If you’re on a tight budget, consider hiring your wedding dress

The decision about whether to hire your wedding dress might feel like it goes against the grain of all your dreams of a wedding dress that’ll make you feel and look like a princess, but does it really?

You may want to spend more of your budget on the ceremony or on your honeymoon, or to save up for the new life you’ll be starting with your Prince Charming.

The economic climate is not going to get any better than it is now, which affects the budget of every South African in every possible way, and the same applies to wedding budgets.

The differences between buying and hiring your wedding dress;

Buying your wedding dress

While designing your own wedding dress with your favourite designer is what you’ve always dreamed, there are a few things that need to be taken into account.

If you’re planning on storing the dress, you’d best set aside a lot of space and time to pack it away safely to keep it in mint condition.

If you’re intent on buying the wedding dress designed just for you, you’d best be prepared to spend a small fortune on it.

You’ll also be spending a lot more time in fittings than you would if you were hiring your wedding dress.

There’s no doubt that the time and effort that goes into all the fittings is worth it if you want to walk down the aisle in a dress that is uniquely yours, but it can add a lot more pressure to the experience than you should have to deal with.

Hiring your wedding dress

There’s absolutely no reason that any bride can’t wear a designer wedding dress just because she can’t buy it!

You may not be able to add all the frills and flounces you’d imagined your wedding dress would look like as a little girl, but you’ll be heading down the aisle in a designer wedding dress that may have seemed completely out of your reach.

Every bride dreams of wearing a designer wedding dress on her special day, and today it’s a reality for every bride.

Remember that instead of spending a fortune on your wedding dress to wear it only once, you’ll still see it beautifully reflected in your wedding video and album, which will be passed from one generation to the next.

You’ll also be spending a lot less time in fittings, which will relieve some of the stress of finding the perfect wedding dress. Another bonus that comes with hiring a wedding dress is that you’ll be able to start shopping for the accessories and shoes you plan to wear well in advance of your big day.

Choosing the right team to guide you to your dream wedding dress

If you’re planning to buy or hire a designer wedding dress in Cape Town, head for Ever After Bridal Wear for your first fitting.

You’ll know that you’re at the right place to begin the journey to your dream wedding dress when you meet this passionate, experienced team ready and willing to support you every step of the way, right up to your wedding day.

As stockists of stunning ranges by international designers such as Enzoani, Rebecca Ingram and Maggie Sottero, this team will go the extra mile to make every bride look and feel like a stunning, confident princess on her wedding day, whether you buy or hire.

 

 

Beware these wedding planning pitfalls

Planning your wedding is going to take you into an entirely new dimension of getting intricate details to come together smoothly for a precious event not to be forgotten.

It’s easy for couples to get caught out by more than a few pitfalls along the way, which is where a few tips and tweaks here and there will make sure you don’t fall into any of the ‘usual’ traps.

Unless you’re a wedding planner, there’s much you need to be on the lookout for as you get going on your wedding plans, starting with:

A wedding that reflects none of your personality

Many couples may settle for a wedding that has all the bells, whistles and frills any wedding would have, but reflects nothing about the personalities of the bride and groom, or the life they’re setting out on together.

You don’t have to go overboard, but there are touches of creativity you can add that will make the wedding unique to your tastes. Theme weddings are great, but not a must, but your hand definitely needs to show in your choice of everything from the menu to the décor and music.

Falling into the money trap

Ears perk up for vendors when they hear ‘wedding’. Weddings are their bread and butter, and unfortunately there are more than just a few unscrupulous vendors out there ready and willing to make money off of you.

Keep your budget in mind for everything that’s really important to you both. Don’t let anyone talk you into spending more money than you want to, which often begins with the wrong bridal consultant trying to convince you to go over budget with your wedding dress.

Not making contingency plans for the day

Planning a wedding well also means planning for any things that could go wrong.  If you’ve planned an outdoor wedding what’ll happen if it rains?

Let someone in the bridal party have all the contact numbers for various vendors involved in the wedding so that nothing gets left out or lost along the way to the big day.

A contingency plan also means keeping safety pins and all the other bits and pieces together in case anything goes wrong with your wedding dress. Don’t think too hard about that, just be prepared!

Not taking the comfort & tastes of your guests into account

Although this is your big day, it’s also an important day for everyone coming to celebrate your wedding with you, and their comfort should also be taken into consideration.

Think about what you’d like from someone hosting you at their wedding and you’ll hit the sweet spot for your guests.  If it’s going to particularly hot, lay on the fans and cool spring water, and if it’s a chilly day, make sure that you can keep everyone comfortably warm.

Last but not least; going it alone

Sharing the load of wedding planning has become de rigueur in this century. It’s no longer only the bride that has to carry the weight of all the planning. This kind of thinking went out of the window a long time ago.

If both of you are involved in the planning, sharing ideas and setting the goals you both need to reach each step along the way, you’ll already have started out as a couple organising the most precious day of your lives. It can only get better from there!

Planning to settle on the venue before you buy your wedding dress?

It’s a good idea if you are, because finding the perfect wedding dress is made easier when you can visualise yourself in the setting you’ve chosen.

Once you’ve got the venue, mood and theme of your wedding locked down, Ever After Bridal Wear would love to welcome you into their world of stunning designer dresses, created to make the dreams of every bride come true, in any setting!

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.

Detail

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.

Alterations

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.

Accessories

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!

 

 

If you’re on a tight budget, consider hiring your wedding dress

The decision about whether to hire your wedding dress might feel like it goes against the grain of all your dreams of a wedding dress that’ll make you feel and look like a princess, but does it really?

You may want to spend more of your budget on the ceremony or on your honeymoon, or to save up for the new life you’ll be starting with your Prince Charming.

The economic climate is not going to get any better than it is now, which affects the budget of every South African in every possible way, and the same applies to wedding budgets.

The differences between buying and hiring your wedding dress;

Buying your wedding dress

While designing your own wedding dress with your favourite designer is what you’ve always dreamed, there are a few things that need to be taken into account.

If you’re planning on storing the dress, you’d best set aside a lot of space and time to pack it away safely to keep it in mint condition.

If you’re intent on buying the wedding dress designed just for you, you’d best be prepared to spend a small fortune on it.

You’ll also be spending a lot more time in fittings than you would if you were hiring your wedding dress.

There’s no doubt that the time and effort that goes into all the fittings is worth it if you want to walk down the aisle in a dress that is uniquely yours, but it can add a lot more pressure to the experience than you should have to deal with.

Hiring your wedding dress

There’s absolutely no reason that any bride can’t wear a designer wedding dress just because she can’t buy it!

You may not be able to add all the frills and flounces you’d imagined your wedding dress would look like as a little girl, but you’ll be heading down the aisle in a designer wedding dress that may have seemed completely out of your reach.

Every bride dreams of wearing a designer wedding dress on her special day, and today it’s a reality for every bride.

Remember that instead of spending a fortune on your wedding dress to wear it only once, you’ll still see it beautifully reflected in your wedding video and album, which will be passed from one generation to the next.

You’ll also be spending a lot less time in fittings, which will relieve some of the stress of finding the perfect wedding dress. Another bonus that comes with hiring a wedding dress is that you’ll be able to start shopping for the accessories and shoes you plan to wear well in advance of your big day.

Choosing the right team to guide you to your dream wedding dress

If you’re planning to buy or hire a designer wedding dress in Cape Town, head for Ever After Bridal Wear for your first fitting.

You’ll know that you’re at the right place to begin the journey to your dream wedding dress when you meet this passionate, experienced team ready and willing to support you every step of the way, right up to your wedding day.

As stockists of stunning ranges by international designers such as Enzoani, Rebecca Ingram and Maggie Sottero, this team will go the extra mile to make every bride look and feel like a stunning, confident princess on her wedding day, whether you buy or hire.

Beware these wedding planning pitfalls

Planning your wedding is going to take you into an entirely new dimension of getting intricate details to come together smoothly for a precious event not to be forgotten.

It’s easy for couples to get caught out by more than a few pitfalls along the way, which is where a few tips and tweaks here and there will make sure you don’t fall into any of the ‘usual’ traps.

Unless you’re a wedding planner, there’s much you need to be on the lookout for as you get going on your wedding plans, starting with:

A wedding that reflects none of your personality

Many couples may settle for a wedding that has all the bells, whistles and frills any wedding would have, but reflects nothing about the personalities of the bride and groom, or the life they’re setting out on together.

You don’t have to go overboard, but there are touches of creativity you can add that will make the wedding unique to your tastes. Theme weddings are great, but not a must, but your hand definitely needs to show in your choice of everything from the menu to the décor and music.

Falling into the money trap

Ears perk up for vendors when they hear ‘wedding’. Weddings are their bread and butter, and unfortunately there are more than just a few unscrupulous vendors out there ready and willing to make money off of you.

Keep your budget in mind for everything that’s really important to you both. Don’t let anyone talk you into spending more money than you want to, which often begins with the wrong bridal consultant trying to convince you to go over budget with your wedding dress.

Not making contingency plans for the day

Planning a wedding well also means planning for any things that could go wrong.  If you’ve planned an outdoor wedding what’ll happen if it rains?

Let someone in the bridal party have all the contact numbers for various vendors involved in the wedding so that nothing gets left out or lost along the way to the big day.

A contingency plan also means keeping safety pins and all the other bits and pieces together in case anything goes wrong with your wedding dress. Don’t think too hard about that, just be prepared!

Not taking the comfort & tastes of your guests into account

Although this is your big day, it’s also an important day for everyone coming to celebrate your wedding with you, and their comfort should also be taken into consideration.

Think about what you’d like from someone hosting you at their wedding and you’ll hit the sweet spot for your guests.  If it’s going to particularly hot, lay on the fans and cool spring water, and if it’s a chilly day, make sure that you can keep everyone comfortably warm.

Last but not least; going it alone

Sharing the load of wedding planning has become de rigueur in this century. It’s no longer only the bride that has to carry the weight of all the planning. This kind of thinking went out of the window a long time ago.

If both of you are involved in the planning, sharing ideas and setting the goals you both need to reach each step along the way, you’ll already have started out as a couple organising the most precious day of your lives. It can only get better from there!

Planning to settle on the venue before you buy your wedding dress?

It’s a good idea if you are, because finding the perfect wedding dress is made easier when you can visualise yourself in the setting you’ve chosen.

Once you’ve got the venue, mood and theme of your wedding locked down, Ever After Bridal Wear would love to welcome you into their world of stunning designer dresses, created to make the dreams of every bride come true, in any setting!

 

Finding the perfect wedding dress for a South African winter wedding

Most people consider a summer wedding because that’s kind of the way it’s always done, but a wedding in winter in South Africa is absolutely as spectacular.

We don’t have snow that keeps everyone indoors, sometimes because they really are snowbound and can’t even get out of their driveways, but with our mild climate, a winter wedding will be as perfect, if different, to a summer celebration.

There’s a lot to think about when it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress for a winter wedding, to make sure you not only look like a dream, but that you’ll be warm and comfortable.

Being comfortable in your wedding dress is key to having absolute confidence as you glide down the aisle on your big day, which in turn makes you look like a dream vision to your Prince Charming.

The team at Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town, will make sure that you sit in the dresses you try on, and take a couple of twirls in them, to get the feel of the comfort level.

The fact that you’re going to be spending more than just a few hours in your wedding dress means feeling comfortable and beautiful, at the same time!

Standing, walking and sitting while you’re shivering, with your lips turning blue, will definitely not be the way you want to remember the most important day of your life!

Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a winter wedding dress:

Strapless?

Most brides dream of wearing a beautiful strapless wedding dress, but with winter chills in the air, this may not be the most comfortable option, especially if you’re going to be spending any time outside, even if it is in a warmed up marquee.

Stunning sleeves

A wedding dress with sleeves is a great place to start when you shop for a dress to keep you warm and looking stunning. Sleeves make your arms look great and allow you to wear a bra instead of the less attractive strapless counterpart, which is something a lot of us really don’t mind!

Cloaks and shawls

If you’re determined to look beautiful and be extra warm, add extra warmth and another dimension of luxurious glamour by wearing a cloak that matches your dress perfectly.

There are so many ways in which a cloak can be finished off to add stunning effect that it’ll probably be one of the most fun aspects of planning the finishing touches to a winter wedding dress.

Adding a shawl, if you don’t want to wear a cloak, is as good an idea as a cloak is, and as beautiful, matching the fabric of your dress.

While your legs will be warm under the layers of the dress, it’s always the upper half of the body that may bear the brunt of a chill in the air.

You may want to be careful about the shoes you decide on too, pretty strapless shoes will leave your feet freezing.  Perhaps opting for closed, equally stunning shoes would be a better option.

Furs, gloves and sequins

A beautiful fur stole in a colour that adds warmth and depth to your wedding dress won’t cover you completely, but it’ll keep out the cold, without making you look bulky in the dress of your dreams.

Gloves are an elegant statement that’ll keep your hands warm after the romantic, precious moment that your Prince Charming slips the wedding ring onto your finger!

You can also consider going for glamorous sparkly effects by adding a beautifully sequined jacket to your already stunning wedding dress, it’ll really keep you warm and add dramatic flair to your look.

Once you’ve made the appointment for your first fitting at Ever After Bridal, you’ll meet a team with 9 years’ worth of experience waiting to make sure you land the wedding dress of your dreams for a winter wedding in South Africa.

 

Designer wedding dresses for sale in Cape Town for a Cape Winelands destination wedding

Whatever the season, with weather that is anywhere from hot to mild seven months a year, planning a destination wedding in the Cape Winelands is a hot choice today.

This isn’t only true for international couples, but for locals too. For international couples planning a wedding at any of the beautiful wine estates or venues near them, the exchange rate makes for awesome extravagance, if that’s what’s wanted!

Whether it’s an intimate wedding shared with only the closest of friends and family, or a spectacularly large celebration, there is a design for every type of wedding waiting for couples choosing to say ‘I do’ in the Cape Winelands.

Superb views abound, and when added to world renowned South African wines paired with unforgettable culinary experiences, it’s easy to see why anyone would want to celebrate their wedding day in any of these venues.

And the venues are spectacular! Any Cape Winelands wedding often means making a weekend of it, with many of the guests wanting to stay a bit longer to take in all that one of the most beautiful regions in South Africa has to offer.

Once you’ve put together the concept of your wedding, and preferably handed it over to a wedding planner…to minimise the stress and increase the excitement leading up to the wedding, it’ll be time to enjoy finding your vision of the right venue for a perfect wedding.

Add the right music to the décor and concept of your wedding, and you’ll almost be there…but, first things first.

For the bride who’s decided that a wedding dress bought or hired in Cape Town would be the right way to start, there is a real treat in store for her!

Ever After Bridal, a unique bridal store in Durbanville, Cape Town, has the most stunning designer wedding dresses for sale, ready to match the mood of the planned wedding in Cape Town.

The bridal consultants at Ever After Bridal have two main priorities when taking the journey with every bride to her dream wedding dress:

  1. They focus their full attention on every bride that steps through their doorway, making sure that they go more than just the extra mile to give every bride a journey that’ll be as stress-free and enjoyable as possible!
  2. After 9 years of taking immense pleasure in dressing brides in South Africa, Ever After Bridal believes that excellent, caring service is an essential ingredient that makes finding the dress you’ll say ‘yes’ to an exciting, fun filled experience.

Of course, by the time you’ve planned on a wedding in South Africa, you’ll no doubt have done tons of research into what you’d love your wedding dress to look like, which will make it so much easier to find the one that makes you feel like a princess, or a queen, depending on your individual style.

If you’re leading towards the funky, modern, and quirky or gypsy styles to head down the aisle in, you’ll find all you need at Ever After Bridal!

With beautiful ranges from renowned international wedding gown designers, there’s a wedding dress for every bride looking for her happily ever after in the Cape Winelands at Ever After Bridal!

Contact Ever After Bridal to book your first fitting the moment you land!  If you have the privilege of living in this beautiful country, the team at Ever After Bridal would love to meet you too, every bride is unique, no matter where you come from!

All the reasons to choose Ever After Bridal when your heart is set on a designer wedding dress!

Shopping for your wedding dress is a very personal, daunting experience, but it’s one that’ll be made easier on you if you choose the right bridal store, preferably one with an awesome team to see you through it all.

A bridal store is a bridal store is a bridal store, by the mere fact that they all have beautiful dresses adorning the racks, but what makes one stand out from another is the relationship forged between bride and bridal consultant.

Let’s look at just a few reasons Ever After Bridal in Durbanville, Cape Town, is one of the best choices you can make on this important journey:

9 years of dressing brides

Experience is essential in the team you’ll be working with, and this is something those at Ever After Bridal have in abundance. Nine years spent dressing beautiful brides has given this team a reputation for excellence, a reputation that has been unwavering throughout the years.

Passion

We’ve all come across people with a bad attitude, those who clearly dislike what they’re doing, and saying ‘dislike’ is putting it mildly!

This would be the worst way to find your dream wedding dress, and this is not the way that Ever After Bridal does it! This is a team that absolutely loves what they do, with a passion that has remained undiminished, no matter how many brides have crossed the threshold of their store.

Care

Personal attention means that you can safely place all your hopes and dreams about your wedding and the dress you’d love to find into the hands and hearts of the team at Ever After Bridal, and they’ll be treated with the utmost care.

After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time dressing and undressing in front of them, which means that comfort and care is essential to the experience.

Stunning creations

When the team got together to select the cream of renowned international wedding gown designers, they put a lot into making sure that they’d be able to offer nothing less than the best of these designers.

Designers that were chosen carefully by Ever After Bridal to grace their stores include:

Maggie Sottero, Rebecca Ingram and two ranges from Enzoani, all of which combined, offers a dress for every bride, in every style.

Family

Finding your dream wedding dress is a journey with all the ups and downs that any journey brings, except that this is such an important one, for such a special reason, that it’s the emotions that do the ups and downs.

The team at Ever After Bridal know that it’s one that will include a few tears of frustration and perhaps a little disappointment along the way, in which case you’ll have a team you can lean on for support who really care.

On the days when laughter and fun is prevalent, they’ll be laughing and having fun right alongside you, making the ups and downs part of the process that bonds you to the team and makes you family by the time you collect your dress!

These are but a few of the reasons your heart will know it’s in the right place to find your dream designer wedding dress in Cape Town, but there is more that you’ll find out when you start your fittings with this team at your side!

One last word; Ever After Bridal also has an exciting range of designer wedding dresses on sale, and although these dresses have been worn, they are still as stunning as ever, at great prices!

Follow your heart and bring all your hopes of finding your dream wedding dress to Ever After Bridal, and they’ll go beyond the extra mile to make it all happen.

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!