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ello lovely readers and engaged couples! It’s my privilege to be Nubian Bride’s new editor and I’m delighted to play a part in helping you make arrangements for your big day. I hope we inspire you and help you make your dream wedding a reality. We’ve made a few changes to your favourite wedding magazine, which I hope you will enjoy. Look out for the new Trends page that features some of the hottest and most innovative local wedding ideas. We’ve also added a new Wedding Planner section to our Décor Theme pages. We’ve interviewed some of the best wedding planners in South Africa – all of these guys will go the extra mile for you. I particularly love the cover concept, which we’ve carried out in the Planning section, and the main fashion spread. It’s the ultimate wedding fantasy full of bight, happy colours – a whimsical take on the biggest day in most couple’s lives. We let our imagination take flight as we wanted to incorporate the joie de vivre of Spring with the magical nature of weddings. We took that sense of childhood wonder and happiness which being at a fair or theme park brings, and combined it with the ultimate step into adulthood: getting married. Since I got married recently, I know all too well the pressure that goes with planning a wedding. It’s over a year of hard work, compromises and trying to make everyone happy. But as scary as it can all be, it’s worth seeing it all come together so beautifully on the day! My most valuable piece of advice to spouses-to-be is to savour every second of their wedding day, and to not sweat the small stuff. Yes, it may be annoying that something didn’t come together as flawlessly as you’d hoped, but nobody knows this but you – so take a deep breath, a sip of champagne and smile! Enjoy it, the day will be over before you know it. So sit back, relax, take a breather away from everything else, grab your copy of Nubian Bride and let us help you dream a perfect dream for your wedding day!

COPY EDITING Anita van der Merwe CONTRIBUTORS Julia Mafcher, Sulaiman Philip, Princess Langa, Dion Viljoen, DDC Photography, Tim Hulme, Amanda Custodio, Karen Dalton, Kelly Sadie COVER Creative Direction Steven MacBeth Design Tumi Sibambo and Justine Kerr Repro Naomi e’Camara Photography Tim Hulme Produced and styled by Claudia Pillay Hair and make-up Renton Wade, Red Hot Productions Model Shyline from Boss Models Dress and shoes La Collezione Dei Conti | | +27 76 878 6878 Jewellery Jewel Africa | | +27 11 011 9107 Shot on location at Brightwater Commons PUBLISHER Gina Borthwick | MANAGING DIRECTOR Eric Bornman | PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Dion Viljoen | SALES TEAM Luc Valentino Kazaba, Ayesha Pillay, DJ Snazz, Janine Borthwick, Robyn Botha, Loftus Chiromo, Turbo Thomas FINANCIAL MANAGER Anup Govan DISTRIBUTION Mashudu Mufhadi On the Dot PUBLISHER Ballyhoo Media: a division of Ballyhoo Trading Company Reg No 2007/207595/23 14 Sixth Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2193 PO Box 3125, Parklands, 2121 Tel: 086 111 4626 Fax: 086 670 6429 PRINTED BY LEITAM BUSINESS SOLUTIONS Nubian Bride is published biannually by Ballyhoo Media. Opinions expressed in Nubian Bride are not necessarily those of Ballyhoo Media. No responsibility can be accepted for errors, as all information is believed to be correct at the time of going to print. Copyright subsists in all work in this magazine. Any reproduction or adaptation, in whole or in part, without written permission from the publishers is strictly prohibited and is an act of copyright infringement that may, in certain circumstances, constitute a criminal offence.

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CONTENTS FEATURES 15 16 24 29 32 34

Be a Trendsetter Perfect Planning: The magic of colour Designer Studio: Asanda Madyibi Wedding Etiquette: Say ‘yes’ to a gift registry The Great Debate: To change or not to change? Heritage: ‘I do’... Zulu meets Tsonga

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Amour Éternel: Bringing your fairytale wedding dress dreams to life African Splendour: A colourful and stylish combination of traditional and modern fashion

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For Her: Shopping for the bride For Him: Shopping for the groom For Bridesmaids: Shopping for the bridal party For Flower Girls: Shopping for the youngest and cutest of the bridal party The Gown Pages: Find your dream wedding dress


Real Weddings: Check out some fabulously stylish wedding celebrations Cakes and Flowers: A feast for the eyes and the mouth Wedding Planners and Décor Themes: The latest trends for your reception Ideal Venues: Find the perfect spot to say ‘I do’


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Gauteng: Johannesburg, Muldersdrift and Pretoria KwaZulu-Natal: Durban, Drakensberg and the Midlands The Cape: Cape Town and the Winelands The Eastern Cape: East London, Port Elizabeth and the Garden Route

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Be a Trendsetter You don’t need a crystal ball to see that these new wedding ideas are hot! We love these swoon-worthy creations; after all, nothing says ‘you’ more than a bespoke item. Happy planning, and enjoy! Carteirra Wine

Wedding Emporium Bespoke Fragrance collection Wedding Emporium now offer brides-to-be a chance to design their very own wedding fragrance. To ensure that your fragrance really is one of a kind, you get to create and design the perfume and the packaging – it will never be reproduced once you’ve done it! If you can dream it, they will create it.

Black Lace Skin Jewelry These gorgeous little transfers or stick-ons, which also come with options of elements of Swarovski crystals, are the latest musthave in skin art. They come in gorgeous colours of black, white, champagne and gold – and it looks amazing on dark skin. Bold, bright and beautiful, we love how it transforms your look.

This is the latest, and we think one of the coolest, wedding activities out there – blend and serve your very own wedding wine! Carteirra offers couples their very own personalised winemaking journey. You get to blend your own wine, red, white or bubbly, design the label and serve this at your wedding. Guests can even get mini bottles as wedding favours. For the nondrinkers there’s also a cool olive oil option!

The SA School of Weddings If you’re looking for a trained extra pair of hands to help you make sure your wedding goes off perfectly, look no further than the SA School of Weddings. This Johannesburg-based school is the only industry-endorsed wedding planning school and they let you use a student to do all your wedding planning running around! They get the experience and you get extra help.

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What better way to show off your wedding cake than a hand-made, mini-me version of you and your new spouse as cake toppers? Cupcakes ‘n’ Candy can do anything from a romantic knight in shining armour sweeping the bride off her feet to little golf-playing figurines and everything in between.

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THE MAGIC OF COLOUR There’s something miraculous about weddings – it’s the start of a shared promise of a life together, and the day you’ve been dreaming of for years! Your vision for your special day is magic only you can conjure, and you want everything to be perfect. Draw some enchanting inspiration from the lovely ladies of Bright Studio, Dalton & Bloom and Custo Photo. By Bright Studio




pring has sprung! It’s all around us in the cheerful flowers and the green grass that beckons, even in our clothes. Looking at the catwalks, big and bold 1970s florals are definitely back for spring and summer – but with a modern twist. So why not incorporate that vibrancy and effervescent bubbliness into your wedding, from your flowers to your stationery? It doesn’t necessarily have to be part of your fabric but imagine a bold and striking floral palette that makes your guests sit up and take notice. Picture a kaleidoscope of colours coming together in your ahead-of-the-trend stationery, tables dripping with lush blooms, gorgeous bright bouquets, and riots of colourful and delicate flowers decorating you and your bridesmaids’ hair. Make your guests feel like they’ve jumped on a magical merry-go-round that transported them to a world of colour. Think ruffles, feathers, sequins and exotic shades of aqua, orange and hot pink – nothing is off limits and everything is as big and beautiful as you want it to be.


Strict symmetry and structure is definitely out when it comes to achieving this look in terms of floral design. The ombré look is still very big

and Karen Dalton of Dalton & Bloom created the same mood of fading and flowing for the floral arrangements. The key is to not use traditional toned-down wedding colours but to go for the beautiful bold blooms available in springtime colours: oranges, yellows, reds and hot pinks to deep violets. Differences in height of the arrangements will also add interest to your tables. Karen says, “Don’t be afraid of bright colours. When arranged correctly, they can bring a wonderful, vibrant energy to your event. Throw out the rule book, be brave and simply select blooms that excite you.” Another upside of choosing colourful blooms is that they can be less expensive than the white neutral flowers, especially during the ‘wedding seasons’. Karen explains her flower selection by saying, “I use the entire colour wheel and set out to create a rainbow effect with blooms, from bright yellow to deep plum, choosing more by colour than type!” Create drama and texture by including exotic-looking stems like bromelias that come in the most incredible colours. Another favourite for dramatic colour are celosias. Speak with your floral designer ahead of time if you want something unique at your wedding… Everyone loves working with a trendsetting bride! |




If you’re using bold colours, a flamboyant bouquet is a must – just make it big! Choose an extra-length cascading arrangement or the more modern full and messy type bouquet. Let your personality shine through your flowers and inspire your guests with your brave choices. Remember, your bouquet will be in many of your photos so make it a statement piece.


This look is definitely for the more adventurous bride and will speak volumes about who you are. It is loud, and proud of it! So don’t be afraid to go for a wild card when it comes to your wedding gown: think sequins (like the gorgeous gold sequin and chiffon gown by Biji on p.17), bold detailing (we love the white zipper number above by Spero Villioti) and do the same for your bridesmaids – add colour, texture and details like playful bows, ruffles or pleats (bridesmaids’ dresses above are by Spero Villioti). You can also add a twist by opting for statement jewellery pieces but remember the ‘either or’ rule and don’t overdo it! Either use the statement jewellery, or consider skin jewellery like what was used in this shoot on the models’ ears and bodies for some night-time glamour.


For the colourful theme, nothing less than a carnival-worthy cake will do. The upcoming trend for 2015 is looking very bright indeed when the Pantone colour of the year was announced as ‘Radiant Orchid’ – it is gorgeous and vibrant




and can be mixed with so many other colours. A mix of colour and patterning was used to make the cake a true pièce de résistance. A great tip is to ask the florist to add the same flowers used in the table arrangements onto the top of the cake, or even cascading down. It will form a lovely entity and look completely customised. The ‘satin-all-over’ look is also starting to phase out as brides are moving away from fondant finishes. TOP TIP Trending at the moment are buttercream cakes, with techniques like “scraping” the butter cream or adding in patterns.


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What’s the biggest lesson you learned at Sun Goddess? It introduced to me dealing with, shall we say, “elite and pedantic clients”. One of the greatest lessons I learned was how to deal with people. As much as that gave me a good grounding, I still had to learn that the buck stops here, with me. It’s a whole different story when it’s your name on the door. Now I realise just how big a role accountability plays in my life. How did you get into wedding gowns? Wedding gowns were a natural progression for me, because for me custom making things is the same as working at the couture level, which is similar to the



wedding dress level. The couture level, like the wedding dress level, is where a client gives you a theme and you must produce a fairytale. Everyone wants to be an individual but you want to be a well-crafted, beautifully finished individual. You want your style to reflect who you are and you want to look good, have something that flatters your best assets and downplays your worst. I did my first wedding dress after I’d left Sun Goddess, for an ex-colleague. Then I did another white dress for a friend, and there was no turning back. What do you love most about doing wedding gowns? Designing a wedding gown is an incredible feeling! It doesn’t matter how rough the journey is, because when the bride sees the dress and can’t believe you did this, and even you can’t believe this is your work, it’s such an amazing moment. There is also something magical about fulfilling someone’s dreams for such a big day. I love that one day grandchildren are going to look at these

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hat made you want to be a fashion designer? It wasn’t a conscious decision, it just happened. I knew I wanted to do something with art but when I got accepted for fashion design, I just went with it. It helped that I’d grown up with my granny’s sewing around me, so I knew how to do it properly. Studying fashion, I gradually fell in love with it as I thoroughly enjoyed all the exploring and experimenting. However, my first job was a drag as there wasn’t much creative expression – I just worked on men’s clothes. But I embraced my next job, at Sun Goddess, and there my love affair with fashion took flight! That’s where the fashion-is-art concept came alive for me and I could unleash my creative side.

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I don’t want to do the average and in design that’s hard to do as you don’t want to be gimmicky or dramatic for the sake of being dramatic How would you describe your design style? I’d have to say I’m a great designer because of my versatility and because my style is so experimental. My style is also very hand-orientated and there’s lots of crafting. I don’t want to do the average and in design that’s hard to do as you don’t want to be gimmicky or dramatic for the sake of being dramatic. I recently met someone who said to me they’ve been watching me since I left Sun Goddess. They said, “I love that your style is always evolving, it’s the one thing that makes you unique – the fact that you’re always experimental and open to trying out new things.” That meant a lot to me as it shows that people are taking note of what I can do. What are the current must-have trends for brides? Fashion moves in cycles, whether it’s street wear or bridal. There’s always more than one trend at a time. Right now bridal fashion is very feminine, hence we’re totally in love with lace – it’s not going to let up soon. Also currently very big is the minimalist trend, but with a theme, for example Gatsby. It’s simple but with character and something more. I love that in SA we’re so open to experimentation – you can have a red lace wedding dress and



get away with it. We know how to make that work, for example we will add an Indian or a traditional African feel to it. What’s the ultimate wedding wow factor for you? It’s all about being an individual and bringing in your own personality. I just loved Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress. It was amazing, so very couture! Givenchy had done that range a few years back but it had never really translated into a wedding dress until Kim’s dress. It was sexy and romantic and so classy – everything a wedding dress should be. The craftsmanship was unbelievable and it was a well thought-out dress. What the best bit about designing for celebrity clients? The only difference in dealing with celebs is it’s like their wedding at every function, especially the evening ones. They want to be on trend and look forward-thinking, but they’re often conservative. When a celebrity wears your clothes, it’s a brand endorsement but also a sort of kinship as you have to be on the same wavelength. I particularly enjoy dressing Unathi Msengana because she’s been such a loyal client through the years and we’ve grown together. As her brand grows, so does mine.


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Registering for wedding gifts is a fun and enjoyable exercise – who doesn’t love the picking without the paying? Just remember, the items you pick here will be the building blocks for your everyday life! So here’s a bit of advice to help get the best gift registry possible and hopefully reign in a click-happy partner. By Princess Langa


wedding registry is more than just a list of wants – it represents the life a couple imagines together down to the smallest detail. The days of receiving two toasters are long over and thanks to the internet, most gift registries can be done online. But before you embark on that all-important decision on which silverware to use to cut your sirloin steak with, or which porcelain gravy boat will make your in-laws jealous, just remember there is an art to registering for those perfect must-have gifts.

She says in her experience couples were still adding classic kitchenware tools, appliances, tableware, quality bed linen and towels to their list. ‘‘However, these days couples who have already been living together like to upgrade to premium quality versions of the ‘classics’, or try something new like outdoor and picnic gear, wines and craft beer, or designer and quirky brands,” she says.

Fiona Hilton, head of registries at, says the registry market has grown rapidly over the last 20 years in SA. “Only 10 years ago it was still seen as ‘taboo’ to have a wedding registry, whereas in Europe, the USA and other countries it’s been a regular part of the wedding planning process since the 1960s. ‘‘However, things have changed as couples realise wedding guests will want to buy them gifts for the home regardless, and they may as well ask for items they genuinely want and need,” says Fiona.

Do set up your registry early. Wedding planners advise this should be high up on your list of priorities. Don’t register at just one location. Spread it out. Choosing two or three places gives your family and friends a little more choice when it comes to shopping for you. Do register for a nice variety of gifts and spread them out across various price ranges. Don’t be shy. Don’t shrug off those time-honoured items. Sure you might not

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PoPular registry items need a toaster but go ahead and get a juicer or blender. Do try to wait to use the presents that arrive before the wedding. As excited as you might be to test drive that gravy boat, be patient and rather break it out after the wedding day. Don’t ask for money outright but stage your request in a polite, subtle manner. Maybe try a little rhyme or poem – just so it softens the request a little. It also helps if you avoid using the word money or cash. Think along these lines: “If you’d like to help send us on way a financial contribution would make our day. But if you’d prefer to outfit our home, Yuppiechef or Boardmans is where you should roam.”

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TOP TIP Give your guests an option, so opt for both a registry and asking for some cash. That way those who would feel uncomfortable with giving cash can get you a gift instead. Do be prompt with the thankful notes. Nobody likes an ungrateful couple. Ensure it’s thoughtful. Email and phone calls don’t count, this calls for going old-school. So yes, break out the fancy paper and get writing. DO... • add a good range of products in different price points to suit all budgets. • add enough gifts to give your guests enough choice. • keep your registry updated with new products all the time. • remember to put the store names and your registry details on your invitation so guests know where to go. DON’T... • just go for the seasonal/trendy stuff – you’ll appreciate the classics in a few years’ time! • shy away from big ticket items – guests often love to club together to buy you something really special, like a Kitchenaid mixer, so make sure you let your close group of pals know that it is an option. • forget to encourage your guests to buy off your registry so you get what you want, and not 10 platters or five toasters!



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TO CHANGE OR NOT TO CHANGE... that is the question To paraphrase Shakespeare: “What’s in a name? After all, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet...” Nubian Bride’s editor, Claudia Pillay, and her fairly new husband, Mujahid Padayachy, go head to head over the issue of name changing and tell us how they resolved it


really love my husband and he is one of the best men I know. Kind, thoughtful, understanding and extremely generous with awesome legs, there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for me. He also knows how to work the business end of a mop and is a dab hand at the washing! So while he’s a bit of a sports-crazy jock (my exact opposite) he’s still highly evolved. Which is why the battle of changing my name is not one I expected to fight. So when my reasonable, understanding, laid-back husband reverted to some caveman like behaviour, it was a surprise. All this sudden rearing up into an alpha-




male pose missed were the words, “Me Caveman, you Mrs Caveman!” It seems that after the wedding I was going to be Mrs Mujahid Padayachy, no questions asked. And while I was eager to wed and finally ready to check the ‘Mrs’ box, I knew I wasn’t ready to change my name. “Why should I?” I sulked like a teenager not allowed to go to the dance. So what if this is the conventional way? For more than three decades I was Claudia Pillay, journalist, reader, shopaholic, shoe lover and good friend to many – was I ready to throw that all in and become the unknown Mrs Padayachy? I wanted to join my life with this man and proudly stand next to I wanted to join my life with him as his wife, but did that mean I had to lose myself entirely? this man and proudly stand I considered double-barreling next to him as his wife, but but being Claudia Claire Pillaydid that mean I had to lose Padayachy (CCPP) was not an option. Somewhat passionately myself entirely?


I laid out my arguments – mainly that after more than 10 years as a journalist, I’d built up a suitable portfolio as Claudia Pillay and I didn’t want to lose it. Besides, the Pillay me had finally made the move to being an editor! That old me had worked hard to get here – why should the new Mrs Padayachy get all the glory? Not exactly the best argument but it was important to me. Adding salt to all of these wounds, climbing into the bureaucracy that is Home Affairs is no-one’s idea of a good time! I’d have to get a new ID, passport, driver’s licence, bank cards, plus change my name on all my numerous loyalty cards. After planning a wedding, a mini-moon (short honeymoon), dealing with end-of-year deadlines, plus finalising a five-week-long honeymoon in Asia – was this my next task? I even now shudder at the thought and selfishly proclaimed that if I lose this battle, I’m taking my husband with me and he has to stand behind me in every queue! I could see his main point, that when we have children, we should all have the same surname. I was also flattered with his honest and somewhat bewildered response to all my passionate arguments, “But baby, I just want the world to know that you’re my wife and that we’re a team.” That, combined with a dimpled grin and an exhilarating fistpumping “Team Padayachay!” had me laughing. Ironically, in the end it was all taken out of our hands, it seemed. When you register a marriage, unless you specify that you’re keeping your maiden name, it automatically changes to your husband’s! How very patriarchal. So while the system may have me as Mrs Padayachy, I continue to be known professionally as Ms Pillay and will, when the time comes, slowly change my name – like when I’m getting that new smart card ID or renewing my driver’s licence. But honestly, I’m proud to be Mrs Padayachy, even though I’m still surprised when I’m addressed as such. I guess I’ll have to revel in the frisson of schadenfreude when he gets called Mr Pillay when we go away on work trips or mini-breaks I’ve booked...


eing an open-minded young man of the 21st century, I feel I am more evolved than my father at the same HIS stage in his life. But when the issue came VIEW up with my fiancée of her changing her name to mine, I must say I reverted to a more traditional way of thinking. I’m a firm believer in most

modern views of society – on being accepting of different points of view and open to different things – but the caveman in me reared it’s rather ugly head the minute the topic came up. I had just automatically assumed she would change her name to mine and well, be happy about it! It was, after all, the way things were done. My point of view stemmed from old-school ways of men who like to think of the woman in their lives as “their own”. Yes, I’m proud to be married to such a wonderful woman and is it so wrong that I’d want the world to know that Ms Pillay is now Mrs Padayachy? We had taken the ultimate step, we had joined our lives (and names) because we were going to start a life together.

My point of view stemmed from old-school ways of men who like to think of the woman in their lives as “their own” There are so many admin issues to handle when it comes to changing your name but I feel it is a rite of passage we all have to go through. Or, rather, that it was something that women, specifically, had to go through when they get married. Being a traditionalist, I thought why mess with that? Let’s just say that my wife was a bit thrown off by this attitude as she had never seen this side of me and, to be honest, neither have I. Just issuing dictates and expecting them to be followed is not my style at all – and here I was doing exactly that! But to me the changing of my wife’s surname is part of marriage and it is expected. My wife, being very opinionated and independent, didn’t see it the same way. This was my introduction to married life and it was my first lesson that most things are a compromise with your partner – as it is not just ‘my life’ any more, it is ‘our life’, and decisions are made together for everything. So we chatted about it and came to the compromise that she would carry on using her maiden name for work and her married name for pretty much everything else, which to me seemed like a good compromise. I have realised that in the greater scheme of things, Claudia changing her name means nothing. She will still love me and as we get ready to welcome our first child into our new family, together we will provide a loving environment for the little guy to come into… providing he gets my name, of course [laughs]. |


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Zulu meets Tsonga In every African culture, there are certain traditional procedures that need to be followed when a man wishes to marry. But what happens when the couple are descendants of the Tsonga, Tswana and Zulu cultures? Palesa and Sello Maake tell Nwabisa Ngumbela how they navigated their cultural differences to make their traditional wedding memorable


upid definitely had a hand in this couple’s initial meeting. They met at a Valentine’s event that Palesa Mboweni-Maake was hosting. Numbers were exchanged, and six months down the line Sello Maake-Ncube couldn’t wait any longer to propose. Sello’s family sent a letter to the Mbowenis, stating their son’s desire to marry their daughter. The lobola negotiations When a man of the Zulu culture has intentions of taking a wife, he consults his parents who give their blessing and then consult the rest of the clan. The patriarchs make plans to meet with the family of the woman. This is called ukulula – the introduction between the two families. The bride’s family then asks their daughter if she knows the young man in question, and when she acknowledges him the families start with lobola negotiations. However, in Palesa and Sello’s case, this was done a little differently. “My two cousins and I were covered in doeks (cloths), and my husband’s family was told to point out the woman their son wanted to marry. They pointed to one of my cousins and we laughed as all of them were convinced my cousin was Sello’s fiancée,” she says. This was done to break the ice and provide some humour – a good bonding point for both families. When a lobola agreement is made, a goat is slaughtered in celebration. This is also done to introduce the woman to the ancestors. After this modest celebration the families depart, to meet again after a few weeks. Then

the woman is taken to the soon-to-be groom’s home where she is put through a series of tests to see if she is the perfect fit for the family. This is a crucial stage of the process because it is this behavioural test that decides the fate of the woman with the love of her life. Putting her to the test The test duration is usually seven days. The young woman is sent along with a matriarch from her family, which the Tsonga call insulu, meaning angel. This woman’s responsibility is to see that the prospective bride does not embarrass her family by waking up late or acting lazy. She must abide by the older woman’s rules or she risks being sent home by her soon-to-be in-laws. During this phase, she is not allowed to communicate with her mother-in-law; all communication is done through her insulu. This is to show respect for the in-laws. By the end of this period, if the groom’s family is not satisfied, they send her home back to her mother to be ‘taught manners’. This is a polite way of saying she does not meet their standards and they ask for their lobola to be given back. However, if the bride-to-be has proven to be a perfect fit for the family, they proceed with lobola. The final celebration When the bridal price has been paid in full, the matriarchs of the bride’s family take the bride to the groom’s family home. At this point the bride is also accompanied by amahlonisa – bridesmaids. When they get to the groom’s family, only the older women are allowed to go in. |



Amahlonisa and the bride are ordered to sit outside the groom’s homestead, until they have been ‘welcomed’. The welcome is done in the form of money. The money is also expected to be accompanied with the finest brandy and traditional beer. Once the groom’s family is satisfied with the ‘welcome’, she and her bridesmaids are allowed to crawl inside on all fours. Walking is forbidden until the bride is fully accepted into the groom’s family. The woman is taken to a bedroom where she sits with a doek covering her eyes. The older women of both the families give her advice on how a man is treated. She is also given a new name, as she is no longer a girl but a woman, and a fully-fledged member of her new clan. Then the real celebrations begin. The older women sing traditional wedding songs and do the Xibelana, a traditional Xitsonga dance performed at special occasions. The Zulu people also celebrate by doing their cultural dance. Just as Palesa and Sello so neatly navigated all the traditional aspects of their big day, so too have they merged their lives and families into one. After all, with her good looks and business acumen setting off his chiselled features and silver tongue, they’re a winning combination.

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BLANKETS Peter Tlholoe, author of Faces of a Blanket and a director at Aranda Blankets, explained the cultural significance of blankets when, people from Tsonga and Zulu cultures marry. “The Tsonga and Pedi are the only two groups who don’t have a cultural blanket of their own. However, following the groom’s tradition the blanket handover ceremony starts at the Umabo. “It is the bride’s responsibility to know how many blankets she has to give to the groom’s family. She will hand blankets to her new in-laws and family members. The groom is the last one to receive a blanket.”

Photos supplied by bride and groom, courtesy of DRUM magazine. Photographer Tumelo Leburu

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Kgomotso Thato

& 76



Where and how did you meet? Kgomotso: We met at Thato’s 21st birthday party; I went with a friend of mine. Thato interrogated me about my hair, which was apparently too gorgeous to be mine. We exchanged numbers and met up a few weeks later for numerous long picnics – the rest, as they say, is history. Thato: We met a few months before my birthday; Kgomotso doesn’t remember that. How did he propose? We were on holiday at a Game Lodge and Spa in Bela Bela. It was a very intimate and private moment. Please provide a short description of your wedding day. K: The theme for the wedding was ‘love is’; we wanted the wedding to be soft, romantic, whimsical and dreamy but still natural with no bling. It was a celebration of our love, with our closest family and friends. T: Kgomotso is a stickler for order and structure, so everyone knew their role and Oakfield wedding venue did not disappoint. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Absolutely nothing. It was exactly what we wanted. What was the highlight of your day? K: The wedding ceremony. Walking down the aisle on my father’s arm, seeing my mom’s teary eyes, walking towards the man that I absolutely adore and being surrounded by friends and family. The vows |



were also amazingly personal and special. It felt like the start of a new chapter in our beautiful love story. T: The reception, where we showed off our dance moves. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? K: It just felt right. T: It was a proud moment for me. It was also a humbling moment when individuals said we are an inspiration to both the young and older guests. Where did you go on honeymoon? We chose East Africa as our honeymoon destination because Thato loves the African continent. We chose to move the honeymoon to our one-year wedding anniversary because we were going on a work-related trip just after the wedding. What advice would you give to a soon-to-be bride? Plan the wedding together, it’s a great way to bond. Be kind and considerate of each other’s ideas; the wedding day is just one day, you have your whole marriage ahead of you. Photography Laura Jansen Photography | | +27 11 234 2669 Venue and catering Oakfield Farm | | + 27 11 933 3464 Wedding gown White by Vera Wang (brought in by a friend who lives in Los Angeles) Flowers and décor Magnifique Floral Art | Cake Kelly Jayne’s | | +27 11 954 4153 Videographer Kala/Mine Productions +27 73 775 5199 / +27 76 051 2604 Suit tailoring Slimfit Swaag | +27 82 462 0808 Hairdresser Le’Fante Beauty Salon | +27 72 473 7423 Make-up artist Stephy Ramokoni | + 27 72 648 3839

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Carmen Desmond

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Where and how did you meet? We met four years ago when I was doing a work presentation, but nothing ever came of it. After our initial meeting, Desmond was moved into my immediate team by our company. Even so, our relationship remained platonic until November 2012. Then it changed from professional to highly personal! How did he propose? Desmond’s initial wedding proposal had to be rescheduled; the ring was not ready at the time. As a result he had to make some compromises on the final day. He made me pack a bag without a word as to what he was up to, but I suspected he had the ring. We both got dressed up in our evening wear and he took me to a surprise destination – Signature, where we had our first date. I didn’t know if he was going to propose or not and couldn’t wait any more, so I just asked him. He told me he didn’t bring the ring because his plan didn’t pan out the way he wanted it to. But when I turned around he was on one knee. I cannot even remember what he said because I was so overwhelmed and happy. Please tell us shortly about your wedding day. We didn’t want a ‘traditional’ wedding. We wanted to be sure our wedding was a reflection of who we are, and we wanted to connect with everyone there. We both love the energy and passion of the city, so when we saw Randlords, we simply knew that that was where we were going to host our reception. Rhema, our spiritual home, was where the ceremony was held. We also chose to have a small wedding with only close friends and family, and had to convince our families to buy into the idea of only 80 guests. And thankfully they did. We both wanted simple, clean lines at the wedding: from the cake to the table settings it had to be classy. Even though there were one or two glitches on the day (my wedding car didn’t arrive so my dad had to drive me in Desmond’s car) everything was exactly what we had hoped it would be and we got the experience we both |


REAL WEDDINGS wanted. I can honestly say that we thoroughly enjoyed our wedding – the perfect way to start the marriage we wanted to create. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? I would have loved Desmond’s late dad to have been there to witness our day, but his mom presented us with an incredible portrait of his dad on the day, which simply added another unforgettable touch to an already incredible day. What was the highlight of your day? Our vows – they were not the standard rehearsed vows and each of our vows were different. Our pastor combined everything we had said we wanted our marriage to be about and ensured that we committed to it on our special day, which really made it unique and special for us. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? I still feel like the luckiest woman alive as he always treats me like a precious gift. Where did you go on honeymoon? We had our traditional wedding the next day. Two days later we flew off to Madrid, Spain, followed by Barcelona and then Lisbon, Portugal, followed by a week at the beach in The Algarve, Portugal. The honeymoon was an amazing way to wind down and enjoy each other. What advice would you give to a soon-to-be bride? Remember the wedding day is one day – your marriage has to last a lifetime. Make this day a symbol of what you’d like your life together to be about. This is not just about you, it’s about the man you are about to make your husband and it’s about your families becoming one. Photography On Air Entertainment | Leander +27 82 782 8718 | Wedding management and design Corinne Makoka |   Wedding coordinator Corinne Makoka |   Venue Randlords | Wedding gown Michelangela Boutique | Cake Annica’s Deli | Stationery Sesonke Stationery For more pictures visit



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Lebo Phumlani

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Where and how did you meet? Phumlani and I met in September 2007 at my cousin’s wedding (he’s friends with my cousin) but we only started dating in November 2012. How did he propose? Phumlani was very nervous that day. I remember at lunch he even dropped and broke a plate at the restaurant. Later on we were supposed to go out for dinner where he’d planned to propose. Unfortunately we had too much to eat at lunch so we ordered room service instead. He proposed during our light dinner, popping the question out of nowhere. Please tell us shortly about your wedding day. It was the most beautiful day ever, emotional and filled with so much love! If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? Maybe we’d invite a few more guests. What was the highlight of your day? For a rather romantic Phumlani, putting the ring on Lebo’s finger meant the most to him. Lebo says, “My highlight of the day was hearing the priest announce us as Mr and Mrs Kubheka. It was very special.” How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? We were both excited and happy that the day had finally come and that we were now married. |



Where did you go on honeymoon? We are going next year. What advice would you give a soon-to-be bride? Plan what you want well in advance – the sooner you know what you want, the better. Get a wedding planner/coordinator so that you’re not stressed. Keep calm and relax! Photography Christiaan David | Wedding management and design Weddings by Marius | Wedding coordinator Weddings by Marius | Venue Lavender Hill Estate | Wedding gown Pronovias Sandton | +27 11 784 2000 Flowers Marlise Blignaut | Cake Corli de Wet | Stationery Lara’s Designs | For more pictures visit



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Songezo Humile

& 88



Where and how did you meet? We met at a mutual friend’s house. How did he propose? We were relaxing at his house and then he surprised me by giving me a present. When I opened it there was a ring inside and he explained it was a promise ring. I was thrilled when he asked me to be his wife! Please provide a short description of your wedding day. It was a magical day and I really enjoyed it. If you could change one thing about your wedding day, what would it be? I wanted it to go on for longer. I definitely would have had the DJ stay on until later in the night. What was the highlight of your day? It would have to be driving to the ceremony in the Rolls Royce! It’s such a luxurious car. I loved every second of my journey. How did it feel to finally stand next to each other as husband and wife? It was scary but exciting. What advice would you give to a soon-to-be bride? I found it is key that you appoint good wedding planners – I could not have done it without them. They were very professional and knew exactly what I wanted. |



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Café Fleur Saffron Green Chameleon Ecozest +27 44 382 1801 Saffron The Wedding Specialist Café Fleur Bliss Floral Creations The Bloom Room Ecozest +27 44 382 1801 The Bloom Room The Bloom Room Ecozest +27 44 382 1801 Saffron The Bloom Room Café Fleur

Wedding wonderland Feast your eyes on the latest trends and designs – from feathers to extravangant centrepieces, we feature everything you need to help you create your dream wedding


The Aleit Group, a class act in wedding planning

Welcome to our brand-new feature on wedding coordinators, where we profile three outstanding professionals. The Aleit Group has the experience to organise world-class events and nothing is too much trouble for them


hat are the hottest wedding trends right now? The wedding industry is quite competitive and being on par with the latest trends sets you apart from your competitors – that’s why we are on trend every time. Couples are always looking for the next best thing, and want to keep up with what is new and exciting. Colour: Don’t be afraid to play with colour – be it soft shades or bold pops with metallic accents. Classic white will always be very popular but colour is gaining a much stronger presence. Embellishment: We’re seeing a lot of weddings with contemporary edge, vintage craftsmanship and detail. We aren’t just talking about colour here, but classic design periods such as Baroque and Victorian are reborn to include a mix of modern textures, textiles and unique elements. Food: To incorporate something exceptional, go with food stations. They offer a more up-scale version of the traditional buffet, catering to a variety of different tastes. Digital: Technology provides endless options for registries, wedding websites, and event RSVPs online (but don’t forego printed wedding invitations). This provides a more streamlined process. The most important piece of advice you can give someone who’s getting married

is… to use a wedding coordinator to take over the nitty-gritty planning of the wedding. They can point you in the right direction regarding your budget and everything from florists to photographers. They will also deal with potential disasters on the big day. The most common mistake couples make when planning their wedding is… forgetting what a wedding really is all about. It is the day that you as bride and groom get to celebrate your love and start the rest of your lives together. The biggest wedding wow factor you’ve seen was… a gorgeous bride, dazzled in glitz, arriving in a helicopter that landed on a heart-shaped bed of white rose petals next to a picturesque dam. As the helicopter descended, all the rose petals flew through the air. The bride then climbed into a vintage carriage with stately white horses and was escorted to the ceremony area, where she was accompanied down the aisle by nine elegant bridesmaids. The biggest wedding you’ve done was for… a lovely Angolan couple who’s wedding took place at the gorgeous Cavalli Estate. Guests were flown in from across the globe to attend the lavish affair and were treated like royalty at the numerous pre- and post-events. And what was the budget? We can say it went high into the R2 millions, but including accommodation, flights, transfers and additional events, well over R5 million.

What is the strangest thing you’ve seen at a wedding? At one of our recent weddings, as guests became merrier throughout the evening, the coordinators had their hands full with groomsmen throwing a table into a dam. They started with a spoon, then a tray and finally a very expensive designer Italian table. Another strange request was a bride asking for a real lamb at her couple photo shoot at the last minute.

The Aleit Group is South Africa’s premier wedding and events coordination consultancy. The company also includes The Aleit Academy, Aleit Travel, A Place, Aleit Music and Entertainment, aMedia, A-Tek, Stir Food, and Shake and Serve, fully encompassing the catering, bar, staffing, training, travel, venue management, film and graphic design disciplines. This affords us the option to provide the very best, personalised service to every event we coordinate. By paying attention to the finest detail, we create an ambiance that is chic with understated elegance and unique styling – a look and feel tailored to your specific wishes. |



Pastel perfection

Combine complementary pastel colours with gold and white for a sophisticated and elegant affair




Décor and styling OKASIE and A Place | Coordinator The Aleit Group | Flowers OKASIE | Stationery Secret Diary | Photography Vivid Blue Photography | Venue Laurent at Lourensford Estate | |


Michelangelo Towers Mall Maude Street, opposite Sandton Convention Centre (011) 245 4000


Wedding planner extraordinaire, Otto De Jager Events Creativity is his passion, so you can rest assured that right from the inception Otto de Jager’s vision for your event will be a cut above the rest


hat are the hottest wedding trends right now? People are finding there is a delicate balance between traditional and contemporary. That said, it is important to remember marriage is an age-old institution and we need to keep some sacred and traditional elements, but find fresh and new interpretations that work well for the modern bride. Some of the options currently being considered is casual lounge versus formal seating, and food stations versus smarter sit-down dinners. The most important piece of advice you can give someone who’s getting married is… Use a wedding planner who is organised and creative, understands the pitfalls, utilise creative and ingenious concepts, and who can organise and orchestrate the event to ensure the day is perfect in every way. The most common mistake couples make when planning their wedding is… Couples create unrealistic expectations when they look at social media sites such as Pinterest and magazine layouts showing great wedding concepts. And often couples have unrealistic budgets for large guest lists.

The biggest wedding wow factor you’ve seen was… A wedding on a Free State farm that was held under thorn trees, with exposed light bulbs, bustle back chairs and vintage décor. The biggest wedding you’ve done was for… 5,000 guests. It was interesting. What was the strangest thing you’ve seen at a wedding? An ex-girlfriend that was also a bridesmaid.

After 15 years in the business, we pride ourselves on still being a boutique-sized, signature event company specialising in creating functions with a difference. Our strengths lie in bespoke birthday bashes that keep guests talking, product launches and award evenings that inspire, unforgettable anniversary celebrations for those who know what is important, and fairytales come true for any wouldbe bride who walks through our doors. We’re diverse and experienced, so we can offer the complete package – be it for corporate events or private functions, Otto delivers impeccably, always. |


Tubular bells Feel the love with a mix of soft candle light and romantic orchids


All dĂŠcor and styling Otto De Jager Events | 011 447 6780/2 | | |



Planners of distinction: The Wedding and Lifestyle Emporium The exceptional team of Guy Granger and Anton Rautenbach from The Wedding and Lifestyle Emporium know how to create unforgettable experiences that stand out from the rest


hat are the hottest wedding trends right now? Being an individual, and not following the crowd. When we design a wedding, our focus is always on the uniqueness of the couple we are working with – they literally become our creative inspiration. Every detail showcases who they are, and the lifestyle they lead. The most important piece of advice you can give someone who’s getting married is… Keep your focus on what is really important – saying your vows is the highlight of the day, so be physically, emotionally and spiritually prepared. We have noticed that many couples put most of their energy into planning the reception, and while the celebration is wonderful, we believe it should not take centre stage in the run-up to the big day. This is why it is essential to work with a good planner who can take care of the details, while you concentrate on the major things. The most common mistake couples make when planning their wedding is… Trying to do it without professional help. It is a common mistake to assume that employing a wedding designer is expensive, but we actually save money for our clients. The biggest wedding wow factor you’ve seen was… Fireworks set off at sea in Mauritius as the couple cut their cake.

The biggest wedding you’ve done was for… Malenga and Patricia Machel – there were 800 guests in a marquee in Xilembene, Mozambique. And what was the budget? It’s a secret. What was the strangest thing you’ve seen at a wedding? Jelly Tots fashioned into a grapevine with wire hanging over the wine glasses – it wasn’t one of ours! The Wedding and Lifestyle Emporium is the only truly bespoke wedding and lifestyle design company in the world. It is a studio that not only facilitates the planning, coordination, creative process and direction of your wedding, but also personally designs and creates your special day with exceptional creativity and innovation. It is with this forward thinking that we have changed the way weddings are done. When we design your wedding, we will choose the venue with you, design your wedding invitations, the wedding-day stationery, the dress, the suit, the ceremony, the flowers and décor, the food, the entertainment, the gifts and the cake... it is all created to showcase your lifestyle. We offer this personalised service so that you can focus on being physically, emotionally and spiritually prepared for saying your vows on the big day. We create beauty, and you are our inspiration. |


Glamorous lifestyle An elegantly colourful palette created with an extravagantly lush combination of flowers and exquisite attention to detail makes for a celebration fit for royalty


Décor, design and styling Wedding & Lifestyle Emporium Coordination and direction Wedding & Lifestyle Emporium Flower design Wedding & Lifestyle Emporium, Bespoke Flower Design Studio Personalised wedding crockery Wedding & Lifestyle Emporium, Bespoke Wedding Crockery Collection Personalised wedding chairs Wedding & Lifestyle Emporium, Bespoke Chair Collection Stationery Wedding & Lifestyle Emporium, Bespoke Stationery Collection Photography Anton Rautenbach for the Wedding & Lifestyle Emporium +27 11 883 0012 | |


City chic

Complete your modern day love story by saying ‘I do’ under the bright lights of a big city, complete with twinkling crystals and hints of gold


DĂŠcor, flowers, design and coordination Red In Paris Events | Kelly +27 72 149 0947 | Photographs Andy Wayne Photography | Venue Randlords | +27 11 403 1833 |


Simply elegant A sophisticated mix of silver and white with bright pops of colour can take a table setting to a whole new level


Design, styling, décor and flowers Olga’s Function Design and Event Décor | Valdo or Nanette +27 11 467 7870 | Coordinator Olga’s Function Design and Event Décor |Valdo or Nanette +27 11 467 7870 | Photography Quinton Mills | +27 11 701 5127   Venue Summer Place | +27 11 447 9744 |



Venues Finding the perfect place to get married needn’t be difficult; have a look at some of our favourite wedding venues and you’ll fall in love with them

For romantic weddings

Red Ivory

Hartbeespoort Dam, Gauteng This fairytale-like venue has to be seen to be believed – the majestic views and incredible spaces is ideal for a one-of-a-kind wedding. Offers: Red Ivory offers everything an engaged couple could imagine, located in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. Couples can choose to tie the knot in the very special tree-top chapel and banquet hall. Wedding coordinators provide a personalised, hands-on service. Red Ivory offers 12 beautifully appointed guest suites, including a honeymoon suite. Menu: The head chef will create a delicious menu according to your preference. They also do a range of individually styled wedding cakes. Perfect for a romantic, unforgettable, wedding celebration. Contact +27 82 493 3212 | |



For modern romance

Fusion Boutique Hotel

Polokwane, Limpopo The only five-star hotel in Polokwane, the Fusion Boutique Hotel is the perfect spot to say ‘I do’ in style. Offers: This luxurious hotel can cater for grand affairs of up to 250 guests in the spectacular Rooftop or Terrace venues. The magnificent Apprentice Ballroom with its graceful and romantic atmosphere is the ideal spot for a first dance. The bridal couple can also enjoy the sumptuous Kiss Honeymoon

Suite for the night. Menu: Fusion chefs are known for masterminding succulent, flavourful and unique dishes. The comprehensive Titus Wine Cellar offers a variety of wines to complement your menu. Book your meeting with the Fusion executive chef. Menu tastings are also arranged for the bride and groom to ensure the perfect wedding menu for the reception. Perfect for a luxurious wedding celebration. Contact +27 15 291 4042 |

Polo Room For larger weddings



Sandton, Johannesburg, Gatueng Boasting a Sandton address, this large venue is ideal for big weddings. Billing itself as Sandton’s newest and most exciting event venue, the Polo Room at the Inanda Club promises to be a venue unlike anything Johannesburg residents have ever seen. Offers: A saviour for large weddings, the Polo Club has the potential capacity for 1,000 guests standing or 400 seated, and almost unlimited parking on the club polo field. The venue is an oasis from the bursting hub of the city, with an entertainment room, terrace and the garden all overlooking the beautiful polo field. The venue retains that old-world, classic horsey tradition of the Inanda Club – but it’s been infused with a chic, new, modern touch. The Polo Room’s owners, By Word of Mouth, offer the latest trends in styling, décor and catering. Menu: Because By Word of Mouth are also one of SA’s leading caterers, guests are in for gastronomical delights when it comes to the food. They can create anything your taste buds desire! And all menus at The Polo Room can be Halaal or Kosher. Perfect for a large up-market wedding. Contact +27 11 553 7600 |


For river view weddings


Vereeniging, Gauteng Nestled along the banks of the Vaal River, this beautiful hotel is the perfect setting for your special day. Offers: This luxurious hotel offers stunning, sweeping views of the scenic Vaal River. Steeped in history, this 91-room hotel, a converted farmhouse from the 1800s, is ideally situated for a romantic wedding celebration. This full-service resort can help you plan your dream wedding for 50 to 180 guests and options abound, from grand ball rooms to picturesque picnic


and say ‘I do’ at Bon Hotel Riviera on Vaal – One lucky reader stands a chance to win an amazing dream wedding for 60 guests at this stately hotel. Keep checking the Nubian Bride website and Facebook page for more details.

venues – even a houseboat wedding or reception. Only 45 minutes from Johannesburg – the peace and serenity will leave you feeling instantly relaxed. There’s plenty of accommodation for guests, a spa to relax, or the option of playing a few rounds at the neighbouring golf course. Menu: The highly trained chefs can whip up your ideal menu, be it a plated or buffet meal option. Perfect for a romantic country wedding or wedding by the lake. Contact +27 16 420 1300 |

For Tuscan-style weddings

Villa Tuscana Wedding Venue at Midrand Conference Centre

Midrand, Gauteng Villa Tuscana Wedding Village is one of Gauteng’s most exquisite wedding venues. Offers: They offer a bridal day room, honeymoon suite and your choice of 102 exclusive guest rooms for your out-oftown guests. Our six reception halls range from classically elegant

to romantic, oriental and lapa styles, accommodating 20-500 guest, and we also offer extensive secure parking and a helipad. Menu: Your choice of tailor-made, high-end cuisine, including Halaal, Beth Din approved Kosher food, authentic North or South Indian cuisine. Perfect for a conveniently situated venue – it will feel like a destination wedding, without the travel complications. Contact +27 11 315 8326 | |


The most important day of your life‌

Exchange your vows and celebrate the beginning of your lives together in the perfect setting at Hoyohoyo Chartwell Lodge. We strive to ensure that the most important day of your life is also the most memorable. Elegant ceremonies and grand reception – we can cater up to 500 guests in the Grand Glass Marque. Comfort, style and incomparable scenery, this is a memorable venue for your special day. Our team is committed to helping you with your planning and ensuring a wonderful day. We create special memories of a day to last your lifetime Our blissful Wisani Spa with its full range of treatments is not to be missed. Wedding guests enjoy the preferred accommodation rates at the hotel. There is really no other city centre venue that can offer your celebration the unique setting that Hoyohoyo Chartwell Lodge has to offer.

130 Romney Avenue, Chartwell, Fourways, Johannesburg, 2055 PO Box | 2647, Lonehill, Johannesburg, 2062 | T: +27 11 024 2612 | C: 082 990 6881 | 082 495 0288 | Fax: 086 274 8443 | E: | W:


Wedding Directory

Picture: Laura Jansen

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without having to find the perfect service providers. We’ve taken the stress out of that for you and listed the top vendors around the country

Getting married in the Highveld:

Johannesburg, Muldersdrift and Pretoria

Picture: Vividblue

Guateng may not have balmy beaches or breathtaking winelands, but it does have pockets of stunning natural environments and scenery. The accessibility of these places makes it an ideal spot to get married

BAR SERVICES Behind Barz (Jhb) +27 11 884 2441 Flair Mobile Bar Services (Jhb) +27 82 920 9523 KWS Bartending (Jhb) +27 11 023 2200 Liquid Sensations (Jhb) +27 71 443 8944 Thirst Bar Services (Jhb) +27 11 444 9401/2

CAKES Aphrodite Bespoke Cakes (Jhb) +27 11 672 8372 Artisticakes (Jhb) +27 82 551 4094 Divine Delights (Jhb) +27 82 977 3747 Emma’s Cakes (Jhb) +27 72 128 9529 EWR Cakes (Jhb) +27 18 468 5368 Inspirationz (Pta) +27 12 804 9237 Lucy’s Cake Creations (Jhb) +27 11 622 0398 Pipa & Polly +27 82 619 1886 Sugar and Ice (Jhb) +27 11 788 1202 Sugar and Nice (Pta) +27 72 227 5740 Sugar Smith (Pta) +27 71 675 3904 Tiers of Delights +27 11 042 7272



Wedding Warehouse (Pta) +27 12 348 7218 Wicked Creations (Jhb) +27 11 794 4036

CATERING By Choice Catering (Pta) +27 12 661 3338 By Word of Mouth (Jhb) +27 11 553 7600 Catercom (Pta) +27 12 819 1169 Catering Companion (Pta) +27 12 808 0955 Jem Catering (Jhb) +27 79 255 1718 Made to Order (Jhb) +27 11 803 0598 Mulberry Catering (Jhb) +27 11 719 6407 Prep’d by Sasha (Jhb) +27 71 509 3131

DÉCOR Dalton & Bloom +27 82 972 7401 Dibs Décor Design (Jhb) +27 76 383 5277 Enchanted Elegance (Centurion) +27 82 802 6248 La Promesse +27 82 769 5344 Lounge Around +27 11 312 4684 Olga’s Function & Events Décor (Jhb) +27 11 467 7870

Ruby Rain (Jhb) +27 82 853 2023 SA Wedding Décor (Jhb) +27 11 704 5321 | +27 83 455 6750 Seventy Eighty (Jhb) +27 84 800 0977 Silver Events (Pta) +27 12 346 1334 Wedding Emporium (Jhb) +27 11 883 0012 Wedding Warehouse (Pta) +27 12 348 7218

FLOWERS Blooming Beautiful (Pta) +27 83 278 3969 Café Fleur (Jhb) +27 82 336 6866 Ecozest (countrywide) +27 82 745 7445 Expressions Floral Designs (Jhb) +27 82 418 5193 Happily Ever After Wedding Designs (Jhb) +27 79 914 3404 Novello Designs (Jhb) +27 82 303 0436 Wedding Warehouse (Pta) +27 12 348 7218

GIFTS & FAVOURS MayDay Creative Studio +27 11 908 4350 Promobites (Jhb) +27 82 801 4801

Wedding directory

Simply Favours (countrywide) +27 82 863 0233 / +27 79 522 0330 Wedding Gift List (countrywide) +27 21 851 1501

The Sticky Triggers (Jhb) +27 11 786 9123 Wedding Crashers (Jhb) +27 84 588 2178 Wedding Dance (JHB) +27 82 557 4473 Xitshonga Band (Jhb) +27 78 319 3806


paper Goods

Adnos Outfitters (Jhb) +27 11 740 9123 Asanda Madyibi (Jhb) +27 83 259 2017 Biji Couture (Jhb) +27 11 784 8018 Bridal Room (Pta) +27 12 346 0955 Bridal & Tuxedo (Jhb) +27 11 467 3906 Bridal Boutique (Jhb) +27 11 478 0667 Bridal Heaven (Jhb) +27 11 425 4998 Bridal Room (Pta) +27 12 346 0955 Crystal Garnet Bridal Boutique +27 11 705 3073/91 Eurobride (Pta) +27 12 997 3421 Garnish Couture (Jhb) +27 82 684 1630 Gartier By Tres Jolie +27 79 490 3434 Gert Johan Coetzee (Jhb) +27 11 024 4677 House Of Superior Clothing +27 12 362 1968 JS Collection (Jhb) +27 72 279 3705 Lady Marmalaide Collection (Jhb) +27 11 467 7457 L’ affaire (Pta) +27 83 336 4903 Lunar (Jhb) +27 11 726 5558 Sun Goddess (Jhb) +27 11 883 8890 The One Bridal Boutique (Jhb) + 27 82 857 2775 Wedding Dress Company (Jhb) +27 78 114 1148

Canvas Boutique (Jhb) +27 11 880 0655 Chrystalace Wedding Stationery (Pta) +27 12 998 9801 House of Functions (Jhb) +27 11 477 3079 Invite Me (Jhb) +27 11 452 0513 Jamela Rikhotso (Jhb) +27 72 800 5935 Paper Shaper (Jhb) +27 84 430 5225 Pink Soda (Jhb) +27 71 506 0855 Ruby Grey Creative (Jhb) +27 11 453 5220 The Paper Rose (Jhb) +27 11 664 7575 The Wedding Workshop (Jhb) +27 72 252 2999

Hair and Make-up Elsie Cronje (Jhb) +27 83 993 8338 Glamoureez-Makeup (countrywide) +27 76 474 2764 Hair Extravaganza (Jhb) +27 11 648 4103 Karos (Jhb) +27 11 447 8565 Lyn Reece (Jhb) +27 82 775 4233 The Hair Muse (Pta) +27 12 991 8943 The Hair Whisperer (Jhb) +27 74 144 4247 Urembo Concepts of Rosebank (Jhb) +27 11 327 7575 Zwartkop Country Club (Pta) +27 12 654 1144

Music, dance and entertainMent Blast Music Specialists (Jhb) +27 83 272 4315 DJ’s Incorporated (Jhb) +27 83 649 0656 Harpgigs (Jhb) +27 83 263 0443 Pipe Fantasies (Pta) +27 82 923 3315 Saxophone-for-Functions (Pta) +27 82 807 4333 Sound Worx (Jhb) + 27 11 793 1955 Starry Night (Jhb) +27 82 461 8702 Thatch Music (Jhb) +27 11 786 9123

pHotoGrapHy and VideoGrapHy Andre M Photography (Jhb) +27 72 426 3736 Beyond Photography (Jhb) +27 82 851 4085 Chivalry Photography (Centurion) +27 84 619 8202 Chris van Dalen/Studio77 (Pta) +27 83 234 0437 Christiaan David Photography (Pta) +27 84 504 7721 Gordon Harris Photographic (Pta) +27 86 146 7366 Hairowin (Jhb) +27 82 451 2440 Hema Nana (Jhb) +27 79 663 2448 Howling Moon (Pta) +27 82 442 8834 Jackalberry Studios +27 83 976 0881 Janeke Wisserkerke Photography (Jhb) +27 79 040 3000 JLN Wedding (Jhb) +27 82 777 6314 Johan van der Walt Photography (Pta) +27 82 550 6337 Kelly M International Photography (Jhb) +27 72 875 8727 Kerry G Photography (Jhb) +27 82 332 6122 Laura Jane Photography (Jhb) +27 76 046 6188 Laura Jansen Photography (Jhb) +27 11 234 2669 / +27 82 881 0470 Melanie Mare (Jhb) +27 82 928 0179 Michael Tree Photography (Jhb) +27 83 411 5863 SamT Photography (Jhb) +27 71 929 6173 Tree Photography (Jhb) +27 83 411 5863 Tyme Photography (Jhb) +27 83 412 5847 Wesley Poon Photography (Jhb) +27 11 431 4304

transport Horse and Carriage (Jhb) +27 11 835 2923 JPD Limousine Services (Jhb) +27 11 781 0800 Limousine Hire (Jhb) +27 11 781 0380 SLV Luxury-Car Rental (Jhb) +27 11 708 1385 Status Luxury Vehicles (Jhb) +27 11 468 3910 Supreme Limos (Jhb) +27 11 682 1184 Wedding Cars (Jhb) +27 83 265 2410

Venues Amanzingwe (Pta) +27 12 205 8600 Bergvallei Estates (Muldersdrift) +27 82 806 1260 De Hoek Country House (Muldersdrift) +27 14 577 9600 Ekudeni (Muldersdrift) +27 11 021 2186 Fatherland Estate +27 83 279 3640 Glenburn Lodge Country Estate (Muldersdrift) +27 11 668 1600 Hoyohoyo (Jhb) +27 11 024 2612 Irene Country Lodge (Pta) +27 12 667 6464 Lavandou (Pta) +27 83 447 9996 Misty Hills Country Hotel (Muldersdrift) +27 11 679 2994 Sheraton Hotel (Pta) +27 12 429 9999 The Moon & Sixpence (Muldersdrift) +27 11 659 7030 The Willows (Muldersdrift) +27 72 097 7052 Tres Jolie (Jhb) +27 11 794 2473 Waterfall Cove (Muldersdrift) +27 76 753 2754

weddinG planners Absolute Perfection +27 72 314 9347 Element of Style (Jhb) +27 73 162 3999 House of Functions (Jhb) +27 11 477 3079 Kegola Events (Jhb) +27 11 938 3521 La Promesse (Jhb) +27 82 769 5344 Meletlo Celebrations (Jhb) +27 84 600 0118 Memorable Moments (Jhb) +27 71 872 9629 Silver Events (Pta) +27 12 346 1334 Unveiled Weddings (Pta) +27 82 351 0416 Wedding Emporium (Jhb) +27 11 883 0012

Tips for getting married in this area

• Summer temperatures range between 17 and 28 degrees Celsius while winter months average between 5 and 19 degrees Celsius. • Gauteng offers great entertainment, arts and culture, and nature. • Enjoy post-nuptial adventure by visiting Gauteng’s best kept secret: Sedibeng, in the south of the province. |


Getting married in KwaZulu-Natal: Durban, Drakensberg and the Midlands

Picture: Rianka’s Wedding Photography

KZN is well known for its wonderful weather. It’s the only place in the country where you can have a summer wedding in winter, and who wouldn’t want that?

BAR SERVICES Cocktail and Caviar (Durban) +27 31 266 6751 LV Occasions (Durban) +27 83 775 4194 The Oyster Box (Umhlanga Rocks) +27 31 514 5000 Thirst Mobile Bar Service (Durban) +27 86 184 4778 Thistle Bar Services (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 386 0801

CAKES Arriba Chocolate (Durban) +27 31 312 4059 / +27 31 309 2407 Cakes Unlimited (Pietermaritzburg) +27 76 602 5999 Cupcake D’lights (Durban) +27 31 266 1979 / +27 82 096 4267 Cupcake Indulgence (Durban) +27 83 256 3662 Sharyn’s Cakes (Midlands) +27 82 772 7633



So Whipped (Durban) +27 83 716 3706 Spectacular Events (Durban) +27 82 876 7447 Sugar & Spice (Durban) +27 31 584 6477 / +27 72 407 7477 The Cake Specialist (Durban) +27 82 921 0676 The Wedding Cake by Lena (Durban) +27 76 970 2610

CATERING CHC Catering (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 394 3924 Engweni Caterers (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 398 0515 Gourmet Basket (Durban) +27 31 502 2578 / +27 72 190 2401 Hamblin’s Catering (Durban) +27 33 345 2009 Lettuce and Lime (Drakensburg) +27 76 570 6590

Olive Twist (Durban) +27 84 298 3799 / +27 82 776 4051 Ntokazi Events & Catering +27 83 793 4919

DÉCOR Décor Boutique (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 342 1267 Deecor (Durban) +27 72 860 4109 Designer Décor (Durban) +27 31 764 1898 Etc Events (Durban) +27 83 653 7900 Fantasy Décor (Durban) +27 32 533 8365 Labola (Durban) +27 82 654 0692 Lemontree Concepts (Durban) +27 84 661 1997 / +27 31 569 5563 Michelle da Silva Draping & Party Décor (Durban) +27 31 261 4358 Midlands Style Events (Midlands) +27 33 234 4266 / +27 82 651 0831 / +27 82 679 4232 Nature’s Design (Durban) +27 83 496 7770

Wedding directory Occasions Floral (Durban) +27 31 767 1024 / +27 82 468 3121 Planned to Perfection (Durban) +27 31 764 2416 / +27 83 463 7704 Settings Function Hire (Durban) +27 31 701 6391 Speciality Functions and Draping (Durban) +27 84 263 1740

Flowers Blooms Florist (Durban) +27 31 467 0114 Kerry’s Flowers and Décor (Midlands) +27 33 347 2706 Mokka Blooms (Midlands) +27 32 946 2029 / +27 82 446 4879 Occasions (Durban) +27 82 468 3121 Perfect Petals (Midlands) +27 33 266 6454 Petal Mania (Midlands) +27 76 872 7734 Peters Florist (Durban) +27 31 309 3541 Sweet P (Durban) +27 31 669 8123 Talloula Celebrations (Durban) +27 31 205 0706

GiFts and Favours Devine Weddings (Underberg) +27 76 141 4614 / +27 84 951 4114 Gifts Inc (Port Shepstone) +27 72 154 2435 I do Invitations (Durban) +27 82 494 4373

Gowns Bridal Boutique (Durban) +27 31 208 5906 Bridal Elegance (Pietermaritzburg) +27 84 688 8356 Bridal Mall Couture (Durban) +27 73 090 3999 Maryke Designs (Midlands) +27 83 542 0824 Shona’s Wedding Collection (Durban) +27 31 709 0712 Sposabella (Durban) +27 31 312 0321 The Bridal Shop (Durban) +27 83 799 5537

Hair and Make-up Accentuate (Durban) +27 79 541 2551 Casa Nova Hair Studio (Durban) +27 31 566 5540 Chilli Peppers Executive Hair Salon (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 342 0911 Colour ‘n’ Kohl (Durban) +27 72 939 0205 Emile’s House of Hair (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 342 3863 Gayle Davies (Midlands) +27 33 262 2156 Glitz and Glam (Pietermaritzburg) +27 33 387 8081 Hair & Beauty Emporium (Durban) +27 31 402 0496 Janice (Durban) +27 83 677 0990

Lize Hair (Durban) +27 83 382 7945 Make Up Your Mind (Durban) +27 31 312 2019 Miss V Makeup (Durban) +27 79 890 7756 R & D Hair Co (Durban) +27 31 572 5873 Rag Hair and Beauty (Durban) +27 83 799 9529 Renaissance Hair (Durban) +27 31 561 1476 Sabath Salon and Makeup Artist (Drakensberg) +27 74 111 9428 Salon Sareeta (Durban) +27 31 765 9638

Music and entertainMent Beat-Route Swing JZ Quarter (Durban) +27 82 622 6902 DJ Mixmaster (Durban) +27 83 994 6389 DJ Worx (Pietermaritzburg) +27 72 557 5339 Durban DJs (Durban) +27 31 209 1584 Entertainment Today (Durban) +27 31 462 0499 / +27 82 442 8346 Sound Unique (Durban) +27 82 924 5837 The Wedding DJ (Durban) +27 82 874 0352

paper Goods and stationery By Invitation (Durban) +27 82 875 5551 Cassandra Kidson Design (Durban) +27 82 978 8875 / +27 33 396 5568 Crystal Print (Durban) +27 31 205 7284 / +27 82 417 4668 Inviting Cards (Durban) +27 82 737 9969 Paper Trail (Pietermaritzburg) +27 83 556 8665 Save the Date (Durban) +27 79 469 4282 Very Inviting (Durban) +27 31 312 7582

pHotoGrapHy and videoGrapHy Brett Florens (Durban) +27 31 563 0489 Catchlight Studio (Pietermaritzburg) +27 72 402 2650 Filmco Video Photographers (Durban) +27 32 537 6449 Heather Fitchet (Durban) +27 84 583 2957 Ivor Hamilton Photographer (Durban) +27 83 272 0726 Jacki Bruniquel Photography (Midlands) +27 82 642 8547 Justin Erasmus Photography (Durban) +27 31 763 4375 Kelly Daniels (Durban) +27 84 511 9991 Kevin Bender Photography (Durban) +27 31 765 7361 Oliver Twist Productions (Durban) +27 83 235 6421 Pieter Clarke Photography

(Pietermaritzburg) +27 76 196 4166 Saysha Baker Photography (Pietermaritzburg) +27 82 678 9804 Spectrum Photography (Durban) +27 72 431 3006 Studio Elle Wedding Films (Newcastle) +27 82 449 6870 Tink Photography (Midlands) +27 82 333 7937

transport Coastal Limo Hire (Durban) +27 32 945 3475 First Car Rental (Durban) +27 86 117 8227 Mount Edgecombe Limo Service (Durban) +27 31 502 1971

venues Beverly Hills (Umhlanga) +27 31 561 2211 Coastlands on The Ridge Boutique Hotel (Durban) +27 31 271 8200 Collisheen Estate (Durban) +27 32 947 0198 Durban Country Club (Durban) +27 31 313 1777 Grand Manor Garden (Tongaat) +27 32 945 4671 Netherwood (Midlands) +27 33 266 7132 Riverside Hotel (Durban) +27 31 563 0600 Sica’s Guest House, Berea (Durban) +27 31 261 2768 The Quarters Hotel (Durban) +27 31 303 5246 The Royal Hotel (Durban) +27 31 333 6000

weddinG planners Delyse Wade Coordinator (Durban) +27 82 877 4111 Emily Lockhart (Midlands) +27 84 468 9890 Etc Events (Durban) +27 83 653 7900 EventCo (Durban) +27 84 511 6834

Tips for getting married in this area • KwaZulu-Natal is best for winter weddings, because of relatively warmer weather. It has a warm subtropical climate, and summers are gorgeously hot and moist. • Rainy season: Summer • Why not extend the wedding celebrations by heading over to The Elephant Coast (Maputaland), an ‘ecotourism mecca’. Elephant, rhino, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Hluhluwe, whales and turtles are some of the things associated with the Elephant Coast. |


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getting Married in the cape: Cape Town and the Winelands

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The Mother City is easy to fall in love with. With the tranquil beaches and the beautiful winelands plus dramatic mountain views, you have a perfect wedding destination

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Barcode Mobile (Mobile) +27 82 568 6969 Bar Motion Mobile Bars (Mobile) +27 86 193 7625 Blend Eventlife (Mobile) +27 21 706 0642

Forest44 (Cape Town) +27 21 880 0293 Dial-a-Picnic (Cape Town) +27 82 789 5478 Salt & Pepper Catering (Cape Town) +27 21 982 3727 Stir Food (Cape Town) +27 79 396 4049 / +27 82 414 3180 Stir Food (Stellenbosch) +27 76 028 1041 The Gourmet Chef (Cape Town) +27 21 712 8639 / +27 82 495 4148 Verve Caterers and Event (Cape Town) +27 21 801 8378

cakeS Cake Couture (Cape Town) +27 72 358 0623 Cake Town (Winelands) +27 82 847 3022 Lady Lucy’s Kitchen (Cape Town) +27 73 659 8718 Mrs Jones Cakes (Welgemoed) +27 83 263 7497 Rozanne’s Cakes (Stellenbosch) +27 72 259 4790 The Secret Ingredient (Cape Town) +27 83 711 9218 Wades Cakes (Cape Town) +27 21 685 5041 Wendy McLeod Cake Design (Cape Town) +27 82 927 7261​

Décor A Vintage Affair (Somerset West) +27 83 551 9115 Blooming Wonderful (Somerset West) +27 82 332 8588 Classy Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 872 4922 Confetti Hire (Cape Town)

+27 82 777 6279 Décor Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 863 3635 / +27 21 516 0547 Dine Décor and Flowers (Worcester) +27 23 347 4923 In and Out Events (Cape Town) +27 21 870 1606 La Maison House of Parties (Cape Town) +27 21 981 9040 Leengoed (Cape Town) +27 83 625 0275 That Little Shop (Countrywide) +27 21 555 0917 Top Table (Cape Town) +27 21 447 4000

FlowerS Flamboijant (Bonnievale) +27 84 799 1773 Flowers in the Foyer (Cape Town) +27 21 887 8138 Foci Function Concepts (Cape Town) +27 21 946 4700 Jenny B (Cape Town) +27 21 686 3182 |


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Lol’s (Cape Town) +27 82 875 3521 Oh So Divine Flowers (Cape Town) +27 21 592 4632 / +27 21 887 9904 Special Events (Stellenbosch) +27 82 578 5080 The Flower Cottage (Cape Town) +27 21 886 5296

Gifts and favours Charmed Simplicity (Stellenbosch) +27 83 455 0774 Presles (Cape Town) +27 21 672 3142 Sugarbird Wedding Favours (Cape Town) +27 21 786 1236 Yuppie Chef (Cape Town) +27 21 702 4969

Gowns Didi Couture (Cape Town) +27 82 772 2033 Garnish Couture (Cape Town) +27 82 684 1630 Gert Van De Merwe (Cape Town) +27 82 450 0873 La Fashion Bridal Boutique (Cape Town) +27 21 872 6864 Lady Marmalade (Cape Town) +27 72 252 7349 MaryK Designs (Cape Town) +27 72 143 4921 Renate Bosch (Cape Town) +27 84 613 0646 Rene H Couture (Cape Town) +27 82 908 3994 Special Occasions (Cape Town) +27 21 948 0870

Hair and make-up All Made Up (Cape Town) +27 21 715 6096 Be Premiere (Stellenbosch) +27 21 876 4944 Beauty by Erane (Cape Town) +27 84 524 5741 Carla Abrahams (Cape Town) +27 21 671 5611 Donna Hay (Cape Town) +27 21 557 1480 Exquisite Look (Cape Town) +27 79 509 2036 Jenro Beauty (Cape Town) +27 76 546 9075 Le Hair Lounge (Stellenbosch) +27 21 883 8323 Mariaan Enslin (Cape Town) +27 72 341 5650 Marli Basson Professional Hair and Makeup (Winelands) +27 79 515 1304 Merlene Joy (Somerset West) +27 83 384 8198 Powder Puff Hair & Make-up (Cape Town) +27 82 466 2429 Yulia Shimmer (Cape Town) +27 76 085 8667



music and entertainment Deejays Music (Paarl) +27 21 872 1110 K and Double B (Cape Town) +27 21 438 9177 Silk Music (Cape Town) +27 73 257 7612 Trilogy Music (Cape Town) +27 21 671 0403 Triste (Cape Town) +27 21 712 7765 Your DJ (Cape Town) +27 82 853 3528

paper Goods Lily Young Couture Wedding Stationery (Cape Town) +27 21 348 1311 Little Works Design Studio (Cape Town) +27 21 701 6113 Secret Diary Designs (Cape Town) +27 21 914 7224 Susan Brand (Winelands) +27 84 240 3319 Wedding Poetry (Cape Town) +27 21 975 6561

pHotoGrapHy and videoGrapHy Alice Swan Photography (Cape Town) +27 79 571 5076 Annemari Ruthven Photography (Cape Town) +27 82 822 7197 BMG Wedding Cinema (Cape Town) +27 21 851 6388 Jean-Pierre Uys Photography (Cape Town) +27 81 288 1242 Jilda G Photography (Cape Town) +27 21 914 4311 Just Judy Photography (Paarl) +27 83 535 0033 Missing Piece Films (Cape Town) +27 21 461 2704 Nikolai P Photography (Cape Town) +27 72 223 3805 Storyboard Productions (Cape Town) +27 73 923 1112

transport Cape Town Carriage Company (Cape Town) +27 21 704 6907/8 Limousine Hire (Cape Town) +27 86 111 4683 Motor Classic Rentals (Cape Town) +27 21 461 7368 Status Luxury Vehicle Hire (Cape Town) +27 21 510 0108 Wine Valley Horse Trails (Paarl) +27 21 869 8687

venues Delvera (Stellenbosch) +27 21 884 4352

Dornier Wine (Stellenbosch) +27 21 880 0557 Dutch Manor (Cape Town) + 27 21 422 4767 Holden Manz Wine Estate (Franschhoek) +27 21 876 2738 Kleinevalleij Wedding and Conference Centre (Paarl) +27 21 873 0075 Lagoon Beach Hotel (Cape Town) +27 21 528 2000 Landtscap (Stellenbosch) +27 21 865 2736 Langkloof Roses (Wellington) +27 21 864 1014 Le Manoir de Brendel (Franschhoek) +27 21 876 4525 MolenVliet Wine and Guest Estate (Stellenbosch) +27 21 885 1597 Val de Vie Estate (Paarl) +27 21 863 6120 Weberburg Guest House (Cape Town) +27 21 881 3636

weddinG planners Blank Canvas (Winelands) +27 79 508 0916 Event and Design (Paarl) +27 21 872 4946 I Do Weddings and Events (Cape Town) +27 84 405 7449 La Promesse Wedding Planners (Cape Town) +27 82 769 5344 Simply Perfect (Cape Town) +27 21 851 0780 Someday Soon (Cape Town) +27 82 708 8437 Wedding and Design (Cape Town) +27 21 872 4946

Tips for getting married in this area

• The Cape has a Mediterranean climate. Winters are cool and wet and the summers are dry and hot. Summer weather varies between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius. Average winter temperature is a high temperature of 17 degrees and a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. • Rainy season: Winter • While in the Cape, enjoy being a stone’s throw away from the merger of two oceans, the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. • Cape Town is a sophisticated city with a lot of heritage. An example is the Green Point lighthouse in Mouille Point – the oldest active lighthouse in South Africa and a great photographic opportunity.

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Getting Married in the Eastern Cape:

Port Elizabeth, East London and the Garden Route

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Perhaps the most understated wedding destination in the country, the Eastern Cape has plenty to offer including gorgeous landscapes, luxurious venues and much more



Shake and Strain Liquid Catering (Port Elizabeth) +27 73 787 9933 Shaker Events (Mobile) +27 21 422 1574

Angie’s Cuisine (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 583 1456 Cassie’s Catering (Port Elizabeth) +27 81 444 3827 Chef Leesha Potts at Tramonto (Knysna) +27 44 870 7150 Good Fellas (Port Elizabeth) +27 86 143 3552 Imagination Food Design (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 3812 Kei Catering Services CC (East London) +27 43 726 9172 King David Catering (Knysna) +27 73 493 1264 Roots to Branches (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 364 3272 Shake and Strain Liquid Catering (Port Elizabeth) +27 73 787 9933

CAKES Amazing Cakes (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 360 6943 House of Bakes (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 679 7874 Le Dèlice at Tramonto (George) +27 44 870 7150 (East London) +27 43 735 1155 Sweet Somethings (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 763 8179 The Baking Shop (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 0509 The Cake Lady (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 371 7235 The Cake Studio (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 464 3442 The Tin House Café (Knysna) +27 44 382 2761



DÉCOR Angelic Wonders (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 5331 Designer Decor Rental (Port Elizabeth)

+27 41 365 2052 Ecozest (Knysna) +27 44 382 1801 Madiba Bay Events (Port Elizabeth) +27 76 035 1882 Roots to Branches (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 364 3272

FLOWERS Abfab Function and Floral Stylists (Knysna) +27 82 569 8974 Casa Rose (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 3839 Nina Roses (George) +27 44 874 5598 / 9 Pollen (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 8284 Rhubarb Flower Company (George) +27 44 874 5108 / +27 84 768 1422 Stephanie & Janine’s Florist (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 373 8841 The Flower Shop (Plettenberg Bay) +27 44 533 3492

GIFTS AND FAVOURS Beautiful Beginnings +27 82 447 2414

Fotoh!Food (Knysna) +27 44 384 0030 Sugarbird Wedding Favours +27 21 786 1236

Elite Entertainment +27 82 678 7999 Imagine Mobile +27 71 277 5700 Jazz Quartet +27 72 996 5828


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Besters Bridal Boutique (Knysna) +27 82 268 1354 Brides and More (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 585 0517 Carelina (George) +27 44 874 3452 Janine Oates (East London) +27 43 740 4493 L Designs (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 424 0527 LMB Blushing Bride Designs CC (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 377 5111 Lorette Designs (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 5775

Hair and Make-up Hair by Elaine of London (Knysna) +27 44 382 4191 Iris Gomez Make-up Artist (Port Elizabeth) +27 79 702 2379 Ivana Bertoni (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 3011 Mandy’s Hair Studio (East London) +27 43 731 1085 MC Make up Artist & Image Stylist (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 829 8983 Michelle Marx Make-up (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 380 5101 Nine on Gray (Knysna) +27 44 382 1919 Samuel Beck Hairdressing (Jeffrey’s Bay) +27 42 293 3103 Spraytan (Countrywide) +27 21 557 5279 Strands of Joy (George) +27 44 874 6671 Theano (Port Elizabeth) +27 72 281 5269 The Art of Make-up (George) +27 82 584 2819 Wilna Allpass Professional Make-up Artist (George) +27 44 873 5107

Music and entertainMent Davey Mac (Knysna) +27 44 343 2825

B-Unique +27 84 456 0187 Lacush (Grahamstown) +27 82 454 8242 Paper Shaper (Garden Route) +27 84 430 5225

pHotoGrapHers Alfred Lor Photography +27 71 557 6400 Bazil Raubach/BIRimages (Port Elizabeth) +27 79 675 4512 Charmaine Rowe Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 452 4758 Creative Film Productions (George) +27 44 873 3947 Debbi Kelly Photography (East London) +27 84 406 2618 Debbie Louw Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 271 0885 Digby Owen Photography and Video (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 406 3126 FullCircle Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 83 886 9429 Ingrid Marais Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 554 3034 Judith Doubell Photography (Grahamstown) +27 71 554 0258 Lauren Claire Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 79 359 9273 Liza Wigley Photography (Knysna) +27 44 877 0869 Michael Sheehan (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 550 4800 Michelle Photography & Videography (George) +27 84 600 6048 Photo Lounge Studios (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 556 6599 Pixelume Photography (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 839 4959 Shannon Bradfield (East London) +27 83 650 3548

transport Garden Route Vintage Cars (Garden Route) +27 73 512 8160

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Humewood Wedding Cars (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 585 9781 Terence Car Hire (Mobile) +27 82 085 4047

Venues African Sky (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 5002 Conrad Pezula and Spa (Knysna) +27 44 302 3333 Crawford Beach Lodge (Port Elizabeth) +27 43 738 5000 Champagne Events & Function Venue +27 86 1 BUBBLY | +27 41 379 2391 Die Waenhuis Guest House (George) +27 44 874 0034 / +27 83 461 9302 Fairview Homestead (Knysna) +27 82 226 9406 Fancourt (George) +27 44 804 0432 Hacklewood Hill Country House (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 581 1300 Lake De La Vie Country Estate (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 3115 Le Domaine (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 379 2800 Morgan Bay Hotel (Port Elizabeth) +27 43 841 1062 Nikalandershoek Guest Farm

(Port Elizabeth) +27 42 283 0906 Quarry Lake Inn (East London) +27 43 707 5400 / +27 83 273 8805 Shanel’s Country Estate (East London) +27 43 730 7498 Slipperfields (Port Elizabeth) +27 71 856 5787 The Boma (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 366 1591 The Garden Café (Port Elizabeth) +27 82 553 0091 The Plantation (Port Elizabeth) +27 41 366 1591 Thornycroft Lodge (East London) +27 43 730 7300 Tramonto Function Venue (George) +27 44 870 7150 / 7798

Wedding planners Confetti Events (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 513 3599 Jupiter Afrika (Port Elizabeth) +27 84 512 0155 Weddings by Marius (Knysna) +27 44 382 3579 Wedding Ideas Eastern Cape (Port Elizabeth) +27 72 937 5003

Wedding Wizz (Knysna) +27 82 787 1427 Wilma Fourie at Tramonto (George) +27 44 870 7150 / +27 84 516 8306

Tips for getting married in this area • Summer temperatures range from 17 to 28 degrees Celsius. It’s seldom gets very hot in the region. In winter the temperatures range between 7 and 20 degrees Celsius. • Port Elizabeth and East London both get summer rain, as does the Garden Route. After the formal wedding fun, spread your wings with the Featherbed experience. Featherbed is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. • Nature junkies might enjoy the exquisite forests of the Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail. This southern Cape hiking paradise journeys through lush indigenous afromontane forest and mountain fynbos.


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To make your honeymoon truly memorable takes a little extra planning. While most ordinary honeymoon destinations are charming, our list of the unusual will make your honeymoon unforgettable. By Sulaiman Philip


PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC What to do: Prague offers romantic river boat rides, a rich cultural history or a chance to walk hand in hand through its cobbled streets. This is a city built on l’amour. The spinning apostle figurines of the Astronomical Clock, the Gothic Charles Bridge or the gardens of the city’s castles and villas will make every excursion into Prague’s heart a starry-eyed stroll. Profess your love while enjoying butterfly kisses at the Fata Morgana greenhouse. Wander over the Charles Bridge to the Kampa neighbourhood and find the bridge behind the Čertovka mill. For years couples have been attaching padlocks to the bridge as a symbol of their everlasting love. The Mucha Museum is testament to the enduring love affair between artist Mucha and his wife, Maruška. After his death she dedicated her life to preserving his work. Touring the collection of his work, sensual portrayals of women crowned with haloes, you can swear love is all around. End your visit at the statue of Romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha – legend says love sealed with a kiss here is eternal.


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What to do: Cuzco, 3,300 metres up in the Peruvian Andes, is a honeymoon destination for the adventurous and culturally curious. Continuously inhabited for 5,000 years, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a mix of Incan and Spanish influences. Five minutes of pure oxygen, provided in the better hotels, or a cup of the region’s famous

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Where to stay: Chateau Mcely, Romantik Hotel Uraka Why we love it: Prague is a city made for romantic strolls. Work up an appetite meandering its cobbled streets, visiting its markets and discovering 1,100 years of history. Or steal a kiss under one of its bridges as you float down the Vitava. Even the name of the waterway dissecting the city evokes romance.

coca tea is enough to alleviate any altitude sickness. Cuzco is a city of highlights. Watch the sun rise over the city from the walls of the Incan fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Or have a late start before touring Incan and Spanish influenced architectural treasures. There is Santo Domingo Monastery and the sacred Koricancha – Courtyard of Gold – with its gold-lined walls. The city’s gilded Catholic Cuzco Cathedral is worth a tour, if only to see its colossal painting of the Last Supper, with the Peruvian staple cuy (guinea pig) as the main course. Begin an evening’s adventures with a glass of pisco – fermented grapes mixed with lemon, egg whites and Angostura bitters – at one of the bars or restaurants on the central Plaza de Armas. If you tire of the city, take the 10-hour train ride aboard the luxurious, romantic Andean Explorer through mountains, and go back in time. The journey to mythical Lake Titicaca is an unforgettable experience of marvellous food and cosy cabins. Where to stay: Belmond Palacios Nazarenas or Belmond Hotel Monasterio. Why we love it: Cuzco is a city of Incan markets stocked with amazing textiles, dressed llamas and unique experiences. |


VIETNAM Dalat’s carnival atmosphere is almost kitschy What to do: The mystical, meditative good, but if you find that kind of romance too beauty of Ha Long Bay and its thousands of cheesy, there is a world-class golf course plus limestone cliffs is the best reason to head for run-down colonial mansions or serene pagodas Vietnam to celebrate your ever after. Floating to visit. in emerald water, they are home to hidden Vietnam is a country of contrasts: the lakes and beaches of dreamed-of beauty. modernity of capital Ho Chi Minh City and the Just hours away from Ho Chi Minh City, tranquillity of the Mekong Delta; the charm of Muine Beach with its yellow sand is perfect the Reunification Palace or the paradise of Cuc for baking in the sun or swimming in the Phuong National Park. bay’s warm water. With winds that are Where to stay: Pilgrimage Village, Sofitel Legend metronome reliable, you can spend the day Picture: Vietnam Tourism Metropole Hanoi. wind or kite surfing. Why we love it: Long sandy beaches, unchanged Or why not relax with your loved one and enjoy a romantic sundowner picnic while watching fishermen head villages, mountains and the mix of old and new Asia in capital Hanoi out across the calm bay from the sand dunes around the City of Love, makes Vietnam a great honeymoon destination. Ha Long’s Water Dalat. At 1,500 metres above sea level, it is a luxurious alternative to Puppets, Hoi Lan’s lantern-lit streets and the French-influenced Vietnamese cuisine makes for an unforgettable honeymoon. the sultry coast.

What to do: “I do” is the beginning of a great life journey. If you are a couple looking to begin your journey together with an adrenalinefuelled honeymoon, then the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park on Palawan in the Philippines is where you should head. Spend your first night in the rustic hut on Starfish Island. Watch as the tide swallows the island till all that is left is the hut on stilts in the ocean, and you are left feeling like the only two people in the world. In the morning you can take a boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread over 22,000 protected hectares, the longest underground river in the world meanders pass stalactites and stalagmites through caverns and chambers. The journey is made all the more eerie by the shadows cast by the boatman’s paraffin lamp. If a jungle jaunt is more your style, you can get to the park by trekking through the Monkey Trail. The hike takes you through the mangrove swamps and monkey, bayawak and monitor lizard habitats. As you leave he jungle behind, you are confronted by the Elephant Mountain Karst formation. It is here that you can indulge in your passion for spelunking or zip lining. Where to stay: El Nido Resort Lagen, Marina de Bay Why we love it: The beaches of Palawan are among the most beautiful and laid-back in the world. When locals boast that the 3km half crescent of white sand that is Go West beach is the best in the world, believe them.

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What to do: From the volcanic black-and-red sand beaches to the steps zigzagging down to the ports of Oía and Firá, the island of Santorini is the home of romance, as it has been for centuries. Santorini is known for its white and blue domed churches and whitewashed towns situated precariously close to the edge of the island’s cliffs. Climb to the town of Manolas just for the view of the sparkling pool of turquoise water carved out by the volcano that created the chain of islands in 1650 BC. On Santorini you can swim on a beach the colour of love or laugh at your better half as you cling to a donkey climbing the steep cliffs of the island. The island is famous for the beauty of its sunsets; couples looking for a romantic end to their day can watch the rosy glow of the Sea of Crete while enjoying wine produced on the island. A boat ride to Nea Kamini will bring you to the rim of the volcano that shaped the island. Despite being active, you can sit together on a bench at the lip and watch steam rise, giving the sunset a beautiful ethereal quality. Where to stay: Perivolas, Mystique Why we love it: It’s easy to be blinded by the beauty of the island, its whitewashed cave houses or the scent of bougainvillea that hangs in the air. The appeal of Santorini lies in the many treasures – extraordinary wines, sandy beaches and archaeological sites – that make it truly special.

BUSH ROMANCE Having managed to steer clear of overcommercialisation, honeymooners will delight in Zambia’s true bush experience, without compromising on luxury. By Julia Mafcher


t’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls, that attracts most visitors to Zambia. Living up to its local name Mosi-Oa-Tunya, meaning the smoke that thunders, this stunning spectacle of the Zambezi plunging over the escarpment with a thunderous roar is even more special when sharing it with your loved one. Just eight minutes away from this impressive sight is the fivestar David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa. With a location to rival many, right on the Zambezi River, you’ll wake up and go to sleep to the sounds of the cascading falls and soothing bush noises. The décor and design of the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa is quintessentially safari-style with elements of raw stone, wood and earth glamorised by gold, bronze, copper and ivory. With its closeness to nature, private balcony, and the silkiest, softest linen you’ve ever felt, you’ll find it hard to leave your room (it is your honeymoon, after all). However, it will be worth it if you do. Wild animals roam freely in the surrounding Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, and if you’re lucky enough you may catch a glimpse of

elephants crossing the river as they enter and exit the neighbouring countries at their leisure. There are a range of other activities, including game drives (great spotting guaranteed), helicopter flips over the falls for the less faint hearted, and sunset cruises aboard the very popular, exquisite Lady Livingstone. Sundowners on the river are a highlight for many travellers. A honeymoon without spa treatments? Well, that’s just not right. And this is no run-of-the-mill spa. The Spa and Wellness Centre was the 2014 recipient of the World Luxury Safari Spa Award for the African continent, so you know you’re in for a real treat. Treatments include anti-ageing facials, hydrotherapy, marine algae body wraps, and numerous massages ranging from Swedish and deep tissue to traditional Zambian techniques. A couple’s massage is as romantic as can be. Another high priority when on honeymoon is the cuisine. The wedding is over, so no need for drastic diets any more. Kalai Restaurant in the main lodge offers divine meals in a traditional setting. From local delicacies to mouthwatering Afro-Arabian fusion dishes, you’ll find something to please your taste buds. The Lodge’s sun deck, overlooking the Zambezi, takes al fresco dining to a whole new level and offers true gastronomic delights. Sit back, relax, and sip on deliciously fruity cocktails. That’s the most work you’ll have to do on your trip. |


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How to get there Airlink is the only airline offering direct flights to Nelspruit, as well as from Nelspruit to Livingstone. Airlink flies from Johannesburg to Nelspruit and connects to Livingstone, Zambia, with flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The airline also offers daily direct flights from Nelspruit to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Call +27 11 451 7300 or visit

David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa’s honeymoon package The exclusive three-night package includes a complimentary upgrade from a luxury room to an executive suite, a sunset cruise for two on the luxurious river cruiser Lady Livingstone, a threecourse romantic starlit dinner for two, including a complimentary bottle of Méthode Cap Classique, and Couple’s Spa Treatment in the award-winning Spa & Wellness Centre. The decadent one-and-a-half hour treatment includes a Traditional Zambian Ukuchina Massage followed by a blissful hydrotherapy bath. The Ukuchina massage is one of the oldest massage techniques, originating in Central Africa, and is considered an important healing procedure, renowned for its detoxifying and immune-boosting properties. The signature honeymoon package is valid until 31 January 2015. Terms and conditions apply. For more information or to book the Honeymoon Signature Offer, contact David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa at Central Reservations: +27 861 000 333 | Tel: +26 031 310 6900 |



The Seychelles

Simply the most romantic location imaginable

Famed for serene beaches, turquoise waters and natural beauty, Seychelles is indeed the most perfect spot for a romantic honeymoon. Adding to this allure, the pure white sands and gentle swaying palms create the perfect backdrop for celebrating your first days of marriage. Say “I do� and embark on the perfect get-away 3 times a week with Air Seychelles.


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Lose yourself in some island magic – the Seychelles is the perfect place to relax and unwind with your new spouse


he Seychelles Islands need little introduction as the perfect venue for a wedding, honeymoon, anniversary or just an impromptu romantic break. For many years, just the name ‘Seychelles’ has conjured up magical images of a necklace of beautiful islands, lost to the world and time itself, where sapphire seas conspire with silver sands and emerald palms to offer the very best in romantic experiences. When you add to the mix the innate romantic ambiance that holds sway over Seychelles’ 115 islands, the natural friendliness of their tiny 87,000-strong population, and the grand diversity of experiences the islands offer, it’s easy to see why a Seychelles romantic holiday is so high

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on many people’s bucket list. So, what are the nuts and bolts of such a holiday? What are the other advantages and benefits of the ultimate in romantic holidays? Top of the list must be the fact that the Seychelles Islands offer such diversity – not only in the islands themselves (74 low-lying coral atolls and 41 steep granitic Inner Isles), but also in their flora and fauna, ethnicity, architecture, cuisine, traditions and activities. The islands offer amazing diving, fishing, sailing, trekking, eco-holidays, spa and wellness vacations, and golf. Seychelles is the perfect backdrop for a wedding, honeymoon or indeed any type of romantic break. Here, in the land of perpetual summer, there is a certain timeless quality to life that is hard to replicate anywhere else. It

is almost as if these islands were created with lovers in mind. Romancing the Seychelles Islands Sensual Seychelles has long been dubbed ‘the islands of love’. Home to the unique Vallée de Mai, purported by many to be the site of the original Garden of Eden, it is little wonder that lovers are inspired to take their vows and wed in this gentle and romantic Indian Ocean atmosphere. Marriage and/or honeymoon packages are offered by several leading travel agencies, ensuring that your wedding day or honeymoon can be as blissfully romantic and unique as you can conjure in your wildest dreams. A selection of hotels, both large and

HONEYMOON TRAVEL small, as well as a choice of discreet island hideaways for your honeymoon will intensify your intimacy as you lazily soak up your first glorious days and nights together. Sip exotic tropical cocktails against the backdrop of crimson sunsets. Visit the island of La Digue where time stands still and bicycles and oxcarts hold sway on the pathways to dream beaches such as Anse Source D’Argent. Quietly stroll in the Vallée de Mai where the legendary coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms. Dine tête à tête with your feet in the sand on uncrowded beaches. Try your hand at dancing the moutia, whose sensuous rhythms beckon from the flicker of a beach fire beneath a lover’s moon. Be swept off your feet by the breathtaking beauty of the world’s most stunning islands that offer you diversity, a carefree lifestyle and the services of dedicated professionals whose attention to detail will leave you with the freedom to enjoy the romantic experience of a lifetime.

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Honeymoon special with Flight Centre Airfare plus seven nights’ accommodation from R13,990 per person sharing includes: • Return flights from Johannesburg on Air Seychelles with approximate taxes • Return resort transfers • Seven nights’ accommodation at the three-star Coral Strand in a premium standard room with ocean view • Breakfast daily Added benefits: • Bottle of sparkling wine and fruit in the room • Upgrade to next highest room category subject to availability Valid for travel from 1 November to 10 December 2014. Subject to availability at time of reservation. Standard Flight Centre booking terms and conditions apply. Visit for more information or chat to one of the honeymoon experts on +27 877 40 5000. |


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South Africans are spoilt for choice when it comes to local travel. When you’re looking for honeymoon destinations, there’s no shortage of romantic hideaways to choose from. By Princess Langa


t doesn’t matter if you’ve got your heart set on a bush, sea or mountain romantic escape, the fact is you’re almost guaranteed to find sunshine somewhere. So in a bid to make things a little easier for you, here are some ideas on where you can go to enjoy optimum romance and relaxation.

Waterberg, Limpopo

What to do: Waterberg in Limpopo is a vast natural wonderland of ancient mountains and a rich tapestry of biodiversity. This mountainous landscape is set against the immense open spaces which makes this a very romantic and a truly African experience. Wander into the UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere. It’s almost the same size as the Kruger National Park and it gives you close encounters with amazing wildlife and spectacular views. It’s the perfect backdrop for a sunset picnic. Best of all, Waterberg is home to luxuriant hot mineral springs – nature’s Jacuzzi, so to speak – and it’s a great way to relax, especially with a bottle of bubbly. Where to stay: Clifftop Lodge, Why we love it: It’s wild. Tranquil. Beautiful.

Hermanus, Western Cape What to do: The snazzy seaside town on the southern coast of the Western Cape is filled with green mountains and deep blue waters. But there’s more to this little treasure trove than just lying on the beach and sipping on sundowners. Hermanus is best known for whale watching. Even the casual observer can watch from the benches along the cliff paths while a keen observer can watch the whales from the best view: a boat ride along the coastline. October and November are the best times to spot whales but you can also see them in May during mating season. Get the adrenaline pumping by experiencing a surreal one-on-one with the ocean’s greatest predator: the Great White Shark. There are several shark cage diving operators in Gansbaai, near Hermanus. Not recommended for the faint-hearted but it’s an incredible way to make some unforgettable honeymoon memories. No trip to the Western Cape is complete without a little vineyard touring! Try the Hemel-en-Aarde Wine Route or the Hamilton Russel Vineyard, which is the oldest winery in the valley. Breathtaking locations, great wine and a wonderful way to relax with your sweetheart. Boost the romance barometer with a trip to Kammabaai, also known as ‘Lover’s Cove’. This area has great waves and close by is Langbaai, known by locals as the ‘secret beach’ with a private swimming spot beneath the cliffs. Where to stay: Grootbos Garden Lodge, Why we love it: What’s not to love? Sea, sand, wine and sundowners. |



White River and Hazyview, Mpumalanga What to do: Mpumalanga boasts some of South Africa’s most stunning views, and what better way to get close to your new spouse than to take in the majesty of Mother Nature together. One must-experience trip is God’s Window in Mpumalanga, named so because of the awe-inspiring views. Use the road-trip time to bond with your beloved, the drive is worth it – soak up the magic of rolling green hills, fields of flowers and the waterfalls. To really escape and get away from the maddening crowd, head over to Highgrove House, an 18th-century colonial farmstead that offers five-star country living. Surrounded by jacaranda trees, it offers colonial ambiance and great cuisine. The Orchard Spa offers the perfect setting to restore and revitalise energy and balance while the Kruger Park (20 minutes away) is a great place and the country’s most famous game reserve – you have to see what the fuss is about. Where to stay: Highgrove House, Why we love it: Because in this remarkable setting, Highgrove offers private romantic dining, either on the verandah of your suite with lanterns, in the quaint bar, or at the swimming pool – very romantic under the stars surrounded by lanterns. The dinner comes with a back massage – and dessert is served in the room.



Nature’s Valley, Garden Route What to do: As little or as much as you like! The Garden Route isn’t just a road to your destination, it’s also very much a destination in itself – one that involves a little bit of everything from wine routes to mountains, oceans and forests. The choice is yours! Nature’s Valley might not be as popular as towns such as Knysna or Plettenberg Bay, but it’s all the more reason to escape to this hidden little gem. This coastal enclave is also part of the Tsitsikamma National Park and is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. We suggest you visit Tranquillity B&B, which was voted the best honeymoon destination in South Africa for four years in a row by The Bride’s Choice Awards. Tranquility B&B is where the ocean and the forests meet in magnificent splendour, and you can really relax and take in your amazing surroundings. Soak up sun and get some relaxation into your soul as you enjoy some of the most spectacular beaches. You can also watch the dolphins playing in the surf or the breaching whales celebrating new life. If you are feeling more energetic, hit one of the magnificent hiking trails that offer unrivalled views of sea, forest, waterfalls and lagoons. For wild-animal lovers, there are regular bush buck and bush pig sightings in the village, or you can go leopard spotting by trying to find one of these elusive big cats that hide out in the forest. There’s also bird watching, kayaking and fishing. Where to stay: Tranquility B&B, Why we love it: Like the name suggests, peace and serenity is close at hand. You can fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing, interspersed with the indigenous garden’s singing birds and trickling water feature. The finest linen and soft fluffy towels makes you feel at home in this little bit of paradise that you can easily lose yourself in.

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Nubian Bride Issue 9  

Nubian Bride is the only bridal publication in the industry that caters for African women. African brides, in all their diversity, celebrate...

Nubian Bride Issue 9  

Nubian Bride is the only bridal publication in the industry that caters for African women. African brides, in all their diversity, celebrate...