Where To Find The Wedding Dress Of Your Dreams


You guys finally considered the question. You said ‘Yes’and you’ve shared the news with your family and friends via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, calls, WhatsApp group chats – the works! But now, it’s time to get down to business and start planning for this special day. Honestly, is there a better place to start than finding the perfect outfits to mark the beginning of your happily ever after?

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Yes, there are definitely more important things to arrange straight away – the antenuptial contract,  the venue, the photographer, videographer, caterers, florist, entertainment for the guests – and so the list continues. But, we all know there’s one part that we weigh up against more clever spending, and that’s the wedding dress. So, if you’re blinded by the white, head off on a treasure hunt at these boutiques around the city.

Vanilla Lace Bridal Boutique – Krugersdorp

This bridal boutique in the West Rand is your ultimate one-stop shop if you’re looking to get your wedding dress, your bridesmaids’ dresses, and even the flower girl’s dress sorted! Vanilla Lace not only stocks some of the most beautiful wedding dresses in Joburg, but they also stock sought-after designer gowns by OreaSosa, Cosmobella, and Demetrios. Don’t forget to check out their accessories to personalise your look. Bookings are essential, so make sure you arrange a fitting with them.

Details: Tel – Michelle at 082 784 5116 or Richard at 084 919 3049 | info@vanillalace.co.za | Shop 6, upper floor, Cecil Knight Office Park, 46 Cecil Knight Street, Rant en Dal, Krugersdorp | www.vanillalace.co.za

Contessa Brides – Fourways

For a wide range of stunning, top-quality, imported wedding dresses, Contessa Brides in Fourways is just the place to visit. Brides-to-be will have the choice to either buy or hire their dream wedding dress and can expect reasonable prices to ensure that they don’t blow their budget. On top of that, they also stock bridesmaid’s dresses including the ever-popular Infinity dresses that can be worn in so many ways. You can also look forward to plenty of accessories. Fittings are by appointment only, so make sure you call in advance. Consultation fees are paid in cash only as there are no card facilities available at the boutique. One wonders…

Details: Tel – 083 657 3639 | 274/4 Cedar Road, Fourways | www.contessabrides.co.za

Cinderella’s Closet – Germiston

Your wedding day is supposed to be a fairytale come true, which is why Cinderella’s Closet offers brides-to-be only the very best when it comes to their all-important wedding dress. The studio, managed by Dianne Smith, has an incredible collection of dresses for you to choose from, no matter what style you’re looking for. They also stock Blu, Voyage and Julietta ranges from the Mori Lee group.  And, of course, there are options for the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride and flower girls. For the ultimate one-of-a-kind dress, you can get your gown custom made to your requirements.

Details: Tel – 082 906 0366 | info@cinderellascloset.co.za | Waters Edge Estate, 72 Rietfontein Road, Primrose, Germiston | www.cinderellascloset.co.za

Bridal Manor – Pretoria

Have you had your eye on a designer wedding dress? If yes, make an appointment with the Bridal Manor in Pretoria. Brides-to-be can expect to find the best designer wedding dresses at this boutique. These include collections by Sophia Tolli, Lillian West, David Tutera, Sweetheart, Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Sottero & Midgley and more! From dramatic and elegant to affordable and romantic, there’s something to suit most bride’s tastes. Bookings for wedding dress fittings are essential.

Details: Tel – (012) 460 2850 | info@bridalmanor.co.za | 52 Selati Street, corner Selati and Garsfontein Street, Alphen Park, Pretoria | www.bridalmanor.co.za

De La Vida Bridal Couture – Fourways and Sandton

Find the dress of your dreams at Da La Vida Bridal Couture. They house amazing designs and collections from the world’s leading bridal house, Pronovias. Just imagine yourself spending an afternoon trying on exquisite dresses from a variety of collections including Atelier, La Sposa, St Patrick and White One. If designer attire is your thing, then make sure you request your appointment and get your couture fix. They also offer a range of accessories from lesACCESSOIRES.

Details: Tel – Fourways: (011) 431 4304, Sandton: (011) 784 2000 | info@delavida.co.za | Fourways: The Gantry, corner Witkoppen and The Straight Street, Unit 18, Fourways; Sandton: 114 Sandton Drive, Sandton | www.delavida.co.za

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Bridal Wardrobe – Melrose Arch

Superior customer service, exquisite wedding gowns and plenty of bridal accessories – you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience shopping for your special dress at Bridal Wardrobe . At this studio, brides will have access to the latest designer trends from across the world including stunning ranges from Enzoani such as Blue and Beautiful. And for the bridesmaids and flower girls, there’s a selection of dresses to choose from. Another bridal party one-stop venue! Bookings are essential, so request an appointment prior to your visit.

Details: Tel – (011) 447 0823 | jhb@bridalwardrobe.co.za | Shop 009I3, Building I3, 23 The High Street, Melrose Arch, Melrose North | www.bridalwardrobe.co.za

Amber Rain Bridal – Benoni

Whatever your style – be it sleek and simple, or extravagant and detailed – Amber Rain Bridal in Benoni is sure to have just the dress for you. The boutique doesn’t only stock gorgeous wedding dresses but also has a variety of bridesmaid dresses to ensure your bridal party is just as stylish as you are on the big day. And, for a personal touch, take your pick from the selection of veils, hair flowers, headbands, fascinators and garters in the accessories section. Contact them to make your fitting reservation.

Details: Tel – 082 789 4738 | sc@amberrainbridalstudio.com | Corner Ninth Avenue and Third Street, Northmead, Benoni | www.amberrainbridal.co.za

The Bridal Room – Sandton and Pretoria

Since your wedding dress is one of the key parts to your wedding, you’re going to travel all over the city to find ‘The One’. And no Wedding Dress Treasure Hunt is complete without a visit to The Bridal Room, either in Sandton or Pretoria. This studio offers collections from Oksana Mukha, Daria Karlozi, and Hadassa. You can also expect a number of new arrivals and stunning bridesmaid’s dresses in a variety of colours, styles, and lengths. Dress fittings and consultations are by booking only.

 Details: Tel – (011)234 2468/076 364 3600 | jhb@bridalroom.co.za | First floor, Block B, 40 Wessel Road, Rivonia, Sandton | www.bridalroom.co.za

Bridal & Tuxedo – Fourways

For the non-traditional couple, why not do your wedding attire shopping together at Bridal & Tuxedo? Brides will have a grand experience viewing and trying on dresses of all styles and silhouettes in an assortment embellishments and fabrics, while the grooms take a gander through the suits and tuxedos of all cuts and colours. You can also choose flower girl and bridesmaid dresses to suit your theme and colour scheme. To view their collection and find the dress you’ve been looking for, make a booking for your fitting.

Details: Tel – (011) 465 3848 | info@bridalandtuxedo.co.za | Shop 11, The Pearls Of Fourways, Forest Road, Lonehill, Fourways | www.bridalandtuxedo.co.za

Blissfully Bridal – Randpark Ridge

Wedding dress shopping can be a little overwhelming. So, if you’re looking to tone the experience down a little bit, then make a booking at the small and exclusive Blissfully Bridal boutique in Randpark Ridge. This studio runs on an appointment basis only and inspires brides-to-be with a collection of wedding dresses that exude beauty, elegance, and joy. From to-die-for wedding gowns and hand-picked shoes to accessories and add the perfect finish to your look, there’s something for every bride at this boutique.

Details: Tel – 083 611 6995 | info@blissfullybridal.co.za | 134 Kayburn Avenue, Randpark Ridge, Randburg | www.blissfullybridal.co.za

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