Tips To Take Into Consideration Before Hiring A Wedding Dress

Wedding dress shopping doesn’t have to be as stressful as people make it out to be. As long as you’re going in with a solid plan, this can be an exciting part of your wedding planning to tick off. Who doesn’t want to say yes to the dress? Most women are exploring the option of renting a dress as they don’t feel the need to keep their wedding dress. Here are some tips for you to take into consideration if you do decide to hire a dress for your big day.

Begin Your Wedding Dress Shopping Early

If you are uncertain as to the style of dress you want for your dress, it won’t harm visiting a few wedding dress boutique stores and trying on some dresses. This will give you an indication as to what fits the shape of your body. Once you have a clearer idea of what you want, you can start making your final choice on your dress. To ensure you have sufficient time to find the right dress, start shopping around for your dress at least 8 months before the time.

Get References From Friends and Family Who Have Gotten Married Recently

A good place to start with your wedding dress shopping is through your family and friends. Get in contact with people you know who have gotten married recently and see if they are willing to share the details of their wedding dress boutique. You can then visit one or two of these boutiques to see if there is anything there that catches your eyes.

Be Sure To Inspect The Dress and Read The Fine Print of Your Contract

Once you’ve found the dress of your dreams, be sure to inspect the dress with a fine eye. Every small detail on the dress should be checked for defaults or loose cottons. This ensures when you sign your contract for the dress hire, you know you are accepting a dress in perfect condition. Before accepting the dress, get a close friend or family member to take a look at the dress to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

Contact Your Wedding Dress Boutique To Follow Up On Your Dress

For your own piece of mind, be sure to check in with the wedding dress boutique to ensure everything is still on track for your wedding dress hire. As mistakes do happen, if you follow up and discover something has gone wrong, it gives you the opportunity to get into motion with a plan B.

These are just four tips to take into consideration when hiring your wedding dress. If you getting married and looking for your dress, be sure to pop into Ever After Bridal and view their exclusive collection of wedding dresses.

Tips To Choosing The Right Dress For Your Winter Wedding

Many people will say getting married in winter is never a good idea and you should change your date. With the weather so unreliable, you basically setting yourself up for failure when it comes to planning your big day. This of course, isn’t true. Winter is the perfect time to plan a small, warm and intimate wedding for you and your husband to be.

With decor creating warmth, a winter wedding menu and the backdrop of a wine farm, your wedding can be as beautiful as you make it. There is of course a large amount of planning which goes into making the day special and an important part of this is how the bride and the groom look.

Designing Your Wedding Dress

At the top of any brides list is to find the perfect wedding dress. Something unique that will not only take your grooms breath away but also your guests. With winter being a unique time to host your wedding, here are some tips to assist you in choosing the right dress.

One way of incorporating the winter themed wedding into your dress is by making use of white lace. A trend which is fast becoming popular again for modern brides. There’s also the option of incorporating sleeves onto your dress.

The Inclusion of Faux Fur

If you’re looking for a way to add some warmth to your dress is through the addition of faux fur accents into your dress. As the weather might be unpredictable, you’ll want to make sure your dress is warm enough for you to still enjoy your special day.

Adding Long Sleeves onto Your Dress

This simple addition to your dress can make your wedding dress look completely different. Another sneaky technique to bring some warmth into your dress. This is also a trend which seems to be coming back into fashion for wedding dresses. Don’t be worried about this making your dress looks old fashioned, you can give your dress a lower neckline or make minor adjustments to the back of your dress.

Bring in An Element of Glamour into Your Wedding Dress

When deciding on the finishes for your dress, consider adding silver embroidery and beadwork into your dress. If you want to do more than this, you can make use of crystal beading on the bodice of the dress. This will make your look like a princess.

These are just some of the ways in which you can bring the winter theme into your wedding dress and set the tone for your special day. If you’re in the market for a wedding dress, be sure to contact Ever After Bridal. With their combined years of experience, they’ll help you create your dream wedding dress.

Preparing Your Wedding Dress For Your Destination Wedding

Having a destination wedding is stressful but exciting all at the same time. With so many things to coordinate and ensure are complete by the time you board your flight or make the drive to your destination. From the venue decor, guests arriving at different times, caterers and making sure everything is set with your bridal party, there’s a large amount of ground to cover.

Speaking of your bridal party, there’s always that slight chance someone might forget something, or outfits get damaged while in transit. One outfit which we can’t afford having this happen to, is the brides wedding dress. Regardless of the amount of money spent on the dress, transportation of the dress is a very important job.

The Timing of Getting Your Dress Cleaned

Most people will get their dress cleaned before the wedding. If you must travel with your dress, be sure to liaise with your dressmaker as to cleaning instructions for your dress. Book a dry-cleaning facility as well as a precautionary measure. That way if there are any outfits within the bridal party which got some dirt on it while in transit, they can be cleaned in time for your big day.

Get the Dress Packed for You

Once you’ve completed your final fitting, get your dressmaker or bridal boutique to pack the wedding dress for you. This should ensure its packed correctly and the chances of it getting damaged are minimal.

Packaging Your Wedding Dress, Yourself

If you’ve forgotten to arrange for your dress to be packaged in preparation for your trip, we’ve put together a list of steps for you to follow to ensure your dress is packed correctly.

  • Get yourself a travel box for your wedding dress
  • Pick up some acid free tissue paper to line the inside of the box
  • If your dress has a train, place this into the box first with some tissue paper over the train and tuck it in.
  • Place the rest of your dress into the box ensuring the bodice is facing the top
  • Place more acid free tissue paper over the top of the wedding dress
  • Place your veil on top of the tissue paper
  • Secure the box for transportation

Besides for committing yourself to the love of your life, your wedding dress is an important aspect of it. When packing everything for your wedding, you can place the hoops of your dress (if you have any) into separate packaging. You’ll need to remember to check with the airline you are flying with to see what their hand luggage limitations are for you to take the dress on as hand luggage.

The biggest regret some brides have had was putting their wedding dresses into their suitcase and this is with good reason. There’s always the chance of your bag not arriving and if you haven’t sealed your liquids tightly, it might have leaked onto your dress. If you do need to make use of a suitcase for your wedding dress, be sure to line the inside of your suitcase with waterproof material and have your bag covered when you get to the airport.

Take Care with Handling Your Wedding Dress

If you are planning a destination wedding and are on the hunt for the most appropriate dress for the occasion, be sure to visit Ever After Bridal Wedding Boutique. With many years of experience in the industry, not only will they assist you in finding your dress, but they’ll help you make sure it arrives at your wedding destination ready for your big day.

What to wear when you go to fittings for your wedding dress in Cape Town.

These may seem like no-brainers, but, the last thing any bride wants to experience is a wedding dress disaster on her wedding day, simply because, for instance, the bra just doesn’t work with the dress, or the dress is too short because the heels are too high!

Whether you’ve decided on A-line silhouette, Mermaid or Ball gown, short, long, sexy, sassy or classic, there are a few basics you need to keep in mind as you start a round of fittings for the wedding dress of your dreams!

What to wear and what to focus on during wedding dress fittings:


Think about it this way; you have a favourite evening dress you love, you already know exactly which bra works best with it, and which turns it into a dress you hate!

It’s the same principle when fitting on a wedding dress – wearing the wrong bra to a fitting is going to leave you at a distinct disadvantage.  Wear a bra you know you’ll be comfortable in on the big day, as sexy and sassy or simple as you’d like it to be.

Wearing the bra you plan to wear for your wedding gives you a major head-start as you head for fittings – a bra can completely change just how great a dress could look on you.  You won’t believe the difference the right bra makes in finding your dream wedding dress!


Make sure you wear shoes that are a suitable height for the dress you visualise; don’t arrive at the fitting in flat pumps when you’re going to be wearing heals to the wedding, or vice versa!


If you have any circles under your eyes, one thing you can be absolutely sure of is that in a sea of white silks and satins, you could look more than just a little stark!  Just a light touch of foundation will fix that up for the fittings.

Another thing to take into consideration is that pink lipstick is also going to fade into the background at fittings.  Choose a lipstick colour as close to the one you’ll be wearing on the special day!

Helpful hint:  Take a scarf with to gently cover your hair and face to protect the wedding gowns you are trying on from makeup stains.

Whatever you do, don’t use self-tanner as you prepare to go for your first fittings; the stains on dresses you don’t intend to wear will be horrendous….and costly!


Whether you’re planning to wear your hair up or down, try to wear it the way you plan to come the wedding day.  There’s no need to go the full distance, but you get the general idea.

Aisle Test:

Once you’ve found your dream wedding dress, make sure you put the whole ensemble together; veil, shoes, tiara and accessories and do the ‘walk’!

You need to know just how confident and comfortable you will be as you walk down the aisle so go ahead, twirl, sit, spin and dance in the dress just to be sure.

Remember; comfort equals absolute confidence!

Contact Ever After Bridal to introduce yourself to the most beautiful range of designer wedding dresses in Durbanville, Cape Town!

The warm welcome and personal attention you receive when you meet this passionate team will make you feel like you’ve found a special kind of family to help you through this daunting search for the wedding dress of your dreams!

To wear a white wedding dress or not!

Queen Victoria started it all when she wore ‘virginal’ white at her wedding, however, things have come a long way since then!

Times have definitely changed, which is great news for brides who are determined not to be governed by tradition, but rather to express their personality and style in a decidedly unique way on their wedding day.

This also holds true for couples who take immense pleasure in doing things differently, on all levels.

The day of the wedding is the celebration of your union, exchanging vows to love and cherish each other on the rest of your journey, as man and wife – vows that are going to last long after the wedding ceremony.

While everyone who’s anyone is poking and prodding with their own views on what constitutes the perfect wedding dress for you, you are welcome to thumb your nose at them and remind them that it’s your day, not theirs!

If the colour you choose for your wedding dress is a perfect reflection of your personality, style and soul, you’re the one who’s going to look and feel like a dream as you glide down the aisle!

The picture you’ve had of yourself on your wedding day is the way you deserve to look, even if it isn’t a white dress!  The friends and family joining you for the happy occasion care more about the fact that you will be feeling beautiful than whether you are wearing white or not.

If your everyday wardrobe is filled with clothes that offset your skin tone beautifully, why shouldn’t the same apply for your wedding dress?

This is definitely not to say that white wedding dresses are out, not by any means, however, certain skin tones can look washed out in pure white.

If you aren’t ready for a rainbow wedding dress but your skin tone needs something a little softer than dazzling white to show you in the best possible light, then the wedding gowns designed by top international designers on display at Ever After Bridal will take your breath away.

All the designer dresses on display at Ever After Bridal in their bridal stores in Cape Town and Nelspruit are available in shades other than pure white.

Violet, champagne, rose and gold are just the tip of the iceberg where it comes to new colour options for wedding dresses!  Colour can also be added in the embellishments on the gown, while accessories also give you the option of adding splashes of colour to create the wedding dress of your dreams.

Whether you choose dreamy, billowing layers of white, head for cream or champagne, or decide that the colour of your wedding dress is going to be a completely unique expression of your own personality and desire to do things differently, always keep the focus on the fact that it’s your wedding and only your opinion counts in the end!

Ever After Bridal would love to take the journey with you as you negotiate what can be a very daunting experience, so that on the day you approach the love of your life, you will indeed feel like the princess you always dreamed you would be!

Make your dreams come true with a designer wedding dress from Ever After Bridal!

The team at Ever After Bridal love what they do and enjoy the excitement of every moment it takes for you to find that one perfect wedding dress you know will make you feel like a princess on your wedding day.

Ever After Bridal has been dressing beautiful brides in Cape Town for over six years, and they treasure each moment shared with every bride, and, since no two brides are ever the same, each experience along the way is treated as one that is completely unique.

Ever After Bridal is committed to giving brides-to-be extra special attention and going the extra mile to make sure that they get the guidance they deserve as they start the process of finding the perfect wedding dress.

This is the dress you wear only once, which, on top of the upcoming wedding, can put tremendous pressure on any bride.

The ultimate goal at Ever After Bridal is to give their full attention to making sure that the journey undertaken with them will be a memorable one, for all the right reasons.

The designer dresses on display in the Ever After Bridal stores in Nelspruit and Durbanville reflect the attention paid by this team in selecting the most beautiful designer wedding dresses available for sale or rental, from top international wedding gown designers.

If you decide that you would like to buy or rent a wedding dress style in a unique colour or size, Ever After Bridal will order it direct from the designer; if it reflects your dream, it’s yours!

There is a style perfect for each bride walking through the doors at Ever After Bridal, from simple elegance to classic or romantic, whatever the mood is that you wish to set for your wedding day as you drift down the aisle.

No doubt, by the time you head for your first consultation at Ever After Bridal, you will already have gathered enough ideas about silhouettes that enhance your figure, colours that uplift your skin tone, while taking into account the mood of your wedding as well as the season.

It’s essential to make sure that you don’t melt during a summer wedding ceremony, or freeze at a winter wonderland wedding!  As always, comfort equals confidence – if you’re worrying about dripping with perspiration at the altar, or shivering down the aisle, it’s essential to add time of day and season to your search for the perfect wedding dress.

Ignore the stories of others who have had less than happy experiences on their journey to a wedding dress; this is your journey, and, if you make sure you have a team of wedding dress specialists at your side, there is no reason yours can’t be a stress-free experience.

Contact Ever After Bridal for the most beautiful designer wedding dresses in Cape Town and Nelspruit. The undivided attention given by this team will ease your nerves enough to make the journey to your dream wedding dress one that echoes your dreams as a little girl to be a fairy princess on your wedding day!

Hire or buy a stunning designer wedding dress in Cape Town.

The uncertainty many brides feel about whether to buy or hire a wedding dress goes way back in tradition, however, renting a wedding dress has become more commonplace than ever before as brides are more determined to put their own unique stamp on the dress they wear down the aisle on the way to their Prince Charming!

It’s not just about whether or not you have the budget to buy a wedding dress, it’s also about whether you want to pack it away lovingly in the hope that your own daughter might wear it when her wedding comes around.

If you have sons, it’s going to be a moot point, to say the least!

With constant changes to the styles of wedding dresses available today and the unveiling of new ranges every season, if you do buy a wedding dress, whether to keep for sentimental reasons, or to pass on to a daughter or future daughter-in-law, you have every right to stick to the vision you have for the future of your wedding dress.

In fact, if you do one day have a daughter who wants to wear your wedding dress, she is going to have a lot of fun adding the finishing touches and alterations that express part you and part her own unique style – but that’s for the future of course!

Hiring a stunning designer wedding dress in Cape Town from Ever After Bridal not only leaves space in the budget for the perfect wedding you’ve always dreamed of, or an extra special honeymoon to create memories that last long after the wedding dress has been returned!

The economic downturn in South Africa has made hiring designer wedding dresses de rigueur – the money saved by hiring a wedding dress can contribute much to things all newlyweds need as they start out on their journey together.

Despite the fact that the dress is hired, the passionate team at Ever After Bridal offer full support when it comes to alterations, adding a special touch here and there, as well as being able to source a designer wedding dress in a unique colour or size – what you want is what you get from this team!

Yes, you will have to take a little extra care of a hired wedding gown, however, it would be no less care than you would take with a dress you buy!

This is what you’re in for, whether you hire or buy a designer wedding dress from Ever After Bridal:

Designers and their wedding gown ranges:

World renowned Maggie Sottero designs, including designs by Rebecca Ingram, the latest addition to Maggie’s Studio.

Designs by Rebecca Ingram offer timeless elegance and superior, featuring flattering silhouettes, understated embellishments and more.

Ever After Bridal carries two ranges by Enzoani.

Beautiful by Enzoani offers a clean elegance at a modest price, with gowns that display delicate feminine styling.

Blue by Enzoani focuses a more youthful, moderately priced range of wedding dresses, making them accessible for every budget.

There is much to consider as you set out on the journey to your dream wedding dress, but, with the help of the undivided attention and experience shared by the team at Ever After Bridal, whether you buy or rent, the whole experience will be one that adds joy to the journey.

Should You Buy Or Rent Your Wedding Dress?

The internet has millions of wedding dress ideas whether vintage, short or ball gown and trying to find a style that suits you can be a challenge, to say the least. Another decision you’ll have to make when looking for a wedding dress in Cape Town is whether you should rent or buy your dress. There are pros and cons to each option so let’s have a look at them below.

Buying a wedding dress in Cape Town


  • The sky’s the limit. You can have the dress of your dreams
  • You can use a designer for your wedding dress
  • It will fit like a glove since it’s made especially for your body
  • Your dress will be finished a few weeks in advance
  • You can keep it forever


  • It is expensive – you’ll spend a lot of money on a dress you’ll only wear once
  • Fittings can be time-consuming
  • Storing your wedding dress might take up a lot of space

Renting a wedding dress in Cape Town


  • Renting a wedding dress is much more affordable
  • Fewer fittings equal less stress
  • No need for storage space since the dress will be returned right after the wedding


  • You might not get the dress you dreamed off
  • It can be difficult to find a dress in a plus size making it challenging to get the perfect fit
  • You have to pay for any damages to the dress which might make you over cautious and stressed out on your wedding day

Whether you decide to buy or hire your wedding dress in Cape Town, your dream dress is out there waiting for you! Keep in mind that your dress must be a reflection of your style and be comfortable. Book your fitting at Ever After Bridal today.

No Need For A Fairy Godmother When You Have Ever After Bridal Boutique On Your Side

A wedding is a once in a lifetime event (for most people at least) and should be celebrated that way. Memories will be made that will last forever so you’ll want to make sure you look and feel your best!

It’s every little girl’s dream to feel like a princess on their wedding day, and while there’s no fairy godmother, Ever After Bridal can help you find the perfect dress for your magical day.

Ever After Bridal is one of the most renowned bridal boutiques in Cape Town where you have an option to buy or hire your wedding dress. We have been making wedding dreams come true for more than 5 years already and don’t intend stopping anytime soon.

For us, you aren’t just another bride. We will go out of our way to make you feel special from the moment you enter our store until you stand in front of the altar and say “I do”.

If you’ve ever wanted to wear a designer dress, now’s your chance. Ever After Bridal is stockists of four exceptional designers – Maggie Sottero, Sophia Tolli, Enzoani and Rebecca Ingram. With two stores in South Africa – one in Cape Town and one in Nelspruit – Brides all over the country can have access to our extraordinary and unique wedding dresses.

If, however, you don’t find a dress in the colour or style you like, we can order a custom design straight from the designer. No need to settle for a dress when you can have exactly what you want! This is your special day after all.

Wedding dresses aren’t just our business, it’s our passion. But don’t just take our word for it, visit our bridal boutique in Cape Town or Nelspruit and see for yourself.

Do’s and Don’ts of Selecting Your Wedding Dress In Cape Town

Choosing a wedding dress is a big event in any woman’s life. It can also be a daunting experience if you have no idea what type of dress you want. So in order to successfully find your wedding dress in Cape Town as well as have a good time, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. DO schedule your fitting early in the day. Chances are that the store will be less crowded and you’ll get the full attention of the store staff. You will also feel refreshed without feeling bloated from the food you ate.
  2. DON’T get too caught up with current trends. You don’t want to look back a few years from now and wonder what on earth you were thinking when you chose your dress. Select a dress that fits your body type and suits your skin tone and personal style.
  3. DO bring your camera with when wedding dress shopping (if the boutique allows it). Don’t just rely on your memory – take photos of all your dress possibilities to make an informed decision. After all, you’ll be looking at pictures of your wedding dress for years to come and what better way to make sure it looks good from all angles than to take a few snaps.
  4. DON’T try on too many dresses. While it’s good to have a clear idea of what works and what doesn’t, you don’t want to risk wedding dress overload. Too many choices can add stress and confusion to an already challenging situation.
  5. DO visit Ever After Bridal. Finding the perfect wedding dress in Cape Town doesn’t have to be stressful when you have access to exquisite designer dresses from four renowned designers at Ever After Bridal.
  6. DON’T wait any longer, book your fitting at Ever After Bridal in Cape Town or Nelspruit today!