A Dress Worthy of Your Precious Occasion

October 2017

When quality and perfection are what matters most, only the world’s best will do

Dr Seuss, the author of so many creative lessons for children, also had great wisdom to offer grown-ups: “You know you’re in love,” he said, “when you don’t want to fall asleep, because reality is finally better than your dreams.” Finding the love of your life and planning the perfect wedding is a dream come true, but it can also turn a bride-to-be’s life into a nightmare of organisation.


Will & Grace actress Debra Messing made a very good point when she warned: “I don’t think it’s possible to have a wedding without it being stressful,” but most brides feel the extra pressure is worth it, to make their special day perfect. “I want the big drama,” talk-show host Star Jones insisted. “I always said: ‘I don’t want a wedding; I want a parade!’” 

US model Chrissy Teigen gets excited even when it isn’t her own wedding being planned: “I love dress shopping, and I love talking about the wedding food,” she’s admitted. “That’s what makes me happy.”

Something that doesn’t have to be stressful, if you do it right, is choosing one of the most important features of your wedding day – your wedding dress. It’s the crowning glory of your wedding experience, according to Desperate Housewives star, glamorous Eva Longoria. “I wish I could wear 10 dresses to my wedding,” the Mexican beauty confessed to an interviewer. “It’s so sad that you put it in storage and then you never see it again. I am going to sleep in mine after I wear it.”


Bridal Manor in Pretoria knows just how important it is for you to get every detail of your wedding spot-on, and they realise what a huge part finding a wedding dress that’s absolutely right for you plays in creating that perfect day. Gauteng brides who want the finest quality in everything know that cutting corners and settling for second-best can be false economy – what’s the use of skimping on the budget, if you spend what’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life feeling second-best, because you didn’t get the dress you really wanted?

As celebrated Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera once put it: “A wedding dress is both intimate and personal for a woman – it must reflect the personality and style of the bride... On her wedding day, a woman should be certain that she has found a dress that makes her feel confident and, above all else, beautiful.”

That’s why Bridal Manor offers Pretoria brides the finest ranges of imported wedding dresses created by international designers. For instance, they offer more than 60 choices of styles in the glorious Pronovias range from Barcelona, Spain. “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful,” Sophia Loren famously said, and the Italian film legend certainly knew about the perfect wedding – her marriage to director Carlo Ponti remained happy-ever-after for 41 years, until his sad death in 2007.


The world-renowned Barcelona-based Pronovias wedding dress couturier started as a small boutique in 1922. Since then the company has been designing and creating the most spectacular wedding dresses.

The Pronovias teams are “ambitious and motivated to create the most marvellous wedding dresses and to dress elegant women at the most special moments of their lives”. That’s why Bridal Manor and Pronovias are the perfect match. We share a common desire to make dreams come true.

Bridal Manor’s Pronovias collection offers every style – from the demure necklines and sweeping Mikado satins of the Plaza, Druna and Trisa ranges, to the lacy romanticism of the Dril, Druida, Placia and Drilos lines, as well as the sweetheart necklines or daring bared backs in the Phoebe, Prala or Alexia dresses – with plenty more, in every combination, from classical to provocative. So at Bridal Manor, you can follow the wedding-dress advice of NYC design maven Vera Wang: “Just go in and try things on... things you may even think, ‘I’d never wear that.’ Give yourself that freedom.”

Philippines-born California designer Monique Lhuillier also believes you can afford some playful experimentation while finding the wedding dress of your dreams: “I tell brides to follow their instincts throughout the wedding-dress experience, but I encourage them to always keep an open mind when selecting their dress.”

But Lebanese designer Reem Acra adds a warning: “Your wedding is your red-carpet moment and while brides can definitely take some chances with style, you don’t want to look like a fad.” That’s where the expert style consultants at Bridal Manor come in handy.

Bridal Manor’s consultants are fully conversant with all the imported designer labels they have to offer, including all the possibilities of the Pronovias collection, as well as the wedding fashion trends that come and go with the seasons. They are optimally positioned to help you find the dress you love that’s fashionable but not faddish, in the style and fabrics you like most, with several options to suit a variety of budgets.

Above all, what Bridal Manor’s experienced style consultants are best at, is finding the perfect match between dress and bride. Australian couturier Steven Khalil probably has the most sensible advice about choosing the ultimate wedding dress: “Listen to your heart and don’t pay too much attention to trends. Stay true to you, and you will find your dream gown.”

Bridal Manor Pretoria knows just how much a dress that shows off the real you is worth, and making that dream come true is their Number One priority.

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