Don’t let others hijack your wedding dress shopping experience

So, your engagement was made official today, and before you can even absorb the enormity of it people will start asking about the date, a dread question for newly engaged couples.

But happen it will, with friends and family already plotting and planning things like décor, venue and menu long before you are ready for it.

And then there’s the question of the dress!

Oh the pitfalls here are legion! This one says you look stunning in this and another says not so, and this is when you really need to take charge, firmly, once fittings begin!

This is the once-in-a-lifetime dress for you and your opinion is tantamount to any other opinions, well-meant or not!

It’s not a bad idea to speak to a few ladies who’ve travelled down the same road your heading out on, just to get a good balance of what to do and what not to do.

Don’t let those with horror stories about their wedding dress shopping experience touch you in the least because that was their experience, this is yours, which will be infinitely different, armed with the good, bad and daunting opinions you’ll field to arm yourself for the journey.

Here are a few suggestions for retaining your right to choose your own wedding dress, your way!

Keep the entourage small and well-balanced

If you’re going to bring a few well-balanced friends along to fittings, make sure you select them well. You’ll need honesty from them, and definitely not the nasty kind!

In any event you’ll have experience on your side in the form of the team at Ever After Bridal to help steer you in the right direction, without helping you into a dress that’s just so wrong for you!

Ignore your budget at your own peril

This is a biggie that’s caught many a bride out in the enthusiasm and excitement of trying on wedding dresses.  Know your budget and discuss it with Ever After Bridal, so that they will care enough about you not to steer you to dresses that are way above what you intend to spend.

A little leeway for unexpected costs such as a few nips and tucks here and there, or other accessories you may need to add to the fitting experience. Once again, you can rely on the passionate team at Ever After Bridal not to push anything on you to up the bill to your detriment.

Don’t be afraid to try something different to what you had in mind

It’s here that many a bride has discovered that by keeping an open mind she has found that what she’d been looking for is completely different to the dress she falls in love with!

Be prepared to be surprised in the best possible way as you see the best possible reflection of yourself in the mirror, in a dress you’d never even considered!

Don’t forget the weather

Summer or winter, the season that will play host to your wedding will have a great impact on your comfort level. Instead of shivering through your vows on a chilly day or evening, plan on adding a little warmth to your shoulders by investing in a stunning stole, bolero jacket or perfectly styled cape for added dramatic effect.

Balmy afternoon or evening weddings in a warmer season may also call for a little lacy or embroidered cloud of comfort to protect you from the sun and dry air, especially if the wedding is taking place outdoors.

Take a stand on the dress you fall in love with, because no one sees the vision you have of what you’d dream of looking like on your wedding day, no compromises!

Contact Ever After Bridal to book your fitting for an awesome wedding dress shopping experience that won’t give anyone room to hijack your dream designer wedding dress journey!


Top designer wedding dresses for sale at Ever After Bridal in Cape Town

Whether you’re looking for a wedding dress to buy or to hire, you’ll find stunning designer wedding dresses gracing the racks at Ever After Bridal wear in Durbanville, Cape Town.

In their world of silk, satin and chiffon, every bride will feel as if they’ve stepped into a completely new world, one in which they can see their dreams of looking like a princess on their wedding day come true.

With names like Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram and Enzoani making this their home, there’s a designer wedding dress straight off the ramps of Europe to suit every bride, in every shape and every size.

These designers were chosen carefully by the team at Ever After Bridal, so that every style and silhouette is represented in the ranges of these designers, ready to walk down the aisle on a glowing bride.

After over nine years in the industry, the team at Ever After Bridal understand the pressure that’s created while a bride tries on dress after dress, in the hunt for her dream wedding dress, and they know just where to ease the pressure along the way, to make decisions a little easier for every bride.

As one of the top bridal wear stores in Cape Town, Ever After Bridal brings a wealth of experience into the journey each bride undertakes on the way to the dress of her dreams, and with this experience on offer, they’re able to relieve some of the stress that accompanies buying or hiring a wedding dress that’s made for you.

Honesty, integrity and transparency is evident in this team, which ensures that no bride will leave their shop with a dress that doesn’t do her justice, or bring out the unique style and beauty of every bride that steps into the Ever After Bridal store.

Having the undivided attention of this passionate team also means that you can trust them not to dangle dresses in front of you that are way over your budget.

As far as Ever After Bridal is concerned, the most important thing to them is that the silhouette and style of wedding dress you choose will be the perfect match for your shape and for your personality.

In a daunting experience such as shopping for your wedding dress, it’ll make a big difference to you if you’ve got a team on your side who’ll support you through all the ups and downs that come with finding a dress that takes your breath away.

After all, what you want is to take your Prince Charming’s breath away as he sees you gliding towards him on your wedding day, which makes it worth all the tears and laughter that’ll accompany your search for the dress!

Most of all, this is a journey that needs to be taken with a bridal team that you feel at ease with, especially since you’re going to be shedding your clothes as you move from fitting to fitting.  Being comfortable during your fittings is going to count a lot along the way to the ultimate dress.

Let the team at Ever After Bridal make shopping for your designer wedding dress an experience that’s adventurous and exciting, from the day you try on the first dress, until the day you collect the one you’ve always dreamed of!

This team of bridal consultants love what they do, and that love comes through clearly in the delight they feel at sharing this special journey with you, ending in your own happily ever after!

Laying the foundation well in preparation for the wedding dress you say ‘yes’ to

By the time you’re ready to start shopping for a wedding dress you’d have fallen hook, line and sinker for your Prince Charming, which means you’ll be looking for a wedding dress that’ll be equal to the moment you glide down the aisle looking like a princess, ready to say ‘I do’.

This experience of finding the perfect wedding dress will be the culmination of all your dreams of looking like a princess on your wedding day, wearing a fairy tale wedding dress that’ll make you look ethereal.

Since buying a wedding dress will be a first time experience for you, stepping into uncharted waters at the same time as you’re trying to keep your head during wedding planning, shopping for a wedding dress could catch you on the wrong foot without an experienced bridal consultant at your side.

Before you even step into the door of the bridal shop you’ve chosen, make a list of any questions that pop into your head, so that once you meet the bridal consultant who’ll see you through this experience, you’ll be able to ask, and have answered, every one of your questions and concerns.

You’re going to feel pretty overwhelmed when you step into the world of billowing white fabric, dazzling beads and eye-catching sequins, so the more prepared you are, the better the search will be.

Don’t surround yourself with yes people on this important journey

While you’re trying on dress after dress and feeling overwhelmed along the way, you’d be better off with a bridal consultant who won’t say yes to every dress you try on.

An open and honest bridal consultant won’t want you to go down the aisle looking anything less than a princess, which means there’ll probably be a few no’s along the way to your dream dress.

The same honesty is also required from your entourage. Just make sure it’s loving honesty you’ll get, minus any cynicism or underlying cattishness.

Don’t be afraid to try something a little different

It’s going to be of benefit to you if you can keep an open mind while trying on wedding dresses, just in case you say yes to something completely different to what you may have visualised.

Provided that the dress matches your budget, the team at Ever After Bridal may inspire you to try a wedding dress you may not have considered, but that you’ve fallen in love with!

This is a great way of making sure you don’t miss out on a magical dress you haven’t included in your research.

Some of the questions you need to answer for yourself on the way to the dress you say ‘yes’ to

  • Is the dress within your budget?
  • Is the colour and silhouette perfect for your skin tone and body shape?
  • Do you think you’ll lose the weight you hope to in order to fit into the wedding dress on the day? This is an important question to answer because this may be one of the worst times to try and lose weight.
  • Are you able to sit, walk and dance in the dress, taking into account the many hours you’ll spend in it on your wedding day?
  • Is the dress comfortable enough to give you the confidence you’ll need to shine on your special day?

Make a list of other questions you may have, to take with you to your fittings to give you a good guide towards laying a foundation that’ll make finding your dream wedding dress as stress-free as possible.

In a lot of cases, all it’s taken for that yes moment to happen is to simply fall in love with the dress! Your choice of wedding dress is not about looking for perfection, it’s about finding the most beautiful version of yourself looking back at you in the mirror of the dressing room!

If there’s one bridal team that would look forward to sharing this important journey with you, it’s Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town!

If this team thinks you may have left out a question or two, they’ll make sure it’s answered, with a wonderful sense of transparency that’ll make you feel safe in their expert hands on the way to your dream wedding dress.

Here are a few points to keep in mind when you’re ready to shop for your wedding dress

There’s no shopping experience that can be compared to the experience of shopping for your wedding dress, which makes it well worthwhile to keep your eye on any tips that’ll help to make the journey as easy as possible for you.

Yep, we all know that the hunt for the perfect wedding dress is daunting and requires great courage, but planning ahead as much as you can is going to take some of the pressure off.

It’s important to keep in mind that no matter how beautiful a wedding dress is, if you aren’t completely comfortable in it you’re not going to be sailing down the aisle as confidently as you should.

Comfort inspires confidence, which is a recipe that’ll make you glow as you get ready to commit your life to the partnership you’ve always wanted by marrying the man of your dreams.

Making your dream of the perfect wedding dress come true will be a lot easier if you’ve taken the time to get yourself organised before you head out for fittings, which is exactly what you deserve on this exciting journey.

Here are a few of the most basic things to keep in mind as you find your way to the wedding dress of your dreams:

Give yourself plenty of time

One of the first things you’ll do for your wedding is to find a venue, especially if you’re getting married in Cape Town, which is the wedding capital locally and internationally.

Waiting too long to book the venue may leave you out in the cold, considering that some of these venues are fully booked well into the future.

A bonus to locking down the venue is that you’ll be able to visualise the type of wedding dress that’ll suit you, the style of the venue and the mood you’re planning to set. This is one of the things that are well worth keeping in mind, along with making sure that the dress you wear is right for the season.

Starting the wedding dress hunt at least 6 months before the wedding is going to take a tremendous strain off your shoulders. It would be a heavy load to add to all the wedding preparations you’re in for if you’re still not sure of your wedding dress.

Pin it, snip it and save it

Be prepared to be inundated with images of stunning wedding dresses that abound on the internet and in bridal magazines, which can cause a lot of confusion in terms of sorting through them all for a dress to suit you and the mood of the wedding.

Narrow these ideas down as much as you can and save them where they’re easy to find before you head out shopping for the dress. Knowing more or less where you’re heading will help you to stick to your basic ideas about the style you’re looking for.

What could happen of course is that you may end up trying on a dress that’s completely different to those you’ve been attracted to, so keep an open mind about what’ll look beautiful on you.

Save time if you don’t have it

Not every bride has the time to get a wedding dress under the belt before the wedding day, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find the perfect dress for you.

If you’re pressed for time, then look no further than the divine designer wedding dresses on sale in Cape Town at Ever After Bridal wear!  This team makes it easy for a bride pressed for time to hire a wedding dress and still look like a princess in a designer gown.

Ever After Bridal also has a range of 2nd hand wedding dresses on sale, all of which look as if they’ve never been touched.

These wedding dresses range between R2000.00 and R11000, testimony to the fact that this passionate team of bridal stylists want nothing more than to see every bride in a designer wedding dress, no matter what the budget may be!

Once you’ve gathered as much as you can on your own about the wedding dress you think will make your dreams come true, let Ever After Bridal support you and guide you to the dress that’ll make all your dreams come true!