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Tips for finding your Dream Dress

YOU’VE SCANNED Pinterest, looked at websites, scoured the bridal mags, chatted to friends, made a digital storyboard of what you like, day dreamed about the big day and now…it’s time to find your wedding dress. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Olivelli Bridal has some tips!

LOVE YOUR STYLE BUT BE OPEN TO ADVICE AND INPUT! Wedding dresses come in a huge variety of styles, fabrics and finishes. Some brides know what they want, others are uncertain. Try on several styles to find the dress that makes you look and feel exquisite! Go for it, try them all! Be open to suggestions!

KNOW YOUR DRESS & ACCESSORIES BUDGET. Your fitting experience will be a little easier with a budget to guide your consultant in selecting wedding dresses for you. Also budget for accessories like your veil, shoes, jewellery, garter, undies and alterations. No definite budget? At least have a range within which you would like to spend.

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START LOOKING EARLY… Imported wedding dresses take four to six months to arrive, so start trying on dresses eight or nine months before the big day. Alterations must start eight to nine weeks before your wedding – up to four fittings – leaving enough time for your dress to be perfected!

Your wedding is soon and you need a dress fast? Don’t stress! There are always plenty of dresses available in-store that can be bought right away – no need to order.

You live far away from the bridal store? Far-away brides also don’t need to stress. We will work out a fitting and alteration schedule to suit you!

Just you or the team? Whether to fit wedding dresses on your own or with your team is a personal choice. Some brides enjoy the calm of fitting with only their consultant, others want mom, friends or bridesmaids to join in the fun. If you do bring your team, be prepared for differing opinions!

Booking a fitting. Saturday appointments are most favoured by brides-to-be. Although the store buzzes, this means adhering to the 1,5 hours appointment time. Consider a weekday booking – things are a bit easier and consultants can often spend longer with you. Clever idea!

MORE HANDY HINTS… Match bridal fashion and trends with your unique body shape. Please see our blog on the different dress silhouettes! (Piero link please)) Remember, white is one of many choices for your wedding dress. Ivory, blush, ivory over champagne, nude or moscato are equally beautiful! Keep your photographs in mind when selecting a wedding dress and accessories. All your style elements work together to create beautiful pics! During the vows ceremony, guests see your back so plan the detail of your back line, veil and train.

Imported wedding dresses are mostly available in USA or UK sizing. South African sizes are different – good to know when you start fitting. While trying on wedding dresses, you will spend time “out of your clothes” so wear gorgeous undies and a well-fitting, strapless bra.

Use the bridal consultant’s knowledge and experience! She knows every wedding dress in the store and is an expert on body shapes, silhouettes, fabrics, styles and accessories. Once you have found us, stick with us! We will introduce you to your dream wedding dress!

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