A basic guide to budgeting for wedding dress costs.

Buying a wedding dress is a completely different experience to buying everyday clothing.  This is one dress you’ll be wearing only once on the day you meet your Prince Charming at the altar, which means that, either way, you will be spending a pretty penny!

Because wedding dress prices vary so much, you may find that the one you fall in love with costs a little more, or a little less than you budgeted for, and it’s going to take a lot of control not to be really sad if you can’t have it.

You really can look like a princess on your wedding day for less than you think, but you’ll need a bridal wear shop that caters to all budgets, and a committed team of experts to help you find your happy spot in terms of costs.

What are the things that contribute most to the cost of a wedding dress?

If you’re going for a lot of detail with things like beading and high-end fabrics like silk, the labour and material will definitely cost more than something a little simpler, but no less beautiful!

As an example, if you’ve set your heart on wearing a ball gown, it’s going to cost a lot more than a simpler sheath or mermaid wedding dress.

Other costs to plan for:

  • Alterations: Even if you are buying or hiring a designer wedding dress in Cape Town at Ever After Bridal, any alterations that need to be done will add to the price of the dress.
  • Accessories:

Shoes, veils, jewellery, hair accessories and lingerie need to be factored into the overall cost of looking like a dream on your wedding day.

  • Cleaning:

If you’ve decided to buy your wedding dress to pass down to future generations, cleaning it to preserve it beautifully for the future can be a rather large expense.  Find out about what cleaning will cost before the fact, so that you know what you need to plan for budget-wise.

Where can you shave off costs and still look like a princess?

Yes, you deserve a dress you absolutely fall in love with.  One that fits you to perfection and enhances your body type, but there are a few ways in which you can save and still find the dress of your dreams!

  • Try on dresses within your budget:

This already takes a load off your shoulders!  Stay away from wedding dresses that are above your budget, it’ll just break your heart to have to say no anyway.  It’s so tempting, we know, but be gentle with yourself and stick to your price range.

The passionate team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, will do all they can to help you stay within your budget.

Having dressed brides for many year’s already, this attentive, experienced team will never push you over budget just to sell you a wedding dress well out of reach for you!

  • Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise:

Instead of heading towards expensive fabrics, beading and finishes, you can take the simplest of dresses and turn it into sheer magic simply by choosing the right accessories to bring it to life beautifully. Adding a sparkle here and there in the form of a beautiful broach, necklace or earrings can turn the simplest wedding dress into a stunning vision of perfection!

  • Find a dress that doesn’t need much in the way of alterations:

With the beautiful range of designer dresses at Ever After Bridal, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find your dream dress that comes straight from one of the collections on display.  The less you have to alter, the less it’ll cost.

Trust the professionals:

When people who love what they do, the way the team at Ever After Bridal does, you’ll be in the best hands possible when it comes to sticking to your budget, and still looking like a princess on your wedding day.

Call Ever After Bridal to arrange you first fitting and enter a world of wedding dresses designed by artists like Maggie Sottero, Enzoani, Sophia Tolli and Rebecca Ingram!

Ever After Bridal goes the full distance to make sure you get what you’re looking for in a wedding dress, and still outdo themselves!

Tips To Finding The Perfect Wedding Dress If You’re Pregnant

There are many couples who are doing things the unconventional way. Life as we know it isn’t the same as what is was many years ago where you first got married then had children. In some instances, there are couples who have fallen pregnant while doing their wedding planning. At the end of the day, you still need to make your wedding day as special as possible.

One aspect which will need special attention now that three of you will be walking down the aisle is your wedding dress. With many women feeling self-conscious about the way they look, you’ll want to ensure your wedding dress fits you at the stage of your pregnancy in relation to your wedding day. Herewith are some factors to take into consideration if you need to plan your wedding dress design while being pregnant.

Spend Time Doing Your Research

Call a few bridal boutiques to see if they can assist you with a dress while you are pregnant. You will need to bare your size in mind at the time of your wedding when giving them information. This will save both you and the bridal boutique some time. If they don’t have any dresses available what alternative can they assist you with through alterations.

Getting the Right Balance Between Hiding Your Baby Bump and Flaunting It

Some women don’t necessarily want their baby bumps to stand out on their big day. Therefore, it’s important to take your silhouette as well as the style of the dress into consideration when choosing a design.

For those who wish to conceal their belly a bit, a strapless waist dress with some lace might be a smarter dress option for you. For those women who want their baby bump to be a part of their special day, you can go with a more figure hugging dress with a band just below your bust to make it more defined.

Stop Stressing, Your Baby Bump Is Going to Get Bigger

Many women worry about if their dress will fit them by the time their wedding day arrives. Stop stressing! Of course, it will fit you, and if it doesn’t there is an easy solution. You can incorporate additional panels and layers of fabric into your dress to give you more room to move.

Comfort is everything when you are pregnant and it’s for this very reason we recommend you keep your dress design simple if you know you’re going to walk down the aisle pregnant. Remember to choose fabrics which are soft as you don’t want to make your dress too heavy and put strain on yourself.

These are just some points to bear in mind when choosing a wedding dress while you’re pregnant. If you need help with your selection, be sure to contact the team at Ever After Bridal. With their advanced knowledge in the industry, they’ll assist you in finding you the perfect wedding dress to ensure you and your bundle of joy are comfortable on your big day.

Tips To Take Into Consideration Before Hiring A Wedding Dress

Wedding dress shopping doesn’t have to be as stressful as people make it out to be. As long as you’re going in with a solid plan, this can be an exciting part of your wedding planning to tick off. Who doesn’t want to say yes to the dress? Most women are exploring the option of renting a dress as they don’t feel the need to keep their wedding dress. Here are some tips for you to take into consideration if you do decide to hire a dress for your big day.

Begin Your Wedding Dress Shopping Early

If you are uncertain as to the style of dress you want for your dress, it won’t harm visiting a few wedding dress boutique stores and trying on some dresses. This will give you an indication as to what fits the shape of your body. Once you have a clearer idea of what you want, you can start making your final choice on your dress. To ensure you have sufficient time to find the right dress, start shopping around for your dress at least 8 months before the time.

Get References From Friends and Family Who Have Gotten Married Recently

A good place to start with your wedding dress shopping is through your family and friends. Get in contact with people you know who have gotten married recently and see if they are willing to share the details of their wedding dress boutique. You can then visit one or two of these boutiques to see if there is anything there that catches your eyes.

Be Sure To Inspect The Dress and Read The Fine Print of Your Contract

Once you’ve found the dress of your dreams, be sure to inspect the dress with a fine eye. Every small detail on the dress should be checked for defaults or loose cottons. This ensures when you sign your contract for the dress hire, you know you are accepting a dress in perfect condition. Before accepting the dress, get a close friend or family member to take a look at the dress to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

Contact Your Wedding Dress Boutique To Follow Up On Your Dress

For your own piece of mind, be sure to check in with the wedding dress boutique to ensure everything is still on track for your wedding dress hire. As mistakes do happen, if you follow up and discover something has gone wrong, it gives you the opportunity to get into motion with a plan B.

These are just four tips to take into consideration when hiring your wedding dress. If you getting married and looking for your dress, be sure to pop into Ever After Bridal and view their exclusive collection of wedding dresses.