How to make shopping for a wedding dress easier

Shopping for ordinary and even extraordinary clothes is enough of a challenge for us ladies, but when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, all other shopping pales into insignificance.

The decision you finally make when you find the wedding dress that’s a dream come true is a finality, and once you’re committed, that’s it.

There’s no changing your mind and deciding to pull out that designer cocktail dress you bought a few months back. This is one dress you’ll only wear once, the once that culminates in gliding down the aisle to wow your Prince Charming.

Knowing where to start hiring or buying a designer dress in Cape Town is the beginning of a daunting journey, but, with the right people at your side, it can also be a joyful and exciting experience.

Many will tell you stories about their nightmare experiences, but this is where discernment will have to be your best friend.

So, to the when and how to get yourself amped and ready to shop for the dress of your dreams.

Think budget

Planning the budget for a wedding dress and sticking to it, allowing a little leeway, is going to make sure you don’t get steered towards a wedding dress you can’t afford.

Once you’ve tried the over-budget dress on and fallen in love with it, letting it go is going to be very hard for you, and it’ll be a nasty experience of falling flat on your face before you’ve even started.

Know your shape

It’s pointless looking at an A-line wedding dress if you want to show off that beautifully curved shape that would look phenomenal in a mermaid or sheath dress.

If you’re elegantly tall, you will look stunning in a ball gown, but if you’re petite, an A-line dress with a V neck is going to shine on you.

Keep your homework at the ready

No doubt you’re either starting or are already way ahead in scouring bridal websites and Pinterest for ideas. Take all your homework with to your first fitting for a great place to start.

No matter what you find on the way to your dream wedding dress, always have an open mind.  You may surprise yourself and find that you say yes to a dress that’s completely different to what you’d planned, but that steals your heart and really makes you look like a princess anyway.

Pick your entourage with care

This is more important than you might think. Consider taking your mom or one or two really good friends to your fittings.  Make sure you don’t include anyone that’ll say yes to everything, no matter how bad you may look in a particular dress.

You’ll also be in a bit of a pickle if you find yourself in the hands of a bridal consultant stuck on yes as well! What you really want is honesty from all quarters, just remember throughout the experience, it’s your choice, your wedding.

Let Ever After Bridal steer you towards the best in designer wedding dresses to hire or to buy in Cape Town.

This is a team well versed in making bridal dreams come true, and nine years after opening their store in Durbanville, Ever After Bridal and the team behind the name are every bit as passionate about dressing brides as they were when they started out!



Ready to go wedding dress shopping in Cape Town?

If you’d like to make your wedding dress shopping experience a lot less stressful than you may have heard, it has to start with great planning.

Knowing where to begin can quite overwhelming, to say the least, especially because you’ll only be wearing your dress once, but there are a few tricks you could keep up your sleeve to make it less so.

Here are a few tips to make the shopping experience awesome!

Start with your budget

You need to know what you’d be willing and able to spend on your wedding dress. Having your budget in place will also help to narrow down your choices, so that you don’t get caught up in trying on dresses that are way over your budget.

Start shopping early

Getting an early start on shopping for your wedding dress will take a lot of pressure off. If you’re able to, get a start around 6 to 9 months ahead of the date.

If you’re buying a designer wedding dress it’s going to take less time than it would if you’re having a dress designed for you by your favourite designer, which could take up to 12 months of fittings and alterations.

If you’re really lucky you may be able to find a designer wedding dress that fits you beautifully, with only minor alterations that need to be done for ultimate comfort and confidence.

Know your body shape

There are thousands and thousands of wedding dress options out there, and if you’re ever going to find your way through the maze of lace, silk and organza, you need to know your body shape and the silhouette that flatters you most. This is also a great start to thinning out your choices, so make the research count.

Don’t try to squeeze fittings into your lunch time!

You’re already under enough stress without compounding it all by trying to squeeze fittings into your lunch time. All you’ll get is hot and flustered, and more than a little confused.

It’s supposed to be a fun experience so make a real meal of it!

Have all your questions ready for your bridal consultant 

This will make it easy for you to remember everything you need to ask about from fittings to alterations and keeping your dress looking fresh on the wedding day, especially if you have to travel with it to the wedding venue.

Look the way you’d like to on your wedding day

If you can, spoil yourself; have your hair and makeup done professionally before you head for your fitting. You’ll be amazed at the difference these touches will make to the way you look and feel as you try on dresses.

Bring the right undies

Stick to nudes if possible.  Brightly coloured underwear will definitely have an impact on the way a white dress will look, unless you’re planning to wear a rich colour.

Trust the opinion of your bridal consultant

If you’ve got a team like the one at Ever After Bridal, you’ll be dealing with people who won’t say yes just to please you.  They’ve been dressing brides for many years already and would not want to send you down the aisle in a dress that doesn’t make you look as exquisitely beautiful as you should.

Put a catalogue of photos together

Get friends and family along for the journey to take photos of you in different dresses so that you can look back on them at your leisure.  It’ll be easy to forget some of the finer details when you’ve tried on 10 or 20 dresses.

Make sure you’re comfortable

If you can sit, dance around or walk comfortably, you’re confidence levels will be raised and you’ll look as beautiful as you deserve to on your wedding day.

Let Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town lead the way to the ultimate wedding dress shopping experience. Book your fitting to delve into a world of stunning designer wedding dresses for sale or to hire, and enjoy the journey.

Plan your budget before you go shopping for a wedding dress

There are enough things to take into consideration while you’re in the fitting stage of trying on wedding dresses, without setting yourself up for heartache if you don’t have a well thought-out budget.

If you know what your budget is you’ll be off to a good start from day one of your fittings. This is a point that is pressed home for every bride walking through the doors of Ever After Bridal Wear.

Once this team knows exactly what you can afford, they’ll know where to steer you so that you don’t end up falling in love with a wedding dress that’s way beyond your budget.

It’s a sense of crushing defeat you shouldn’t have to feel on a journey that should be an exciting experience, despite the pressures around the decisions you make.

There’s more than enough pressure on you to say yes to a dress you’ll only be wearing once! Wedding dress shopping is not for the faint-hearted.

There are bridal stores that will try to make this trap easy to fall into, but this isn’t the way the team at Ever After Bridal Wear help to make the dreams of every bride come true!

Extra costs to bear in mind when shopping for a wedding dress

Fabric choices

If you’re looking at fabrics like silk, you’ll be in for a pretty penny. There are infinitely more fabric choices out there that will be every bit as beautiful as you glide down the aisle.


If you are on a tightish budget, forget about that diamond encrusted dress or the Swarovski beads you’d love as an extravagant detail to your wedding dress, they’ll shoot your budget out of the ballpark!

Ever After Bridal Wear will be quick to point out that there are costs you could cut down on if you are careful about the detailing on your dress.

Style choices

A mermaid or sheath wedding dress is going to cost infinitely less than a dramatic ball gown would because of the extravagant amount of fabric used in the design, a thought worth bearing in mind for the budget-conscious bride.


Raising or lowering a hem will be less expensive than altering a neckline would be, which is why finding a designer wedding dress that needs minimal alteration is the best way to start the journey to the dress.

If you’ve already done your research into the right style and silhouette to suit your body shape, you’ll be well on your way to spending less on alterations.


There are many bridal stores that will try to push up what you spend by bringing out accessories that aren’t what you’re looking for. By the time you’ve said yes to the dress, you’ll already know what you’d like to use as accessories.

The beautiful bridal veil you’ll be wearing on your big day is another cost to figure into your budget, as is the all-important garter belt!

Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, has an exquisite range of designer wedding dresses for sale or to hire, so that every bride will have the dress of her dreams, no matter what the budget is.

Honesty, integrity and a pure passion for what they do has earned the team at Ever After Bridal Wear a reputation hard to beat in the world dressing beautiful brides, and they are committed to keeping it that way.

Bring your budget and dreams to Ever After Bridal and they’ll show you how to look like a fairy princess on your wedding day without busting your budget!



If you’re on a tight budget, consider hiring your wedding dress

The decision about whether to hire your wedding dress might feel like it goes against the grain of all your dreams of a wedding dress that’ll make you feel and look like a princess, but does it really?

You may want to spend more of your budget on the ceremony or on your honeymoon, or to save up for the new life you’ll be starting with your Prince Charming.

The economic climate is not going to get any better than it is now, which affects the budget of every South African in every possible way, and the same applies to wedding budgets.

The differences between buying and hiring your wedding dress;

Buying your wedding dress

While designing your own wedding dress with your favourite designer is what you’ve always dreamed, there are a few things that need to be taken into account.

If you’re planning on storing the dress, you’d best set aside a lot of space and time to pack it away safely to keep it in mint condition.

If you’re intent on buying the wedding dress designed just for you, you’d best be prepared to spend a small fortune on it.

You’ll also be spending a lot more time in fittings than you would if you were hiring your wedding dress.

There’s no doubt that the time and effort that goes into all the fittings is worth it if you want to walk down the aisle in a dress that is uniquely yours, but it can add a lot more pressure to the experience than you should have to deal with.

Hiring your wedding dress

There’s absolutely no reason that any bride can’t wear a designer wedding dress just because she can’t buy it!

You may not be able to add all the frills and flounces you’d imagined your wedding dress would look like as a little girl, but you’ll be heading down the aisle in a designer wedding dress that may have seemed completely out of your reach.

Every bride dreams of wearing a designer wedding dress on her special day, and today it’s a reality for every bride.

Remember that instead of spending a fortune on your wedding dress to wear it only once, you’ll still see it beautifully reflected in your wedding video and album, which will be passed from one generation to the next.

You’ll also be spending a lot less time in fittings, which will relieve some of the stress of finding the perfect wedding dress. Another bonus that comes with hiring a wedding dress is that you’ll be able to start shopping for the accessories and shoes you plan to wear well in advance of your big day.

Choosing the right team to guide you to your dream wedding dress

If you’re planning to buy or hire a designer wedding dress in Cape Town, head for Ever After Bridal Wear for your first fitting.

You’ll know that you’re at the right place to begin the journey to your dream wedding dress when you meet this passionate, experienced team ready and willing to support you every step of the way, right up to your wedding day.

As stockists of stunning ranges by international designers such as Enzoani, Rebecca Ingram and Maggie Sottero, this team will go the extra mile to make every bride look and feel like a stunning, confident princess on her wedding day, whether you buy or hire.



Beware these wedding planning pitfalls

Planning your wedding is going to take you into an entirely new dimension of getting intricate details to come together smoothly for a precious event not to be forgotten.

It’s easy for couples to get caught out by more than a few pitfalls along the way, which is where a few tips and tweaks here and there will make sure you don’t fall into any of the ‘usual’ traps.

Unless you’re a wedding planner, there’s much you need to be on the lookout for as you get going on your wedding plans, starting with:

A wedding that reflects none of your personality

Many couples may settle for a wedding that has all the bells, whistles and frills any wedding would have, but reflects nothing about the personalities of the bride and groom, or the life they’re setting out on together.

You don’t have to go overboard, but there are touches of creativity you can add that will make the wedding unique to your tastes. Theme weddings are great, but not a must, but your hand definitely needs to show in your choice of everything from the menu to the décor and music.

Falling into the money trap

Ears perk up for vendors when they hear ‘wedding’. Weddings are their bread and butter, and unfortunately there are more than just a few unscrupulous vendors out there ready and willing to make money off of you.

Keep your budget in mind for everything that’s really important to you both. Don’t let anyone talk you into spending more money than you want to, which often begins with the wrong bridal consultant trying to convince you to go over budget with your wedding dress.

Not making contingency plans for the day

Planning a wedding well also means planning for any things that could go wrong.  If you’ve planned an outdoor wedding what’ll happen if it rains?

Let someone in the bridal party have all the contact numbers for various vendors involved in the wedding so that nothing gets left out or lost along the way to the big day.

A contingency plan also means keeping safety pins and all the other bits and pieces together in case anything goes wrong with your wedding dress. Don’t think too hard about that, just be prepared!

Not taking the comfort & tastes of your guests into account

Although this is your big day, it’s also an important day for everyone coming to celebrate your wedding with you, and their comfort should also be taken into consideration.

Think about what you’d like from someone hosting you at their wedding and you’ll hit the sweet spot for your guests.  If it’s going to particularly hot, lay on the fans and cool spring water, and if it’s a chilly day, make sure that you can keep everyone comfortably warm.

Last but not least; going it alone

Sharing the load of wedding planning has become de rigueur in this century. It’s no longer only the bride that has to carry the weight of all the planning. This kind of thinking went out of the window a long time ago.

If both of you are involved in the planning, sharing ideas and setting the goals you both need to reach each step along the way, you’ll already have started out as a couple organising the most precious day of your lives. It can only get better from there!

Planning to settle on the venue before you buy your wedding dress?

It’s a good idea if you are, because finding the perfect wedding dress is made easier when you can visualise yourself in the setting you’ve chosen.

Once you’ve got the venue, mood and theme of your wedding locked down, Ever After Bridal Wear would love to welcome you into their world of stunning designer dresses, created to make the dreams of every bride come true, in any setting!