Red flags to watch out for as you choose your bridal store.

Shopping for a wedding dress is nowhere near as easy or straightforward as it is when we go shopping for every day clothing.

This is a dress you’ll only be wearing once, and since this is probably your first time out, there are a few red flags to watch out for when shopping for your wedding dress in a bridal shop.

Knowing about these will save you time, heartache and money if you come to your first fitting well-prepared, so let’s look at a few of the red flags to look out for:

Lack of transparency about costs:

The first thing any bridal team should want to know is what your budget is for the wedding dress.  If they are an honest and down to earth bridal shop, they’ll also make sure that you figure in the costs of bridal accessories.

After all, you definitely don’t want to walk down the aisle without a veil!

If when you ask for a price on any gown there’s too much humming and hawing, know that you’re at the wrong place to make your dream wedding dress a reality.

A bridal shop assistant that values honesty and integrity is going to make sure that you don’t experience the pain of falling in love with a dress you want to try on, only to find that it’s way beyond your budget!

Read the fine print:

If a contract is involved in your purchase of a wedding gown, be absolutely certain that you read the small print so that you don’t end up paying for anything you weren’t aware of at the outset.

The contract should include everything pertaining to sizing and all alterations, down to the last stitch, so that you don’t have any nasty surprises on the day you collect your dress.

If you’ve been lucky enough to find a bridal shop you trust, you’ll find that the team working with you will be more than happy to help you understand the fine print clearly before you commit to it.

By the way, be sure to include shipping costs if you aren’t collecting.

Unnecessary alterations that drive up the price:

If you’re buying or renting a wedding dress, you’ll probably need alterations.  Whether it’s a simple alteration such as raising a hem or a little more complex, such as changing a neckline, its essential to feel that you can trust your bridal shop team not to take advantage of the fact that you aren’t a seamstress and have little, if any knowledge about the cost of alterations.

Alterations alone can amount to a nasty sum not budgeted for in the hands of unscrupulous wedding shops!

Pushy bridal staff:

You’re bringing your budget and vision of a dream wedding dress to the bridal shop team you’ve entrusted with this exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and no doubt you’ll also have a hundred questions you need answered during the process.

Passion, knowledge and experience are vital qualities to look for in your bridal shop team. This is what will make your experience a pleasure instead of a nightmare.

Even if your bridal team can’t answer all your questions, they should be able to find the answers based on their experience and connections in the industry, and they should do it openly and willingly.

You’ll be spending quite a lot of time in the bridal shop of your choice so make sure you’re comfortable with the team you’ll be taking this journey with.

If the bridal team is pushy, disregarding everything that’s important to you, down to the smallest detail, then bow out and take your business and dream elsewhere!

Let Ever After Bridal take you on the journey the right way:

The team at Ever After Bridal are the epitome of everything that smacks of passion, integrity, knowledge and experience, which is exactly what you deserve when purchasing your wedding dress.

Dive into a world of designer wedding dresses in Durbanville at Ever After Bridal, and come up looking like a princess as you glide down the aisle to join the love of your life.

How to tell that you’ve found your dream wedding dress.

Buying a wedding dress isn’t something you have experience about, which means that you’re going to have a million and one questions that’ll be vying for space in your head by the time you get to your first fitting.

You deserve to have all your questions answered by the bridal team of consultants you choose, but to make it easier on yourself, jot down the most important questions so that you know you won’t miss any along the way.

It’s also important that you have bridal consultants who’ll be honest in their opinions as you try on dresses, and who’ll also encourage you to try something a little different to what you had in mind, so that you don’t spend too much time wondering whether there’s a dress out there that you’ve missed.

Here are a few tips that’ll help you know you’ve found your dream wedding dress:

Be open to surprises

No doubt you’ve pinned and clipped countless wedding dresses onto your vision board, but don’t be so set on a style that you miss your dream dress in the process.

You may have decided that you’d look like a princess in a mermaid style dress only to find that it doesn’t really work for you, but that the A-line gown your bridal consultant encourages (not forces) you to try, makes you look like a dream!

It’s great to have a few solid ideas about the style wedding dress you’d like to wear, but be open to surprises, you may be ecstatically surprised!

Is there always a “say ‘yes’ to the dress” moment

Nope, not always.  Finding the perfect wedding dress is a daunting prospect, and if you expect that ‘yes’ moment, you may be disappointed. Be prepared to consider that you may not know immediately, but that the more you think about a particular wedding dress, the more you’ll be able to picture yourself beautifully in it.

The most important yeses

You may not experience the emotional ‘yes’ moment with your dress, but here are a few questions you need to answer in the positive:

  • Does the dress align perfectly with your budget? You’d be surprised at how many nights you’ll be kept up if you don’t answer this question honestly at the outset!
  • Does it work for you now, without you having to lose weight? This can be very stressful if you have weight on you that you’d like to get rid of before the big day. The run-up to the wedding is stressful enough, without adding this to it.
  • Can you sit, walk or dance in the dress, considering that you’ll be in it the whole night? These are issues that can be addressed at your fittings by doing all these things right there and then in the bridal shop, so boogie on down so that you know you’ll be comfortable.
  • Does the dress make you feel utterly confident? Of course without comfort you won’t feel terribly confident, but taken together, a yes to these two questions is vital.

Don’t look for perfection, simply fall in love

You must have kissed a few frogs on the way to finding your Prince Charming, and you’re definitely not going down the aisle wondering about whether you missed any other Princes among the frogs, you’ll be there because of love, not perfection.

The same applies to finding your dream wedding dress.  It’s so much more than putting a mountain of pressure on yourself to find the perfect dress, it’s about finding the wedding dress you utterly fall in love with.

Remember

It’s your day and your dress, let no one take that away from you. You’re not buying it for your mom or your best friend but for you and your Prince Charming.

Think about the points and questions raised here, add the ones that are relevant to your journey and forget about finding the perfect wedding dress, when what you really want is the dress that’s perfectly right for you.

The team at Ever After Bridal not only have a stunning range of designer wedding dresses for sale in Cape Town, they also have the experience and passion for what they do to add another zillion tips that’ll get you into your dream wedding dress with time to spare!

Designer wedding dresses in Cape Town picked from the cream of the crop.

If you’re looking for stunning wedding dresses for sale in Durbanville, Cape Town then you’re in for a real treat at Ever After Bridal! This beautiful shop filled with satin, lace, taffeta, sequins and pearls is sheer heaven for any bride-to-be.

The designers that take place of pride at Ever After Bridal include Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram, Sophia Tolli and two ranges presented by Enzoani.

There’s a wedding dress designed to fulfil any dream you had as a little girl of looking like a princess on your wedding day, and they’re all available to rent or to buy.

The team at Ever After Bridal took great care when they chose the cream of the crop in terms of the designer wedding dresses that would grace their bridal shop in Durbanville, making sure that every conceivable style and silhouette is represented.

This passionate team understands perfectly that this is one of the most daunting decisions you’ll ever make, and they give their all in order to make sure that on the big day, you’ll know you did great in your choice.

You can also expect honesty from this team of experts.  They’ve all spent many years dressing brides, and in the years since the bridal shop first opened, Este Fourie and her team have become the top choice for brides that want as stress-free an experience as possible.

The last thing you need is a bridal team that simply says yes to every dress, in fact, this is the surest way to wind up with a dress that simply isn’t meant for you.

It’s especially easy to get caught up in looking at a beautiful wedding dress on the hanger and falling in love with it, only to find that the silhouette and style simply does you no justice.

This is why the care and individual attention Ever After Bridal puts into your search for the perfect wedding dress is a treasure. The last thing they want is for you to have any regrets or second thoughts about this most precious dress.

What’s really special about this team is that even with the few tears and a lot of laughter along the way to finding the dress, you’ll people around you that really care, right through to the very happy ending.

The moment you look back at yourself in the mirror and realise that you’ve found the dress, everything else up until that point will disappear and you’ll finally be able to breathe in confidence again.

It’s essential to make sure that you’re comfortable with the bridal shop and its team. This is simply too magical a journey to undertake with the wrong people in the wrong place.

You deserve to be pampered and supported by the team assisting you to find your dream wedding dress, and few do this quite as successfully as Ever After Bridal.

Make your experience of finding the wedding dress of your dreams memorable in the best possible way by sharing it with Ever After Bridal, they’d love to play a role in your dream come true!

Plus Size Wedding Dresses: How to Find the Right One

Wedding dress shopping can be a daunting task for any bride but for the plus-size bride, it can be utterly traumatic. There are some horror stories to be heard about judgemental consultants and an embarrassingly limited collection of plus-sized dresses. Luckily, we’re in the age where body positivity has become a trend, thus the assortment of plus-size dresses have grown exponentially. Below are some tips on how you can find the right plus-size dress for your special occasion.

Flaunt It If You’ve Got It
Instead of focussing on what you’d like to hide, focus on what you’d like to accentuate. If you have a fabulous bust, show it off with a V-neckline or embrace your sexy curves with a fit and flare silhouette.

Thick Fabric Is More Forgiving
Thick fabrics like satin are always a good choice for the plus size bride since they’re especially effective at smoothing the frame and hiding imperfections.

Comfort Is Important
Keep in mind that you’ll be up, down and moving around all day and night so make sure your dress fits comfortably. Having to tug and pull on your dress to keep it in position can quickly become tiresome.

A Good Tailor Is Vital
Chances are that your dress will need to be adjusted. But if you choose a seamstress with experience and the necessary skill, adding boning, bra cups or even straps for more support can make the world of difference.

Book an Appointment
Most bridal shops stock sample dresses for the average bride so it’s advised to call ahead to find out if they stock plus-size dresses for you to try on.

Find a Specialist
When booking your appointment, find out if there’s someone with experience in plus-size dressing that will be able to assist you. Remember that you’re not only paying for the dress but for the entire experience so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Ever After Bridal offers an extensive range of bridal dresses in Cape Town suited for any body type. Give us a call to book your appointment today.

How You Can Still Have a Fairytale Wedding Even on a Tight Budget

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive. It feels as though whenever people hear the word “wedding”, they instantly double the price. And because we only want the best for our special day, we accept it and pay much more than we need to. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’re here to tell you that having a beautiful, fairytale wedding is still possible even when your budget is tight. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can have the wedding you’ve always wanted without overspending.

1. Slim down Your Guest List

Only invite people that are relevant in your everyday life. Close friends and family are all that’s needed to celebrate the special occasion. Forget about everyone else’s feelings and invite only the people you really want to.

2. Host Your Wedding on a Friday or Sunday
By skipping the traditional Saturday reception, you can save a tremendous amount of money on your wedding. If your reception location is a sought-after spot, you might even be able to get married sooner. Additionally, if you book an off-season date, you’re more than likely to pay less for the venue.

3. Skip the Open Bar
If you’re afraid of offending guests because they have to pay for their own alcohol, think again. You can still offer a welcome drink and perhaps wine or champagne without breaking the budget.

4. Rent Your Wedding Gown
Wedding dresses are notoriously expensive. So if you don’t like the idea of paying for a dress that will be used once which after it will gather dust in your closet, why not consider renting your wedding dress?

Ever After Bridal Offers Immaculate Wedding Dresses for Hire in Cape Town

If you’re looking for the perfect wedding dress for hire in Cape Town, book your appointment with Ever After Bridal today!

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Dress

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress should be a memorable experience but more often than not it’s frustrating. Especially when you bring along an entourage. Everyone has their own idea of what looks good and what doesn’t and it can be challenging to stay focused on what you want in the midst of all that noise.

Finding the right wedding dress can also be difficult due to budget constraints, weight issues or just the inability to make a decision. To make it easier on you, we’ve compiled a list of tips on how you should go about choosing the right wedding dress.

1. Find Inspiration

There are various sources for brides-to-be to get inspiration from – Bridal magazines, Pinterest etc. Take your time, look through pictures as many as possible and figure out what it is you like.

2. Choose the Right Dress for Your Body Type
A good place to start is to determine which dress style will suit and flatter your body type. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few options, you can start to work on the details.

3. Consider Your Budget
When it comes to weddings, things can add up quickly and before you know it your wedding would have cost you a fortune. Be realistic about your budget and keep in mind that your dress won’t be complete without accessories, so make provision in your budget for it.

4. Book Your Bridal Boutique Appointment in Advance
To ensure you get the special attention every bride-to-be deserves, make sure you book an appointment with one of our consultants. You don’t want to pop in on a Saturday and no one is available to help you.

5. Trust Your Consultant
The consultants at Everafter Bridal have many years of experience and all the skills required to help brides-to-be choose the perfect dress. Be honest with them about what you like and don’t like as well as your budget. This will help them find the perfect dress for your special day.

Book your appointment with Everafter Bridal for the best wedding dresses in Cape Town today!

4 Reasons to Choose a Ball Gown for Your Special Day

Almost every little girl dreams of being a princess and the only time they can come close to fulfilling that dream, is on their wedding day. Ball gowns and princess go hand in hand so it’s only natural that many consider it for that one special occasion.

But, if you’re a bride-to-be that’s insecure or you have friends and relatives who are very opinionated about what you should wear, you could end up questioning your initial decision to wear a ball gown. You have to remember that your wedding dress will become immortalised in pictures which is why you should follow your heart and not the opinions of others. Here are 4 more reasons stick to your decision of wearing a ball gown:

1. When Will You Ever Get the Chance Again?
Ball gowns are elegant and you are guaranteed to feel like a queen on your special day. There will be many other occasions to wear a white sheath or A-line, but how often do you get the chance to go full-on ball gown?

2. Ball Gowns Work on Almost Any Body Type
No matter which body type you have, there’s a ball gown that will flatter it. Curvy women often opt for a full skirt and fitted bodice that puts emphasis on their bust and waist. Taller women get a statuesque, graceful effect by accentuating their height with a floor-skimming hemline. If you’re petite, make sure you select a curve-enhancing neckline.

3. It Will Give You More Options for Bridesmaid Dresses
Typically, bridesmaids wear a slightly less formal dress than the bride but if you wear an A-line or sheath, the options become limited. When paired with a ball gown, suddenly a floor length bridesmaid dress makes for an excellent scene on either side of your bold ball gown.

4. There Are Many Style Options to Choose From
Whether you want a romantic, Victorian dress or something more trendy and theatrical, there’s a ball gown that suits that look.

For a wide range of bridal gowns in Cape Town by designers like Sophia Tolli, Maggie Sottero and Beautifull by Enzoani book your appointment with Ever After Bridal today!

Short or tall, petite or buxom, you deserve a wedding dress that makes dreams come true!

Every bride deserves to look like a princess on her wedding day. It’s a dream so many of us have had since we were little girls imagining the day we’d find our Prince Charming.

Well, you must have found your Prince Charming if you’ve started falling in love with wedding dresses you’ve pinned on your board, which means you’re in for an exciting journey to the dress of your dreams.

Every woman has an innate beauty that deserves to shine on her wedding day, but to get there means finding the wedding dress that makes the most of your natural assets.

Doing research into the right silhouettes before you go for your first fitting is going to be a fantastic start to your wedding dress shopping experience.

Let’s look different body shapes to get an idea of what to look for in your perfect wedding dress.

Pear:

A pear shaped body generally means that you’ve narrow shoulders with wider hips, bottom and thighs.

The best silhouettes for you to look at is the A-line dress, which delicately shimmies over your hips and bottom.  A strapless wedding gown is also a great option for narrow shoulders, while intricate, sparkling waist details will draw attention away from your bottom.

A dropped-waist wedding dress is also a great choice for placing the emphasis on the upper half of your body.

Apple:

If you’re larger in the bust and mid-section but have skinny legs, you’ll look great in something like a sweetheart neckline and a V-neckline. This lets you make the most of your awesome assets!

You might as well have some fun showing off your legs as well by looking at shorter dresses.

Athletic:

If you’ve an athletic straight from the top to bottom shape, you will have the option of showing off a fuller-style dress, unless you’d like to keep it slim line, in which case a one-shoulder neckline or sweetheart neckline will create the look of a fuller bust.

Full figure:

Voluptuous and curvy can be shown to stunning effect in a trumpet or mermaid style, creating a slimming effect while highlighting the beauty of your curves.  You’d also look beautiful in an A-line dress with a low neckline to celebrate your natural assets!

Hourglass:

Your curvaceous bust and hips that meet at a small waistline are perfectly designed to sparkle in a beautifully fitted fishtail wedding dress. A sweetheart neckline is also a great idea if you’d like to highlight your assets in a tasteful, understated style.

With a shape like this you can add touches like sashes and belts to highlight those beautiful curves!

Trying on a dress you’ve fallen in love with but doesn’t do anything for your shape isn’t a road you want to go down.  You’ll need a few hankies for the tears that this could cause.

The passionate team at Ever After Bridal invite you into their world of stunning designer wedding dresses in Cape Town, where you’ll have all the support you need to find a wedding dress to suit your body shape.

If you’re planning to buy your dream wedding dress in Cape Town you’ve come to the right place.

Ever After Bridal knows exactly what it takes to help every bride find her fairy-tale wedding dress, and they love doing it!

This is a team that sees it as an honour to share the journey of every bride they dress, taking a personal interest in every aspect involved in finding the perfect wedding dress.

The thought and care that’s gone into selecting the collections available at Ever After Bridal means that there’s a stunning designer wedding dress in Cape Town for every bride, for every season and mood.

The joy that you’ll experience when you face the mirror in the wedding dress that makes you feel just like a princess is a joy that’s shared by this passionate team.

Whether you’re tall, short, petite or busty, there’s a wedding dress amongst these dream collections that’ll make your heart beat faster in anticipation of floating down the aisle on your unforgettable day.

What to expect from the wedding gown collections at Ever After Bridal:

Enzoani – ‘Blue’

The ‘Blue’ range from top international designer Enzoani is the epitome of what a modern-day fairy princess can look like as she glides down the aisle.

Chantilly lace, glitter, tulle, crystal buttons and beads all take centre stage in this stunning collection.

Enzoani – ‘Beautiful’

The name of this range speaks for itself.  Enzoani expresses sheer luxury and romance in the silhouettes and detailing used to produce wedding dresses that are designed to make any bride feel utterly beautiful on her wedding day!

Sophia Tolli:

If it’s a truly dramatic or romantic wedding dress you’ve always dreamed of, then Sophia Tolli has achieved it all in her exceptional range of designer wedding dresses.

Sophia Tolli has done a beautiful job of catering for every body shape in her range of wedding dresses.  Covering every silhouette, her collection is a stunning line is designed to offer the perfect fit for every bride.

Maggie Sottero:

This is a range of wedding dresses that covers every style from A-line to Mermaid right through to the classic ball gown perfect for every fairy tale bride.

Old-fashioned romance meets modern day couture in this collection of wedding dresses that again take into account every shape and silhouette.

Rebecca Ingram:

Rebecca introduces figure-hugging wedding dresses designed to inspire soft, floating illusions and images of youthful fairy’s shimmering down the aisle.  Style and great prices make this range one that won’t compromise the budget of any bride.

Let Ever After Bridal support you through your choices:

By the time you get to your first fitting at Ever After Bridal, you’ll probably have a good idea about the style and silhouette of wedding dress you’d love to wear, and this is where you’ll meet your perfect match.

The experience shared by this team after many years of dressing beautiful brides will ensure that the dress you’re looking for will be found among these stunning ranges.

Once you’ve found a style you love but want to buy it in a unique colour or size, it’ll be ordered for you directly from the designer, with pleasure!

Bring the dreams you have of yourself on your wedding day to the team at Ever After Bridal and they’ll open up the door to the most beautiful wedding dresses for sale in Cape Town.

 

Here’s what you need to know before you start trying on wedding dresses.

Being prepared in advance is going to make shopping for your wedding dress a lot easier than it would be otherwise.

If you’ve already scoured bridal magazines and bookmarked wedding dresses online, you’re on the right track for stress-free success.

How to prepare for the journey to your dream wedding dress:

Undergarments:

The last thing you want is to get to your wedding day only to find that the bra you’re wearing spoils the fit of the beautiful wedding dress you’ll be wearing!

The right bra can make all the difference.  A strapless bra, or one with clear straps is one of the best investments you’ll make towards finding the perfect wedding dress.

To look like a princess you need to feel like one, inside out, and feeling like a princess starts with comfort in what you’re wearing, which leads to the confidence any glowing bride deserves to feel on her special day.

Shoes:

If you’re planning on wearing heels, make sure the heel you wear to the fitting will be the same height as what you’ll wear on your wedding day. If you try to do the fitting with flat shoes it’ll spoil the visual effect of every dress, even the one you fall in love with!

It’s pointless going to fittings with flat shoes if you’re going to be wearing high heels, and vice versa.

Makeup:

Makeup is a must, no matter how little you wear.  Fluorescent lights shining down on a sea of white satin and lace will make you see any minor flaws and shadows under your eyes that aren’t normally visible to you.

You don’t have to plaster the makeup on, just enough to make you feel good and give you colour in the brilliant white of a bridal shop.

Hair:

When you start going to fittings, try to wear your hair as close to what you’re planning to wear on your wedding day.  The makeup and hair combined will make a big difference to the way you see yourself in all the dresses you’ll try on.  It’s worth the effort, especially when you get to the day when you fall totally in love with the dress you know is a resounding yes!

The fitting:

Once you start trying on wedding dresses, make sure you try them out for comfort.  The last thing you want is to be completely uncomfortable on the day should shine like a princess!

Sit, twirl and take a ‘pretend’ walk down the aisle before you say yes to a dress that’ll make any of this nigh on impossible.

Choose the team you’ll share this momentous journey with care:

Finding your dream wedding dress should one day be a wonderful memory, which is why it’s important that you find a bridal shop that’ll make you feel right at home from the first fitting.

If you’re looking for a wedding dress in Cape Town, you’re in the right place.  The team at Ever After Bridal are professionals who absolutely love what they do, and they’ve been doing it for many years.

If it’s a warm, welcoming and fun team you’d like at your side for an awesome journey into finding your dream wedding dress, you’ll find that at Ever After Bridal you’ll become a member of a happy family passionate about making your dreams come true!