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2018. A New Year. A new start and maybe you have a bit more frosting on your finger than you did before. They don't call it the festive season for nothing. You are officially on your way to becoming a Mrs! 

First thing is first, a million questions from relatives, when is the date? What is your dress going to look like? etc. etc. meanwhile you got engaged 24hrs ago. Just breathe we have you covered when it comes to the dress and shoes. Here are my top tips for planning your wedding look. 

1. Budget

Yes its that word, some of us don't have them but most of us need them, there is nothing more heartbreaking than falling in love with something you can't have, set a budget for yourself early on to avoid stress and disappointment. 

2. Pinterest

Ah yes, Pinterest has changed the way we see weddings, as they say I have my Pinterest wedding and my real wedding. Pinterest is great tool for communicating ideas but like all things it has its place and that is right in the beginning, once you have decided on your dress do yourself a favour and stop looking. 

3. Connection

When visiting a designer to chat about your bespoke gown it needs to be about more than the dress, there has to be a connection, a love for their work and a feeling that they understand who you are and what you need. If those boxes are ticked you know its a match made in heaven. 

4. The Family

This can be one of your biggest blessings or worst headaches. Remember its your day and you need to stay true to you. Your mom , auntie, cousin twice removed or sister might have opinions about the way you should look but the only one that matters is yours. 

5. The Shoes

Your best bet us to buy your shoes a few months before your dress is ready. Why do we say this? Hems, hems, hems! Too short or too long is just a no no it has to be just right so make sure your shoes are comfortable and beautiful because changing lengths at the last minute is going to stress you and your designer out.

6. You are perfect

Yes you heard me, don't bat those eyes and look down at the ground. You are so why now are we starting with master cleanses, 7 days a week gym, slimming supplements and the like? I know we all want to tone up and look our best but losing too much weight and starving yourself is really not the way to go plus doing countless alterations on dresses is never a good thing. 

7. Making pretty

When you are trying on dresses it is advisable that you prepare your hair and make up so that you can see your whole bridal look coming together, that way there are no surprises on the big day or second guessing yourself. 

8. Enjoy the moment 

Being a bride is beautiful experience, just enjoy it, be yourself and make the most out of the day. 

Signing out with love 

XOXO 

Behind the seams of a local bridal designer

Dear Bride, 

They say the first foray into starting an online blog should be daring, provocative and attention-grabbing. I don't know if that's the case here but I wanted to speak about do's and no no's when it comes to local designers. 

1. Designers and dressmakers

So disclosure, I am by no means looking down on dressmakers but there are differences. Designers are not the right person if you want to take a grainy internet pic and have it copied for R5000. We are also not the right person to bring another designer's work and say "copy this please" NO we have a brand integrity to maintain and want to be on good terms with friends in the industry, stealing work kind of makes for bad relationships. Designers have spent time crafting an aesthetic that you as a client seek out, it's about wanting to work with that person for their critical eye, creative ideas, ingenious pattern work as well as respecting the brand that they are growing and nurturing. 

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2. Budget

Probably one of the most feared and uncomfortable words. Money is a difficult thing for anyone to discuss but the key here is respect. Comments we frequently get "but why are you not cheaper than imported gowns" well we don't have to be and sometimes I think shouldn't be. Yes it's true we don't put a 45% import tax duty on our dresses but we also spend much much much more time designing for you, time fitting you, time sourcing and combining interesting and amazing fabrics for you, time supporting and advising you and overall so much more value and design for your budget. Again it's about what suits you but I think it's important to realize what you are getting.

3. " I had a bad experience" 

If this has happened to you I can only imagine how awful that must be, it must be very traumatic to have your wedding dress turn into a disaster and things do happen, whether its imported or made all of us have a horror story BUT here are a few tips where local design is concerned where you ameliorate your risk. 

As the saying goes you will get what you pay for, constantly trying to negotiate price isn't going to be in your favor. 

if you love a design rather go to the designer who has made it than try and copy it with someone else, it won't be the same and you will be disappointed. 

Word of mouth is powerful and research, follow your designer be interested in them and their work.

Signing out

XOXO