Andrews Bridal Shoppe hopes for better year as weddings adapt to COVID-19

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DOTHAN, Ala (WDHN) — As businesses continue getting back on their feet after COVID-19, one Dothan shop says its clients are finding joy despite having their plans completely upended.

For 53 years, Andrews Bridal Shoppe has helped girls find their dream gowns. But as the pandemic began, weddings were postponed, downgraded, or even completely cancelled.

This left bridal shops, like Andrews, reeling.

“All of a sudden, this virus that we never heard of appeared at our doorstep and changed everything,” said Andrews Bridal Shopper owner Mary Andrews. “Business just came to a screeching halt. Everyone was in shock. Nobody knew what to do.”

Now, nearly a year following COVID-19’s arrival in the United States, Andrews is starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

“We have learned how to protect ourselves and each other,” Andrews said.

With adjustments like social distancing, sanitizing and masks, Andrews is ready to help girls find their dresses.

“People are so resilient,” Andrews said. “They’re figuring out how to have these weddings and work around all that [COVID-19 precautions] and it’s working out.”

It’s a process that isn’t just about trying on pretty dresses but also sparking magic during a difficult, confusing time.

“Even though the sadness of the loved ones that we’ve lost is certainly on our mind, life has adjusted in some ways and people are still finding ways to get married,” Andrews said.

Andrews is accepting appointments; to schedule an appointment, call (334) 677-1158.

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