Tailors in the Chinese city of Suzhou usually have their hands full churning out beautiful dresses for brides around the world - planning out the wedding of their dreams.
Suzhou is China's wedding gown city -- one of the world's largest exporters for bridal goods.
But as couples across the globe delay or cancel their wedding plans due to the global health crisis, the city's bridal studios and manufacturers have seen their gowns pile up -- with nowhere to go.
Zhu Yuan is the chairwoman of Romen's Wedding Dress, which sells to bridal studios as well as exporters that send dresses overseas.
"We basically have had no clients coming... because everywhere is closed in the country. We stay in touch with our clients online as no one comes, though most clients have closed down. We had a survey among them - only less than 10 or 20 per cent of them survived... All our staff are back to work but they mostly sit in the store and wait. No one comes at all."
Any other year - Suzhou's Huqiu Wedding Dress Mall would glisten with rows of elaborate gowns in its storefront windows -- and attract visitors from across China and the world.
But there are few people admiring the elaborate displays this year.
Even in China, which has allowed most weddings to resume as it's worked to contain the health crisis, couples have been forced to downsize their celebrations due to budget concerns or gathering restrictions.
Bride Wei Jiawen says -- her family had to settle for a smaller celebration in Shanghai, six months later than intended.
"We were under pressure both physically and mentally for half a year because of the wedding delay. It's not convenient to go outside. Taking children to the wedding ceremony is also a risk... We are also worried about the health of the guests. Many of his classmates are in Beijing and they are not able to come. It is a pity."
Wedding market sales in China surged to over 200 billion dollars (1.64 trillion yuan) in 2018, a number that was expected to double over the next three years.