Niki Donohoe of Dreamy Curves bridal has a full diary for December, however has issues that restrictions on travelling between counties might have a unfavourable impression on her enterprise.
The bridal store catering for curvy figures has been open since June 2018.
‘Clearly enterprise has been affected dramatically,’ she stated.
‘We closed simply earlier than the federal government introduced the lock-down in March. We did not know how you can function safely, there have been no pointers.’
Inside a number of days, the complete lockdown was introduced.
Dreamy Curves then opened once more on June 9 and closed once more because the nation went into Stage 5.
This was an enormous yr for the enterprise.
In January, they received bridal boutique of the yr on the Irish Marriage ceremony Awards.
‘The enterprise was booming, it was a fully superb begin to the yr. We had been getting a great deal of new site visitors from successful the award. It was an actual blow.
‘It was onerous however we got here again in June and had been very busy. June, July and August had been so busy.’
Whereas many weddings had been cancelled or postponed, many had been downscaled and nonetheless went forward. In these instances, the gown was nonetheless high of the listing of necessities for the day.
‘That was maybe in our favour, they weren’t going to compromise on the gown.’
Then final month they needed to cease seeing purchasers once more.
‘What are you able to do, you need to drift,’ stated Niki. ‘Public security is so essential.’
Round 80 to 90 per cent of their clients are from exterior County Wicklow, so journey restrictions could stand in the best way of December’s appointments. The store additionally brings lots of people into Bray who could cease for a espresso or lunch earlier than going house.
There aren’t that many curvy bridal specialists, so folks will journey from all around the nation to Dreamy Curves.
‘As quickly as we entered Stage three, everyone cancelled their appointments,’ stated Niki. ‘So primarily we have had six weeks of lockdown plus two weeks.
‘We hope with the vaccines within the pipeline, no less than we are able to see it within the sights.
‘There’s hope that issues will decide up subsequent yr and folks can go forward with their weddings as they imagined them. However I am not anticipating that we get up on January 1 and issues are higher.’
When they’re allowed open, brides can have two folks with them and everybody should put on a masks. Different measures embrace sanitising attire which had been tried on, and strict social distancing.