A basic guide to budgeting for wedding dress costs.

Buying a wedding dress is a completely different experience to buying everyday clothing.  This is one dress you’ll be wearing only once on the day you meet your Prince Charming at the altar, which means that, either way, you will be spending a pretty penny!

Because wedding dress prices vary so much, you may find that the one you fall in love with costs a little more, or a little less than you budgeted for, and it’s going to take a lot of control not to be really sad if you can’t have it.

You really can look like a princess on your wedding day for less than you think, but you’ll need a bridal wear shop that caters to all budgets, and a committed team of experts to help you find your happy spot in terms of costs.

What are the things that contribute most to the cost of a wedding dress?

If you’re going for a lot of detail with things like beading and high-end fabrics like silk, the labour and material will definitely cost more than something a little simpler, but no less beautiful!

As an example, if you’ve set your heart on wearing a ball gown, it’s going to cost a lot more than a simpler sheath or mermaid wedding dress.

Other costs to plan for:

  • Alterations: Even if you are buying or hiring a designer wedding dress in Cape Town at Ever After Bridal, any alterations that need to be done will add to the price of the dress.
  • Accessories:

Shoes, veils, jewellery, hair accessories and lingerie need to be factored into the overall cost of looking like a dream on your wedding day.

  • Cleaning:

If you’ve decided to buy your wedding dress to pass down to future generations, cleaning it to preserve it beautifully for the future can be a rather large expense.  Find out about what cleaning will cost before the fact, so that you know what you need to plan for budget-wise.

Where can you shave off costs and still look like a princess?

Yes, you deserve a dress you absolutely fall in love with.  One that fits you to perfection and enhances your body type, but there are a few ways in which you can save and still find the dress of your dreams!

  • Try on dresses within your budget:

This already takes a load off your shoulders!  Stay away from wedding dresses that are above your budget, it’ll just break your heart to have to say no anyway.  It’s so tempting, we know, but be gentle with yourself and stick to your price range.

The passionate team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, will do all they can to help you stay within your budget.

Having dressed brides for many year’s already, this attentive, experienced team will never push you over budget just to sell you a wedding dress well out of reach for you!

  • Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise:

Instead of heading towards expensive fabrics, beading and finishes, you can take the simplest of dresses and turn it into sheer magic simply by choosing the right accessories to bring it to life beautifully. Adding a sparkle here and there in the form of a beautiful broach, necklace or earrings can turn the simplest wedding dress into a stunning vision of perfection!

  • Find a dress that doesn’t need much in the way of alterations:

With the beautiful range of designer dresses at Ever After Bridal, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find your dream dress that comes straight from one of the collections on display.  The less you have to alter, the less it’ll cost.

Trust the professionals:

When people who love what they do, the way the team at Ever After Bridal does, you’ll be in the best hands possible when it comes to sticking to your budget, and still looking like a princess on your wedding day.

Call Ever After Bridal to arrange you first fitting and enter a world of wedding dresses designed by artists like Maggie Sottero, Enzoani, Sophia Tolli and Rebecca Ingram!

Ever After Bridal goes the full distance to make sure you get what you’re looking for in a wedding dress, and still outdo themselves!