What not to do during the week of your wedding

There will always be last minute things to tick on your wedding checklist, as you probably know if you’ve gotten through the list like a professional in the week before the ceremony. There are, however, a few things you really shouldn’t attempt in the week leading up to your wedding.

Here are a few ideas of what not to do during the week of your wedding that’ll lower your stress levels

Changing your hair style

If you’ve decided you want to do something different with your hair for the wedding, make sure you do it with enough time to spare to fix anything that could go wrong.  This includes trying out new hair care products and definitely applies to dying your hair.

Trying out new skin care products

The very last thing you want is to walk down the aisle with a rash or other side effects from using new skin care products. Stick to what you know and what makes you feel great already.

Also, if you’ve decided to have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, don’t do it in the week leading up to the wedding!  This is the one day when you deserve to look like a truly glowing, beautiful bride and not one that’s been through the ringer.

Trying a new workout

Trying something completely new in your workout routine could lead to things like strain, sprain or sheer discomfort on the one day that you could really do without any added stress.

Imagine standing for hours chatting to guests with pain searing up your legs, or doing it with your wrist sprained.  This will no doubt feel like a new form of physical punishment when you least need it.

Trying to get a tan

No matter how much you’d like to add a tan to your glow on your wedding day, don’t go there! Leave that tan for the honeymoon rather than feeling and looking like a lobster as you say your vows.

And whatever you do, make sure you’ve coated yourself with sunscreen if you do spend any time in the sun.

Drinking your stress away

As tempting as a few or more glasses of bubbly or your favourite wine may be to ease the stress, don’t do it! Alcohol won’t only dehydrate you, it’ll also have a negative impact on the glowing skin you’d like to sport on your wedding day.

Not getting enough sleep

No matter how many last minute things you may still be checking off your list, get enough sleep! Sleep is an essential ingredient to look and feel good when the big day arrives. No doubt you’d prefer not to walk down the aisle with dark circles under your eyes!

Don’t overdo caffeine shots

Caffeine can make your already jittery nerves a whole lot worse and it’ll dehydrate your skin like alcohol does.  Be kind to yourself and stick to a very light caffeine intake in the week leading up to the celebrations.

Sweating the small stuff

Once the wedding is over you’ll think back on the small stuff that caused you so much stress and realise that it’s the fact that you’ve married your Prince Charming that matters most, and not the random small things that may have hiccupped before and after the ceremony!

If you’re not quite there yet and still need to find your dream wedding dress, start your journey to the dream come true at Ever After Bridal! This is where you’ll find the home of the most stunning wedding dresses to buy or to hire in Durbanville, Cape Town.


Welcome to the world of Ever After Bridal in Durbanville

The one thing every bride has in common is her dream of walking down the aisle on her wedding day looking like a princess.  There’s just no getting away from it, and every bride deserves to feel beautiful and confident in her wedding dress on what will be the day of all days.

Here’s what you can look forward to when you are welcomed into the world of Ever After Bridal, taking your first steps towards the dress of your dreams:

A labour of love

The team at Ever After Bridal were painstaking about the designers they chose to represent all that makes this bridal wear boutique the go-to place to find designer wedding dresses for hire or to buy.

Making dreams come true is all that matters to this team, and to this end they chose stunning ranges from Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram and Enzoani, all of which are waiting to be claimed by you.

Passion meets experience

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.  This is where dreams come true under the guiding hand of people who love what they do.

Understanding the journey

There is nothing jaded about the bridal consultants at Ever After Bridal.  Their understanding of the stresses and pressures that crop up for brides shopping for the perfect wedding dress makes the journey a little less daunting and a little more exciting.

Undivided attention

This is where time will be taken to give you the undivided attention you deserve. They’ll want to know as much as possible about your budget, what type of mood you’ve planned for the day and what the setting will be. This is all in order to make sure you are steered in the right direction according to your own vision for your wedding day.

A shoulder to lean on

The team at Ever After Bridal understands fully just how up and down the journey to your dream wedding dress will be, and they’ll laugh along with you at the high spots, and be a comforting shoulder on the days that are a little more on the down side, as it should be.

Support for your vision

The role Ever After Bridal plays in seeing you to the dress you’ll say ‘yes’ to, is to take your vision and ideas, and to help you choose the best dresses that suit that fairy-tale vision.

The end result

Ultimately, no matter how many dresses you fit or how many alterations need to be done, Ever After Bridal will give their all to see you down the aisle looking like a fairy princess on her way to say ‘I do’ to her prince charming!

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



10 Mistakes not to make when shopping for a wedding dress

Shopping for your wedding dress is daunting, to say the least of what will culminate in your wedding day.  The panic that can ensue when you realise that this is a once-off kind of dress is perfectly normal.

Before you step out of the door make sure you’re armed with some facts about what not to do, which will prepare you to avoid some of the pitfalls other brides have been caught up in.

The pressure of finding the dress you’ll say yes to causes every bride a lot of stress, no matter how calm, organised or prepared you may be.

Here are some of the mistakes not to make when shopping for a wedding dress:

  1. Not trusting the professionals

If you really want professionals on your side you can’t do any better than at Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town. This is a team that has been responsible for dressing beautiful brides for over 9 years and their passion for making sure that any bride collecting her dress is as happy about it as she was at final fitting.

Having this much experience means that you will be dealing with a team that know what they’re talking about, which means you’re not getting a ‘yes’ bridal consultant that’ll say yes to every dress you try on.

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.

  1. Expensive isn’t always best

If you find a dress that doesn’t have a designer label or a hefty price tag but looks stunning on you, the rest doesn’t matter.  If you feel that no other dress will meet with how you look and feel on your wedding day, make it yours!

  1. Trying on too many dresses

If you’ve done your homework and have a basic idea of the styles you love best, try to plan for the minimal amount of styles you’ll try, or it could become even more confusing than it already is.

  1. Shopping to soon

The optimal time to shop for your wedding dress is once you’ve secured the venue and the theme for the wedding, so that the dress you wear is going to fit the occasion like a glove. A ball gown is definitely going to be on your list if you’ve set your heart on a beach wedding!

  1. Shopping for your wedding 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 buying, or you’ll be out of pocket by more than a few pennies! And you’ll be in tears on your wedding day and they won’t be happy tears either.

  1. Shopping too late

Not every bride has the luxury of time, but if you do, start looking up to nine months before the wedding, which allows for the bridal team to order the dress in your size or to make any alterations necessary for the perfect fit.

7       Buying a dress that doesn’t echo your personal style

If you’re personal style is classic, quirky and funky, or anything else that speaks volumes for your unique personality, don’t try to be something you’re not on your wedding day.  It’s your day to shine so don’t wear a dress that detracts from your personal style.

  1. Buying a dress that may not fit on your wedding day

We’d all love to think that we can lose a couple of pounds before the wedding day, but it’s not realistic, especially under the pressure of planning the wedding.

Try on dresses that are your size or you’ll be putting extra stress on yourself if you can’t reach the ideal weight before the big day.

The option of taking in the dress is going to be a lot easier than having to let it out again.

  1. Buying a dress you aren’t sure you love

If you don’t absolutely love the dress, move along. If there’s one thing most brides will tell you it’s that finding the dress will be an ‘aha’ moment like no other!

  1. Shopping without sticking to your budget

Don’t even try on a dress for fun if it’s way out of your budget! If it looks like your dream come true it’ll break your heart to say goodbye to it, and it’ll also have an impact on every dress you try on after it.

Stick to your budget and enjoy that dreamy honeymoon instead!

10     Turning your nose up at hiring or buying a second hand wedding dress

The costs of wedding dresses are more than a little pricey, but, if you come across a designer dress you absolutely love but don’t have the budget for, here’s an answer to your dreams.

Ever After Bridal has a stunning range of second hand designer wedding dresses to buy, as well as exquisite designer wedding dresses for hire in Cape Town.

This means that today every bride can wear a designer wedding dress, no matter what the budget is!

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.


6 Things you need to think about & bring to your wedding dress fittings

Arming yourself with the right goodies to take with to your fittings is going to make the pressure you’re already under a little lighter on the way to your dream designer wedding dress.

No matter how professional you may be about shopping for clothes, nothing can ever prepare you for the daunting feeling of finding a stunning dress you’ll only wear once, for the most beautiful day of your life.

If you’ve already reached the point that sees you heading out to hunt for your wedding dress, you’ll no doubt already have a pretty good idea 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.

With all of that in hand, here are 6 things you need to bring with to fittings & to add along the way

  1. The right underwear

Don’t bring your favourite granny panties to fittings!  If you’re going to wear something skimpier like a G-string, wear it as you would on the wedding day.

If you’re not certain yet about whether you’ll be going for a strapless dress or one with thin straps, it’s worth investing in a good bra for both styles.

  1. Shoes to match

Shoes have a huge impact on how your dress will look on you, so, if you’re going to wear heels on the day, invest in a pair that are the same height for what you’re planning to wear.

If you’re going for flats, stick to them through the fittings. This is going to keep alterations to the length of the dress at a minimum, which also helps to keep stress at bay.

  1. Pretty as a Princess

While there’s no need to go the makeup artist, putting on your best face for the fittings is going to make a big difference to how you see yourself in each dress you try on.

The same applies for your hair.  Whether you’re wearing it up or down, wear it that way during fittings to get the right look.

  1. Think bridal wrap or jacket

If you’re going to have a winter wedding, you may need to think about adding a bridal wrap or jacket to keep your shoulders warm before, during and after the nuptials.

Speak to the team at Ever After Bridal about finding the perfect wrap or bridal jacket to go with the dress you finally say yes to, to complete the picture.

If you’re having an outdoor wedding, you may prefer to wear a light wrap to protect you from the sun or any breeze that may come up during the ceremony.

  1. Think veil or hair accessories

There are more styles of veil than you may imagine as you begin the journey to the perfect designer wedding dress.  This is an important accessory to keep an eye on if you decide that you want to wear a veil. Remember that you’ll look no less of a bride if you decide to give the veil as miss.

If you decide that you’d rather go with a beautiful spray of flowers for the natural look, or with hair accessories that shimmer and glint in the light, there’s a tiara, crystal hair grips and any manner of hair accessory that’ll look stunning on you…and will give you sleepless nights as you agonise over the choice!

  1. If you’re going to toss your garter, double up

If you’ve decided that you want to toss your bridal garter at the reception, buy two, one to keep and one to give away.  Tossing the garter is your choice, there’s nothing wrong with not wanting to do it, but if you do, you may want to get a plainer version of the one you want to keep as your memento.

If you’d like to have supportive, experienced and passionate bridal consultants at your side for this momentous journey, please call Ever After Bridal for your first fitting, they’d love to see you to the altar in a stunning designer wedding dress.



When shopping for a dream designer wedding dress think comfort too

There’s little more uncomfortable than wearing an outfit for a big night out or a special event than to spend the entire night miserably uncomfortable.

You have no doubt experienced this discomfort at least once because that great looking number is still hanging in your closet, untouched since the first and last time you were willing to wear it.

The reason that buying or hiring a wedding dress is such a daunting prospect is because this is by far the only dress that deserves never to be worn again, but not because it’s uncomfortable.

Whether you shine in it or keep the lid on your discomfort for many hours on your wedding day, the memory will remain with you, and will stare back at you in your wedding album forever, none of which can be taken back and where you don’t get a do-over.

You’ve probably imagined yourself as the fairy princess falling in love and marrying her prince charming since you were a little girl, so take your time about saying yes on your way to looking stunning and being comfortable on the biggest day of your life.

Here are a few practicalities attached to finding the perfect dress that were never considered in your fairy tale dreams:

Your inimitable style

One of the first questions the bridal team at Ever After Bridal will ask you will be about the style of dress you’ve been planning to wear.  Is it going to be a ball gown, fitted and flaring, mermaid or sheath, to name a few of the most popular styles that capture the heart and imagination of brides around the world.

A ball gown is a perfect match if the romance of looking like Cinderella is all you’ve ever dreamed of. If a wedding dress that’s perfect for a bride wanting a dress that’s effortless to wear, then the sheath is for you.

These are just a few basic examples of the most loved styles in the world of brides, however, you’d do well to try more than just one style. You never know about the gem you may find!

Your beautiful, natural shape

Every woman is beautiful, no matter what kind of shape your body reflects, and it’s very important that you go with what nature has blessed you with on the hunt for this special dress.

Whether you want to look like a forest sprite, a sexy siren or an evocatively romantic or stylish bride, this is where your say is paramount, even more so because you know what type of venue and wedding you’re planning.

Think about your natural skin colour

Not every bride has the skin tone to carry a brilliant white wedding gown, however, the good news is that there are beautiful shades of ivory, light gold, champagne, silvery blue, floral and more for a bride wanting to do things differently for her skin colour.

If you really want to step out of tradition, which is absolutely possible today, bright red, emerald green, pink and purple are an example of the rainbow of colours available to brides today.

Unapologetic comfort

This is where comfort trumps looks in terms of practicalities.  As you go through fitting after fitting, remember to sit, walk, dance around and take into account you’ll need to visit the ladies at some stage on the big day, before you say yes to the dress!

If the dress you absolutely love meets all criteri, there’s no doubt you’ll be the glowing, confident and stunningly beautiful bride you always dreamed you’d be.

Ever After Bridal leads the way

Whether you hire or buy your wedding dress in Cape Town, make sure you meet the team at Ever After Bridal, because from that first meeting you’ll already know that you’ll have the undivided attention you deserve all the way to the finishing line; the collection of the dress of your dreams.

Ever After Bridal has been dressing brides for nine years now, but, even more than such experience is the passion and love this talented team has for what they do, which is exactly what you’ll need as you start the journey to your dream wedding dress.

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

No matter what your shape is, you’ll find a designer wedding dress at Ever After Bridal

Before we go any further, let’s look at how much care went into selecting top wedding gown designers to represent all that Ever After Bridal has been committed to since day one 9 years ago.

To this team, dressing a bride is an experience that brings such joy as every bride is welcomed Ever After Bridal, and then seen off on the day that culminates in the collection of the wedding dress.

There’s a saying which expresses just what Ever After Bridal is that aptly applies to this team, and it’s a familiar one; ‘if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life’

This is awesome, because those dressing you take you into their world where not a single day is qualified as work, leaving nothing but their creativity and passion for what they do.

Whether you’re buying or hiring a wedding dress in Durbanville, Cape Town, this is where you’ll have the personal attention and honesty you deserve as you take on the daunting journey to the wedding dress you’ve always dreamed of.

A brief look at the world renowned designers chosen by Ever After Bridal

Maggie Sottero

If you love the idea of a romantic wedding gown, or a more classic feel, you’ll find these styles and more available from this range, all designed to be a mix between elegance and frothy, billowing dresses. You’ll find that Maggie Sottero had you in mind when she designed her range.

Rebecca Ingram

As one of the designers in the Maggie Sottero Designs, Rebecca Ingram has added her own signature style to a range of wedding dresses, moving along the whole spectrum of designs from those perfect for hour glass shapes, to those that make buxom brides look like unequalled Princesses on their wedding day.

Although her range is exquisite in style and detail, she has designed it for brides who are exercising their right to be budget conscious.


The two Enzoani ranges available at Ever After Bridal in Cape Town are designed for modern brides and those with an eye for the dramatic or on looking like a fairy tale Princess on the way to make her vows.

Beautiful by Enzoani is a study in romance, layered in flowing billows of silk and satin as the base, with exquisite bodices designed to fulfil the vision every woman has of the dress she’d love to wear on her wedding day.

Blue is a range that leans toward modern brides who want to shine in Chantilly lace embedded with beading, crystals and all else that makes each wedding dress look like a one-of-a-kind wedding dress, taking on the unique character of every bride.

It’s great that designers of this ilk have designed out-of-this-world wedding gowns at prices that won’t break the budget for any bride, and yet allowing every shape, size and colouring to be accounted for.

The ethos that drives the excellence this team offers every bride stepping into their world of beauty is one focused on making sure that you’ll have personal attention you deserve on your way to making your dream come true for your special day.

Everything is possible for every bride welcoming Ever After Bridal on the journey to a wedding dress that’ll go beyond your wildest dreams, to the extent that if you’d like to try a dress in another size or colour, the team will order it direct from the designer.

Book your first fitting at Ever After Bridal to begin this exciting journey.



Let your own heart be your guide when you shop for a wedding dress

The countdown to the day you’ll glide down the aisle to join your life to that of the man of your dreams begins as the wedding plans become more and more of a reality.

Choosing the venue, theme, menus and entertainment is one part of the pretty rocky road to your wedding day, the other is shopping for the perfect wedding dress.

This is yet another part of the journey that’ll bring out the worst and the best in friends and family.

No doubt you’ll already have stared 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 high gear.

Some friends and family members seem to forget that this is your wedding day and that it’s your wedding gown being tossed about on their opinions and experiences, giving no thought to how much you’d rather have encouragement and support instead of feeling bullied.

This is when you have to be very discerning about who’ll be joining you at fittings, sift the chaff from the wheat and choose a few that you know will be honest without being nasty.

Remember that the select few that get to come to these fittings are going to have to love you through all the ups and downs that happen on our emotional scale as you try to fit the dress to the dream.

The last person you want as company will be one that has nothing positive and everything negative to say about her own negative experience when she shopped for her wedding dress.

She’ll terrify you before you even 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, simply because it’s a major decision to make, one that won’t be repeated and one you definitely don’t get to do over, but start it on the firm ground of making the experience your own.

What you could do to put your own unique stamp on your adventure to find a dream wedding dress is to;

  • Keep the entourage to a minimum, and stick to it! Choose wisely to get a good balance between the people you’ll share this special experience with. If anyone complains, tell them you don’t want to spoil their surprise when the wedding day arrives. That should help them to feel less left out.
  • Settle on the venue and then start shopping for the wedding dress. The venue and the season can have more of an impact on your choices than you may think.  Shopping for a summer wedding dress for a winter wedding is definitely not a good idea!
  • Keep your mind open about the dress you may think you want. Many a bride has collected a wedding dress in a style and colour they never even contemplated.
  • Stick to your guns the day you turn to see yourself in the mirror wearing the dress that turns you into the confident princess you so deserve to be on your wedding day.

Remember bra, shoes, hair and makeup when you go to fittings. You don’t have to go overboard but it’ll help you to imagine what you’ll look like on that very special, magical day.

Share your dreams with Ever After Bridal and you’ll have a team on your side that cares passionately about how stunning you’ll look in a designer wedding dress, and about how confident you’ll feel gliding down the aisle.


How to make shopping for a wedding dress easier

Shopping for ordinary and even extraordinary clothes is enough of a challenge for us ladies, but when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, all other shopping pales into insignificance.

The decision you finally make when you find the wedding dress that’s a dream come true is a finality, and once you’re committed, that’s it.

There’s no changing your mind and deciding to pull out that designer cocktail dress you bought a few months back. This is one dress you’ll only wear once, the once that culminates in gliding down the aisle to wow your Prince Charming.

Knowing where to start hiring or buying a designer dress in Cape Town is the beginning of a daunting journey, but, with the right people at your side, it can also be a joyful and exciting experience.

Many will tell you stories about their nightmare experiences, but this is where discernment will have to be your best friend.

So, to the when and how to get yourself amped and ready to shop for the dress of your dreams.

Think budget

Planning the budget for a wedding dress and sticking to it, allowing a little leeway, is going to make sure you don’t get steered towards a wedding dress you can’t afford.

Once you’ve tried the over-budget dress on and fallen in love with it, letting it go is going to be very hard for you, and it’ll be a nasty experience of falling flat on your face before you’ve even started.

Know your shape

It’s pointless looking at an A-line wedding dress if you want to show off that beautifully curved shape that would look phenomenal in a mermaid or sheath dress.

If you’re elegantly tall, you will look stunning in a ball gown, but if you’re petite, an A-line dress with a V neck is going to shine on you.

Keep your homework at the ready

No doubt you’re either starting or are already way ahead in scouring bridal websites and Pinterest for ideas. Take all your homework with to your first fitting for a great place to start.

No matter what you find on the way to your dream wedding dress, always have an open mind.  You may surprise yourself and find that you say yes to a dress that’s completely different to what you’d planned, but that steals your heart and really makes you look like a princess anyway.

Pick your entourage with care

This is more important than you might think. Consider taking your mom or one or two really good friends to your fittings.  Make sure you don’t include anyone that’ll say yes to everything, no matter how bad you may look in a particular dress.

You’ll also be in a bit of a pickle if you find yourself in the hands of a bridal consultant stuck on yes as well! What you really want is honesty from all quarters, just remember throughout the experience, it’s your choice, your wedding.

Let Ever After Bridal steer you towards the best in designer wedding dresses to hire or to buy in Cape Town.

This is a team well versed in making bridal dreams come true, and nine years after opening their store in Durbanville, Ever After Bridal and the team behind the name are every bit as passionate about dressing brides as they were when they started out!



Ready to go wedding dress shopping in Cape Town?

If you’d like to make your wedding dress shopping experience a lot less stressful than you may have heard, it has to start with great planning.

Knowing where to begin can quite overwhelming, to say the least, especially because you’ll only be wearing your dress once, but there are a few tricks you could keep up your sleeve to make it less so.

Here are a few tips to make the shopping experience awesome!

Start with your budget

You need to know what you’d be willing and able to spend on your wedding dress. Having your budget in place will also help to narrow down your choices, so that you don’t get caught up in trying on dresses that are way over your budget.

Start shopping early

Getting an early start on shopping for your wedding dress will take a lot of pressure off. If you’re able to, get a start around 6 to 9 months ahead of the date.

If you’re buying a designer wedding dress it’s going to take less time than it would if you’re having a dress designed for you by your favourite designer, which could take up to 12 months of fittings and alterations.

If you’re really lucky you may 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.

Know your body shape

There are thousands and thousands of wedding dress options out there, and if you’re ever going to find your way through the maze of lace, silk and organza, you need to know your body shape and the silhouette that flatters you most. This is also a great start to thinning out your choices, so make the research count.

Don’t try to squeeze fittings into your lunch time!

You’re already under enough stress without compounding it all by trying to squeeze fittings into your lunch time. All you’ll get is hot and flustered, and more than a little confused.

It’s supposed to be a fun experience so make a real meal of it!

Have all your questions ready for your bridal consultant 

This will 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.

Look the way you’d like to on your wedding day

If you can, spoil yourself; 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.

Bring the right undies

Stick to nudes if possible.  Brightly coloured underwear will definitely have an impact on the way a white dress will look, unless you’re planning to wear a rich colour.

Trust the opinion of your bridal consultant

If you’ve got a team like the one at Ever After Bridal, you’ll be dealing with people who won’t say yes just to please you.  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.

Put a catalogue of photos together

Get friends and family along for the journey to take photos of you in different dresses so that you can look back on them at your leisure.  It’ll be easy to forget some of the finer details when you’ve tried on 10 or 20 dresses.

Make sure you’re comfortable

If you can sit, dance around or walk comfortably, you’re confidence levels will be raised and you’ll look as beautiful as you deserve to on your wedding day.

Let Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town lead the way to the ultimate 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.

Plan your budget before you go shopping for a wedding dress

There are enough things to take into consideration while you’re in the fitting stage of trying on wedding dresses, without setting yourself up for heartache if you don’t have a well thought-out budget.

If you know what your budget is you’ll be off to a 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.

Once this team knows exactly what you can afford, 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.

It’s a sense of crushing defeat you shouldn’t have to feel on a journey that should be an exciting experience, despite the pressures around the decisions you make.

There’s more than enough pressure on you to say yes to a dress you’ll only be wearing once! Wedding dress shopping is not for the faint-hearted.

There are bridal stores that will try to make this trap easy to fall into, but this isn’t the way the team at Ever After Bridal Wear help to make the dreams of every bride come true!

Extra costs to bear in mind when shopping for a wedding dress

Fabric choices

If you’re looking at fabrics like silk, you’ll be in for a pretty penny. There are infinitely more fabric choices out there that will be every bit as beautiful as you glide down the aisle.


If you are on a tightish budget, forget about that diamond encrusted dress or the Swarovski beads you’d love as an extravagant detail to your wedding dress, they’ll shoot your budget out of the ballpark!

Ever After Bridal Wear will be quick to point out that there are costs you could cut down on if you are careful about the detailing on your dress.

Style choices

A mermaid or sheath wedding dress is going to cost infinitely less than a dramatic ball gown would because of the extravagant amount of fabric used in the design, a thought worth bearing in mind for the budget-conscious bride.


Raising or lowering a hem will be less expensive than altering a neckline would be, which is why finding a designer wedding dress that needs minimal alteration is the best way to start the journey to the dress.

If you’ve already done your research into the right style and silhouette to suit your body shape, you’ll be well on your way to spending less on alterations.


There are many bridal stores that will try to push up what you spend by bringing out accessories that aren’t what you’re looking for. By the time you’ve said yes to the dress, you’ll already know what you’d like to use as accessories.

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!

Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, has an exquisite range of designer wedding dresses for sale or to hire, so that every bride will have the dress of her dreams, no matter what the budget is.

Honesty, integrity and a pure passion for what they do has earned the team at Ever After Bridal Wear a reputation hard to 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 your budget!