7 Top Wedding Dress Designers in South Africa

Ever since you got engaged, you’ve probably been imagining yourself in the perfect wedding dress, right? So shopping for it is sure to be an exhilarating, exciting and, yes, overwhelming experience! But, when should you start looking? Which wedding dress designers should you go to? What happens once you’re there? It can be quite tricky to figure out the first steps. As the many bridal TV shows indicate, it is not always that easy to “say yes to the dress.”

Some useful dress shopping tips:
  • Figure out what your budget is before you begin looking at dresses. Once you’ve established a number in our head, you’ll be less likely to overspend once you’re at the store.
  • Before you start shopping, figure out what style you’re looking for. Your venue can help you narrow that down. Do you like mermaid or ballgown? The process will go a lot smoother once you have an idea. Here are some wedding dress styles to consider.
  • Finally, choose your shopping mates wisely! Bring either your mom or a trusted friend when you dress shop, but limit your entourage to two or three people. Too many opinions can make your dress shopping experience unnecessarily confusing.

But the question remains, where to go? We’ve listed some of our favourite wedding dress designers in South Africa to help you get inspired!

7 Top South African Wedding Dress Designers
  1. Elbeth Gillis

    With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, we couldn’t resist including Elbeth Gillis in our top rated list! Her designs are timeless, sophisticated and she promises to use luxurious materials sourced from around the world. Although she is Cape Town based, Elizabeth is willing to help clients that live outside Cape Town. All you have to do is send her an email and make at least one physical appointment and the studio will keep you updated throughout the process. Prices usually range from R11 000 – R20 000.

  2. Janita Toerien

    Janita Toerien is the creative enthusiast behind her bridal couture brand. She is a wedding dress designer who is immensely dedicated to creating a unique gown which is sophisticated and which fits the bride’s body. Janita recently won the Exquisite gown competition at the Tygervalley Bridal Expo! Her one extraordinary pieces put her on our top rated list!

  3. Cindy Bam

    When working with Cindy Bam, every measurement is taken to ensure your comfort and to provide a relaxed, luxurious atmosphere where you’ll have fun planning your dream gown. Cindy and her team will be there for you from the day you walk through her studio doors until after your big day! Prices usually range from R8000-R35000, depending on your selection of design and fabric. 

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  4. Bride & Co

    We can’t forget about industry leaders in wedding and event wear world. With ten stores spread across South Africa, Bride&co has been in the business of beautiful attire since 2008. They have a wide variety of styles and silhouettes by designers such as Oleg Cassini and Viola Chan who are exclusively stocked in their stores. In addition, they have their very own Bride&co Collection. Fancy! 

  5. Kobus Dippenaar

    Kobus Dippenaar‘s designs and styles your wedding dress taking according to the whole picture, he considers your makeup, hair, shoes-everything! He is especially skilled in creating detailed corsets. He has a whole wedding gown range from the Anna Georgina Group. The 2012 collection was a tribute to his mother. The style includes Swarowski elements to add drama.

  6. Natalia Trisolino

    Natalia Trisolino handmakes her dresses individually to achieve a feminine, sexy and sophisticated look. Not only does she custom make gowns and hire gowns, she also designs dresses for your bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride and the flower girls. She makes waistcoats and ties for the groom and groomsmen. Prices depend solely on selected fabric and the level of detail required.

  7. Demetrios Bridal South Africa

    Demetrios is a wedding designer icon in the bridal world! His wedding dresses offer women the widest and most versatile styles and are on the cutting edge of the fashion world. His dresses are loved by brides worldwide, with looks ranging from traditional to modern and glamorous. No wonder he’s rated on our top rated list!

We recommend having a look through each of these stunning designers’ galleries to see if there are any dresses that catch your eye. Once you have found something that you like, contact them and set up a meeting or arrange a fitting. You can choose to go with a ready-to-wear dress or have a custom-made wedding dress commissioned, depending on what your budget it. Either way, we are sure you will be able to find your dream dress.wedding dress designers

More Helpful Resources:
  • Should you Hire or Buy your wedding dress? Find out here
  • See our Guide to help you find your perfect wedding dress here

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