Tips to help you find the designer wedding dress of your dreams!

It’s definitely a bit of a bumpity-bump experience to head out shopping for your dream wedding dress, but, with a wee bit of preparation and a few salient tips tucked under your arm, you’ll have a smoother journey to the dress you say yes to.

In the first place, it’s a dress that beats all others in importance, and in the second, you’ll only be wearing it once, and both these reasons make it a daunting experience, to say the very least.

This is no cocktail party or evening at the theatre dress, it’s the one that’ll immortalise you as a princess in your wedding album, to be passed down through generations, which makes it essential to have experienced and compassionate bridal consultants guide you through the ups and downs, until you find the perfect dress.

This is the special touch of magic the team at Ever After Bridal Wear bring to the equation for every bride they dress, and have dressed for over 10 years now. It’s what they love doing, and it shows in everything they do to lower stress-levels for every bride they share the journey with.

You can rely on honesty from this team, they won’t say ‘yes’ to anything that doesn’t do your natural assets any justice, doing so would run contradictory to the joy they experience when brides return to share wedding photos with them!

Here are a few ideas that may help you on the way to finding your dream designer wedding dress, along with the bumps that may come along:

Share your budget from the outset

This is really important. Once the team knows what your budget is, they’ll know exactly how to steer you in the right direction in terms of the right dresses to try.

The bump to avoid here would be falling in love with a dress that’s way out of your budget, this could wound the heart of the toughest bride to be!

Don’t do a see-saw with your weight

We would all like to fit into a size smaller than usual on our wedding day, but this is unrealistic and adds a ton of pressure to shopping for a wedding dress. Alterations can cost a pretty penny, which may not be in your budget.

Love yourself as you are and know that you are as beautiful as every other woman is in her own right, don’t put yourself through the hell of dieting to fit into a wedding dress!

It may not be love at first sight

You may find, contrary to your expectations or the stories you’ve been told, that you end up wearing a dress that you didn’t fall in love with at first sight. It’s absolutely possible that the slow growing love that determines your choice in wedding dress will be the one that leads up to your unequivocal yes!

Comfort is essential

Let the team at Ever After Bridal guide you through all the moves and steps it takes to make sure you’re going to be comfortable in your dress on the day. A comfortable bride exudes confidence!

Let Ever After Bridal lead the way

What matters most to the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, is that the dress you wear as you float down the aisle is the one that’s perfect for you!

Your unique personality gets to shine on your wedding day, and the team at Ever After Bridal would love to be your guides on the journey to your dream designer wedding dress! Give them a call today to book your fitting as you take your first steps towards your special day.

Pointers to make finding a dream designer wedding dress stress-free

Okay, so it’s never going to be completely stress-free to find the wedding dress you’ve always dreamed of wearing on your fairy-tale day, but, there are a few pointers that could certainly ease some of the stress during this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Since you’re only going to be wearing this dress once, the pressure is really on, and anything you can do to make it a little less daunting will be well worth your while, and could even make the experience a lot more exciting and fun!

So, keep a few of these pointers in mind before you head for your first fitting for an easier journey:

Start out with at least six months on hand

When you start going through online bridal wear catalogues and paging through bridal magazines you’ll know you’re in for a super-human feat, for any woman.

There are thousands and thousands of different wedding dress styles and colours available today that you could well send you into information overload, long before you head for your first fitting!

Give yourself plenty of time, you deserve it. If you’re lucky enough to have more than six months in which to find your dress and settle on the alterations, you’ll have plenty of breathing space in the run up to the wedding!

Keep track of the styles you love to bring along to fittings, but, try to keep an open mind too. You may be pleasantly surprised to find yourself walking down the aisle in a dress you may not even have considered to be the one!

Don’t have that much time?

If you’re lucky enough to have started out at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, then you’re going to be in the pound seats, no matter how little time you have!

You’ll find that this team stocks 4 top ranges of designer wedding dresses for hire, making it easy for even the bride with little planning time to shimmy down the aisle in a designer wedding dress.

Hiring a designer wedding dress is also a fantastic way to save for the start of a new life together, or a honeymoon to rival all honeymoons, so don’t even think twice if this is your ideal!

Understand the shape of your body

Your wedding dress is meant to celebrate and accentuate the natural shape of your body, and, if you spend some time on getting to know the different silhouettes that would do all of this for you, you’ll already be well on your way to success, before you head for the first fitting!

Compliment your skin colouring

Not every bride glows in icy white, which is exactly why there are so many different shades of white awaiting you, along with a rainbow of colours that range from dusky rose to salmon, red to grey and anywhere in-between, for those who will pale into insignificance in white!

The choice at Ever After Bridal Wear

With this basic information firmly lodged in your mind, the team at Ever After Bridal Wear will bring their considerable experience in dressing brides for over ten years into the mix to smooth the way for you.

This is to make sure that by the time you step into your dream wedding dress, based on your own preparation, it’ll be one that celebrates your uniqueness and turns you into the fairy princess you once dreamed of being on your wedding day!

Finding the perfect designer wedding dress is a pleasure at Ever After Bridal Wear

Ever After Bridal Wear in Cape Town is heaven for any bride planning on wearing a designer wedding dress on her happily-ever-after day! They’ve filled their bridal store in Durbanville with exquisite creations from Maggie Sottero, Enzoani and Rebecca Ingram, with choices in dresses that are breath-taking.

This is the place to buy or hire designer wedding dresses in Cape Town, and this team is unstinting in making sure that if find the dress you’d love to try, but need it in a different size, they’ll get right on to the designer to make sure it’s yours.

The same applies to whether you’ve found a dress you love but would like it in a unique colour!

You’ll find every style of wedding dress you could imagine among these three ranges, they’re all there.  Romantic to waiflike, dramatic to simple and stylish, pick your vision of yourself on your wedding day, and this passionate team will help to make the dream come true!

All of these top international designers have produced ranges that make absolute sense for modern brides with modest budgets in a worldwide recession, making it a reality for any bride to glide down the aisle in a stunning designer wedding dress.

Buy a wedding dress on sale at Ever After Bridal if you’re sentimental and want to keep the dress after your big day, and don’t have the budget for a new one.  The wedding dresses on sale here are naturally almost brand new, and ultimately, you’re the only one who will know that it was bought second hand!

You certainly won’t look second hand in it!

Not everyone has the super-budget to buy a wedding dress, which is precisely why Ever After Bridal Wear has kept up with changing times and keeps a selection of designer wedding dresses for hire in store.

No matter what you’ve been dreaming about when you think about a wedding dress, this is a team that’ll love being part of the journey you embark on when you start shopping for the dress to make all those dreams come true.

Knowing that this is one of the most expensive, most daunting decisions you’ll ever have to make, the team at Ever After Bridal will give you the undivided attention you’re going to need on the way to the perfect wedding dress, the one that’ll stun your fiancé at the altar and be immortalised forever digitally, in video and on stills.

This is a team of bridal consultants who will happily share all the ups and downs, the tears and the laughter with you that often come along on such a very special journey.

Dressing brides beautifully in exquisite designer wedding dresses is an ingrained passion for this team, and as such, every bride becomes a part of this very special family long before she arrives to collect the dress of her dreams.

These are the qualities that are priceless for every bride looking to make her dreams a reality on her wedding day, and it’s what every bride can look forward to with the team at Ever After Bridal Wear!

Give yourself the ultimate wedding dress shopping experience by booking your fitting today with Este Fourie and her team today!

Cost pitfalls to avoid when looking for the right bridal wear store in Cape Town

By the time you head out for the first fitting of wedding dresses, you’ll probably be a pro about what to take with, who to take with and what you may need to plan for, however, you may need a little help to avoid a few of the pitfalls that could lay in wait for you as you look for the right bridal wear store to trust with your dreams.

A few of these pitfalls to look out for include:

Lack of interest in your budget

If you get to the first fitting and find that your bridal consultant has little or no interest in the limitations of your budget, you’ll find it difficult to negotiate your way to the dresses that meet that budget.

A bridal consultant who takes you through your budget carefully right from the start is one who puts your welfare above all else. She will know exactly what it means if you start heading for dresses out of your price range, and will help to steer you back to the right place to find your dream dress.

The cost dodge

There are many little things you may not have considered and taken into account at the time the budget for your dress was settled on, and, if the consultant doesn’t bring up some of these, you’ll again be looking at spending far more than was planned.

The ideal bridal consultant will fill you in on all these bits and pieces that could add up quite a bit at the end of the day, especially in the area of bridal accessories.

Honesty and integrity is an essential element in the team that will be dressing you for your wedding day, and this kind of bridal consultant will make absolutely sure that you aren’t steered towards dresses that are way above your budget.

Cost of alterations

In general, if you’re buying or hiring a designer wedding dress off the rack, you’re probably going to need an alteration here and there to create the perfect fit, and this is where unscrupulous bridal stores can also drive up costs.

A true artist who loves dressing brides will make sure to point out what kind of alterations you may be looking at when you find the dress you fall in love with, and, won’t hold out when it comes to what costs may be involved.

If it’s just a matter of raising a hem, it’s not a major issue, but, since most of us aren’t seamstresses, you need to feel that you can trust your bridal consultant to be open and honest with you here.

Avoid the bullies!

You’ll know really quickly whether you’re dealing with a consultant who wants only the best for you, or one that’s more interested in the cheque you’ll have to sign before you start out.

If you keep being pushed towards dresses that aren’t in line with your budget at all, move along swiftly.  Don’t let anyone bully you into trying on dresses that‘ll only break your heart when you discover that they’re completely out of your price range!

Let Ever After Bridal Wear show you the way, with integrity

With over ten years’ worth of experience, the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, will guide you with honesty and integrity to your dream wedding dress, with absolute respect for your budget.

The passion of this team when it comes to making sure that their brides walk down the aisle in a designer dress they’ve always dreamed of, is legendary among their previous clients.

This is a team you can trust with your dreams from the moment you walk into their beautiful world of choice designer wedding dresses, without a doubt.

Book your fitting today to meet an awesome team that’ll make sure you don’t fall into any traps on your way to the altar, in the dress of your dreams!

Will your wedding dress be an expression of who you are?

The venue, the décor and the theme of your wedding will be an expression of the unity and style of the relationship you share with the lucky man you’ll be exchanging vows with, but, your wedding dress is the one place where everything you are, and all that’s unique about you will be in the spotlight.

Your wedding dress will be the final thread that brings everything together on your wedding day, setting the tone for the wedding you’ve been dreaming of.

This is going to be the first and last time your groom will watch in awe as you move up the aisle to him as a vivid image of beauty he has come to love, an image he will never forget.

Every woman is beautiful, whether tall, short, petit or curvaceous, and let no one tell you any differently. You may not be able to wear a form-fitting fishtail wedding dress, but, your beauty will shine through in a breath-taking ball gown style, for instance.

It’s not the dress that matters half as much as what it says about you on the day, so let no one stand in your way of being a stunning version of who you already are. After all, that’s who your Prince Charming fell in love with!

Having a point of reference in terms of the style of wedding dress you’re planning on wearing is absolutely necessary, so here are a few of the basics that you can look at to create the effect you’re hoping for on your wedding day.

An Expression of Romance

If looking like a true Cinderella on your wedding day is front and centre of your hopes, then heading for luxurious, frothy fabrics in layer after layer of dreaminess will do you well.  A ball gown with beautiful embellishments and crystals would be a good point of reference if romance is what you’ve been dreaming of on your wedding day.

An Expression of Creativity

This is where you really do get to do things your way, combining textures and touches of colour to create a mix of the old and the new in a way that only you can do it.  If the Gypsy, Bohemian or leather and lace look makes your heart beat faster, this is where you get to express it without limitations.

An Expression of Drama

If you look at what wedding dress designers are doing on the catwalks for true dramatic effect, you’ll be encouraged to create a wedding dress that expresses your penchant for the dramatic on your wedding day.

New colours for wedding dresses are emerging all the time, which means that if you want to sashay down the aisle in a purple and lilac creation just do it! It’s your prerogative!

A Modern, Contemporary Expression

This is truly a wide open field that says brides can take a fashion-forward route in terms of wedding dresses, so if wearing a shorter hemline, panels that are sheer, applique and the more casual fabrics grabs your attention, then you’re definitely going to fit into the modern, contemporary style of wedding dress.

A Classic Expression

There is nothing like a classic wedding dress to speak volumes for timeless sophistication.  The femininity of an understated, elegant wedding gown is just right for a bride that wants to avoid anything fussy in a wedding dress. This is where brides generally go if a formal wedding is in the works.

Bear in mind

The venue, season and theme of your wedding should also have an impact on how you choose the style of your dress.  A beach wedding calls for something completely different from that of a very formal wedding for instance, so bring it all together to make your dress the perfect expression of who you are and what your dreams are made of.

Call on Ever After Bridal Wear in Cape Town

If you really need extra guidance on your journey to the perfect wedding dress, the team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, has all the experience and knowledge you could possibly need as back up through many a fitting.

They’d love to stand by you as you put body shape, silhouette and colouring together to make your dream of being a vision of beauty on your wedding day a reality, so book a fitting and take the plunge!

Whatever you do, don’t do this in the week leading up to your wedding!

There are a whole lot of dos and don’ts involved in planning a wedding, however, that week leading up to the day is one that calls for a few very definite don’ts!

Why are they don’ts? Because we’re nervous wrecks and don’t necessarily make the best decisions in our desperation to avoid melting down in this crucial week!

If you’re not sure you can keep yourself from some of these all on your lonesome, hand your friends a list of the things you know you shouldn’t do at this stage, so that they can help keep you on track.

So, to what not to do:

Don’t add new exercises to your workout routine

You already know your workout routine, but if you decide at this late stage that you’d like more defined pecs and add a new exercise into the mix, you could be looking at having a hard time throwing the bouquet, because of muscles that have been worked too hard!

Don’t suddenly work your legs or butt too hard either, you may find that gliding down the aisle gracefully goes right out the window as you wince down it instead!

Don’t mess with your hair style

As tempting as it may be to do a complete makeover for your wedding may be, don’t! The hairstyle you kinda stuck to during your fittings should ultimately be the one you wear on the day.

Failing that, you could be looking at a style you can do nothing about if it’s an abject failure. Stick to what you know for your hair, which includes sticking to hair products you’re familiar with. 3 months ago would have been a better time to experiment with your hair, not the week before the big day!

Don’t tempt fate with new skin care products!

Don’t use any skin care product that could produce a rash or extra pimples on your wedding day. Again, stick to what your skin loves so that you glow as you say your vows!

Avoid the temptation to have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion at this time as well. If you wanted to do any non-surgical beauty treatment before the wedding, do it a lot earlier. Your beauty therapist will tell you when it would be best to do any of these treatments ahead of the wedding date.

Don’t mainline on caffeine

Oh the temptation! If the butterflies you’ll be experiencing aren’t flying in formation in this final week, you can be absolutely certain that caffeine will send them into overdrive. Don’t do it, no matter how desperate you are to keep it together with caffeine!

Or, mainline on wine!

Adding extra glasses of wine to your usual menu won’t do you any favours either, it’ll only bring very temporary stress relief! In fact, your skin won’t be glowing on your wedding day due to the fact that alcohol dehydrates the skin, which isn’t the effect you’d like on the most important day of your life! Moderation in all things is a good measure for this time.

Don’t meddle with self-tanning or sun exposure

Another absolute no, no! Anything could go wrong when you expose tan lines to an extra dose of rays, that’s a plan that will fit better with the honeymoon!  Instant spray tans and other self-tanning options? Nope!

There are gentler ways to get an even tan before your wedding day than these, which makes it well worth your time to speak to a tanning specialist about test tanning a lot sooner than this last week.

Don’t lose sleep…if you can help it!

Yes, it’s hard to sleep when the excitement builds by the hour, but, you owe it to the vision of yourself as a bride to make sure you get the requisite seven to eight hours a night!

If you’re not quite there yet and are still on the hunt for your dream designer wedding dress, the passionate team at Ever After Bridal Wear in Cape Town have more than just a few tips that’ll make finding your dress an unforgettable journey.

In the nine years since they opened their doors, Ever After Bridal Wear has dressed hundreds of brides and have expert knowledge of all the pitfalls any bride may experience, and they share this knowledge with the greatest of pleasure as they give every bride the undivided attention they deserve.

Tips for finding a stunning designer wedding dress in Cape Town

As the top choice for destination weddings, Cape Town is everything it should be in terms of guiding brides to their dream designer dresses, but what the team at Ever After Bridal Wear has done, is to make the journey as adventurous and fun as it could be.

It’s an experience fraught with anxiety, no doubt about it. You’re shopping for a dress you’ll only wear once, which, along with balancing the budget, is pretty daunting, to say the least.

You really do need the right bridal consultants at your side if this is to be an experience that carries a lot less stress than others would have you believe, based on their own not-so-good experiences.

You’ll also have to practice taking all the stories other friends tell you about shopping for a wedding dress with a pinch of salt, so that they don’t spoil what will be your own unique journey to the wedding dress you’ve always dreamed of.

Nine years and counting, that’s how long the team at Ever After Bridal Wear Store has been dressing brides. The passion of this team has never waned, and the love they have for all the joy that a designer wedding dress gives to any bride is as evident today as it was when they first opened their store.

Let’s look at a few tips that’ll make shopping for a designer wedding dress a little easier on you:

The elephant in the room you’d rather ignore; your budget!

Yep, this is when it’s down to nitty gritty details you’d rather not have to deal with on a journey this special, but, if you deal with it immediately you’ll be saving yourself from a really tough road ahead.

One of the worst things that can happen to a bride who isn’t too keen on sitting down with the bridal consultant to get the budget out of the way early, is that you could fall in love with a dress that’s way above your budget, and then have to say goodbye to it!

It makes it harder to get back up on the horse and keep going until you find the dress made for you. Bite the bullet, get realistic about your budget and you’ll definitely have a smoother ride.

With budget in hand, the team at Ever After Bridal Wear will be able to be your partner in making sure they don’t point you in the direction of any dress that will place pressure on your budget.

Get a handle on your body shape

This is very important. Pear, hourglass, athletic or voluptuous, it makes no difference to the fact that every woman and her body is beautiful, but, it will make a difference to how you choose the perfect wedding dress to flatter your figure. Keep in mind that if you stick to the silhouette that matches your body shape perfectly you’ll be a comfortable, confident and glowing bride.

Give yourself enough of a start

If you have the luxury of time, make the most of it.  Being able to start shopping for a wedding dress at least six months ahead of the wedding is going to give you plenty time to breathe on the way to the alter looking like a princess.  This is the one thing you really, really do need time for, it’ll take a weight off your shoulders in comparison to the other hundred and one details you need to see to before the big day.

Remember that hiring a designer wedding dress is de rigueur in 2020, which means that if you’re short on time you can still glide down the aisle in a designer wedding dress, looking every bit the fairy-tale princess of your dreams!

Don’t be afraid to try something different

You will, no doubt, arrive at your fittings with all your ideas of a dream wedding dress that you’ve clipped and pinned for months, but, don’t be afraid to try something that’s different to what you’d imagined or planned.

You may think you’d only look good in a ball gown but discover that an empire silhouette makes even more of a statement about your body shape than you could have imagined!

Many a bride has walked down in the aisle in a wedding dress that bears little resemblance to what she had in mind before she went a-hunting!

A comfortable bride is a dazzling bride that radiates confidence!

You’ll be spending many nervous hours in your wedding dress on the day, and to make sure that you are the epitome of confidence, the team at Ever After Bridal will introduce you to the fun of dancing a little, sitting a little and walking a little in each dress you try, to make sure you’ll dazzle all on your wedding day!

There are other little tips this team will share with you that’ll make shopping for a designer wedding dress less daunting than it may seem at first, and to inject a bit of fun and adventure into the experience that’ll last a lifetime in your memory.

Looking for a designer wedding dress to buy or hire in Cape Town?

If you are, then the designer wedding dresses at Ever After Bridal Wear in Durbanville, Cape Town, will take your breath away!  This team has made it their mission to have a wedding dress for every bride who takes the journey to the dress of her dreams, and they’ve been doing it in style for nine years, watching bride after bride find the dress of her dreams.

A few of the added perks of working with these bridal consultants par excellence is that you’ll have a choice of:

Wedding dresses for sale

Wedding dresses to hire, and

Second hand wedding dresses on sale

How much more could you possibly want? After all, not every bride has the budget that allows her to buy a designer wedding dress brand new, and why should she, if there are designer wedding dresses on sale here? And they are definitely as good as new!

As far as trends go, many brides are hiring a wedding dress so that the savings can be spent on the honeymoon, or on setting up home together.

You really don’t have to spend the whole caboodle on a wedding dress!

Which international designers are represented beautifully at Ever After Bridal Store?

Well, this team took their own sweet time about selecting designer wedding dresses of superb quality and sheer beauty for their brides, looking at the best from top international designers who dominate the catwalks around the world to add to their shop rails.

Maggie Sottero

Tall, short, buxom and curvy, athletic or petite, there is, without a doubt, a wedding dress that’ll make bridal dreams come true for all at Ever After Bridal from this stunning range!

Whether you’re looking for sheer simplicity or dramatic flair, you’ll find that Maggie Sottero has met all the needs for all brides, in style.

Rebecca Ingram

Rebecca Ingram wedding dresses have been dreamed up and designed for the budget conscious bride in mind, but don’t let this great price tag make you think that it’s cheap! It’s not! It’s a stunning range that marries lace with understated fabrics and embellishments to create wedding dresses that make every bride look and feel like a dream floating down the aisle.

Rebecca Ingram is a range that is born out of the Maggie Sottero studio, underwriting the superb quality and beauty of the dresses designed under this name.

Beautiful by Enzoani

This range is dreamed up and designed with the tastes of modern brides looking for an affordable, exquisitely youthful range that personifies elegance and style in mind, which is exactly what Enzoani has achieved here.

Blue by Enzoani

By and large this range personifies wedding dresses from days of old, when romance was counted as a way of life, with layers of Chantilly lace that often form the background for intricate detail, to give the modern bride a luxurious fit.

Whether you intend to buy a pristine second hand designer wedding dress, hire or invest in a new one, Ever After Bridal is the place to be.

With this experienced team on hand and the personal attention each of their brides receive, you’ll be in great company as you begin the countdown to your wedding!

What will your wedding dress say about you?

Your wedding dress is more than just the most important dress you’ll ever wear, it’ll also be an extension of who you are, your personality and your style, which should all come together on your wedding day as perfectly as you’ve ever dreamed.

If you decide that you’re going to go for a fairy sprite look, or one that’s a bit funky in any colour other than white, because that’s who you are intrinsically, don’t let anyone stand in your way.

If the romanticism and drama of a stunning ball gown is what holds your heart, pull out all the stops to be the princess to beat all princesses on your wedding day.

Let no one stand in the way of this special day and the statement you’ll make in the wedding dress of your dreams, it’s your day and the culmination of all your little-girl dreams!

Having said this, it’s important to remember that no matter what, you need to feel beautiful and be comfortable at the same time in your wedding dress, since this is the combination that adds a touch of sheer magic to your walk down the aisle, so make sure it’s not only about the look of the dress.

The bridal team at Ever After Bridal Store in Durbanville, Cape Town, is one that’ll take you step by step, through every fitting, until you find the dress that calls your name, and they’ll do it honestly!

What they will do is to offer support on every level, which is what any bride facing the ultimate challenge of finding a dream designer dress has to face, and doing it all in such a way that every bride has their undivided attention during this journey.

The most important thing for this team who love what they do, is to be on hand the day you finally fall in love with the dress that’ll carry you down the aisle, the one that’s a perfect extension of who you are, as an individual and as a bride.

This team also understands fully that this’ll probably be the most expensive dress you’ll ever wear, and wear only once, which is why their care, experience and professionalism will go a long way towards making sure that the dress you collect will be the one that makes your dream come true!

No matter what your dress says about your individuality and style, make sure you’re comfortable in it, because when you’re comfortable you’re confident, and when you’re confident, you’re beautiful, which is exactly what you deserve to be on your wedding day!

Whether you decide to wear a shocking pink, champagne, pure white or pale blue wedding dress, make sure the colour makes the most of your skin tone before going out on a limb.

Let the team at Ever After Bridal introduce you to the stunning designer wedding dresses that fill the racks at their bridal store in Cape Town, they’ll be happy to guide you to the perfect dress that expresses who you are, in absolute style!

Book your fitting today to meet this awesome team that’s been dressing brides for 9 years…and counting!

Listen to what your body shape tells you before shopping for a wedding dress

If you start out on the path to shopping for a wedding dress determined to wear a mermaid style dress, but don’t have the body shape for it, you’re bound for many disappointments as you fit on all the wrong dresses.

Once you’ve realised you’re on the wrong path, it’s going to be nigh on impossible to shift your focus to styles and silhouettes that would celebrate your shape perfectly.

No matter what body shape you have, it’s uniquely yours and deserves to be shown in all its glory, by highlighting the natural beauty that every woman has, no matter what their body shape is.

You know that this is a dress that’ll only be worn once, which makes it even more important that you do your homework before you start fittings, so that the journey to your dream wedding dress will be a lot more fun than it might be without this knowledge.

There are about as many silhouettes to choose from as there are styles, but if you learn the language of these different silhouettes you’ll have a greater chance of making an informed decision.

There are traditional ball gowns, mermaid and fishtail styles, empire and A-line, so you can see what you’re up against if you don’t beef up on taking your shape into account before you head out shopping.

Here are a few of the basic silhouettes you’ll be looking at:

Sheath

This is a simple style that goes from the shoulders straight down to the waist, remaining straight along the body, without any flaring out. There are different waistlines you can opt for, but this will be something you can share with your bridal consultant.

A-line

Narrow at the top, with a fitted bodice that flares down to the ground, the A-line wedding dress is made for those of us who are pear-shape. This is a style that perfectly balances out shoulder and hip, creating a dress that looks great on someone with an athletic shape who wants to present a curvier profile on her wedding day.

Ball gown

If you’d like to make more of a boyish figure, the ball gown will add curves in all the right places. It’s also flattering for pear-shaped bodies and bustier shapes. Don’t wear it if you’re a petite bride to be, you’ll disappear into the volume of this dress!

Mermaid

This silhouette, slim and tailored with a skirt that hugs your curves will make the most of an hourglass figure, just remember that if you’re not looking for something that’s going to constrict your movements, this won’t be the shape for you.

Empire

With a fitted bodice and waistline that fits above the natural waistline, the loosely fitted skirt is going to do great justice to you if you’re petite, but it’s not going to be the right style for you if you’ve got lots of curves in all the right places.

If you’re not sure of your body shape and which silhouette will suit you best, there’s an awesome bridal team at Ever After Bridal Store in Cape Town just waiting to take the journey with you to the designer wedding dress of your dreams.

Book your fitting today and find out more about what will accentuate your body shape and natural beauty!