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May 15, 2020

Fashion Friday: Bridal Gown Shopping During Covid-19

By Suzi Battaile

Searching for your dream dress is usually one of the happiest parts of wedding planning, but Covid-19 has taken some of the joy out of even that.

bride in wedding dress

After over 10 years at San Diego Style Weddings and countless styled shoots with hundreds of different gowns, last weekend I was looking at gowns from a different perspective….  this time I am the mother of the bride!  Fortunately, my daughter lives in Phoenix and we were able to get one of the first appointments after shops in Arizona were allowed to open on a limited basis, but shopping was a different experience.


wedding dress shopping

Masks required and no bride tribe allowed! The first shop we went to she was allowed to have Mom, Nana and Maid of Honor who zoomed with the rest of her girls. The second shop she was told only ONE person could accompany the bride.  Luckily, we were the last appointment in the afternoon and both Mom and Nana were able to be there after having our temperatures taken and with lots of social distancing. Another drawback because of Covid-19, she could only try on five gowns since they all had to be sanitized after each bride tried them on.

Thanks to Sam at Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique, my daughter found the one and said yes to the dress!



A few things to keep in mind once California allows bridal shops to open again.

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Gown: Pronovias from Here Comes the Bride

You need to allow seven to eight months to order your gown and have time for fittings and alterations. Most likely the days of visiting numerous shops and trying on endless gowns are gone. Get decisive about what you really want so you make the most out of your gown shopping.

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Gown: Luv Bridal

Start your search in San Diego by visiting Luv Bridal and Here Comes the Bride to see their gowns that can make your dreams come true!  We can’t wait to see what you find, be sure to #SDStyleWeddings when you say, “yes to the dress”!