Where To Start With Your Wedding Dress by Diaan Daniels

You got your partner, you got the ring, but where to start and find the perfect wedding dress. For some brides-to-be this might seem more difficult than finding your other half. Not to worry! For more than 22 years of experience I think I can give a few tips in order to make your dream day a success with that picture perfect dress. Here are some really important pointers if you want your dress shopping experience to be pleasant.

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  1. Know your Budget

This is a very sensitive point, but very crucial. It’s best you set your budget from the start so you do not fall in love with a wedding gown that is beyond your affordability. Brides, be realistic about your wedding dress budget. For some a wedding gown is not that important than for instance the party element /venue of your wedding. Those who want to have that special wedding gown with beautiful detail or a designer gown, it does not cost 5thousand rand anymore as that is not even the fabric cost.

The latest styles you wont be able to rent for a 5k budget to fulfil that perfect Pinterest picture you have saved that has lace from top to bottom.  Your looking at anything from 20 -35k  and upwards for a beautiful 2021 designer ready to wear/custom gown or anything that is of good quality. If your budget is less than 20k, keep a lookout for clearance sales or end of last seasons sale gowns. Bridal shops and designers have frequent sales to make space for their new collections. We at Diaan Daniels now offers finance to assist you in buying your dream gown, so you can have the cash available for other things in your wedding budget.

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Dress: Randy Fenoli exclusively available in Johannesburg at Diaan Daniels Couture

  1. Keep your Shopping entourage small

Bringing all of your 6 bridesmaids or loads of people to your bridal search, also brings loads of opinions. It is difficult enough in finding or establish your style and what you may like. Remember they will look for themselves most of the times and not maybe have your vision in mind. If you are going to choose a wedding gown to please your mom or the person responsible for paying we are already in trouble waters. It’s your one day, go with a small crew and listen to your bridal consultant or designer. I always say the dress finds you, you will know when you found the dress or the designer you feel comfortable with.

Dress: Nicole by Colet exclusively available in Johannesburg at Diaan Daniels Couture

  1. Think outside online pictures

It is wonderful to start this beautiful process by looking to Instagram or Pinterest for ideas. It inspires you and makes you excited about your big day. It’s part of the magic, but don’t let it rule your decision. Sometimes what you think you want or may look good in does nothing for your body type at all or will lead you to disappointment. Let the experts help you to try something outside your comfort zone; most of the time it might just be the one.

Dress: Modeca available at Diaan Daniels Couture

  1. Don’t limit yourself to White

All I’m gonna say is Pure Omo white wedding gowns are ugly, looks cheap and rarely suits anyone. There are more valid reasons, but I am so over explaining it over and over; it does not serve anyone. Just trust me and go for a beautiful off-white or off-white and blush. Diaan Daniels Wedding Dress Blog

Dress: Diaan Daniels Custom Gown exclusively available in Johannesburg at Diaan Daniels Couture

  1. Work with a professional or expert

It’s okay not to know what you want or what style will suit you. This is why it’s important to talk to a designer or wedding consultant about your theme, budget and let them get your personality. We do this for a living, so let us guide you even if you know what you want it’s all about the experience as well on top of the good quality wedding gown. The wedding dress needs to match who you are on the inside and not just another pretty gown. I love getting to know my brides taste and personality, before fitting dresses.

Dress: Ashley Graham by Pronovias exclusively available in Johannesburg at Diaan Daniels Couture

Finally, remember you’re only gonna have pictures left as memories afterwards. Make sure it’s beautiful ones you can look at for many years to come and have no regrets. Most of all, have fun! It’s suppose to be a happy experience, cut out the dramatics with family and friends. It’s your day and you are paying for it.

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