Keep these tips in mind when shopping for a wedding dress

Aside from saying yes to the man on his knees in front of you, the one you want to spend eternity with, shopping for a wedding dress is going to be one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever have to make.

It’s a decision made for that one, magical day, when all your dreams as a little girl come true and you glide down the aisle to exchange vows with your Prince Charming.

This means that the decision you make is going to last a lifetime, not only in your memory and that of your husband-to-be, but in video’s and in the images in your wedding album.

Talk about stressful and tense! Besides the stress and tension, shopping for a wedding dress should also be a time of excitement, of seeing yourself becoming a princess when you look at the image of beauty reflected back at you in the mirror as you fit the dress of your dreams.

Here are a few tips that may make shopping for your wedding dress a little less fraught with abject terror!


Start as early as you can, your homework is going to be well worth it once you get to the first fitting. Ideally, if you are able to start shopping 6 to 9 months ahead of the big day, you’ll be sitting pretty with the worst of the journey to your dress behind you before the final arrangements for the wedding are tied up neatly.

Think theme

The theme of your wedding should be a major deciding factor on your journey to the dress. The dress you would wear to a traditional wedding would look and feel completely out of place at an outdoor, less formal wedding, so use this knowledge to your advantage and to make it all a little easier.

Think venue

Add to the theme the venue and you’ll really be in the pound seats! If you’ve already settled on a venue, shopping for your wedding dress will already have a good starting point.

In any event, tying up the venue well in advance is essential, especially if you’re planning to get married in Cape Town, since venues are booked out far in advance of the many weddings this beautiful region hosts every year.

Think season

If you’re getting married in winter, make sure you think about a stole, a wrap or bolero perfectly matched with your wedding dress. The last thing you want is to shiver through the nuptials and the reception!

Think silhouette

Lay the foundation well for the adventure of shopping for a wedding dress by understanding your body shape, and then finding the perfect silhouette to make the most of your natural assets.

The right silhouette for your shape will also add a dimension of comfort you deserve on such a special day, especially since so much of your time will be spent in the dress!

Dramatic ball gown, glittering mermaid, A-line or mermaid, V-neck, halter or square neckline? These are good questions to ask yourself as you pin and paste your ideas ahead of your first fitting.

Remember – it’s your wedding dress!

No matter who you take along as your entourage, remember that the final decision is yours! Don’t allow anyone to usurp that right.

Let Ever After Bridal Store join you on the journey to a dream designer wedding dress in Cape Town and you’ll have the benefit of a passionate, supportive and caring team, who lay many years’ worth of experience at your feet to make sure your dreams come true!

This is a team that’s been dressing brides for 9 years now, and, with their stunning ranges of designer wedding dresses from top designers Maggie Sottero, Enzoani and Rebecca Ingram, there’s no doubt that your wedding dress is just waiting for you at their beautiful bridal store in Durbanville, Cape Town.

Leave a Reply