Written by: New Romantics
Photos by: Snippets Photography
The year 2020. We started this year with so many hopes and plans, thought that this year would be the year of great prosperity. Twenty plenty. Then Corona threw us a curveball. As the country goes through the 5 levels of lockdown, it is almost like the 5 levels of grief.
1. Shock and denial
1. Shock and denial. Level 5
We were all shocked at the outbreak in China and how quickly it spread in Europe, especially Italy. We all thought this would not happen to us. We were still planning our weddings dress fittings, designing our custom dresses for specific season and type of wedding. We all thought no, it’s not coming to South Africa. Typically thinking no this only happens to other people. Then it came…
2. Anger. Level 4
Then when President Ramaposa announced the lockdown, we were angry and disappointed. We could not have our dream wedding as we planned. We cannot wear our gorgeous designer wedding gown. Everything is put on hold.
3.Bargaining. Level 3
At this stage, we are all making plans as in how we can work around the virus. Change our business strategy. Change the way we consult with our brides. We do know that a beautiful stunning wedding dress is a bride’s basic human right. With today’s technology, we can at least send pictures and chat online and get the first stages of dress consultation on the way.
4.Depression. Level 2
We do feel sad and disappointed that we cannot have the wedding we planned.
As designer, we are also sad; we are born to create magnificent jaw-dropping gowns and make dreams come true.
5.Acceptance. Level 1
We must accept our new normal. We must adjust our budget, instead of buying a custom-made dress, you have the option to hire as well. At New Romantics couture we have a large variety of dresses for hire. You can even have the best of both worlds and have your dream dress made and hire it instead of buying.
This is also an excellent time to support local designers and businesses. Our actual designs also have an adjustment, the face masks. At first, we were very annoyed by it, but we can make it fun and accept the time we are in. Just imagine the stories you can tell your kids one day.
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