Finding the perfect dress is at the top of every bride-to-be’s list. Unfortunately, no matter how much we love it (and want it), most of us can’t afford that exquisite Vera Wang gown. Luckily, there are a number of rental and second-hand dress shops with a selection of beautiful bridal wear that isn’t too hard on the budget.
Bridal Manor is an exclusive importer of designer wedding couture. Sourced from all over the globe, you will find the Bridal Manor rails filled with gowns by Pronovias, Justin Alexander, Maggie Sotero and Sophia Tolli, to name just a few.
To help you dress shop on a budget, Bridal Manor has a designated pre-loved wedding dresses section. In-store sample wedding dresses and second-hand dresses that were originally bought from Bridal Manor, and are still in pristine condition.
Details: 16 7th Street, Menlo Park, Pretoria / 064 507 0257 / www.bridalmanor.co.za.
At Dream Dress Wedding Boutique you can take your pick from a collection of 200 dress designs that are all available for rent at a reasonable price. Dream Dress Wedding Boutique offers a free consultation to help you find the perfect figure-flattering wedding gown design. Consultations are by appointment only.
Details: 685 Koedoeberg Street, Pretoria / 078 312 4218 / www.dreamdress.co.za.
Fantasy Bridal Wear is a definitely a budget-friendly bridal boutique. Fittings are by appointment only and are charged per appointment.
Fantasy Bridal Wear has an alteration service and will happily make minor alterations to customise your dress choice to suit your style.
Details: Montana / 083 822 0988 / www.fantasybridalwear.co.za.
If you’ve tried the wedding boutiques nearby and still haven’t found the perfect dress to match your budget, Imago Bridal might be worth a visit. Located about in Boksburg, a 45-minute drive outside of Pretoria, Imago Bridal has an extensive collection of wedding gowns for hire.
Imago Bridal caters to “all sizes, tastes and budgets”. Make sure to book an appointment in advance. Wedding dress hire packages start from R3000.
Details: Sunward Park, Boksburg / 072 316 5789 / bridalwear.co.za.
Your Day Bridal has a large selection of quality wedding gowns for hire. Whether you are looking for something formal, classic or casual, you’re likely to find it here.
During your appointment, you can select the dresses that you’d like to fit. The Bridal team can make suggestions of designs that will complement your build and highlight your best features to give you that extra confidence boost on your big day.
Details: 104 Willem Botha Avenue, Centurion / 073 299 2028 / www.yourdaybridal.co.za.
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