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Wedding dress shops and tuxedo suppliers in Cape Town
Where to buy wedding dresses and groomswear
Congratulations! You’re engaged and getting married in Cape Town. Once you’ve floated down from your tulle and lace cloud, you (the bride) realise you need to find a wedding dress, and the groom, needs a tuxedo. The good news is there are plenty of places to buy wedding dresses and groom wear in Cape Town, no matter if you’re looking for vintage wedding dresses, inexpensive wedding dresses, designer wedding dresses or second-hand wedding dresses and tuxedos. Read our comprehensive guide of where to purchase or hire wedding dresses in our fair city, and we’re certain you’ll find the perfect dress or suit for your perfect day.
WHERE TO BUY WEDDING DRESSES IN CAPE TOWN
Crystals and Crème
The mission at this Northern Suburbs bridal boutique is to make ‘every bride feel like a princess’. They offer imported wedding dresses at affordable prices, which range in cost from R3500 to R7500. Bridal dresses in cream, ivory and white have beautiful names, such as Cherry Blossom, White Orchid and Iris. The feel is classic and traditional with modern lines and tailoring – no poofy marshmallow dresses here; instead, think of mermaid skirts, layered lace wedding dresses (their speciality) and dainty decal. The fittings cost R200 for an hour, and within this time frame, brides-to-be will be able to try on 20 dresses. They advise the betrothed to bring bridal accessories with, as trying on your dream dress wearing flip flops won’t complete the effect – unless of course you’re planning a beach wedding.
Pointbreak Building | The Vineyards Office Estate | 99 Jip de Jager Avenue | Bellville | Cape Town | +27 (0)84 441 8222
Stellenbosch Bridal Boutique
Do you have champagne tastes but a beer money budget? Then head to the Winelands to find your ‘big day’ dress. The Stellenbosch Bridal Boutique offers ‘pre-loved’, second-hand designer wedding dresses for purchase or hire at reduced prices. And, if your dream dress doesn’t fit, the store’s savvy seamstresses can alter it to suit your frame. Though, this bridal boutique doesn’t only trade in previously worn wedding dresses, it also stocks new and inexpensive gowns(also to buy or to hire) as well as bridal lingerie and veils. The store’s décor is as white as its material offerings, and is an elegant setting for a fitting —especially considering the fittings are at no extra cost. Contact Anja for an appointment (the store is open by appointment only) or if you would like to sell your wedding dress.
3 Keiffer Street | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)84 517 4947
House of Silk
This one-stop-shop bridal studio in Blouberg supplies a large range (between 50 and 80) of wedding dresses from local and international designers as well as bridal accessories, such as shoes, veils and bridal jewellery. Not just for the blushing bride though, mothers-of-the-bride and bridesmaids outfits are taken care of too. Wedding dresses include big day brand names such as, Moonlight Bridal, Veromia Bridal, and La Sposa. Prices for the most inexpensive wedding dress range start at R4500 to buy and R3000 to hire, and prices for the most expensive wedding dress range start at R13,500 to buy and R8000 to hire. While walk-ins are accepted, it’s recommended to make an appointment.
Mandalay Beach Guest House| 4 Fathom Road | Bloubergrand | +27 (0)21 557 0214
Mayers Bridal and Fabric Shop
Brides are spoilt for choice at this historic Cape Town city centre wedding store (est. 1839). Not only are there over 800 wedding gowns to buy or hire, but there’s a fabric section for those who wish to make their own dress. The collection of bridal fabrics is comprehensive, from silks and satins to chantilly and chiffon. There are hand-beaded fabrics and brocades on display too. A consultant will happily assist in the making of your dream dress.
8a Darling Street | Harold Gie Building| Cape Town | +27 21 462 1055
The Wedding Boutique
This Southern Suburbs bridal boutique prides itself on its personal service. Engaged women are offered one-on-one bridal wear consultations (brides-to-be are charged R20 per dress they try on), and the wedding dress collection is updated annually and includes floaty finds from abroad. On offer are vintage wedding gowns, classic A-line dresses and ethereal lacy dreams to buy or hire. The Wedding Boutique also offers custom-made wedding dresses, as well as an alteration service. This store is only open by appointment.
Clarewood | No. 1 Annandale Road | Diep River | +27 (0)21 712 4113
WHERE TO BUY TUXEDOS IN CAPE TOWN
This historic city centre haberdashery has been trading in men’s suits and formalwear since 1948. Grooms wanting to look gallant needn’t look any further: the range of wedding tuxedos includes the uber elegant, double-breasted tux, the sweetly formal shaw (round lapel) and the exotic, Nehru tux. Suits are sourced both locally and internationally and are available to buy or hire. For the little men of the bridal party there’s a kiddie's tux on offer: black with a bowtie and cummerbund.
63 Buitengracht Street| Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 3578/9
Style-challenged grooms would be smart to give Moi Styling a call. Somewhat of a Cape Town-based personal shopping service, the team at Moi sources suits according to grooms' style requests and measurements. Then, once all the garments and accessories in line with the groom’s wants have been collected – Moi takes care of the betrothed from top hat to toe - the soon-to-be-married man can schedule a fitting. Moi stocks formalwear from Carducci, Viyella, Polo, Fioruzzi, and Angelino.
Call Rozanne Lazarus on 082 557 4038
Mr Suit Hire
Where there’s a will, there’s a suit – and most probably a Mr Suit Hire near you. With nine stores across the Cape hiring out affordable tuxedos, Mr Suit Hire offers grooms with limited means but big dreams the chance to look dapper on their day. Suits can be hired for as little as R300. On offer is the traditional tux, the more casual dress suit, and more.
Find the store closest to you by calling their head office on +27 (0)21 946 4456.
Sophisticated and stylish, Shakur Olla, is a luxury suit and accessories designer operating out of his atelier, The Style Gallery, in the heart of Green Point. Crafted from the finest imported fabrics, the formalwear is all locally designed and manufactured. Grooms-to-be can browse the sexy suits, shoes and accessories in-house, or a stylist can make a house (hotel) call with a variety of men’s formalwear to try on. The lucky groom wearing this elegant, signature suit will no doubt stand out from the crowd.
Sovereign Quay | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 425 0642
Tasked with more than just purchasing you wedding dress and your husband-to-be's tuxedo? Read our Wedding Planning Checklist & Timeline.
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