1. Where are our dresses made?

Each Maryke dress is handmade (to order) in our South African Studio, based in the picturesque town of Hilton (KZN), on the outskirts of the beautiful KZN Midlands Meander. Everything is done in-house by our team of highly skilled seamstresses and professionals. Your dress will be made for you exclusively according to your size ordered or personal measurements provided. We make use of choice fabrics and laces.

Each gown is handled with utmost love and care and are here for you before, during and after your ordering process. We assist with any questions you may have all the way from measurements, shipping details right through to the delivery of your dress.

Our designer / team is here to assist you, especially with style and sizing concerns. You can email info@maryke.co.za or schedule a Skype / Zoom / WhatsApp Video call. For online consultations please let us know where in this beautiful world you are situated, in order for us to take time zone differences into account when scheduling the call.

2. How is my dress made? (the basic process)

This is a basic outline and only meant to serve as a guideline. Maryke reserves the right to change, adapt and update it as required to suit each order / design placed / purchased individually.

Once your order has been received, we will confirm your order and wedding date, slot your order into our production schedule and assist with sizing and measurements along with any other details you might be require assistance with.

The manufacturing process then starts (this serves as outline and is subject to change / be amended at any change as suited to an order and design): lace & fabric allocation, pattern drafting, fabric cutting, your gown being sewn by our in-house seamstresses, lace individually cut (by hand), pinned and sewn by hand, hand sewing and final finishing touches, hemming, the last quality check and finally your dress being shipped / delivered to you.

We pride ourselves in the superior quality of our garments and believe in maintaining high quality standards. Quality Checks happen at various stages of manufacturing.

  • Please note however, as each garment is authentically hand crafted, slight design deviations may occur on lace placement etc. This is not considered a manufacturing fault.
  • Standard fabrication is used, but light dye-lot and fabrication variations may occur from fabric batch to batch. This is an industry related standard and not considered a manufacturing fault.

Once your gown passes the final Quality Check, it is packaged and shipped off to the address you have provided. Our Dispatch Team will send through tracking information so that you can track your parcel.

3. What is made-to-order bridal?

Made-to-order means your dress is uniquely handmade, especially for you in one of our Regular or Plus Size sizes. It is not a standard stock item.

Please refer to the chart below as well as points 10, 11 & 12 regarding sizing and measurements. We are here for you, so if you require any assistance, please email info@maryke.co.za. assistance.

4. What is made-to-measure bridal?

Made-to-measure means your dress is uniquely handmade exclusively for you, according to your personal measurements. Kindly note: this option is only available to brides who purchase directly from our KZN Showroom / Studio and via our online consultations with our designer.

Made-to-measure garments are subject to our designer’s approval.

5. How long does it take to make a dress?

Ideally you should order your dress 8 – 12 months before your wedding date. If your wedding is less than 4 months away, please contact us for the approval of a Priority (rush) order. An additional rush order fee will apply (please refer to point number 8 & 9 below for more information).

The production of a wedding dress is based on your wedding date. We have limited production capacity and the production and delivery timeframe for each design is planned according to the design and specifications ordered. Refer to point number 2 for a brief outline of the process.

Due to limited production capacity, it is advisable to place your order as soon as you are certain of your design. Please don’t hesitate contacting us via info@maryke.co.za if you require further assistance or information.

6. How do I order my wedding dress?

You can place your order through our online store on this website. We are ready to assist you every step of the way.

Step 1: Register your account and login.

Step 2: Select your dress (remember to choose your colour / shade (where applicable), length, train length & size where applicable).

Step 3: Add it to your shopping cart.

Step 4. Proceed to checkout for shipping and Payment options.

Alternatively, you can schedule a KZN Showroom / Studio fitting appointment to experience our special dresses in person or alternative you can schedule an online consultation with our designer.

7. Do you ship worldwide?

Yes, we offer worldwide delivery. Because this is the most important dress you will ever wear, we make use of only the most reputable shipping companies. For international brides our preferred courier company is via DHL Express. Brides based in South Africa will receive their parcels through our preferred / chosen courier service, which is generally The Courier Guy.

8. When do I need to order?

Because our dresses are made-to-order it is advisable to order 8 – 12+ months before your wedding date. This is called the lead time for your dress.

If you require a more urgent delivery, please email info@maryke.co.za and we will do our best to accommodate your order as a Priority (Rush) Order.

  • Please note that an additional charge of 10 – 15% will apply to Priority (Rush) orders. Priority (Rush) orders are orders placed under 4 months before your wedding date.
  • Acceptance of such orders are subject to approval and availability of production capacity. We reserve the right to decline such orders.
9. What happens if I need my dress under 4 months?

If you require a more urgent delivery, please email info@maryke.co.za and we will do our best to accommodate your order as a Priority (Rush) Order.

  • Please note that an additional charge of 10 – 15% of the total garment cost will apply to Priority (Rush) orders. Priority (Rush) orders are orders placed under 4 months before your wedding date.
  • Acceptance of such orders are subject to approval and availability of production capacity. We reserve the right to decline such orders.
10. What size do I order?

VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bridal sizes vary from business to business and is not the same as general retail sizes. So please ensure you familiarise yourself with our size chart in order for you to match your measurements to the closest corresponding size on our size chart.

Maryke cannot be held liable for incorrect size ordered.

Where applicable: The responsibility rests upon you to provide correct and actual measurements and book a professional seamstress / tailor near you for alterations once your dress arrives. Refer to point number 13 for further information regarding alterations.

We highly recommend that you get your measurements taken professionally to ensure accuracy.

It is also your responsibility you compare your measurements to our measurement chart to ensure the correct size dress is ordered. Order the closest size to your measurements.

  • It is important that you provide your actual measurements.
  • We do not take responsibility for incorrect measurements provided.
  • We do not take responsibility for a change in measurements.

If a split size is required (where bust, waist and hip measurements do not correlate with our standard sizes), please email us on info@maryke.co.za to enquire about the process. This will then become a custom / made-to-measure order / purchase and not just a standard made-to-order purchase.

11. How to I take measurements?

We do recommend that you have your measurements taken professionally or at least have assistance when taking your measurements. We have provided this easy diagram on how to take your measurements.

a. Bust – Around the fullest part of your bust, across the nipple (please ensure that the measuring tape is not too high or too low across your back)
b. Waist – The narrowest part of your torso (usually where your hands would naturally sit if you place them in your waist).
c. Hip – The fullest part of your ‘bottom’ (you might have to move the measuring tape up or down a little to make sure you send through the biggest of the measurements you get. Again, ensure that the measuring tape is not too high or too low across your back).
d. Ribcage (underbust) – Measure directly under the bust, where your bra would sit (if you are wearing a bra be careful not to measure over the underwire. Measure under the underwire.
e. Chest – Above your bust (usually with the tape running directly under your underarms. Again, ensure that the measuring tape is not too high or too low across your back).
f. Neck to bust point (nipple) – From your neck to nipple.
g. Shoulder to bust point (nipple) – From the middle of your shoulder to nipple.
h. Shoulder to waist – From middle of shoulder, over nipple to the narrowest part of your waist (usually where your hands would naturally sit if you place them in your waist).
i. Shoulder to floor – From shoulder bone to floor – measure in a straight line, do not curve into the body.
j. Waist to floor – From the smallest part of your waist to floor (again, measure in a straight line).
k. Underbust to top of bust – Measure from under bust (where the underwire of your bra would sit), over the nipple to the edge of desired cup finish.
l. Across front – From the little folds at underarm to the other little fold on the other side.
m. Across back – From the fold at the one end to the fold on the other end.
n. Bicep – Measure the fullest part of your upper arm
o. Sleeve length – Hold your arm at a 40 ̊angle and measure from the shoulder bone to the wrist.

Maryke dresses come standard in one length:

Hollow to hem: 150cm

  • Industry standard dressmaker’s mannequin will be used.
  • Please enquire if you need a different length.

Once your measurements have been received they will be slotted in for production. For questions regarding alterations, refer to point number 13.

12. What happens if I lose weight in the meantime?

VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bridal sizes vary from business to business and is not the same as general retail sizes. So please ensure you familiarise yourself with our size chart in order for you to match your measurements to the closest corresponding size on our size chart.

Maryke cannot be held liable for incorrect size ordered.

Where applicable: The responsibility rests upon you to provide correct and actual measurements and book a professional seamstress / tailor near you for alterations once your dress arrives. Refer to point number 13 for further information regarding alterations.

We highly recommend that you get your measurements taken professionally to ensure accuracy.

It is also your responsibility you compare your measurements to our measurement chart to ensure the correct size dress is ordered. Order the closest size to your measurements.

If a split size is required (where bust, waist and hip measurements do not correlate with our standard sizes), please email us on info@maryke.co.za to enquire about the process. This will then become a custom / made-to-measure order / purchase and not just a standard made-to-order purchase.

13. What happens if my dress requires alterations?

Although Maryke makes every effort to match a gown as closely to size ordered or in the case of custom / made-to-measure a bride’s measurements, some alterations may be required to ensure a perfect fit. Alteration costs are not included in our prices and are the responsibility of the client.

Dresses are manufactured according to the size chosen or measurements provided and submitted at the time of slotting them in for production. Maryke will not be held liable for a bride’s change in measurements due to but not limited to e.g. losing / putting on weight in between the ordering and delivery of a garment.

The length of the dress is manufactured according to the standard options provided and may require adjustment on receipt (by a seamstress / tailor in your area). Maryke will not take responsibility for dress lengths due to changes in shoes height etc. Please refer to point 1 regarding the dress lengths offered.

We are more than happy to offer guidance / advice to your chosen seamstress or tailor. Contact us on aftersales@maryke.co.za.

14. How do I know if a style will suit me?

If you have any concerns reading a style or design, contact us via info@maryke.co.za for assistance. You are also welcome to request an online consultation (please note there is an appointment fee payable for online consultations).

It is also helpful to send through a few photos of you in swimwear or tight fitting clothing in order for us to get a sense of your body shape and better assist you.

For online consultations, please let us know where in this beautiful world you are situated, in order for us to take time zone differences into account when scheduling your call.

A little side note: Our owner and head designer Maryke has more than 25 years of experience in bridal and evening wear (and over 3 decades of sewing experience alone).

15. Can I customize my dress?

We are happy to combine a bodice with a different style skirt, provided they are from our Collection designs.

This will be treated as a custom order and is subject to approval. As changes may result in increased cost, a quotation will be sent through to you with all the additional terms and conditions thereof.

Maryke reserves the right to refuse any customisation.

  • Please bear in mind that customisation may affect the lead time of an order.
  • Customisation is not available on Priority (Rush) Orders, unless pre-approved by Maryke.

Please email info@maryke.co.za with your request and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If your request is approved, we will provide you with a quotation as well as the next steps involved in the process.

16. Do I need special underwear?

We advise brides to opt for seamless underwear in a neutral shade that is the closest match to your skin. Almost all of our dresses have some form of bra cups sewn in, most of which can be easily removed unless otherwise stated in the product description. Should you feel you need more bust support, your local seamstress / tailor can sew a bra or the cups of a bra into your dress.

Feel free to contact aftersales@maryke.co.za if you, your seamstress / tailor need guidance in this area.

17. Can I request a fabric swatch?

Should you wish to request a swatch of our beautiful fabrics before you commit to your order, contact us directly on info@maryke.co.za. Please specify the style and colourway you are requesting the swatch for (some styles have various colourway options available).

  • Note that the shipping cost for this is charged additionally and an additional admin & shipping fee of R490 will apply. These charges will be communicated and invoiced once we have received your email request.
18. The Maryke Brand is a South African Brand with a heart for local

Each Maryke dress is handmade (to order) in our South African Studio, based in the picturesque town of Hilton (KZN), on the outskirts of the beautiful KZN Midlands Meander. Everything is done in-house by our team of highly skilled seamstresses and professionals.

Each gown is handled with utmost love and care and are here for you before, during and after your ordering process.

Each dress is created through a thoughtful process of applied skill and time.

We practice the following principles as far as we can:

  • Our garments are what is called / classified as slow fashion. They are not mass produced and made-to-order. Our wedding dresses are not mass produced or made abroad.
  • Our seamstresses are talented and skilled women, employed from the local community.
  • We source our fabrics and laces from local, South African suppliers as far as possible.
  • We do not carry stock of our dresses, which reduces wastage.
  • Our off-cuts are donated to local community sewing projects, where it is applied and re-purposed by students.
  • We believe in supporting our immediate community. Those booking a Maryke Showroom / Studio appointment (currently in Hilton, KZN South Africa only), have access to a delicious cup of coffee and biscuits from a local coffee roaster & artisan.
19. How long has Maryke been making wedding dresses?

‘’I have an insatiable love and passion for what I do. Each wedding dress is as special to me as the bride who will be wearing it’’. Maryke, South African designer, owner and head designer of Maryke.

This passion cannot be described. It can only be felt once you step into a Maryke wedding dress. You are instantly transformed. Your confidence levels are cranked up a notch (or 10) and you feel exactly as beautiful as you are.

We pride ourselves in delivering authentically designed wedding dresses of utmost quality. Our owner and head designer Maryke has more than 25 years of experience in Bridal and Evening Wear. In total she has over 30 years of sewing experience, with extensive knowledge of wedding gown construction.

Your dress is not a mass produced number somewhere in the world. It is individually hand crafted with passion and skill, especially for you.

Our dedicated team is here for you before, during and after the ordering process and assist with any questions you may have all the way from measurements, shipping details right through to the delivery of your dress.

We cannot wait for you to become a Maryke Bride.

Much love
Maryke & Team
xx