Your Wedding Planner Guide 2019/20

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Where there is love there is life. MAHATMA GANDHI





So you’re planning a wedding and have no idea where to start? Firstly, congratulations and welcome to our 8th edition of Your Wedding Planner Guide. Our aim is to help and guide you every step of the way.

book service providers and schedule appointments. And to make sure that things don’t run away with you, refer to our budget planner on page 10.

We have been helping and inspiring brides with our blend of home-grown tips, the latest ideas and current trends. We are delighted to embark on another exciting journey as we provide you with all the resources you need to plan the perfect wedding.

Featuring real weddings and fashion photo shoots captured by local photographers, YOUR WEDDING PLANNER GUIDE also showcases the top destinations and venues in which to tie the knot and celebrate your nuptials.

Planning is (just about) everything if you want to be relatively stress free and for your special day to run as smoothly as possible. This edition has helpful advice and highlights the most stylish trends for 2019 and 2020 in the world of bridal fashion and beauty, reception venues, photography, décor ideas, invitations, jewellery, bridal accessories, wedding party supplies, honeymoons and more. Along with ideas and advice, we also feature a wide range of local wedding vendors and service providers, connecting you with the best KwaZulu-Natal has to offer.

South Africa has stunning settings to suit any type of wedding, and some of the best of these spots can be found in our province of KwaZulu-Natal, with its breath-taking berg, beach, bush and city locations. Fancy a romantic reception on a sugar plantation or a safari experience in the African bush? Or a sun-kissed coastal destination or a mountain manor? Perhaps a slick and sophisticated city venue or some old world charm among the rolling green hills of the Midlands? Whatever the setting, there’s the perfect venue to match, ranging from hotels, guesthouses and golf estates to farms, eco-lodges and country manors. Our province also boasts some of the most romantic unforgettable honeymoon destinations, right here, on our doorstep.

We understand that this may all be quite stressful and overwhelming. We can help …. Start by working out a time line, with our calendar on page 8 and look at the very useful countdown checklist on page 6 to help you


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Waseela Langley & Rajiv Ramlal Bride: Waseela Langry Groom: Rajiv Ramlal Date: 16 June 2019 Venue: Kendra Hall Creative shoot: Durban Botanical Gardens Bridal Outfit/Jewellery: Shringar (Umhlanga) MUA: Miss Makeup Hair: Hair at Cabana by Lee Groom Outfit: Leelas/Zari (Jhb) Photography/Video: Toxic Micz Décor, Sound, Catering: Maharajas Caterers and Décor 2 | YWPG 2019/20

Rajiv (my Smurfy) and I formally met in matric and although we disliked each other, we cannot deny the instant attraction. This attraction grew stronger in university and finally our love story took off in 2008. We have graduated together, shared milestones, faced many challenges, moved provinces, experienced so many beautiful moments and then in June 2019 we sealed our love with a spiritual promise of forever, together. Our wedding day was magical, shared with the closest of family and friends. Our only 2 service providers (Toxic Micz and Maharajas Caterers and DĂŠcor) delivered beyond our requests and made the entire experience effortless and simply memorable. We had envisaged rain on our wedding weekend and were glad that Mr Sun decided to attend our celebrations also. Our day began with a photoshoot which was literally and figuratively a walk in the park, thanks to the Toxic Micz Team. Although it was the middle of winter, it felt like a colourful spring day. Once we entered the Hall, we were blown away by the soft romantic colours and ambience of love and excitement. I truly feel that our wedding was imperfectly perfect!! YWPG 2019/20 | 3

Contents Welcome

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Steps to Success

COUNTDOWN........................................................................... 06

Seize the Day

CALENDAR............................................................................... 08

Keeping Track

BUDGET..................................................................................... 10

Time to Shine

JEWELLERY................................................................................ 11

P laces in the Heart

VENUES.................................................................................... 15

If I had a flower for every time thought of you… I could walk through my garden forever. ALFRED TENNYSON


P icture It

PHOTOGRAPHY........................................................................ 61

Hot Shots

VIDEOGRAPHY........................................................................ 84

P ush the Envelope

STATIONERY............................................................................ 86

Blooming Gorgeous


Dream Team

CO-ORDINATORS..................................................................... 88

Grand Design

DÉCOR & HIRE......................................................................... 92

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BRIDAL WEAR..............................................................................97

Smart Suits

MENS WEAR..............................................................................105

Making Magic

HAIR & BEAUTY......................................................................... 107

Dream Cuisine

CAKES & CATERING....................................................................110

Love Songs

MUSIC.......................................................................................... 113

Ready to Roll


Paradise Found


Signed & Sealed


Acknowledgements PUBLISHER: Azalea Promotions Jenny Du Preez Email:

ADVERTISING: Fiona Fryer - Roaleen Buttery -

Contributors EDITORIAL: Louella Morgan-Jarvis

CONTACT DETAILS: P.O. Box 201288 Durban North, 4016 Tel: +27 31 564 3425

PHOTOGRAPHY: A special thank you to all the advertisers and photographers who contributed to our 8th edition

PUBLICATION DETAILS: Your Wedding Planner is published annually and can be viewed online at:

DESIGN & LAYOUT: Lyn Grandemange Email: PRINTERS: Novus Print

Cover Photo: Toxic Micz


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Steps to






Tell friends and relatives you’re engaged and introduce


Start an exercise routine or healthy eating plan.

both families.


Book your honeymoon.


Compare calendars and select a wedding date.


Book wedding-day transport.


Set your budget and find out who will be paying for what.


Create a wedding website.


Decide on guest numbers.


Shop for bridal accessories such as shoes and lingerie.


Visit reception locations and book venue.


Book ceremony location, fixing a date and time with your registrar


or celebrant


Discuss ceremony ideas, music and readings with celebrant.


Decide on order of ceremony and choose programme wording.


Choose your baker and finalise wedding cake.


Decide on whether groomswear will be hired or custom-made.


Research registry options and start compiling a wish list.

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Start a wedding scrapbook, looking at photos of wedding décor,

dresses and flowers for inspiration.


Hire a wedding co-ordinator.



Make the first draft of your guest list.

* Choose and order wedding favours.


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

* Purchase wedding rings and send for engraving if applicable.


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

an appointment with a dress designer.

* Start looking for wedding-day jewellery. * Schedule bridal gown fittings. * Book rental equipment, such as table linen and accessories. * Order invitations and other stationery.

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Decide on your bridesmaids, ushers, master of ceremonies


and best man.

* If hiring groomswear, confirm order.


Start researching honeymoon locations and package deals.


Book your photographer and videographer.

* Check whether your passport is up-to-date and if visas are required for your honeymoon.


Decide on wedding day colours and theme.


Decide on your dress, allowing at least six months for it to be

made up if using a couturier.

* 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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Select and order bridesmaids’ outfits.

* Coordinate outfits for mothers of the bride and groom.


Look at sample menus and book caterers.

* Let friends and family know if you’d like them to give readings,


Research and book ceremony musicians and reception band/DJ.


Interview and select florist.

* Finalise guest list and send out invitations.


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

* Finalise flower and décor requirements.

your honeymoon.

* Plan pre-wedding showers.

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sing or help in any way.




* Find gifts for attendants and parents.

* Pick up wedding rings and have final wedding attire fittings.

* If needed, start dancing lessons for that first dance.

* Plan and shop for your honeymoon wardrobe.

* Meet with your celebrant to finalise ceremony details and

* Finalise wedding-day details, confirming number of

guests with caterer, wedding music and playlists with

* Write your personalised wedding vows, if desired.

musician and DJ, and flowers with florist.

* Start working on speeches.

* Work out a seating plan.

* Book your wedding-night hotel.

* Have final hair and make-up practice, booking appointment

have service sheets printed.

* Hold your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

2 * Prepare a list of essential photos for your photographer,

for wedding day.

including important family members and guests.


* Book final beauty and body treatments and wedding

* Eat a good breakfast.

* Make sure all vendors, attendants and other helpers have

dress fitting.

* Finalise your jewellery, including something old, new,

borrowed and blue.

* Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, including

travel insurance.

* Buy a guest book. * Call guests who haven’t replied to your invitations.

been given written checklists.

* Have corsages, bouquets and buttonholes picked up /


* 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.

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21 March - Human Rights Day

2 April - Good Friday

5 April - Family Day

27 April - Freedom Day

1 May - Workers’ Day

16 June - Youth Day

9 August - National Women’s Day

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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


RECEPTION (50% of Budget)

MUSIC (8% of Budget)


Musicians for ceremony

Hiring and décor

Reception band and/or DJ


Sound-system rental



Amount Estimated

Cake Favours

WEDDING RINGS (3% of Budget)


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


Programmes & service sheets


Seating and place cards


Thank-you cards

Groom’s accessories


Attendants’ outfits





CEREMONY (2% of Budget)


Location and officiant fees


Marriage licence

Additional prints and albums

Ring pillows



FLOWERS (8% 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


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Time to Shine


Big girls need big diamonds. ELIZABETH TAYLOR


Turning heads as you walk down the aisle isn’t only about the dress. Bridal jewellery is a vital element in bringing your total look together, and today’s range of exquisite rings and fine jewellery has something to suit every bride’s style. From unique engagement ring settings to statement earrings, these are some of the hottest trends for big-day brilliance.

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YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER STARTS HERE For over 30 years Mark Gold has remained at the forefront of bespoke fine jewellery design. With a passion for timeless elegance Mark Gold lovingly craft quality jewellery pieces that are inspired by and celebrate the unique beauty that surrounds us every day. Like the men and women we serve, our collections are diverse, each being carefully tailored and manufactured to transform elusive dreams into skilfully designed realities. At Mark Gold, we have been creating poetically designed engagement and wedding rings for decades. Pairing the highest quality diamonds with our passion for excellence, our collection of diamond rings is the embodiment of eternal commitment. We have a special aptitude for translating brides’ visions and bringing them to life, priding ourselves in expertly guiding our clients in the design of their rings to come up with a piece that is truly unique. Book an appointment with us today and we will be happy to discuss how we can create your dream ring. Store Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm, Sat: 9am-1pm Coffee Shop Hours: Mon-Fri: 7:15am-4pm, Sat: 9am-1pm Call +27 31 303 4417 / +27 82 922 2100 469 Innes Rd, Morningside, Durban, 4001

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JEWELLERY Ring in the new While the prong setting is traditional for rings, the sleek and modern bezel setting is also currently very much in vogue. This setting surrounds the gem with a thin band of precious metal, keeping it secure while creating a perfectly smooth edge that also helps to accentuate the appearance of the stone. The vintage design of the navette ring – literally meaning ‘little ship’ because of its elongated setting that is pointed at both ends – is making waves once more. Fashionable in Victorian times as well as the art deco era, the navette style is quintessentially large and elaborate, containing clustered stones in various patterns and colours, often surrounding a central stone. This eye-catching ring is ideal for brides wanting to combine vintage with something a bit more edgy and modern! One of the most exciting emerging trends is the open ring. As the band isn’t a continuous circle, it allows for a creation that’s truly bespoke, with so many new combinations of angles, cuts of gem, shapes and colours. Mixing metals in engagement ring settings and wedding bands guarantees versatility as well as a modern twist. Bring together yellow and white metals, or try different shades of gold. For example, setting a diamond in a white metal like platinum makes the stone really shine out while also playing up the yellow gold of the band. The shape of the gem is another important aspect. Traditional shapes include round, pear, oval, elongated oval with pointed ends (marquise), square (princess), square with rounded corners (cushion) and rectangular (emerald). Stones may also be cut in the shape of a heart or something more unusual like the kite, which is diamondshaped, or the shield, which is roughly triangular, with straight or rounded sides. The latest fashion is the half-moon, which is straight on one side and curved on the other. Coloured gems are becoming more and more popular, especially when paired with white diamonds. Brides get the best of both looks – the inimitable sparkle of a diamond along with the individual statement of a coloured stone. Smart choices include aquamarines, tourmalines, rubies and sapphires. Romantic and classic, the pearl engagement ring has also made a comeback on the wedding trend watch-list. Certain metals look better with specific gems. For example, sapphires and diamonds appear even brighter with a platinum or white gold setting, while emeralds and rubies are complemented by yellow gold. Bridal jewellery Necklaces can be either bold pieces or understated additions to the bride’s total look, depending upon the neckline of the gown, with deep V-necks, off-the-shoulder or high necklines very popular at the moment. Layering and stacking jewellery creates a unique statement and is gorgeous with a strapless dress or plunging neckline. Brides can mix and match, with different varieties of metals and even different types and colours of stones. Choker necklaces, which are also making a comeback, look fabulous on a long-necked bride. Choose a longer necklace if you want a broad neck to appear more graceful and streamlined. Your bridal hairdo can either hide or highlight your choice of earring. In 2019, earrings are focal feature in bringing the whole ensemble together. Dazzling drops are in the spotlight, and are just the ticket for brides who want to bring on the bling! They look best with an up-style or short hair. Pastel-coloured gems in necklaces, bracelets and earrings are becoming a fast favourite in bridal jewellery, particularly when worn with a white wedding dress, as their soft and delicate hues impart elegance and sophistication. Choose the metal to match the colour of the gemstone. Pearls are another classy and timeless option for earrings and bracelets. YWPG 2019/20 | 13




The rare. The exceptional. The utterly timeless. It is pure excitement about the rarest jewellery in the world. Ideally located in upmarket premises, with a cool and vibrant atmosphere, you will find luxurious local and imported designer jewellery that is designed to reflect the commitment, passion and energy you feel. Established in 1992 and with the continuous support of our local clientele, Randeree Jewellers have reached a level where masterpieces that leave our display cabinets are of the highest quality. This is Yunus Ebrahim Randeree’s legacy. Randeree Jewellers is committed to the code of ethics laid down by the Jewellery Council of South Africa. Contact: Tel: 031 202 4701 Email:

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We can never forget the beautiful places we have been. LAILAH GIFTY AKITA


P laces in the Heart


The venue where you and your partner, your family and friends will gather to celebrate your wedding is perhaps the most important factor in securing the success of your big day. These days there is such a huge variety of wedding locations available – from coastal resorts and country manors to elegant city venues and intimate restaurants – you would think choosing one would be a piece of cake, but it seldom is.

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At JOZINI TIGER LODGE & SPA, we understand the importance of your hopes and dreams and are dedicated to providing you with the most magical day, as we make memories that will last a lifetime. Situated in the heart of the Kingdom of the Zulu with its rich heritage and untamed natural beauty, Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa is the perfect luxury getaway in the heart of nature. Located along the banks of the picturesque Lake Jozini, and backed by the splendour of the Lebombo Mountain range, Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa is truly an African dream. Easily accessible from both Durban and Gauteng, the Lodge has all the makings of a spectacular wedding venue, boasting superb facilities, unmatched spectacular positioning, accommodation, and activities to ensure an unforgettable, stress-free wedding experience. Catering for up to 180 guests, weddings at Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa are truly something special, offering open-air ceremonies on the Lake deck, the Upper deck or the Boma. Our beautiful, lush surroundings make Jozini Tiger Lodge & Spa the ideal place to tie the knot. T: +27 (0)35 572 1020/22 E: W: www. 16 | YWPG 2019/20

VENUES Your dream venue First and foremost, you need to think about your wedding theme, and then choose a venue that corresponds with your vision. Contemporary wedding themes could revolve around one of the following: travel, culture, nature, classic, romantic, modern or vintage. You’ll also want to capture the right ambiance, something that feels authentic to you as a couple, based on your and your partner’s personalities and interests. Are you laid-back nature-lovers, or more at home in an urban environment with all the mod cons? Does glitz and glamour excite you, or do you prefer something beachy and Bohemian? A rustic and relaxed wedding will be better suited to a countryside or outdoor location, such as farmhouse, garden, barn or game reserve, while something more sophisticated and modern might need a contemporary city venue, like an art gallery, restaurant, warehouse or hotel. At the same time, a romantic affair would work equally well in a manor house or on a simple stretch of beach – depending on whether you’re going for a classic, fairy-tale theme or something more fun and informal. Finding a venue that ties in with your theme will produce a wonderful synergy between location and mood. Furthermore, the better your venue fits your chosen theme, the less work you’ll have to put into decorating it, which will end up being a substantial money-saver in the long run. On the other hand, there are couples who find a venue which they fall in love with, and then use that location as a source of inspiration. In this instance, the venue could set the tone for the wedding theme and colours, not to mention the size of wedding and time of year you want to get married in. It’s also a bonus if the venue has scenic grounds with sufficient natural light for good photographs. Location low-down There are established reception venues such as boutique or five-star hotels, international resorts, country houses and stately lodges. These normally have set

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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 coordination, we will ensure that your special day is a dream come true!

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

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VENUES wedding packages and offer a professional service, with well-appointed function rooms and sometimes a ballroom as well, not to mention in-house catering and banqueting facilities, a functions coordinator, and accommodation for the newlyweds and their guests too. Golf or country clubs are also popular choices, as they tend to have attractive grounds and buildings that are ideal for hosting events. Like a hotel, they’re equipped to cater for large numbers of guests and provide a comprehensive service. Another choice is a restaurant, which might be ideal for a smaller wedding. Some of these venues also have outdoor spaces, allowing for the reception to move from a welcome drink in the garden or on a rooftop pool-deck to the main reception venue indoors. Do bear in mind though that larger venues may be somewhat impersonal, and may host more than one wedding on the same day. There are a number of exciting non-traditional venues out there as well, such as an art gallery, barn, boat, industrial space, or even an aquarium. A much less formal option is the home wedding. However, while this can be the least-cost alternative, it will require the most input in terms of organisation. Unless you’re having a very small wedding, you’ll probably need to hire a marquee for the garden, not to mention everything from tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery to lighting, generators, flooring and pool decking. And where will all your guests park? An al fresco reception could make for a truly memorable celebration. There are plenty of beautiful outdoor locations, such as the beach, a country meadow or a nature reserve, which could provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. More established venues might also have an outdoor area where you’ll be able to pitch a marquee or tent. However, no matter how romantic and scenic getting back to nature might seem, do bear in mind the logistical practicalities of an outdoor wedding, such as adequate shelter, water and power, restroom facilities, and permits from the local authorities.

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A TOUCH OF COLONIAL CHARM Colonial charm, warm hospitality, comfort and convenience await guests at Sica’s Guest House, which is owner-run, and conveniently situated on three acres in Durban’s Berea. Easy access to beaches, shopping malls and other attractions, for which this holiday city is renowned, make this the perfect venue for you. Our luxury bed and breakfast guest house caters for international and local guests, conferences, weddings, sports enthusiasts or business people looking for accommodation with a personal touch. Relax and enjoy our sparkling pool, well stocked bar or lounges. Tennis lovers particularly appreciate our professional standard floodlit tennis court. Individually decorated en-suite bedrooms, are equipped with TV and every convenience for guests. All rooms include phone lines for those who require an internet connection. 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 experienced staff on-hand to assist you in planning your event or special day. T: 031 261 2768 W:

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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 luxurious presidential 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: W: www.

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GOODERSON LEISURE HAVE THE PERFECT SETTINGS FOR ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CELEBRATIONS OF YOUR LIFE. 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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• 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 TROPICANA HOTEL: (left) 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. 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. 26 | YWPG 2019/20

• 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.

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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 MTUNZINI FOREST LODGE: (left) For bridal couples who would prefer to break with the traditional wedding venue, we offer a magical forest backdrop at our cosy resort nestled in one of the last coastal dune forests on the untouched far north coast, with access to the beach close to the resort. Our 22 rustic log cabins, available in 4 and 6-sleeper self-catering format, have all the comforts of home whilst still giving a genuine forest experience. Our local wedding co-ordinator and photographer will ensure that your wedding will be both unforgettable and affordable. Contact Gooderson Leisure: Tel: 031 337 4222 Email:

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VENUES VENUE CHECKLISTS There are a multitude of things that need to be factored in when looking for a reception venue that’s just right for you. To avoid the disappointment of falling in love with, and then having to reject, what at first glance seemed like the ideal venue, there are some questions you should be asking before you start to narrow down your options. When making your selection, speak to the bookings manager as well as the catering manager. If the venue also has an events coordinator who will be there on the day to supervise the set-up of the wedding this will be a huge bonus. Save the date Number one on the checklist is to find out whether the venue is available on your chosen wedding date. Many popular places are booked long in advance, particularly at certain times of the year and over specific holidays and special dates like Valentine’s Day. Alternatively, if you’ve set your heart on a special location which is not available on the date of your wedding, you may prefer to change your wedding date to accommodate the venue. Space matters You also need to know the extent of your guest list when going venue hunting. No matter how charming a location may be, you’ll want to make sure the area has adequate space for all your guests. Many couples underestimate the number of people who they (and their parents) will end up inviting, so get that guest list finalised ASAP! Knowing how many guests are on your list will also assist in budget planning for all aspects of the wedding. Do also consider the whether the venue will be big enough to host not just the guests but also any activities you may have planned, such as dancing, and whether there is space for a band and/or DJ. Generally speaking, you will need more space for a formal, sit-down dinner than a cocktail-style event. Look at the shape of the room and consider architectural aspects such as columns or other obstructions that could block your guests’ views of the main table or dancefloor. Balancing the budget Your budget is another important matter. Depending on the venue, you could be looking at a flat fee for hiring the space, or a price per-head if there are in-house caterers. Also look at the amount of decorating the venue will require, as this is will be factor om determining its overall cost. In the event that you allocate too much of your budget to the venue, you may struggle with funds for other important wedding day elements, such as food, flowers and music. Look at what is included in the price of the venue hire. As mentioned above, ask if inhouse catering is provided, or whether you will need to hire your own catering services. Additionally, if they do cater in-house, determine what that catering comprises. A sitdown meal, buffet or snacks? Will they be able to tailor the menu to suit guests with specific dietary requirements? And is the price of waiters included or extra? Bar services are a further consideration. If the venue has a licence and bar facilities, ask about costs for drinks as well as bar staff, whether you will be allowed to bring in your own drinks and, if so, what the corkage charges are. If the venue doesn’t serve alcohol, find out if you will be permitted to bring your own. Chances are, items such as tables, chairs and linen will be part of a venue’s wedding package, but other essentials may not. Remember that whatever items are not supplied by your venue will need to be sourced from a hiring firm, thus adding to the final cost. This could include things like cutlery and glasses as well as table decorations, a PA system and dancefloor.

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PLACE OF PRIDE: WEDDINGS & FUNCTIONS Situated on a world-class horse stud farm, Hartford House is South Africa’s first-choice wedding venue and is the land’s favourite romantic hideaway. Historic surrounds, great style and unique ambience, have seen Hartford “marry” generations of the same family. Your wedding is, in all probability, the single most important moment in your life, and Hartford has the capacity to make it a lifechanging event. It is a reflection of your own distinct personality, and it’s our job to ensure that shines through in the individuality of the occasion. Our services include the complete coordination and arrangement of your wedding, the accompanying feast or banquet, floral, photographic and make-up arrangements, as well as the engagement of musicians, bands, and where necessary, an introduction to a minister of religion. The Hartford Chapel serves as a multidenominational facility serving not only local religious communities, but also the weddings and memorial services of Hartford’s guests. For those who prefer an open air wedding ceremony, The Hartford Garden, is the ideal setting for you. 30 | YWPG 2019/20

Our convention centre and wedding venue caters for parties of up to 150 guests, in the most spectacular stone clad facility under Midlands thatch. Alongside, our forty seater theatre is equipped to connect business people to the world, and offers every technological aid you would expect of a world class venue of its kind. It is also favoured by bridal and birthday parties for the viewing of “memory lane” DVD or video footage from the past. Fold-away doors and windows command vistas over a cascading series of lakes at the foot of the garden, while the cool of winter is offset by underfloor heating throughout. CONTACT US TO PLAN THE WEDDING OF YOUR DREAMS Mooi River • KwaZulu-Natal • South Africa Tel: +27 (0)33 263 2713 • Email: info@ Facebook: @hartfordhouse Instagram: @hartfordhousehotel

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

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.

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

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VENUES Accommodation and access If you’re having a destination wedding, holding the reception a fair distance from an urban centre, or simply expecting lots of overseas and out-of-town guests, then their accommodation is another issue you need to think about. Many venues have the added bonus of being connected to a hotel or other type of lodgings. If not, then make sure that there are other places nearby where guests can spend the night. The location of the venue is also important in terms of accessibility for your guests. It’s all very well to opt for a reception in a remote location that can only be a reached via a dirt road, but consider your guests’ mode of transport and whether the road is suitable for most cars. In the case of an urban venue, does it have enough parking? If not, you could try to locate a parking lot in the vicinity and perhaps organise a shuttle service to the venue. Is the location of the ceremony close to the reception venue? With today’s burgeoning wedding industry, a number of venues as set up to host both the ceremony and the reception – a practical option that has the added benefit of minimising potential transport complications. You may also need to find out if the venue has ramps for wheelchair access and is otherwise 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 and suitable bathroom facilities?


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Aha Alpine Heath Resort is a four-star, selfcatering village situated amidst the picturesque surroundings of the Northern Drakensberg, and is widely regarded as one of South Africa’s premier getaway destinations. Located mid-way between Johannesburg and Durban, this establishment is surrounded by peace and tranquillity, with mountainous views and meandering streams all creating the perfect setting for a family getaway or a memorable wedding experience. The resort is home to 100 three-bedroom six sleeper chalets, all fully equipped with a fireplace, comfortable lounge, television with selected DSTV channels, private patio, dining area and self-catering amenities. Additionally, facilities such as our Le Gruyeres Restaurant, Café Heath Coffee Shop and Pizza Inferno Pizzeria offer a wide selection of starters, light meals, pizzas, mains and desserts to cater for different tastes. Our Village Market also offers a variety of grocery items as well as fruits and vegetables to make for a homely self-catering stay. Our 12 conferencing facilities also present the ideal setting for a perfectly tailored event or conferencing experience. With the capacity to accommodate between 18 and 350 people, our venues cater for anything from small private functions to big gala dinners and events. The resort also offers gym and spa facilities, and hosts Karaoke and Party nights every Friday and Saturday respectively. On-site activities such as horse riding, tennis, putt-putt, squash, swimming, table tennis, hiking, and fishing also make for some enjoyable downtime. T: 036 438 8500 | E:

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VENUES Weather issues The time of year and expected weather conditions are other issues to keep in mind when looking at a prospective reception site. If your wedding is taking place in summer, enquire about whether the venue has adequate air-conditioning. Likewise, a winter wedding may need additional heating. While Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal coast enjoy great weather throughout the year, with lovely long summer days, there’s also a good chance of rain and humid conditions at this time. On the other hand, the subtropical coastal areas experience warm, dry winters, which average 23°C during the day and rarely drop below 10°C at night. If you’re considering a venue in the Drakensberg or Midlands, bear in mind that while the weather is generally more temperate, you can expect afternoon thundershowers in summer, and cold nights with the possibility of snow during the winter months. In the case of bushveld, locations, the cooler months tend to be more pleasant, as these areas can be quite hot and wet in mid-summer. Other considerations Find out whether the venue has any limitations in respect of noise levels, dancing and candles. Ask what deposit they require, and what their cancellation policy is. Don’t forget details such as overtime charges and other fine print before signing the contract. Additional questions could include things like whether the venue may be hosting other weddings on the same day as yours, who will be in charge during the reception, and whether there are any major renovations or building programmes scheduled before (or during) your wedding. Once you have found the perfect spot, don’t delay in booking it for your big day.


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VENUES LOCAL VENUES Couples tying the knot in the diverse and scenic province of KwaZulu-Natal have a vast range of different places to choose from, all with outstanding reception venues. These encompass the majestic Drakensberg mountains, coastal resorts washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, magical forest locations, sugarcane plantations, magnificent game reserves, and city locales which range from vibrant and cosmopolitan to exclusively upmarket. Cityscapes The coastal metropolis of Durban, which is also known as ‘eThekwini’, is the cultural melting pot of the Zulu Kingdom. There are colourful markets, oriental bazaars and loads of cultural attractions and heritage sites, alongside modern shopping malls, luxury hotels, top restaurants and lively casinos. A ‘golden mile’ of beautiful beaches, impressive seaside promenade, lush Botanical Gardens and world-class aquarium are just a few of the other charms of this subtropical city. Countryside and mountains Further inland lies the historic town of Pietermaritzburg, beyond which are the green hills of the Midlands, characterised by picturesque countryside, a cool, crisp climate and a wide range of accommodation. These consist of everything from country manors to exclusive health hydros, not to mention good restaurants, breweries, and South Africa’s original arts and crafts route. To the northwest rises one of the great natural spectacles of the African continent, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg mountain range, which is a World Heritage Site that extends some 200 kilometres from north to south, climbing to heights of over 3 400 metres. This spectacular mountain scenery could provide a dramatic backdrop for your wedding, and venues here comprise alpine resorts, golf estates and good hotels, as well as more rustic locations such as working farms, barns and campsites.


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The Venue Shongweni Management offer their personal involvement to ensure a memorable occasion for that special day. We at The Venue Shongweni are delighted at the prospect of assisting you and look forward to being part of your memorable occasion. Conferences The Venue is situated midway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The Venue offers a unique space and location which is well suited for and conferences and corporate related events. The Venue can comfortably host 1000 guests. Functions The Venue Shongweni offers an exclusive service that can be tailor made to suit your expectation. We invite you to come and experience our hospitality and to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Our spacious venue can accommodate up to 1000 guests (with room to spare), contact us today to get a free quotation for your wedding. E: W: www. 36 | YWPG 2019/20

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The balmy weather of KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal areas, combined with their pristine beaches and charming towns, makes this an ideal wedding destination. Both north and south of Durban you will find eco-estates and fabulous golf clubs, elite beach resorts, boutique hotels, colonial manor houses and well-appointed restaurants. The South Coast stretches from Port Edward up to Scottburgh, and includes the holiday towns of Margate, Southbroom and Pennington, as well as the Oribi Gorge nature reserve. The North Coast extends from the upmarket destination of Umhlanga through Ballito and Zinkwazi, and further to the unspoilt Elephant Coast, Sodwana. St Lucia and Kosi Bay – the site of the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, a World Heritage Site with a unique ecosystem. Game reserves and historic battlefields The northern reaches of the province are typified by indigenous coastal forests and thornveld plains, with Zululand home to the wildlife ‘Big Five’ as well as world-famous game reserves like Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. There are also private game lodges aplenty for a memorable reception, with facilities ranging from luxurious to rustic. Between Zululand and the Midlands lies the historic Battlefields region, which once witnessed military conflicts between British, Boer and Zulu armies. This area encompasses the towns of Ulundi, Melmoth and Eshowe, Vryheid, Utrecht, Dundee and Ladysmith, and legendary battles such as Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Spioenkop. Wedding venues here include boutique guesthouses and cosy inns as well as larger resorts with banqueting facilities.

The Bend Country House & Nature Estate With mature gardens, old-English farm buildings dating from the 1920’s and a gracious homestead filled with period furniture, The Bend has hosted memorable weddings since 1994. Hold your reception for up to 150 guests in the converted milking parlour, fully draped and with exposed rafters. More intimate functions are hosted in the elegant diningroom. The garden can accommodate marquees for larger weddings. Picture a service under ancient pine trees with the Mooi River running quietly beside you. We do have a chapel to cope with inclement weather. We have an “al fresco” braai area with a firepit for great pre-wedding parties.

Activities such as flyfishing, tubing on the Mooi and spectacular walks will enhance the country experience. With 16 luxury hotel rooms, 4 self-catering cottages and others close by, up to 150 people can be accommodated in the area.

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UNIQUE COUNTRY VENUE We can take no credit for the fact that the setting is unparalleled in the Midlands and never disappoints those of us who are fortunate enough to experience it. We are confident that your special day will be an unforgettable experience for both you and your guests. We are dedicated to providing you with personal service and assistance with all the details of your wedding. Our only objective is to ensure that the bride and groom and all who care about them have a truly happy experience – one on which to build a long and prosperous future. We have a portfolio of service providers including: marriage officers, photographers, hairdressers, make-up artist, DJ’s etc, whom we can confidently recommend. The Reception room dates from the 1920’s. It was

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converted from the old Milking Parlour and we have tried to retain the ambience of the space. The beautiful rafters add character to the interior and we have tried to enhance rather than alter the building. We have a bar with perhaps the most unusual bar counter in the Natal Midlands – an 80 year old section from one of the Tibetan cypresses on the river bank!. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed and we have hosted many happy and memorable weddings. Adjoining the Reception Room is a charming Stone Chapel with the capacity of up to 150 wedding guests. The 1400 Hectare Estate provides many beautiful photographic opportunities including the banks

of the river, a slave bell, horse paddocks, old farm buildings and a mature garden. The magnificent staircase in the Main House has featured in many beautiful bridal pictures, as has the suit of armour. T: 033 266 6441 E: W:


The Venue with a view Contact Judy on 083 552 9134 LET US MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY AN UNFORGETTABLE ONE!

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STUNNING WEDDING AND FUNCTION VENUE AT THE GATEWAY TO THE MIDLANDS Situated just off the N3 in the picturesque suburbs of Hilton and at the gateway to the Natal Midlands lies Mendola. This beautiful venue has been lovingly transformed into the perfect venue for your very special day. Seating 100 guests comfortably, the venue has been decorated in a timeless vintage style. Round tables with clear Tiffany chairs and cushions create an unforgettable fairy tale effect that every bride searches for. Hire of Venue The hire of the venue includes tables, tiffany chairs, crockery, cutlery, cream linen table cloths, glassware, barmen and waitresses. Function cut-off time is no later than Midnight. The Venue hire charge is taken as a nonrefundable deposit to secure your booking. Please note that a cancellation will forfeit your deposit. 40 | YWPG 2019/20

Catering We have a selection of menues to choose from. We suggest a plated and served first course with a buffet style main course consisting of 2 meat dishes and a selection of fresh vegetables and side salads. We can also cater for the option of additional canapes and finger snacks to start, and if you think it may be a late evening a cheese board can be provided. Contact Email: Telephone: 079 287 1619



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: All décor is in house by Dale of Daleliteful Décor contact

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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.

dining area and fully appointed kitchen.

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.

• 3 six-bed chalets featuring three bedrooms, one bathroom (separate toilet), a lounge/dining area and a fully appointed kitchen.

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.

• 3 four-bed chalets with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.

• A romantic honeymoon suite fitted as per the two-bedded chalets. • All units equipped with satellite TV.

• 6 - Bed Rock Lodge with a cook in attendance. • 37 two-bedded chalets with en-suite facilities, a lounge

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SAY “I DO” AT LUXURIOUS SELBORNE! The beautifully restored Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel and Spa is the perfect location for unforgettable wedding celebrations boasting the grandeur of a former era. Situated in Pennington, on the South Coast, just 45 minutes from Durban, the estate offers an unmatched wedding location as well as a championship golf course, incredible wellness spa, fine and casual dining, piano lounge and elegant bar, vintage wine collection, quaint chapel, premium accommodation, landscaped tropical gardens, beach house, outdoor sparkling pool, and tennis courts. This beautiful estate provides ideal locations to take your vows on one of the most special days of your life, from elegant tropical garden affairs, to breathtaking beach weddings and traditional indoor ceremonies – the options are endless. Aside from the magnificent setting of Selborne, a host of specialised services include: An elegant dress suite, dedicated coordinator, red-carpet welcome, exceptional floral services, a range of banqueting decor, DJs or live bands, an opulent honeymoon suite, romantic breakfasts, sophisticated menus, and much more. The quaint, 80-seater white chapel onsite comes with its own romantic history. Denis Barker, the founder of Selborne estate, created the chapel with bricks taken from the former Umzinto chapel where he took his vows in 1953. Delighted with the results of the restoration, Denis later celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in this very chapel as it stands today. An extravagant outdoor affair with 4 banqueting options, in close proximity to lush gardens and the Manor House of the hotel, hosts up to 150 guests. This is the perfect setting to dance the night away, after a dream wedding ceremony. T: 039 688 1800 W: Old Main Road, Pennington, KZN South Coast 44 | YWPG 2019/20



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Are you looking for a convenient venue with multiple facilities, then look no further. Springside Cafe has a diversity of venue options available to you. Whether you are holding a small meeting, or a conference, we can accommodate up to 100 delegates, in a comfortable air-conditioned environment, with the facility of overhead projectors. Catering and refreshments are served on request and will be included in your quotation Picture your Wedding, or Special occasions such as a Birthday Parties, Engagement Parties, Baby Showers, or School Reunions – the sky is the limit. The venue provides ample secure parking and the stunning, landscaped gardens add beauty to this venue. We provide a diversity of options, whether you are looking for a professional environment or a romantic, magical setting , a delicious high tea, or simply to enjoy a or light meal or a peaceful cup of coffee and our delicious range of cakes. Springside Cafe is simply the place to be. T: 031 765 3511 E: 46 | YWPG 2019/20

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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. MAKARANGA is the ideal venue for an elegant wedding catering for up to 160 guests. Wedding ceremonies are held in the gardens, and the reception is held in the Sibeko venue. The use of 48 | YWPG 2019/20

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: Conferences and Events Tel: 031 764 6616 Email:

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.

• 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.

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VENUES DESTINATION WEDDINGS Destination weddings continue to be an extremely popular choice, especially for couples looking for an exotic location to celebrate their nuptials in the company of an intimate group of family and friends. Destination weddings are also ideal for partners who come from different parts of the world, as settling on a neutral location may be the perfect compromise for both sets of families. In addition, with a destination wedding the fuss of coordinating the wedding is likely to be much less, as many venues offer customised wedding packages and planning services. They can also be quite budget-friendly, as there will probably be fewer guests to cater for and you may be able to pick up a special deal in shoulder season. What’s more, since you’re already in an idyllic location, your décor needs will be kept to the minimum. In addition, the wedding venue can double as your honeymoon destination, meaning that your only concern after the celebration is to sit back and relax. As wonderful as a destination wedding may be, there are still some things to bear in mind if you want everything to run smoothly. One of the most important is the legal aspect of the marriage ceremony if you’re getting married in a foreign country, and you will need to find out exactly what paperwork is required. From a budgetary perspective, be aware that while many resorts offer all-inclusive weddings, this often only covers a very basic service and you may end up having to pay for any additional requirements. It will also help if the venue has a dedicated wedding planner on site with whom you can liaise before the big day.

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ROMANTIC WEDDING VENUE IN THE DRAKENSBERG When it comes to finding wedding venues in the Drakensberg, Cathedral Peak Hotel is your perfect venue, with our Chapel surrounded by some of the Drakensberg’s most beautiful mountains. No adventure is greater than the one you start with the one you love. The perfect step-off point is the gracious elegance we offer you at the magnificent Cathedral Peak Hotel. With our scenic beauty, personal service and warm hospitality, we will make your wedding day or weekend a memory that will live forever. Set in beautiful gardens, our charming stone-andthatch chapel (accommodating up to 120 guests) has an expansive window behind the pulpit and boasts breathtaking views of some of the Drakensberg’s most beautiful mountains. Revel in these breathtaking views as you say your vows and begin a new adventure surrounded by beauty from years gone by. We also offer a variety of reception venues, superb menus, and our helicopter for unforgettable photographs. At Cathedral Peak Hotel you can plan the wedding adventure you’ve always wanted.

YOUR HONEYMOON IN THE MOUNTAINS Let romance take you in with our secluded and peaceful honeymoon suites. With a luxurious ambience complete with a king-size bed, electric fireplace, under-floor heating and a bath, you can celebrate the next step in your life journey in the most elegant way possible. For those couples seeking the ultimate in luxury accommodation, look no further than our glorious Mponjawe Presidential Suite. Above what we offer in our honeymoon suites you can enjoy a bath, electric curtains that opens onto your private veranda greeting the Drakensberg, and full use of a golf cart to explore the resort during your stay, Visit us during winter for the snow-capped peaks on the mountain, see the red and gold leaves in autumn, revel in the lush green of summer, or rejoice in the bright freshness of spring. Whatever time you arrive at Cathedral Peak Hotel, an adventure will be waiting for you. T: +27 (0)36 488 1888 E: W: www.

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WELCOME TO VICTORIA COUNTRY CLUB Less than fifteen minutes from the CBD of Pietermaritzburg, the Victoria Country Club is superbly located in the scenic parklands adjoining the Queen Elizabeth Nature Reserve, and above all, boasts one of South Africa’s most picturesque golfing venues. The course meanders attractively through rolling terrain combining parkland and grassland habitats saturated with scenic beauty. Spectacular views of the surrounding escarpments and verdant valleys provide for an uplifting and rewarding golfing experience. The recently upgraded course is a true test of golf, and contains some of the prettiest holes in the Province. A prolific wildlife community including Crowned Eagles, African Goshawks, Black Sparrow hawks, nesting Thick billed weavers and Duiker and Bushbuck enhance the club’s magnificent views. Victoria Country Club provides world-class conference, function and dining facilities, up-market accommodation, a champion golf course, squash, tennis and swimming. “The Victoria Country Club is the “jewel” of the Midlands, quite simply, the place to be. You will experience the excitement of our superb facilities, our service excellence, and the sought-after-worldclass golf course, within the Club’s safe and tranquil surroundings. Whether gathering with friends and family, or networking business opportunities, we are the ideal destination.” Weddings Beautiful surroundings, spectacular views and impeccable service make the Victoria Country Club a wonderful choice for a wedding venue. The elegant atmosphere of our facilities provides the ideal location to celebrate your special day. Our friendly professional staff will put you at ease and tailor your day to ensure it is truly unforgettable. We can seat a maximum of 200 guests with a dancefloor, and 250 without a dancefloor. Contact T: 033 347 1942 E: W: 52 | YWPG 2019/20


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The wedding venue is set on the waters edge, with picturesque views in all directions. Nestled on a farm in the KwaZulu Natal midlands, we are surrounded by everything that is naturally beautiful. We have various sites for your wedding ceremony, the hayfield on the dam, the forest on the waters edge, the wooden deck or in our farm chapel… the choice is yours. Our country venue can accommodate up to 180 guests and our overnight accommodation sleeps 60 guests. A wedding day should be a reflection of the bride and groom... as no two couples are the same, neither should your wedding be. And that’s what we’re here for... to help create your perfect day: to make it different, memorable, and unique. Your day will be tailored to suit all your wishes, so the wedding package is merely a guide. Please contact us to discuss the various options, and to determine a budget. We have self catering accommodation for the newlyweds in our Honeymoon Suite. The Grooms Quarters, The Bridle Barn and The Tack Room are cottages which sleep 6 guests each. The Stables can accommodate 38 guests, all double rooms en suite with a communal kitchen & dining area. 083 452 8088 | stay@ Haycroft Farm on Facebook 54 | YWPG 2019/20


The Barn AT GLEN GRAY We have the perfect venue set in lush gardens for intimate and unique weddings or special occasions. The open truss chapel has clear sides with magnificent views of the Drakensberg. We can comfortably host 80 guests, or 100, and move the dance floor onto the verandah. There is plenty of space for marquees which can easily host up to 1000 guests. Also available is a forest area for the wedding ceremony. We also offer affordable accommodation, with a beautiful bridal suite, a “bull pen”, and a honeymoon suite. Weekend weddings are great fun! Most of us rarely get to see our families and friends together in one space. Why not make a whole weekend destination event? Your wedding will be the one everyone is buzzing about for years. You can also enjoy a hiking route, a labyrinth, and some fishing. And how about floating in our hot air balloon to celebrate a truly magical occasion? We have already hosted a few weddings in the balloon, followed by a sumptuous champagne breakfast. Or don’t you feel like getting married in a Hot Air Balloon, and then kicking off your Honeymoon with your first flight as Mr & Mrs. We offer 80 ha of tranquil farmlands and bush. You’ll have to arrange a visit to appreciate the views and experience the atmosphere you’re just seeing in photos. This venue is truly a photographer’s paradise! The sky is not even the limit with this one… wink, wink… We have varied packages for different budgets. We are situated halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, so we’re an ideal destination all-inclusive venue. You are not simply hiring a venue but partnering with us, your wedding planners, to create a series of memorable moments resulting in an unforgettable experience. DRAKENSBERG I KZN I RSA Tel: (+27) 73 465 6922 Email: Facebook: @barngg Instagram: thebarn_gg

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MAKE YOUR “I DO� A MAGICAL MOMENT ANEW Resort Ingeli Forest is nestled below the Ingeli Mountain range near Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal offering comfortable accommodation for only one hour inland from Port Shepstone and two and a half hours from Durban. The Property offers a few exquise wedding venues to choose from, for an enchanted, magical wedding ceremony, our indigenous rustic forest setting by our own dam would be your perfect ceremony setting. Our stone thatched chapel overlooks the Ingeli Mountain range and has a fireplace to set the perfect romantic mood. Pelindaba is the perfect venue for a more intimate wedding, seating up to 90 guests. The property is the perfect place for you to chill and unwind at your own pace. With 44 spacious country rooms, you and your guests will be spoilt for choice with all rooms featuring the same luxurious and comfortable features & amenities, including a private veranda for you to take in the view. The property also has an on-site spa where you and your bridal party can unwind before your big day.

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You are spoiled with the choice with beautiful venues, excellent food options, and highly skilled staff, ready to cater to your every need. Contact us today and make your dream wedding a reality. Contact: T: (039) 553 0600 E: W: www.

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YOUR LOVE STORY IN COASTAL BEAUTY Out of this world BEACH weddings and gorgeous RECEPTIONS on this tropical coastline! Your wedding is a reflection of your personalities and your life together: romantic, fun, stylish, elegant, welcoming, warm. Umthunzi has all the elements — dream location, incredible cuisine, inspiring décor, impeccably trained staff — to make your wedding a personalised, special celebration for you and the ones you love.


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THE MANY HAPPY REVIEWS ON THEIR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE BY COUPLES TESTIFY TO THE QUALITY OF NOT ONLY THE VENUE, BUT OF THE FOOD AND THE SERVICE. The hotel staff just love weddings! You will have a custom made package to suit your budget and style and a team willing to engage with you on all the details. With delicious food options and a list of recommended suppliers you will be able to tailor make everything. After all as the management of Umthunzi say “It’s your style, it’s your day. Make it magical!” You will have their full commitment to ensuring a stress free wedding… from the first quote to the final day you leave the hotel. Accommodating weddings from an intimate 20 people up to 220, Umthunzi offers 4 different rooms for your reception. The lovely chapel can be used for a reception at the poolside. The other 2 poolside rooms are Wild Fig, a very popular choice catering for up to 100 and Bell Palm for up to 50 people. The Terrace Deck and Restaurant area has capacity for 40 to 220 persons. Give them a call, pop in (if you are in the area) or email them for chat and personalised quote. Your wedding party can, by appointment, book the whole hotel or book just the rooms you need. Special wedding guest rates can be arranged. Umthunzi’s 48 Deluxe bedrooms (15 of which have large interleading lounges and bunk rooms), are all spacious and well-appointed with twin or king beds, satin soft Percale linen, solid wood furniture, safe and selected DSTV. End your dream day in their most exquisite new Milkwood Bridal Suite with gorgeous décor and incredible sea view. Boasting the only round bed on the coast. Make your dreams come true! Visit Umthunzi Hotel & Conference on all social media platforms and their website for Specials. Contact 039 695 0852. Email: Website:

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You don’t take a photograph, you make it. ANSEL ADAMS




The photographs taken at your wedding will stay with you long after the ‘I dos’. For one of the most important occasions of your life, it’s vital that you find a professional wedding photographer to capture every beautiful moment. But how do you choose the right person?

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KATYA FEDKINA I remember the first time I sneaked into the dark room, illuminated with red light, where my dad was developing the film. I was six years old. That was the moment when my curiosity to the photography started. Today, with digital photography, the process of creating pictures became less sophisticated. And yet, the objective remained the same – to capture moments of our lives that matter and take them through generations ahead. My name is Katya, I’m from Ukraine. I live in South Africa and I love to travel. I have a beautiful family which inspires me daily to become a better version of me. I believe that every moment of our lives is precious and worth of capturing. Give me a call for your free quote or if you have any questions. Contact me on 076 735 5501 Email:



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PHOTOGRAPHY WORDS FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER Art has always fascinated me from a young age. Creating images that makes people feel is what motivates me the most, to captivate those in wonder and to tell a story. ​I feel photography and film is my way of communication and my goal is for my work to bring people closer together. I’m always looking for fresh new experiences and ideas to tap into every thrill life has to offer!

STUDIO Taking over an established 10 year business and bringing a new & fresh approach. For the past years our team has brought international experience and knowledge to the already well established brand Toxic Micz Photography, having their grounding with the New York Institute of Photography & currently undergoing his Fine Arts degree with Atlantic International University. With a vast portfolio specializing in Fashion, Wedding, Corporate, Graduations & Lifestyle. Contact: +27 79 602 7879 E: W: Instragram: @toxicmiczphoto



PHOTOGRAPHY Start by looking for someone whose photographs you love and who shares a similar vision and philosophy to you and your partner. Are you looking for photos that are hip and edgy, sentimental and romantic, classic or documentary-style? Browse through some local print and online bridal magazines, and make a list of the photographers whose work speaks to you. The next step is to look at the photographers’ individual websites – in addition to their portfolio of photographs, their ‘about’ page should give you a good idea about who they really are, how they work and whether you’re likely to ‘click’. Think about whether their style (traditional, natural, photo-journalism) will be suitable for the context of your wedding. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, the next step is to meet with the photographer in person or talk to them on the phone. Chances are you will spend more time with them on your big day than even your bridesmaids, so it’s essential to find someone whose personality gels with yours. Your photographer’s technical ability and equipment is also a key concern, and is dependent on your wedding venue as well as the time of day you’re getting married. Daytime weddings where lots of natural light is available tend to be much easier to shoot than images in a dark ceremony venue or an al fresco evening reception. The more challenging the lighting environment, the more skilled your photographer will need to be. For that reason, when perusing a portfolio, take careful note of the location and lighting, determining whether it will be similar to that of your chosen venue. Of course pricing is another serious consideration. Remember to see what’s included in their package, such as how many images they will shoot, the cost of additional hours, second photographers, high-res JPGs, albums and an engagement and/or other shoots. Your photographer may offer a variety of packages, so make sure that yours can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Additionally, find out when you are likely to receive your photographs and digital images. Editing can be a lengthy process, and delivery might take longer than you expect, so it’s always best to ask. HOT SHOTS Photography has gone through a complete revolution, with cutting-edge technology meeting excellent camera work. Just as equipment and skill-sets have evolved, so too have a host of innovative ideas which are presently inspiring photographic effects, styles and settings. Here are some hot wedding photography trends that are gaining momentum in 2019. Aerial photography using drones has been around for the past few years and is only growing in popularity. Thanks to advances in technology, it’s even easier (and increasingly less expensive) to include drone footage in your wedding day package. Involving overhead shots of the bridal party as well as the venue itself, this is a great way to capture the bigger picture and overall excitement and energy of the big day. Looking for a super-romantic effect? Backlit photography, which takes advantage of natural or artificial light to create a glow behind the subject, is a current trend. So too is stop-motion wedding photography, which entails the animation of still photos in a high-definition video to present a unique statement about the bridal couple. These days wedding photography isn’t only about the big day itself, since couples are keen to capture an even greater variety of special moments. This has led to the rise of the engagement shoot and, more recently, the proposal shoot, boudoir shoot and after-wedding shoot as well. Recognising that the proposal is just about as important as the wedding itself, some prospective grooms are opting for professional pre-wedding photography to record their proposal for posterity. At the other end of the scale, the post-wedding session is generally done the day after the wedding. These allow the photographer to shoot the couple in another location, and tend to be more natural and relaxed, as well as allowing additional time to get alternative shots, and perhaps take advantage of better lighting too!

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KEVIN HSU Born in Taiwan & raised in South Africa. The name was founded in July, 2011. ​ Kevin Hsu Photography focuses on weddings, engagement, events, birthday, family portraits, model portraits, food and design. I aim to use my journalistic talents, technical expertise, and rich experience to capture the special moments of life. From my special background from Asia & travelled several countries. Photography has been an integral part of my life since I started shooting since I was childhood as a hobby. Seven years ago I pursued my dreams and self-taught the photography skill, Ranging from event, birthday, wedding to 60000 capacity stadium concert, I have been provided with opportunities to create intimate images of people, land and culture. These images make up a diverse portfolio and unique style of photography.


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ERIXPIX Eric Cornhill has been taking photographs for many years and he has loved every moment of the journey. With contributions from his 21st birthday he bought his first camera, a Pentax which travelled around the world with him to waterskiing and hang gliding tournaments. A consummate sportsman, Eric loved to record the moment, hence albums of photographs dating back decades.



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PHOTOGRAPHY My first love was medicine which gave me the opportunity to work in the beautiful Democratic Republic of the Congo. A country of immense wonder. Shortly after arriving I wanted to capture everything my eyes could see. I bought my first camera and my journey to all that is incredible began. I loved photographing beauty so much that I went and studied through The New York Institute of Photography and The University of Cape Town. Both Institutions guided me to hone my craft. I am all for fun and great moments. I love telling the story through pictures of laughter, fun and the essence of relationships.



PHOTOGRAPHY PICTURE IT! Some photographers will request a list of required photographs, while others will have their own tried-and-tested list from which to work. If you have any specific shots that you want taken, make sure to give the photographer your list in advance and discuss any particular requests beforehand. Casual and quirky photos of the wedding party getting ready are essential, as are fun shots of the bride and groom that let their unique personalities shine through. Special details, such as the wedding invitation, bouquet, dress, shoes, rings and jewellery, need to be captured … close-up! ‘First look’ photos have been trending for a while now and are still very popular. These record precious moments, such as the groom’s first glimpse of the bride, or her father’s first look at her in her wedding dress. Pictures of the bride’s make-up and hairdo are also a must-have. While you need to get individual shots of the members of the bridal party, it’s also a lovely idea to bring in parents and grandparents for a generational photo. Have a photo taken of the reception space before the guests arrive in order to document all the exquisite details of the décor, centrepieces, signage, table settings, favours and wedding cake. Action shots, such as entrances and exits, complete with confetti, sparklers or even coloured smoke bombs, make for wonderful memories. Portraits with the flower girl and ring bearers are timeless, and don’t forget an individual photo of the handsome groom … it isn’t only the bride who deserves all the attention on the big day! Photographs taken during the speeches are perfect for capturing a heart-felt moment.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Photography is my passion that turned into my career. I love capturing life in the moment. Capture it photography was born after years of assisting a photographer during my university days, I realised I had a passion for creative photography, after receiving my first camera as a birthday present I started photographing EVERYTHING and I have never looked back. I now specialise in weddings and lifestyle photography. My style is documentary and natural. I love to tell a story through my images and create timeless memories of special moments. I pride myself in photography that is emotive and the best version of you. JADE RODRIGUES E: W:



DESERÉ WADSWORTH COMPASSIONATE | LOVING | AUTHENTIC Just as the Forget-me-not flower symbolizes true love and memories, my aim as a photographer is to offer a truly amazing experience and leave you with authentic photographs for a lifetime of beautiful memories. I often get asked what I enjoy about being a photographer? I could say that I love being my own boss and meeting new people, which is true, but it’s about so much more. The connection between people is fascinating. Watching how they interact with each other; their body language and facial expressions offer us an insight into who they are. It’s like looking through an x-ray machine but for emotions. THIS is what I love about being a photographer. I am given the opportunity, front row seats, to observe and encapsulate raw emotions in a single frame to be viewed until the end of time. I’ve been a photographer for 8 years and nothing makes me happier. Contact 076 166 8679 or Email:



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LEGACY STUDIOS THE PERSON BEHIND LEGACY STUDIOS My name is Kuveshan Pillay, I am a graphic designer and photographer by profession. I completed my graphic design degree in 2016 at Vega Design School and I also graduated with a diploma in photography in 2018 at Vega Design School. Photography for me is like a hobby, a deep passion that stems from within me. For the simple reason is that when I have nothing to do I just pick up my camera and get creative with whatever it is that surrounds me. It makes me happy. For me personally family and the warmth of a home is very close to my heart. My pictures portray this very intimate feeling. I believe that in order for one to be successful they must be passionate about what they do and at the same time have a strong support structure, never let go of your family because when you need them, they will always be there for you. My passion lies in being creative through all my work whether it be in design or photography. So as a professional I would be called a creative Director and that is why I can offer my clients a one stop shop when it comes to their needs. The two qualifications under my name help me provide my clients with a unique value proposition as editing can be to infinity and beyond. Personally I prefer natural lighting and natural photo’s, however, my client comes first. So whatever my clients need is, I will gladly accommodate them.




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No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. SHANINA SHAIK




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We don’t remember days, we remember moments. ANONYMOUS



Video is the ideal medium for capturing the story of your special day. While wedding videos once simply documented events from start to finish, these days brides can expect something a lot more stylish and unique, thanks to creative editing and new technological advances such as cutting-edge computer software, commercial production equipment and HD (high definition) technology.

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MAKING TOMORROW’S MEMORIES, TODAY We are a family business who specialize in filming Weddings. With over 20 years experience, we are even more passionate than the day we started.

Karen & Jonathan

Our Wedding Films are unique as they focus on the experience and not just the wedding day itself. We capture the essence and emotion of the day transforming those magical moments into memories. The day goes by so quickly you cannot possibly take it all in….our Wedding Films allow you to re-live this incredible life event over and over for years to come. We value your Wedding as much as you do. Our Wedding Film’s are unique, “tailor made” to suit your needs and personality. We would love to meet you to chat about filming your Wedding Day. Karen & Jonathan Cell : 083 3203711 Phone : 031 266 5346

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P ush the Envelope | STATIONERY


CREATIVELAND DESIGN STUDIO Nicolette and Ronald started Creativeland as her obsession with design & paper; his love to make people happy which lead them to this perfect union. Their aspiration is to create designs for all those happy milestones in your life - engagement, weddings, baby showers and birthdays. Nicolette 083 781 4805 |

FUNTASTIC ART Wedding stationery that cherishes the experience of your lifetime. Fabulously fashioned designs, giving you sensational finishing touches to your joyfulness, welcoming your guests to celebrate! My studio showcases a huge gallery of invitations, menus, programs, seating plans, electronic designs, candles, stickers, personalized signage, favours, name/table cards and much more. Sharlene: 083 731 7568, info@

Wedding stationery, which includes ‘save the date’ and wedding invitations, programmes and place cards, menus, maps and seating plans, needs to be coordinated around a central idea or look that’s in keeping with the overall wedding theme.

CREATIVE LASER STUDIO Invitations: traditional and laser cut, programmes, menus, seating plan,cake toppers, save the dates,table favours, specialised keyrings, guest books, name cards, order of service. Décor – wedding, corporate and specialized events. Centerpieces, corporate gifts, banners, baby showers, birthdays. Tanya 083 762 9205 info@

Love is a letter on pink stationery. CHARLES M SCHULZ

E HANDMADE BY JANINE I am passionate about creating luxurious, personalised, one-of-a-kind stationery for your magical day! Your wedding invitation is often your guest’s first glimpse of your wedding, making them so important! At Handmade by Janine, we work together with our couples, to create an invitation that tells the story of your love. Janine 060 970 4229 handmadebyjaninekzn @handmadebyjanine

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TRENDY CRAFTS & INVITES For all your Wedding stationery requirements including: Wedding invitations, table numbers, menus, programmes, table seating, souvenirs, favours, printed candles, chocolates, sweet boxes, satin rose bouquets etc. Leeann 074 850 2729 Facebook: Trendy Crafts and Invites Email:


Blooming Gorgeous | FLOWERS

Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet. KATHARINE LEE BATES


Flowers are key to just about every element of the big day; from arrangements and installations at the reception and ceremony venues to bridal bouquets and buttonholes, wedding cake decorations, and even floral jewellery for the bride! Greenery is everywhere in contemporary weddings, as couples embrace themes from nature and the outdoors, and create interest with different textures and tones of green.

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Plans are nothing. Planning is everything. ALBERT EINSTEIN


For most brides, planning a wedding will be something completely new, and you will be dealing with the wedding industry for the first time. While you may have looked through any number of magazines and online resources, pored over your friends’ wedding pictures, and attended many weddings yourself, there nothing that quite prepares you for planning your own!

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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: YWPG 2019/20 | 89

CO-ORDINATORS Some couples may never have considered the benefits of hiring a professional wedding coordinator, despite the fact that enlisting their help could well save lots of time and stress, and even money in the long run. Maybe you just need a little advice to steer you in the right direction when it comes to wedding themes and vendor choices, or perhaps you need someone more hands-on to help you manage the day-to-day decisions and appointments, and liaise with service providers on your behalf. So how do you know if you really do need to enlist the services of a wedding planner? Not having enough time for wedding planning and preparations is usually the number one reason for hiring a coordinator. This is likely to be the case if you’re having a very short engagement. Also, if you and your partner both have full-time jobs, chances are that you don’t have time to meet with service providers during the week. Planning the wedding on your own might still be do-able if you have lots of help from family and friends, but if that isn’t the case, and you’re running behind on your wedding checklist and schedule, then you definitely need to consider getting some professional assistance. Other scenarios might also prompt you to hire a wedding coordinator; for example, if you are planning a destination wedding! In addition to that, there are some weddings which have the potential for conflict between particular individuals or families, especially in the case of divorced parents or where the two families are very different. In this instance, it would be ideal to have the help of neutral third party who will be able to run things professionally and ensure that no feathers get ruffled along the way! Furthermore, although some couples may be able to picture their perfect wedding, they have no idea of how to make their dreams a reality. It’s all well and good to rely on the internet for wedding planning, and resources like Pinterest, Instagram, spreadsheets, supplier websites and online wedding sites can be a real godsend, but nothing takes the place of having a real person on call to help you with your specific issues and to advise you on current trends in the industry. While it’s true that hiring a coordinator may be an additional expense that you’d rather do without, remember that because of their experience and connections in the wedding industry, planners are able to avoid potentially costly mistakes and may also be able to get you special deals with vendors. In the end, a wedding planner could save you money as well as stress, make the entire process run smoothly, and ensure that your wedding will look stylish and well put together. KATYA FEDKINA

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INSPIRED BY YOU Decadent Décor is a specialist décor company that plans, designs and delivers service excellence for all your décor requirements. We have a passionate and dedicated team to co-ordinate every aspect of your event professionally & extravagantly from start to finish. Our team provides strategic consultancy, artistic design and complete décor solutions. Careful planning and meticulous attention to detail, the latest in extreme décor & our trendy creative innovations will make your special event a memorable one. Our services are tailor made It is our joy to create decor that will leave you and your guests speechless. We have set our company apart from others by owning our own equipment and products which makes it possible for us to provide last minute services and help us to create the most stunning and unique decor. Professional Hands-On Service At Decadent Décor we create excitement & memories as our speciality with a commitment to customer service and a vision for building lasting relationships. Our Team The Decadent Decor Team is committed to creating and developing lifetime memories for our clients. We are a visionary events & decor company with our event planning and co-ordination experience, having produced, co-ordinated and directed some of the most prestigious and original events around. T: +27 (031) 701 2599 or 082 077 8614 E: W:

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Grand Designs | DÉCOR & HIRE

Life is about using the whole box of crayons. RUPAUL


The right dĂŠcor and design can create a reception that is truly personal, unique and memorable. The first thing to establish is a theme or colour scheme, bearing in mind that your venue will also have a big impact on your decorations. For example, a plain marquee or function room will need more input than an established venue, which may already be decorated.

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ELEGANCE, NOSTALGIA & ROMANCE Create an atmosphere of Elegance, Nostalgia and Romance with the glow candlelight at your wedding. Candle hire make it an affordable option. You can light and enjoy the use of the candles for your event, while paying a hire rate instead of having to purchase your candles. The candle hire option is environmentally friendly as all used candles will be recycled. We also make: Personalised Unity Candles Memory Candles, Scented & Decorative gift candles. and offer re-wick and re-mould services. We are based at The Candle Dipping Shop at Piggly Wiggly on the Midlands Meander. Contact Juliette on 082 775 7486 E: YWPG 2019/20 | 93

DÉCOR & HIRE Minimalistic décor is one of the current trends in weddings. This involves less clutter, pared-down table settings and simple yet eye-catching centrepieces. To create a feeling of space, bring the outdoors in with the lush greenery of an indoor garden. Earthy elements taken from nature are inspiring décor features like leaves, crystals and pebbles, with abstract organic arrangements such as trailing ivy, grapevines and garlands hanging from walls as well as taking the place of centrepieces. At the other end of the scale, some brides are embracing ‘maximalism’, with oversized floral installations, extravagant table settings, and lots of colours and patterns. Wedding décor inspired by Morocco is big news in 2019. Cue gorgeous desert hues and rich, patterned fabrics in shades of blue, red, plum and burnt orange, cushions and hanging lanterns, and metallic copper accents. Colours and textiles Expect to see more colour in wedding décor, as whites and creams take a backseat to reds, pinks, blues and oranges. Shades of burnt orange are very much in vogue for autumn and winter weddings, while spring and summer décor will be enlivened by Pantone’s colour of the year, ‘living coral’. Colour blocking has really caught on, and can used in linens, table settings and centrepieces to create an impact that’s big and bold. A contemporary approach to picking your wedding colours is to incorporate various shades of one colour; for example, tea green, fern and forest green. For those who prefer the simplicity of white, consider soft shades of blush, nude and pale blue instead. While sheer, gauzy fabrics are great in late spring or summer, an autumn or winter wedding calls for something more substantial. Velvet, faux fur, corduroy and cashmere are popular in the colder months. These heavier fabrics add texture and richness and help to create a comfortable and warm ambiance. Environmental EQ Contemporary weddings are witnessing an increased focus on sustainability. This is more than just a fad, and couples as well as their service providers are eager to find ways to avoid waste and go plastic-free where possible. This includes switching from plastic straws to bamboo, metal and glass alternatives, using linen napkins and dried flower confetti, and plants in ceramic or wooden boxes for centrepieces. There are so many eco-friendly alternatives out there that you will find you don’t really have to compromise on your décor to help save our planet! Let there be light! Lighting is one of the most effective tools for creating atmosphere at a wedding, with the ability to totally transform the mood of your chosen space. Candles have always been a wonderful way to set the ambiance of an occasion, and fairy lights strung along rafters, draped from the ceilings or hung in the trees can produce a truly magical effect. The current trend is for naked bulbs and Edison bulbs, as well as mixed pendants and mini lampshades, with subtle up-lighting in the form of basket lanterns and coloured taper candles. Another fabulous idea is to turn the ceiling into a kaleidoscope of colour by suspending a multi-hued array of Chinese lanterns over your reception space. Wedding favours Showing gratitude never goes out of fashion, and there’s no better way to express that to your guests than through personalised wedding favours. While you need to keep in mind the latest trends, don’t forget to be practical and choose something that’s both functional and meaningful. Edible favours remain a favourite treat for guests. Consider a glass jar or bottle filled with a homemade chilli jam, special spice blend or infused olive oil; or bake some simple biscuits adorned with you guests names in icing so that they can also double as unusual place cards.

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DÉCOR & HIRE Giving a nod to sustainable and eco-friendly choices, opt for products sourced close to home in order to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint as well as to support local entrepreneurs. Examples here include potted plants, candle tins, hand creams, jewellery and other keepsakes. It’s a lovely touch to personalise favours with a custom tag stamped with your wedding crest or motif. Handwritten notes are another trend that offers a great opportunity to make your guests feel special. And if you’re really not that keen on the idea of favours, consider donating to a charity which is close to your heart, and putting the donation in your guest’s name. Leave a thank-you note along with details of the charity at their place setting.

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EXCLUSIVE TENTS For over 30 years, Star Hire has been the leading supplier to South Africa in events supply hire and manufacture. Looking for exclusive tents, marquee hire or event décor? Whether you require stylish wedding décor and innovative flooring accessories or portable toilets and generators – you name it, we’ll supply it. No event is too big or too small; from corporate functions to private parties, Star Hire has the event solution you require. Strive for excellence, reach the stars. DECOR We have a wide range of party décor supplies such as draperies floor and wall panels, furniture and even portable air conditioning. TENT HIRE We provide tents for any function. From stylish marquees to well-designed aluminium tents, we bring your event to life. FURNITURE HIRE From extravagant chairs to traditional seating and modern bar stools, we have the furniture you require. Our head offices are in Pietermaritzburg, with bases in Durban and Johannesburg. We have the expertise and capacity to cater to events hire all across South Africa. Star Hire carries a level 1 BBBEE accreditation, and has been one of the leading events hire suppliers in South Africa since the 80’s – you can’t beat experience. T: +27 (033)397 0251 / 083 642 2786 E: W:

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Top to Toe

Good clothing is a passport to happiness. YVES SAINT LAURENT



For most brides, picking that dreamy and ever-important wedding gown for the big day will be the first thing to tick off on their to-do list after the engagement. Whether you see yourself in a simple satin slip dress or a glorious confection of tulle and lace, bear in mind that your dress plays a starring role in determining the tone and theme of your wedding day.

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If you want a bespoke, one of a kind dress made for either your wedding or matric dance, word on the street is Designs by Trish is the place to go. Based in Durban North, Designs By Trish is owned & run solely by Trish Ollive. A designer dress maker by trade with many years experience, Trish will take you through a journey from your ideas to designs, fabric shopping & collaboration to create your dream dress come true. Trish is known for her focus & attention to detail. Many hours of love are poured into her creations and the results are simply exquisite. She also offers to personally dress her brides on their big day to ensure every detail is perfect. “I absolutely love connecting with my clients. Getting to know them and creating bonds that in many instances have lasted years. I enjoy listening to what the client is wanting & working closely together to accomplish their vision”. Majority of her popularity is due to word of mouth. People from far & wide have approached her to make their wedding dresses – Cape Town, Swaziland, even Hong Kong. Bride Angélique Reichling (now Vergos) shares her experience with Designs by 98 | YWPG 2019/20

Trish: “Trish Ollive went beyond expertly designing and creating my dream wedding dress, but walked with me on a journey that started with mere ideas and Pinterest’s pics, and ended with the perfect gown... and a new found friend. Trish sketched and drew up the exact dress I had in my head, spent hours helping me choose the perfect fabric, gave me several fittings so my dress fitted me like a glove, and even drove all the way to the Midlands to help dress me on my wedding day and ensure I walked down the aisle looking my best! Her attention to detail in her craft is superb, her professionalism and consideration for her clients unrivaled. I can’t thank you enough Trish!” Dominique Mann Crous (South African Athletics & Gymnastic Champion) has this to say about working with Designs by Trish: “Trish has made every evening dress I have ever worn, including my stunning ball gown when I represented South Africa at the 2011 Miss Earth Pageant in the Philippines. When it came to my wedding dress, there was absolutely no question who would make it! It was everything I ever dreamed of & more. Her work is impeccable, and her professionalism makes the whole experience exiting and very special.”

DESIGNS BY TRISH MATERNITY Designs by Trish has also branched out & creates beautiful outfits for maternity shoots. Social Media Socialite GI Jane had this to say about her outfits for her maternity shoot: “I had the most amazing experience with Trish. Being such a colorful person, I wanted something as vibrant as me, and Trish came through! She made up an amazing outfit with material she hadn’t used yet, talk about exclusive service! Her outfits made my maternity shoot incredible! Highly recommend!” Jane Kilian Designs by Trish is by appointment only & will gladly have an obligation free sit down with potential clients to talk about designs, quotes & help you find that perfect dress for your most special day.

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Meet SINDI of SINDI M FASHION!! This incredible woman has designed for Mrs Universe, was interviewed by ECR and profiled in The Mercury.She designs ethnic-modernized fashion and accessories, for men and woman. her custom made bridal wear is incredible! To contact Sindi call: 072 156 5411 or email: Sindi M Fashion on fb and instagram. Be sure to follow this talented designer on her FB page!:

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BRIDAL WEAR Today there are styles aplenty for any type of bride, from traditional and classic to vintage, modern or Bohemian. In 2019, the emphasis is on classic fabrics and cuts. Sleeves are big news, as are sleek column dresses, while strapless gowns are not as prevalent as they were some years back. Much of this may be attributed to the refined minimalism of Megan Markle’s long-sleeved, boat-necked gown, which has inspired current off-the-shoulder necklines and pared-down bridal silhouettes. With brides prioritising comfort and practicality, wedding dresses with pockets have been gaining popularity for the last few years. Gowns with asymmetrical design elements, such as the oneshoulder style and hemlines that are slanted or highlow (high in the front and long at the back) are very in vogue. Two-piece wedding gowns with crop tops are another trendy option, as are convertible dresses, where the top layer of the skirt can be removed at the reception to reveal a sleeker look. Other hot choices include florals, voluminous capes and capelets, lots of embroidered detailing, beading and even feathers, proving that pageantry is still alive and well in bridal fashion! Velvet is the fabric of choice for brides getting married in the cooler months. Even if you’re not ready for an all-velvet gown, consider adding velvet details on shoes or the bouquet ribbon to add interest and texture.

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Choosing a bridal gown When choosing a wedding dress, first think about the type of venue, the formality of the occasion, the time of day and the season. Is it a town, country or beach wedding? Something large and elaborate or small and simple? Then consider your body shape and personality. If you’re an introvert, the chances are you’d feel out of place in something too flamboyant, while if you’re more outgoing, a dress that’s too demure and low key also wouldn’t work.

Remember not to leave it too late to start looking for a bridal gown. Experts suggest at least nine months before the wedding to allow time for ordering and alterations. Take a selection of lingerie with you when visiting the boutique; strapless underwear in a nude shade is best. It’s also advisable to take no more than one or two people with you when you go dress shopping, as too many different opinions may just confuse you. Mothers of the bride and groom

Many brides look for a dress online, which is fine, provided you first visit a bridal store and try on different styles to see what suits you. Even if you have a definite idea of the type of dress you want, don’t simply dismiss other designs; many brides are surprised to find that a style they hadn’t ever considered actually makes the perfect wedding gown. At the same time, a bride shouldn’t feel obliged to choose a dress that isn’t true to herself.

Traditional guidelines for mothers of the bridal couple suggest that the bride’s mother should select her dress first and then let the mother of the groom know what she has chosen in order for them to complement one another. Their dresses should be a similar style, length and colour, but shouldn’t match too closely. White, off-white or a neutral shade that’s similar to the bride’s dress is a definite no-go, as is a black dress, unless the outfit has been approved by the bride and groom.

Before you start trying on dresses, know what your budget is. It’s heart-breaking to find your dream dress and then realise you can’t afford it! Also, be careful about arriving at a decision too quickly. Yes, the first thing you try on could be ‘the one’, but make sure to try on more dresses just to be a hundred percent certain.

Over the years, the strict etiquette regarding wedding dress codes has relaxed somewhat. It’s no longer considered inappropriate for a mother of the bride or groom to wear a strapless dress or one with spaghetti straps – which can be teamed with a shawl, wrap or bolero jacket – and black or deep-toned dresses may also be appropriate, depending on the wedding colour scheme, with black and white weddings becoming increasingly popular.

On that note, it’s good sense to select a gown in your size or slightly larger. You don’t need the pressure of having to lose weight to fit into your dress, and it’s much easier to have something taken in than let out.


PERSONAL TOUCH There is nothing more rewarding than dressing a woman for the most important day of her life. The awe and wonder of a bride seeing herself for the first time in her dress is a moment of pure radiance. Being a part of your wedding is a privilege that I do not take lightly. I ensure complete personal attention to every detail from the moment you step into my private studio. With a degree in fashion design and years of experience as an image consultant and stylist, I am passionate about styling the female form. My aim is to enhance your individual shape, personality and sense of style. The end result – a beautiful, confident woman, comfortable in her own skin.

current styles. I am extremely selective with my preloved stock, only bringing the best of the best into my studio. Now that you know what I can do for you, get in touch and start your very own Meliza Mary wedding dress journey. Booking a time slot is essential, so give me a call or drop me a mail and let’s make it happen. W: E: C: 072 200 2621

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Top trends in 20 19 include elega nt off-theshoulder gown s, soft prints th at incorporate th wedding colours e – florals would be gorgeous for a spring or su mmer wedding – and tasteful embellishment such as sheer pa nels, beaded necklines and cry stal belts. While shades of taupe, champa gne and silver re main classic choices, don’t be afraid to go for bold fashion colours such as burgundy and na vy, as well as vibrant gree ns or plum tone s; provided they complement th e bridal colour-s cheme of course As regards dres ! s lengths, heml ines range from full-length to ju st above the kn ee, with the high low dress also ve ry stylish right now.

It’s not the appearance that makes a man, it’s the man that makes an appearance. ANTHONY LICCIONE


Smart Suits



The groom usually takes care of organising his attire in addition to the suits for the best man and ushers. Groomswear should be chosen to complement the theme of the big day as well as the outfits worn by the bridesmaids. Depending on the formality of the wedding, the time it is taking place and the venue, you could be looking at anything from a tuxedo and bow tie to linen pants and a blazer!

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The REAL McCOY Scottish Hire & Kilts ROB ROY SCOTTISH SUPPLIES HAVE BEEN SPECIALISING IN SCOTTISH KILT HIRE SINCE 1980. Rob Roy Scottish Supplies was established in 1980, by the previous owner. Sharyn Ford, a former Highland and Irish Dancer herself recently took over the business, and is greatly excited by the prospect of being in a position to foster the traditions she herself was so deeply involved in for two decades. Sharyn retired from dancing after participating in the 2006 Edinburgh Military Tattoo, this being the highlight of her dancing career. She was also an integral part of pioneering Irish Dancing in South Africa. Sharyn wants Rob Roy to be an important part of the Scottish and Irish community in South Africa, as well as assist the Dancing and Band communities to grow their numbers by being more pro-active within the community. 106 | YWPG 2019/20

Rob Roy Scottish Supplies is the leading supplier of Scottish regalia and accessories in South Africa, and also has a number of export customers all over the world. The company supplies dancing and pipe band instruments and accessories; giftware and music; novelties; tartan and tweed fabrics; Celtic and clan crest jewellery; hats, ties, and scarves etc. Gents Highland Outfitting forms a large part of the business, and the demand for Scottish outfits for weddings, dinners and all manner of special occasions continues to grow. Contact Email: Telephone: 011 782 7744 Website:

No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart. SHANINA SHAIK




In between attending to a to-do list that’s already a mile long, you’ll need to come up with a fool-proof beauty programme in the months running up to the wedding to ensure you look and feel your best on the big day. Too much to ask? Not if you decide to plan ahead of time and take some simple steps that will help you achieve a bright-eyed and glowing complexion.

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in the sun and the risks of skin cancer, and the aging effects of sun beds and sun tanning. The skin is the largest organ in the body. At Vita Liberata we believe in safe, healthy, glowing and radiant skin, regardless of their age, sex or skin colour. We achieve this by offering a range of premium quality products bursting with organic and natural organic botanics. We are proud to be a completely cruelty free Brand! Contact us now at KW Marketing Kerry || || 082 555 0024

HEALTH & BEAUTY Don’t try out a completely new beauty regimen, as new beauty products can trigger an allergic reaction. For the same reason, be careful with facials, peels and more intense treatments too close to your wedding day. In the long run, sticking to the brands you love, but adding extras from the same range, such as exfoliators, masks and serums, will deliver the best results. Salt and alcohol are two of the worst beauty offenders around, as they can leave you with a swollen face and puffy eyes. Try as far as possible to give both the boot in the run-up to your wedding. In the week leading up to the wedding, try to stay out of the sun; and if you’re getting a professional spray-on tan, schedule your appointment for at least three days before the big day. Wedding beauty trends currently favour the minimalist approach, with more and more brides opting for a natural, fresh-faced look. No-makeup makeup is the latest thing, and encompasses pre-wedding treatments such as microblading for flawless brows and microneedling to enhance that bridal glow.

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Good food is a celebration of life.SOPHIA LOREN


Dream Cuisine



Choices in food and drink are one of the major considerations for a wedding reception. Whether you’re thinking about a sit-down dinner, buffet or simply a cocktail hour, finding a fabulous wedding caterer is crucial if your chosen venue doesn’t have in-house caterers or a list of preferred providers.

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LOOD’S CREATIVE DELIGHTS is a creative baking company situated in the heart of Chatsworth. We love what we do and are passionate about it. We enjoy creating a memorable cake for any occasion. Lood’s got it name from Liezel’s late father, fondly remembered baking in the kitchen. I always strive to create the best I possibly can, and live to see those happy excited face’s when they receive their cakes.


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CAKES & CATERING Once you start looking at catering options, decide at the outset on a budget that you’re comfortable with, as well as the type of food you want. After getting some recommendations on caterers from friends, other wedding vendors, or even your favourite restaurant (which might also have a catering section), have a look at the caterer’s website and Instagram account to get an idea of their range as well as any specialities and packages. Then narrow it down to just a few and set up appointments for interviews. Some questions to ask include whether they’re available on your wedding date and whether they have ever catered at your venue before. Establishing what their specific needs are relative to the venue in terms of space and facilities. Ask about any popular dishes, whether they offer custom menus, what their charge is per head, and whether they can cater for children and specific dietary requirements (vegan, Halal, etc). You could also find out whether they make wedding cakes, and perhaps provide bartending services too! Lastly, establish when they will need a final head count. On the menu Food is one of the most exciting aspects of a wedding, as guests are always keen to know what is on the menu! Many couples are now leaning towards buffet meals, which allows people to pick and choose from a variety of different selections. This makes it much easier to accommodate guests who have particular dietary needs, such as vegan or gluten-free. For spring and summer weddings, there’s been a move towards fresh, light and seasonal fare, such as fish, duck, asparagus, salads, nuts and fruit.

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There’s also a definite increase in interest surrounding environmentally-friendly weddings, which entails working with ethical producers and local suppliers. Guests will enjoy the latest trend of ‘grazing tables’, which are a wonderfully sociable feature and offer everything from cold meats, cheese and homemade bread to nuts, fruit and even chocolates. This goes hand in hand with the more relaxed atmosphere of some contemporary weddings, characterised by an absence of designated seating, very few formalities and lots of mingling. Spit braais can be a real crowd pleaser for an outdoor wedding, and are perfect throughout the year. Marketstyle weddings with a variety of food stalls are a great way of incorporating the couple’s favourite cuisines; think mezze platters, rotis and bunny chows, Asian noodle bars and spicy tacos. If you’re planning a reception that will continue late into the evening, then the trend of late-night wedding food is for you. Typically, this includes snacks such as pizza, chicken sliders, fish ‘n chips, cheese and tomato toasties, or coffee and doughnuts, and as well as other unique eats that reflect the bridal couple’s preferred comfort foods. Dessert tables for post-wedding feasting can also be loads of fun. These make a stunning visual impact and are so versatile, providing an assortment of different dessert options for guests to try. Also consider a dessert station serving goodies such as ice cream, pancakes or koeksisters.

The wedding cake Couples are not duty-bound to choose the classic three-tiered wedding fruitcake covered in marzipan and white icing. These days it’s all about getting creative with fillings, shapes, colours, patterns and embellishments. Wedding cake designs in 2019 offer a little bit of something for everyone. In keeping with a monochromatic theme, there are cakes iced in white fondant, intricately decorated with piped embellishments, marbled patterns and sugar flowers for a romantic look, or geometric elements with copper details for something a bit more edgy. The latest looks embrace rich colours, unusual textures and enormous attention to detail, with creations such as hand-painted cakes, pressed edible flowers and watercolour effects. The simple buttercream wedding cake is still going strong. Garnishes such as fresh or moulded flowers, berries and cherries, exotic greenery and edible lacework give these delicious staples a contemporary twist. Beverages Your selection of liquid refreshments depends of the type of occasion as well as the time of day. In addition to the arrival drink, guests are usually provided with red, white and sparkling wine, as well as jugs of fruit juice and fruit infused water on the tables. Experts recommend two bartenders and three servers for every 120 guests. An open bar will take up around 15 percent of the wedding budget, but this figure could be much lower if you limit drinks to beer and wine, and run a cash bar for those wanting spirits.


Love Songs


Music is the shorthand of emotion. LEO TOLSTOY



Like a magical thread that ties all the special moments of your big day together, music is an indispensable part of any wedding. It sets the mood for intimate moments in the ceremony and during the speeches, as well as getting the party started when all the formalities are over.

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MUSIC The music you choose for your ceremony depends on the formality of the service and whether or not it will be held in a place worship. In the latter case, you may only be able to play religious ceremonial music, while if it’s being held in another location you should have more flexibility. Also consider whether you will have pre-recorded or live music, and who will be performing. Musicians could include pianists, violinists, cellists or harpists, a string quartet for a fuller sound, a choir and soloist, or perhaps even the acoustic guitar sounds of a folk singer. Deciding to have a live band or a DJ play at your wedding reception is all about your personal preference, and logistics such as space, budget, guest demographics, and the time of day the wedding is being held. For an elegant cocktail function, you could have a musician playing timeless piano classics, while at a livelier affair R&B, Latin and Reggae style bands might be more suitable. It’s been said that if you want something special for your wedding day, there really is no substitute for the energy and vibe of a live band. However, don’t forget that a wedding DJ can offer a greater variety of music genres than a live band, and also tends to cost less. As themed weddings continue to be fashionable and wedding bands ever more diverse, some couples are choosing a band that plays music from a particular era or culture. However, it may be a little too much if that is all they play, so try to find a band that will mix themed music with general party music. While wedding receptions have traditionally had a band or a DJ, these days many couples are opting for both. Then you can have the ambiance and wow factor of live music, along with a DJ to complement the entertainment with his greater range and flexibility. Your chosen reception venue may be able to advise you on good musicians and DJs. Do check with your venue to find out if there are any restrictions on the number of musicians or pieces of equipment which can be brought in, and whether there are any noise restrictions. Silent disco, anyone? Of all the wedding music played during a reception, couples are most likely to remember the songs chosen for important dances such as the first dance, parent dances, and the last song of the night. Whether it’s a song that you love for what it represents, one that reminds you of your relationship and how you met, or simply a great tune, your chosen music should be something that’s particularly meaningful to the two of you. When it comes to the rest of the music to played at the reception, it’s a good idea to draft a playlist, asking for suggestions from your wedding bandleader or DJ. Couples can also research song list ideas online via a Google search or use a music-streaming site, as well as asking friends and family for their favourite (and least favourite) tunes. The best wedding songs are a mix of oldies but goodies. Some of the all-time most requested songs include Whitney Houston’s 1987 hit, ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, Journey’s ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams and ‘You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)’ by Dead or Alive. Other favourites could feature just about anything by Ed Sheeran – consider ‘Tenerife Sea’, ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Perfect Duet’ with Beyoncé – the classic Etta James tune ‘At Last’, John Legend’s ‘All of Me’, ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri, ‘When I Fall In Love’ by Michael Bublé, ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, ‘One Kiss’ by Dua Lipa & Calvin Harris, and ‘Sweet Creature’ by Harry Styles.

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Ready to Roll

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. LAO TZU


Arriving in style at your wedding venue is a wonderful way to add some glamour and luxury to your special day. Your choice of transport will depend of factors such as the ceremony and reception venues, as well as the wedding theme and the number of people in the bridal party.


Helicopter flights and charters around the Drakensberg Mountains

Bear in mind that couples who are saying their vows at the same venue as the reception, having a destination wedding or staying at the venue itself, may not need to hire a car at all. However, if your big day involves multiple journeys, then car-hire will be essential, and is bound to provide a range of great photo opportunities too. Book your transport at least six months in advance if opting for a special sports or vintage car like a Ford Mustang or Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, or a top-of-therange contemporary model Aston Martin, Mercedes Benz, Mini Cooper or Porsche. Another popular option is the luxurious stretch limousine, which is perfect for larger bridal parties who wish to travel and arrive together. There are also a number of fun options, like a campervan or VW beetle. Just remember that if you have a long distance to travel, comfort and reliability are paramount. Alternatively, you could opt for another type of wedding day transport altogether.

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Perhaps a tractor or horse and cart for a rustic wedding; a canoe, pedal boat or speedboat if your venue is located next to a lake; something quirky like a golf cart, scooter, tuk-tuk or rickshaw; a hot air balloon or helicopter, or even a bicycle made for two!

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A wedding without a honeymoon is like a birthday without the cake. VIRGINIA ANDREWS


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So, you’ve made it official, and now your top priority is to enjoy some quality time with your spouse. Finding somewhere to relax and unwind is key, whether you’re the type of couple that wants to explore an exotic destination, experience exceptional art, culture and cuisine, or just chill out on a beautiful tropical island.

Unique Honeymoon Destination

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! | 116 | YWPG 2019/20


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 well-stocked 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 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:

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HONEYMOONS Ideally, your honeymoon destination should be a spot that ticks all the boxes for both of you in terms of your interests and activities. At the same time, think about finding a place which allows you to strike a balance between sightseeing experiences and downtime for simply enjoying one another’s company. Bear in mind that incorporating all of your favourite things into just one trip can be a little overwhelming! For newlyweds who don’t have time for a multi-destination overseas vacation there’s the option of a ‘mini-moon’, which might entail a long-weekend or a mid-week break to a local destination, providing a short but sweet final chapter to the big event. Some couples would rather opt to stay put in the resort or hotel where the wedding took place, giving themselves a day or two to recover from the celebrations in absolute luxury and pampering. At the other end of the scale, there’s the ‘mega-moon’, which could see couples blocking off months on the calendar for a totally immersive exploration abroad. This might entail a journey covering multiple destinations and spanning a plethora of countries – the equivalent of a ‘gap year’ for newlyweds, before the time comes to settle back into careers and commitments. Other current honeymoon trends include the ‘adventure moon’, comprising excitementpacked, adrenalin-filled travels to unusual destinations; the ‘giving-moon’, which involves volunteering in a community project at your chosen destination; and the ‘buddy-moon’, where couples head off on holiday with other newly-married friends. There’s also the ‘cruising-moon’ on a river boat or luxury yacht; the ‘foodie-moon’ to experience the culinary delights of different cultures; and finally the ‘driving-moon’, which is perfect for couples looking for a fascinating road-trip with a difference. Honeymoon hints Honeymoons provide the perfect excuse to invest in a trip that you normally wouldn’t incorporate into your budget. However, whatever you do, it’s not worth maxing out the credit card or taking a personal loan or revolving credit to fund your trip! After all, you don’t want to start out married life together with tons of debt. Couples could consider a ‘honey-fund’, where guests can make donations towards the honeymoon instead of choosing from registry items. Chances are, you have quite enough linen and kitchenware already! While you might want to save money by travelling in the off-season, do first check on details such as expected weather conditions for that time of year as well as whether the destination’s top tourist attractions will be open out of tourist season. Travel agents advise booking a trip over shoulder season instead to get the best of both worlds. Furthermore, they suggest that you should try not to take a trip that’s more than 13 hours long if you only have a week for your honeymoon, as a significant portion of your time away will be taken up with travelling rather than enjoying your destination. Book your trip well in advance in order to ensure you get bargain deals on flights and accommodation. It’s also wise to organise activities and special sight-seeing tours before you reach your destination, planning in advance where possible so you don’t waste time stressing over the little details during your honeymoon. And do remember to include time for relaxation as well as adventure! Be savvy about passports and visas, bearing in mind that many countries require your passport to be valid for six months after your travel date. Adults’ passports are valid for ten years, so check out what the expiry date is on yours. If you have to get a new passport, while you’re unlikely to beat the queues at your local Home Affairs branch, it does save time to fill out an online application beforehand on the e-home affairs website, which also allows you to upload the relevant supporting documentation. At the same time, it’s important to sort out all your foreign exchange needs, such as credit cards, prepaid travel cards and cash, in good time. Pack a universal adaptor for electronics, make sure you know how to put your mobile phone on international roaming, and don’t forget your chargers!

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Honeymoon hideaways Beach or bundu? Luxury hotel or eco-adventure? Snow or surf? City or countryside? These are just some of the many options to think about when looking at honeymoon destinations.

Experience Africa…

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the world’s most romantic, untapped, exciting and visually stunning honeymoon destinations for 2019 include Greece, Colombia, Western Norway’s alpine region of Lofoten, Puglia in Italy, California’s Big Sur on the Pacific coast, the spice islands of Zanzibar, Comporta in Portugal, the Maldives, Zambia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Croatia, Japan, Iceland and Fiji. Also consider destinations such as Turkey, Thailand, India and Mexico, which are fascinating and exotic without being inordinately expensive. If you’ve set your sights closer to home, there are still an amazing variety of locations to choose from. Desert landscapes, pristine coastal retreats, game reserves, country lodges, five-star resorts and mountain chalets are all on the itinerary.

Nambiti Plains Lodge weave a fine line between luxury and the reality of the African wild. Our luxury 5-star lodge is as unpretentious as it is pristine.

Local destinations in KwaZulu-Natal as well as the country as a whole are extremely affordable options for overseas couples as well. Wedding and honeymoon packages to South Africa are offered by a number of international travel agents, and might include options like an eco-retreat in Kosi Bay, a safari camp in one of Zululand’s private game reserves, a blissed-out break in the Cape winelands, or a city stay that takes in our vibrant local culture and heritage.


Tranquil destination for Honeymoon Couples. Private drives, sunset picnics, romantic dinners for two. Honeymoon Couples staying 4 nights will enjoy a fresh fruit basket on arrival, a private moon lit dinner, romantic turn downs, scented bath, champagne on ice and chocolates for two.


We’d love to hear from you. You can reach us at: Tel: +27 (0) 71 680 4584 +27 (0) 87 170 0716 Fax: 086 604 4591 E-mail:

Nambiti Plains is situated in a malaria-free area.

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NAMBITI PLAINS PRIVATE GAME LODGE is situated in the beautiful and diverse landscape of Nambiti Private Game Reserve, just east of Ladysmith in close proximity to the Drakensberg and within fairly easy driving distance of both Johannesburg and Durban. The area around Nambiti has a firm footing in South African history with several battles of the Anglo-Zulu and Anglo-Boer wars taking place in this vicinity – in fact many of these battlefields have been preserved as reminders of the rich history. One of the most attractive elements about Nambiti Game Reserve is the spectacular and diverse scenic landscapes! This reserve’s 13 000 hectares of malaria-free bushveld boasts everything from massive grassy plains reminiscent of the Serengeti, through thornveld covered hillsides to the Sundays River which tumbles over a series of waterfalls as it makes its way through the reserve. Nambiti Plains is an eco-friendly Lodge which consists of 7 Private Thatched Luxurious Suites; two sets of which can be booked as family suites (accommodate 4 people.) The Suites utilized as family units consist of one building, a common entrance leading to two separate and private rooms; a solid packed stone wall divides the two rooms. All suites have private verandas fitted with a table and two chairs as well as two sun loungers. Each suite come as an XL King but can also be accommodated as 2 3/4 size twin beds. Unlike many of the other lodges which are based either in the far south or north of the reserve, Nambiti Plains is located pretty much in the middle of the reserve. The Lodge’s location gives it one significant advantage in that you’re already in the heart of the reserve’s prime game viewing areas!

waterhole. Each suite is completely secluded and hugely spacious and comes equipped with romantic mosquito nets and overhead fans. Whilst the style is quite rustic with open thatched roofs with exposed ceiling beams, stone-packed feature walls and screeded floors, it’s all quite luxurious too. You can immerse yourself with 180 degree panoramic views from the stone bath, outdoor “bush shower” (Honeymoon Suites only), and private wrap around viewing deck. The Honeymoon suites have massive open plan bathrooms where twin basins are framed by old tree trunks and there’s a gorgeous standalone stone bath which could almost feel outside once you slide back the huge floor-to-ceiling sliding doors! The luxury suites are two separate rooms joint by an inter-leading foyer and separated by a solid, packed stone wall. This is perfect for families as it offers families space to enjoy the beautiful views of the bush, but being near one another. The main lodge follows a traditional game lodge design style with its thatched roofs and wooden viewing deck – the stone-packed feature walls are particularly attractive. The Lodge’s emphasis is on a modern yet eco-friendly minimalist approach with the Lodge also located right in the bush with no manicured gardens, thereby reducing the impact on the surrounding environment. The Lodge has glassed sliding doors, overhead fans and screened floors which ensure you stay cool in summer while large, beautifully constructed packed stone fire places in the lounge and dining room keep you warm in winter. During the day, the place to be is the vast, expansive wrap-around deck complete with circular plunge pool - this is the ideal area to relax with an ice-cold beer or chill out in the outdoor lounge as you watch animals quietly drinking and bathing in the waterhole in front of the lodge.

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UMTHUNZI IS THE PROUD WINNER OF SA’S “BEST COASTAL WEDDING VENUE” IN TOP VENDOR 2017 AWARDS. UMTHUNZI HOTEL & CONFERENCE IS A GEM OF A VENUE. AN AWARD WINNING HOTEL WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN, IT IS A PLACE TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. THIS IS A TRULY WONDERFUL CHOICE FOR A COASTAL WEDDING OR IDYLLIC HONEYMOON. Situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Umtentweni, KZN south coast, and only a 2 minute drive to the pretty Umtentweni beach, this hotel is oozing with sophistication and exudes 4 star quality. Which is one of the reasons they won the coveted 2014 best 3 star venue in South Africa and many other awards. So exciting to announce is the addition of the gorgeous and spacious new Milkwood Bridal suite! Recently completed this suite is absolutely stunning. Boasting the only round bed on the coast (perhaps only one in the country!), it is romantic and elegant. The bed overlooks the sea and is draped in soft percale linen. Tranquil on the top floor with a spacious lounge, you also can enjoy the double shower, spa bath, fluffy bathrobes and cozy bath sheets. Delight in a private candlelit meal and the love you deserve. Honeymooners can relax and unwind, enjoying each other and this most exciting and delightful coastline that offers all you need for adventure, fun or simply long lazy walks in glorious tropical surrounds on one of the many stunning beaches. It makes sense to have an affordable but quality honeymoon as you build for your future together. Umthunzi offers special long stay rates for honeymooners in what is a luxurious, clean and friendly hotel. Make your dreams come truel Visit Umthunzi Hotel & Conference on all social media platforms and their website for Specials. Contact 039 695 0852. Email: Website:

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For more information on a wedding like no other, visit Savour the ocean’s indefinable beauty and celebrate your special day on board MSC Orchestra. This magnificent vessel will be sailing on African waters for the very first time in 2019 and 2020 and will be offering couples an exquisite backdrop to celebrate their nuptials surrounded by friends and family. An unforgettable wedding ceremony MSC Orchestra offers the perfect setting to ensure your special day is hassle-free and one to remember. On-board accommodation includes all meals and entertainment throughout the voyage for both you and your guests. In addition, MSC Orchestra’s crew are well versed in catering for the whims of every guest, and couples celebrating special occasions are top priority. MSC Orchestra strives to make every wedding a fairy tale event. From the planning through to the ceremony, the attentive crew are on hand to make every wedding an event to remember. Romantic destinations Newlyweds can relish their honeymoon at any of the exclusive destinations the MSC Orchestra will be visiting. This luxurious ship will be calling on charming destinations, including picturesque Pomene in Mozambique and sought-after Walvis Bay in Namibia, making for plenty picture-perfect moments. Whether it’s relaxing walks on the sun-kissed beaches or exhilarating diving and snorkelling escapades, each destination boasts a wide range of tailor-made excursions perfect for any couple. A wide choice of activities MSC Orchestra has something for everyone and promises to make every experience a memorable one. Fill your days with sightseeing, shopping, water sports, cultural activities, or simply relax and unwind by the pool or at the indulgent MSC Aurea Spa. Strike it lucky at the Palm Beach Casino or catch an outstanding world-class show at the Covent Garden Theatre. Special wedding packages to suit every couple Have your fantasy wedding come to life on board MSC Orchestra. There are three affordable packages to choose from - Silver, Gold and Platinum – which include priority boarding, wedding planning, bridal bouquet, a wedding cake, photography and plenty more. Packages cater for all desires and budgets. Keep in mind, MSC wedding ceremonies are purely symbolic and have no legal or religious value.

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AN EXCEPTIONAL PLACE TO FIND YOURSELF ON YOUR HONEYMOON! UMFOLOZI BIG FIVE GAME RESERVE South Africa’s oldest game reserve is not only home to the Big Five, wild dog and cheetah, a beautiful concession on its border offers luxury accommodation and exciting cultural experiences too. Find out why a visit to the uMfolozi Big Five Game Reserve by Mantis should be on your bucket list.... This magniď€ cent history lives on through a unique offering by the Mantis Collection. The area where Player stabled his horses used to patrol the reserve, is now home to the Mantis Mthembu Lodge. Visitors can immerse themselves in this history, while enjoying views of the river and the bush surrounding the lodge. The lodge consists of nine villas, seven of which are suitable for couples. The other two are suited to families as they have two bedrooms. Apart from air conditioning, en-suite bathroom, an electronic safe, guest lounge, outdoor shower and a minibar, the lodge also treads lightly on the earth as it makes use of solar power. It has Wi-Fi connectivity, and a swimming pool to cool down on hot days.

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Mantis Biyela Lodge is another Mantis offering, located on the banks of the White iMfolozi River. The design of the lodge is inspired by the traditional Zulu homestead with its thatched peaks perched on a at stone roof, consisting of 12 one-bedroom villas. Ten of these have their own private plunge pools, an ideal spot from which to enjoy the spectacular scenery. The facilities in the suites are similar to those at Mantis Mthembu, but the lodge itself also offers spa facilities for those with weary bodies.

Know before you go Travel: The drive from Durban via the town of Empangeni to uMfolozi Big Five main gate takes 2.5 hours. The road leading to the reserve is ď€ ne but animals frequently cross the road, so be cautious while travelling there. T: +27 41 404 9300 E: W:

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Love is a vessel that contains both security and adventure. ESTHER PEREL


Signed & Sealed | LEGAL


Once you have settled on a date, find a little time in your busy pre-wedding schedule to get some independent legal advice about the type of marriage contract that will best suit the two of you. Consult an attorney at least three months before the big day. This is also an opportune moment to discuss other matters, such as wills and insurance policies.

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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 Email: OR Contact Beulah Haasbroek on 082 921 6475 Skype: Beulah.haasbroek

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LEGAL Making an informed decision regarding your marriage contract is vital. Your lawyer will be able to explain to you the different types of systems that exist in South Africa, along with the pros and cons of each. What will work for one couple won’t necessarily be suitable for another, as it all depends upon individual circumstances, such as assets owned by each party and whether one or both of them intend pursuing a career during the marriage. To ensure parity and equity in the relationship, both partners need to be on the same page when it comes to the choosing the contract, which will have far-reaching financial and practical consequences. Considering the marriage contract An Ante-Nuptial Contract (ANC) needs to be signed in front of a Notary Public (a qualified attorney) and registered at the Deeds Office within three months of marriage. There are two types of out-of-community of property marriages, those with the accrual system and those without. Under South African law, if you don’t have an ante-nuptial contract your marriage will automatically be deemed ‘In Community of Property’. With the In Community of Property system, all assets and liabilities, whether acquired before or during marriage, fall into one joint estate. Should the couple divorce, each partner will be able to lay claim to half the assets in their joint estate. Both partners have equal powers of administration, but some transactions relating to the estate, such as opening a bank account, may only be performed with the consent of the other spouse – a situation which is often impractical. As all debts (past, present and future) are shared, the couple’s combined assets will be at risk from creditors. If one of the spouses becomes sequestrated, the other spouse would automatically be sequestrated as well. Signed by both the bride and groom, an Out of Community of Property system requires the couple to enter into an ante-nuptial contract before the wedding. When drawing up the contract, each party lists their assets, recording the accumulated value. For the duration of the marriage, these and all other assets purchased by the respective spouses remain their own property, with husband and wife each being able to handle their own estates. Each partner is responsible for their own debts, whether incurred before or after the marriage. Contracts entered into with the accrual system allow husband and wife to retain separate estates during the marriage. In the event of death or divorce, the net increase in the value of each partner’s estate is calculated and then divided equally. Only the profits accumulated during the marriage are shared; debts are not. Any assets accumulated by the respective partners before marriage remain their property and are not shared. This system offers the sharing benefits of an out of community of property agreement combined with the protection of the in community of property system.

Helping you get there! Pastor Daniel Finlay MARRIAGE OFFICER

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LEGAL The sole difference in a marriage without the accrual system is that the estates remain completely separate during and after the marriage, and neither spouse can lay claim to any part of the other’s estate. While this option allows spouses asset protection as well as independence, it may not be as fair as a marriage with the accrual system as it does not recognise any nonfinancial contributions made during the marriage. Legal requirements South Africa’s three laws relating to marriage comprise 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. The Civil Union Act covers same-sex marriages, 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.

religious. According to the Marriage Act, the ceremony must take place indoors, in a church or other building used for religious services, a public office (like a magistrate’s court) or a private dwelling. Further, it should take place in the presence of at least two witnesses, and the entrance to the venue must be open. Only marriage officers, such as a minister of religion, magistrate, special justice of the peace, and commissioner of oaths, are allowed to conduct a marriage ceremony. In order to get married, partners will need documents such as a valid ID book, passport, or an affidavit attesting to their identity if the original document has been lost or stolen. If either partner is a minor, they will also need the written consent of their parents, legal guardians or the Commissioner of Child Welfare. Partners who have been married before require a final decree of divorce, while widows and widowers need to produce the death certificate of the deceased spouse. Clear copies of the two witnesses’ IDs or passports are also required.

The low-down on legalities for overseas brides and grooms who plan to tie the knot in South Africa can be found on the website of the Department of Home Affairs: Foreigners will need copies of their passports, including a copy of the visa page with the last entry stamp through customs, three colour passport photos each, and a letter of nonimpediment from their embassy. They also need to fill in a ‘Declaration for the Purpose of Marriage’ (Form BI-31) in the presence of the marriage officer, and produce copies of divorce decrees or death certificates where necessary. After the wedding ceremony, the marriage officer will automatically issue you with an original abridged marriage certificate. As an unabridged certificate is sometimes required for the marriage to be registered in your home country, the marriage officer will apply for your unabridged certificate when registering your marriage with the Department of Home Affairs.

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