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Hi Friends!

So after years of working in the Bridal industry, I have seen that there are certain mistakes that bride after bride makes when she’s shopping for her wedding dresses. While there is a wealth of information out there on this topic, I still see people making these mistakes, so I thought I’d give you an insiders look at how you can make this process more smooth an simple, and most importantly, as stress free.

So without further ado, here are the most common mistakes I see brides making, and how to avoid being her!

1 leaving wedding dress shopping to the last minute

Now friends, what you need to realise is that last minute in wedding dress world is anything less than 4 months before your wedding. The reason for this is that imported dresses have a lead time of 4 to 6 months between ordering and your dress being delivered, and then you will still need time for alterations (and trust me, 99% of brides will need alterations).
Then when it comes to designers, we get booked up quite far in advance, and since a wedding dress is such a labor intensive process, rush orders may not be possible,
You also need to remember that you may need to visit multiple shops before you find your perfect dress and this too takes time.

So when should I start wedding dress shopping?

Start wedding dress shopping 1 year, minimum 9 months before your wedding day to leave you with plenty of time and all your options available to you.

2 - Getting their heart set on a specific dress they see online

Now friends, please don’t get me wrong. I am in no way discouraging you from looking for dresses online before you start shopping, in fact I greatly encourage it! What I am saying, is that you have to bare in mind that those dresses are being modelled by a 6 foot tall stick figure with extraordinarily perky boobs. Of course the dress looks amazing on her! She could put a flippin black bag on and make it look sexy! While I totally understand how we can fall in love with a style, please be open to the possibility that that exact dress may not be the best style for your body type.

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My advice?

My advice is to track the dress down if possible and try it on, if it doesn’t suit you, then try on some others of a similar style or feel, and the result of this is either going to be that you fall in love with a dress that is similar in feel but not cut, OR you can take your design to a designer like me who will advise you how to use said dress as inspiration but make it in a cut that will bring out the best aspects of your figure.

I'm going to leave it here for today, stay tuned for the next installment!
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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.

Written by Jackie
writingjackie@diamondmail.net
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Lee-Shay was one of my brides who wanted something very original and specific. She and her fiance’ were planning an elegant wedding that was inspired by the 1920’s and 1930’s era. They were going for glamorous sophistication but her dress was to be subtly glam and timeless in style and design.

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Lee-shay wanted her wedding dress to be clean and simple. She didn’t want any lace on her dress, but instead wanted a bias cut vintage inspired gown that had clean lines and was simple, clean and glamorous.
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When we had our consultation, I advised that she have a more modern fit and flare cut on the skirt in order to accentuate her natural curves and cinch in her small waist.

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Lee-Shay wanted an ivory silk for her gown but we ended up selecting a heavier satin fabric so that I could achieve the structured, fine lines that we wanted. After a few fittings, the dress really came together beautifully and she looked incredibly beautiful on her wedding day!

This gown proves that less is indeed more, simplicity can be the most elegant of all.
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Hi Friends!
I just thought I'd share this really great article written by Farah Khalfe for the huge online magazine, Cape Town Etc.
Farah saw my wedding dresses at the Wedding Expo a few weeks ago and really likes what she saw. As a result she decided to write an article interviewing me about  my design journey and how I came to get into Bridal wear in Cape Town. 

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If you want to know a little more about me and my journey in fashion deisgn, check out this super cool article!

Cape Town Etc Article
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Hi Friends!

I am excited to announce that I will be once again attending the Wedding Expo in Cape Town on the 10th and 11th of June. I attend this expo every year as I find that it’s expertly run and is always a pleasant experience for both exhibitors and attendees alike.

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I will have a stand at the expo where I will have a selection of my bridal wear available to view. They will also be holding a fashion show twice a day on both the saturday and Sunday and I will have five of my favourite wedding dresses walking the runway for you to see.

As well as all of the above, I will be offering all brides who are attending the expo a free mini consultation and bridal fitting to the value of R300.

The Wedding Expo will have a wide variety of vendors for all of your wedding needs, so be sure to pop in and cut down on your planning time!


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