Chinese Replica Dress Comparison –

Hello brides to be.For those of you that has been following my blog for a while you probably know that I have been considering buying a replica dress. I contacted two companies based on reviews and images and I asked them to send me pictures of the actual dress they made.

Maggie Sottero Jovi (original)                    Dressilyme                                              TP Bridal

dress comparison                     
Maggie Sottero Jovi (original)                    Dressilyme                                              TP Bridal


The first company I contacted is (middle pic)The standard dress is currently selling at $149 so if I roughly convert the currency it works out to about R1500 . On top of that you need to add shipping which about R600 and if you want a veil and petticoat that can be another R300. So we looking at a total of R2400. Since the dress is from overseas you will have to pay customs tax as well. I’m not sure if it calculated in courier costs (they use DHL) or if this is an additional cost. My concerns with this replica was that the fabric used does not look as thick as the original dress – but for R1500 what can you expect. I’m also concerned that the dress looks very white, you cannot see the accents but nevertheless its still gorgeous.

The second company is called TP Bridal and they are on Bid or Buy. (picture on far right)Their dress is R3200 its custom-made and you pay an additional R600 for shipping. The material looks like a better quality than the dressilyme dress. I cannot see much difference from the original dress.

I do know that under no circumstances will these replicas look identical to the original dress which costs thousands more but a girl can dream and shop around!

I’d like to hear your thoughts and comments please.

Happy Planning!


DIY invitations



I just love DIY projects and with the amount of freebies available on the net you have no excuses. I recently made invitations for a colleague and my sisters 21st birthday party using very basic programs such as microsoft publisher, photoscape and picmonkey which is very easy to master and the best thing is that its free!

If you are more advanced you can download a free photo editing programme similar to photoshop.

Here is how I created the film strip used on the 50th birthday invitation.

Open photoscape.  Choose the combine option. Drop in as many images as you want. You can choose to combine image down, sideways or checker images (I selected down). You can also choose canvas size. I then clicked on frame and chose Film 01 .

photoscape 1

Now Click Edit and you will be taken to a different screen as seen below.


I changed my image to Sepia. Other options are black and white , inverted negative and grayscale. Then click save and give the image a new name and Voila you have a new picture!

Then you can use publisher to create your invite. I hope you are now inspired to make your own invites as well.

Until next time…
Happy Planning



My DIY rock candy project

Hello fellow brides to be . I hope that you all are well. With the costs of weddings these days a lot of us try our hand at various DIY projects. I decided to try make my own rock candy. I found a recipe on the internet which seemed quite simple and if I followed the instructions to the T my rock candy would be ready in a week.

Well after a week my candy still looked the same way as it did when I started, so I left it for another week. After the week passed still nothing. At this stage I was ready to give and I kinda did, just left it to sit and crystallize if it eventually decided to.

Below is the image of my end result, eventually after a patient 3-4 weeks I had grown my very own rock candy.


Not too bad for a first attempt. However if you intend doing this for your wedding please allow plenty of time for it to develop otherwise just buy ready made rock candy – it will probably work out better and save you a lot of time. If you in South Africa you can get from here.

rock candy

If you still consider trying it out here’s the recipe I used. I got it from this website

  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 2 cups Water
  • Saucepan
  • Extra Sugar (for rolling your sticks in)
  • Glass Jar with a lid (preferably plastic lid)
  • Colouring
  • Flavouring/Extract
  • Wooden skewers/sticks
  • Directions:
    1. Boil the water in the saucepan over a medium heat. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring continuously, until the water becomes clear. Don’t let the solution get too hot or cook too long. If you overheat the sugar solution you’ll make hard candy, which is nice, but not what we’re going for here.
    2. Remove the sugar water from the heat and carefully pour into a clean glass jar. Leave a gap at the top of the jar.
    3. Dampen your wooden skewers or sticks with water (where you want the crystals to form) and then roll the damp area in the extra sugar. Allow this to dry.
    4. Make holes in your lid. Enough holes for each stick and a few more so that air will be able to circulate.
    5. Push your dried skewers through the holes in the lid. Place the lid on the jar with the sticks in the sugar solution. Allow this to sit for about a week.
    6. Remove the sticks from the jar when the crystals have formed to the size you like.

Good luck and happy planning