What not to do in the week leading up to your wedding

No matter how hard you try, there’ll always be last minute things to sort out on your wedding checklist, which you’d know if you’ve already gotten through the list like a professional during the week leading up to the ceremony. However, there a few things you should try to avoid in the week leading up to your wedding.

Such as:

Trying out a new hair style

Not a good idea at all!! If you really want to try something new, do it far enough off from the wedding day to give yourself time to fix it if it doesn’t work! Even trying out new hair care products can affect what your hair looks like, and leave the dye alone unless you’re absolutely certain it’ll work on you with your wedding dress.

Catching a tan

We’d all love to glow with a tan on our wedding day, but that’s best kept for the honeymoon, rather than feeling and looking like a lobster as you say your vows.

And whatever you do, please don’t try instant tan methods on yourself, leave that up to professionals, and, make sure you’ve coated yourself with sunscreen if you do spend any time in the sun.

Ramping up a new workout

Don’t cause yourself a strain or sprain to add miserable discomfort on your wedding day!

No matter how well you can act, standing for hours chatting to guests with pain searing up your legs, or doing it with your wrist sprained is going to be very painful, and it’ll show!

Tossing & turning instead of sleeping!

Please get enough sleep! It’s the essential ingredient that contributes to looking and feeling good when the big day arrives.

Don’t overdo the booze

If you want to try and ease the stress with a few glasses of vino a day, don’t do it! Alcohol dehydrates yours skin and it can also cause mild depression after the fact. Hang in there for the celebration and then you can enjoy the bubbly!

Caffeine won’t help

You’re going to be feeling more than just a little jittery, it kind of comes with the territory, but, believe it or not, too many caffeine shots will make those nerves jitter a lot more and also dehydrate your skin – keep the caffeine for the honeymoon!

Don’t get hung up on the small stuff

Looking back after the fact, you’ll realise that all the small details you sweated over were in reality of little importance when you consider that you’ve married the love of your life! The hiccups won’t matter then, as you head off into the sunset for your new life!

If you are ready to start the journey to a visionary designer wedding dress, make the dream come true at Ever After Bridal Wear! This is where you’ll find the home of exquisite designer wedding dresses available to buy or to hire in Durbanville, Cape Town.

10 Mistakes to avoid when shopping for your wedding dress

Aside from all else that goes with planning a wedding, shopping for your wedding dress is a very daunting prospect, to put it mildly.  The panic that can ensue when you realise that this is a once-off kind of dress is perfectly normal, every brides hits the same spot at least once on the this extraordinary journey.

Armed with some facts about what not to do before you head out shopping, it will be well worth your time to prepare you to avoid some of the pitfalls other brides may have fallen fowl to.

Here’s where we look into some of the mistakes to avoid or to be aware of on the way to your dream wedding dress!

Ignoring the guidance of experienced bridal consultants

For a start, let’s look at the passionate professionals at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town. From the point of view that this is a dream team that’s dresses brides-to-be for over years, already, which is an awesome amount of experienced to have at your side when looking for the dress in a million!.

Because honesty and integrity rules with these ladies, you can be absolutely sure that they’re not just going to say yes to a dress just to please you – they want nothing less than the best for you and they’ll be honest about it too!

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.

Fitting more dresses than you have to

If you set yourself up to fit every second dress on the rack you’re going to exhaust and confuse yourself. Try to limit fittings to suit the homework you’ve already done into the styles you like and the mood you want to set.

Don’t head out shopping too early

If your wedding is going to be held in a formal setting, the dresses you opt to fit will it in with the setting and the mood. Shopping for your dress once you’ve secured the venue and the theme for the wedding will make choices so much easier, and, should you decide on a beach or forest wedding, you’ll be looking for something completely different to fit the occasion like a glove.

Don’t shop too late either!

This is cutting it fine for any bride, unless she has no choice! While you may not have months and months to spare, try to start the hunt somewhere between 6 to 9 months before the wedding.

Just because the dress is expensive doesn’t mean it’s best for you!

You’re a very lucky bride when you find and fall in love with your dream dress that doesn’t carry a hefty price tag, if it makes you look like a million dollars, that’s what counts!

Beware shopping for your 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 settling on buying your wedding dress online, or you’ll be out of pocket by more than a few pennies!

Buy the dress that fits you now, forget about losing weight by your wedding day

While you may want to lose a couple of kilo’s by the time the big day comes around, don’t do it to yourself!  Love yourself as you are and realise you’ll just be adding extra stress to an already out of the ballpark stress creating event!

Being brutal about your budget

Don’t even fit a dress for fun if it’s way out of your budget, you’ll be setting yourself up for heartache when you have to set it aside again! Stick to your budget and keep in mind the dreamy honeymoon you’re saving up for instead!

Don’t buy a dress that says nothing about your unique personality

If you’ve a bent for the classic, quirky and funky, don’t try to be something or someone you’re not on your wedding day. It’s your day to express who you are as passionately or quietly as you’d like to!

Don’t turn your nose up at buying a second hand designer wedding dress or even hiring a designer wedding dress!

If the Coronavirus has decimated your bank account and life as it has for millions of other, you may need to consider buying a pristine second hand dress or even joining the growing trend of hiring a stunning designer wedding dress.

It’ll make things come out a lot more even for you and your groom when you take into consideration the other costs of having a wedding of your dreams.

The team at Ever After Bridal Wear has on hand an exquisite range of second hand designer wedding dresses on sale, along with equally stunning designer wedding dresses to hire in Cape Town, so; wear that designer wedding dress no matter what your budget looks like.

Don’t buy a wedding dress you don’t love!

If you aren’t in love with the dress you settle on by the time you’ve tried it a few times, keep trying. Not every bride falls in love with her dress instantly, sometimes it takes time for a specific dress to grow on her, and it may just be that’s the dress she ends up wearing down the aisle, looking like a dream!

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.

Welcome to a world of bridal magic at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville

If there’s one thing all brides share a love of, it’s wearing the wedding dress of her dreams as she heads down the aisle to say yes to her beloved, and, there’s no getting away from the fact that every bride deserves to look and feel beautiful on what will be the day of all days in her life.

Here’s what to look forward to when you’re welcomed by the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville on the way to the dress of your dreams:

Experience fed by passion

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, and this is a quality shared in abundance by this creative team, where dreams come true.

Individual attention

You will have all the individual attention you deserve on this journey with this team. They’ll chat with you about your budget; the mood and setting you want to create for the wedding day, which is all done to make sure you are steered in the right direction to meet your vision for the day!

An un-jaded understanding of the journey

Even after over 10 years of dressing brides, there’s absolutely nothing remotely jaded about the bridal consultants at Ever After Bridal.  Because they well-understand the strains and stresses that are part of shopping for the perfect wedding dress, they do all they can to make the journey a little less daunting and a lot more fun.

Painstaking choice of designers

This team is painstaking about the designers they choose to bring bridal dreams to fruition, and, with ranges by two acclaimed designers, Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram, you’ll see for yourself how much love has gone in to the designer wedding dresses in their beautiful shop.

The ups and downs

Your journey to the perfect wedding dress is going to be pretty up and down but with the team at Ever After Bridal at your side you’ll have people around you who’ll laugh along with you at the high spots, and be a comforting shoulder on the days that are a little more difficult to handle!

The role Ever After Bridal plays in guiding you to the dress you’ll fall in love with, means they take your ideas and hopes, and to help you choose the best dresses that suit that fairy-tale vision.

The happy ending

The team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville want your happy ending as much as you do on this journey, so, no matter how many dresses you fit or how many alterations need to be done. This team gives their all to make sure you look just like a fairy princess on the day you get married!

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

Avoid these pitfalls by choosing your bridal store with care

Unfortunately, as in any industry, you get the good guys and the not-so good guys in terms of bridal stores in Cape Town, the distinction being that one will give you the best while respecting our budget, and the other will happily fleece you wherever possible.

Considering how costly a wedding dress is, especially in an economy that’s dead, you’ll be doing yourself a favour by knowing what to be on the lookout for in terms of possible pitfalls and unscrupulous tactics that some bridal stores will use to increase their turnover.

Shopping for a wedding dress is not your average everyday experience, so do a bit of homework before you start trying on dresses and make the deal with yourself to make sure you choose an honest bridal consultant to stand by you on this journey.

If you’re not strict about your budget, you can be pushed over your budget by bridal consultants who will steer you towards wedding dresses that are exquisite but completely out of your budget.

This is not the way to start the experience of shopping for a wedding dress, because the expensive dress you have to put away could well be the dress you compare all others with from then on in, which makes it more difficult for you than you deserve!

Keep a beady eye out for a few of these pitfalls:

Not getting honest answers about costs

If a bridal consultant is on the up and up, she’ll ask you about your budget, so that she won’t lead you to dresses that are out of your reach financially.

She will probably advise you to add a little extra to the budget for incidentals such as accessories or a few realistic alterations, just in case, but, not with the intention to take you so far out of your budget range that your magical honeymoon gets stolen from you, little by little.

Its honesty, integrity and transparency about costs, among other things, that’s made Ever After Bridal Wear one of the most sought after bridal stores in Cape Town, which is exactly what you need from the team taking this journey with you.

The small print on the contract

You need to understand exactly what the contract you sign for your wedding dress means, and, the small print can be very confusing when you least need it.

Don’t fret about it though because the team at Ever After Bridal will be take the time 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.

Don’t deal with a bridal store that doesn’t give you any assistance in any of these areas. This is where you deserve to know that you’re dealing with a team that believes in complete transparency throughout this exciting journey.

Don’t let anyone force unnecessary alterations on you

Because on average we’re pretty much in the dark where it comes to alterations and what they cost, we are at the mercy of those who do know, and who know exactly how to overcharge on items like this.

Taking the journey to your dream wedding dress with the team at Ever After Bridal will be an experience to enjoy with people you can trust, knowing that the last thing this team has no desire, or reputation, for taking advantage of the dreams of any bride.

The best in designer wedding dresses awaits you here

The team at Ever After Bridal in Cape Town won’t let anything get in the way of their unwavering commitment to see every bride in the designer wedding dress of her dreams.

They most certainly 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 consultants who don’t have your best interests at heart, and see you only as their meal ticket!

When you shop for a designer wedding dress, remember the importance of comfort too!

Even on a normal big night out, there’s little more uncomfortable spending the entire evening miserably uncomfortable, tugging and pulling throughout the special event or occasion; you get the meaning I’m sure, we’ve all been there!

In fact, that sexy little number is probably still hanging in your closet, never to be worn again, which isn’t half as much a biggie as it would be if it happens to be the daunting prospect of shopping for your once-in-a-lifetime wedding dress!

You’ll be surprised at how trying to keep a lid on your discomfort in your wedding dress can show up in your wedding album, and that’s a forever memory, one you don’t get a do-over.

Do yourself the greatest favour of all and take your time about saying yes to dresses you fit on your way to looking stunning and being comfortable on the biggest day of your life.

Here are a few practical suggestions you may find helpful in finding your dream wedding dress!

Know & celebrate your natural body shape

There is no woman on this planet that isn’t beautiful, irrespective of body shape, which is why it’s so important that you go with what nature has blessed you with on the journey to your dream dress.

You may dream of looking like a sexy siren, forest sprite, and gypsy or evocatively romantic in a dramatic ball gown, this is where your say counts most!

Celebrate & highlight your natural skin tone

the good news for brides with skin tones that fade in brilliant or ice white, is that there are so many more shades of champagne, light gold, silvery grey or blue, floral and more, designed for a bride wanting to do things the right way to celebrate her skin tone.

If you’re up for taking a step out of the box of tradition completely, head for pink, bright blue, emerald green or purple – there’s a world of colour out there for brides today!

Celebrate your inimitable style

You’ll find that when you choose the team at Ever After Bridal Wear to take the journey to your dress with you, one of the first things they’ll want to know about you is what style of dress you’ve been dreaming of wearing.

They want to know this so that they can be sure to point you in the right direction for a designer wedding dress that matches your dream, so, whether it’s going to be a ball gown, fitted and flaring, mermaid or sheath, they will work with you to make sure that whatever the style is, it will be a celebration and expression of your own inimitable style!

Indulge in comfort

Being comfortable in your dress is even with looks in terms of practicalities as you go through fittings. A good idea is to sit, dance and walk around in each favourite dress you fit to check for comfort. And, bear in mind you’ll need to visit the ladies at some stage on the big day!

If you go to bat to take all of this into account, and the dress you fall in love with meets all the above criteria, there’s no doubt you’ll be the glowing, confident and stunningly beautiful bride you always dreamed you’d be.

Shop for your designer wedding dress at Ever After Bridal Wear

From the moment you meet the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, you can look forward to having all the undivided attention you deserve, right through to the finishing line; the day you collect the dress of your dreams.

Passion for what they do and a love of the journey ensures a warm welcome for you when you book your first fitting at Ever After Bridal Wear, and, you may like to know that you can hire a designer dress from this team as well or buy a second hand designer wedding dress on sale – no one will ever know but you and your Ever After Bridal team!

If what you want is a stunning designer dress at your fingertips, call Ever After Bridal to book your first fitting…and the glass of bubbly that comes with it.

You’ll find a designer wedding dress at Ever After Bridal perfect for every body shape

Before we get into why there’s a wedding dress for every body shape at Ever After Bridal Wear, let’s look at how much care went into selecting from the best international wedding gown designers to represent all that Ever After Bridal has been committed to, since the day they opened their doors in November 2010.

As far as this team is concerned, being part of dressing a bride is an experience that brings such joy to them with every bride that’s welcomed into the Ever After Bridal Wear store, right through to the day the journey culminates in the collection of the wedding dress.

‘If you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life” is a saying that has never been more apt than when it’s applied to this team. This means that those dressing you for your precious day take you into their world, where not a single day is qualified as work, but their dedication to a pure creativity and passion for what they do.

This is where you’ll have the personal attention and integrity you deserve as you take on the daunting journey to a designer wedding dress you may have been dreaming about all your life!

And now, to the 2 major designer’s Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville is proud to stock!

Maggie Sottero

If you want to create sheer romance or perhaps somewhat more of an old-world classic feel, you’ll find styles redolent of these moods and more available from this stunning range. There are so many designs in Maggie’s range that they run the full gamut that ranges from the dramatic to elegant, frothy, billowing dresses. You’ll find that Maggie Sottero had you in mind when she designed her range.

Maggie hasn’t left out modern brides either, or those with a dream of looking like a true fairytale Princess swirling down the aisle to meet her prince charming!

You’ll find that the dresses from this designer are everything and more for any bride-to-be, whether a study in romance, layered in flowing billows of silk and satin as the base, and with exquisite bodices designed to fulfil the vision of romance any bride has for her wedding day.

Rebecca Ingram

Rebecca Ingram has added her own very personal signature style to a wide range of designer wedding dresses ready to wear!

If you have an hourglass shape or are beautifully buxom, you’ll find the perfect dress to celebrate your natural assets in sheer style. Despite the fact that Rebecca adds much in terms of exquisite style and detail, she has kept in mind budget conscious brides facing tough times in a world economy shattered by the COVID-19 virus.

You’ll be surprised by the Chantilly lace embedded with beading and all else that makes each wedding dress look like a one-of-a-kind wedding dress still being in a reasonable price range, whether you hire or buy the dress.

It’s good news for brides-to-be that designers of this status have designed out-of-this-world wedding dresses at prices that won’t break the budget for any bride, yet still account for every shape, size and colouring!

Anything is always possible for you at Ever After Bridal if you’ll let them join you on the journey to a wedding dress that’ll go beyond your wildest dreams!

Book your first fitting at Ever After Bridal to begin this exciting journey and let the fun begin!


6 Ideas to help make wedding dress fittings a little less complicated

Finding your dream designer wedding dress is a little daunting, to say the least, which means you need to be armed with the right things to bring along to fittings to make it a journey that’s a lot more fun!

There’s no other shopping experience you’ve ever had that can ever compare or prepare you for the daunting experience of shopping for a stunning wedding dress you’ll only wear once, on the most beautiful day of your life.

If you’re already heading out to search for a dream wedding dress, you’ll hopefully have a pretty good idea of what you’re looking for when it comes to the style of dress that most appeals to you, and which you believe will make the most of your beautiful body shape.

Here are the 6 ideas that may help make wedding dress fittings a little less complicated

Leave your granny panties at home!

Don’t bring your favourite granny panties to fittings, or that bra you love because it’s been worn long enough to make it the most comfy one you possess!  If you’re going to wear something skimpier on your wedding day, pack in nude underwear and a G-string!

Not sure about whether to opt for a strapless dress or one with thin straps? This will give you a good reason to invest in a good bra for both styles.

Bring along hair accessories & ideas for your veil

A veil isn’t just a veil! There are a myriad of styles waiting out there to confuse you, so, bring along the dress styles you love and make it easier on yourself and your bridal consultants to match veil to dress immaculately.

Naturally, there’s nothing wrong with not choosing to wear a veil and instead wearing a beautiful spray of flowers for the natural forest-sprite look.

Hair accessories that glint and shimmer in your hair are ideas you can bring along to fittings too, to check them out while you fit dresses.

Think tiaras and crystal hair grips. There are many other forms of hair accessories that’ll look stunning on you, so bring those ideas or the actual thing along to fittings as well, if possible.

Bring shoes that are the height you plan to wear

Bringing the right shoes to your fittings will really give you the true effect of the dress length, short or long.  While you may not yet have the actual pair you’ll wear on your wedding day, invest in a pair that are the closest in height to what you will wear.

Double up on your garter!

If you’re going to stick with the tradition of tossing your garter at the reception, buy two, and don’t be shy to make the one you intend to keep as a memento the fancier of the two!

Keep yourself warm!

Even spring and summer evenings can be a little chilly in the Cape, which makes it a good idea to consider investing in a saucy jacket to match your dress or a bridal wrap to keep you warm, before, during and after the nuptials!

Share your ideas with the team at Ever After Bridal to find the perfect wrap or bridal jacket to go with the dress you finally say yes to, as a stunning addition to complete the picture.

You may choose to wear a light wrap to protect you from the sun or any breeze that may come up if you’ve decided on an outdoor wedding!

If you’d like the most supportive, passionate and experienced bridal consultants at your side for this awesome journey, book your fitting at Ever After Bridal today! They’d love to see you to the altar in a stunning designer wedding dress that is so comfortable that you shine brighter than any star!


How to make shopping for your wedding dress a unique adventure

As the countdown begins and as wedding plans become more of a daily reality, dreaming about gliding down the aisle to join your life to the man of your dreams may become somewhat blurred in the details.

What with having to settle on the venue, decide on whether or not to have a theme, plan menus and entertainment is more than enough taken on its own, but, then there’s the even more important part you need to focus on; shopping for the perfect wedding dress.

You may well find that this can sometimes be part of the journey that can possibly bring out the worst and the best in friends and family. Besides which, you’ll probably be staring down a few challenges from others about the décor, DJ, theme or venue for your wedding, but your foray into the world of wedding dresses ramps all those opinions into an even higher gear.

It’s weird how friends and family sometimes forget that this is about your wedding day, and your wedding dress, becoming very free with their opinions and advices, while giving no thought to how much you’d rather have encouragement and support instead of feeling bullied!

This is when you just have to get tough on them all, stand your ground and be very discerning about who’ll be joining you at fittings. Sift the wheat from the chaff to bring along the kind of people who’ll be honest, without being nasty.

These have to be very special people that join you at fittings, because they’re going to have to love you through all the ups and downs that can arise emotionally as you try to fit the dress to the dream.

Be sure to leave the one that has nothing positive and everything negative to say about everything and anything out of the picture for fittings! It’ll be the worst way to stat what deserves to be a fabulously exciting experience filled with joy! She’ll terrify you before you ever get to your first fitting, and that’s the worst way to start what should be an exciting experience filled with joy.

Naturally there’ll be tears of joy and tears of frustration along the way, after all, this is about the biggest decision you’ve ever had to make, and it’s one that won’t be repeated and there’ll be no do over, so start it on the firm ground of making the experience your own.

Here’s what you could do to make shopping for your wedding dress a unique adventure:

Don’t overload on your entourage

Do stick to bringing a minimum of people along to fittings, and choose wisely enough to have a great balance of input from those you’ll share this special experience with.

Settle on the venue & theme

If you settle on the venue and theme for your wedding, shopping for  your wedding dress is going to be made a lot easier, believe it or not. The season, theme and venue can have more of an impact on your choice of dresses than you may think.  You wouldn’t want to shop for a slinky summer wedding dress for a winter wedding, now would you!

Think out of the box

Keeping an open mind about the dress of your dreams is a good idea, especially when you consider that many a bride has headed down the aisle in a wedding dress in a style and colour they never would have contemplated.

On a last note, do remember to bring a strapless bra and one with straps to fittings, as well as shoes that mimic the height you plan to wear on your wedding day.

Wear your hair the way you plan to on the day, up or down, and add a touch of makeup into the bargain when you go to fittings, it’ll help you to imagine what you’ll look like on that very special, magical day.

Share your dreams with Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville and you’ll have a team on your side that cares passionately about how stunning you’ll look in a designer wedding dress as you head towards your prince charming!

If you’re ready to shop for a wedding dress in Cape Town, start with great planning

Once you start shopping for a designer wedding dress in Cape Town, you’ll take a load of stress off your shoulders by starting out with great planning.

There are a few tricks you can keep up your sleeve to make it less overwhelming when you don’t know where to begin, especially when you consider that this is one dress you’re only going to wear once!

Try these tips to make shopping for your wedding dress less overwhelming:

It begins with your budget!

You’d be surprised to know that once you know what you’d be willing and able to spend on your wedding dress, you’ve already given yourself a good start to finding your dream dress.

It does a lot to keep you focused and helping you narrow down your choices, making sure that you don’t get caught up in trying on dresses that are way over your budget.

Know & love your body shape!

There are literally hundreds upon hundreds of wedding dress styles and options out facing you, which means that if you’re ever going to find your way through the maze of silk, lace, organza or brocade, you’re going to need to know your body shape which silhouette will flatter your shape best.

Make this research count and you’ll find thinning out your choices so much easier on yourself, and have fun in the process!

Get your plans in place early

If you’re able to start shopping anywhere between 6 to 9 months ahead of your wedding, you’ll find that you’ve lifted a tremendous load off your shoulders.

If you’re buying a designer wedding dress off the rack, it’s going to take far less time than it would if you choose to have a dress designed for you, which could take up to 12 months of fittings and alterations!

There’s no reason that you won’t 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. If you’ve chosen Ever After Bridal Wear as your bridal consultants, they’ll make sure you have the perfect fit, direct from the designer!

Don’t be shy to ask a hundred questions! 

There will be many little details to take in on this journey to your dream wedding dress, and, having a list of questions for your bridal consultant is going to 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.

Hair & makeup for fittings

If at all possible, spoil yourself and 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.

This is not essential though! You need only wear your hair more or less the way you’re going to on your wedding day and add a light touch of makeup to get the full effect of the dress on you.

Don’t shop for your wedding dress during your lunch break!

Whatever you do, don’t squeeze shopping for your wedding dress during your lunch break! All you’ll get is hot and flustered, and more than just a little confused into the bargain!

Bring the right underwear to fittings

Nudes are going to serve you best for your wedding dress.  Bright, colourful panties and bra’s have a very negative impact on the way a white dress will look, unless you’re planning to wear a rich colour.

Bring along a strapless bra and one with straps, as well as panties that won’t bunch up and spoil the look of the dress – granny panties are out!

Find a bridal consultant whose opinion you’ll trust

With an awesome team like those at Ever After Bridal, you’ll be dealing with people who won’t say yes just to please you, if the dress doesn’t make you look like a million dollars, they’ll say so!  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.

Take photos to share with friends and family

Making sure you don’t take a large entourage with you to fittings is important, so, to compensate any who feel left out, bring friends and family along for the journey by taking photos of you in different dresses, so that not only can you look back on them at your leisure, but also get other opinions weighing in!  It gets easy to forget some of the finer details when you’ve tried on 10 or 20 dresses!

Comfort will be your best friend

You’re confidence levels will be raised tremendously if you’re comfortable in your dress, so, make a point of sitting, standing, walking and doing a twirl in the dress to make sure you’ll be comfortable. This is the acid test for just how beautifully you will shine on your wedding day.

Let Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town light the path to the ultimate designer 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.

Be realistic about your budget before you go shopping for a wedding dress

If you take the time to settle on and be realistic about what your budget is for your dream wedding dress, you’ll be off to a better than 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 in Cape Town.

Once you’ve shared your budget with this team, they’ll know exactly what you can afford, which means 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.

You shouldn’t have to feel such a crushing defeat on a journey that should, by rights, be an exciting experience, despite the pressures that abound in choosing the right dress.

Shopping for a wedding dress is definitely not for the faint-hearted with all the pressure on you to choose a dress you’ll only be wearing once!

Though there are unfortunately bridal stores that will try to trap you into going over budge, this isn’t the way the team at Ever After Bridal Wear help to make the dreams of every bride come true!

Here are a few of the additional costs you need to keep in mind when shopping for a wedding dress:

Save on choice in style

Simplicity rules here, where a mermaid or sheath wedding dress will cost infinitely less than a dramatic ball gown would because of the extravagant amount of fabric used in the design, which is definitely worth taking into consideration if you’re a budget-conscious bride!

Save on fabric choices

Fabrics like silk will have you in for more than just a pretty penny, however, there are infinitely more fabric choices available that will be every bit as beautiful as you glide down the aisle but not break the bank in the process.

Saving on alterations

Finding a designer wedding dress that needs little to no alterations is a great way to keeping expenses down. Simple alterations such as raising or lowering a hem will be less expensive than it will be to alter the neckline of the dress.

You’ll be well on your way to spending less on alterations once you’ve done research into the perfect style and silhouette to suit your body shape.

Saving on detail

If you’re budget for your wedding dress is tight, you’ll need to say  no to a diamond encrusted dress or one with the Swarovski beads you’d love as an extravagant detail to your wedding dress! There are many other options that’ll add glitter and glamour to your dress than these and still look stunning, without shooting your budget out of the ballpark!

The team at Ever After Bridal Wear will be quick to point out exactly where you could cut down on costs in terms on detailing on your dress.

Save on accessories

Sadly, there are still many bridal stores that will try to push into spending more by throwing accessories at you that you don’t really need or even want. Be confident that with the right team on your side, by the time you’ve found you dream wedding dress, you’ll already know what you’d like to use as accessories.

Remember that 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 for the fun part of it!

Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, offers a range of exquisite designer wedding dresses for sale or to hire, giving every bride the opportunity to wear dress of her dreams, no matter what her budgetary restrictions may be!

The team at Ever After Bridal Wear has earned a gracious reputation for honesty, integrity and a pure passion for what they do, one that’s hard 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 the budget!