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The ultimate guide for every bride in KwaZulu-Natal

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Welcome...............................................................................................................................................................................................................5

CONTENTS

Fourth Edition...

The Countdown.............................................................................................................6

Chart Your Course

Wedding Co-ordinators............................................................................................8

Expert Advice

DĂŠcor.....................................................................................................................................16

Grand Designs

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Stationery..........................................................................................................................20

Just my Type

Venues.................................................................................................................................21

Places in the Heart

Photography...................................................................................................................64

Happy Snaps

Videography...................................................................................................................77

Movie Magic

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Flowers................................................................................................................................78

Floral Symphony. Cakes & Catering.......................................................................................................79

Sweet Treats

Music......................................................................................................................................82

Love Notes

Hair & Beauty...............................................................................................................85

Absolutely Flawless Transport............................................................................................................................91

Make Your Move

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Best Dressed

92 CONTENTS

Bridal Wear...............................................................................................................92

Menswear..................................................................................................................97

Dressing Up

Jewellery.....................................................................................................................100

All that Glitters

Honeymoons..........................................................................................................101

Honeymoon Heaven

Legal Matters...........................................................................................................109

Fair & Square

Calendar......................................................................................................................111

Save the Date

Budget Planner.....................................................................................................113

On Track

Index...............................................................................................................................114

Acknowledgements Publisher: Azalea Promotions Jenny Du Preez Email: jen@azalea.co.za Contributors Editorial: Louella Morgan-Jarvis Photography: A special thank you to all the advertisers and photographers who contributed to our fourth edition Design & Layout: Lyn Grandemange Email: lyn@azalea.co.za

101 Cover Photo: Stephen Railton See Shelley’s story on pg 72

Advertising: Fiona Fryer Contact Details: P.O. Box 201288 Durban North, 4016 Tel: +27 31 564 3425 Fax: +27 31 564 3428 Printers: Paarl Media Publication Details: Your Wedding Planner is published annually and can be viewed online at: www.yourweddingplannerguide.co.za

and www.zulu.org.za Your Wedding Planner

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Disclaimer The content provided in this publication is done so in good faith and while every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy, the publisher cannot be held responsible for any omissions or errors; or for any misfortune, injury or damages that may arise. All rights are reserved and NO material from this magazine may be reproduced without the written consent of the publishers.


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WELCOME PICTURE LIFE

WELCOME TO THE FOURTH EDITION OF YOUR WEDDING PLANNER, WHICH HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR EVERY BRIDE IN KWAZULU-NATAL. THIS YEAR, WE EXTEND OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING IN OUR BEAUTIFUL AND MULTICULTURAL ZULU KINGDOM. One of South Africa’s truly exceptional destinations, this province has something for everyone, from city weddings at top hotels and guest houses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg to beach weddings along our golden coastline, country-style receptions in the Midlands and Drakensberg mountains, and safari-type weddings deep in the African bush. As these pages unfold with images of spectacular locations, weddings and bridal couples, we hope that you’ll find something to spark your imagination and help you create a wedding ceremony and reception that’s tailor-made just for you! As soon as you and your partner have sealed your engagement, consider the bigger picture and start asking yourselves some important questions. You already know who your special someone is, but have you thought about the ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of your big day?

Allow yourself to dream a little, thinking about what your fantasy wedding might be like. What inspires you and your partner? Big and bold or cosy and intimate? Glitzy and glamorous or simple and eco-friendly? Urban chic or flowery and romantic? Get some inspiration on themes and décor on page 11. When will you say ‘I do’? Think about the season and your wedding theme, as well as practical considerations such as taking time off work and whether your chosen date is on a long weekend or during the holidays: some venues and service providers book up well in advance and may be more expensive at those times. Where is the perfect place for your wedding celebrations? Town or country? Near or far? Indoor or al fresco? From boutique hotels and 5-star accommodation in the city to bushveld locations, sugar plantations, beach resorts and mountain manors, we’ve got the best locations

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in the province covered in our ‘Venues’ guide, starting on page 15. How will you be getting married? Church wedding or civil ceremony? What are the legal requirements? Will you be marrying under the Marriage Act, Customary Marriages Act or Civil Union Act? South African marriages are legally valid in the vast majority of countries, making it even easier for overseas brides and grooms to get married here. Consult the section on ‘Legal Matters’ on page 58. We’ve also included a helpful budget planner on page 62. Finally, how do you work out a timeline and make sure everything runs according to plan? When should you start booking service providers and scheduling appointments? Get the lowdown in our monthly to-do list on page 6.


THE COUNTDOWN TYRONE CROSSMAN

12 months to go

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Tell friends and relatives you’re engaged and introduce

Select and order bridesmaids’ outfits.

both families.

Look at sample menus and book caterers.

Compare calendars and select a wedding date.

Research and book ceremony musicians and

Set your budget and find out who will be paying

reception band/DJ.

for what.

Interview and select florist.

Decide on guest numbers.

Find out how much time you’ll be able to take off

Visit reception locations and book venue.

work for your honeymoon.

Book ceremony location, fixing a date and time

with your registrar or celebrant

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Start a wedding scrapbook, looking at photos of

wedding décor, dresses and flowers for inspiration.

If needed, hire a wedding coordinator.

Make the first draft of your guest list.

Send out a save-the-date card or email.

Visit a bridal salon to find your wedding gown and veil,

or make an appointment with a dress designer.

Start an exercise routine or healthy eating plan.

Book your honeymoon.

Book wedding-day transport.

Create a wedding website.

Shop for bridal accessories such as shoes

and lingerie.

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Discuss ceremony ideas, music and readings

with celebrant.

Decide on order of ceremony and choose

Decide on your bridesmaids, ushers, master of

programme wording.

ceremonies and best man.

Choose your baker and finalise wedding cake.

Start researching honeymoon locations and

Decide on whether groomswear will be hired

package deals.

or custom-made.

Book your photographer and videographer.

Research registry options and start compiling

Decide on wedding day colours and theme.

a wish list.

Decide on your dress, allowing at least six months

for it to be made up if using a couturier.

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Choose and order wedding favours.

Prepare a list of essential photos for your photographer,

Purchase wedding rings and send for engraving

including important family members and guests.

if applicable.

Book final beauty and body treatments and wedding

Start looking for wedding-day jewellery.

dress fitting.

Schedule bridal gown fittings.

Finalise your jewellery, including something old, new,

Book rental equipment, such as table linen

borrowed and blue.

and accessories.

Order invitations and other stationery.

Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, including

travel insurance.

Buy a guest book.

Call guests who haven’t replied to your invitations.

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If hiring groomswear, confirm order.

Check whether your passport is up-to-date and if

visas are required for your honeymoon.

Create a gift registry.

Research accommodation options for

out-of-town guests.

Approve invitations.

Get ideas for wedding hair and make-up and

book consultation.

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Coordinate outfits for mothers of the bride and groom.

Let friends and family know if you’d like them to

give readings, sing or help in any way.

Finalise guest list and send out invitations.

Finalise flower and décor requirements.

Plan pre-wedding showers.

Find gifts for attendants and parents.

If needed, start dancing lessons for that first dance.

Meet with your celebrant to finalise ceremony details

and have service sheets printed.

Write your personalised wedding vows, if desired.

Start working on speeches.

Book your wedding-night hotel.

Pick up wedding rings and have final wedding

attire fittings.

Plan and shop for your honeymoon wardrobe.

Finalise wedding-day details, confirming number of

guests with caterer, wedding music and playlists with

musician and DJ, and flowers with florist.

Work out a seating plan.

Have final hair and make-up practice, booking

appointment for wedding day.

Hold your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

ON THE DAY

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Eat a good breakfast.

Make sure all vendors, attendants and other

helpers have been given written checklists.

Have corsages, bouquets and buttonholes

picked up / delivered.

Take a soothing bubble bath and give yourself

at least 15 minutes of quiet time.

Pack a wedding-day kit with lipstick and

nail polish, tissues and powder compact.

THE COUNTDOWN

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CO-ORDINATORS

LEMONTREE

PUTTING TOGETHER A WEDDING IS A HUGE TASK, EVEN WHEN YOU HAVE A GENERAL IDEA IN YOUR HEAD OF WHAT YOU’D LIKE IN TERMS OF A THEME, VENUE, DÉCOR AND OUTFITS. RESEARCH, OF COURSE, IS KEY; THERE ARE BRIDAL MAGAZINES, ON THE WEB AS WELL AS IN PRINT, NOT TO MENTION EVERY BRIDE’S FAVOURITE ONLINE SCRAPBOOK … THE PINTEREST BOARD!

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CO-ORDINATORS

HOME OF THE PERFECT WEDDING FUNCTION & WEDDING DECOR SPECIALISTS LEMONTREE CONCEPTS offers originality, creativity and character equal to the needs of each and every wedding! With no job too big or too small, their team of professionals will handle all your wedding needs with quality and attention to detail. Their expertise extends from recommending a venue to organising the flowers, and every possible décor related thing in between. In their 14 years of operation, LEMONTREE CONCEPTS has handled a wide variety of events from romantic dinners for two on Durban’s North Pier to gala dinners hosting 1750 guests, product launches, conferences and award ceremonies... so your wedding is in good hands, and their experience and professionalism to advise and guide is always on hand. Try LEMONTREE CONCEPTS for your special day and let them make you one of their next happy couples. Chat to them today and find out how they can help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. Contact: 031-569 3717 Email: alvinm@lemtree.co.za www.lemtree.co.za

TESTIMONIAL

I would like to say a BIG thank you and to the entire staff of Lemontree Concepts, and especially Alvin and Mark for making my dreams become a reality. From the time we did our first consultation until the week before, you had the entire wedding from the ceremony to the reception planed out exactly the way we wanted it. The flowers were beautiful and I couldn’t have wanted a better bridal bouquet. You cater to all our needs and more – it was amazing. From both Craig and I, thank you all from the bottom of our hearts, it certainly will be the best day of our lives and the most memorable to our guests. Lots of love Cristal and Craig Bishop.

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But how do you go about pulling all those bits and bobs of information into a coherent plan? Or even start thinking about budgeting for it all? Countdown calendars are useful as they help you to pace yourself and tackle planning and décor details one at a time (see our handy guide on Page 6. There are also a number of online tools to help you with coordinating the wedding. A website such as appycouple.com, which also has a mobile app to download to your smartphone, provides templates for creating a website and allows you to send e-vites and share important information with your guests, such as hotels and flights, maps and RSVP details. You can upload pictures, and guests can add theirs too! Other wedding Apps include the Android-based ‘Our Wedding Planner’ and Apple’s ‘Wedding Happy’, both of which assist in managing invitations, scheduling tasks, keeping tabs on your budget and even working out seating arrangements!

a2z EVENT SPECIALISTS

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CO-ORDINATORS A2Z EVENT SPECIALITS

MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY IS OUR SPECIALITY!! A2Z EVENT SPECIALISTS ARE A TEAM OF DEDICATED, FUN LOVING AND ENTHUSIASTIC INDIVIDUALS WITH A PASSION FOR MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY. THEIR HIGHLY SKILLED TEAM IS TRAINED TO HANDLE FUNCTIONS OF ANY MAGNITUDE AND OFFER INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS TO CLIENTS. A2Z specialises in weddings, private functions, parties, corporate events, flowers and decor hire. They focus on getting to know their clients, understanding their style and character and delivering customized solutions. Organizing an event need not be stressful anymore. A2Z will work with you and support you throughout this process to ensure the success of your event. Their service, and attention to detail radiates commitment and passion. Always striving to provide innovation and individuality in terms of decor, theme ideas and products, A2Z is able to create fresh and original events with the latest decor trends. A wide variety of products to suit any theme from Modern, to Classical, to Contemporary means client’s choices are endless. A2Z Event Specialists and function hire is a South African based professional events company with branches in Durban & Johannesburg and their focus is to deliver a service like no other. They ensure customer satisfaction through quality and efficiency in terms of planning and effortless execution of the event. Contact Durban 031 201 9644 or JHB 011 646 0972 Web: www.a2zeventspecialists.co.za 11


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Despite having all these services at your disposal, there’s still a lot to organise, and many brides find the services of a professional wedding planner extremely helpful. A coordinator brings with them a wealth of knowledge – what’s hot in wedding themes, who’s who in the wedding industry, where to find the ideal venue, and how to get you the best possible deals. In the end, you’ll need to weigh up how much your time is worth and whether or not you have enough know-how to plan such an intricate event. At the very least, think about hiring a coordinator to take care of the wedding day itself, leaving you free to savour the moment. While a number of venues provide in-house managers, do find out exactly what they are able to offer you. Most will only take care of specific wedding-day issues and give you a list of their preferred service providers, so hiring your own dedicated wedding coordinator is most likely still a good idea. At the outset you might think that hiring a coordinator is simply an additional expense; however, remember that in the long run they are often able to save you money. FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA

T: 031 205 2211 | F: 031 205 4301 e: cutabove@mweb.co.za www.functionsforafrica.co.za

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CO-ORDINATORS OAK CELEBRATIONS

CREATING YOUR FAIRYTALE SO YOU CAN LIVE IT! OAK CELEBRATIONS AND ITS TALENTED OWNER KAY NDUNGANE, ARE SETTING THE BAR PRETTY HIGH IN THE WEDDING AND EVENTS INDUSTRY. NOMINATED IN 2014, IN THE EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY OF THE REGIONAL BUSINESS ACHIEVER AWARDS, SHE IS LIGHTING UP THE INDUSTRY WITH HER EXCITING AND FABULOUS DÉCOR CREATIONS. With her firm belief that they need to ‘give every function the respect that it deserves,’ it is easy to see why Kay and her team at Oak Celebrations, are enjoying the success that they are and are well placed to facilitate your dream wedding. Couples usually want to communicate who they are, their individual style their unique personality, therefore weddings will always be so magnificently different. Oak Celebrations consider it an honour to be styling and creating special memories for your special day and is committed to deliver on every level of excellence. Each wedding or function is tackled with absolute dedication, enthusiasm and flair. There is no limit to inspiration, originality and creativity when it comes to décor themes, that can range from vintage glam to modern trendy, country chic to sophisticated elegance, timeless romantic and whimsical to retro Oak will deliver a bespoke celebration that will provide you with lifelong and unforgettable memories. Contact 072 860 4109 Email: info@oakchild.com 13


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FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA

Innovative Décor & Events

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CO-ORDINATORS FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA is an exciting and innovative décor and event company based in Durban. Started by Paul Mann in 2000, the business has grown leaps and bounds in the last 15 years due to the ability to constantly stay challenged and think out the box. With the creative minds of Paul and the team at FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA, the need to create unique and even trend setting décor ideas and concepts, knows no boundaries. Our quantity and variation of stock allows us to not only hire out like a regular hiring company, but assist our clients in creating entire concepts and themes, allowing us to be a one stop shop. Our teams’ extensive experience and range of expertise, see us not only creating the mood and theme for the event in partnership with our clients requirements, but creating the concepts, layouts and if needed, 3D renders. We have our own in-house floral and textile designer which puts us ahead of our game all year around. Whether looking for flowers for your chapel, reception tables or for your bridal bouquets, we are able to do it all.

take on you wedding from beginning to end, letting us deal with all the stress. We take care of everything from venue sourcing, catering, sound and lighting, to table décor, flowers and more, we will co-ordinate and run your wedding for you insuring you have the day you have always dreamed of, without the stress. We are fortunate enough to have one of the most talented teams around, which allows us to cater for weddings and events with guest numbers into the thousands. Our large database of clients stands testament to the quality of work we do, especially corporate events and weddings. Please don’t hesitate to contact FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA when planning your wedding. Call us for advice, or pop into our show room and come and visit us, we will be glad to assist you. Contact: T: (031) 205 2211 F: (031) 205 4301 E: cutabove@mweb.co.za W: www.functionsforafrica.co.za

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DECOR

SEAN BAKER

LET YOUR WEDDING DÉCOR REFLECT WHAT YOU AND YOUR PARTNER ENJOY IN EVERYDAY LIFE. IF YOU’RE BOTH KEENS SURFERS, GO FOR A RELAXED BEACH THEME, OR IF YOU LOVE TRAVELLING, WEAVE MAPS AND EXOTICS DESTINATIONS INTO ELEMENTS SUCH AS YOUR STATIONERY AND TABLE NAMES.

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DECOR

CREATIVE & ORIGINAL SOLUTIONS HIGHWAY FUNCTION HIRE & CATERING SERVICES is one of the most respected and popular function hire businesses in Kwazulu-Natal, due mainly to their commitment to excellence, quality and customer care. At Highway Function Hire you will receive top quality service and assistance, irrespective of the size or type of the function that you are planning, with creative and original solutions to meet your budget and specific requirements. They have everything you need for hire and their table settings always look fantastic thanks to quality cutlery, crockery, glassware and table linen. Menus are customised to match your theme, pocket & palette and innovative cuisine is tailored to the chosen theme of your event. The staff at Highway Function Hire & Catering Services understand how important your wedding day is and how stressful the organization of the function can be. Having been in the business for many years they also understand that genuine desire, passion & dedication is needed to ensure that your day is truly special. Everyone at Highway Function Hire undertakes to go above and beyond all expectations to make your dream day an unforgettable & a tasteful success. Tel: 031 708 1100 / 033 386 1615 Web: www.highwayfunctionhire.co.za


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These days, eclectic styles are in vogue, so you don’t necessarily have to colour coordinate your bridesmaids’ dresses with the table napkins and the floral arrangement. Just about anything goes, giving you the freedom to mix and match … and have some fun! Start a Pinterest board, where you can pin images and ideas that appeal to you. Then sit down together as a couple, choose a few things that you both really like, and take it from there.

You could also look to the seasons for inspiration. While Spring suggests delicate colours, summer’s lush vegetation and abundant blooms might prompt tropical or beach themes infused with bold, dramatic hues. Favourite autumn colours include the mellow tones of amber, green and cream, not to mention Pantone’s colour of the year, Marsala, which is a rich wine-red. While coastal winters are pleasantly cool and dry, the colder weather inland could inspire a romantic highland theme with roaring log fires, candle-lit tables and soaring mountain scenery. This is also the perfect time for a bushveld wedding; either colonial elegance or ecoexperience.

One of the best décor ideas is to pick a fabulous location, where you won’t have to add too much to make the space gorgeous. A charming country hotel or themed restaurant will be easier to decorate than a plain function room or marquee. Then, you’ll need to check how much of the décor your venue is able to supply, and how much you’ll have to hire. These days, professional hiring companies supply an amazing array of stylish furnishings and themed décor.

WEDDING FAVOURS Prettily packaged wedding favours are a lovely way to thank your guests for sharing this special day with you. Edible favours are always extremely popular, and include things like liqueur-filled truffles, mini jars of local produce, such as jam, honey or olives, or cookies and cupcakes. The personal touch is key, like luggage tags inscribed with individual messages, attached to favours wrapped in hand-printed paper.

COLOUR PALETTES Monochromatic schemes always look elegant, so you could choose different tones of the same colour, or pick a colour you love, and team it with neutral shades. Different themes lend themselves to different colour schemes: a garden wedding might feature delicate florals and pastels against a lush green backdrop, while a vintage wedding could incorporate period prints and bold colours offset with silver or gold detailing, not to mention a sprinkling of 1930s era glamour. The ‘country chic’ or ‘rustic’ wedding in fresh pastel shades of blue, green or yellow is also very popular. Feature details here include apple crates, antique tablecloths and mismatched china. The seaside is another favourite, lending itself to pale blue or turquoise paired with neutrals such as sand, gold, silver or chalky pink. Alternatively, turn your reception into a celebration of colour with the latest décor trends: origami flowers, paper lanterns and pom-poms, festoon lighting and swags of streamers.

PICS

SEAN BAKER

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Gallery

Co-ordinators & Décor

a2z EVENT SPECIALISTS LEMONTREE

a2z EVENT SPECIALISTS

FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA

“Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.” Alice Walker

FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA a2z EVENT SPECIALISTS

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STATIONERY

PICTURE LIFE

WEDDINGS CELEBRATIONS REVOLVE AROUND THE PERSONALITY OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM, AND THIS SHOULD BE REFLECTED IN THE UNIQUE STAMP YOU PUT ON YOUR STATIONERY. INVITATION WORDING, TOO, WORKS BETTER IF ITS PERSONAL AND HEART-FELT, USING SIMPLE PHRASING SUCH AS ‘JOIN US IN CELEBRATING OUR WEDDING’. Stationery using illustrations of the couple are very popular right now, and custom-made invitations will create a lasting impression. Even if you don’t have the budget to go the whole hog, you could modify this trend by including details on your invitations such as hand lettering. Natural themes have come to the fore, and include lots of greenery, woodland and mountain motifs, as well as flora and wildlife. Colours in stationery are becoming more intense, with washed-out pastels being replaced by much bolder palettes that incorporate forest green, winered and deep blue. Metallic accents are also popular, particularly rose gold and copper. While it’s good to be quirky and creative, experts caution against using too much colour. Balance bright hues with grounded neutrals, and make sure guests are able to read the text! Modern couples might prefer to go the paperless route and issue wedding e-vites or use wedding apps and social networks to spread the word about their upcoming nuptials.

I Do Invitations & Accessories Make Your Dream Wedding A Reality

Lee-Anne Mack 082 494 4373 mrsmack@iafrica.com www.idoinvitations.co.za

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VENUES TYRONE CROSSMAN

YOU’VE ONLY BEEN ENGAGED FOR A MONTH, AND ALREADY PEOPLE ARE ASKING YOU THOSE PREDICTABLE QUESTIONS LIKE ‘WHERE’ AND ‘WHEN’. SOUND FAMILIAR? WITH THE ENORMOUS VARIETY OF WEDDING VENUES AVAILABLE, BOTH NEAR AND FAR, THOSE QUESTIONS ARE NOT AS EASY TO ANSWER AS THEY USED TO BE. IT’S NO LONGER SIMPLY A CASE OF CHOOSING FROM TWO OR THREE ESTABLISHED VENUES IN YOUR HOMETOWN. TODAY THERE ARE VENUES TO SUIT EVERY IMAGINABLE THEME, AND WITH THE RISE OF THE DESTINATION WEDDING THERE ARE ALSO OPPORTUNITIES TO BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS.

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VENUES SICA’S GUEST HOUSE

OLDE WORLD SANCTUARY

Sica’s is an affordable, old world sanctuary situated just far enough away from the city’s hustle and bustle, but with all the modern conveniences. An 1886, family-run Victorian farmhouse on 3 acres of Durban’s prestigious Berea, this charming colonial style guesthouse has private “broekie-lace” verandahs, tranquil surroundings and ample parking. Our luxury bed and breakfast guest house caters for international and local guests, sports enthusiasts or business people looking for a function venue and accommodation with a personal touch. Owner-run by caring and efficient hosts, Jan, Sica and Janus Horn, personalized service is ensured for every guest. Sica’s Guest House is a popular conference, function or wedding venue, with our own chapel on the property. We offer a choice of fully equipped function rooms, with experience staff on hand to assist you in planning your event or special day. CONFERENCE FACILITIES • TV, VCR, OHP, screen whiteboard, flip chart • On request: data projector, PA system, paper and pens • Full catering FACILITIES / ACCOMMODATION • 5 venues, each accommodating 12-160 delegates • 46 en suite luxury bedrooms • Chapel RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES • Swimming pool • Standard, floodlit tennis court • TV’s, phone lines and internet connectivity in each room LOCATION Conveniently situated 1km from the N3 highway, 4km from Durban CBD Airport transfers and excursions on request. Call 031 261 2768 or go to www.sica.co.za. 22


VENUES

Once you have an idea of what your budget is, and when you want to be big day to be, it’s time to start your search. Luckily, local brides and grooms are spoilt for choice when it comes to appealing locations in our beautiful province. KwaZulu-Natal boasts everything from eco-friendly resorts set in lush coastal forests, to luxurious beachfront manors, grand colonial estates in the picturesque Midlands, luxurious game lodges in ‘Big Five’ country, and sophisticated five-star or boutique hotels in the city, not to mention a variety of resorts and guesthouses in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Drakensberg range. One of these destinations could be home to your special venue, the place where you and your partner celebrate the next chapter in your lives together. VENUE LOGISTICS If only choosing a wedding venue were as easy as just finding a space that you like. It may not seem terribly romantic right now, but do remember to bear in mind the logistics of a venue, as this could save you untold hassles later on. Consider everything from the number of guests the venue will need to cater for, to the time of day and the season, as well as any accommodation your guests might require. You don’t need to know exactly what your guest count is before starting to look at venues, but you do need at least to have a rough idea before you begin – whether you’re planning a relatively intimate gathering of 50, the more standard size of 125, or a grand-scale celebration of 300plus! The best starting point on this all-important quest is the Internet, as web-based searches instead of phone calls and emails will save you lots of time. Many bridal sites have venue databases, but it’s a good idea to go by word of mouth as well. You should be able to find out most of venue details online, such as the size of their banqueting facilities and the services offered. Reading reviews on TripAdvisor might also help you to narrow down the list of possibilities.

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67 Steve Pitts Road Umzumbe, 4225 T: +27(39) 684 6717 F: +27(39) 684 6303

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Transform your special day into a one-of-a-kind celebration PUMULA BEACH HOTEL PUMULA BEACH HOTEL, with its stunning views of the Indian Ocean, has the best seaside location on the Kwazulu-Natal South Coast. Situated 100kms south of Durban and surrounded by indigenous coastal vegetation, it is the ultimate wedding venue. Charming and intimate, the highest levels of personal service and excellent cuisine are provided. In addition to this a selection of comfortable accommodation is available, which includes both family and double/twin rooms with sea or garden views. With our extensive experience in wedding co-ordination, we will ensure that your special day is a dream come true! 24


Please note that as we are a small establishment, the wedding party will be required to book the entire hotel

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consisting of 62 double rooms (120 guests), for the weekend (Friday and Saturday night). This would give you the privilege of total privacy and the opportunity to enjoy all of the hotel facilities with your family & friends. Should you choose Pumula Beach Hotel as the venue for your wedding, we are able to offer you the following package: •

Complimentary use of the function room, which

includes the use of the tables, chairs, white linen

tablecloths, skirts and serviettes.

Complimentary room for the bridal couple on

Saturday night, which includes a complimentary

bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket.

10% discount on sparkling wine purchased at

the reception.

Silver plated cake knife.

Complimentary champagne and orange juice served

to your guests at breakfast on Sunday morning.

For more information call +27(39) 684 6717 or check out www.pumulabeachhotel.com

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DIDIMA CONFERENCE CENTRE Your Ultimate Wedding Venue Make your big day perfect with unlimited privacy, breathtaking scenery, birdlife, wildlife, scenic trails, luxury accommodation, delicious meals and personalised service. Go Wild. Book your wedding with us! Activities • Guided trails, Bushman paintings and a variety of scenic destinations • River fishing • San Art rock in-camp trail • Braais at the gazebo • Walking and hiking trails • Sundowner walks • Mountain streams with rock pools within walking distance to the resort • San Art interpretive centre • Swimming pool and tennis courts • Curio shop and Eland View Restaurant

The state-of-the-art wedding facility seats 140 guests and a large breakaway facility with a full height glass wall framing the splendour of Cathedral Peak. Let ideas expand beyond the office • Bordering on the upper Thukela area north and east, Lesotho in the west and Monk’s Cowl in the south, this section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is 32000ha in extent. • The magnificent Didima Valley contains many examples of San rock art, a wide selection of plants and animals in the extensive grasslands patches and is a hiker’s paradise. • Didima is situated within the magnificent mountain setting of the Didima and Cathedral Peak Valley, a unique blend of modern luxury and ancient cultural heritage.

To Book Call T: +27 (0)36 488 8000 F: +27 (0)36 488 1346 E: didimaconf@kznwildlife.com W: www.kznwildlife.com Booking online: bookings.kznwildlife.com


Another prime consideration is your budget. Get a price estimate, including menu and bar prices and corkage fees, and the cost of waitering staff. Some venues offer discounts on accommodation as well as other services if you’re prepared to be flexible. TYPES OF VENUES There are all types of venues out there, but which will be most suitable for your wedding? To help decide, you first need to know the style and feel that you’re aiming for. Would you prefer a quirky, DIY-style wedding, a romantic country-themed celebration or something with a more sophisticated atmosphere? Once you know what you want – or even what you don’t want – it will enable you to rule out some venues immediately. The closer your venue is to your chosen theme, the less you’ll have to worry about the décor, which will end up being a huge money-saver. It’s also important to consider whether you want a full-service venue or not. The former should be able to supply you with most of your needs, such as tables, chairs, linen and catering, while the latter generally only offers you the space, allowing you the freedom (and the extra work that goes along with it) of hiring and coordinating all the service providers yourself.

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If you plan on having a church wedding, the location of your reception venue will need to be in fairly close proximity to that of the ceremony. However, if you’re content with a civil wedding, this will widen your options greatly. Today many reception venues host both the wedding ceremony and the reception; a practical option which has the added benefit of minimising potential transport complications. Also think about the type of reception you’re planning. You’ll need more space for a formal, sit-down dinner than a cocktail-style affair. And don’t forget the entertainment; a band or DJ will take up lots of room, as will a dance floor!


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MAKARANGA

A MAGICAL SETTING in an enchanted garden PREPARE TO BE WELCOMED AND ENCHANTED, TO EXPERIENCE A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF MAGIC IMPECCABLY DELIVERED WITH GREAT STYLE. Located in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, just 20 minutes from the city of Durban you will find the lush green village of Kloof, and at its heart MAKARANGA, complete with hotel, restaurant, wedding and conference facilities. Few places in South Africa can boast a more wonderful setting for work and leisure guests, young and old, mobile and immobile, day visitors or long term stays. Rest assured you will be changed for the better for having experienced the peace and tranquillity of MAKARANGA’s 30 acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall. Southern Africa’s largest collection of Zimbabwean stone art, as well as a selection of Italian sculptures, are tucked away in the gardens, all awaiting your discovery. The interiors provide a visual feast of original art and décor making MAKARANGA a sensory experience no matter what the weather.

Wedding ceremonies are held in the gardens, and the reception is held in the Sibeko venue. The use of MAKARANGA’s beautiful gardens with its stunning backdrops, Italian and Shona sculptures, winding pathways and water features guarantee an awesome photographic session. Two wedding packages, which are inclusive of a carefully planned menu (whether a breakfast, lunch or dinner wedding) are available. MAKARANGA’s wedding coordinators have the expertise and experience as well as the professional partners to help and advise you with regards to certain support services you may require and will cater to your every need. Contact Patricia at Banqueting: Tel: 031 764 6616 Email: events1@makaranga.com www.makaranga.com

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VENUES WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PICTURE PERFECT CHAPEL, OR A MAGNIFICENT GARDEN SETTING, EDEN LASSIE OFFERS SOMETHING SPECIAL.

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The venue with the View WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A PICTURE PERFECT CHAPEL, OR A MAGNIFICENT GARDEN SETTING THAT’S PERFECT FOR YOUR PHOTO SHOOT, EDEN LASSIE OFFERS SOMETHING SPECIAL TO EVEN THE MOST DISCERNING COUPLE. EDEN LASSIE offers seating for up to 200 guests in an open-rafter style venue as well as an attractive wooden deck suitable for pre-dinner drinks, overlooking the magnificent views of the picturesque Tala Valley. Under the personal attention of owner manager Judy Lowry, EDEN LASSIE is committed to making your day one to remember... with special attention given to creating unique moments for each wedding. From the location of the wedding ceremony to the set up of the venue and the menu, each wedding is individually planned to suit the bridal couple. Together with their appointed caterers, CHC - who offer a selection of high cuisine in either buffet style or elegantly plated, EDEN LASSIE offers you the option to select your personal choice from their menu selection or simply create your own custom made menu. Your guests will enjoy fine food, excellent service, breathtaking scenery and a wedding to remember. EDEN LASSIE strives to create unforgettable memories in their very extraordinary location. Contact Judy Lowrie on 083 552 9134 Email: edenlassie@sai.co.za www.edenlassie.co.za In-house décor contact Dale on 084 514 3769 Email: dalegait@sai.co.za 30


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A ROYAL HIDEAWAY AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE IS A ROYAL HIDEAWAY OFFERING EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND LUXURY, AMIDST THE AFRICAN LANDSCAPES AND BREATHTAKING BIG FIVE WILDLIFE OF THE AMAKHOSI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE. Here, time belongs to the rhythm of a timeless African beat and guests are given their own private kingdom. AMAKHOSI’s uniqueness hinges on its Zulu heritage, a majestic destination where imperial treatment is customary, where no day is the same. There is no substitute for getting married in the bush. From the moment the bride and groom arrive until long after the ceremony, held in one of the most beautiful areas of the reserve, they are transported into a dream world fit for a king and his queen. At AMAKHOSI competent staff take care of everything, all you have to do is arrive and say “I do”. Six luxurious river suites and two honeymoon suites rest in harmony with their surroundings. High ceilings, glass walls and private viewing decks all add to the overall impression of being one with nature. Each suite has a lounge, 31

bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a unique bath made for two. AMAKHOSI also boasts a private villa experience with the beautiful villa they call “IsiGodlo” (meaning “chiefs residence”). IsiGodlo, is private and located a leopard’s leap away from the main lodge, this hidden gem accommodates four deserving guests and offers them a touch of paradise - ideal for the bride and her ‘hand maidens’. AMAKHOSI is a place of kings and now with the new Amakhosi River SPA, there is no better place to relax, revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul in preparation for a memorable wedding in this unique romantic African surrounding. Contact details: Telephone: +27 34 414 1157 Email: info@amakhosi.com www.amakhosi.com


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NTSHONDWE RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTRE Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal Why choose Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife for your Wedding Venue? Because we have it all, and more... We have the freshest of air, an abundance of diverse wildlife, the best adventure tracks and trails, most breathtaking sights and mountain views, but most importantly, we have a thatched state-of-the-art venue in magnificent surroundings. Situated outside Louwsburg in Northern KwaZulu-Natal at the foot of the Ngotshe Plateau. We offer: • Open-vehicle game drives, guided walks where one may encounter elephant, white and black rhino, leopard, giraffe, kudu, tsessebe, waterbuck and eland

• Self-guided trails for the energetic • The team at Ntshondwe will tailor make your wedding to fulfil your dreams and objectives which could include bush braais or boma braais, game drives, champagne breakfasts or a sunset reception overlooking the Phongola River. • There is a 1.2km tarred airstrip • Tarred access road (capable of carrying 48-seater coaches) to the resort. • 4 1/2 to five hour drive from Johannesburg and 4 hours from Durban.

To Book Call T: +27 (0)34 983 2540 F: +27 (0)34 983 2566 E: ntshondwe@kznwildlife.com Booking online: bookings.kznwildlife.com


Perhaps a golf or country club is just what you’re looking for. Many have beautiful buildings and grounds that are ideal for a wedding reception. Like a hotel, they’re also used to catering for large numbers of guests, particularly if you’re after buffet-style catering. For a smaller wedding party, a restaurant could offer a sure-fire recipe for success! And it’s often the most cost effective venue option as you won’t pay for venue hire, only for food and beverages. You’re free to do things your way at a home wedding, and could save money by hiring the caterer of your choice and stocking your own bar. It can nevertheless end up being quite costly in the long run once you take all the extras into account, such as cutlery, crockery and linen, tables and chairs, and probably a tent or marquee, lighting, generators, portable toilets and flooring too. In addition, you may have to supervise the set-up of equipment, organise parking for the guests, and clean up when it’s all over.

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There are a number of non-traditional venues to be found, such as art galleries, barns, beaches, boats and hired halls. If you’d prefer something outdoors, KwaZulu-Natal has an immense variety of beautiful spots for you to pitch a tent or marquee, giving you endless flexibility regarding décor and styling. Although romantic and scenic, al fresco weddings can nevertheless be a lot of work to organise. Take into account things like the privacy of your location and competition from the elements, such as sun, heat, rain or insects. Accessibility and parking facilities should also be considered.

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Traditional venues such as hotels and guest houses, which usually have set wedding packages, might be just the thing. Choose anything from an elegant boutique hotel to an upmarket international resort or a charming country inn. Hotels are able to provide in-house food and drink as well as accommodation for the bridal couple and the guests. However, remember that the larger hotels may host more than one wedding on the same day so there could be issues with a lack of exclusivity.


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CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT

The Ultimate destination for Work and Play! It’s taken millions of years to create the majestic backdrop to CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT. Nothing can make a more perfect setting than the rugged peaks and lush green valleys of the Central Drakensberg. Champagne Sports Resort embraces the opportunity to ensure your wedding is a relaxing and memorable experience. The salon has five treatment rooms with magnificent views to pamper you before the wedding. Extensive accommodation is available with 152 hotel rooms and 4 new luxurious residential suites. There are several venues available for the reception. However, if you wish to have your wedding ceremony indoors a second venue will need to be hired as well. Many years of thought, design and investment have resulted in this incredible final product that golfers and leisure guests travel far and wide to experience. There is something truly unique and special playing golf on one of the most scenic courses in the world or enjoying the wide range of leisure activities with the awe-inspiring presence of the Champagne and Cathkin Peaks towering above you. It is an experience to behold and one that we hope all of you will remember and return to enjoy. There are few venues available that will cope with really large weddings in a magnificent setting such as ours. Add to that, there is something special about weddings where all the guests are residents at the hotel and the memories seem to linger longer. Contact: T: (036) 468 8000 F: (036) 468 1169 E: reservations@champagnesportsresort.com W: www. champagnesportsresort.com 34


VENUES IN A WORLD HERITAGE SITE WE HAVE CREATED A GOLFING MASTERPIECE.

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GOOD TIMING When you’ve settled on your short list, and made sure the venues are available on your chosen day, it’s time to pay them a visit. A good tip here is to go and see the venue on the day you’re planning to get married and, if possible, at around the same time. This way you’ll be able to notice finer details, like the quality of the light and if there are any regular goings-on and routines that might interfere in any way with the smooth running of your special day. And, if you have one, take your wedding coordinator along too, as he or she will be able to cast an experienced eye over the set-up and offer good advice. WEATHER WATCH Also take the weather and the time of year into account when deciding on where to host your reception, finding out whether the venue is air conditioned and/or heated and, in the case of an outdoor wedding, if there’s an alternative space should it suddenly begin to rain. While Durban and the coast enjoy wonderful weather all year round, with glorious, long summer days, there is also the chance of rain and humidity during the warmer months. Conversely, the subtropical coastal areas experience warm and dry winters: even during the coldest months the average maximum temperature rises to 23°C during the day and rarely drops below 10°C at night. In the Drakensberg and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands the weather is much more temperate. Mild winter days are followed by cold nights and the possibility of snow between July and September. During summer the days are warm and generally sunny, although afternoon thundershowers are common. A bushveld wedding in Zululand or the Elephant Coast is usually more pleasant in the cooler months, between May and October, with January being the wettest month: the average daytime temperature in January is 28°C , while in July it is 22°C .

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Striving for the ultimate in service excellence FERN HILL HOTEL FERN HILL HOTEL has been providing bridal couples with an idyllic venue for more than 25 years. Situated in the heart of the Midlands Meander, a stone’s throw away from the shores of Midmar Dam, Fern Hill Hotel offers a variety of reception venues to cater for wedding parties of varying sizes. The light and airy Fern Hill Chapel, with its minimalist and secular décor, offers a tranquil venue in which to exchange wedding vows before a congregation of up to 200 people. Alternatively, we have an outdoor gazebo that is perfect for smaller wedding ceremonies set among the trees and manicured flowerbeds of the hotel’s gardens.

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Fern Hill’s award-winning cuisine and elaborate carveries can be tailor-made to suit any budget. Bridal couples will be able to pick between a variety of menus, and if needs be can meet with the executive chef to create custom options of their own. A dedicated team of staff will ensure that your wedding is looked after from start to finish. Fern Hill prides itself of exceptional service and attention to detail – you will be able to relax throughout your special day knowing that a team of professionals has your best interests at heart. Photography by Colin Browne

Telephone: +27 33 330 5071 Fax: +27 33 330 5087 Email: functions@fernhillhotel.co.za GPS Co-Ords: SOUTH 29° 29’ 05.2” EAST 30° 11’ 21.5” Web: www.fernhillhotel.co.za

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Weddings at Penwarn are individually designed around the bridal couples requests. Each wedding is co-ordinated by a team of specialists, to take the stress out of the planning! Island-style ceremonies; relaxed, fun-filled receptions; excellent food choices, partying-til-late are what we pride ourselves on. With the magnificent Drakensberg as our backdrop - your special day will have many happy memories and many beautiful pictures!

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FUN WEDDINGS in beautiful surroundings PENWARN COUNTRY LODGE IS LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE UNDERBERG IN THE FOOTHILLS OF SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG OF SOUTH AFRICA. This country wedding venue specialises in

PENWARN COUNTRY LODGE can comfortably

relaxed, fun weddings that incorporate the

accommodate 55 guests on the property and

beautiful surrounding of PENWARN. Most

are able to co-ordinate the accommodation

of their wedding ceremonies are outdoors

of the other guests at nearby venues. The

– overlooking the dams, under the oaks, on

entire property is for the exclusive use of the

the island, or in their outdoor Chapel – but in

wedding party and guests from the Friday

keeping with their philosophy of individually

until the Sunday. The Penwarn/Waterford

planned weddings, each couple is encouraged

Estate, a 3000 hectare spread bordering

to find a spot that takes their very own fancy.

the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site, is a

A wedding at PENWARN will guarantee photos

photographer’s dream, with a choice of

that you will never tire of looking at and

backdrops and props… a variety of game

memories to treasure forever.

including zebra, wildebeest, ostrich and

The wedding banquet is also individually tailored with the smaller weddings held inside the Dining Room which can hold up to 50 people and the larger ones in the thatch lapha which is attached to the bar. Menus incorporate the couples’ tastes and the general theme of the day. From the time the couple chooses PENWARN as a venue, they are assisted with the organising of the entire weekend. The degree of involvement depends on the couple, from having PENWARN

other antelope roam free across the hillsides and plains, while the blue heights of the Drakensberg rise up to the west. Waterford Farm is home to the largest single dairy farm in KwaZulu Natal, breeds and trains a variety of horse breeds, has a farmyard that is home to typical farmyard animals including chickens, geese, turkeys, peacocks, rabbits and ducks. Waterford offers some of the most reowned fly-fishing waters in the country and birding opportunities unlike most others.

co-ordinate the entire wedding e.g. the hiring

Contact: 033 701 1368

of equipment, DJ’s, ordering and arranging

Email: info@penwarn.com

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Make your special day

UNFORGETTABLE

AT THE ESTUARY HOTEL AND SPA

BRIDES AND GROOMS LOOKING TO EXCHANGE THEIR WEDDINGS VOWS IN KWAZULU-NATAL ARE THE MOST FORTUNATE COUPLES IN SOUTH AFRICA, FOR NO OTHER PROVINCE OFFERS THEM A MORE DIVERSE - AND SCENICALLY IDYLLIC CHOICE OF VENUES. From the majesty of the Drakensberg mountains to the green and gold of the Indian Ocean shores - and so much in between - the happy couple is spoilt for choice. There are game reserves and lakeside settings, country manors and mountain backdrops, golden beaches and modern hotels, boutique guest houses and old world farmsteads. One KwaZulu-Natal venue offers the choice of three very different wedding venues. The Estuary Hotel and Spa, a Herbert Baker inspired CapeDutch style manor, with 44 en-suite, air conditioned bedrooms, - each with a private balcony - situated on the shores of a private estuary on the lower south coast, allows the bridal couple to choose from three exquisite locations within the precinct of its spacious estate. There is nothing as graceful and serene as a formal wedding, and this format is a favourite for most larger weddings. The bride opting for the protocol of a traditional wedding at the Estuary Hotel and Spa can expect the exchange of vows and blessings to be conducted in a service held in the hotel’s interdenominational free-standing chapel, followed by a sparkling celebratory reception in the function room. Both the chapel and the reception facilities can be adapted to ideally suit the size of the wedding party and guests, while hotel services extend to the personal supervision of toddlers and children in a games room and play area. 42


The third option is a beach or seashore wedding on the golden sands of Silver Beach. This is an increasingly popular venue, when innovation and the wedding couple’s inventive character bring spontinaity to the nuptials, allowing the natural appeal of wide open spaces to set the scene. Contrary to expectations, beach weddings can be as solemn and as intimate as the most traditional church service, when not even inshore breakers can dampen the haoppiness of the happy couple. Whether it’s an intimate affair for a small party of family and close friends, or a more expansive gathering, the dedicated wedding staff at the Estuary Hotel and Spa are trained to tailor the function and facilities to meet the bridal couple’s individual needs and preferences High on a bride and her retinue’s to-do list will be a visit to the Estuary Hotel health and beauty spa, where blissful relaxation is all part of the pre-wedding pampering process.. And, of course, the honeymoon suite is an especially luxurious haven for the loving couple. Contact 039 311 2675 or visit www.estuaryhotel.co.za for more details.

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A less formal but equally elegant option is an al fresco approach. To wed on the hotel’s Terrace, looking out over the manicured lawns to the calm waters of the estuary, against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean, is a captivating scenario. Such outdoor functions at the Estuary are usually conducted in mid-afternoon when cooling breezes waft in from sea, or at sundown, when the lengthening shadows tip-toe silently over sub-tropical gardens to bring an added touch of magic to this special day.


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VENUE CHECKLIST Remember to ask lots of questions, and don’t just ask the bookings manager. Depending on whom you ask you might get a different answer, so also chat to people like the catering manager and the event coordinator. Find out things like how many weddings are held there on one day, who will be in charge on the day, and whether they have any major renovations or building programmes scheduled before your wedding. Other questions you could ask include:

Extra items: Will items such as a cake stand and cake knife be available? Coordinator: Is there a manager or coordinator available to supervise the set-up of the wedding? To what extent will you be able to liaise with them? Photography: Does the venue have scenic grounds with sufficient natural light for good photographs? If not, is there an attractive spot nearby?

Accommodation: Is there adequate accommodation, either at the venue itself or nearby?

Payment: What sort of deposit is required, and what is the cancellation policy? Find out details such as overtime charges and whether there are any hidden costs before signing the contract.

Facilities: Is the venue accessible by wheelchair and suitable for disabled guests? Does it have adequate seating for the elderly and does it cater to the needs of young children? Are there sufficient bathroom facilities? Catering: Must you provide your own caterer, or does the venue come with its own kitchen and catering staff? Liquor: Does the venue have a liquor license and would you be allowed to supply the bar requirements? If so, what are corkage fees? Parking: Is there enough parking, and how close is the parking lot to the reception area? Restrictions: Are there specific venue limitations, such as a ban on candles and confetti, loud music or dancing? Entertainment: Does the venue have its own sound and PA system with adequate speakers, or will this need to be hired separately? DĂŠcor: Does the venue provide table linen, floral arrangements, menu and place cards, as well as other decorations, or must you supply your own?

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A TRANQUIL AND INSPIRING EXPERIENCE MOUNT EVEREST GAME FARM CATERS FOR WEDDINGS, CONFERENCES, CAMP GROUPS, TOUR GROUPS AND TEAM BUILDING EXCURSIONS. Formerly known as Eagle Mountain, this 1000 hectare, working sheep farm is centrally situated midway between Harrismith and Durban and can accommodate over 32 guests. Plan your chic country wedding at Mount Everest, where a tranquil and inspiring setting awaits and afforable rates are available on all your requirements such as venue, décor, flowers, catering and accommodation. The farm is an ideal getaway for couples, families or teams seeking a country stay and also a great base from which to explore the Northern Drakensberg, Midlands Meander and Boer War Battlefields Mount Everest offers all who stay here – plenty of fun, great experiences and a wide variety of facilities and activities: Game drives to view more than 22 species of game including springbuck, waterbuck, blesbuck, rooihartbees and the rare lechwe. Spot buffalo, blue and black wildebeest, zebra, ostrich, European deer as well as the rare sun-gazer reptile, and if you are lucky, a colony of meerkat.  Bushman paintings can still to be seen on the farm, although they have been washed by time and elements. Mount Everest is a well know and popular rock climbing spot, with routes of varying grades to suite all ages. Horseriding for both novice or more experienced riders can be organised.. For fishing enthusiasts the dams are stocked with carp, bass, yellowfish and trout. Own fishing gear required and a catch and release policy is preferred. Tel: 079 886 3101 Email: info@goeverest.co.za Website: www.goeverest.co.za 45


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GIANT’S CASTLE RESORT Central uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site) Giant’s Castle Game Reserve was proclaimed in 1903 and is 34 648 ha in extent and is the home of the eland and majestic bearded vulture. Giant’s Castle Resort is situated on a grassy plateau among deep valleys running down the face of the High Drakensberg offering glorious views for hikers and mountain climbers. Giant’s Castle takes its name from the silhouette of the peaks and escarpment that resembles the profile of a sleeping giant. Giant’s Castle Resort is situated within the World Heritage Site. Wild flowers of the Drakensberg are the design theme of the Giant’s Castle Resort and Rock Lodge, and original botanical paintings feature in all the chalets and lodge buildings. Giant’s Castle Resort is a hiker’s paradise offering short and long walks. The Main Caves Museum with its large sandstone overhang of superb San rock art is one of the best preserved sites in Southern Africa.

Our Lammergeyer Hide offers excellent viewing of raptors such as the Bearded Vulture and Verreaux’s Eagle. Izimbali Restaurant and Bar provides guests with the option of fully catered meals in its warm and relaxed atmosphere. * 6 - Bed Rock Lodge with a cook in attendance. * 37 two-bedded chalets with en-suite facilities, a lounge dining area and fully appointed kitchen. * 3 four-bed chalets with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. * 3 six-bed chalets featuring three bedrooms, one bathroom (separate toilet), a lounge/dining area and a fully appointed kitchen. * A romantic honeymoon suite fitted as per the two-bedded chalets. * All units equipped with satellite TV.

To Book Call T: +27 (0)36 353 3718 F: +27 (0)36 353 3775 E: mthimkhulul@kznwildlife.com W: www.kznwildlife.com Booking online: bookings.kznwildlife.com


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The seaside playground of KwaZulu-Natal is bounded by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to the east and the Drakensberg to the west. In between beach and ‘berg lie the Midlands, while further north there are historic battlefields and world-renowned game reserves. East meets west in the cosmopolitan city and tourist capital of Durban, the cultural melting pot of the Zulu Kingdom. Durban, or ‘eThekwini’ as it is also known, boasts colourful markets, oriental bazaars and modern shopping malls, golden beaches and water sports, as well as top-class hotels, restaurants and casinos, and attractions such as the Botanical Gardens, uShaka Marine World and Valley of 1000 Hills. Some forty minutes northwest of Durban is the town of Pietermaritzburg, beyond which are the green hills of the Midlands, where the crisp climate and crystal clear air offer a refreshing respite from the coastal humidity. Venture further inland to witness one of the great natural spectacles of the African continent, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg mountain range, which extends some 200 kilometres from north to south, rising to heights of over 3 400 metres. The tropical paradise of the South Coast, which stretches from Port Edward up to Scottburgh, and includes the holiday towns of Margate, Southbroom and Pennington, is known for its beaches and golf courses, annual Sardine Run, and Oribi Gorge nature reserve. From Durban, a sun-drenched coastline extends through the North Coast’s premier holiday resorts of Umhlanga, Ballito and Zinkwazi, and along the unspoilt Elephant Coast to Sodwana and Kosi Bay in the north. This is the site of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a marine treasure trove and World Heritage Site with whales, dolphins, turtles, elephants and rhinos.

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Travelling inland through indigenous coastal forests and thornveld plains teeming with wildlife are the famed game reserves of Zululand, including the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve, which was once the hunting ground of Zulu kings like Shaka and Dingiswayo. Zululand and the Battlefields area of northern KwaZulu-Natal was also the site of military conflicts between British, Boer and Zulu armies. These areas encompass the towns of Ulundi, Melmoth and Eshowe, Vryheid, Utrecht, Dundee and Ladysmith, and legendary battles such as Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Spioenkop.

For your dream day wedding or honeymoon celebrate in style at our award winning hotel on the lovely south coast of KZN - a romantic venue loved by bridal couples. With panoramic sea views, a gorgeous venue, delicious food and romantic honeymoon suite your special day will be perfect.

• Beautiful beach wedding ceremonies (arranged with coordinator) • Intimate venues accommodating from 30 to 200 people • Discounted accommodation for your guests in beautifully decorated deluxe rooms • On site Treatment room for all your Spa needs… for relaxing downtime • Honeymoon discounts for longer stays            Our friendly, well trained staff are waiting to give you a customised package to suit your budget and style             Enquire now and we will ensure you a stress free, magical wedding …or a heavenly honeymoon! As a recent bride, Bianca Steyn, says:   A VERY big “thank you” to Umthunzi Hotel for making our wedding day an unforgettably fantastic day! A very special thanks to the chef for the amazing food. We would say any bride should have their wedding at this FABULOUS hotel! (October 2014) 

Uniquely Upmarket, Affordable Venue Tel: 039 695 0852 reservations@umthunzi.co.za. www.umthunzi.co.za Members of Tourism SA, KZN & South Coast

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS Another option is the destination wedding. With the exception of the venue’s online photo gallery and a possible ‘virtual tour’, you probably won’t be able to scope out the location and grounds yourself before you get there. While some brides might find this a bit unnerving, remember that destination weddings can produce some of the most relaxed and fun-filled celebrations, provided you ask the right questions and find out the finer details beforehand. When you contact the venue, ask whether they have a dedicated wedding planner on site who you can liaise with via email. This will make the logistics of planning your wedding much easier! Also establish exactly what services the wedding coordinator will provide, and whether there is a fee. Find out what reception and ceremony areas are available, how many guests each can accommodate, and whether they are air-conditioned. Ask the manager to email you a layout of each, including pictures. If you’d like to have a wedding on the beach, will this be possible? If travelling outside South Africa, it’s also vital that you find out what the legal obligations are for a wedding in your destination of choice, and what paperwork is required.

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CATHEDRAL PEAK HOTEL

ENJOY YOUR WEDDING IN GRACIOUS ELEGANCE AGAINST A BACKDROP OF THE MAGNIFICENT CATHEDRAL PEAK MOUNTAIN RANGE. THE SCENIC BEAUTY OF THIS RENOWNED DRAKENSBERG HOTEL, ITS PERSONAL SERVICE AND THE WARM HOSPITALITY EXTENDED TO GUESTS WILL MAKE YOUR SPECIAL DAY A MEMORY TO CHERISH FOR A LIFETIME. Set in beautiful gardens, the quaint stone-and-thatch chapel (rated one of the top 10 most romantic chapels in the world) with its expansive window behind the pulpit boasts a magnificent view of the Drakensberg. Stone blocks and wooden beams from the original farmhouse and pews made of railway sleepers add to the unique and cosy appeal of this enchanting chapel. There is no setting more perfect for an elegant country-style wedding. Cathedral Peak Hotel offers a choice of reception venues and a selection of superb menus. A wide range of accommodation is available, ranging from tastefully decorated Superior Rooms, beautifully appointed Honeymoon Suites to our elegant Mponjwane Presidential Suite. The resident helicopter offers unique opportunities for your wedding photographs. A variety of wedding packages are available on request plus our Honeymoon special which offers excellent value for money. Our Wedding Co-Ordinator will assist with recommendations of suppliers for flowers, your wedding cake, dĂŠcor, DJ, music and more. 104 bedrooms accommodating up to 250 guests. Chapel hosts up to 120 guests. Tel: 036 488 1888 Email: events@cathedralpeak.co.za Web: www.cathedralpeak.co.za

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The Finest Hotel in Richards Bay THE HOTEL IS SITUATED JUST 90 MINUTES NORTH OF DURBAN IN THE HEART OF ZULULAND AND IS ONE OF THE LONGEST ESTABLISHED AND FINEST HOTELS IN RICHARDS BAY.

Protea Hotel The Richards offers comfortable four star luxury accommodation with all-modern facilities and services including an on-site gym, swimming pool, business lounge with wireless internet facilities and a fine dining restaurant. Venue hire includes the use of the banqueting hall on the day of your special occasion for a 6 hour period. The venue hire varies depending on the size of the party. Round tables, chairs, crockery, cutlery, glassware, serviettes and table linen (white) are included in the standard. Over the years, we have built up an extensive network of suppliers and service providers. We have the expertise and experience as well as professional partners to help and advise you with regards to certain support services you may require. Many of these are a matter of personal taste and we recommend that you interview and brief these persons well in advance so that your requirements are met. Please do not hesitate to request our list of preferred and professional suppliers from our co-ordinator. We invite you to schedule an appointment with our banqueting co-ordinator to view our facilities and discuss your requirements. Our dedicated team of professional staff look forward to welcoming you, and assure you of our personal attention at all times. Contact 035 753 1111 or email: reservations@richardshotel.co.za 50


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THE WEDDING OF A LIFETIME amidst the breathtaking beauty of the African bush - complete with wildlife!

INSINGIZI LODGE & SPA NESTLES IN THE BEAUTIFUL CRAGGY HILLS OF MID ILLOVO, (BETWEEN DURBAN & PIETERMARITZBURG) ON A 400 HECTARE PRIVATE ESTATE. Located close to Durban and Pietermaritzburg it is the perfect escape from the busy and frenetic pace of modern day life. Thatched chalets, the honeymoon suite on stilts and the tastefully ethnic Boma & Bar, offer sublime tranquillity under African skies. The wedding venue is flexible enough to allow the bridal party to reflect their own personal style and the team at iNsingizi will work closely with you, so that the end result not only has your guests oohing and ahhing…but also thinking the whole affair was so ”you“. Quality catering and simplified menu-making combine with exciting décor and accommodation options, at a price that will have you smiling. As you both look forward to your wedding day, you will have so much to do that it can be overwhelming. At iNsingizi, a team of experienced and seasoned professionals, will take care of all the hassles, so give them a call now to book your date. iNsingizi Lodge & Spa is a treat in every respect….as any of their previous guests will tell you. Call 083 4141932 Email: info@insingizi.co.za Website: www.insingizi.co.za

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FOR SOMETHING UNIQUELY SOUTH AFRICAN, WHY NOT VENTURE INTO THE HEARTLAND OF ZULULAND FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY. SHAKALAND OFFERS AN ENRICHING DESTINATION EXPERIENCE, UNLIKE ANY OTHER IN THE PROVINCE. As you, your family and guests feel the pulsating rhythm of mysterious and magical Africa, you will find yourselves sharing so much more than just another wedding venue. Facilities include: A banqeting room for 50-100 guests. 55 Rooms: Traditional Beehive huts, each with its own private bathroom and shower, every convenience for a comfortable and luxurious stay. Huts offer superb views of the lake and surrounding hills of Shakaland each with DSTV, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryers, sitting areas and desks. Enjoy a braai around the pool area or buffet in the ShisaNyama Restaurant with spectacular views of the Phobane Lake. Swimming Pool, Bar, Restaurant & Curio Shop Guests have the opportunity to re-live the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulu’s, in this authentic recreation of The Great Kraal overlooking the Phobane Lake. Experience Zulu culture and tribal dancing with assegai-wielding warriors or share the fascinating secrets of sangomas. Witness traditional customs such as tribal dancing, spear making and beer-drinking ceremonies. Visiting Shakaland is also about giving back to the community and by having your conference or wedding here you will be helping support over 100 families and helping those in need. Contact 035 460 0912 Website: www.shakaland.com 53

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GOODERSON LEISURE HAVE THE PERFECT SETTINGS FOR ONE

Beautiful wedding venues make for beautiful lifelong memories GOODERSON LEISURE

Whether you are planning a traditional White wedding with the breathtaking Drakensberg as a backdrop or an unconventional but romantic occasion in the African bushveld, they have the perfect place for you to not only exchange vows but to welcome friends and family to a reception that will be too good to forget. To ensure that you can take in the wonders of your surrounds and enjoy your special day to the fullest, Gooderson Leisure have wedding co-ordinators to help plan your wedding down to the last detail. Your wedding arrangements will be tailor made to suit your taste and your budget with special touches like stylish decor, delicious food and personal service. At each of their charming resorts, they have a special wedding gift waiting for you - a night’s free accommodation for the bride and groom, a romantic rose petal turn down and two night’s free accommodation on your first wedding anniversary.

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Toast your wedding against the backdrop of the Golden Mile, watch the sun set and the lights of the beachfront dot the evening sky. Wake the morning after to the sun rising over the breakers and panoramic views of one of the Africa’s most beautiful cities.

• GOODERSON DRAKENSBERG GARDENS GOLF & SPA RESORT: (above) Known for its spectacular scenery, crisp air and azure blue skies, this is the perfect wedding venue. They offer a wedding gazebo for the ultimate romantic ceremony and sophisticated function venues to host your reception. Photographs can be taken against the back drop of the awe inspiring Drakensberg mountain range and many other beautiful settings within the 860 hectare World Heritage site. Spacious and comfortable guest accommodation is available in standard, superior and deluxe rooms as well as four, five and six sleeper fully equipped self-catering units.

• GOODERSON DUMAZULU LODGE & TRADITIONAL VILLAGE: (below) Celebrate in the heart of Zululand surrounded by the rich traditions of its people. With a name that translates as “Thundering Heavens”, this 23 bedroom lodge is located south of Hluhluwe and boasts a brand new wedding and conference venue plus accommodation in authentic huts designed to portray each of the different tribes of Southern Africa, including Zulu, Swazi, North Sotho, Xhosa, Venda, Tsonga and Ndebele. The traditional village - the only one to be given the blessing of King Goodwill Zwelitini - sets the scene for unique and colourful wedding photographs. For those who want to walk on the wild side and add a little adventure, there’s the largest ‘Walk thru Bird and Reptile Park’ in KwaZulu-Natal complete with waterfalls and raised walkways and fascinating creatures.

• GOODERSON TROPICANA HOTEL: (below)

The perfect venue for a city seafront celebration, and a wonderful wedding experience. On the day, you can enjoy warm weather and a wonderful beach setting for photographs. Gooderson Tropicana Hotel is also close to uShaka Marine World which is also a popular wedding-photography area.

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VENUES • GOODERSON KLOPPENHEIM COUNTRY ESTATE HOTEL: (above) Brimming with olde worlde charm, this exclusive country retreat in the heart of the Highlands Meander in Mpumalanga is perfect for private small to medium-sized weddings. The Country Estate Hotel offers the bridal couple an option of marrying either in the theatre, which is easily converted into a charming chapel sitting on top of the grand plateau, with a breathtaking view of the Highlands’ nature reserve or in the grand reception area which is modelled on the original church in Kloppenheim near Frankfurt in Germany. The great vaulted ceilings and breath-taking views with imposing steps leading down to the reception make it an awesome place to exchange vows. Kloppenheim can accommodate up to 110 guests and the bridal party can book the entire estate exclusively for the event. Facilities include a private dining room, breakfast terrace, colonial style lounge, library, pub, restaurant and wellness centre. The exquisite honeymoon suite with a beautiful and private view of the rolling hills is part of the bridal package.

• GOODERSON NATAL SPA HOT SPRINGS & LEISURE RESORT: (right) Located along the Battlefields Route near Paulpietersberg, this resort adds its own brand of rejuvenating magic to a wedding celebration. A beautiful venue next to a cluster of hot mineral pools complete with a bar area as well as a lovely grassy area makes for a tranquil romantic setting. For your wedding reception, the large rustic dining room with its stunning views comfortably seats 200 guests and the built in buffet area, serves up a feast fit for a King and Queen. After the ceremony and celebrations are over, you and your partner can relax in the natural mineral pools then retire to the honeymoon suite, which comes complete with a bottle of champagne and chocolates on your pillows. The following morning, you can share a fantastic breakfast followed by a complimentary ‘his and hers’ full body massage. 57


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• GOODERSON MONKS COWL GOLF RESORT: (above) Situated in the Central Drakensberg, Gooderson Monks Cowl Golf Resort is the ideal location for couples dreaming of a Drakensberg wedding with breathtaking scenery. Set in the Central Drakensberg in the magnificent Champagne Valley, it is a photographer’s dream with a picturesque golf course complete with dams, a river with a small waterfall and even a swing bridge. The function room, seating 60 - 80 guests, has its own bar and is ideal for smaller weddings. Accommodation comprises 38 brand new double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and the usual creature comforts. A short walk through the gardens takes you to the restaurant where breakfast is served anytime between eight and eleven a.m. During winter a log fire adds to the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant and pub.

• GOODERSON FABZ GARDEN HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE: (left) Here, bride and groom can dream of a country wedding - without having guests drive to far from the city. Located in the heart of Lonehill, Fourways, this boutique hotel offers both indoor and outdoor facilities that range from stunning gazebos to sophisticated banqueting rooms. However, it is the picture perfect gardens complete with lakes and water features that make this one of Gauteng’s most popular wedding locations. Fabz offers a range of four star accommodation options which include honeymoon, family and executive suites as well as twin, double and single rooms. Contact Gooderson Leisure: Tel: 031 337 4222 Email: weddings@goodersons.co.za www.goodersonleisure.co.za 58


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Neighbouring the World Heritage Site of St Lucia, Falaza is close to the renowned ‘Big Five’ Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and the fascinating corals of Sodwana Bay. Privately owned Falaza Game Park and Spa offers an array of authentic bush experiences in an indigenous setting. Enjoy fine fare in a variety of settings that encourage intimacy with nature and embrace the mood of the bush. Accommodating 30 guests, Falaza’s 15 Luxury Tents create a true safari ambiance, with every comfort catered for; including spacious dressing rooms, en-suite bathrooms and private decks. Seven of the tents boast both indoor and outdoor bathrooms. Enjoy an escape to the tranquil Spa where relaxation and revitalisation are combined with specialised treatments, all set in quiet solitude. Falaza also offers the ideal backdrop for a wedding in the wild, combining romance, pampering and adventure. The perfect setting for a celebration between family and friends, with a range of ceremony and reception venues: Thatched Lapa, Restaurant, Traditional Boma, Lodge Gardens or the Magnificent African bush. A choice of exhilarating safari experiences is available on foot, by game vehicle or on water. Rich bird life abounds in settings as diverse as the primordial sand forest or the water wilderness park of the Mzinene River. Activities include day and night game drives through the reserve, walking safaris, and boat cruises, all lead by friendly, knowledgeable guides. 60


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The local area offers a myriad of exciting activities including the ‘Big 5’ Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Emdoneni Cheetah Rehabilitation Centre, Duma-zulu Cultural Village, a crocodile farm, birdwatching, whale watching (in season), freshwater and deep-sea fishing, beach visits to Sodwana and St. Lucia, a traditional craft market and basket makers at Ilala Weavers, the St. Lucia World Heritage Site and boat trips on Lake St. Lucia. A mere three hour scenic drive from Durban International Airport, just 100km from Richards Bay Airport, you can enjoy the true African experience and impeccable service offered by Falaza Game Park and Spa. CONTACT DETAILS: Tel: +27 (0)35 562 2319 E-mail: reservations@falaza.co.za www.falaza.co.za

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“Some people look for a beautiful place; others make a place beautiful.” Hazrat Inavat Khan

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THE DAY THAT YOU AND YOUR PARTNER GET MARRIED SHOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE OCCASIONS OF YOUR LIFE. PHOTOGRAPHY WILL CAPTURE ALL THE ELEMENTS THAT MAKE THIS DAY SO SPECIAL – THE BEAUTIFUL VENUE AND DÉCOR, YOUR LOVED ONES, THE FLOWERS, THE FOOD AND MORE – ALLOWING THEM TO LIVE ON FOREVER. YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF, NOT TO MENTION YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, TO MAKE SURE THAT THESE TREASURED MEMENTOS ARE THE BEST THEY CAN POSSIBLY BE.

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Your special day is just that – YOUR SPECIAL DAY…..!!! Therefore it is imperative that the memories of this day are beautifully and meaningfully captured in photographs that will bring you pleasure for the rest of your lives. The photographer you choose to capture these memories for you should ideally be someone not only with a wealth of knowledge in the photographic industry, but also somebody that you can relate to on a personal level and whom you can feel comfortable and relaxed with while he is capturing your precious moments. Someone who will understand you and your special needs, and who will go the extra mile to ensure that your photographs are everything that you wish for and more. I pride myself on all of the above and look forward to helping you make your wedding day the best remembered day of your life…..!!

Contact 082 710 4117 or Email: tyrone@tyronecrossman.com

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When it comes to choosing a photographer, remember that the top ones will be booked well in advance, so do your homework, and do it in good time! Ask recently married friends for recommendations, and start browsing through websites and online galleries to get an idea of the different photographers’ style, such as high fashion, intimate or informal, and determine what will suit your wedding vision. You might prefer traditional, posed wedding photos or more relaxed reportage-style pictures capturing natural, spontaneous moments ... or a combination of the two! Compile a short list of likely photographers, and find out if they’ll be free on your wedding day as well as whether the packages they offer are in your price range. Once you’ve done this you can meet the photographer in person to discuss the finer details and what exactly is included in the fee before signing on the dotted line. Meeting a prospective photographer is also important to get a sense of their personality. You should feel comfortable in their presence and trust that they’ll be able to do your wedding justice. TYRONE CROSSMAN

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AS AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SOUTH AFRICAN PHOTOGRAPHER, DAVID HAS SPENT EIGHTEEN YEARS ON THE GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL CIRCUIT, SPECIALISING IN WEDDINGS AND FASHION. Being the flexible and dynamic photographer that he is, David offers his bridal couples the very best in both studio and location photography and is happy to travel widely to meet his clients brief. On your significant day, you can be assured of David’s undivided attention as he takes artistically different photographs that are both technical and creative, resulting in an album that uniquely represents the two of you.

Contact David Weeks: Cell : 082 5306170 | Tel : 031-765 4443 Email : pix@davidweeks.co.za | www.davidweeks.co.za

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PACKAGE DEALS Find out what’s included in your photographer’s standard package. A budget option might cover the ceremony and formal group shots with a less experienced photographer, while a more comprehensive package could include pre-wedding shots and coverage of the ceremony and reception with two photographers, as well as an album and some retouching. • • • • • • • • •

Essential questions to ask your photographer include: Will you stay for a set number of hours on the day? What will you charge for overtime? Are travelling expenses included in the fee? How many pictures will you take? Will you visit the venue beforehand? Who will fill in for you if you’re sick? Do you have backup equipment? How long will we wait for our photographs?

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Your wedding day in the hands of many professionals but only one gives you memories that last forever: your photographer. Capturing memories to last a lifetime is what I do best. Photography for me started while living in Chicago where I went from serious hobbyist to a professional, specializing in weddings and people. Whether posed or unposed I aim to capture unique moments that tell a beautiful story. Your day is presented in a high quality photo album that follows the sequence of events of the day in a clean, uncluttered layout, allowing the images to speak for themselves. Sean Baker

Contact Sean on 072 972 2463 | Email: sean.b.baker@me.com

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I studied photography at Natal Technikon for three years and acquired my National Diploma in photography in 1997. I travelled the world extensively working amongst some of the best professional photographers in the business. I have had training with the late master photographer Monte Zucker and recently with professional photographer Doug Gordon. I have worked as a photographer for 8 years on the cruise ships in the United States of America. I photographed hundreds of weddings whilst on board. I have photographed most religious ceremonies and have experience in cultural diverse environments. Whilst working on the cruise ships I developed one of the world’s first onboard schools of photography which catered for non English first language crew. I then took on the responsibility of Photographic Dept. Manager for the cruise ships. Contact me on 079 265 8321 or Email: info@stephenrailton.co.za

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COVER STORY SHELLEY FERREIRA ON....

Sharing Love, Sharing Life WE THOUGHT OUR READERS MIGHT WANT TO KNOW A BIT MORE ABOUT OUR GORGEOUS COVER BRIDE SHELLEY FERREIRA, SO WE ASKED HER TO SHARE A SNIPPET OF THE STORY LEADING UP TO HER SPECIAL DAY…

This is what she had to say.. Nick and I both studied at Vega School, though we never met while there. It’s actually weird how fate works out... Nick was two years ahead of me and was offered an internship at East Coast Radio. Two years down the line, he was appointed to Kagiso Media in JHB. This meant that there was a gap for his place at ECR. I was then also offered an internship at ECR, which led to me working there fulltime. Because I was new, they put me in contact with Nick via Skype so that he could teach me how things were done. This in turn led to a date at a coffee shop, where we spoke for hours on end and immediately clicked. We dated long-distance for about 5 months, before he eventually moved back to Durban. After dating for about 2 years, I went away to JHB to judge a pageant and Nick took the opportunity to ask my parents for my hand in marriage. (Little did I know!) We were going overseas for Christmas, so he planned with my family, that he was going to propose while we were there. This meant my family had to keep mum for 3 months! So, Nick bought the ring, kept it in a box, and hid it away until the time came to pack for our overseas adventure. For Christmas, he had given me an engraved padlock with our names on, and told me it was for the famous ‘love-lock’ bridge in Paris. (The Paris bridge

is a famous destination where couples go to fasten their locks onto the bridge, and throw the keys away, symbolising ever-lasting love) We visited Ireland first, and then Paris, where he secretly planned to propose. When we got to the ‘love-lock’ bridge, he made me get down to fasten the lock onto the bridge, but when I got up, he stayed down, whipped out the box with the ring and asked me to marry him. It was the most magical feeling, and in Paris! So that was the engagement part! When we arrived back in SA, we had a celebration party with all of our friends and family present. It was lovely. Within a week, we had decided on a date, and just needed to choose a venue. We chose the first venue we viewed, the Salt Rock Hotel. With its beautiful sea-views, we knew it was the place for us! I had great help with the wedding. My mother was so helpful, and truly my right hand! We had a great deal of stress trying to get everything in order, and Nick and I managed to win a bridal competition which included my dress, the photographer (he was AMAZING!) limo hire, make-up, honeymoon and so much more. It really helped us financially, and to focus on other things. The venue itself was ideal, and the lady who manages weddings at Salt Rock was great. She organised everything so perfectly, and made sure that load-shedding didn’t affect us at all! (organised a generator.) On the day itself, I couldn’t wait to be married. I was surprisingly calm and even left my wedding shoes behind and opted for my back-up pumps! (Which were very comfortable the whole night) 72


A knowledgeable photographer will understand how best to capture those special moments that become classic wedding shots. These might include the bride and groom exchanging rings, dancing cheek-to-cheek and cutting the cake, the toasts and speeches, the hugs, kisses and laughter of family and friends – images which will remain long after the bridal bouquet has been thrown and the wedding gown packed away. Provide your photographer with a checklist of scenes to be captured, such as the bride with her parents prior to the wedding, as well as key family members to include in the shots, and any particular items of décor that you would like photographed. Decide from the outset whether you’d like lots of posed, formal photographs, or if you’d rather simply relax and enjoy this magical day while your photographer works in the background to record events as they unfold. You might like to set up a bridal portrait session before the wedding or even an engagement shoot, which is very popular these days. This will give you time to become better acquainted with your photographer and get used to how they operate. In addition to producing some great photos, it will allow you to feel more relaxed during the big-day photo shoot, resulting in more natural looking wedding photographs. Some brides are even having the portrait photos taken just before the ceremony to ensure they look their very best! HEATHER FITCHET

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UNIQ IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY Joanna Pawelczyk My love and passion for photography was born out of my love for art, which led me to study Fine Art at UCT, finishing my degree in 2011. My subject of choice has always been people. It’s only natural that this passion would extend to my photography as well. I love being part of such a special moment of so many peoples’ lives, I love capturing the details, the laughs, the tears, the things that makes a wedding day the best day of your life. I like to be the fly on the wall as much as I can so as to allow the natural and unforced beauty of the wedding day to speak through the photos, while at the same time incorporating a feeling of fun, light-heartedness and spontaneity. My creativity and good eye mixed with my meticulous, perfectionist personality means that I not only deliver a good product but also excellent customer service and professionalism. Contact Joanna on 082 553 7594 Email: info@uniqimages.co.za

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We specialise in • Wedding and Event co-ordination • The hiring of traditional wear amabheshu imibhlaselo • The filming of Zulu wedding traditions such as: Udwendwe Umbondo & Umembeso - Umemulo • Music video filming • Traditional white weddings

Contact Nkosikhona Mchunu on 076 361 1625 Facebook: Mashelea Productions Nkosikhona Mchunu EMail: mashelelam@gmail.com www.mashelelaproductions.co.za Bester Market Place (opp Bridge City, Kwamashu) Room 70, Ntuzuma Access Rd.

We will fulfill your dream wedding or event and keep the memories alive..

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WEDDINGS • CORPORATE EVENTS • CHURCH SERVICES Professional photography and video filming since 2003


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ENZO PHOTOGRAPHY Enzophotography has been in the industry for 11 years and counting, Our relative training & experience assures you peace of mind on any event, knowing you’re with a good, reliable and highly professional team. We are a young, vibrant and energetic team, that poses excellent skills and knowledge in Photography and Video industry.Our Packages include a fusion of Photography & Video that captures your day with one team & one accordance. We work together unified with and understanding of your needs and special moments. We aim to be different from the rest, thus giving your big day a unique style second to none. We are always looking to change and adapt to the latest trends and new styles in Photography.

Contact Enzo Pillay on 084 731 9330 | Email: enzopillay@gmail.com

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TO FIND A VIDEOGRAPHER WHO’S JUST RIGHT FOR YOU, HAVE A LOOK AT EXAMPLES OF THEIR PREVIOUS WORK. YOUR EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO THE VARIOUS WEDDING VIDEOS SHOULD GIVE YOU A GOOD IDEA OF WHOSE WORK YOU LIKE BEST. TAKE NOTE OF THINGS LIKE THE COLOUR, THE MOOD AND THE LIGHTING, AS THESE ELEMENTS WILL BE IMPORTANT WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR VIDEOGRAPHER ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT HIM OR HER TO FOCUS ON DURING YOUR BIG DAY. There have been huge advances in wedding videography in the past few years, with cameras using HD (high definition) technology able to achieve amazing results, and cutting-edge computer software and commercial production equipment advancing the industry even further. Remember though, if you intend on sharing the video electronically it helps to ask for it to be saved in three different formats – HD for your TV, medium for uploading to the Internet, and small for sending as an e-mailing attachment or watching via a smartphone or tablet. Videographers may also offer a wedding trailer, lasting between three and five minutes, which you’re able to upload to YouTube, Twitter or Facebook and share far and wide with friends and family. A novel prewedding idea is to make a video of the engagement proposal as well.

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FLOWERS DAVID WEEKS

THE CURRENT ‘ROMANTIC LUXE’ TREND MEANS THAT FLOWERS ARE MORE IMPORTANT TO YOUR WEDDING DÉCOR THAN EVER BEFORE. CHARACTERISED BY SOFT AND FEMININE PASTELS, CREAMS AND WHITES, THE LOOK IS ALL ABOUT ABUNDANCE AND MASSES OF BLOOMS WHICH TAKE THE FORM OF EXTRAVAGANT FLORAL BACKDROPS, LUXURIANT CENTREPIECES HANGING FROM THE CEILING, AND OVER-SIZED ARRANGEMENTS. While international bridal fashions focus on varieties such as orchids, peonies, hyacinths and hydrangeas, why not bring in some local colour too? On-trend options could include the delicate shades of the amaryllis, sweet-scented freesias, calla or arum lilies in shades of pink, yellow or white, or the soft pink of a statuesque king protea. If you prefer bolder colours, then choose the bright blooms of the gerbera, which come in orange, yellow, pink and red, or the intense purple of an agapanthus. BOUQUETS AND BUTTONHOLES The design of your bridal bouquet should complement your wedding gown and theme. Contemporary colour schemes may be monochromatic or display shaded tones of the same colour. The cascade style is back in vogue, with bunches of roses, tulips and ranunculas, or a luscious combination of avalanche roses, brunia, echeveria, peonies, astrantia and hydrangeas in an elegant and timeless white and green palette. In keeping with the popular Bohemian look, brides are also choosing to wear flower crowns as an alternative to the traditional headpiece. While the bouquet will set the theme for attendants’ flowers, these days your bridesmaids are free to personalise their blooms. Flower girls could wear flowers in their hair or hold a foliage wand or a simple bunch of flowers. ARTFUL ARRANGEMENTS Greenery is everywhere at the reception, with fragrant garlands made from varieties of ivy or ferns combined with lemon leaf and herbs like mint and rosemary being used as table runners and chair swags or to string across archways, wind around pillars or hang from the ceilings. Table centrepieces could consist of simple bunches of meadow flowers, extravagant arrangements on candelabra stands, or a single dramatic bloom in a vintage vase. Use colourful bottles and jam jars, silver jugs and china teapots instead of traditional vases to achieve the popular rustic look. 78

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THE WEDDING CAKE HAS LONG PLAYED A SYMBOLIC ROLE IN WESTERN CULTURE. IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE, THE ‘CAKE’ WAS A LOAF OF BREAD THAT THE GROOM BROKE OVER THE BRIDE’S HEAD TO SIGNIFY HIS DOMINANCE OVER HER. TODAY, IT’S ALL ABOUT MUTUAL LOVE AND RESPECT. THE ACTION OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM CUTTING THE CAKE REPRESENTS THEIR FIRST JOINT TASK IN MARRIED LIFE, WHILE THE GESTURE OF FEEDING CAKE TO ONE ANOTHER DENOTES COMMITMENT AND DEVOTION.

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The traditional wedding cake is a large, multi-layered or tiered affair made from a heavy fruit mix and decorated with icing, often over a layer of marzipan, or fondant. These days, however, anything goes! Consider a nourishing carrot cake, a swirled vanilla and chocolate surprise, a delicious coffee-flavoured creation for a morning wedding or a rich red velvet concoction for a more sophisticated affair. Flavours can also be dependent on the season; for example, a light lemon cake in summer and a rich mocha, praline or fruit cake in winter. The textured look is very on-trend, and includes cakes patterned with lace, pleats and ruffles, feather or flower details, layers of sponge in rainbow hues, heart-shaped cakes, chocolate cakes filled with cream and topped with berries, and cakes that shine with sprinklings of glitter. Unusual cake flavours in 2015 might include honey and lavender, apple and caramel, blueberry and hot chocolate! LIQUID REFRESHMENTS Guests are traditionally given a drink or arrival, such as a glass of rum punch, champagne or a Pimms cocktail. There should be both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available. At the table, it is standard to provide white and red wine (usually a 50-50 split, although this depends on the season and time of day), as well as still and sparkling water, and a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine for toasts. Prosecco or pink champagne is a favourite, and champagne cocktails infused with fruit purées are another popular trend, as are craft beers, sangria and even different drink stations. While an open bar will take up approximately 15 percent of the total wedding budget, this figure could drop to as little as 5 percent if you’re limiting drinks to beer, wine and a signature cocktail, or supplying alcohol and other beverages yourself. If opting for a cash bar, it’s still a good idea to put a set amount towards wine and beer, and include a complimentary welcome drink. Two bartenders and three servers are recommended for every 120 guests.

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STEPHEN RAILTON

MUSIC IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE DEVICES TO ENHANCE THE AMBIANCE OF YOUR WEDDING, FROM THE INSPIRING SOUNDS OF THE CEREMONY TO THE ROMANCE OF THE FIRST DANCE AND THE LIVELY ENERGY OF A BAND OR DJ. For the ceremony, consider the sounds of an uplifting soloist or the grace and elegance of a string quartet. While traditional choices include Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’ (often called ‘Here Comes the Bride’) and Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’, you could also opt for a more modern piece, such as Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’. An emerging trend is to have contemporary tunes rearranged for the harp or other instrument, allowing couples to choose music they love that still sounds appropriate for the occasion

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LOVE STORY - Couples are advised to put together a wedding CD mix with the songs that best capture their relationship. Perhaps think of it as the soundtrack to the story of your romance which also functions as a wonderful keepsake of your special day. THE FIRST DANCE - The first dance is a magical moment for newly-weds. This is your special time in the spotlight, so choose a song that represents what you mean to one another. CHOOSING YOUR MUSICIANS OR DJ - The musicians or DJ you choose will depend on where you’re getting married. A pianist wouldn’t be appropriate for a beach wedding, while a rock band would be out of place in a small and intimate venue. If opting for a DJ instead of a musician, find a professional who is technically proficient, has an excellent knowledge of music and a good selection of different types of genres.

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HAIR & BEAUTY KAYLA MAKESMEOVER

ALL BRIDES WANT TO SHINE ON THEIR WEDDING DAY, LOOKING RADIANT, HAPPY AND BEAUTIFUL. WHILE BEING NATURALLY GORGEOUS COMES AS MUCH FROM A HEALTHY BODY AND INNER CONFIDENCE AS IT DOES FROM THE CORRECT MAKE-UP PRODUCTS, A COMPREHENSIVE FITNESS AND BEAUTY REGIMEN WILL GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS GETTING YOU INTO THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND FOR YOUR BIG DAY.

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KAYLAMAKESMEOVER

Kaylamakesmeover is owned by Professional Makeup Artist, Kayla-Lynn Botha. Kayla is a Freelance Makeup Artist - which means she will come to you, at the venue of your choice! She believes that your Wedding is YOUR special day and should be all about you. Operating in The Midlands and surrounding areas - her passion for creativity and perfection are what keep her striving to ensure that all of her clients are top priority and that all of their needs are met. Kayla is very selective with the products she uses, using professional products to achieve the most flawless and radiant You! Kayla does not only deal in Bridal Makeups, but ALL special occasions. She is aware of what is required for various occasions and events, as she works regularly with a number of professional photographers and modelling agencies. Kayla is a friendly, enthusiastic and determined individual - who takes an ENORMOUS amount of pride in the work she produces and loves working with new faces!

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“Makeup is not a tool meant to make an ugly thing beautiful, It is meant only to magnify the beauty that already exists.”

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Planning ahead is an excellent idea if you want to beat wedding day stress. This goes for the hair-cut, colour and style as much as it does for a weightloss plan and beauty treatments. Follow a sensible diet and exercise routine and, if necessary, consult a beautician to ensure you have the correct creams, serums and other treatments for your skin type. Closer to the wedding day, a spa visit for that essential manicure, pedicure, body massage and facial will leave you radiant as well as feeling relaxed and stress-free. GET THE LOOK While staying-power is important, bridal make-up should be all about enhancing your natural look rather than covering anything up. Go for a soft and natural colour palette instead of something too bold and bright. A good make-up artist will be able to create a more polished version of your existing look, as well as knowing what looks good in photographs. If you’ve decided to do your own make-up, there are a few tricks of the trade you should learn. Apply products in natural light if possible, and remember to blend your foundation and blusher well, as the camera will show up any lines. Sweep some bronzing powder across your chest and neck so your face doesn’t look a different colour to the rest of your body. Don’t use foundation too near your gown’s neckline as it could end up staining the dress. Opt for waterproof mascara and navy blue or charcoal eyeliner. Choose a bright lip colour, and carry it with you on the day – along with a handy powder compact and mirror – in case you need a touch-up.

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CONTEMPORARY HAIR-DOS Look through magazines and online bridal sites to find a hairstyle that looks gorgeous, suits your face and hair type, and complements your wedding dress and headpiece too! Experiment with different looks, and have a trial run (or two) with your chosen hairdresser. Two to three weeks before the wedding have your hair trimmed to eliminate any split ends, and touch up your colour or highlights if necessary.

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CREATING BEAUTIFUL BRIDES... THE FABULOUS TEAM AT THE MAKE-UP YOUR MIND STUDIO WILL OFFER YOU, THE BRIDE AND YOUR BRIDAL PARTY, EXTENSIVE BEAUTY SERVICES TO ENSURE AN EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL WEDDING DAY. Having seen to the beauty needs of countless brides and helped them create exquisite memories that last a lifetime, not to mention their celebrity portfolio and many a cover girl winner, it’s your chance to radiate as a beautiful bride. After working for a number of years in the fashion, beauty and bridal industry, Aldytha saw a need for a ‘1st of it’s kind’ professional make-up agency to be established. Make-Up Your Mind was born in 2000 and has expanded in leaps and bounds ever since and now boasts the services of 10 fellow artists who share in Aldytha’s vision, passion and professionalism, in providing the most unique hands on professional grooming service available for brides to be. Joining Aldytha, and making up the ‘Fabulous Team’ are the combined and creative talents of Angela Watson, Kirsty Turco, Rushay Valjee, Juliette Meintjes, Alana-Jane Halgreen, Lynnal McDonald, Jenna Love, Ella Altern and Tara Ritchie, along with resident hairdresser, Vanessa Lumley. Each artist is incredibly talented and as a team, have regular workshop training days where they brain storm the latest and greatest looks which ensures they keep a step ahead of current trends. There is a healthy competitiveness that ensures that the standard of work produced is exceptionally high and artists take great pride in their skill. Every bride is unique and therefore careful attention is paid to your finest details, to ensure that you look and feel every bit the radiant bride you ought to be. Contact the Fabulous Team: Tel: 031 312 2019 Email: contact@makeupyourmind.co.za www.makeupyourmind.co.za 88


Wear straight hair down and complete an ultra-sleek look with a pretty floral crown or jewelled circlet. Alternatively, sport a centre parting and wear either a low bun at the nape of your neck or a French twist, embellishing it with a detailed headband and veil. Long hair with large sculpted waves or tousled curls secured by a simple clip goes beautifully with a strapless dress. Top stylists advise playing up natural curls, which will benefit from frizz-minimising styling products and a few strategically placed clips or pins. Thick hair can be worn up or down: flaunt your luxuriant locks by twisting them into a semi up-do, or wear a simple French or fishtail plait.

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The timeless chignon is the preferred up-do for a particularly glamorous and sophisticated theme. Wear a more modern version of this style by adding an asymmetrical element or leaving layers of hair loose in the front to frame the face. At the other end of the scale, keep hair short, sassy and very contemporary with a sleek bob or a pixie crop, both of which are great with a birdcage veil, single clip or flower.


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MAKE-UP THAT IS ON POINT With a simple philosophy that “Professional make-up shouldn’t only be for the select few and special occasions”, the Make-up Makeover Boutique is a game-changing, sophisticated and convenient make-up service available to all at affordable prices. Entering the glamorous and alluring world of professional beauty artists, Make-up Mob is on standby with their brushes, ready to beautify women and give them the skills and tools they need to discover and enhance their own beauty to feel confident in their own skin. From adaptable everyday make-up looks, to special bridal looks, unique photo-shoots, beauty events, TV/ Film productions and fashion shows, #MUMOB’s resident artists are trained and experienced to meet all your diverse make-up needs. Stepping into Make-up MOB feels like a Beauty Candy Store, with all the makeup beauty treats, tips and trends a woman could ever need, all of this in a crisp white and a touch of cerise pink comfortable and relaxing lounge that spells: YOU are special, YOU are beautiful, let your hair down and let us bring out your inner beauty and step out as if the world is your ramp.

MAKE-UP TRENDS If you haven’t already heard, contouring is the latest technique taking over the beauty world that promises to create a more chiseled appearance. It works by mixing contour creams or two different shades of foundation together to highlight areas like the forehead and the nose. It also gives the illusion of perfect cheekbones and a more angular face. #MUMOB TIP Bright eyes are everything to keep you looking fresh during the day. When it comes to a mid-day facial tidy always tend to the under-eye area last by gently dabbing a few spots of concealer (a few shades lighter than your foundation) with your fingertip to blend. LET’S #GLAMYOUUP Contact MUMOB: 082 604 0856 / 031 303 4090 | www.makeupmob.co.za Flagship Boutique - Musgrave Centre (1st Level, next to the Gym) Concessionary Boutique - Ushaka Marine (Inside MJ’s Xclusive Hair Salon) Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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TRANSPORT DAVID WEEKS

YOUR CHOICE IN WEDDING DAY WHEELS MIGHT BE A GLAMOROUS STRETCH LIMO, A SLEEK AND SOPHISTICATED ROLLS ROYCE OR A SNAPPY RED SPORTS CAR. ALTERNATIVELY, GET CREATIVE AND PICK A RIDE THAT TRULY REFLECTS YOUR UNIQUE STYLE, SUCH AS A HIPPIE-ERA KOMBI OR A MOTORBIKE. IF YOU DON’T HAVE TOO FAR TO TRAVEL BETWEEN THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION, THEN GO FOR A MORE UNUSUAL FORM OF TRANSPORT; PERHAPS A HORSE AND CARRIAGE, TANDEM BICYCLE OR EVEN A TRACTOR!

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DAVID WEEKS

HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR BEFORE SETTING OUT ON YOUR BRIDAL GOWN QUEST! THEN DETERMINE HOW MUCH YOU HAVE TO SPEND SO AS NOT TO WASTE TIME TRYING ON DRESSES THAT ARE OUT OF YOUR PRICE RANGE. THINGS TO BEAR IN MIND INCLUDE THE SEASON AND TIME OF DAY YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED, THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION VENUES, AND STYLES THAT FLATTER YOUR FIGURE. BEGIN THE SEARCH EARLY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE NOT BUYING OFF THE PEG, AS GETTING A GOWN CUSTOM-MADE BY A DESIGNER CAN TAKE AROUND SIX TO EIGHT MONTHS, AND EVEN ALTERATIONS TO A READY-MADE DRESS CAN TAKE A MONTH OR TWO.

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Fashionable wedding gown styles range from the soft, flowing and whimsical creations favoured by rustic-chic brides, to the glamorous ball gowns favoured by brides with an eye for luxury and romance. Lightweight fabrics, cut-outs and illusion necklines still feature prominently, as do off-the-shoulder gowns and lacy embellishments. Champagne and pastel shades are popular, with blush as well as powder blue and silver featuring on wedding runways. BRIDAL GOWN GUIDE When you begin visiting bridal stores, keep an open mind and listen to the consultant’s advice. Although an outfit may have no ‘hanger appeal’, it could look very different when you try it on. You might like one that draws attention to your best feature (for example, your shoulders, arms or waist) while de-emphasising those aspects that you find less desirable. And don’t simply pick out something that your girlfriends will love – keep your fiancé in mind too. Chances are he doesn’t care a bit about the latest fashions, and would rather see you in a dress that shows you off to your best advantage.

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Don’t leave shopping to a busy weekend. Rather take a morning off work to take advantage of a quieter store and more of the salesperson’s time. It’s preferable not to bring too many people with you as all the opinions may well end up being too distracting and confusing. It’s also wise to be realistic. Buy the dress that fits you comfortably now, not something that will only be right once you shed that last five kilograms you’ve been aiming to lose since last Spring! Think you’ve found the one? Those in the know suggest taking photographs of the dresses you try on; not just from the front, but from a variety of angles to get the total effect. Also look at how the fabric appears in photos, as some fabrics, while appearing gorgeous to the naked eye, may look a lot different in pictures.

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STRIKING BEAUTY

JEWELLED BROOCH BOUQUETS COURIERED ANYWHERE IN SOUTH AFRICA AND BEYOND ‌. Choosing your bridal bouquet is one of the most important steps when planning your wedding. Jewelled brooch bouquets are sensational and trendy for weddings, brides and bridesmaids, vow renewals, birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions, when discerning quality and detail matter. Bridal bouquets date back to ancient times when brides carried heirlooms and jewellery in their bouquets to symbol family unity. In recent times, this tradition has taken a more interesting and exciting direction with brooch bouquets becoming more and more popular worldwide. Susan, at Striking Beauty, has mastered the art of creating distinctly original and exquisitely hand crafted bouquets, which are the ultimate bespoke piece for any bride, tastefully designed, elegant and stylish, especially for you.

Each bouquet consists of brooches, lace, ribbon, pins, feathers, hand-made flowers, earrings, rings and necklaces which can be kept and cherished for years as a decorative reminder of your special day and a conversation piece in your home. If you have some of your own special brooches, family heirlooms, or items of sentimental value these too can be placed into your bouquet. The bride and grooms initials in diamante can also be added and theme bouquets, such as sea, ethnic, totally bling, nature conservation such as rhino or elephant .- are gorgeous. Let STRIKING BEAUTY design a beautiful symbol of personal and special significance to add to the timeless memories of your Special day‌ Check out www.strikingbeauty.co.za.

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GROOMS CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN HIRING A SUIT AND HAVING THEIR WEDDING DAY CLOTHING TAILOR-MADE. BASIC BLACK, CHARCOAL AND GREY ARE SAFE, TRADITIONAL CHOICES.

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Be the Best Dressed... whatever the Occasion! DEBONAIR SUIT HIRE & RETAIL

FROM THE MOMENT YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOORS OF DEBONAIR SUIT HIRE YOU ARE ASSURED OF THE BEST OF SERVICE FROM THE EXPERIENCED STAFF IN ATTENDANCE. While some people come in knowing exactly what they want, others can always rely on helpful and expert advice gleaned over many years of service. Debonair’s opened their doors in 1990 as a wedding dress outlet, and over the years diversified into suit hire and they offer a wide range of suit hire and outfits from men’s wedding suits, evening wear, matric dance and for all formal and special occasions. Their wedding range includes very formal attire, such as English morning tail coats, or attire more suited to a casual beach wedding. Pin stripes, white suits, one, two and three Button Suits used with different colour waistcoats as well as tuxedos or black tie attire. Ties and hats are also available. Debonair’s also supplies attire to some of South Africa’s biggest corporate companies. For the customer that needs a specific colour tie or ascot etc, they can make them up or you have the option of supplying the material so you can coordinate your attire perfectly. Their House Tailoring service will ensure an impeccable fit. Call 031 701 0764 Web: www.debonairsuithire.co.za 98


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At a formal or semi-formal evening wedding, the groom could wear a classic dinner suit or tuxedo, with a single or double-breasted jacket, and accessories such as a formal dress shirt and necktie with vest or cummerbund. White tie, which is also known as evening dress or top hat and tails, is the most formal type of clothing, and usually comprises a black dress coat, white bow tie, white waistcoat and wing collar shirt. Modern grooms might like to ditch the conventional look and explore their creative side! A navy blue suit with white shirt and touches of red in the accessories is very fashionable, in keeping with 2015’s nautical styling trends. Neutral tones of tan, brown and beige are another favourite, with these earthy hues being ideal for outdoor weddings. Mismatched wedding suits are the latest word in groomswear. The look could entail suits for the entourage in different styles and colours, or variations of the same shade. Pull this eclectic ensemble together with uniformity in the pocket squares, buttonholes or ties.

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GLAMOUR, ROMANCE AND LUXURY ARE CLEAR TRENDS IN 2015, WITH PRINCESS-STYLE NECKLACES, BRACELETS, BROOCHES, EARRINGS AND HEADPIECES IN WHITE, YELLOW AND ROSE GOLD AS WELL AS SILVER COMPLETING THE PICTURE. IN ADDITION TO THE TRADITIONAL BRILLIANT WHITE DIAMOND, BRIDES ARE OPTING FOR STONES IN FANCY PINK, RED AND PURPLE, AS WELL AS NATURAL SHADES OF GREEN AND BLUE INSPIRED BY ORGANIC ELEMENTS. Select a style of ring to complement your personality and interests. Romantic brides could choose a pink-toned heart-shaped diamond set in rose or white gold, while active brides might prefer a practical, flush-mount setting that will protect the gem and prevent snagging. An exotic rose-cut diamond set in yellow gold could be perfect for a Bohemian bride. Trendy brides can add some bling to their look with a fancy yellow diamond surrounded by a multitude of smaller sparklers and set in a diamond-covered band. A platinum band with a lustrous bezel-set stone is a minimalist, modern classic. Engagement rings come in different styles and settings, from solitaire to multistone, cluster and random-set. While a modern look might call for a tension setting, a four-prong setting is a timeless classic, and a vintage ring would shine in a filigreed setting. The thickness and height of the band depends on the stone size and setting, and should be in proportion to your finger size. An emerald or marquise shaped stone would look good on a long-fingered bride, while brilliant or princess would suit those with shorter fingers. After the ever-fashionable diamond, sapphires and rubies are the next most popular stone because they are harder than other precious gems. Semiprecious jewels tend to be softer and are more prone to damage. As a general rule, white gold or platinum is a very flattering setting for diamonds or sapphires, making them look even brighter, while yellow gold settings are best for emeralds, rubies and opals. Pure, rare and low maintenance too, platinum is a favourite metal for contemporary wedding rings, and it’s not hard to see why. The strongest and most durable of the precious metals, platinum provides an ultra-secure setting for a gemstone and never loses metal. The naturally white colour of platinum won’t tarnish or fade, and its 95 percent purity makes it the only truly hypoallergenic precious metal. When it comes to bridal jewellery, choose your gown first, then the jewellery to complement it. This might consist of a necklace with matching bracelet, or a choker and earrings. 100


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START PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON SOONER RATHER THAN LATER, CONSULTING ONLINE TRAVEL GUIDES TO GET AN IDEA OF LOCATIONS THAT MIGHT APPEAL TO YOU. CONSIDER WHAT SORT OF WEATHER THE DESTINATION WILL BE EXPERIENCING DURING YOUR CHOSEN DATES. IT’S NO GOOD LOOKING AT AN IDYLLIC PHOTOGRAPH OF THE ITALIAN LAKES TAKEN IN LATE SUMMER WHEN YOUR HONEYMOON IS PLANNED FOR FEBRUARY! ALSO, WHEN CONTEMPLATING EXOTIC AND FAR-FLUNG DESTINATIONS BEAR IN MIND THE AMOUNT OF TRAVELLING TIME YOU’LL NEED TO GET THERE.

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We have exclusive Honeymoon Lodges situated on the Lake, with Jacuzzis and “five star” finishes, they are the ideal honeymoon getaway. Sunsets from your own “bath with a view” and sunrises from the king size bed will be difficult to forget. Privacy is paramount and tranquility is a given. Spa treatments on your deck overlooking the Southern Drakensberg Escarpment watching your partner sip champagne in the Jacuzzi is a honeymoon moment which is very hard to beat!

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LAKESIDE LUXURY IN THE MOUNTAINS... SANI VALLEY LODGE IS A PRIVATE NATURE LODGE, SITUATED IN THE WORLD HERITAGE SITE OF THE UKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBURG, AT THE FOOT OF THE WELL-KNOWN SANI PASS. IT IS A TWO HOUR DRIVE FROM DURBAN, ONLY NINE KM FROM THE VILLAGE OF HIMEVILLE. Enjoy the 260 acre lake surrounded by rolling hillsides as well as an abundance of wildlife and game. SANI VALLEY doesn’t have the big five, so you can enjoy walking among the zebra, wildebeest, eland, springbok and many other antelope within its wellstocked boundary fence. Experience the privacy and luxury of individually designed and decorated lodges situated on the lake side, surrounded by game, bird life and the picturesque mountains. Luxury crisp fabrics, hand-embroideries, cotton linen, hand-painted lithographs and marble finishes are just a few of the details that complement the beauty and the tranquillity of the area. Special ‘extras’ for the honeymoon couple include a chilled bottle of bubbly and a box of irresistible chocolates on arrival... to set the mood for your stay. Enjoy a picnic lunch out on the boat, or down near the waterfall and when you eventually make it back to your lodge, take pleasure in a quiet Jacuzzi before dinner (set up in your lodge, with candles)

whilst the sun sets over the lake. Making memories that will forever be etched on your mind. For the more adventurous the options are endless, from fly-fishing on the lake to a quad-bike ride in Lesotho, a game viewing on horseback or even a hike up to the Bushman paintings. Any one of these should make you tired enough to enjoy a full body massage by our experienced masseurs on the deck over looking the lake. To ensure you have the honeymoon of your dreams, be sure to provide SANI VALLEY LODGE with as much information as possible when you make a booking, as each honeymoon package is tailored to each individual couple. Contact: Tel: 033 702 0203 Email: info@sanivalley.co.za www.sanivalley.co.za 102


Remember that some credit cards, as well as medical aid schemes, offer airline miles which you can put towards your honeymoon. And when booking a destination do let them know that you’re going to be travelling as newly-weds. There are lots of resorts offering budget deals, upgrades and other extras to honeymoon couples. In addition, most places have seasonal rates, so you’ll be able to get a much better deal out of their peak season. PARADISE FOUND Take a well-deserved break at a romantic retreat where love is in the air and you can really relax and unwind. These days, many couples give themselves a day or two to recover from the wedding celebrations before setting out on their honeymoon. And once you’re there, even if you’ve made a list of things to see and do, remember to set aside some time to do nothing at all.

Consider looking for eco-tourism destinations which promote responsible travel that safeguards the environment while improving the wellbeing of indigenous populations. You’ll find a comprehensive list of resources, from participating organisations to top eco-destinations on the website of the International Ecotourism Society: http://www.ecotourism.org. South Africa is a popular and affordable destination for overseas couples as well, with many international travel and tourism agents offering romantic honeymoon packages to our magnificent wilderness areas. This might include a safari expedition in the Kruger National Park, or an urban adventure in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. An all-inclusive holiday is a great idea. If you’ve already paid for everything upfront you’ll be able to relax without having to worry about the price of everything. Just be sure to check what’s included; for example, local beverages might be part of the deal, but not imported drinks such as wine. Unless you’ve specifically asked for cash donations as an alternative to items on the wedding registry, don’t count on receiving monetary contributions towards your honeymoon. If you do, let those amounts rather pay for an extra excursion or dinner in a five-star restaurant. TRAVEL TIPS

Favourite international honeymoon destinations include the Seychelles, Mauritius, the Caribbean and Europe. There are also stunning locations closer to home, such as a mountain retreat in the Drakensberg, a beach holiday at Kosi Bay or a bush break at one of KwaZulu-Natal’s world-class game reserves.

Those in the know suggest using a travel agent. The service won’t cost you any extra, and having someone else to take care of all the booking arrangements will give you less to worry about leading up to the big day. In addition, if anything does end up going wrong, you’ll have someone to call.

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Your budget is another important factor. Does it allow for a multidestination European tour, a weekend at a wine farm, or somewhere in between? If strapped for cash or time, why not take a ‘mini-moon’ and save up for a real honeymoon later on? Another option is the ‘twini-moon’, which sees newlyweds enjoying the best of both worlds by including two different holiday hotspots.


HONEYMOONS

THE NEW MSC SINFONIA Romance & Love Abound WITH THE OPEN OCEAN BEING THE PERFECT PLACE TO CELEBRATE A ROMANCE AND LOVE, THERE IS NO WONDER THAT THIS CHOICE HAS BEEN MADE BY SO MANY SOUTH AFRICANS ACROSS THE VARIOUS SHIPS THAT HAVE CRUISED THE LOCAL SEASONS IN PREVIOUS YEARS. The MSC Sifonia will provide the ideal dreamy setting for Weddings, Honeymoons, Anniversaries and the renewal of vows in the upcoming 2015/16 season An onboard Wedding ceremony offers not only an idyllic setting, but also ease and convenience. Guests are all hosted on board, with cruise accommodation inclusive of meals and entertainment throughout the voyage. Brides to be are easily put at ease by the planning assistance given from an

efficient team before embarkation as well as a competent events crew on-board, catering for every whim. From small intimate ceremonies to big and festive celebrations MSC Cruises offers the perfect setting. MSC Cruises SA offers loving couples 3 packages to choose from, Silver, Gold and Platinum and include priority embarkation, wedding planning, venue selection, wedding cakes, photographs and more. Packages cater for any bride’s needs and budget, and can be tailored to suit. For Honeymooners MSC makes sure that a cruise is the perfect way to start any life voyage.. A Honeymoon on board is a time that will be cherished into the future, and provides a blissful setting for rest, relaxation and adventure. Receive a 10% discount on 104

current cabin fares, and a free upgrade on all MSC Ships. Wedding anniversaries are special occasions, and MSC cruises adds the finishing touches to any 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration.

Note - Couples wishing to hold a wedding ceremony aboard ship should, however, remember though that they need to first legalise their marriage on South African soil in terms of local law. For more www.msccruises.co.za


SEAN BAKER

Make photocopies of all cards and travel documents, vaccination certificates, prescriptions, medical aid cards and medical or trip insurance documents. In addition, leave contact numbers and copies of your itinerary, wills and life insurance documents with a friend or relative. Alternatively, you could use Google Docs to upload copies of your important travel documents, making them accessible from anywhere in the world. Even if you’ve booked an all-inclusive vacation, covering accommodation, all meals, drinks, activities and transfers, take more money with you than you think you’ll need. There’s nothing worse than wanting to book a special tour or spa treatment only to discover your credit card has reached its limit or you’ve run out of cash. It’s better not to book an early departure if you’re leaving the morning after the wedding; after all, you don’t want to spend the first day of your honeymoon travelling on planes, trains or boats while you’re feeling a little off-colour. However, if there’s absolutely no alternative, then try to pack your suitcase a few days before the wedding. Once you’ve made sure that you have essentials such as passports, currency, cameras, phones and medication safely stowed away, don’t stress too much about leaving things behind … most destinations will be able to provide you with basics such as toothbrushes and suntan lotion!

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If you’re travelling outside the country, check that your passport is up-todate and organise visas, if required, and travel insurance. Sort out your foreign exchange needs, such as a credit cards and cash. Before leaving, be sure to put your mobile phone on international roaming (limiting this to text messages is more affordable), pack an overseas adaptor, and don’t forget the chargers for your phone and camera. Put nametags on all items of luggage, and on the day of departure don’t leave home without your e-ticket and itinerary.


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EXTRAORDINARY Wedding Destination IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE MOST ROMANTIC PLACE TO TAKE YOUR NEWLY WED ON HONEYMOON, AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE IS JUST THE PLACE. An extraordinary destination where royal treatment is normal to each day, and no two days are the same, making this concealed, unscathed African paradise worthwhile exploring. AMAKHOSI is located in a blend of savannah, wetlands and mountains. The Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Zululand’s Mkuze River in the AMAKHOSI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE. AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE is a royal hideaway offering exceptional service and luxury, amidst the African landscapes and breathtaking big five wildlife. From scintillating night safaris to culinary delight, AMAKHOSI offers an African Safari honeymoon like no other. Escape to the privacy of your honeymoon suite, aptly named the Umntwana Honeymoon Suite, Umntwana, meaning “a child of Royalty” in Zulu. Slip into paradise in your ‘private kingdom’ with high thatched ceilings and glass walls. An open-plan design with spacious deck, a private bubble

pool and hammock overlooking the river, truly spell ‘royal dwellings’, whilst an air-conditioned bedroom and lounge, fully stocked minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom made for two, transports lovers into a fantasy world of their own where nothing else matters. In addition to the new AMAKHOSI RIVER SPA, where you can relax, revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul, Amakhosi also offers the guest safari options such as game viewing safaris, walking safaris, seasonal frogging safaris, and cultural safaris. So come and enjoy your dream honeymoon in the African Bush at AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE. Surrounded by a rich Zulu Culture and the Big Five in ultimate five star luxury with your loved one... Contact details: Telephone: +27 34 414 1157 Email: info@amakhosi.com www.amakhosi.com 106


HONEYMOONS UMTHUNZI HOTEL & CONFERENCE

Romantic Wedding Venue and Honeymoon Getaway UMTHUNZI HOTEL & CONFERENCE overlooking the Indian Ocean is a wonderful gem. It is a uniquely upmarket, affordable venue that welcomes Weddings, Honeymooners, Holiday makers, Conferences, Events and functions. Recent winner of the national Lilizella 2014 service excellence award (3 star category) it certainly has 4 star ambiance and commitment to quality in every way. The reviews on their website testify to many happy guests and weddings! Situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Umtentweni near the bustling town of Port Shepstone the venue, oozing with sophistication, Umthunzi is ideally positioned for people to explore the KZN South coast, one of the finest and most recreational coastlines in South Africa. Only an hour south of Durban and 20 minutes from Margate airport where Cemair now flies in daily from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport. Honeymoon couples are spoiled by panoramic sea views from the gorgeous 2 Honeymoon suites each with a lavishly draped four poster bed. Choose to have a romantic Beach Wedding or hold the ceremony and reception at Umthunzi. Room 11 boasts a wide balcony as well as a private balcony with air conditioner and shower. Room 33 has a private balcony with the highest view over the ocean. It includes both a shower and bath plus fan

and air conditioner with an en-suite lounge. Beautifully appointed decor with satin soft Percale linen, solid wood furniture, safe, selected DSTV channels & coffee/tea station makes for a perfect place for romance. Making a perfect Wedding day is the staff’s priority. All the help required for the bridal couple is on offer and the hotel prides itself on having many reviews saying, “The venue was perfect!” Custom made packages are tailor made for all styles and budgets, so give them a call for personalised attention. Whale watch from the terrace deck enjoying cappuccinos and soft sea breezes. Take a walk to the beach, just 700m away and dive in the waves. Treat yourself to well-designed food from the gorgeous on site restaurant (30⁰ South). Relax with a tantalising sundowner and game of pool or darts in the smart Lantern Bar. Or simply enjoy the king size beds and unwind! If you are searching for a unique venue with luxurious accommodation & decor, quality food, many adventure activities, long lazy beach walks in glorious tropical surrounds and friendly staff, this is the idyllic place for you. Contact 039 695 0852. Email: reservations@umthunzi.co.za Website: www.umthunzi.co.za. 107


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MANGO AIRLINES

SAY “I DO” TO ZANZIBAR MORE AND MORE HONEYMOONERS ARE BEING SWEPT AWAY BY THE MAGIC OF ZANZIBAR. When it comes to planning this special time for newly-weds, Mango Airlines is going the distance to make it even easier. They offer complete travel experience options for this breathtaking getaway. These include affordable flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and diverse accommodation options ranging from three- to five-stars. You also get the added flexibility to use your SAA Voyager Miles on all Mango flights in full or part of. If you’re short on SAA Voyager Miles, the remainder of your flight cost can be paid using cash, credit card or one of Mango’s innovative and convenient top-up payment options. It makes planning a honeymoon as easy as falling in love. Visit flymango.com and click on the Travel Packages tab to view their latest specials. Terms and conditions apply. 108


LEGAL MATTERS BEYOND MEASURE

GETTING MARRIED ISN’T ALL ABOUT ROMANCE, FLOWERS AND WEDDING DÉCOR, THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF LEGAL AND PRACTICAL ISSUES TO DEAL WITH, FROM SPEAKING TO AN ATTORNEY TO DECIDING ON THE TYPE OF CEREMONY YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE AND CONSULTING A MARRIAGE OFFICER.

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AJ AND BEULAH HAASBROEK : MARRIAGE OFFICERS

DREAM CEREMONIES KWAZULU-NATAL

WE WANT TO BE PART OF YOUR SPECIAL DAY BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT A WEDDING CEREMONY SHOULD BE JOYFUL, LIGHT HEARTED AND A TRUE CELEBRATION. We are a professional, dedicated team of Marriage Officers who takes full responsibility for: •

documentation

creating and officiating your dream ceremony

registering your marriage personally at Home Affairs

we specialise in international marriage documentation

We offer: •

A variety of ceremonies (15/20 minutes)

Travel to the venue of your choice in Kwazulu Natal – even to your home or you can come to our wedding room in Durban and bring two witnesses with

Verify documents before the wedding

Complete the marriage register

Issue a South African marriage certificate on the day of your wedding

Register your marriage personally at Home Affairs

We are able to help with documentation for Non South African citizens

Help with international marriage certificate (unabridged)

Do an Apostille at Foreign affairs for countries which require it

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We want to be part of the most important part of your wedding day! Let us help you to have a relaxed, memorable wedding ceremony! See the website for more details www.saweddingsonline.co.za Email: ewo@telkomsa.net OR Beulah@dreamceremonies.co.za Contact Beulah Haasbroek on 082 921 6475 or Fax 086 657 7634 Skype: Beulah.haasbroek 110


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In South Africa there are three laws under which couples may choose to be married. These include the Marriage Act (Act 25 of 1961), the Customary Marriages Act (Act 120 of 1998), and the Civil Union Act (Act 17 of 2006). The Customary Marriages Act provides for the civil registration of marriages solemnised according to tribal custom. Same-sex marriages are permitted under the Civil Union Act, with partners given the choice of having their union called a ‘civil partnership’ or a ‘marriage partnership’ and enjoying the same legal and material benefits and responsibilities as couples married under the Marriage Act.

To get married in South Africa you will need a valid ID book or an affidavit attesting to your identity if the original document has been lost or stolen and you’re in the process of applying for a new one. If either partner is a minor, they will also need the written consent of their parents, legal guardians or the Commissioner of Child Welfare. If you’ve been married before, then a final decree of divorce is necessary, and if you’re a widow or widower, the death certificate of your spouse must be produced.

THE ANTE-NUPTIAL CONTRACT Couples should visit an attorney to find out about the different marriage contract options. A Notary Public is an attorney who is specially qualified to execute notarial contracts such as these and can advise couples regarding the contract that best suits their situation. Other important documents such as wills and insurance policies also need to be dealt with. It’s essential that you have an ante-nuptial contract (ANC) drawn up before the wedding to clarify the legal and financial aspects of your union. In Community of Property: This system applies if you do not enter into a specific ANC before marriage. All assets and liabilities, whether acquired before or after marriage, are shared equally. It can be problematic if one partner gets into debt, as the other will be held equally responsible for the amount owed. Furthermore, neither partner is allowed to sell an asset without the other partner’s written consent. Out of Community of Property: If the ANC is ‘Without Accrual’, each partner retains separate ownership of all assets and debts brought into and acquired during the marriage. This can be unfair as non-monetary contributions, such as looking after the home, are not acknowledged. Contracts ‘With Accrual’ take into account both monetary and nonmonetary contributions made during the marriage, while protecting each partner from the liabilities of the other. Assets acquired before marriage are excluded.

THE CEREMONY Marriage ceremonies vary between different religions and cultures, although most have common elements such as the offering of rings, flowers or some other symbolic item, and the exchange of vows in front of a religious or community leader. According to the South African Marriage Act, the signing of the register must take place indoors in the presence of at least two witnesses, and the entrance to the venue must be open. Most religions, including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism, see marriage as a sacred duty and an important facet of spiritual life. The convention of the ‘white wedding’, which is common to both Christians and Jews, has been adopted by many Zulu and Xhosa couples, who may hold a Western wedding service in addition to traditional rituals which honour the ancestors. Customary Zulu marriage proposal are accompanied by ‘lobola’ or ‘bride price’, which refers to payment made by the groom’s family to the bride’s family. While this was once made in the form of cattle, today cash is usually considered acceptable. The wedding reception takes place over several days and involves the wider community in a celebration of feasting, dancing and singing. Civil ceremonies allow the couple increased flexibility regarding the type and location of their ceremony, as well as with their vows. This may be the perfect choice for a bride and groom from differing religious backgrounds or for a couple with no religious affiliations.

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2015 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1 January - New Year’s Day 27 April - Freedom Day 10 August - Public holiday 26 December - Day of Goodwill

21 March - Human Rights Day 1 May - Workers’ Day 24 September - Heritage Day

3 April- Good Friday 16 June - Youth Day 16 December - Day of Reconciliation

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21 March - Human Rights Day 1 May - Workers’ Day 24 September - Heritage Day

25 March - Good Friday 2 May - Public Holiday 16 December - Day of Reconciliation

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BUDGET PLANNER

STEPHEN RAILTON

LET’S TALK LOGISTICS Before you decide on the size, location or type of wedding you’d like, chat with your partner about what you would both feel comfortable spending on the wedding ceremony, reception and honeymoon, finding out how much each of your families are able to contribute. Use this handy worksheet, which includes suggested percentages to spend on each component of the wedding, to help you keep track of money matters and stay within your budget. Estimated budget: R ........................................... Whatever budget you agree on, it’s wise to allocated an additional 10 percent for unforeseen expenses. Expense

Amount Estimated Amount Spent

Expense

RECEPTION (50% of Budget)

MUSIC (8% of Budget)

Venue

Musicians for ceremony

Hiring and décor

Reception band and/or DJ

Catering

Sound-system rental

Drinks

Extras

Amount Estimated Amount Spent

Cake Favours

WEDDING RINGS (3% of Budget)

Extras

Bride’s ring Groom’s ring

OUTFITS & ACCESSORIES (10% of Budget) Bridal gown

STATIONERY (3% of Budget)

Headpiece and veil

Save-the-date cards

Bridal accessories

Invitations and RSVPs

Hair

Programmes & service sheets

Make-up

Seating and place cards

Groomswear

Thank-you cards

Groom’s accessories

Postage

Attendants’ outfits

Calligraphy

Extras

Extras

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY (12% of Budget)

CEREMONY (2% of Budget)

Photography

Location and officiant fees

Videography

Marriage licence

Additional prints and albums

Ring pillows

Extras

Extras

FLOWERS (8% of Budget)

TRANSPORTATION (2% of Budget)

Arrangements for ceremony

Vehicle hire for bride & groom

Bridal bouquets and baskets

Vehicle hire for bridal party

Corsages and buttonholes

Guest shuttle/parking attendant

Arrangements for reception

Extras

Centrepieces Extras

GIFTS FOR ATTENDANTS & PARENTS (2% of Budget) Extras TOTAL AMOUNT SPENT:

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INDEX BRIDAL WEAR

FLOWERS

Belle & Bravado...................................................................................................95

Sue Harding’s Flowers...................................................................................78

Bridal Elegance.....................................................................................................95

The Feather Mill...................................................................................................18

Elizabeth Fashions.............................................................................................95 Jasmins Bridal.........................................................................................................92

HAIR & BEAUTY

Lynne’s Creations................................................................................................92

Beauty Beyond.....................................................................................................87

Ooh La Lace Bridal Wear.............................................................................93

Hello Honi..................................................................................................................87

Shona’s Wedding Collection......................................................................95

Kaylamakesmeover.........................................................................................85

Striking Beauty.....................................................................................................93

Nixon Make-Up.....................................................................................................89

St Tropez Shoe Boutique.............................................................................93

Make-up Mob.........................................................................................................89 Make-up your Mind..........................................................................................87

CAKES & CATERING

The Cosmetic & Dental Emporium...................................................89

eClare Chocolates by Design...................................................................79 Highway Function Hire & Catering...................................................16 KBS Mobile Barz...................................................................................................80

HONEYMOONS

Sugar Coated Cakes.........................................................................................79

Amakhosi Lodge.................................................................................................105

Sugar and Spice...................................................................................................80

Cathedral Peak Hotel......................................................................................105 Falaza Game Park & Spa............................................................................1, 2 & 59

CO-ORDINATORS

Goodersons Leisure..........................................................................................54

A2Z Event Specialists......................................................................................10

Mango............................................................................................................................IBC

DW Coordinators.................................................................................................10

MSC Cruises..............................................................................................................103

Functions for Africa..........................................................................................IFC, 12 & 14

Sani Valley Nature Lodges.........................................................................101

Lemontree Concepts.......................................................................................08 Oak Celebrations.................................................................................................12

JEWELLERY Hardwick & Mazzoni......................................................................................100

DÉCOR A2-Z Event Specialists....................................................................................10

LEGAL MATTERS

Charisma Hire........................................................................................................18 Functions for Africa..........................................................................................IFC, 12 & 14

Burne & Burne......................................................................................................111

Highway Function Hire & Catering .................................................16

Dream Ceremonies...........................................................................................109

Lemontree Concepts.......................................................................................08

Clive Jacobson........................................................................................................111

Oak Celebrations.................................................................................................12

Marriage For Life..................................................................................................111

The Feather Mill...................................................................................................18

Morris Fuller Walden Williams Inc......................................................111 115


INDEX MENSWEAR

TRANSPORT

Belle & Bravado.................................................................................................95

Hello Honi Vintage Car................................................................................91

Debonair Suit Hire..........................................................................................97

Vintage Hire Company................................................................................91

Lord Louis Suit Hire........................................................................................95

Westline Aviaton................................................................................................91

Shona’s Wedding Collection.................................................................... 95 Suit Up Suit Hire................................................................................................99

VENUES Amakhosi Lodge...............................................................................................29 & 31

MUSIC

Antbear Lodge.....................................................................................................27

Dance School South Africa...................................................................... 82

Cathedral Peak Hotel....................................................................................48

Durban DJ’s.............................................................................................................83 Entertainment Today....................................................................................82 Tangent Strings..................................................................................................83 Topjocks.....................................................................................................................3 & 82 Z-Sound Wedding DJ’s..................................................................................83 PHOTOGRAPHY Bridget Roux Photography...................................................................... 73 David Weeks Photography...................................................................... 66 Enzo Photography...........................................................................................75 Heather Fitchet Photography................................................................ 66 Picture Life Photography........................................................................... 68

Champaigne Sports Resort...................................................................... 33 Coedmore Castle...............................................................................................36 Didima Conference Centre....................................................................... 26 Eden Lassie.............................................................................................................29 Falaza Game Park & Spa.......................................................................... 1, 2 & 59 Fern Hill Hotel......................................................................................................36 Giant’s Castle Resort.......................................................................................46 Gooderson Leisure...........................................................................................54 iNsingizi Game Lodge...................................................................................51 Makaranga..............................................................................................................27 Mount Everest Game Farm..................................................................... 44 Musketeers Venue Hire (German Club)...................................... 39 Ntshondwe Resort...........................................................................................32

Mashelela Productions.................................................................................75

Penwarn....................................................................................................................39

Saysha Baker Photography.................................................................... 68

Protea Hotel The Richards....................................................................... 48 & 50

Sean Baker Photography.......................................................................... 68 & OBC

Pumula Beach Hotel......................................................................................23

Stephen Railton Photography............................................................... 70

Shakaland................................................................................................................51 & 53

Tyrone Crossman Photography.......................................................... 64

Sica’s Guest House..........................................................................................21

Uniq Images Photography....................................................................... 73

The Estuary Hotel & Spa...........................................................................41 Umthunzi Hotel..................................................................................................47 & 107

STATIONERY Handmade for You by Janine............................................................... 20 I Do Wedding Invitations........................................................................... 20

VIDEOGRAPHY Beyond Measure...............................................................................................77 Leo Video Productions.................................................................................77

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Your Wedding Planner Guide 2015  

This popular annual guide contains all the information that a bridal couple needs, to plan their perfect day - from major decisions down to...

Your Wedding Planner Guide 2015  

This popular annual guide contains all the information that a bridal couple needs, to plan their perfect day - from major decisions down to...

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