Choose your wedding dress according to your body type

If shopping for your wedding dress seems like a mountain too high to climb because you always have a hard time finding clothes you really love that fit well, you can set yourself at ease.

Wedding dresses are so very special that they have to come in all styles, sizes and colours, just to make sure that every bride, no matter her shape, will be married in a dress that fits her perfectly!

Knowing a little more about your body type will definitely make it easier for you to narrow down your choices, and, perhaps with the following list, you’ll find your body type and have a little more info about which style and silhouette would suit you best.

Tall Bride

If you’re tall the field is wide open, including celebrating your stature in a ball gown that will make you look like a princess straight out of a fairy tale! While ball gowns aren’t the right fit for shorter brides, they are absolutely perfect for taller brides.

Pear Shape

Wider hips and thighs with smaller breasts and narrow shoulders are what we call the pear-shape body type. If this is your body shape, keep the focus on the bodice and on the natural waistline, which would mean you need to lean towards an A-line style or the dramatic ball gown.

A halter top can be trendy, while an illusion neckline with soft fabric speaks volumes in elegance. Another option you may want to consider is an off-the-shoulder dress.

Petite Bride

For shorter, tiny brides an A-line dress is once again an option that’s extremely flattering since it compliments small frames by adding definition to the bust and waist. You might even want to try a V-neck dress, which can add height by creating the illusion of a longer upper body.

Hourglass Figure

For women with an hourglass figure, a mermaid gown follows the natural contour of your bust, waist and hips before flaring out, which is the fabulous celebration your curves deserve on your special day.

Don’t think that because you are curvy you need to settle for something that hangs loose on your curves!  Even if you don’t have well-defined curves, the team at Ever After Bridal Wear might suggest that you at least try the mermaid style, since it can give you the illusion of an hourglass figure by accentuating your waist.

Ultimately, the best wedding dress for you is the one you fall in love with, and the one that celebrates everything about your natural beauty, style and personality!

Ever After Bridal Wear offers an extensive range of designer wedding dresses created for every body type from top designers Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram. Call the team at Ever After Bridal today to book your first fitting on this exciting journey!

How to make shopping for your wedding dress at Ever After Bridal easy

While not every little girl may daydream about her wedding day and prince charming from a young age, when the time comes to shop for a wedding dress, it is often cause for more anxiety than excitement, when it should be the other way around.

On its own, wedding planning is stressful enough, which is why it’s vital to find a bridal shop that will make the process a little bit easier and a lot more fun.

What to do to make the journey to your dress simpler:

Set your budget

In general, experts say that it’s best to have a set budget to start off with, leaving a little leeway here and there for any extra’s and alterations. This will make it a lot easier for you to keep away from dresses that, while they may take your breath away, will also decimate your budget!

The team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, will respect your budget and still make sure you leave having found the wedding dress of your dreams!

 Don’t leave it to the last minute

It takes a few months from placing the order to picking up your dress, especially if there are alterations to be done. You’ll make it a lot easier on yourself if you start shopping for your wedding dress around 6 to 9 months ahead of time, which will be your buffer for avoiding any unnecessary stress!

Do some homework

Browse through bridal wear websites, visit bridal fairs or page through bridal magazines to get as clear an idea as you can about the style of dress you like. Make a point of saving your favourite dress styles on your phone or tablet to take along to your first fitting. This will ensure that your bridal consultant can assist you to eliminate the dresses that won’t suit your body type.

Think twice about your entourage

Everyone has an opinion but when it comes to choosing your wedding dress, nobody’s opinion matters more than yours. Limit your entourage to those you trust most, and make sure to include a true friend who won’t just say yes to everything but will be honest in a kind way.

Being careful about who you bring to fittings will make your experience so much easier and it’ll help avoid awkward situations.

Ever After Bridal is one of the most celebrated bridal boutiques in Cape Town, and this team knows exactly how to make every bride feel completely at home and comfortable in their lovely world of satin and lace.

With designer wedding dresses on show from Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram, you will most certainly appreciate the undivided attention this team will give you, along with their expert advice.

For more information or to book your appointment at Ever After Bridal Wear in Cape Town, give the team a call today, they’d love to join you on this very special journey.

Keep an eye out for these red flags when choosing your bridal shop

Shopping for a wedding dress can in no way be compared to what it’s like when we shop for every day clothing, in fact, it’s nowhere near as easy or straightforward, which is why you need to surround yourself with the right people for the journey.

The most daunting aspect of shopping for a wedding dress is that you’ll only be wearing it once, and, being your first time out, there are a few red flags you need to keep an eye out for before you choose your bridal wear shop.

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

Lack of transparency about costs

The first thing you should do, much as you may not like it, is to share what your budget is for the wedding dress with the bridal team.  If they’re are an honest and down to earth team like those at Ever After Bridal Wear in Cape Town, they’ll assist you to figure in possible costs of bridal accessories too, such as the veil you’ll need.

If you are deflected whenever you speak budget or price, know that you’re at the wrong place to make your dream wedding dress a reality, within your budget!

The team at Ever After Bridal values honesty and integrity, and will make sure you don’t have to experience the pain of falling in love with a dress you want to try on, only to find that it’s way beyond your budget!

Fluffing over the fine print

A contract will be involved in the purchase of a wedding gown, so please be sure to read the small print, to make sure you don’t end up paying for anything you weren’t aware of at the outset.

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

If you’ve been lucky enough to find a bridal shop you trust, you’ll find that the team working with you will be more than happy to help you understand the fine print clearly before you commit to it. If they fluff over the small print it’s definitely not a good sign.

Remember to include shipping costs if you aren’t collecting.

Alterations that aren’t necessary to drive up the price

You’ll probably be looking at a few alterations to the dress, whether you’re buying or hiring it, so make sure you know exactly what’s happening in that department.

You need to feel that you can trust your bridal shop team not to take advantage of the fact that this is your first experience, whether it’s a simple alteration such as raising a hem or a little more complex, such as changing a neckline. Alterations alone can amount to a nasty sum not budgeted for in the hands of unscrupulous bridal consultants!

Bridal consultants that are pushy

Passion, knowledge and experience are vital qualities to look for in your bridal consultants, because these are what can make your experience a pleasure instead of a nightmare such as other brides may have experienced.

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

Make sure you feel comfortable with the team of consultants, especially taking into account that you’ll be in and out of your undies in front of them for the duration!

If the bridal team is pushy, disregarding everything that’s important to you, bow out gracefully and take your dream elsewhere!

Let the integrity of the team at Ever After Bridal guide you

The team at Ever After Bridal are nothing less than the epitome of everything a bride needs on this important journey, bringing passion, integrity, knowledge and experience to your dream, which is exactly what you deserve when purchasing your wedding dress.

Dive into a delightful world of designer wedding dresses in Durbanville at Ever After Bridal, and you’ll no doubt head for your wedding day looking like a princess as you glide down the aisle to join the love of your life.

A few tips that may help you recognise the moment you find your dream wedding dress

Buying a wedding dress is a one-time decision, which means you won’t be going in with any experience, which will raise a million and one questions vying for space in your head before you even get to your first fitting.

All your questions are important, so, we suggest you make it easy on yourself and make a list of them all, so that you can pepper the right bridal consultants with them and trust that you’ll get the right answers.

This is why it’s so important to find bridal consultants who’ll be honest with you in their opinions as you try on dresses and not just say yes to everything.

You’ll also need a team who’ll encourage you to try something a little different to what you may have had in mind if they think it’ll work, just to make sure that you don’t spend any time in regret about a dress you may have missed out on that would have been perfect!

Here are a few tips that may help you recognise when you’ve found your dream wedding dress:

Keep an open mind

By the time you head for your first fitting you’ll probably have pinned and clipped countless wedding dresses to add to your vision board, however, try not to so set on a specific style that you miss your dream dress in the process.

If you’ve dreamed of looking like a princess in a mermaid style dress and then find the style doesn’t really work for you, with an open mind you could well fall in love with an A-line gown your bridal consultant encourages you to try, and voila, you look like a dream in it!

It’s always a good idea to do your homework and to have a few good ideas about the style wedding dress you’d like to wear, but, keep an open mind, you may be happily surprised at the outcome.

Will there definitely be a YES moment?

Truthfully? Not always.  Heading in with an expectation of having that aha, yes, moment could set you up for disappointment. Be prepared to accept you may not have that moment. You may find instead, that the more you think about a particular wedding dress, the more you’ll be able to picture yourself looking beautiful in it as you glide down the aisle.

Things to say ‘yes’ to

Though you may not experience an emotional ‘yes’ moment during fittings, there are a few questions you need to say yes to in the process, such as;

  • Is it a dress that’s in line with your budget? You’d be surprised at how many nights you’ll be kept up if you don’t answer this question honestly when you are fitting dresses!
  • Do you have to lose weight to wear it? If the answer is yes, this will turn up the stress factor at a time you need it least. The run-up to the wedding is stressful enough, without adding the need to lose weight to it all.
  • Will you be able sit, walk or dance comfortably in the dress, considering that you’ll be in it the whole night? These are issues that can be tested and tried out at your fittings, so go ahead, boogie on down to make sure you’ll be comfortable on your wedding day!
  • Does the dress make you feel confident? Naturally, if you’re uncomfortable in the dress, you won’t feel vitally and vividly confident, but taken together, a yes to these two questions is vital.

Simply fall in love, don’t look for perfection

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

This simple principle also applies to finding your dream wedding dress, believe it or not.  It’s so much more than putting a ton of pressure on yourself to find the perfect dress, it’s more about finding the wedding dress you utterly fall in love with.

A reminder about your day & your dress

This is going to be your day, on which you wear your dream wedding dress, and let no one take that away from you! You’re not buying it for your mom or your best friend, they’re not the ones waiting for you at the altar, it’s for you and your Prince Charming, and that’s that!

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

The team at Ever After Bridal not only offers a stunning range of designer wedding dresses for sale in Cape Town, they also have the experience and passion to bring to making sure you get married in your dream designer wedding dress, with time to spare!

Book a fitting today with this team, and get ready to have fun on the way to your dress…and remember to bring your list of questions along!

7 Awesome reasons to wear a short wedding dress

There are plenty of decisions you need to make when it comes to planning your wedding, and pretty much at the top of that list will be your wedding dress! If you’re not the traditional bride type, you might want to opt for a short dress to express your individuality…and maybe show off a great pair of legs!

All that’s important is that you wear a dress you love and that you stay true to yourself, because while your dress may be short in terms of length, we’re sure it won’t be short on style!

Here’s what makes short wedding dresses fabulous for some:

Comfort

You won’t need a handful of bridesmaids to help you navigate the ladies room, for one! A short, stylish wedding dress is just right for the no-fuss bride who wants be absolutely comfortable, free to enjoy the day and then to dance the night away.

Easy to transport

A short wedding dress can easily fit into normal luggage to be transported to your venue, making it the perfect dress to wear for a destination wedding, if short is your style!

Affordability

Because your short wedding dress will be using less material, you can count on it costing less than one that takes reams and reams, with layer upon layer of material.

A short wedding dress will help you save money you can spend on adding extra sparkles and detail to your dress. Who doesn’t love Swarovski Crystals!

Show off your Cinderella shoes

You’re shoes, no matter how spectacular, will remain hidden from sight in a long dress, however, choosing to wear a short wedding dress is going to up the ante where it comes to allowing you to show off your once-in-a-lifetime pair of shoes…and if you love shoes, this is where you get to march to your own drum!

Versatility

Short wedding dresses will, with the right flare and detail to suit the mood, are perfect for any type of venue, whether you host it in a beautiful garden, at the beach or in a stunning ballroom!

Wear it again

The one slightly sad thing about wedding dresses in general, is that you pay a lot for them and never wear them again, unless you renew vows or wear it for special anniversaries. When you decide to wear a short wedding dress, you can, for special occasions, dress it up or down easily to suit the moment!

Timeless

We are programmed to believe that we have to wear a long dress to keep up with traditional points of view, however, many of our style icons have worn short wedding dresses and made them a sought after style of wedding dress for brides born to carry it off!

If you’re looking for a wide range of stunning designer wedding dresses in Cape Town, look no further. Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville will have the dress you’ve been dreaming of. Speak to the friendly team to make your appointment today for this exciting journey.

Here’s how to get organised on the journey to your dream wedding dress

One day, and one day only is when you’ll be wearing this very special dress, yet it’ll become a memory that will last a lifetime, which means you are no doubt willing to pull out all the stops to make sure your dress lives up to all your hopes and expectations.

We know that you’d want to be supremely confident as you walk down the aisle looking like a princess, and, to make sure that these desires are met, you’ll need to approach shopping for a designer wedding dress in an organised way to make it easy on yourself.

Here are a few ideas that may help to keep you organised on the journey to your dream wedding dress:

Get started early

While not every bride may have 6 to 9 months in which to find her dream wedding dress, it’s a good idea to start then if time is a luxury you have.

If you do have the time, make sure to use it well.  There are hundreds upon hundreds of styles to get through, but starting early and the right way will allow you to narrow down your choices, which will put less pressure on you to rush into decisions.

Pin and paste the dresses that make your heart flutter, so that by the time you go to your first fitting, you’ll have a good idea of the direction you’re heading in.

If time is a luxury you don’t have

Don’t worry about it, after all, the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, knows exactly what can arise when a bride is looking for her fairy-tale dress!  Their range of ready-to-wear designer wedding dresses to rent and for sale, will take your breath away and get you to the altar on time!

If you’d prefer to save a little on your dress and put it towards a honeymoon straight out of every dream you’ve ever had, then hiring your wedding dress from this team is your answer.

Choose the right silhouette to suit your body shape

Knowing from the outset what you should be looking for in terms of the right silhouette will take some of the pressure off to, and make your journey so much easier as you keep or discard ideas for dresses along the way to your dream.

There’s a world of information regarding the right silhouette for your body shape on the internet, so go to it!

Take your skin tone & colouring into account

Not every bride can wear ice white for instance, especially if you have a very fair skin, which can look a bit washed out in all the glare. The right colour wedding dress will add more confidence to your day than you can imagine.

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

The shades of ivory, Champaign, cinnamon, pink, salmon, dove grey and more, give you the ability to choose the colour that highlights your skin tone best on your special day.

Have fun with the team at Ever After Bridal for an unforgettable journey

The team at Ever After Bridal is nothing if not passionate about making sure that every bride they dress gets to shine like a star on her wedding day, and they do it with a contagious amount of joy, making them the perfect team to stand by you on the journey to a dream designer wedding dress!

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

If you’re looking for stunning wedding dresses to buy or hire in Durbanville, Cape Town, you’ll be in for a real treat at Ever After Bridal Wear! This beautiful bridal store filled with satin, lace, taffeta, sequins and pearls is sheer heaven for any bride to enter.

The designers that take place of pride at Ever After Bridal include Maggie Sottero and Rebecca Ingram, and, between these talented designers, there’s a wedding dress designed to fulfil all the dreams you had as a little girl, the ones about looking like a princess on your wedding day!

What’s more is that these designer dresses are all available to hire or to buy, giving every bride with any budget the opportunity to make her dreams come true.

The team at Ever After Bridal went to great lengths to choose the cream of the crop in terms of the designer wedding dresses that would grace their bridal shop in Durbanville, making sure that every conceivable style and silhouette would be represented for every bride.

This is a passionate team that understands perfectly well that your wedding dress is one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make, and they give their all to make sure that on your wedding day you’ll be wearing your dream dress.

What can also expect from this team, aside from super support, is honesty. You really don’t want bridal consultants who are simpering yay-sayers, you need a team on your side that will say no when it’s necessary.

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

In the years since the bridal store first opened in 2010, Este Fourie and her team have become the top choice for brides that want as stress-free an experience as possible, on their way to the perfect designer wedding dress.

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

This is why the care and individual attention Ever After Bridal puts into your search for the perfect wedding dress is a treasure. This is a very special team of bridal consultants who don’t want you to have any regrets or second thoughts about the most precious dress you fall in love with.

Even with the few tears and a lot of laughter that are inevitable along the way to finding the dress, you’ll have people around you that really care, from your first fitting right through to the very happy ending.

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

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

Make finding the wedding dress of your dreams memorable in the best possible way, by sharing it with Ever After Bridal; they’d love to join you on this journey to make your dream come true!

Tips to help you choose the right designer wedding dress in Cape Town

Shopping for the perfect wedding dress can and should be a memorable experience, despite it being a daunting journey to undertake. One of the reasons you could make it difficult for yourself is to bring the wrong entourage to fittings, believe it or not.

These are people that have to be carefully chosen, bearing in mind that everyone is going to have their own idea about what looks good and what doesn’t, which will simply add another level of stress to the challenge when you most need to focus on what it is you want!

Budget constraints, especially with the way the Coronavirus pandemic has hit the global economy, can also make finding the right wedding dress even more difficult due to budget constraints.

In an attempt to make things a little easier for you, we’ve put together a list of tips on how you could go about choosing the right wedding dress with a little less bumps along the way.

Scrounge for inspiration

There are so many bridal magazines, bridal fairs, online portfolios and other avenues that can be used as research to refine your search for the wedding dress you dream of.  A word of advice here; don’t allow yourself to become overloaded, try to limit what you pin and paste so that when it comes to fittings you won’t head in completely dazzled and confused!

Choose the right dress to suit your body type

If you get a good handle on your body shape you’ll have a really good starting point, in terms of which dress style will enhance your body shape as it should. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few options, you can start thinking about the bits and bobs that’ll make the dress your own.

Be firm about your budget

We know how things can add up quickly in terms of weddings, and, in general, wedding dresses don’t come cheap. However, setting a realistic budget for your wedding dress and discussing it at your first fitting with your bridal consultant, will keep you on the right track and within budget.

Book a bridal store appointment in advance

If you want to make sure that you’ll receive the special attention every bride-to-be deserves when shopping for a wedding dress, make sure you book an appointment with the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in advance, rather than popping in on a Saturday morning only to find that all the other brides are getting all the individual attention because they’ve booked their consultation!

Trust your bridal consultant at Ever After Bridal

The team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, have been dressing brides for 10 years, bringing all their skill to bear in assisting brides to find the perfect designer wedding dress. They’re a down to earth team who love what they do, and will give their all to make sure that you not only find the perfect wedding dress, but that your budget will be respected from start to finish.

Book your appointment with Ever After Bridal Wear today, to select your dress from breath-taking ranges of designer wedding dresses in Cape Town

Even on a tight budget you can still have a magical wedding

Though times are tough financially and weddings even more expensive than ever before, don’t let this stop you from having the wedding you’ve always dreamed of, even if it is a bit slimmer than you may have hoped for.

There’s so much that can be done to make it special and cost less, such as roping all your friends and family to dig in and work with you to create the décor for your special day, it not only saves you money, but it makes a treasured memory for you all once it’s all over.

If you’ve got friends who are fundi’s in the kitchen, grab them some help and let them make the meal truly memorable; they don’t have to stay in the kitchen during the wedding and meal, they simply have to be willing to be great delegators and supervisors!

With so many weddings having gone right ahead through lockdown and with the magic of technology, now is your time to have the real thing in person, with your loved ones.

Here are a few more basic tips to help you have a fairy tale wedding without spending all you’ve saved to start your new lives together!

Trim the guest list

This is the one day you have every right to stick to invitations sent to the people who are the most relevant in your life. If you think about it, close friends and family are all that’s really needed to make the celebration of your wedding one that is done surrounded by people who love you. After all, this is the day love reigns supreme!

Choose a Friday for your wedding

You could well save a tremendous amount of money on the venue by skipping the traditional Saturday wedding and reception, and opting for a Friday, a Sunday or any other day of the week.

If your wedding and reception location is a sought-after spot, you might even be able to get married sooner if you book an off-season date, plus, you’re more than likely to pay less for the venue into the bargain!

Skip having an open bar

With a trimmed guest list comprising of those who are closest to you and who love you, it won’t be a problem for you to request that guests have their first drink free and pay for the rest. This is simply what the coronavirus has brought us to, and if they love you they won’t mind!

Of course, you can still offer a welcome drink and perhaps wine for the table and a champagne for the toast, without breaking the budget.

Hire your wedding dress

The growing trend is to hire a designer wedding dress in 2020, and, in keeping with this trend, Ever After Bridal Wear have an exquisite range of designer wedding dresses waiting for you to hire.

Instead of having your exorbitantly expensive wedding dress gathering dust in the closet, let this team of experts help you into a wedding dress of your dreams at a fraction of the cost of buying a brand new one!

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

Book your appointment with this awesome team today and get the most out of your budget while Ever After Bridal makes sure you look like a princess on your wedding day, big budget or not!

How to find the right plus-size designer wedding dress

Your curvy beauty is going to mean that it may take a little more time to find the right wedding dress than those who have less on top and bottom, however, though you may need to do a little more research than others ahead of fittings, you’re going to look every bit the glowing, beautiful bride you deserve to be.

Not every bridal store will have plus-size wedding dresses, but, you could always start with the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, to find out just how special they think you are. This is a team that’ll go the distance to assist you in finding a designer wedding dress in a unique size when you find the one you fall in love with.

Below are a few tips that may help you find the right plus-size designer wedding dress.

If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

Instead of focusing on what you’d like to hide, place the focus on the curves you’d like accentuate. If you have a fabulous bust, make the most of it by showing it off in a V-neckline, or embrace your sexy curves with a fit and flare silhouette.

Try to avoid strapless ball gowns, which will simply make you look bigger than you really are, and, say no to anything with a strapless corset, unless you want to be pulling it up while you say I do!

A-Line, Empire or Sheath?

You’d be hard pressed to make a mistake in wearing an A-line wedding dress, it’s flattering, elegant and flares at the hips, or,

If it’s old world romance you’re after, you’ll do absolutely fine if you head towards a high-wasted empire gown that fits just below your bust and then flows freely from there to the floor.

Instead of hiding your curves, why not go all out to celebrate your curves in a sheath wedding dress? If you’ve passed the point of being willing to hide, a sheath dress will be magical and powerful on you! It’s who you are!

Take comfort into account

Keep in mind that you’ll be up, down and moving around all day and night in your wedding dress, so make sure your dress fits comfortably, so that you won’t have to tug and pull at it all day!

A good seamstress is essential

Chances are that your dress may need to be adjusted, however, if you choose to take the journey to the wedding dress of your dreams with the team at Ever After Bridal, you can rest assured that you’ll have a seamstress capable of working just the right amount of magic into any alterations that need to be done to turn you into a regal princess!

Give the team at Ever After Bridal a call to book an appointment to discuss what awaits you in their world of dreamy dresses, you’ll find that they stock an extensive range of designer wedding dresses in Cape Town suited for every body shape.