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Bridal Stores in the UK: Market Research Report

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Bridal Stores Market Research Report | SIC UK0.015 | Feb 2017

Thinly veiled threat: Competition from online outlets and department stores will limit growth

IBISWorld’s Bridal Stores market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Market Share of Companies
Harrods Ltd. Harrods Ltd. market share
There are no major players in this industry There are no major players in this industry market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Bridal Stores industry is just a small part of the multibillion-pound UK wedding business. Operators in the industry provide wedding gowns and bridal accessories, as well as clothing and accessories for the bridal party. They traditionally benefit from a bride's desire to look good on her wedding day, which often prompts high spending. However, there has been a long-term decline in the UK marriage rate up until quite recently, as society's attitudes to matrimony have changed. In addition, consumer spending was low in the early part of the five-year period due to the effects of a faltering economic recovery. The average spend on weddings and expenditure on bridalwear were relatively low as a result.

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Wedding dresses

Wedding dresses account for the vast majority of revenue generated by the Bridal Stores industry. A multitude of designs, styles and fabrics are usually on offer so outlets can appeal to a range of consumer tastes and requirements. Different styles of wedding dress are designed to accentuate various parts of the body and allow women to highlight their best features. Almost all dresses sold in the industry fit into one of the following five styles: mermaid, A-line, empire-line, sheath and ball gown. The form of sleeve and strap are also areas where dresses vary. Consumer preferences are often dictated by wider fashion trends and the influence of celebrity culture. Vintage-inspired wedding dresses have become more popular over the past five years.

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What is the Bridal Stores Industry?

Stores in this industry specialise in selling wedding dresses and clothes for members of the bridal party, including jewellery and accessories. Some stores also provide fitting and alteration services. The industry excludes the bridal sections of department stores and online retailers that sell similar items.

Industry Products
Wedding dressesAccessoriesBridesmaid dressesOther bridal party attire
Industry Activities
Retailing wedding dressesRetailing bridesmaid dressesRetailing bridal jewellery and accessoriesRetailing other bridalwearFitting and altering wedding dresses

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