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The memory of your wedding day is one you’ll treasure for the rest of your life. On the day itself, all preparations are done and dusted and the big day can be enjoyed for what it is: a celebration of love and commitment. When planning a wedding, many experience stress and anxiety and this may be elevated if you’re one of the third of all South Africans diagnosed with a mental health condition. However, rest assured, there are steps and measures you can take to ensure things go without a hitch, allowing you to put all the efforts into finding your perfect dress, whether it be a modern gown with a twist, a flowing bohemian dress or a custom made Muslim wedding dress.Stress

Mental health covers a vast range of illnesses, including depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and eating disorders. Treatment for these illnesses vary depending on diagnosis, severity, the individual’s age and overall well-being.

Stress is a factor strongly associated with planning a wedding. The cost, finding the right venue, choosing the perfect dress, booking a photographer, the list of things to arrange is endless. One of the linking symptoms of all mental health conditions is stress, thus seeking treatment and finding stress management solutions which work for you is key when planning your wedding.

Preparation

Prepare yourself for something to go wrong, whether it be on the day itself or in the lead up. You’re relying on a lot of other people, including, caterers, seamstresses and photographers and there’s a chance that something might not be as you expected or a supplier could cancel on you at the last minute. By mentally preparing yourself for any letdown, you’re already accepting the issue, allowing you to persevere through and make alternative arrangements.

Keeping calm and taking time out to enjoy a break from your wedding plans is also beneficial for your mental health. You and your best friend could have a spa day or a nice lunch in town. Whatever it is you do, though, ban all wedding talk and embrace having some wedding-free time.

Accept help

Family and friends love a wedding and most love to pitch in and help out with the organizing. Rather than turning them away because you want to do it all yourself, accept their help. Simple things to them such as filling 100 wedding favors can be a big weight off your shoulders, but won’t seem like much to someone who hasn’t got numerous other wedding related tasks on their list to complete.

If you’re finding things are getting on top of you, don’t be afraid to seek help from your doctor and share the way you’re feeling with them. They may offer medication, if you’re not already on it, or they could temporarily increase the dose of any medication you’re on for a brief period.

When it comes to the big day, as long as you love your dress, the venue and the cake, it ultimately doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Your wedding day should be an enjoyable one, so accept and seek any help you can to ensure it’s a day you’ll never forget.

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HI Friends!
Some of you may know thta I recently flew to Johannesburg to participate in the Wedding Expo that was held at the Ticketpro Dome. It was a huge affair by Cape Town standards and the feedback I recieved from suppliers and brides alike was astoundingly possitive. 

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I was blessed to hear from you Johannesburg beauties that my designs were a breath of fresh air and exactly what you've been searching for. 
On the back of such possitive feedback, I have decided to make my visits up to Gauteng a regular event. 
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I'm excited to anounce that I will be holding exclusive bridal fittings of both my romantic Molteno Creations wedding dress range and my Islay Rose bohemian wedding dress range on Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of April in Parkhurst.

If you wish to book an appointment, please mail me now as slots are running out fast! 
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I get asked all the time, how much does a wedding dress in South Africa in 2018 cost, and while it is a bit of a case of, how long is a piece of string, it is a question that I can help to explain to you. So, here goes!

Basically, a traditional wedding dress can cost from R12 000 for an entry level wedding dress to over R175 000, with your average being between R16 000 to R30 000.

But how do I know what MY dream wedding dress will cost?


Let me help to break this down for you, please note that this is no official pricing, it’s simply based on my own industry knowledge so please don’t use this to argue with your chosen designer if he or she quotes you outside of these guidelines. Each designer has their own pricing and costs unique to them.

A R12 000 to R18 000 wedding dress

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This price range will get you a fairly basic wedding dress with some lace either on the top or hem but not likely a full lace dress. You’re looking at a wedding dress that has a lace bodice and a plain skirt without any hem detail. Note that full tulle skirts will fall into the upper category generally. Dresses with drapery will fall into this category.

R18 000 to R22 000 wedding dress

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This will be a wedding dress with more detail but still generally not a full beaded lace dress. Unbeaded lace dresses that are imported might fall in the upper part of this category but if you’re wanting to get a dress custom made, full lace is unlikely to be possible in this price range. You can get an illusion bodice dress with some lace on the skirt.

R22 000 to R30 000 wedding dress

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This is the full lace dress section. Again the price is always going to depend on the expense of the lace. If you want the dress to be all beaded lace from head to toe you’re looking at closer to R30 000 and upwards.
Dresses that have a lace edging at the bottom will tend to be at the upper end of this category, and if it have a very long train or a very full ball gown skirt with lace trim on the hem you can be looking at R30 000 and up.
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R30 000 plus wedding dress


This is the designer dress category and you’re usually looking at a a detailed full lace dress. That being said, depending on the designer, their simpler dresses could start at this price range.

International big label designer wedding dresses


Here in South Africa we do not have access to most of the big label designers, but here are some examples of the big names and what you can expect to pay for them

Inbal Dror - averaging R175 000 for a dress

Berta bridal - R90 000 to R110 000 and up

Bo and Luca - R40 000 to R60 000

Hayley Paige - R50 000 to R90 000

When I looked at dresses a few years ago they were much cheaper!
Why has the price of wedding dresses gone up so much in the last few years?


The price of wedding dresses has escalated vastly in the last 3 years or so and this is mainly due to 2 factors. The first is the obvious impact of our weakened rand. In terms of imported dresses, this has meant that the boutiques have suddenly had to pay far more (they generally have to purchase in USD) for the dresses and this is then reflected to the customer.

The second factor for designers such as myself, is that the prices of fabrics have literally doubled, or more, in the last 18 months. (Rose sobs quietly at her laptop).

The last major factor, is that our government has drastically increased import duties from China to be 45% for wedding dresses. And yes friends, imported dresses including well renowned European brands are all manufactured in China.

So friends, I hope that this has helped you in getting an idea of what a wedding dress costs in South Africa. If you have any further questions, please feel free to mail me and I will assist you in any way I can.
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Nearly 150,000 weddings took place in South Africa in 2015, with many of them happening outdoors. The amazing weather and perfect scenery provide some of the best backdrops for these happy occasions. Planning for these picturesque events takes dedication and some creativity. It is recommended that wedding planning take six months to a year, but realistically, many brides plan the big day their whole lives. She knows what her perfect wedding dress looks like, and she knows where she wants to get married. When an outdoor wedding is your heart’s desire, you’ve got different options, and challenges than conventional brides. The perfect outdoor wedding will be everything you hope with the right planning, and a bit of flexible creativity.
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Count on Mother Nature


No matter where you plan to marry, Mother Nature may have different ideas for you. We all know her temperamental nature, so be ready for whatever she happens to deliver on your big day. Have a back up plan for rain, such as a decorative tarp or tent for an open-air wedding. Consider a beautiful fireplace for outdoor spaces in case the temperature takes a turn for the worst. One of the biggest reasons for an ethanol fireplace at an outdoor wedding is its comfort and aesthetically pleasing advantage. The idea of an eternal flame, carrying united love always, is represented by the fireplace in addition to unity candles. Plan to have someone on standby for unexpected wind, such as the maid of honor, to make sure your dress doesn’t decide to play peek-a-boo with the crowd. Provide parasols or sunglasses for guests at beach weddings or on sunny afternoons. Even if the weather man claims a perfectly sunny day, be ready for rain clouds just in case.
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Plan for Acoustics


An outdoor wedding is also an open-air event, which means there are no walls to contain sound. Remember that the guests will want to hear the vows, so consider a microphone for the officiant. Think about entrance music for the guests as well; a harp is beautiful but its sound could get lost in an ocean breeze. If you have older guests, consider seating them in the front so they have a better chance of hearing the ceremony.

Speaking of Older Guests...


Make sure older guests are able to get to their seats. Choose ushers who will help Grandma navigate over your chosen terrain. Some people find sand difficult, especially with a cane. Other people may not handle hills well, and if your wedding is near a lake, there may be hilly areas to maneuver. While it’s important to pick an area that is meaningful for you, consider how your guests will make it to their seats.

Consider the First Viewing of the Bride

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Traditionally, the groom is not to see the bride until she begins her descent down the aisle. Outdoor weddings lack the walls used indoors to hide the bride. Consider if you want to adhere to this tradition, and how you’ll make it happen. A folding screen works well, as long as the bride is able to move from the changing area to the screen. Other ideas include asking the groom to face forward until the wedding march plays, holding the wedding in a semi-secluded area where the bride emerges from behind a tree, or asking bridesmaids to shield the bride. The first viewing of the bride is trickier outdoors, but can be done with creativity and imagination.

An outdoor wedding is spectacularly beautiful. It works well for many people, but there are more unknowns involved in the ceremony. Plan for as much as possible, then know how to adapt. When you prepare for every imagined surprise, you’ll have a perfect day no matter what happens.

Article written by Jackie at Written by Jackie
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Hi Friends!
The biggest trend in weddings that I’ve noticed in recent seasons, is that of the forest wedding. There are some absolutely spectacular wooded wedding venues in Cape Town and surrounds and this rustic, bohemian vibe has taken preference over the traditional Cape Town Wine Farm wedding amongst many of my more modern brides.

With the above in mind, I decided I would help you find your perfect forest wedding venue by listing my favourite woods in which to wed!

 Beloftebos- wooded wedding venue Stanford


Beloftebos is one of the most popular forest wedding venues around Cape Town, and for obvious reasons!
The venue has a gorgeous farmhouse nestled on the banks of the Paardenberg River, and beyond that is a spectacular forest of oak trees. You can say your I-do’s to your beloved underneath the canopy of these great trees, which can provide cool respite from the heat if you’re planning on getting married in midsummer. The trees will also help to provide shelter from the infamous Cape Town wind, which your guests will undoubtedly be happy for.

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Everything at the venue has been hand crafted and inspired by nature, so if you’re going for a bohemian styled wedding, this is right up your alley!
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Due to the venue’s cozy and luxurious reception area, Beloftebos has also been flagged as a great venue for a winter wedding too!

Die Woud - fairytale forest wedding venue Caledon


Now one of my very favourite bohemian brides, Gia, got married in my custom made couture bridal ensemble amongst the trees at Die Woud. I must say that I was completely blown away by the beauty of her wedding! The modern bohemian wedding at it’s best!

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The venue is nestled between established oak trees and breathtakingly tall wattle trees, and provides the perfect space to get in touch with nature! You can either dine out in the open air, or underneath their clean PVC tent, but either way you get to experience the romance of this ageless forest.
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The ceremony itself takes place in their constructed “open air church” underneath the wattle trees.The guest will then walk to the reception area through the trees, where they are seated at wooden tables lit with fairy lights.

If you have a large wedding party, then Die Woud is perfect for you as it accommodates up to 140 guests.

De Uijlenes - wooded fores wedding  venue Gansbaai

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De Uiljenes provides a real woodland wedding dream!
Say your vows in an oak and indigenous forest with a sea of white arum lilies surrounding you. Your guests can have pre-drinks in the forest picnic area while the couple explored the myriad of perfect natural spots to take their romantic photographs.

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For the reception, you can get cozy in the rustic old 19th century barn that has been lovingly converted into a totally unique venue. It comes complete with numerous open fire places on which to make s’mores, and warm your toes on cold winter nights. For this reason, De Uijlenes is a perfect venue for a winter wedding.

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If you’re planning a romantic, bohemian winter wedding or a laid back rustic style wedding, this is the ideal venue for you!
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