Tips on what to take with when shopping for your dream wedding dress

With all the planning that goes into your wedding you’re probably going to feel little like the bride and more like an overworked slave by the time you try on your first wedding dress, but keep the faith because that’ll be the moment you can finally see yourself as a bride!

Yes it’s scary and daunting to say the least, especially if you’ve been fed too many bad-bridal-dress-shopping stories by well-meaning friends, but buck-up because the real journey to the aisle is about to start.

You will need to have a few basic ideas about styles and colours you love, silhouettes that flatter your shape and of course whether you visualise the idea of lace and all that glitters enfolding you as you glide down the aisle.

Your budget will also be discussed at your first fitting, so that you don’t fall in love with the wrong wedding dress and have your heart broken!

On to what to take with to the fittings:

An open mind

It’s important for you to realise from the outset that you’re not going to look great in at least one or two wedding dresses you try on. Don’t let that get you down, because the one for you is right there waiting for you!

Another point to keep in mind is that the preconceived idea you had about the dress you’d love might well change as you try on dresses, and that you’ll end up with a dress that never crossed your mind but that looks stunning on you!

Remember; don’t say yes to the first dress that jumps out at you! Take your time about finding the wedding dress of your dreams.


Whatever you do, make sure you wear the right underwear so that there won’t be unflattering lines spoiling the elegant lines of the dress!  Make sure that among the underwear you have a strapless bra so that you don’t have to look at straps sticking out of the dress either.

An honest support group

In the first place, make sure you don’t drag a huge entourage with you to your fittings, all the voices are going to make the experience a nightmare!  Take mom and one or two friends you can rely on to be honest during the process so that they don’t just say yes to everything, but remember, the ultimate decision is yours!


If you’re planning to wear heels on your wedding day, make sure to bring along shoes that have the same type of heels you’ll be wearing on the big day.  This is so that you don’t walk down the aisle with a dress a few centimetres too short, when it’s too late to alter it.

Hair grips/ties

If you are going to be wearing your hair up on the wedding day, make sure that you bring along something that’ll keep your hair out of the way so that you get the full effect of each dress you fit.

Now that you’re armed with the fundamentals of wedding dress shopping, contact Ever After Bridal to book your fitting among some of the most stunning designer wedding dresses available in Cape Town!

The team at Ever After Bridal has been dressing brides for over 6 years now, and nothing has dimmed their love of sharing the journey to the ultimate wedding dress!

Hire a wedding dress & look like a dream no matter what the budget is!

For every bride there is the wish to appear as the star in a dream wedding dress as she glides down the aisle, but the budget doesn’t always stretch to a dress that’s bought.

This shouldn’t be a reason for any bride not to wear the wedding dress of her dream, not with the trend moving towards hiring wedding dresses.

One of the first reasons a bride will decide to hire her wedding dress is related to seriously tough economic times, where buying a dress could take a major slice out of the budget for newlyweds planning on spending the money elsewhere to build a new life.

The honeymoon might also play a major role in the decision to rent the wedding dress. If a dream honeymoon is more attractive than taking a huge chunk of change out of the kitty for a dress, then it is certainly worth it!

There are more than a few benefits to hiring a wedding dress, one of them being that couples who really want that spectacular wedding on a limited budget will have all their dreams come true, without a breaking the bank.

Hiring exquisite designer wedding dresses levels the playing field, giving brides the opportunity to flaunt gowns that grace catwalks internationally, so that irrespective of the financial constraints there may be, every bride can look like the princess she always dreamed of.

Adding all of the other essential wedding items together, like hiring a venue, photographer and finding a fantastic caterer is daunting enough without factoring in the expense of that dream designer dress!

In addition to paying a hefty price for a designer dress, there are other incidentals that many brides are unaware of when working out the budget for buying a wedding dress, such as alterations and the necessary cleaning fees associated one alterations are done.

On the rental side of wedding dresses, brides come up trumps when they find a bridal shop that offers all the bells and whistles in addition to the rental of the dress, such as alterations and cleaning, as well as a range of jewellery that puts the final touch for a fairy tale wedding look!

Renting a wedding dress means you don’t have to worry about the how it’s going to be stored forever, or kept for a daughter to wear long after styles have changed.

It goes back to the bridal shop and the memories of your princess look remains forever captured in the wedding album and on video!

Depending on whether a bride puts on a little weight or loses a bit before the wedding, things become a little more difficult once a bought wedding dress has been to the tailor and is ready for collection.

If the choice has been made to rent, there’s always the option of shifting up or down a size if necessary, making renting a dress very flexible in terms of size.

If renting a wedding dress in Cape Town sounds like the best idea for you, then Ever After Bridal is the bridal shop for you!

With the beautiful range of stunning designer wedding dresses chosen by the team from international designers like Enzoani, Rebecca Ingram, Sophia Tolli and Maggie Sottero, there’s no doubt that you’ll find the dress of your dreams calling your name.

Do you absolutely have to wear white on your wedding day?

Trends are definitely changing when it comes to the notion that brides absolutely have to wear white on their wedding day.

Although white wedding dresses will still dominate on international catwalks, brides are now given the freedom to let their hair down and experiment with the perfect colour for their particular skin tone.

Your wedding dress is meant to be a unique expression of your personality and style, which is exactly as it should be on the day you look like the princess you always dreamed of.

Doing things differently on that special day is what makes it even more spectacular in your memory and in your wedding album, which will forever be captured in full colour to be shared with future generations.

Queen Victoria may have been forced to do it the old fashioned way, which isn’t to say that brides shouldn’t wear white, but white is making way for brides who want to do it on another scale.

There’s a rainbow of colours waiting to be picked out for every bride of every colouring and every skin tone, so that if your skin takes on an even paler shade of white you can bring it to life in the perfect colour for your wedding day.

Shades of champagne (very fitting!) and blue, blush and dusty rose, silver, lavender, dove grey or lilac bring to life the fantasy world every bride enters when she starts shopping for her wedding dress.

You’ll probably have to be pretty firm with family and friends who may think differently about a wedding dress that’s anything but white; just remind them that it’s your day and you intend to feel like a vision floating down the aisle!

Embellishments are also a great way of adding splashes of colour if you do decide to shine in white, cream or pale shades of gold. You might consider using accessories and jewellery to offset these pure colours perfectly and to enhance your natural colouring.

If you do wear white beautifully and it’s always been your dream to look dazzling in billowing layers of lace and chiffon, you may find that even the choice between pristine white, ivory, cream, light gold or alabaster is just as daunting as settling on a pink or violet wedding dress!

These are the moments when every bride will be in need of a guiding hand from professionals that spend their lives loving the fact that they dress brides, year after year and season after season.

You’ll find a passionate team at Ever After Bridal in Durbanville ready to give you undivided attention as you take the journey through all the shades of white and colours of the rainbow on the way to the dream wedding dress.

With beautiful designer wedding dresses lined up in this bridal shop in Cape Town, ready to take your breath away, you won’t be in short supply of fantastic guidance and support from a team that loves what they do!


Tips for finding the perfect wedding dress

If you’ve already seen the stunning wedding dress collections from Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram and Sophia Tolli at Ever After Bridal, then you’re already off to a great start for finding a beautiful designer wedding dress in Cape Town.

This is a team that really knows all there is to know about dressing brides. They have seen many brides down the aisle in the last six years, and are passionate about what they do to make buying a wedding dress as stress-free as possible.

If anyone can give you tips about finding the perfect wedding dress it’ll be Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town.

Tips from Ever After Bridal for finding the perfect wedding dress:


You need to set a realistic budget when it comes to shopping for a wedding dress, or you’ll end up falling in love with a dress that goes way beyond the price range you had planned, and then facing the let-down.

The first thing you need to do when you make your appointment with Ever After Bridal is to be completely open and honest about your budget. This will help the team to keep you real and focussed on dresses that will easily suit the price range you have shared with them.

Wedding location

What you wear to a beautiful church will be completely different to what you’d wear for a wedding on the beach. The vision for your dress needs to suit the location and the mood you want to set on the day.

Start early

If you’re short on time, it’ll be easier for you to choose one of the beautiful gowns off the rack at Ever After Bridal to hire.  With a nip and tuck here and there, you’ll be wearing a wedding dress that looks like as if it’s taken months to create.

If time is on your side, start at least six to nine months ahead of the time.  With all the alterations that need to be done to a dress that’s made to order, you’ll definitely need time. There’ll be enough for you to do leading up to the wedding, without adding the stress of not having your wedding dress ready on time on top of it all.

Be open minded

You’ll be surprised at how many brides have gone in for fittings only to decide on a dress that’s completely different to her original idea.  The team at Ever After Bridal will assist you in finding silhouettes perfect for your body shape, as well as to introduce you to a wide range of fabrics that might just have you walking out with a completely different idea of what you’d like to look like on your wedding day.

Know your body type

This is essential! You need to know exactly which silhouette will emphasise your shape to highlight your natural assets.  Wearing the wrong style of dress to suit your body type is definitely not going to make you feel like a princess.

Feeling confident in your wedding dress starts with how comfortable you’ll be, so when trying on dresses, be sure to sit and walk around in them so that you know you’ll be able to get through the many hours you’ll be in it, with absolute grace.

Bring your dreams of the perfect wedding dress to the passionate team at Ever After Bridal and watch those dreams come true! The personal, undivided attention you’ll have from these consultants will make the journey a lot less stressful you may have expected.