A few tips for planning your wedding day & juggling the details gracefully

In the first place, the team at Ever After Bridal would love to meet you, so that your journey to your wedding day, and the dream you’ve always had of the perfect wedding dress, will be a joyful, memorable one.

They know that shopping for your wedding dress is a rather daunting experience, after all, you’ll only be wearing the dress once, on the most important day of your life.

This is a team that’ll do all they can to help you find your dream dress, whether you’re buying it or hiring it.  Hiring wedding dresses is a trend that just keeps growing.

Whether it’s because you don’t want to pack away a dress that’ll never be worn again or you’d rather use the money to splash out on the wedding…or the honeymoon, Ever After Bridal will happily find you a stunning designer wedding dress to hire in Cape Town.

A great tip from Ever After Bridal is to find and book your wedding venue before you start fitting wedding dresses, it’ll help you to define your style and what you’d like to look like on the big day in that setting.

With the dream dress in the making, the next of many steps begins, long before you walk down the aisle.

With the date having been set, the flurry of planning your wedding begins. It can either be an utter nightmare of disorganisation and shortage of time, or a journey taken at a more comfortable pace, starting from the right place.

Essential first step; the wedding checklist

If you break your plans into smaller chunks, taking into account those details that need to be made ahead of others on the list, it’s going to make planning your wedding and sorting out the checklist far less stressful than it need be.

Of course, having a wedding planner is going to take all that stress off your shoulders, but that would take a lot of fun and excitement out of your journey.

This is especially true if you’re planning to call on friends and family to help with some of the really personal touches.

Knowing when to start planning what is important. The first thing you do need to do is to get the wedding venue locked down. Remember, Cape Town is considered the most beautiful place in South Africa to say ‘I do’, which means many venues are pretty booked up, to say the least.

Before you even start the list though, it’s a good thing to have an idea of how many guests you’ll be inviting, whether you need to organise transport to the venue or plan accommodation for your guests.

Having a theme will also make getting your checklist organised a whole lot easier!

Stay flexible

There are two of you involved in the important decisions that’ll be made leading up to the wedding day, which means that there will be a few points on which you both may have to come to a compromise…it’s worth it anyway!

Once you both decide on what’s most important to you on your wedding day, being flexible about the checklist will be a cinch, and it’s a great place to start.

The big B…for budget!

Determining your budget is a pretty tough but essential step in planning your wedding. If you know more or less what you’d be up for spending on every item, from the wedding venue to flowers and catering, it’ll start taking shape a lot easier.

Setting your budget, as much as is possible, will set the tone for virtually everything else on your wedding day.

Of course, unless you’ve been a wedding planner, you won’t know much about the costs involved for things like hiring a company to create beautiful décor at the venue, catering or even flowers perfect for the day.

To get as close to finalising the budget as you can, make sure you get quotes from a selection of vendors you’ll need to pull everything together.

Check into the references and recommendations for each as well. This is important especially if you’re trying to save on costs where you can; you may end up with cheap but definitely not good!

Oh, and tag on a little extra to the budget for costs that may pop up that you might have missed.

Allocate your time well, learn to delegate, and stay on point as much as possible with your wedding checklist, and you’ll be breathing a lot easier through on the way to the altar!

Besides which, all of this helps you look truly graceful and unflustered, even during the moments you feel like you may come apart!

Ultimately, the most important thing about all of this is that you’ll be marrying the man of your dreams, if you miss a little here or there in all the planning, well, what the heck!

You’ll find your dream wedding dress waiting for you at Ever After Bridal in Cape Town

The greatest joy for all at Ever After Bridal is to take the journey to the dream wedding dress for every bride that places her dreams in their hands.

This is an experienced team that’s been dressing brides for over six years, pouring their passion for making dreams come true with a complete commitment to giving each bride the individual and undivided attention she deserves.

They understand perfectly that shopping for a wedding dress is daunting, and they do as much as possible to make it as stress free an experience as possible.

This is a team that thoroughly enjoys every aspect of dressing a bride, always ready to offer a shoulder and support through all the ups and downs that come from such a momentous experience.

Over and above the wedding dresses for sale, Ever After Bridal has moved with the trend that has seen more and more brides hiring wedding dresses, by introducing brides to exquisite designer dresses for hire in Cape Town.

This has made it easier for every bride, irrespective of her budget, to get married in a dream designer dress which is exactly as it should be!

The designer wedding dresses at Ever After Bridal were carefully and lovingly chosen from the ranges of four international designers, so that there would be a dress for every bride that joins their family for this once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience.

If you fall in love with a style but want it in a unique colour or size the team at Ever After Bridal will make sure it arrives, direct from the designer.

You may want to wear a champagne or ivory wedding dress instead of the white that doesn’t do your complexion justice, whatever the reason, this team will make sure you wear the colour that’ll make you shine on your wedding day.

If its romantic elegance that’s understated that you’re looking for, you’ll love the ‘Beautiful’ range of wedding dresses from Enzoani.  This is also a beautiful range that comes with a very reasonable price tag that would suit modern brides down to the ground.

As for the exquisite and intricate ‘Blue’ range, well, luxurious is the best description that can be applied to this range of wedding dresses that fit like a dream with stunning embellishments. Intricacy and romance come to mind when you see this range.

Classic couture, dramatic, feminine and old world romance flavour the Sophia Tolli range of wedding dresses. This is another range that covers every silhouette possible to fit the body shape of every bride, from A-line to Ball Gowns.

Maggie Sottero pulls out all the stops with her exquisite range of wedding dresses that grace the international stage, mixing it all up beautifully to cross the bridge between stunning detail and absolute simplicity.

Rebecca Ingram has joined the phenomenal designers at the Maggie Sottero studio to design a range of dresses that give every bride the dress of her dreams at flatteringly affordable prices.

Let Ever After Bridal start you on an awesome journey that’ll get you to your dream wedding dress, irrespective of your taste or budget!

 

Tips on what to take with when shopping for your dream wedding dress

With all the planning that goes into your wedding you’re probably going to feel little like the bride and more like an overworked slave by the time you try on your first wedding dress, but keep the faith because that’ll be the moment you can finally see yourself as a bride!

Yes it’s scary and daunting to say the least, especially if you’ve been fed too many bad-bridal-dress-shopping stories by well-meaning friends, but buck-up because the real journey to the aisle is about to start.

You will need to have a few basic ideas about styles and colours you love, silhouettes that flatter your shape and of course whether you visualise the idea of lace and all that glitters enfolding you as you glide down the aisle.

Your budget will also be discussed at your first fitting, so that you don’t fall in love with the wrong wedding dress and have your heart broken!

On to what to take with to the fittings:

An open mind

It’s important for you to realise from the outset that you’re not going to look great in at least one or two wedding dresses you try on. Don’t let that get you down, because the one for you is right there waiting for you!

Another point to keep in mind is that the preconceived idea you had about the dress you’d love might well change as you try on dresses, and that you’ll end up with a dress that never crossed your mind but that looks stunning on you!

Remember; don’t say yes to the first dress that jumps out at you! Take your time about finding the wedding dress of your dreams.

Underwear

Whatever you do, make sure you wear the right underwear so that there won’t be unflattering lines spoiling the elegant lines of the dress!  Make sure that among the underwear you have a strapless bra so that you don’t have to look at straps sticking out of the dress either.

An honest support group

In the first place, make sure you don’t drag a huge entourage with you to your fittings, all the voices are going to make the experience a nightmare!  Take mom and one or two friends you can rely on to be honest during the process so that they don’t just say yes to everything, but remember, the ultimate decision is yours!

Shoes

If you’re planning to wear heels on your wedding day, make sure to bring along shoes that have the same type of heels you’ll be wearing on the big day.  This is so that you don’t walk down the aisle with a dress a few centimetres too short, when it’s too late to alter it.

Hair grips/ties

If you are going to be wearing your hair up on the wedding day, make sure that you bring along something that’ll keep your hair out of the way so that you get the full effect of each dress you fit.

Now that you’re armed with the fundamentals of wedding dress shopping, contact Ever After Bridal to book your fitting among some of the most stunning designer wedding dresses available in Cape Town!

The team at Ever After Bridal has been dressing brides for over 6 years now, and nothing has dimmed their love of sharing the journey to the ultimate wedding dress!

Hire a wedding dress & look like a dream no matter what the budget is!

For every bride there is the wish to appear as the star in a dream wedding dress as she glides down the aisle, but the budget doesn’t always stretch to a dress that’s bought.

This shouldn’t be a reason for any bride not to wear the wedding dress of her dream, not with the trend moving towards hiring wedding dresses.

One of the first reasons a bride will decide to hire her wedding dress is related to seriously tough economic times, where buying a dress could take a major slice out of the budget for newlyweds planning on spending the money elsewhere to build a new life.

The honeymoon might also play a major role in the decision to rent the wedding dress. If a dream honeymoon is more attractive than taking a huge chunk of change out of the kitty for a dress, then it is certainly worth it!

There are more than a few benefits to hiring a wedding dress, one of them being that couples who really want that spectacular wedding on a limited budget will have all their dreams come true, without a breaking the bank.

Hiring exquisite designer wedding dresses levels the playing field, giving brides the opportunity to flaunt gowns that grace catwalks internationally, so that irrespective of the financial constraints there may be, every bride can look like the princess she always dreamed of.

Adding all of the other essential wedding items together, like hiring a venue, photographer and finding a fantastic caterer is daunting enough without factoring in the expense of that dream designer dress!

In addition to paying a hefty price for a designer dress, there are other incidentals that many brides are unaware of when working out the budget for buying a wedding dress, such as alterations and the necessary cleaning fees associated one alterations are done.

On the rental side of wedding dresses, brides come up trumps when they find a bridal shop that offers all the bells and whistles in addition to the rental of the dress, such as alterations and cleaning, as well as a range of jewellery that puts the final touch for a fairy tale wedding look!

Renting a wedding dress means you don’t have to worry about the how it’s going to be stored forever, or kept for a daughter to wear long after styles have changed.

It goes back to the bridal shop and the memories of your princess look remains forever captured in the wedding album and on video!

Depending on whether a bride puts on a little weight or loses a bit before the wedding, things become a little more difficult once a bought wedding dress has been to the tailor and is ready for collection.

If the choice has been made to rent, there’s always the option of shifting up or down a size if necessary, making renting a dress very flexible in terms of size.

If renting a wedding dress in Cape Town sounds like the best idea for you, then Ever After Bridal is the bridal shop for you!

With the beautiful range of stunning designer wedding dresses chosen by the team from international designers like Enzoani, Rebecca Ingram, Sophia Tolli and Maggie Sottero, there’s no doubt that you’ll find the dress of your dreams calling your name.

Do you absolutely have to wear white on your wedding day?

Trends are definitely changing when it comes to the notion that brides absolutely have to wear white on their wedding day.

Although white wedding dresses will still dominate on international catwalks, brides are now given the freedom to let their hair down and experiment with the perfect colour for their particular skin tone.

Your wedding dress is meant to be a unique expression of your personality and style, which is exactly as it should be on the day you look like the princess you always dreamed of.

Doing things differently on that special day is what makes it even more spectacular in your memory and in your wedding album, which will forever be captured in full colour to be shared with future generations.

Queen Victoria may have been forced to do it the old fashioned way, which isn’t to say that brides shouldn’t wear white, but white is making way for brides who want to do it on another scale.

There’s a rainbow of colours waiting to be picked out for every bride of every colouring and every skin tone, so that if your skin takes on an even paler shade of white you can bring it to life in the perfect colour for your wedding day.

Shades of champagne (very fitting!) and blue, blush and dusty rose, silver, lavender, dove grey or lilac bring to life the fantasy world every bride enters when she starts shopping for her wedding dress.

You’ll probably have to be pretty firm with family and friends who may think differently about a wedding dress that’s anything but white; just remind them that it’s your day and you intend to feel like a vision floating down the aisle!

Embellishments are also a great way of adding splashes of colour if you do decide to shine in white, cream or pale shades of gold. You might consider using accessories and jewellery to offset these pure colours perfectly and to enhance your natural colouring.

If you do wear white beautifully and it’s always been your dream to look dazzling in billowing layers of lace and chiffon, you may find that even the choice between pristine white, ivory, cream, light gold or alabaster is just as daunting as settling on a pink or violet wedding dress!

These are the moments when every bride will be in need of a guiding hand from professionals that spend their lives loving the fact that they dress brides, year after year and season after season.

You’ll find a passionate team at Ever After Bridal in Durbanville ready to give you undivided attention as you take the journey through all the shades of white and colours of the rainbow on the way to the dream wedding dress.

With beautiful designer wedding dresses lined up in this bridal shop in Cape Town, ready to take your breath away, you won’t be in short supply of fantastic guidance and support from a team that loves what they do!

 

Tips for finding the perfect wedding dress

If you’ve already seen the stunning wedding dress collections from Enzoani, Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram and Sophia Tolli at Ever After Bridal, then you’re already off to a great start for finding a beautiful designer wedding dress in Cape Town.

This is a team that really knows all there is to know about dressing brides. They have seen many brides down the aisle in the last six years, and are passionate about what they do to make buying a wedding dress as stress-free as possible.

If anyone can give you tips about finding the perfect wedding dress it’ll be Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town.

Tips from Ever After Bridal for finding the perfect wedding dress:

Budget

You need to set a realistic budget when it comes to shopping for a wedding dress, or you’ll end up falling in love with a dress that goes way beyond the price range you had planned, and then facing the let-down.

The first thing you need to do when you make your appointment with Ever After Bridal is to be completely open and honest about your budget. This will help the team to keep you real and focussed on dresses that will easily suit the price range you have shared with them.

Wedding location

What you wear to a beautiful church will be completely different to what you’d wear for a wedding on the beach. The vision for your dress needs to suit the location and the mood you want to set on the day.

Start early

If you’re short on time, it’ll be easier for you to choose one of the beautiful gowns off the rack at Ever After Bridal to hire.  With a nip and tuck here and there, you’ll be wearing a wedding dress that looks like as if it’s taken months to create.

If time is on your side, start at least six to nine months ahead of the time.  With all the alterations that need to be done to a dress that’s made to order, you’ll definitely need time. There’ll be enough for you to do leading up to the wedding, without adding the stress of not having your wedding dress ready on time on top of it all.

Be open minded

You’ll be surprised at how many brides have gone in for fittings only to decide on a dress that’s completely different to her original idea.  The team at Ever After Bridal will assist you in finding silhouettes perfect for your body shape, as well as to introduce you to a wide range of fabrics that might just have you walking out with a completely different idea of what you’d like to look like on your wedding day.

Know your body type

This is essential! You need to know exactly which silhouette will emphasise your shape to highlight your natural assets.  Wearing the wrong style of dress to suit your body type is definitely not going to make you feel like a princess.

Feeling confident in your wedding dress starts with how comfortable you’ll be, so when trying on dresses, be sure to sit and walk around in them so that you know you’ll be able to get through the many hours you’ll be in it, with absolute grace.

Bring your dreams of the perfect wedding dress to the passionate team at Ever After Bridal and watch those dreams come true! The personal, undivided attention you’ll have from these consultants will make the journey a lot less stressful you may have expected.

Know your body shape before shopping for a wedding dress

You really do need to know your body shape before shopping for a wedding dress or the experience will be demoralising.  As much as you may love the A-line silhouette, if your body type doesn’t lend itself to this style, it’ll be difficult to shift your focus to one that does.

Getting the silhouette right from the start will make shopping for a wedding dress a far more enjoyable experience for you, having started on the right foot.

Your wedding dress is only going to be worn once, which makes doing your homework well worthwhile.

The skirt of your wedding dress is what determines the mood for the wedding dress, choose the wrong dress for your body shape and you’ll be looking at it with regret in your wedding album for the rest of your life!

The silhouettes range from sheath dresses, A-line, traditional ball gowns, mermaid silhouette, fishtail, empire and fishtail wedding dresses, and within these styles there is a wedding dress fit for any princess, provided the right one is chosen.

Let’s look at wedding dress styles to suit different body types:

Traditional Ball Gown wedding dresses

If your dream as a little girl was to look like Cinderella on your wedding day, then this is the dress style for you.  The style of the skirt can either be one that’s pretty structured or incredibly soft. This would depend on the fabric that is chosen for the gown.  This is the ultimate in a romantic wedding dress.

A-Line wedding dresses

The A-line dress is one that is narrow at the top and wider in the skirt, moving from the shoulders down to a flared skirt, which can be varied in a number of ways according to your taste, if this is what suits your body shape.

Fishtail wedding dresses

Although similar to the mermaid wedding dress, there are no pleats in the flare at the back, and it’s the perfect style for adding a contrasting colour in order to achieve the look of a fishtail, and to create a truly feminine silhouette.

Mermaid wedding dresses

This figure-hugging style of wedding dress moves down from a fitted top and cinches into the waist before flaring at the bottom of the dress.  You’d need curves in all the right places and perfect proportions to wear this style; there’s no place to hide anything you don’t like about your body shape in this style!

Empire wedding dresses

This is a beautiful style of wedding dress that starts flaring from below the bust to the bottom of the dress.  The Empire wedding dress is a wedding dress that’s perfectly suited to the fuller figure as well.

Sheath wedding dresses

This is a simple style that goes from the shoulders straight down to the waist, remaining straight along the body, without any flaring out.

If you aren’t sure about the style of wedding dress that’ll suit your body shape, book a consultation or fitting with Ever After Bridal. This team will assist you in finding the perfect silhouette that’ll make the most of your body shape, which will create a wedding dress shopping experience far less stressful than it already is.

Ever After Bridal offers stunning ranges of designer wedding dresses for sale in Durbanville, Cape Town, and, if you’re on a tight budget you can still look like a princess by hiring your wedding dress.

Choosing a wedding dress that suits your personality

Your unique personality is what has to make its mark on everything you choose to wear on your wedding day, from the dress to the accessories and theme.

It’s your very special day, and it’s who you are that needs to shine through, which is what is going to create a beautiful thread that runs through the mood and theme you’ve chosen to set the tone on your wedding day.

Whether or not you choose to incorporate more than just one style into your wedding dress, there are a few basic styles that can be categorised as follows:

The Dramatic factor

This is all about being adventurous enough to wear the latest style in order to make a wow statement as you glide down the aisle. You can be as dramatic as you like, taking ideas from the latest fashion being shown on international runways. Choosing a floating creation in red or blue for instance, is definitely going to make for a dramatic entrance.

The Contemporary factor

The contemporary bride is adventurous enough to mix the dramatic with the classic look, adding all the finishing touches that will celebrate the combination of the latest fashion with a completely modern look.

The Classic factor

The classic wedding dress is an expression of the feminine look, sheer, sophisticated and timeless, which is perfect for the more formal wedding setting.  Understated elegance speaks volumes for any bride choosing this style.

The Creative factor

Put together something old and something new, using different combinations of textures, accessories and colour, in fact, this is for the bride that loves the bohemian look to compliment her unique personality.

Anything really goes, the only limitations to wearing a truly creative look is the imagination!

The Natural factor

This is a style that expresses simplicity for brides getting married in less formal settings. The dress will be a picture of simple lines with the focus placed more on things like the neckline, accessories and hairstyles.

If the beach or mountain top is the setting for the wedding, then the natural bride will go for stylish minimalism.

The Romance factor

The romantic style is perfect for the woman who’s been dreaming about looking like a princess on her wedding day since she was a little girl! The dress will reflect everything that is soft and dreamy, covered in beautiful embellishments added to the luxurious fabrics that’ll make up the dress.  Romance is also best expressed with the addition of beautiful sparkly details – watch out Swarovski here she comes!

The Vintage factor

What a beautiful way to celebrate fashion that goes back to the Victorian era. Beads, pearls, crystals and lace are the finishing touches to a Victorian style wedding dress.  The dress has to have retro accessories that perfectly match the style of dress, and since this is a style that is now being played out on fashion runways, ideas are easy to source to complete the vintage look.

Let Ever After Bridal be your helping hand

The bridal consultants at Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town, have over six years’ worth of experience to share with you as you put your wedding look together, and they’d love to be part of this exciting journey with you.

Contact the team today to book your fitting and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere as you discuss your ideas of what it’ll take to make you feel like a princess on your wedding day.

Choose your dream dress from the beautiful range of designer dresses for sale in Durbanville

Ever After Bridal got together to pick over the best international wedding gown designers to represent in their beautiful bridal shop in Durbanville, Cape Town.

There is no doubt about the fact that with the designers chosen, there is a wedding dress to suit the style, size and personality of every bride, which is exactly why they chose these designers with great care.

The wedding dresses at Ever After Bridal are available to purchase or to hire.  If you are buying a designer wedding dress and you need it in a completely unique colour or specific size to fit, the dress will be ordered directly from the designer, a policy that extends to brides who are hiring their dress.

To make the journey to your wedding dress a little easier, try to start trying on the right dresses to suit your body type at least six months before your wedding day.

This will give you time to breathe, as well as give you peace of mind that your wedding dress will be ready for collection before the big day.

Here is a list of designers chosen by Ever After Bridal to make the dreams of any bride come true:

Sophia Tolli

The Sophia Tolli range of wedding gowns runs the gamut from romantic ball gowns to sleek A-line silhouettes falling beautifully into a frothy hemline.  This is classic couture at its best, evoking every mood from the dramatic to the soft feminine look to create the image of a princess at the ball.

Enzoani – Beautiful

The Beautiful range from Enzoani is the perfect range for modern-day brides looking for romantic, understated elegance.  It is also a range well suited to youthful brides who need to be budget conscious and still look like a princess.

The affordable price tag of this range in no way detracts from the details and understated elegance of this beautiful range.

Enzoani – Blue

Enzoani has gone the route of Chantilly lace, scintillating beading and intricate detail to produce this range of wedding dresses designed to reflect old world romance for the modern bride. The luxury of the fit and finishes are exquisite reminders of times gone by, with a modern twist of pure luxury.

Rebecca Ingram

As one of three collections that find a home at Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram designs are a nod to the fact that a collection of wedding gowns at reasonable prices is absolutely necessary for the modern bride.

Available in colours that transcend pure white, Rebecca Ingram wedding dresses are designed using understated fabrics that are brought to life with lace and understated trims, to produce wedding dresses that offer the perfect fit.

Maggie Sottero

Whether brides have a fuller figure or are more on the petite side of the size scale, Maggie Sottero wedding dresses are designed to make every bride look and feel like a dream on her wedding day.

If simplicity is the order of the day, this range is where you’ll find it, and if it’s the dramatic flair you’re looking for, the Maggie Sottero range will take you from one to the other in absolute style!

There’s a dress for every bride at Ever After Bridal!

Because so much care has gone into the choice of designers on show at Ever After Bridal, they’ve made sure that no bride will ever be disappointed in their quest for the dream wedding dress.

Let these passionate experts introduce you to the right way to shop for the perfect wedding dress in Cape Town!

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.