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.


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!