Hey fam. It’s time for us to get real with you – like, really real. We want to let you have a small peek into our world and, by extension, some of the back-of-house circumstances that effect you, your bridal party, and your orders.

To start, the majority of our designers manufacturer their products overseas in various Asian and Pacific Island countries. They can range from India to Vietnam. Due to this, different manufacturers have different shipping times, production processes, and delays. We do our absolute best to navigate these differences for you. YOU don’t need to know the different lead times of designers – we do. But what you do need to know is that designer lead times vary and they’re out of our control. Once the order is placed and begun overseas, it’s often out of our hands. Our companies in the US work closely with their overseas factories, but often, especially regarding shipping, their hands are tied. This is why we have an all sales final policy and do our absolute best to confirm color, size, and style before placing all orders. We also stay on top of your orders as much as humanly possible.

Which leads into our first big breaking new: international production and shipping has been severely impacted by COVID-19. Just as an example, one of our designers in Vietnam is currently working at only 1/3 staff thanks to a recent surge of cases in their major cities. Due to that, production is significantly slowed and are facing a 4 week delay. Shipping carriers, too, are also facing massive staff shortages and huge delays in Customs. Usually, we see a 2-3 day turnaround time on orders going through Customs. Now? It’s almost a week. Add in the month delay from the designer to begin with and we’re seeing a 6 week delay on bridesmaids orders. Some designers are more affected than others, which is why we do our best to stay in the loop with all our designers updates. Currently, we’re recommending ordering your bridesmaids dresses 6 months before the wedding date. Otherwise, we will insist on adding a rush fee to the order to ensure its’ quick delivery and minimal delays.

One thing that brides need to keep in mind is, with manufacturing done overseas in different cultures, many factories shut down for different holidays than they do here in the US. While it’s possible that there might be some time off during Christmastime, the majority of workers receive their holiday time off during Chinese New Year, which is February. The time off varies per designer and can be as short as two weeks and as long as six weeks. During this time, production is halted on most orders, which is why we encourage spring and summer brides to shop early. Doing so ensures your group’s order, if delayed, doesn’t disturb your wedding timeline.

The next biggest news? Cost of goods is increasing globally and that includes textiles. As much as we’d prefer to not raise prices, many of our designers have increased their cost of goods to both offset higher production costs and also to meet demand. Costs of fabric, lace, beading, and the labor for the skilled workers for create these beautiful garments are growing with inflation which means that the cost of our dresses has increased, too. We never want to be presumptuous and dictate brides’ budgets, but we also want our couples to walk in with realistic expectations about the cost of gowns and suits. Our average price point for gowns has bumped slightly, to roughly $1599. We still stock many gowns below that price point, but it is growing increasingly difficult to reorder gowns for anything less than $1000. Brides wanting to spend less than that price point at Dress Gallery should anticipate shopping off-the-rack. We simply no longer stock gowns less than $800 unless we are running an exclusive sale.

COVID-19 has also changed the way we do some of our processes, too. Dress Gallery is encouraging brides to limit their groups to 6 people or less for all appointments with no children under age 10. With the recent surges in COVID-19, we are doing our best to keep our staff and patrons safe. Out of courtesy and respect for your bridal consultants, we ask that groups be kept to 6 guests or less and all guests be over age 10. Our private bridal suites can comfortably fit that many adults and we cannot always accommodate extra seating. Plus, additional bodies limits the amount of room the consultant has to move around the suite, along with limiting floor space for trains, veils, and more. For bridesmaids groups larger than 6, we recommend splitting the group into two separate appointments. We also understand childcare in hard to come by, but please, no children under age 10 in the store unless they are being measured for a bridal party. This is particularly important in regards to strollers, as our store is not set up for easy navigation with strollers. If an infant is with you during your appointment, we ask that no strollers enter the store. Car seats and other hand carriers are fine, but especially on busy Saturdays, we simply cannot accommodate the space needed for strollers. Also, children are not encouraged to attend bridesmaids appointments. Our bridesmaids area is separated, but not private, which we’ve found means little kiddos like to roam. Due to this, we ask that bridesmaids attend appointments without children in tow.

We’ve also got some new faces over here at Dress Gallery. It’s possible that some of your favorite DG team members have moved on to bigger opportunities recently. Losing coworkers that feel like family is always bittersweet, but while we will always miss them, we’re super stoked for some of our newbies. They have really hit the ground running with their professional education and growth and we couldn’t be more proud. Just know that while staff changes have occurred, the Dress Gallery standard of excellence and expertise has not. We can’t wait to help you!

So that’s the meat of it, fam. Life looks a little different on this side of COVID-19 and we’re doing our absolute best to navigate this global crisis as best we can with minimal turbulence for our brides. We just wanted to give you some context to our business, our processes, and some of the decisions we’ve made recently. We thank you all so much for trusting us as your bridal boutique and we promise to keep serving you for years to come!

Love, the DG team

REAL TALK: A LETTER FROM THE DG TEAM


Hey fam. It’s time for us to get real with you – like, really real. We want to let you have a small peek into our world and, by extension, some of the back-of-house circumstances that effect you, your bridal party, and your orders.

To start, the majority of our designers manufacturer their products overseas in various Asian and Pacific Island countries. They can range from India to Vietnam. Due to this, different manufacturers have different shipping times, production processes, and delays. We do our absolute best to navigate these differences for you. YOU don’t need to know the different lead times of designers – we do. But what you do need to know is that designer lead times vary and they’re out of our control. Once the order is placed and begun overseas, it’s often out of our hands. Our companies in the US work closely with their overseas factories, but often, especially regarding shipping, their hands are tied. This is why we have an all sales final policy and do our absolute best to confirm color, size, and style before placing all orders. We also stay on top of your orders as much as humanly possible.

Which leads into our first big breaking new: international production and shipping has been severely impacted by COVID-19. Just as an example, one of our designers in Vietnam is currently working at only 1/3 staff thanks to a recent surge of cases in their major cities. Due to that, production is significantly slowed and are facing a 4 week delay. Shipping carriers, too, are also facing massive staff shortages and huge delays in Customs. Usually, we see a 2-3 day turnaround time on orders going through Customs. Now? It’s almost a week. Add in the month delay from the designer to begin with and we’re seeing a 6 week delay on bridesmaids orders. Some designers are more affected than others, which is why we do our best to stay in the loop with all our designers updates. Currently, we’re recommending ordering your bridesmaids dresses 6 months before the wedding date. Otherwise, we will insist on adding a rush fee to the order to ensure its’ quick delivery and minimal delays.

One thing that brides need to keep in mind is, with manufacturing done overseas in different cultures, many factories shut down for different holidays than they do here in the US. While it’s possible that there might be some time off during Christmastime, the majority of workers receive their holiday time off during Chinese New Year, which is February. The time off varies per designer and can be as short as two weeks and as long as six weeks. During this time, production is halted on most orders, which is why we encourage spring and summer brides to shop early. Doing so ensures your group’s order, if delayed, doesn’t disturb your wedding timeline.

The next biggest news? Cost of goods is increasing globally and that includes textiles. As much as we’d prefer to not raise prices, many of our designers have increased their cost of goods to both offset higher production costs and also to meet demand. Costs of fabric, lace, beading, and the labor for the skilled workers for create these beautiful garments are growing with inflation which means that the cost of our dresses has increased, too. We never want to be presumptuous and dictate brides’ budgets, but we also want our couples to walk in with realistic expectations about the cost of gowns and suits. Our average price point for gowns has bumped slightly, to roughly $1599. We still stock many gowns below that price point, but it is growing increasingly difficult to reorder gowns for anything less than $1000. Brides wanting to spend less than that price point at Dress Gallery should anticipate shopping off-the-rack. We simply no longer stock gowns less than $800 unless we are running an exclusive sale.

COVID-19 has also changed the way we do some of our processes, too. Dress Gallery is encouraging brides to limit their groups to 6 people or less for all appointments with no children under age 10. With the recent surges in COVID-19, we are doing our best to keep our staff and patrons safe. Out of courtesy and respect for your bridal consultants, we ask that groups be kept to 6 guests or less and all guests be over age 10. Our private bridal suites can comfortably fit that many adults and we cannot always accommodate extra seating. Plus, additional bodies limits the amount of room the consultant has to move around the suite, along with limiting floor space for trains, veils, and more. For bridesmaids groups larger than 6, we recommend splitting the group into two separate appointments. We also understand childcare in hard to come by, but please, no children under age 10 in the store unless they are being measured for a bridal party. This is particularly important in regards to strollers, as our store is not set up for easy navigation with strollers. If an infant is with you during your appointment, we ask that no strollers enter the store. Car seats and other hand carriers are fine, but especially on busy Saturdays, we simply cannot accommodate the space needed for strollers. Also, children are not encouraged to attend bridesmaids appointments. Our bridesmaids area is separated, but not private, which we’ve found means little kiddos like to roam. Due to this, we ask that bridesmaids attend appointments without children in tow.

We’ve also got some new faces over here at Dress Gallery. It’s possible that some of your favorite DG team members have moved on to bigger opportunities recently. Losing coworkers that feel like family is always bittersweet, but while we will always miss them, we’re super stoked for some of our newbies. They have really hit the ground running with their professional education and growth and we couldn’t be more proud. Just know that while staff changes have occurred, the Dress Gallery standard of excellence and expertise has not. We can’t wait to help you!

So that’s the meat of it, fam. Life looks a little different on this side of COVID-19 and we’re doing our absolute best to navigate this global crisis as best we can with minimal turbulence for our brides. We just wanted to give you some context to our business, our processes, and some of the decisions we’ve made recently. We thank you all so much for trusting us as your bridal boutique and we promise to keep serving you for years to come!

Love, the DG team

Hey fam. It’s time for us to get real with you – like, really real. We want to let you have a small peek into our world and, by extension, some of the back-of-house circumstances that effect you, your bridal party, and your orders.

To start, the majority of our designers manufacturer their products overseas in various Asian and Pacific Island countries. They can range from India to Vietnam. Due to this, different manufacturers have different shipping times, production processes, and delays. We do our absolute best to navigate these differences for you. YOU don’t need to know the different lead times of designers – we do. But what you do need to know is that designer lead times vary and they’re out of our control. Once the order is placed and begun overseas, it’s often out of our hands. Our companies in the US work closely with their overseas factories, but often, especially regarding shipping, their hands are tied. This is why we have an all sales final policy and do our absolute best to confirm color, size, and style before placing all orders. We also stay on top of your orders as much as humanly possible.

Which leads into our first big breaking new: international production and shipping has been severely impacted by COVID-19. Just as an example, one of our designers in Vietnam is currently working at only 1/3 staff thanks to a recent surge of cases in their major cities. Due to that, production is significantly slowed and are facing a 4 week delay. Shipping carriers, too, are also facing massive staff shortages and huge delays in Customs. Usually, we see a 2-3 day turnaround time on orders going through Customs. Now? It’s almost a week. Add in the month delay from the designer to begin with and we’re seeing a 6 week delay on bridesmaids orders. Some designers are more affected than others, which is why we do our best to stay in the loop with all our designers updates. Currently, we’re recommending ordering your bridesmaids dresses 6 months before the wedding date. Otherwise, we will insist on adding a rush fee to the order to ensure its’ quick delivery and minimal delays.

One thing that brides need to keep in mind is, with manufacturing done overseas in different cultures, many factories shut down for different holidays than they do here in the US. While it’s possible that there might be some time off during Christmastime, the majority of workers receive their holiday time off during Chinese New Year, which is February. The time off varies per designer and can be as short as two weeks and as long as six weeks. During this time, production is halted on most orders, which is why we encourage spring and summer brides to shop early. Doing so ensures your group’s order, if delayed, doesn’t disturb your wedding timeline.

The next biggest news? Cost of goods is increasing globally and that includes textiles. As much as we’d prefer to not raise prices, many of our designers have increased their cost of goods to both offset higher production costs and also to meet demand. Costs of fabric, lace, beading, and the labor for the skilled workers for create these beautiful garments are growing with inflation which means that the cost of our dresses has increased, too. We never want to be presumptuous and dictate brides’ budgets, but we also want our couples to walk in with realistic expectations about the cost of gowns and suits. Our average price point for gowns has bumped slightly, to roughly $1599. We still stock many gowns below that price point, but it is growing increasingly difficult to reorder gowns for anything less than $1000. Brides wanting to spend less than that price point at Dress Gallery should anticipate shopping off-the-rack. We simply no longer stock gowns less than $800 unless we are running an exclusive sale.

COVID-19 has also changed the way we do some of our processes, too. Dress Gallery is encouraging brides to limit their groups to 6 people or less for all appointments with no children under age 10. With the recent surges in COVID-19, we are doing our best to keep our staff and patrons safe. Out of courtesy and respect for your bridal consultants, we ask that groups be kept to 6 guests or less and all guests be over age 10. Our private bridal suites can comfortably fit that many adults and we cannot always accommodate extra seating. Plus, additional bodies limits the amount of room the consultant has to move around the suite, along with limiting floor space for trains, veils, and more. For bridesmaids groups larger than 6, we recommend splitting the group into two separate appointments. We also understand childcare in hard to come by, but please, no children under age 10 in the store unless they are being measured for a bridal party. This is particularly important in regards to strollers, as our store is not set up for easy navigation with strollers. If an infant is with you during your appointment, we ask that no strollers enter the store. Car seats and other hand carriers are fine, but especially on busy Saturdays, we simply cannot accommodate the space needed for strollers. Also, children are not encouraged to attend bridesmaids appointments. Our bridesmaids area is separated, but not private, which we’ve found means little kiddos like to roam. Due to this, we ask that bridesmaids attend appointments without children in tow.

We’ve also got some new faces over here at Dress Gallery. It’s possible that some of your favorite DG team members have moved on to bigger opportunities recently. Losing coworkers that feel like family is always bittersweet, but while we will always miss them, we’re super stoked for some of our newbies. They have really hit the ground running with their professional education and growth and we couldn’t be more proud. Just know that while staff changes have occurred, the Dress Gallery standard of excellence and expertise has not. We can’t wait to help you!

So that’s the meat of it, fam. Life looks a little different on this side of COVID-19 and we’re doing our absolute best to navigate this global crisis as best we can with minimal turbulence for our brides. We just wanted to give you some context to our business, our processes, and some of the decisions we’ve made recently. We thank you all so much for trusting us as your bridal boutique and we promise to keep serving you for years to come!

Love, the DG team

Our 2021 brides are a resilient bunch. We are so thankful for all of our couples who are focused on celebrating their love in a healthy, safe way for everyone involved. Because of COVID-19, weddings have certainly evolved from what we’re used to seeing and in 2021, that evolution is going to be front-and-center. If there’s any one thing that wedding planners for 2021 are seeing, it’s their couples being thorough & intentional with all of their choices. Setting your intentions for your wedding and then hiring venues to follow through is the #1 trend for 2021, according to wedding planners nationwide. Trying to decide what’s important to you & your values for your wedding day? Read on for some suggestions from planners!

#1: Sustainability

Brides are becoming much more conscious of the sustainability of their weddings. Changes from foam-free florals, recycled decorations, biodegradable confetti, and more are all small changes brides are making in order to make minimize their wedding footprint. Rental bridesmaids dresses & suits help minimize production of new items and donating leftover food to homeless shelters or local food banks is a great way to be charitable with their extra resources!

One of the biggest ways our brides are making their weddings sustainable is by choosing pre-made wedding dresses instead of having something made specially for them. Whether that’s buying sample dresses off-the-rack, buying pre-owned online, or simply finding a sustainable manufacturering process, brides are becoming very conscious of where their dresses come from, who is making them, and what consequences those decisions have.

If you’re interested in a great way to get a sustainable gown, check out our Etsy page for great sample gowns at a rocking price!

#2: Weekday Weddings

With big, large parties taking a backseat to elopements and mini-monies, the traditional Saturday night party is also falling to the wayside. When you have minimal guests and smaller limitations, weekday weddings make much more sense for many couples wanting to limit their big day.

Not only are many vendors cheaper for weekday weddings, but there’s often less competition for availability on those dates, as well. Here at Dress Gallery, we’re seeing a rise in Thursday & Monday weddings, preferring instead to have a quick, simple ceremony with a lavish dinner instead of a big reception complete with DJ and catering.

If you’re looking for a way to save a few dollars, while also having the opportunity to book the vendors you really want, consider a weekday wedding!

#3: Buying Local

If there’s any one specific way that your wedding can make a positive impact on the community around you, choosing to spend your money locally is the best way to do so. Your local catering company can source local ingredients; your local photographers know the best places to shoot; and your local independent bridal store (ahem ahem!) truly appreciates your patronage when you purchase your dress with them!

Supporting small business is a way to give back to the community around you, while also guaranteeing you have a great vendor team behind you on your wedding day. If you’re getting married in the Wichita area, we have a huge list of local vendors that can make your dream day come true.

Stopping in and shopping with Dress Gallery for your wedding gown is a great way to support a local, woman-owned business. We’re an independent bridal store featuring seven designers that’s been in business in Delano for over 10 years; there’s some reputation behind us! Even outside of Dress Gallery, there are many independent bridal stores in the area that would appreciate your support!

#4: Humor

Bringing in some good humor into your wedding is a great way to ease into the atmosphere for the guests. With “Unsave the Dates” and “Keep Your Distance” signs making appearances everywhere, humor is a great way to shake off the craziness of 2020/2021.

Those small, subtle ways to include humor are a great way to encourage your guests to have a great time, even if the wedding looks and feels a little different than tradition. Bring in fun guest experiences by booking magicians or stand-up comedians to mingle with your guests. These small groups are a great way to break the ice between guests, while also allowing everyone to interact in a laid-back, super fun way!

#5: Spontaneity

There are a lot of brides & grooms who are throwing planning to the wayside and instead are focusing on the spontaneous whirlwind type of ceremony. Instead of focusing on specific details like colors, place settings, or invitations, the couples are picking out their ready-to-wear outfits and having them ready to go should they decide to hop a plane or take a drive!

Many of our brides are coming to shop for their dresses don’t have specific wedding dates, but instead seasons they intend to get married in. With travel limitations and restrictions abound, they’re having everything they need ready-to-go so they can take off at a moment’s notice. Having a photographer down for this type of impromptu ceremony is key, as you’ll definitely want pictures regardless of your plans.

What are your intentions for your 2021 wedding? Let us know on Facebook and what you think of these trends!