Choosing Your Bridal Shop:

Visiting a bridal shop is a magical experience, one filled with beautiful designer wedding dresses, the creation of unforgettable memories and the realisation of your wedding dress dreams. The process of finding your dream wedding dress can be stressful, especially with a variety of bridal shops to choose from.  The best way to ensure that your experience is everything and more, is to do extensive research before finalising which bridal shops you will be visiting.

Our Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Bridal Shop for You:

Budget:  Yes, it may be uncomfortable to talk numbers, but a budget is a very real part of any wedding and if you are not honest with yourself it can put a dampener on your wedding dress shopping experience. For a bride, there is nothing worse than fitting your ultimate dream wedding dress and finding out that you won’t be able to afford it. The best way to navigate this is by contacting the bridal shop that you are interested in to find out what the price ranges of their dresses are, and to have an honest conversation about what you are looking for. This will settle your nerves and allow the opportunity to discuss it with your partner or parents before making your booking.

Lead times: Whether your wedding is a year away or next month, it’s important to be aware of lead times before securing your booking. Lead times refer to how long your wedding dress will take to arrive in South Africa from date of order. Lead times vary from brand to brand, so it is very important to discuss this and what your options are in relation to your wedding date with your bridal shop. Ordering your wedding dress earlier is always better than later, but we know that some brides may not have the luxury of time and would most probably be looking to buy off of the sample sale rail, rather than shipping a dress from overseas. This is where communicating with your bridal shop beforehand is essential to help manage your expectations, and ensure that the overall bridal gown shopping experience is enjoyable and successful.

Designers: It is known that all designers have a distinguished and unique voice showcased through their creations, which is why most bridal shops stock a variety of designers to accommodate each bride’s one-of-a-kind style. When researching bridal shops, look at their different designers and brands to see if the styles they have chosen to showcase in their studio are all similar, or if they have a good variety of different designs throughout their collections. Having this reference point will make it easier to choose the styles that you like, saving you time and money as you will not have to visit multiple bridal shops to try on a variety of designs from different designers. A bridal shop that showcases a variety of styles and designers has done their research and carefully curated a collection that will appeal to the South African bride.

Alterations & Customisations: Finding your perfect wedding dress can sometimes come down to the smallest and slightest of changes. It is important to know if your chosen bridal shop will be able to do your basic sizing alterations in-house and if desired, customise your wedding dress to ensure that it’s exactly what you’ve been dreaming of. Your bridal stylist should also be able to show you different customisation options and should have enough knowledge about the fabric, the fit and the design of every wedding dress to guide you through the entire fitting process, ensuring you try a multitude of options tailored to your personal taste. At Timeless Bridal Couture, we have a team of bridal experts who will be with you every step of the way to ensure a perfect fit, every time.

Your Consultation: This is where all the magic happens! If you are expecting an overall memorable experience with a qualified bridal stylist to guide you through all things wedding dresses, then Timeless Bridal Couture should be at the top of your list of bridal shops to visit. However, this is not always the case with every bridal shop. Take time to ask your bridal shop some important questions about the consultation process, such as: “How many dresses may I fit? How long is a consultation? Will there be an expert to assist me? How many guests can I bring? What is the consultation fee? Can I take photos?” etc. These are just some of the questions that you might want to ask to manage your expectation, to ensure that you get the best out of your bridal consultation from beginning to end.

What to expect at Timeless Bridal Couture:

At Timeless Bridal Couture, we aspire to offer our clients only the best wedding dresses and unforgettable experiences. Every bride is special, and we pride ourselves on creating a tailored encounter where your style can blossom into a one-of-a-kind bridal look that exceeds all your expectations.

We search all over the world to bring the latest international bridal trends home to our diverse South African market. We look for unique details, rich fabrics and superb fit in every wedding gown. We select our ranges to offer everything from affordable luxury to couture craftsmanship that will give you that feeling you’ve been dreaming of.

Our team of bridal stylists have over 15 years of combined industry experience and guarantee that you will receive only the best expertise the industry has to offer. Your wedding dress is meant to be a masterpiece!

Book your appointment with us today, we cannot wait to meet you!