Brides have been warned that it can take up to a YEAR for their wedding dresses to arrive and are advised to purchase them early as supply chain disruption can lead to late deliveries of dresses, veils and headpieces
- UK Alliance of Wedding Planners has warned deliveries could be delayed
- Delays in ports mean veils and headgear take longer to arrive in Britain
- Wedding planner Bernadette Chapman advised to buy dresses right away
Brides have been warned to order their wedding dresses a year in advance as supply chain disruptions could lead to late deliveries of dresses from abroad, retailers warned.
Delays at UK ports mean dresses, veils and headgear bought from manufacturers abroad could take longer, while industry experts suggest brides could wait as long as a year.
Bernadette Chapman, of the UK’s Alliance of Wedding Planner, said brides-to-be should start looking for their dresses as soon as they get engaged.
“I recommend it’s not too late to order your wedding dress – give yourself enough time for a buffer in case your dress is delayed,” she told the Telegraph.
Delays at UK ports mean it could take longer for dresses, veils and headgear bought from manufacturers abroad to arrive. stock image
It comes as a severe lack of truck drivers, congestion in global trading ports and new post-Brexit trade and immigration rules continue to hamper the UK’s economic recovery as it exits the Covid pandemic.
Industry leaders said today they fear the problems – including inventory and staff shortages – could 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 in a rented dress from Greek designer Christos Costarellos.
While dress rental isn’t a new phenomenon, the fact that more brides are choosing to do it—rather than being a necessity due to a tight budget—is a shift.
It comes as a severe lack of truck drivers, congestion in global trading ports (pictured, shipping containers at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk), and new post-Brexit trade and immigration rules continue to hamper the UK’s economic recovery as it exits the Covid pandemic.
Hiring a dress can also make a high-end designer who is typically out of a bride’s price range more accessible.
There’s also the sustainable element of renting or buying a second-hand dress, and the process can be a lot quicker than buying a dress, which often requires multiple adjustments if made to measure.
Fashion rental site HURR launched HURR Bridal last year and the site saw a more than 268 percent increase in brides-to-be seeking rentals, some booking as early as fall 2022.
Co-founder Victoria Prew said: ‘We have seen a steady and increasing interest in bridal fashion, but web traffic and bookings accelerated significantly over the Bank Holiday weekend.
“As an ideal time to plan, the long weekend gave brides a chance to plan a more sustainable wedding dress option.”
Sacha predicts that rentals will eventually be worth 20 per cent of the UK bridal market when it comes to the pond in the US – nearly £60 million a year based on 2018 figures.