What’s the Best Wedding Dress for Your Body Type?

If you are anxious about your wedding dress appointment because you always have a hard time finding clothes you love that fit well, it’s time to relax. Wedding dresses come in all styles, sizes and colours these days and it can be adjusted to fit you perfectly.

Also, various types of dresses can transform your look completely. So to help you find a wedding dress that will compliment your figure and your style we’ve compiled a list of common dress styles to try on.

Hourglass Figure

For women with an hourglass figure, a mermaid gown follows the natural contour of your bust, waist and hips before flaring out. Consider it a celebration of your curves. Don’t think that because you are curvy you need to settle for something more loose fitting. At Ever After Bridal we always suggest to our brides-to-be to fit mermaid dress, even if your curves aren’t defined. This dress can give you the illusion of an hourglass figure by accentuating your waist.

Pear Shape

A pear-shaped body usually suggests wider hips and thighs with smaller chest and shoulders. Drawing attention to your shoulders will balance out this type of figure. A high neckline will do the trick. A halter top can be trendy while an illusion neckline with soft fabric looks elegant. Another option you can’t go wrong with is an off-the-shoulder dress.

Petite Bride

For shorter brides, an A-line dress tends to be extremely flattering since it compliments their small frames by adding definition to the bust and waist. Curvy or not, you can opt for a V-neck to add height by creating the illusion of a longer upper body.

Tall Bride

As a tall bride, why not embrace the fairytale of a ballgown? Ballgowns may not be right for shorter brides but they are perfect for tall brides. Paired with a pair of heels or flats, you can look like the princess you’ve always dreamed of.

Remember, the best wedding dress for you is the one you love. But you can follow these tips if you’re having trouble deciding.

Ever After Bridal has an extensive range of dresses for every body type created by well-known designers like Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli, Rebecca Ingram and Enzoani. Give us a call today to book your appointment.

How to Pick the Perfect Colour for Your Wedding Gown

The colour you choose for your wedding dress makes a huge impact on the overall look. Contrary to popular belief, white isn’t the most traditional colour to wear on your wedding day. In fact, it didn’t become popular until the late 19th century when Queen Victoria started the trend.

Brides before Queen Victoria wore coloured dresses on their wedding days, regardless of what their social status was. But, coloured dresses are making a comeback and designers are including more colours into the wedding dresses of modern brides.

While diamond white, eggshell white and ivory might all look the same to the naked eye, each of them brings out a distinct feature in the bride. Your dress colour should also depend on your personal style.

Many designers offer their dresses in various colours making it easy to make the dress uniquely yours. If you aren’t the adventurous type, you can choose to add just a pop of colour. More contemporary brides are after an avant-garde look for their special day. But, honestly, brides today can wear anything and still look classic and timeless.

Ivory Is a Popular Dress Colour Choice Right Now: Here’s Why

Most bridal shops are stocked with ivory wedding gowns because it has become the dominant colour for brides everywhere. The primary reason for this is because ivory is a shade that looks better on nearly every skin tone. Additionally, details and textures of a dress are more evident when the ivory contrasts.

Whatever colour dress you choose, we know you will look stunning on your wedding day!

Ever After Bridal has been dressing brides for the best part of a decade. Our dress selection is endless and any bride will be more than satisfied with our offerings from designers like Maggie Sottero and Sophia Tolli, to name a few. If you’re looking for the best wedding dresses for sale or hire in Cape Town, book an appointment with Ever After Bridal in Durbanville today.

Wedding Dress Shopping: Ever After Bridal Can Make Finding THE DRESS Quick and Easy

Not every little girl daydreams about her wedding day from a young age. But that doesn’t mean that when the time comes, she doesn’t want to look and feel her best. However, chances are that wedding dress shopping will cause them more anxiety than excitement. And since wedding planning is stressful as it is, it’s vital to find a bridal boutique that will make the process a little bit easier and perhaps even fun.

Wedding Dress Shopping 101: Things to Do to Make the Process Easier

  1. Decide on a Budget

Plan to spend about 10 per cent of your overall budget on your dress and stick to it as far as possible.

  1. Don’t Be lastminute.com

It takes a few months for placing the order to picking up your dress. Make sure you start dress shopping at least 6 – 12 months before the wedding to avoid stressful situations.

  1. Do Some Research

Browse a few websites or look through a few magazines to see what you like. Save these images to your phone or take the pictures with for the consultant to eliminate the ones that won’t suit your body type.

  1. Think Twice About Who You Take Along to Your Appointment

Everyone has an opinion but when it comes to choosing your wedding dress, yours is the most important. Limit your entourage to avoid awkward situations.

Ever After Bridal is one of the most celebrated bridal boutiques in Cape Town and provides their brides-to-be with a comfortable environment and expert advice when it comes to choosing the dress. With designer gowns from Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram, Enzoani and Sophia Tolli, you are sure to find the perfect wedding dress without any hassle.

For more information or to book your appointment in Cape Town or Nelspruit, speak to the team at Ever After Bridal today.

7 Awesome Benefits of Wearing a Short Wedding Dress

There are plenty of decisions you need to make when it comes to planning your wedding and one of the most important will be THE DRESS! If you’re not the traditional bride type, you might want to opt for a short dress to make a statement. Just make sure you wear a dress you love and stay true to yourself. Remember your dress may be short lengthwise but we’re sure it won’t be short on style!

Here’s why short wedding dresses are fabulous:

  1. Comfortable

Short dresses are easy to wear – no excess material to try and navigate during personal breaks. This dress style is perfect for the no-fuss bride that just wants to enjoy the day and dance the night away.

  1. Easy to Travel With

Destination wedding? A short wedding dress can easily fit into normal luggage to be transported to your venue.

  1. More Affordable

Less material equals less money, it makes sense. Plus, choosing a short wedding dress will help you save money or add more detail to your dress.

  1. Show off Your Shoes

When you wear a long dress, your shoes are hidden from plain sight no matter how pretty they are. But if your dress is short, your shoes can really make a statement.

  1. Short Dresses Are Versatile

Short wedding dresses are perfect for any type of venue, be it a beautiful garden, the beach or a fancy hall.

  1. You Can Wear It Again

The sad thing about wedding dresses is that you pay a lot for them and never wear them again. Unless you choose a short dress that can be dressed up or down easily for special occasions.

  1. They Are Timeless

We are programmed to believe that wearing a long dress is traditional but many of our style icons wore short wedding dresses and never regretted it.

If you’re looking for a wide range of fantastic wedding gowns in Cape Town, look no further. Ever After Bridal has the dress you’ve been dreaming of. Speak to the friendly team to make your appointment today.

Tips for being organised on the journey to finding your dream wedding dress.

It’s only one day you’ll be wearing this very special dress, but the memory will last a lifetime, so you want to pull out all the stops to make sure your wedding dress lives up to this tall order.

You want to feel confident enough to sail down the aisle with supreme confidence, and you definitely want to look like a princess. Each of these desires need to be approached in an organised way, so that by the time the day arrives, you’ll have fulfilled all your dreams in your choice of wedding dress.

Here are a few simple steps to take that’ll make the journey easier:

Start planning early:

Granted, not every bride has 6 to 9 months in which to find her dream wedding dress.  After all, more than a few have been swept off their feet quickly and decisively on the way to their happily ever after!

If you do have the time, use it well.  There are thousands of styles to consider, but if you start the right way, then narrowing down your choices will become less pressurised, but we’ll get to that shortly.

Pin and paste the dresses that make your heart flutter and bring the dream closer, so that by the time you go for your first fitting, you’ll have a good idea of what you’re looking for.

If you don’t have time:

Relax.  Ever After Bridal understands everything that can arise when a bride is looking for her fairy-tale dress!  Their range of ready-to-wear designer wedding dresses for sale in Durbanville will take your breath away!

If you’d rather save extra towards a honeymoon straight out of every dream you’ve ever had, rent your wedding dress from this awesome team.  They’ll make sure that it fits as beautifully as if it had been made for you!

Focus on the best silhouette for your shape:

Here’s the part about narrowing down your choices to take the pressure off!

Knowing from the outset what you should be looking for in terms of the right silhouette will make your journey so much easier as you keep or discard ideas for dresses.

There’s a world of information regarding the right silhouette for your body shape on the internet so go to it! Try to narrow it all down as much as possible to make the experience as stress-free as possible.

Remember to take your colouring into account:

The right colour wedding dress will add more confidence than you can imagine. Pure white is not the only choice you have, especially if you have a very fair skin that may look a bit washed out in white.

If you want to go completely out of the box, go for a bright yellow, blue or pink! It’s your day and you have every right to express the beautiful individuality that’s yours alone!

The shades of blues, ivory, Champaign, pink, salmon, red, grey and more give you the opportunity to choose the colour perfect for your skin tone. Make sure you shine on the day in a colour that shimmers beautifully on you.

Let Ever After Bridal take you on an unforgettably easy journey:

The team at Ever After Bridal are passionate about helping every bride to shine like a star on her wedding day, and they do it with absolute joy.

Once you have the basics in place, book the fitting and relax into their experience of dressing brides for close on 7 years, which will make the world of difference as you try on and discard your way to the perfect wedding dress.

 

Red flags to watch out for as you choose your bridal store.

Shopping for a wedding dress is nowhere near as easy or straightforward as it is when we go shopping for every day clothing.

This is a dress you’ll only be wearing once, and since this is probably your first time out, there are a few red flags to watch out for when shopping for your wedding dress in a bridal shop.

Knowing about these will save you time, heartache and money if you come to your first fitting well-prepared, so let’s look at a few of the red flags to look out for:

Lack of transparency about costs:

The first thing any bridal team should want to know is what your budget is for the wedding dress.  If they are an honest and down to earth bridal shop, they’ll also make sure that you figure in the costs of bridal accessories.

After all, you definitely don’t want to walk down the aisle without a veil!

If when you ask for a price on any gown there’s too much humming and hawing, know that you’re at the wrong place to make your dream wedding dress a reality.

A bridal shop assistant that values honesty and integrity is going to make sure that you don’t experience the pain of falling in love with a dress you want to try on, only to find that it’s way beyond your budget!

Read the fine print:

If a contract is involved in your purchase of a wedding gown, be absolutely certain that you read the small print so that you don’t end up paying for anything you weren’t aware of at the outset.

The contract should include everything pertaining to sizing and all alterations, down to the last stitch, so that you don’t have any nasty surprises on the day you collect your dress.

If you’ve been lucky enough to find a bridal shop you trust, you’ll find that the team working with you will be more than happy to help you understand the fine print clearly before you commit to it.

By the way, be sure to include shipping costs if you aren’t collecting.

Unnecessary alterations that drive up the price:

If you’re buying or renting a wedding dress, you’ll probably need alterations.  Whether it’s a simple alteration such as raising a hem or a little more complex, such as changing a neckline, its essential to feel that you can trust your bridal shop team not to take advantage of the fact that you aren’t a seamstress and have little, if any knowledge about the cost of alterations.

Alterations alone can amount to a nasty sum not budgeted for in the hands of unscrupulous wedding shops!

Pushy bridal staff:

You’re bringing your budget and vision of a dream wedding dress to the bridal shop team you’ve entrusted with this exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and no doubt you’ll also have a hundred questions you need answered during the process.

Passion, knowledge and experience are vital qualities to look for in your bridal shop team. This is what will make your experience a pleasure instead of a nightmare.

Even if your bridal team can’t answer all your questions, they should be able to find the answers based on their experience and connections in the industry, and they should do it openly and willingly.

You’ll be spending quite a lot of time in the bridal shop of your choice so make sure you’re comfortable with the team you’ll be taking this journey with.

If the bridal team is pushy, disregarding everything that’s important to you, down to the smallest detail, then bow out and take your business and dream elsewhere!

Let Ever After Bridal take you on the journey the right way:

The team at Ever After Bridal are the epitome of everything that smacks of passion, integrity, knowledge and experience, which is exactly what you deserve when purchasing your wedding dress.

Dive into a world of designer wedding dresses in Durbanville at Ever After Bridal, and come up looking like a princess as you glide down the aisle to join the love of your life.

How to tell that you’ve found your dream wedding dress.

Buying a wedding dress isn’t something you have experience about, which means that you’re going to have a million and one questions that’ll be vying for space in your head by the time you get to your first fitting.

You deserve to have all your questions answered by the bridal team of consultants you choose, but to make it easier on yourself, jot down the most important questions so that you know you won’t miss any along the way.

It’s also important that you have bridal consultants who’ll be honest in their opinions as you try on dresses, and who’ll also encourage you to try something a little different to what you had in mind, so that you don’t spend too much time wondering whether there’s a dress out there that you’ve missed.

Here are a few tips that’ll help you know you’ve found your dream wedding dress:

Be open to surprises

No doubt you’ve pinned and clipped countless wedding dresses onto your vision board, but don’t be so set on a style that you miss your dream dress in the process.

You may have decided that you’d look like a princess in a mermaid style dress only to find that it doesn’t really work for you, but that the A-line gown your bridal consultant encourages (not forces) you to try, makes you look like a dream!

It’s great to have a few solid ideas about the style wedding dress you’d like to wear, but be open to surprises, you may be ecstatically surprised!

Is there always a “say ‘yes’ to the dress” moment

Nope, not always.  Finding the perfect wedding dress is a daunting prospect, and if you expect that ‘yes’ moment, you may be disappointed. Be prepared to consider that you may not know immediately, but that the more you think about a particular wedding dress, the more you’ll be able to picture yourself beautifully in it.

The most important yeses

You may not experience the emotional ‘yes’ moment with your dress, but here are a few questions you need to answer in the positive:

  • Does the dress align perfectly with your budget? You’d be surprised at how many nights you’ll be kept up if you don’t answer this question honestly at the outset!
  • Does it work for you now, without you having to lose weight? This can be very stressful if you have weight on you that you’d like to get rid of before the big day. The run-up to the wedding is stressful enough, without adding this to it.
  • Can you sit, walk or dance in the dress, considering that you’ll be in it the whole night? These are issues that can be addressed at your fittings by doing all these things right there and then in the bridal shop, so boogie on down so that you know you’ll be comfortable.
  • Does the dress make you feel utterly confident? Of course without comfort you won’t feel terribly confident, but taken together, a yes to these two questions is vital.

Don’t look for perfection, simply fall in love

You must have kissed a few frogs on the way to finding your Prince Charming, and you’re definitely not going down the aisle wondering about whether you missed any other Princes among the frogs, you’ll be there because of love, not perfection.

The same applies to finding your dream wedding dress.  It’s so much more than putting a mountain of pressure on yourself to find the perfect dress, it’s about finding the wedding dress you utterly fall in love with.

Remember

It’s your day and your dress, let no one take that away from you. You’re not buying it for your mom or your best friend but for you and your Prince Charming.

Think about the points and questions raised here, add the ones that are relevant to your journey and forget about finding the perfect wedding dress, when what you really want is the dress that’s perfectly right for you.

The team at Ever After Bridal not only have a stunning range of designer wedding dresses for sale in Cape Town, they also have the experience and passion for what they do to add another zillion tips that’ll get you into your dream wedding dress with time to spare!

Designer wedding dresses in Cape Town picked from the cream of the crop.

If you’re looking for stunning wedding dresses for sale in Durbanville, Cape Town then you’re in for a real treat at Ever After Bridal! This beautiful shop filled with satin, lace, taffeta, sequins and pearls is sheer heaven for any bride-to-be.

The designers that take place of pride at Ever After Bridal include Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram, Sophia Tolli and two ranges presented by Enzoani.

There’s a wedding dress designed to fulfil any dream you had as a little girl of looking like a princess on your wedding day, and they’re all available to rent or to buy.

The team at Ever After Bridal took great care when they chose the cream of the crop in terms of the designer wedding dresses that would grace their bridal shop in Durbanville, making sure that every conceivable style and silhouette is represented.

This passionate team understands perfectly that this is one of the most daunting decisions you’ll ever make, and they give their all in order to make sure that on the big day, you’ll know you did great in your choice.

You can also expect honesty from this team of experts.  They’ve all spent many years dressing brides, and in the years since the bridal shop first opened, Este Fourie and her team have become the top choice for brides that want as stress-free an experience as possible.

The last thing you need is a bridal team that simply says yes to every dress, in fact, this is the surest way to wind up with a dress that simply isn’t meant for you.

It’s especially easy to get caught up in looking at a beautiful wedding dress on the hanger and falling in love with it, only to find that the silhouette and style simply does you no justice.

This is why the care and individual attention Ever After Bridal puts into your search for the perfect wedding dress is a treasure. The last thing they want is for you to have any regrets or second thoughts about this most precious dress.

What’s really special about this team is that even with the few tears and a lot of laughter along the way to finding the dress, you’ll people around you that really care, right through to the very happy ending.

The moment you look back at yourself in the mirror and realise that you’ve found the dress, everything else up until that point will disappear and you’ll finally be able to breathe in confidence again.

It’s essential to make sure that you’re comfortable with the bridal shop and its team. This is simply too magical a journey to undertake with the wrong people in the wrong place.

You deserve to be pampered and supported by the team assisting you to find your dream wedding dress, and few do this quite as successfully as Ever After Bridal.

Make your experience of finding the wedding dress of your dreams memorable in the best possible way by sharing it with Ever After Bridal, they’d love to play a role in your dream come true!

Plus Size Wedding Dresses: How to Find the Right One

Wedding dress shopping can be a daunting task for any bride but for the plus-size bride, it can be utterly traumatic. There are some horror stories to be heard about judgemental consultants and an embarrassingly limited collection of plus-sized dresses. Luckily, we’re in the age where body positivity has become a trend, thus the assortment of plus-size dresses have grown exponentially. Below are some tips on how you can find the right plus-size dress for your special occasion.

Flaunt It If You’ve Got It
Instead of focussing on what you’d like to hide, focus on what you’d like to accentuate. If you have a fabulous bust, show it off with a V-neckline or embrace your sexy curves with a fit and flare silhouette.

Thick Fabric Is More Forgiving
Thick fabrics like satin are always a good choice for the plus size bride since they’re especially effective at smoothing the frame and hiding imperfections.

Comfort Is Important
Keep in mind that you’ll be up, down and moving around all day and night so make sure your dress fits comfortably. Having to tug and pull on your dress to keep it in position can quickly become tiresome.

A Good Tailor Is Vital
Chances are that your dress will need to be adjusted. But if you choose a seamstress with experience and the necessary skill, adding boning, bra cups or even straps for more support can make the world of difference.

Book an Appointment
Most bridal shops stock sample dresses for the average bride so it’s advised to call ahead to find out if they stock plus-size dresses for you to try on.

Find a Specialist
When booking your appointment, find out if there’s someone with experience in plus-size dressing that will be able to assist you. Remember that you’re not only paying for the dress but for the entire experience so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Ever After Bridal offers an extensive range of bridal dresses in Cape Town suited for any body type. Give us a call to book your appointment today.

How You Can Still Have a Fairytale Wedding Even on a Tight Budget

It’s no secret that weddings are expensive. It feels as though whenever people hear the word “wedding”, they instantly double the price. And because we only want the best for our special day, we accept it and pay much more than we need to. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

We’re here to tell you that having a beautiful, fairytale wedding is still possible even when your budget is tight. With a few simple tips and tricks, you can have the wedding you’ve always wanted without overspending.

1. Slim down Your Guest List

Only invite people that are relevant in your everyday life. Close friends and family are all that’s needed to celebrate the special occasion. Forget about everyone else’s feelings and invite only the people you really want to.

2. Host Your Wedding on a Friday or Sunday
By skipping the traditional Saturday reception, you can save a tremendous amount of money on your wedding. If your reception location is a sought-after spot, you might even be able to get married sooner. Additionally, if you book an off-season date, you’re more than likely to pay less for the venue.

3. Skip the Open Bar
If you’re afraid of offending guests because they have to pay for their own alcohol, think again. You can still offer a welcome drink and perhaps wine or champagne without breaking the budget.

4. Rent Your Wedding Gown
Wedding dresses are notoriously expensive. So if you don’t like the idea of paying for a dress that will be used once which after it will gather dust in your closet, why not consider renting your wedding dress?

Ever After Bridal Offers Immaculate Wedding Dresses for Hire in Cape Town

If you’re looking for the perfect wedding dress for hire in Cape Town, book your appointment with Ever After Bridal today!