne. There is also a large number of beautiful veils, hair accessories and jewellery.

Aside from being the owner of this amazing bridal boutique, Cath Adam is also a silversmith with her own hallmark. She makes unique, handmade wedding rings to fit around the most unusual shaped engagement rings as well as jewellery for all ages. One of her recent items is a growing bangle for a little girl that can be enlarged as she gets older so she is able to wear it for life. What an amazing bridal party gift!

Cath Adam Silver

Anyway, I'm going off on a bit of a tangent there! Back to The Bridal Shop....

I caught up with Cath to ask her how the pandemic has effected Cath Adam @ The Bridal Shop and to share with you what you can expect when you now go wedding dress shopping.


When did you close and how did it effect you and the shop?

"We were busy with appointments up until 21st March, once lockdown was announced we obviously closed immediately. I decided to use the time I had at home to do that behind the scenes stuff which sometimes finds it's way to the bottom of the 'to do' list when we're busy. I stayed in touch with every one of my girls to see how they were and if there was anything I could do to help them in this uncertain time. I assured them they could call me at any time, some did and I was able to put their minds at rest. Some just wanted to talk it all over with me which made them feel better."

The Bride shop

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