FEATURED SUPPLIER | TOUJOURS

11 MARCH 2018

FEATURED SUPPLIER | TOUJOURS

Durban Wedding

TOUJOURS WEDDING HOUSE

It’s been such a long time since my last Featured Supplier, but this is one of the things I will be bringing back for 2018! Who better to catch up with than Tracey! Tracey welcomed me into her gorgeous studio where we chatted about how awesome cats are and how fulfilling it is to match a bride with her dream dress!

Tell us how you got into wedding dresses!

The dreamy answer to this question is that after planning my own wedding 10 years ago, I just knew that I had to make wedding gowns my whole world. I was never the type of person who knew what I wanted to wear to my wedding and don’t really even enjoy shopping (honesty hour!) but finding my wedding gown was a moment I will never forget – realizing that I had found the dress that made me feel as beautiful as I’d ever felt, and the one I wanted to marry my man in was something I’ve never felt before. I didn’t cry, but I have never forgotten how special that feeling was and was overcome with a very honest feeling of love for my husband to be. It was then that I knew that I wanted to be a part of that very moment for other brides.

The practical answer of course, is that after many months of planning, pondering and dreaming, I came across a franchise opportunity and bought into it with my mom. I learnt a lot over the first few years and will be forever grateful for the experience as it has led me to where I am now in terms of how I want my studio to be viewed and how I do not. The mass produced franchise industry is cut throat and fast paced which teaches you to think on your feet and plan ahead but I wanted slow, steady and personalized and so I combined the two aspects to create Toujours Wedding House which offers the organized quick thinking business background as well as the special and personalized atmosphere that I am so passionate about.

What do you love about what you do?

I love that I get to be a part of so many special moments between brides, their moms, sisters and bridesmaids (occasionally even dads!). Sometimes it’s just me and a bride and I get to be her special person for an hour and a half offering my views on how she looks and this is SUCH and honor! I love that no one visits my shop angry – everyone is happy to be here and enjoys a bit of chill time surrounded but gorgeous dresses. I love that I get to be surrounded by beauty every single day! And of course, I love being able to meet talented local designers and showcase their gorgeous gowns in my shop. I feel such pride looking at the dresses on my rails – each one chosen especially to fit the Toujours vibe

What would a bride expect when they come to your studio?

Brides will find an upmarket, tranquil space filled with carefully selected wedding gowns sourced both locally and internationally. We do not spare any expense when it comes to our gown selection so each gown is of the absolute best quality in terms of fabric, embellishments, fit and craftsmanship. From the quaint courtyard bursting with pale pink bougainvillea to the elegant and cozy studio, brides have sole use of it all as each bride gets a private hour and a half to try on as many gowns as is required.

As exciting as it is to jump straight into the dresses, brides can expect us to spend about 15 minutes at the start to find out more about them, their fiancé and the style of their wedding. Then it’s into the dresses where we find that special gown that ticks all the boxes and gives you that once in a lifetime feeling of “this is the dress I will marry the love of my life in” – brides can expect to make some pretty big and happy memories at Toujours!

If you could do your wedding again, what type of dress would you wear now?

Gosh – tough question to ask someone who is surrounded by the most gorgeous wedding gowns all day! I would probably stick with the silhouette I chose which was A-line but I would keep things more natural, soft and earthy. Styles were very different 10 years ago and I’ve changed as a woman in terms of being a lot more comfortable in my skin at the age of 36. Less structure, more movement and a bit more sexy (always tasteful of course!)

What advice would you give future brides?

I know that everyone says this but honestly, just relax, enjoy the experience (for real though!) and be yourself. Don’t drag a million people along to view you in what is a very vulnerable sometimes emotional state – base your dress decision (and all other wedding decisions) on you and your fiancé because at the end of the day, that’s what it’s really all about. Stop competing with other brides. Do your research on costs so that you are comfortable when meeting your suppliers and accept the assistance that people offer you. That’s all.

If you’re on the hunt to find your dream dress, Toujours Wedding House is a must! Make sure you also give Tracey a follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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About The Author

Angie VDH

Ang started her photography journey in 2012 when she was handed a camera to take some social snaps at a function and was hooked from then! Photography was something that had been in her life from a young age, with her great aunt being a member of the PSSA. Ang spent a few months with her aunt where she developed her skills and practiced photography as a hobby. After gaining some confidence she decided that this was definitely a path she wanted to take as a career and started investing in her camera gear and short courses whenever she could. In 2014 she took a leap of faith and photographed her first wedding and has never looked back since. Her photography business has slowly started to gain momentum and everything she does, she does with love.

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