Wedding Dresses: All you need to know!

Find the most Gorgeous Wedding Dresses by searching for Type, Brand or the Top Bridal Shops Listed with us!

A fairytale wedding is any woman’s dream, her prince charming in awe at the altar as she makes her way down the aisle in a gown fit for a princess. The wedding dress – a crucial element to her big day and an item she’ll invest most of her time, thought and energy into; finding the perfect wedding dress is therefore non-negotiable for the bride-to-be.

At Stunningly South African we journey with you on your quest to find your dream dress. Our platform provides the necessary resources that allow you to search by type, brand, a selection of handpicked bridal stores in Sandton, Pretoria and Johannesburg as well as finding inspiration from our gallery. Additionally, we offer insightful suggestions based on extensive research to make your dress shopping experience as effortless as possible.

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TYPE

Search for a wedding dress by style.

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BRAND

Search for a wedding dress by brand.

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BRIDAL SHOP

Search for a wedding dress by bridal shop.

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INSPIRATION

Search for some wedding dress inspiration.

What to look for when choosing a wedding dress?

As wonderful and as exciting of an experience dress shopping can be, the stress that comes with it can send you into a bridezilla frenzy. The questions are never-ending; where to find the right designer, what to look for, whether the elegant, form-fitting dress will suit your body type better than the asymmetrical gown. Should you opt for a classic ivory dress or a snow-white wedding gown, should your dress have a short or a long veil? Do you prefer a strapless gown or one with sleeves? Are you a sweetheart or plunging neckline kind of bride?

Below we outline a few key factors research indicates worth considering that will help you choose your ideal wedding gown.

How to find the perfect wedding dress?

Plan ahead

Finding the dress of your dreams requires proper planning. To avoid the possibility of a bride-to-be breakdown, it is crucial that you plan accordingly. Consider the theme, colour scheme, setting and location of your wedding. And while you may be wondering what colour schemes and location has to do with your wedding dress, these factors are ultimately what your dress will complement on your big day. Planning will also save you time and money.

Set a budget

Budgeting is crucial. When you set a budget, you avoid the risk of overspending and have a clear idea which bridal stores or wedding dress designers fit within your budget. We suggest starting the budgeting process for your dress at least 9-12 months in advance. This will allow ample time to shop around and network with potential designers or boutiques who can meet your requirements.

Network 

Wedding expos see an influx of flocking brides-to-be and a network of service providers all under one roof. An opportunity allowing you to find inspiration, connect with a potential designer or bridal dressmaker; and not to mention the freebies and giveaways up for grabs.

Beyond these expos, private fittings are a great way for you to determine your preference and although these appointments may cost as much as R1 000, it’s an exclusive and intimate experience that will allow you to feel like the bride you will soon become.

Do your research

While you may have an idea of your ideal dress ahead of time, the final product may not be 100% what you’ve envisioned. Your body type and what will suit your body is one important factor to consider. As is the material your dress will be comprised of – some materials restrict movement and will limit your ability to move or dance. It is also worth noting that different materials are priced differently, and you will be quoted per sqm. The more material your dress consists of, the more expensive your wedding gown will be.

Did we mention we are here to help? We’ll connect you with expert wedding dress designers throughout South Africa and top bridal boutiques such as Timeless Bridal Couture, Vonve Bridal Couture and Veil Bridal Couture.

Featured Bridal Shops

Our handpicked bridal stores featured below stock some of the most breathtakingly beautiful wedding dresses that will inspire, intrigue and excite many brides.

Timeless Bridal Couture

Conveniently situated just off Lynwood Road in Pretoria, Timeless Bridal Couture take their brides on an unforgettable adventure where beauty and delight eagerly await them. With a diverse selection from around the world, Timeless embraces and caters to the uniqueness of each bride-to-be. They offer an intimate and exclusive bridal experience with a focus on you – the bride to be.

Their collections effortlessly celebrate the female form with designs ranging from sleek to boho chic, classically ageless to modern-day Mademoiselle.

Timeless Couture offers exquisite designs and finishes that will have their brides turning heads with the Belle of the Ball gowns. The variation Timeless avails to their brides with fabrics ranging from luxury lace to soft silk and crisp crepe; and colour options including off white, nude and ivory; make them a bride’s best friend.

Vonve Bridal Couture

Situated in Birdhaven, Johannesburg, Vonve Bridal Couture offers the perfect blend of traditional and European style wedding gowns. Their modern studio exclusively houses designer gowns by Millanova, Crystal Design Couture and Lorenzo Rossi. Their focus on innovative style and fashion, along with exceptional quality are what sets them apart. Vone Bridal Couture provides brides with a personal one-on-one experience at their studio. Vonve Bridal Couture was born from a genuine passion for the bridal industry and prides themselves on elegance, fashion-forward designer gowns and feminine designs that meet the best quality fabrics.

Their collections boast soft and classic colours, luxurious fine lace and an immaculately constructed wedding dress. Vonve aims to reflect each bride’s unique personality with a focus that ensures the bridal experience is inspirational and one their brides will live to remember forever.

Veil Bridal Couture

Veil Bridal Couture located in Sandton is a proud stockist of one of the world’s top bridal companies and a bridal fashion trendsetter – Pronovias. Veil Bridal offer brides the latest bridal trends straight off the runway, perfect for the bride who appreciates modern trends. Their range of styles spans from fashion-forward statements to classically crafted silhouettes.
With a one-and-a-half-hour private fitting, brides can expect a luxurious bridal experience with undivided attention and precision from the Veil Bridal Couture.

A bridal studio with an impressive three-story building home to bridal, evening/cocktail wear and mother-of-the-bride dresses along with an in-house alterations team, dry cleaning services and five private fitting rooms – making Veil Bridal Couture a bridal palace.
Veil Bridal Couture exemplifies confidence in their commitment to providing brides-to-be expert advice and a top of the range selection of wedding dresses.

Stylishly exquisite bridal gowns varying from detailed designs to the more simplistic form will have brides in wedding dress heaven.

Some Inspiration!

Check out our inspirational galleries below!

The Lisa wedding dress design in the Colet collection by Nicole Spose

A stunning full lace ball gown with a sheer bodice and dramatic full skirt.

Available at Timeless Bridal Couture (Pretoria).

The Tayana wedding dress design by Millanova

Soft and whimsical Tayana dress features a beautiful bodice with ‘floating’ beading scattered delicately.

Available at Vonve Bridal Couture (Johannesburg).

19-01 in the Berta Collection

A lot of sparkle, tulle, sequin, and feathers are just a hint of what this collection will include.

Available at Veil Bridal Couture (Johannesburg).

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