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Hi Friends!
Every day I meet with brides-to-be who are both excited  and apprehensive about wedding dress shopping. They have to make this huge decision of getting a wedding dress and they don't really know where to start. Whether you are in Cape Town, Johannesburg or anywhere in the world, wedding dress shopping can be very intimidating. Bridal is not your field of expertise and wedding dress designers and boutique owners can often be pushy, snobby and from what I've heard, sometimes downright mean!

With the above in mind, I wanted to share what is my go-to list of important questions you must ask your boutique owner or bridal designer before you put down a deposit on your wedding dress.

Do we have enough time between now and my wedding date?


Many brides-to-be don't know that an imported wedding dress takes 4 to 6 months to make from the time of the placement of the order. Imported dresses are mass produced in huge factories and the lead time is often not negotiable. Further, you have no guarantee that the dress will fit perfectly as a standard size has to be ordered, so assume that you will need alterations. You will need a few weeks for these alterations to be done so just make sure that there is enough time to spare for tweaks.

Is this wedding dress easily customized


If you're ordering a dress off the hanger but want some changes, be very clear with the boutique owner on what the changes are that you want and ascertain if this can be done easily. If the boutique owner says the changes will be hard, or is not confident in her ability to help you to make these changes, either let go of your ideas and settle for the dress as is, or go to a bridal designer such as myself and have your dream dress made from scratch.

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Are alterations included in the cost of the wedding dress?


Many clients are blindsided by the extra fees they end up paying for the alterations on imported dresses. As I said above, almost all brides need alterations to be made, even if it's just the hem length, and most boutiques charge for this. In my experience, the alteration fees can be quite high too, so try to ascertain a ballpark figure from the boutique owner as to what you can expect to pay. Again, if you're not happy with this, it may well be cheaper to have the perfect dress made to fit you from scratch. 

If I decide to buy this wedding dress in the next few months will it still be available?


With bridal designers such as myself, I only hold a certain amount of fabric and this my ranges are exclusive and only small number of each dress can be made. It is always worth asking if there will still be fabric available to make the dress in question if you're only planning to order in a few months. 
Likewise, international designers discontinue old ranges so are only available for a finite amount of time. 

Can I buy the bridal sample?


I myself frequently have sample sales, but am also willing to sell off samples at any point for a discount price so that I can replace it with a fresh sample. This would be given to you for a discounted price. It would obviously only work if the fit is good as high alterations costs wouldn't make it worth doing. 

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How should I accessorize my wedding dress?


Let the assistant or designer help you to explore different options and suggest things you may not have considered. Remember that accessories can make or break an outfit so enlisting the help of a professional can be a good idea. 

How many fittings will I need?


It's useful to know so you can plan your busy schedule. If making a wedding dress from scratch, expect about 6. If you're getting alterations, expect one to 3 fittings.

What underwear should I wear?


Let the designer or boutique owner guide you in choosing the foundation wear for your style of dress. Again, the right (or wrong) foundation wear can make all the difference when it comes to your final look. I refer all of my brides in Cape Town to Inner Secrets who are the experts in this field.

Well friends, I think that's enough for one day!
Next week I'll be sending you a few final important questions you should ask your boutique owner or designer so stay tuned!
Happy shopping friends!
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Hi Friends!

After nearly 8 years of making beautiful wedding dresses for a wide variety of unique women, I have realized that I do more than just make dresses

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When you work with me I offer you my expertise in styling and designing a dress that will not only suit your physical body type, but your personality and wedding theme too.
I have always strongly believed that your wedding day is all about you, and your wedding dress should reflect all that makes you uniquely YOU

Have you ever wondered - what will make MY wedding Different? Will people remember it, or will it fade into the blur of weddings that my friends attend...?

While I am not really involved in your decor, venue and day styling, I am involved in your dress. The wedding dress is arguably the biggest focus of the wedding day and having a rare and exclusive bridal gown could truly make or break the your special day. 

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Wear a gown that makes your loved ones exclaim "Oh that is SO Her!" 

I have asked a huge number of women what they wish they knew before buying their wedding dresses, and by far the most common response was - don't listen to anyone else, wear a dress that YOU love. Choose a dress that's truly you and don't be persuaded to conform or please other people! 

OK, so I have the wedding dress, but what about the rest????

At Molteno we undertsand how overwhelming it can be when faced with all the details of styling you look, nont to mention your bridal party!
That's why offer a Complete styling solution for you and your whole bridal party!

While most designers will make your dress and then send you on your merry (or totally clueless stressed out) way to find all the other items you need to complete your bridal look. At Molteno, Rose will help you to style your full outfit.

Each bride recieves a complimentary Insiders guide to the best suppliers for all your bridal party needs!

Each bride recieves an Insiders guide to the best servce providers to use for you and your whole bridal party. From your wedding shoes, to your Hubby-to-be's outfit, to your Mother of the Bride and bridesmaids solutions, we will help you with it ALL!

And... I don't just leave it there..... In collaboration with the best in the industry, we compile a personalised styling document to advise you what (and where) to buy to pull your whole look together seamlessly, like a pro! We will show you the correct undergarments to wear, shoes and everything else you may, or may not have thought of!

Remove the stress of styling yourself and your bridal party. Save time (and arguements). Get on with the important things in life rather than traipsing  around shopping mall after shopping mall trying to find the right accessoies. Your time is valuable, so let us help you!

For more information on my couture bridal packages, read here or contact me directly to set up a consultation. 

Over and Out!
With love
Rose

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Hi Friends,
Recently I have been doing some soul searching from a brand perspective (a business essoteric crisis one might say), and the questions I have been asking myself are, what do I stand for? What is it about Molteno that makes us, us? Well I let my intuition take the reigns, and I thought I should share this with you. 

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Ingenuity

As a passionate creative, I am constantly designing in my head, thining of better ways to do things, studying couture past and present and trying to work out the best, netest way of doing things, and more importantly, breaking out of the box. I have never been a follower and I have come to accept that it's just part of my presonality that I always want to lead the pack in doing somethig that has never been done before. I am that person who can be easily manipulated into tackling a mamouth task simply by telling me that I can't. I love a challenge and am rarely in my confort zone, so the more innovative and difficult a design project, the better! I am alwys tring to make that bodice more illusion, that corset better fitting, and those panel lines, more complicated. I just love every bit of the challenge of making a couture garment, so if you have a dificult idea, BRING IT! Let's break the box!

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Quality

To me, creating superior quality garments is as much of a challenge as new designs. With each new dress, I am improving the finishing and quality, so that in the end you have a garment that is exquisitely finished and will ast a lifetime. Whether is be a wedding dress or a Matric farewell gown, I always insist on using the highest quality fabrics. For this reason, some people are surprised by the cost, but for me I feel that on your special occassion it it 100% worth spending that little but more and creating a garment you can be proud of. Quality to Molteno is encorprated in the careful constriction of your gown, the high quality fabrics used, the attention to detail, and the personal service you recieve from Rose and her team. 

Creative exclusivity

Asside from the Molteno bridal range which is stocked at a limited number of carefully selected South African boutiques, Molteno has couture one-off designer wedding dresses and Matric Dance dresses in never repeated styles. To Rose, life is just too short to make the same dress twice! If you come to Molteno Creations for a Matric Ball Gown, you are gauranteed that no one has ever, and never again will, wear exactly the same dress. Rose is constantly re-inventing new styles to keep on the forefront of fashion trends, so you can be sure you're going to be a style leader in her exclusive gowns and wedding dresses.

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That personal touch

The most wonderful compliment I got recently from my lovely bride, was that she felt that the personal service I gave to her was outstanding. I was surprised to hear that she hadn't experienced the same evel of service from all of her suppliers as for me this is just how I am. She said that she felt like she was my only client (not at all true) while with other suppliers she simply felt like a number. 
With Molteno, if I'm custom making you a Matric Dance dress or a wedding dress, I offer you personal attention and by the ned I feel like I'm ade a new friend! It's so fun getting to know each of my clients and I'm here for them as a sounding board when the stress hits, and an uplifter r when you're not feeling so hot. After all, we all have our bad days, so don't be so hard on yourself!

I could really go on forever, but this is to me the most important bits that you can think of when you think about Molteno. Me and my talented team will do all we can to make your special occassion, and the process leading up to it as stress free and fun as possible. 
Much love!
Rose
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Hi Friends!
I wanted to show you some images from a creative shoot that I was priveledged to have been a part of recently! I was approached by Simone from Yellow Papaya saying that she was involved in creating a styled shoot with a bridal theme and would I be interested in lending out a dress or two for it. After having looked at Simone's work, I jumped onboard! Her styling is first class so I was excted at the chance to work with her.
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The theme was a laid back, South African farm wedding, so I put these two dresses from my latest 2017 Bridal collection. The gowns are both illusion bodices with flowing chiffon skirts. Perfect for a summer wedding in Cape Town.
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Simone arranged to do the shoot at the very elegant and sophosticated Bellevue Wine Estate in Stellenbostch. This historic venue has an original Cape Dutch farmhouse that was built in 1803 and breathtaking grounds on which to shoot. 
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Simone has formed a collaborative team with the talemted photographer Riehan Bakkes naming it the Dodgeburn Collective. Riehan took these gorgeous images while Simone did the styling. The models, rocking my wedding dresses are Deisy Narcy and Kayla.
To make sure these models were perfectly finished off, hair and make-up was done by Cellia Fourie. 
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All in all I couldn't be happier with the outcome and I hope I will get the opportunity to work with this creative team again one day!
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Posted on in Molteno
HI Friends! It's been a  while since I was at the Wedding Expo at the CTICC, but I thought I'd share some pictures anyway. 
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The show was a tremendous success and I got great feed back. My wedding dresses were also featured on a number of sites and blogs as well as a very flattering article in the Sunday Times. If you were there, I hope you enjoyed it!
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Assside from my stand, I was also featured in their fashion show whick showcased 5 of my wedding dresses from my latest 2017 Bridal wear range. The other designer who was featured was Cindy Bam. 
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The show went off effrtlessly thanks to a great etam of preffessionals, so I thought I'd share a few pictures. These show a variety of different styles of my wedding dresses that are for sale in my boutique as well as at the Wedding Boutique and Lady Marmalaide in Parkhurst.

I make custom couture wedding dresses too for the bride who knows EXACTLY what she wants, so if you have an idea in mind for what you want to wear as your bridal gown, please don't hessitate to make contact!
For more information, please don't hesitate to contact me.
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