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Bridal shops urge people to order wedding dresses now because of Coronavirus

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -- The Castronovo bridal shop has been in the Castronovo family for decades.

"Serving beautiful brides since 1937," says owner Nino Castronovo.

Passed down from generation to generation, the owner says he has seen it all.

But what he hasn't seen is a virus like the Coronavirus impacting the bridal industry the way it is.

Because of the virus, manufacturers in china have been closed for a month.

The owner says majority of wedding dresses are made in China.

"The problem we have is that the dresses that have already been made are still sitting the factories because China has not opened up the factories yet to let workers go back and get them shipped out," said Castronovo.

But his shop isn't the only shop dealing with some type of issues from the virus.

Sara Grace Bridal Shop owner Debra Fennell says her shop to is being impacted in a different way.

"Normally an individual could come in in a short period of time and ask that we rush an item to them and we would be able to to provide that service to them rather easily. But now that is not an option, it has been put on hold," said Fennell.

But with brides and wedding planners already feeling the pressure for the big day, both bridal shop owners have an optimistic message to customers.

"We have been able to deliver to the girls who have placed orders with us, we are just encouraging girls to place their orders in sooner than they would," said Fennell.

"We are seeing that it's not a pandemic, but people better be cautious and give themselves plenty of time in ordering dresses," said Castronovo.

Lauren Baker

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