Wow! After fourteen months of lockdowns, we were looking forward to the wedding industry picking up again and getting back to enjoying our fittings with our lovely brides and bridesmaids- but we never could have predicted the surge in demand! We placed a record number of rush orders for bridesmaids dresses and raced to fittings all over the country as many bridesmaids jetted in from countries all over the world as travel restrictions relaxed.
We expected wedding parties to get smaller with fewer bridesmaids as we enjoyed such beautiful, more intimate weddings during the periods of restriction, but no- we are still experiencing a surge in numbers as we get to showcase our beautiful bridesmaids colours and styles in gorgeous combinations- This job will always bring the most beautiful delights!
For those planning to order their bridesmaid dresses- in general, your dresses will take 12-16 weeks to make, but we want to make sure you leave (a minimum of) an extra six weeks before the wedding for fittings- we've seen enough last minute rushes this year! But I have to admit, it's been worth it to see everyone look so well in the photos!
We also decided to add four new bridal collections this year and will recommence our private bridal fittings in the next few weeks. We are so excited to show you our breath-taking new styles!
One thing I have really learned this year- though I know that I will always give 100% to what I do- the surge in demand really showed me that I need to prioritise more free time. That's easily said- when a customer needs me, I always endeavour to make myself available- but I do have to consider my health, and sometimes that means saying no, especially when the extra work is simply due to a change in customer's preferences. Although we often perform last minute miracles when requested, I have to remind myself sometimes that this is a business and extra time and effort must be accounted for!
Though I have to say, our brides and bridesmaids are especially gracious and we are very grateful for the gifts and cards and lovely reviews that we receive!
Keep an eye on our Instagram @oneilovedresses for photos of our lovely recent brides and bridesmaids!