Choose your bridal store with care to avoid these pitfalls

You get bridal shops and then bridal shops, with the distinction being that one wants the best for you without taking you over your budget, while the other will fleece you wherever they can, tempting you with what you can’t afford.

Shopping for a wedding dress is daunting to say the least. And it’s nothing at all like going to your local clothing store for casual or elegant outfits, so not only do you need to do a bit of homework before you start trying on dresses, you’re also going to need an honest bridal consultant on your side.

Considering what a wedding dress can cost, and the fact that it’s for the most precious day of your life, it’s good to know what to be on the lookout for regarding the pitfalls and unscrupulous tactics that some bridal stores will use to increase their turnover.

One of the better known ways in which you can be pushed over your budget is for a bridal consultant to steer you towards trying on a wedding dress that may look exquisite on you, but is totally out of your budget.

This is a heart rending way to start the experience of shopping for a wedding dress, because that will be the dress you compare all others with from then on!

Keep a lookout for these pitfalls

Dodging the cost question

One of the first things any bridal consultant that’s on the up and up will do is to ask you about your budget, so that you aren’t led to dresses that are out of your reach budget-wise.

They’ll advise you to give yourself a little leeway just in case, but, they’ll never take you so far out of your budget range so as to steal your budget for a magical honeymoon!

When you go for your first fitting with the bridal consultants at Ever After Bridal wear in Durbanville, you’ll meet a team that cares enough to make sure you aren’t taken by surprise by any additional costs you haven’t budgeted for.

They have been doing this for over 9 years already, and with that much experience you can rely on them to help you remain focussed on wedding dresses that will match your budget as closely as possible.

It’s transparency about costs, among other things, that’s made Ever After Bridal one of the most sought after bridal stores in Cape Town. Honesty and integrity is the hallmark of the Ever After Bridal touch, and they’ll never point you in the direction of dresses or alterations that are way over your budget.

Reading the contract with the team at Ever After Bridal

The contract you sign when you finally find the wedding dress you say yes to will be one of the most important documents you’ll ever sign, and you need to understand exactly what it means.

The small print can be very confusing, however, the team at Ever After Bridal will be more than happy to go through the fine print with you, so that you won’t be facing any nasty surprises that may have been hidden in the contract.

If the bridal store you choose is not too keen on helping you to understand the fine print, gather up your stuff and move on. These are areas in which you’d like to know that you’re dealing with a team that believe in complete transparency throughout this exciting journey.

Beware extra alterations added to the bill

On average, most of us don’t know what alterations involve, nor do we know what they should cost, which leaves many a bride out in the cold, at the mercy of those who do know the cost of alterations in general and still overcharge.

The unscrupulous bridal store can easily mislead brides by claiming costs for alterations that haven’t even been done, or aren’t even necessary, and you deserve to know this before you sign on the dotted line.

Taking the journey to your dream wedding dress with the team at Ever After Bridal will be an experience you can trust, knowing that the last thing this team will ever allow would be to take advantage of the dreams of any bride.

Passion, knowledge and experience is at hand

Ever After Bridal is the essence of what it means to do something they’re passionate about, and they will not let anything get in the way of their unwavering commitment to see every bride in the designer wedding dress of her dreams.

This is a team that won’t push you around, say yes when it should be no, or gloss over the hundred and one questions you’ll probably have during the experience of finding your one-in-a-million wedding dress.

Enjoy shopping for your wedding dress at Ever After Bridal, without the added stress of having to dodge bridal stores that don’t have your best interests at heart, and see you only as their meal ticket!

What not to do during the week of your wedding

There will always be last minute things to tick on your wedding checklist, as you probably know if you’ve gotten through the list like a professional in the week before the ceremony. There are, however, a few things you really shouldn’t attempt in the week leading up to your wedding.

Here are a few ideas of what not to do during the week of your wedding that’ll lower your stress levels

Changing your hair style

If you’ve decided you want to do something different with your hair for the wedding, make sure you do it with enough time to spare to fix anything that could go wrong.  This includes trying out new hair care products and definitely applies to dying your hair.

Trying out new skin care products

The very last thing you want is to walk down the aisle with a rash or other side effects from using new skin care products. Stick to what you know and what makes you feel great already.

Also, if you’ve decided to have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, don’t do it in the week leading up to the wedding!  This is the one day when you deserve to look like a truly glowing, beautiful bride and not one that’s been through the ringer.

Trying a new workout

Trying something completely new in your workout routine could lead to things like strain, sprain or sheer discomfort on the one day that you could really do without any added stress.

Imagine standing for hours chatting to guests with pain searing up your legs, or doing it with your wrist sprained.  This will no doubt feel like a new form of physical punishment when you least need it.

Trying to get a tan

No matter how much you’d like to add a tan to your glow on your wedding day, don’t go there! Leave that tan for the honeymoon rather than feeling and looking like a lobster as you say your vows.

And whatever you do, make sure you’ve coated yourself with sunscreen if you do spend any time in the sun.

Drinking your stress away

As tempting as a few or more glasses of bubbly or your favourite wine may be to ease the stress, don’t do it! Alcohol won’t only dehydrate you, it’ll also have a negative impact on the glowing skin you’d like to sport on your wedding day.

Not getting enough sleep

No matter how many last minute things you may still be checking off your list, get enough sleep! Sleep is an essential ingredient to look and feel good when the big day arrives. No doubt you’d prefer not to walk down the aisle with dark circles under your eyes!

Don’t overdo caffeine shots

Caffeine can make your already jittery nerves a whole lot worse and it’ll dehydrate your skin like alcohol does.  Be kind to yourself and stick to a very light caffeine intake in the week leading up to the celebrations.

Sweating the small stuff

Once the wedding is over you’ll think back on the small stuff that caused you so much stress and realise that it’s the fact that you’ve married your Prince Charming that matters most, and not the random small things that may have hiccupped before and after the ceremony!

If you’re not quite there yet and still need to find your dream wedding dress, start your journey to the dream come true at Ever After Bridal! This is where you’ll find the home of the most stunning wedding dresses to buy or to hire in Durbanville, Cape Town.


Welcome to the world of Ever After Bridal in Durbanville

The one thing every bride has in common is her dream of walking down the aisle on her wedding day looking like a princess.  There’s just no getting away from it, and every bride deserves to feel beautiful and confident in her wedding dress on what will be the day of all days.

Here’s what you can look forward to when you are welcomed into the world of Ever After Bridal, taking your first steps towards the dress of your dreams:

A labour of love

The team at Ever After Bridal were painstaking about the designers they chose to represent all that makes this bridal wear boutique the go-to place to find designer wedding dresses for hire or to buy.

Making dreams come true is all that matters to this team, and to this end they chose stunning ranges from Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram and Enzoani, all of which are waiting to be claimed by you.

Passion meets experience

These are two qualities that are in abundance at Ever After Bridal! After nine years of dressing brides, the passion shared by this creative team is as unwavering as it was when they first started out.  This is where dreams come true under the guiding hand of people who love what they do.

Understanding the journey

There is nothing jaded about the bridal consultants at Ever After Bridal.  Their understanding of the stresses and pressures that crop up for brides shopping for the perfect wedding dress makes the journey a little less daunting and a little more exciting.

Undivided attention

This is where time will be taken to give you the undivided attention you deserve. They’ll want to know as much as possible about your budget, what type of mood you’ve planned for the day and what the setting will be. This is all in order to make sure you are steered in the right direction according to your own vision for your wedding day.

A shoulder to lean on

The team at Ever After Bridal understands fully just how up and down the journey to your dream wedding dress will be, and they’ll laugh along with you at the high spots, and be a comforting shoulder on the days that are a little more on the down side, as it should be.

Support for your vision

The role Ever After Bridal plays in seeing you to the dress you’ll say ‘yes’ to, is to take your vision and ideas, and to help you choose the best dresses that suit that fairy-tale vision.

The end result

Ultimately, no matter how many dresses you fit or how many alterations need to be done, Ever After Bridal will give their all to see you down the aisle looking like a fairy princess on her way to say ‘I do’ to her prince charming!

Book your fitting and look forward to a warm welcome from a team who can’t wait to invite you in to their world of magic!



10 Mistakes not to make when shopping for a wedding dress

Shopping for your wedding dress is daunting, to say the least of what will culminate in your wedding day.  The panic that can ensue when you realise that this is a once-off kind of dress is perfectly normal.

Before you step out of the door make sure you’re armed with some facts about what not to do, which will prepare you to avoid some of the pitfalls other brides have been caught up in.

The pressure of finding the dress you’ll say yes to causes every bride a lot of stress, no matter how calm, organised or prepared you may be.

Here are some of the mistakes not to make when shopping for a wedding dress:

  1. Not trusting the professionals

If you really want professionals on your side you can’t do any better than at Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town. This is a team that has been responsible for dressing beautiful brides for over 9 years and their passion for making sure that any bride collecting her dress is as happy about it as she was at final fitting.

Having this much experience means that you will be dealing with a team that know what they’re talking about, which means you’re not getting a ‘yes’ bridal consultant that’ll say yes to every dress you try on.

A love for what they do shows in how much they focus on getting to know you, your shape and your personality, giving you their the full attention you so rightly deserve on a journey of such importance.

  1. Expensive isn’t always best

If you find a dress that doesn’t have a designer label or a hefty price tag but looks stunning on you, the rest doesn’t matter.  If you feel that no other dress will meet with how you look and feel on your wedding day, make it yours!

  1. Trying on too many dresses

If you’ve done your homework and have a basic idea of the styles you love best, try to plan for the minimal amount of styles you’ll try, or it could become even more confusing than it already is.

  1. Shopping to soon

The optimal time to shop for your wedding dress is once you’ve secured the venue and the theme for the wedding, so that the dress you wear is going to fit the occasion like a glove. A ball gown is definitely going to be on your list if you’ve set your heart on a beach wedding!

  1. Shopping for your wedding dress online

If you’re going to be buying your wedding dress online, you still need to try on different styles to see what suits you before buying, or you’ll be out of pocket by more than a few pennies! And you’ll be in tears on your wedding day and they won’t be happy tears either.

  1. Shopping too late

Not every bride has the luxury of time, but if you do, start looking up to nine months before the wedding, which allows for the bridal team to order the dress in your size or to make any alterations necessary for the perfect fit.

7       Buying a dress that doesn’t echo your personal style

If you’re personal style is classic, quirky and funky, or anything else that speaks volumes for your unique personality, don’t try to be something you’re not on your wedding day.  It’s your day to shine so don’t wear a dress that detracts from your personal style.

  1. Buying a dress that may not fit on your wedding day

We’d all love to think that we can lose a couple of pounds before the wedding day, but it’s not realistic, especially under the pressure of planning the wedding.

Try on dresses that are your size or you’ll be putting extra stress on yourself if you can’t reach the ideal weight before the big day.

The option of taking in the dress is going to be a lot easier than having to let it out again.

  1. Buying a dress you aren’t sure you love

If you don’t absolutely love the dress, move along. If there’s one thing most brides will tell you it’s that finding the dress will be an ‘aha’ moment like no other!

  1. Shopping without sticking to your budget

Don’t even try on a dress for fun if it’s way out of your budget! If it looks like your dream come true it’ll break your heart to say goodbye to it, and it’ll also have an impact on every dress you try on after it.

Stick to your budget and enjoy that dreamy honeymoon instead!

10     Turning your nose up at hiring or buying a second hand wedding dress

The costs of wedding dresses are more than a little pricey, but, if you come across a designer dress you absolutely love but don’t have the budget for, here’s an answer to your dreams.

Ever After Bridal has a stunning range of second hand designer wedding dresses to buy, as well as exquisite designer wedding dresses for hire in Cape Town.

This means that today every bride can wear a designer wedding dress, no matter what the budget is!

Your dream wedding dress is just a call away! The team at Ever After Bridal would love to meet you, and to join you on this exciting journey, so that the wedding dress of your dreams will be waiting for you at journey’s end.