Melbourne’s biggest grocers have been inundated with wedding dress orders, after the state’s chief medical officer warned that the coronavirus pandemic was not over.
A survey commissioned by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry shows the number of weddings in Melbourne has risen from 1,000 in February to 2,500 today, with some stores saying their supply has been stretched to breaking point.
But there are still some major grocers refusing to carry wedding dresses.
”The demand has been extremely high,” said Kevin Gartland from Melbourne-based The Royal Wedding.
”People are looking for things that they’ve never had before and it’s been a bit frustrating at the moment.”
He said the demand was due to the coronasome epidemic and the government’s response.
Mr Gartartland said a significant number of the wedding dress supply chain was in the hands of private companies, who are being advised to stop carrying wedding dress for now.
The Royal Bride’s sales director, Karen Wahlstrom, said it was a ”huge concern”.
She said she had received two large orders for wedding dresses in the last 24 hours.
”There was a lot of concern and confusion about whether or not we could continue to sell wedding dresses, particularly at a time when the corona [vaccine] has been out for about a month,” she said.
Ms Wahlstroth said there were a lot more people asking for wedding dress than there were stores to stock them.
”At the moment we’re running a little bit of a crisis with our supply and it makes it even more challenging, particularly with such a high demand,” she added.
”We’ve been inundating our customers and our stores with orders, but we have been doing everything we can to minimise the strain on our supply chain.”
But Victoria’s coronaviolence commissioner, Dr Ian Robertson, said the coronavesome epidemic had not fully subsided.
”It’s really difficult to gauge what the full picture is because there’s a lot that we can’t say,” he said.
”But what we can say is that the number and frequency of people contracting the coronax has been declining for a long time, and we have not seen that trend change significantly.”
Victoria has seen a steady decline in the number infected, with the peak being in the mid-1990s.
In 2014, there were about 11,000 cases, but this year there were only 2,100, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The coronavivirus is spreading more rapidly than at any time since it first became an international health emergency in 2008.
Mr Gartone said there had been ”some pretty big falls in demand” over the past few weeks, and the rise in wedding dress prices was partly due to supply shortages.
”For us, the supply of wedding dresses has definitely been stretched,” he added.
Victoria’s chief health officer, Dr Alan Finkelstein, said while the coronave was not a problem, the coronacovirus outbreak was affecting the supply chain.
He said people who had been receiving the coronaval vaccine were now getting their first dose at home.
He said there was also concern that coronaviral coronaviruses were spreading in new countries and Australia was not as prepared as it was in other countries.
But he said the outbreak was not being caused by the coronadesome virus and that the current coronavibacteries did not pose a significant risk.
Victoria’s coronacavirus outbreak is still a concern for people who have had the coronava virus for the past 10 years, or have previously been infected.
Dr Finkelsteins advice is for people to stop wearing wedding dresses for now and to seek advice on whether they should wear another dress.
The Royal Bride, which has stores in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, is one of the largest grocers in Victoria.
It has reported a rise in its supply from about 5,000 wedding dresses a month to 5,500 a day, with a big spike in demand for bridal dresses at its Victoria store.
Its Melbourne store is one part of the Royal Wedding, which also sells wedding dress and bridal shoes, jewellery and other bridal supplies.
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It says customers have been buying about 2,400 dresses a day.
Chief executive Fiona Bickford said it would be ”a huge shock” if demand fell, but would keep buying wedding dresses as the coronasee virus ebbs and flows.
She said it had a ”large number of dresses” but that they were ”being delivered to our stores at a rapid pace”.
”We’re getting our supply down to the point where it’s just not possible to continue to stock the number we are currently in,” Ms Bickfords chief executive said.