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!