On May 11, Governor John Bell Edwards announced the beginning of phase 1 of reopening the state of Louisiana, loosening mandates put in place in March in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. For two months, stores, restaurants and countless other businesses, including those related to the wedding industry have been closed – only allowing curbside pickup or delivery. Event cancellations and mandates on gatherings caused many 2020 wedding plans to be put on hold. Included in the guidelines and changes were bridal boutiques.
Many boutiques closed, but some got creative offering online fittings and, in the case of Town & Country Bridal, going as far as delivering or shipping gowns to clients for at-home fittings with video conferencing assistance. During phase 1, many stores are reopening and implementing guidelines put forth by the CDC, local and state government to ensure safety. For some bridal boutiques, this includes private, in-store appointments.
I Do Bridal Couture in Covington reopens Wednesday, May 13, for private appointments. Clients will be served one appointment at a time and each bride is only allowed three guests. In a social media post about the opening, the store stated that the employees will be wearing masks and cleaning between appointments. Visit idobridalcouture.com/Covington.
I Do Bridal Couture in Baton Rouge has been open since May 1 accommodating one appointment at a time with an hour and a half limit and a three-guest limit. It notes on its social media that all guests are required to wash their hands upon entry and wear a mask during the appointment. Employees deep clean before each appointment and wear masks. Call 504-361-0377 or visit idobridalcouture.com.
Town & Country Bridal on St. Charles Avenue is now scheduling private appointments for brides with certain restrictions in place to keep everyone safe. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule and find out the specific details of the appointment.
The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe announced on its social media that the Severn Avenue store opens to bridal appointments on May 15. There was no mention of private appointments or what restrictions will be implemented. Call 504-266-2771 for details.
Pearl’s Place, also located on Severn Avenue, now offers private appointments at its Metairie store during its normal business hours. Call 504-885-9213 or visit www.pearlsplace.com.
New Orleans Bride and “Let Them Eat Cake” are in the planning stages of publishing a resource section for couples whose wedding or wedding-related events were affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We want to highlight couples who’ve chosen not to cancel their weddings. Tell us your stories about the intimate ceremonies and celebrations, to offer inspiration, guidance and hope to other couple’s faced with cancelations or logistical changes.
If your wedding day did not go as planned due to the coronavirus, please fill out the form below for a chance to be featured in a newly created resource section that will debut May 18.
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