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FALAZA GAME PARK & SPA COMBINES ROMANCE WITH ADVENTURE, OFFERING THE IDEAL BACKDROP FOR YOUR WEDDING IN THE WILD. A 4 star private game lodge set in a tranquil sand forest. Falaza offers luxury accommodation, great food, attentive staff and an atmosphere of complete relaxation all at affordable rates

A selection of venues is available from a thatched Lapa to an outdoor garden or bush setting under indigenous trees.

Combine the elegance of your occasion with an intimate stay in the wild. Indulge in romantic pre- or postwedding pampering at our spa with your partner.

Couples who are interested in choosing Falaza Game Park & Spa as a venue for their wedding are invited to spend a night as our guests where they can experience what has made Falaza such a perfect and popular choice for weddings in the wild.

We will help you plan your perfect day making it an unforgettable experience in the African wilderness. Tailor-made packages can be structured to take care of every intricate detail on your special day.

For more information please contact Nicolien (Function Co-ordinator) Tel: 035 562 2319 or 035 562 2555 or 072 037 9900 reservations@falaza.co.za | www.falaza.co.za


CONTENTS

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

Third Edition... The Countdown ............................................................................................................6

Bride’s Diary Wedding Co-ordinators...........................................................................................8

All in the Details Stationery .........................................................................................................................15

The Write Stuff Venues ................................................................................................................................16

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Dream Locations Photography ..................................................................................................................52

Picture Perfect Videography ..................................................................................................................66

On Location Décor ....................................................................................................................................67

Big-Day Designs Flowers ...............................................................................................................................74

Floral Magic

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Cakes & Catering ......................................................................................................77

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Simply Delicious Music.....................................................................................................................................81

Good Vibrations Hair & Beauty ..............................................................................................................84

Hello Beautiful Transport ...........................................................................................................................90

Inspired Arrivals Bridal & Grooms Wear .........................................................................................91

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67 FALAZA GAME PARK & SPA COMBINES ROMANCE WITH ADVENTURE, OFFERING THE IDEAL BACKDROP FOR YOUR WEDDING IN THE WILD.

For more information please contact Nicolien (Function Co-ordinator) Tel: 035 562 2319 or 035 562 2555 or 072 037 9900 reservations@falaza.co.za www.falaza.co.za 02


CONTENTS

Batchelorettes Parties ....................................................................................97

Party Time New Trends .............................................................................................................98

A New Direction Jewellery.....................................................................................................................99

Ringing True Honeymoons .........................................................................................................100

Honeymoon Hideaways

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Legal Advice ...........................................................................................................106

Signed, Sealed, Delivered Calendar......................................................................................................................109

Save the Date Budget Planner ......................................................................................110

For the Record Index................................................................................................................111

Bridal Directory

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

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


WELCOME DAVID WEEKS

WELCOME TO THE THIRD EDITION OF THE WEDDING PLANNER, KWAZULU-NATAL, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE COUPLES PLANNING TO GET MARRIED IN OUR BEAUTIFUL PROVINCE. Lying between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and

and service providers book up well in advance and may be

the breathtaking mountain peaks of the Drakensberg, this

more expensive at those times.

magnificent and multicultural Zulu Kingdom offers something for everyone and stands out as one of South Africa’s truly exceptional destinations. As these pages unfold with images of spectacular locations, weddings and bridal couples, we hope that you’ll be inspired to create an occasion that’s just as exciting, stylish and unique as you are.

Where is the perfect place for your wedding celebrations? Town or country? Near or far? Indoor or al fresco? From boutique hotels and 5-star accommodation in the city to bushveld locations, sugar plantations, beach resorts and mountain manors, we’ve got some of the best locations in the province covered in our ‘Venues’ section, starting on

It’s never too early to start looking ahead, so once you and

page 16.

your partner have sealed your engagement, consider the

How will you be getting married? Church wedding or civil

bigger picture and start asking yourselves some important

ceremony? What are the legal requirements? Will you be

questions. You already know who your special someone is,

marrying under the Marriage Act, Customary Marriages Act

but have you thought about the ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and

or Civil Union Act? South African marriages are legally valid

‘how’ of your big day?

in the vast majority of countries, making it even easier for

Allow yourself to dream a little, thinking about what your fantasy wedding might be like. What inspires you and your

overseas brides and grooms to get married here. Consult our ‘Legal Advice’ section on page 106.

partner? Big and bold or cosy and intimate? Glitzy and

Who should you invite? Who do you choose as your

glamorous or simple and eco-friendly? Urban chic or flowery

wedding attendants? Who pays for what? Take the guessing

and romantic? Get some inspiration on themes and décor on

out of guest lists and wedding protocol on page 108. We’ve

page 67 and news on the latest trends on page 98.

also included a helpful budget planner on page 110.

When will you say ‘I do’? Think about the season and your

Finally, how do you work out a timeline and make sure

wedding theme, as well as practical considerations such

everything runs according to plan? When should you start

as taking time off work and whether your chosen date is

booking service providers and scheduling appointments?

on a long weekend or during the holidays: some venues

Get the lowdown in our monthly to-do list on page 6.

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THE COUNTDOWN MATT MASSON

12 months to go

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Tell friends and relatives you’re engaged and introduce

Select and order bridesmaids’ outfits.

both families.

Look at sample menus and book caterers.

Compare calendars and select a wedding date.

Research and book ceremony musicians and

Set your budget and find out who will be paying

reception band/DJ.

for what.

Interview and select florist.

Decide on guest numbers.

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

Visit reception locations and book venue.

work for your honeymoon.

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

8 Start an exercise routine or healthy eating plan.

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Book your honeymoon. Start a wedding scrapbook, looking at photos of

Book wedding-day transport.

wedding décor, dresses and flowers for inspiration.

Create a wedding website.

If needed, hire a wedding coordinator.

Shop for bridal accessories such as shoes

Make the first draft of your guest list.

and lingerie.

Send out a save-the-date card or email. Visit a bridal salon to find your wedding gown and veil,

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or make an appointment with a dress designer.

Discuss ceremony ideas, music and readings with celebrant.

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Decide on order of ceremony and choose Decide on your bridesmaids, ushers, master of

programme wording.

ceremonies and best man.

Choose your baker and finalise wedding cake.

Start researching honeymoon locations and

Decide on whether groomswear will be hired

package deals.

or custom-made.

Book your photographer and videographer.

Research registry options and start compiling

Decide on wedding day colours and theme.

a wish list.

Decide on your dress, allowing at least six months for it to be made up if using a couturier.

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2 Choose and order wedding favours.

Prepare a list of essential photos for your photographer,

Purchase wedding rings and send for engraving

including important family members and guests.

if applicable.

Book final beauty and body treatments and wedding

Start looking for wedding-day jewellery.

dress fitting.

Schedule bridal gown fittings.

Finalise your jewellery, including something old, new,

Book rental equipment, such as table linen

borrowed and blue.

and accessories.

Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, including

Order invitations and other stationery.

travel insurance. Buy a guest book.

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Call guests who haven’t replied to your invitations. If hiring groomswear, confirm order. Check whether your passport is up-to-date and if

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visas are required for your honeymoon.

Pick up wedding rings and have final wedding

Create a gift registry.

attire fittings.

Research accommodation options for

Plan and shop for your honeymoon wardrobe.

out-of-town guests.

Finalise wedding-day details, confirming number of

Approve invitations.

guests with caterer, wedding music and playlists with musician and DJ, and flowers with florist.

Get ideas for wedding hair and make-up and book consultation.

Work out a seating plan. Have final hair and make-up practice, booking

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appointment for wedding day. Coordinate outfits for mothers of the bride and groom.

Hold your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Let friends and family know if you’d like them to give readings, sing or help in any way. Finalise guest list and send out invitations.

ON THE DAY

Finalise flower and décor requirements.

Eat a good breakfast.

Plan pre-wedding showers.

Make sure all vendors, attendants and other helpers have been given written checklists.

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Have corsages, bouquets and buttonholes picked up / delivered.

Find gifts for attendants and parents.

Take a soothing bubble bath and give yourself

If needed, start dancing lessons for that first dance.

at least 15 minutes of quiet time.

Meet with your celebrant to finalise ceremony details

Pack a wedding-day kit with lipstick and

and have service sheets printed.

nail polish, tissues and powder compact.

Write your personalised wedding vows, if desired. Start working on speeches. Book your wedding-night hotel.

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CO-ORDINATORS A2Z EVENT SPECIALISTS

MAKING PLANS FOR THE PERFECT WEDDING DAY CAN BE BOTH FUN AND EXCITING, BUT WHERE DO YOU BEGIN? BRIDES IN SEARCH OF INSPIRATION COULD LOOK THROUGH BRIDAL MAGAZINES AND CONSULT WEDDING WEBSITES FOR IDEAS AND ADVICE. WHILE THE TRADITIONAL MOOD BOARD IS A FABULOUS TOOL, WHY NOT TRY A SITE LIKE PINTEREST TO GATHER TOGETHER A FEW (TONS) OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS?

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HOME OF THE PERFECT WEDDING FUNCTION & WEDDING DECOR SPECIALISTS LEMONTREE CONCEPTS offers originality, creativity and character equal to the needs of each and every wedding! With no job too big or too small, their team of professionals will handle all your wedding needs with quality and attention to detail. Their expertise extends from recommending a venue to organising the flowers, and every possible décor related thing in between. In their 14 years of operation, LEMONTREE CONCEPTS has handled a wide variety of events from romantic dinners for two on Durban’s North Pier to gala dinners hosting 1750 guests, product launches, conferences and award ceremonies... so your wedding is in good hands, and their experience and professionalism to advise and guide is always on hand. Try LEMONTREE CONCEPTS for your special day and let them make you one of their next happy couples. Chat to them today and find out how they can help you achieve the wedding of your dreams. Contact: 031-563 6189 Email: alvinm@lemtree.co.za www.lemtree.co.za

TESTIMONIAL

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

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With the millions of different options out there, it’s quite easy to become overwhelmed. Countdown calendars are useful as they help you to pace yourself and tackle planning and décor details one at a time (see our handy guide on Page 06). A website such as appycouple.com is also excellent, as it provides templates for creating a wedding app and website, allowing you to send e-vites and share important information with your guests, such as hotels and flights, maps and RSVP details. You can also upload pictures, and guests can add theirs too! Despite having all these services at your disposal, coordinating a wedding isn’t a job you can take on single-handedly. You’ll need to do your research and make long lists of potential service providers and venues, conduct interviews and then make final decisions, sign contracts and still keep track of all the finer details. While friends and family might be happy to lend a hand, most brides will find the services of a professional wedding planner hugely helpful. A2Z EVENT SPECIALISTS

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A FAIRYTALE FOR YOUR DREAM WEDDING A2Z EVENT SPECIALISTS AND FUNCTION HIRE IS A SOUTH AFRICAN BASED PROFESSIONAL EVENTS COMPANY WITH BRANCHES IN DURBAN & JOHANNESBURG. Whether you require comprehensive planning

The team at A2Z will be with you from the

and guidance or rental for your big day A2Z

beginning of your big day until the end,

is here for you. They pride themselves on

calmly taking care of all the details, such as

creative innovative style, and are happy to

scheduling, deliveries, logistics, vendors, guests

work within all budget levels!

and general troubleshooting. Last minute

A2Z commits to providing the highest level of quality and work ethic within the event management and décor design industry. It is their meticulous attention to the very fine details that has earned them several awards in the industry and they strive for excellence in

changes and sudden unforeseen situations will be discreetly taken care of, while your day unfolds effortlessly, allowing you and your loved ones to sit back, relax and enjoy the new and beautiful memories that you will create.

all aspects of their performance to showcase

Contact:

events that are dynamic and innovative

Ingrid in Durban: 031 201 9644

without losing sight of their client’s objective

Email: info@a2zeventspecialists.co.za

and vision. A2Z are a team of strong creative

Requel or Lucele in Johannesburg:

minds who constantly research the latest

Tel: 011 646 0972

trends and come up with fresh ideas, yet

Email: events@a2zeventspecialists.co.za

never losing sight their proudly South African

www.A2ZEVENTSPECIALIST.CO.ZA

unique heritage and always maintaining

‘So WHY NOT let us take away the stress of

their legacy of “personalized service, with a

planning your next event!’

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

SEAN BAKER

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ANYTIME EVENTS, THE EVENTS COMPANY THAT SPECIALISES IN PLANNING AND MANAGING YOUR EVENT FROM START TO FINISH. From corporate functions to golf days, ladies nights to hen’s parties to baby showers and of course weddings. ANYTIME EVENTS was created by Olivia Reynolds in 2013, after many years of using her passion to create unforgettable events for colleagues, friends & family, she decided to turn a fun activity into an ‘anytime’ business. Her extensive list of contacts ensures she has someone to meet any specific need relating to your function, and her services are not limited to KwaZuluNatal but also available nationally. Olivia’s experience extends to branding, promotions, conferences, launches and fundraising initiatives and is associated with a number of prominent associations and non-profit organisations in the region. And her desire is to help others achieve their ‘special moment’ whilst working within their budget... imagination and creativity goes a long way! ANYTIME EVENTS treats each function with equal importance and attention to detail thereby creating your own ‘unique’ event! Her motto is....Anything, Anywhere, Anytime!

Testimonials: 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB Olivia acted as party organiser for our son’s 21st birthday at the Durban Country Club. We were in a unique situation in that we live overseas so Olivia played a very important role in organising all aspects of the party for us. She did so with great enthusiasm and efficiency. I found it very easy to communicate with Olivia and we did so via e-mail. She was always prompt in returning mails which made it easy to share ideas. She had excellent suggestions for the party in terms of décor and seating arrangements. I so enjoyed her enthusiasm for what we wanted for the party. She took the initiative with the theme I wanted and had beautiful beaded musical instruments made for table centre pieces. With all the additional touches she added, the tables looked stunning. Olivia’s hard work prior to the party and in setting everything up efficiently made that we were able to arrive in South Africa without any concerns and enjoy our son’s 21st birthday with family and friends.

Cell: 073 288 3010

I will confidently recommend Olivia’s services as party organiser.

Email: anytimevents@gmail.com

Carlin Stobbart

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ANYTHING, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!


CO_ORDINATORS

EXPERIENCE TRUE PROFESSIONALISM FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA is a specialist décor and event planning company that deals with all aspects of function & event planning requirements, such as décor, draping, floral arrangements, centre pieces & table settings – ideal for your magical dream wedding setting. Started in 2000 by Paul Mann, the owner of FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA, the company has grown from strength to strength and is one of the most sought after decor and event specialists in KwaZulu-Natal. The FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA team is made up of vastly experienced staff and they are happy to assist you with all your function requirements, and pride themselves on their professionalism, service excellence, creative and unique décor.

gets an entire service under one roof. You only have to deal with one supplier instead of six!! This guarantees a better and swifter service, less stress and better value for you, just ask our previous clients!

“All I can say is WOW! WOW! WOW! A big THANK YOU!!!! It looked awesome, it was more beautiful than we could ever imagine. You made our dream come true, thank you!!! It was a pleasure dealing with you, and we look forward to the next time, wont be another wedding though. Once again, many thanks” Wedding 31 May 2008 Contact Paul and his team: Tel: 031 205 2211 Email: cutabove@mweb.co.za

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STATIONERY HEATHER FITCHET

WEDDING STATIONERY INCLUDES INVITATIONS, PLACE CARDS, SERVICE SHEETS, MENUS, MAPS AND MORE. YOUR STATIONERY SHOULD INCORPORATE A PERSONAL ELEMENT; AFTER ALL, IT REFLECTS WHO YOU ARE AS A COUPLE, AS WELL AS HINTING AT THE WEDDING DAY THEME. THAT SAID, DON’T OVER-CROWD THE DESIGN WITH TOO MANY DIFFERENT ELEMENTS THAT COULD LOOK MUDDLED AND CONFUSED; REMEMBER, LESS IS MORE. Invitation wording should be personal and heart-felt, using simple phrasing such as ‘join us in celebrating our wedding’. While it remains customary for invitations to come from the bride and groom’s parents, many couples opt to send the invitations themselves.

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Pretty pastel shades are a popular choice for invitations, as are the timeless classics of white, ivory, cream and champagne. Consider lacy or floral embellishments, freehand illustrations, creative calligraphy and images of the bride and groom.


VENUES TYRONE CROSSMAN

YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY AFTER GETTING ENGAGED AND ESTABLISHING A WEDDING BUDGET IS TO FIND YOUR DREAM VENUE. If you manage to find a spot that’s just right, chances are all the other aspects of your wedding, from the theme to the colour scheme to the décor, should begin to take shape. Remember, however, that popular venues will be snapped up quickly, so it’s really never too early to start looking around.

Brides and grooms are spoilt for choice when it comes to appealing locations in the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal. There are eco-friendly destinations surrounded by lush coastal forests and pristine golden beaches, stately colonial manors set amid sugarcane plantations, country estates in the rolling hills of the Midlands.

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The Perfect Venue for a Dream Wedding SICA’S GUESTHOUSE

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“ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL POINTS ON A BRIDE’S PLANNING CHECK LIST, IS THE SELECTION OF THE PERFECT WEDDING VENUE. AND WHEN THAT’S BEEN BOOKED, IT’S THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT TO MAKE SURE EVERY DETAIL IS QUIETLY TAKEN CARE OF, FOR A FLAWLESS WEDDING.” THIS IS THE VIEW OF JANUS HORN, OWNER AND GENERAL MANAGER OF SICA’S GUEST HOUSE, ONE OF DURBAN’S MOST GRACIOUS WEDDING SETTINGS. SICA’S GUEST HOUSE is a charming, old world sanctuary, situated just far enough away from the city’s hustle and bustle, but with all the necessary modern conveniences for a spectacular function. This 1886 colonial style guesthouse, which is graciously nestled on three acres of Durban’s prestigious Berea, has its own quaint chapel - but for those wishing to say their vows outside, a gazebo is easily organised. The Sica’s functions team assists the bridal couple with planning every step, from designing the invitation card, to orchestrating the farewell arch. Impeccable attention to detail and the flexibility to accommodate every request, sets SICA’s aside when it comes to organising a special event. Not only does SICA’s boast a highly professional but the ambiance of this establishment is highlighted by tasteful décor and impeccable gardens. And when it comes to the wedding feast, the SICA’s chefs and catering team don their aprons to create gastronomic delights to suit every taste bud. The SICA’s function rooms are expertly transformed to meet the design dreams of the bride and each detail, every step of the way, is personally and professionally attended to - from fresh flowers expertly arranged, crisp linen, quality cutlery, class crockery, ample ice and pristine service - are all part of the package. 18


VENUES The SICA’s function rooms are expertly transformed to meet the design dreams of the bride and each detail, every step of the way, is personally and professionally attended to - from fresh flowers expertly arranged, crisp linen, quality cutlery, class crockery, ample ice and pristine service - are all part of the package. As Shakespeare said so many years ago, “If music be the food of love, play on”, which is why at the heart of every Sica’s event, is the stunning accompaniment - sound! From authentic bag pipes, velvet jazz, a classical guitarist, brass ensembles, big oompah bands or the trendiest DJ. For those weddings where guests travel from afar, there is plenty of luxurious accommodation, set in tranquil surroundings, which means no one has to drive. In fact, SICA’s is a haven for bridal couples who choose to make a whole weekend of the extravaganza. And for those sporty guests, SICA’s has an inviting swimming pool and a floodlit tennis court. Another convenience is internet connectivity in each room - there is no need to go in search of an internet café. And the parking... its secure and there is plenty of it, so guests don’t have to worry about the safety of their vehicles.

SICA’s, which is attentively run by owners, Jan, SICA and Janus Horn, is one of Durban’s most charming establishments for every special occasion. Many couples return year after year, to celebrate their wedding anniversary. So, whether it’s a silver anniversary, or gold, bring on the champagne! After each SICA’s wedding, it’s appropriate to say ‘this marriage was made in heaven’. But 19

even if there is no special event, SICA’s is the perfect place to hide away from it all for a few days and be gently pampered. Oh and it’s absolutely true, life is all in the packaging and SICA’s is well worth its gracious wrapping. Contact the SICA’s Team: Tel: 031 261 2768 Email: info@sica.co.za www.sica.co.za


DIDIMA CONFERENCE CENTRE

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.

Your Ultimate Wedding Venue

Let ideas expand beyond the office

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

• Bordering on the upper Thukela area north and east, Lesotho in the west and Monk’s Cowl in the south, this section of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is 32000ha in extent. • The magnificent Didima Valley contains many examples of San rock art, a wide selection of plants and animals in the extensive grasslands patches and is a hiker’s paradise. • Didima is situated within the magnificent mountain setting of the Didima and Cathedral Peak Valley, a unique blend of modern luxury and ancient cultural heritage.

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There are also exclusive game lodges in ‘big-five’ country, a variety of resorts and guesthouses in the mountain splendour of the Drakensberg, and sophisticated five-star or boutique hotels in the city. One of these special destinations could become the place where you and your partner celebrate the next chapter in your relationship together. VENUE LOGISTICS If you plan on having a church wedding, the location of your reception venue will need to be in fairly close proximity to that of the ceremony. However, if you’re content with a civil wedding, this will widen your options greatly. Today many reception venues host both the wedding ceremony and the reception; a practical option which also minimises potential transport complications. You should have a rough idea of how big your wedding is going to be before looking at venues - you don’t want to set your heart on a particular place only to discover it’s too small to accommodate all your guests! Also think about the type of reception you’re planning. You’ll need more space for a formal, sit-down dinner than a cocktailstyle affair. And don’t forget the entertainment; a band or DJ will take up lots of room, as will a dance floor! HEATHER FITCHET

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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.

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

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Another prime consideration is your budget. Get a price estimate, including menu and bar prices and corkage fees, and the cost of waitering staff. Some venues offer discounts on accommodation as well as other services if you’re prepared to be flexible. TYPES OF VENUES What type of wedding venue best suits your plans? Traditional venues such as hotels and guest houses, which usually have set wedding packages, are an excellent option. Choose anything from an elegant boutique hotel, to an upmarket international resort or a charming country inn. Hotels are also able to provide in-house food and drink as well as accommodation for the bridal couple and the guests. However, remember that the larger hotels may host more than one wedding on the same day so there could be issues with a lack of exclusivity. Perhaps a golf or country club is just what you’re looking for. Many have beautiful buildings and grounds that are ideal for a wedding reception. Like a hotel, they’re also used to catering for large numbers of guests, particularly if you’re after buffet-style catering. For a smaller wedding party, a restaurant could offer a sure-fire recipe for success! It’s often the most cost effective venue option as you won’t pay for venue hire, only for food and beverages. You’re free to do things your way at a home wedding, and could save money by hiring the caterer of your choice and stocking your own bar. It can nevertheless end up being quite costly in the long run once you take all the extras into account, such as cutlery, crockery and linen, tables and chairs, and probably a tent or marquee, lighting, generators, portable toilets and flooring.

SAYSHA BAKER

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In addition, you may have to supervise the set-up of equipment, organise parking for all the guests, and clean up when it’s all over. There are also a number of non-traditional venues to be found, such as art galleries, barns, beaches, boats and hired halls. If you’d prefer something outdoors, KwaZulu-Natal has a huge variety of beautiful spots for you to pitch a tent or marquee, giving you endless flexibility regarding décor and styling. Although romantic and scenic, al fresco weddings can nevertheless be a lot of work to organise. Take into account things like the privacy of your location and competition from the elements, such as sun, heat, rain or insects. Accessibility and parking facilities should also be considered. CONSIDER THE ELEMENTS Also take the weather and the time of year into account when deciding on where to host your reception. While Durban and the coast enjoy wonderful weather all year round, with glorious, long summer days, there is also the chance of rain and humidity during the warmer months, so bear that in mind if you’re planning on celebrating al fresco. Conversely, the subtropical coastal areas experience warm and dry winters: even during the coldest months the average maximum temperature rises to 23°C during the day and rarely drops below 10°C at night. In the Drakensberg and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands the weather is much more temperate. Mild winter days are followed by cold nights and the possibility of snow between July and September. During summer the days are warm and generally sunny, although afternoon thundershowers are common. A bushveld wedding in Zululand or the Elephant Coast is usually more pleasant in the cooler months, between May and October, with January being the wettest month: the average daytime temperature in January is 28˚C, while in July it is 22˚C.

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

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A ROYAL HIDEAWAY AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE IS A ROYAL HIDEAWAY OFFERING EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AND LUXURY, AMIDST THE AFRICAN LANDSCAPES AND BREATHTAKING BIG FIVE WILDLIFE OF THE AMAKHOSI PRIVATE GAME RESERVE. Here, time belongs to the rhythm of a timeless African beat and guests are given their own private kingdom. AMAKHOSI’s uniqueness hinges on its Zulu heritage, a majestic destination where imperial treatment is customary, where no day is the same. There is no substitute for getting married in the bush. From the moment the bride and groom arrive until long after the ceremony, held in one of the most beautiful areas of the reserve, they are transported into a dream world fit for a king and his queen. At AMAKHOSI competent staff take care of everything, all you have to do is arrive and say “I do”. Six luxurious river suites and two honeymoon suites rest in harmony with their surroundings. High ceilings, glass walls and private viewing decks all add to the overall impression of being one with nature. Each suite has a lounge, 26

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


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• 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.

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

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Sakabula Country Lodge provides the perfect surroundings for your dream wedding where your guests can also enjoy an abundance of flora, animals and beautiful birds.

Call our Wedding Planner, Pat de Beer (076 849 1086) to discuss your basic needs to tailor a package to suit your requirements.

info@sakabulacountrylodge.co.za www.sakabulacountrylodge.co.za Clivia Close, R56 Manderston, Camperdown

076 849 1086 UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

CRINKLEY PARK IS LOCATED ON 7 ACRES OF PRISTINE GARDENS AND NATURAL FOREST, AND THIS MAKES FOR MAGICAL PHOTOGRAPHS. We take away all the stress involved in creating your special day leaving only the magic behind. • • • • • •

We offer you a full wedding planning service. Unique menus can be arranged for your taste. The wedding ceremony is held under a canopied gazebo. We offer a beautiful garden chapel set ornately in a bamboo forest. The stone bench seating can comfortably seat 110 people. The thatched Boma is the venue for your reception and can seat up to 180 people.

For further information or our 2014 bridal package, please make use of the contact us form on our website www.nkuthugardens.co.za or email: info@nkuthugardens.co.za

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SAKABULA COUNTRY LODGE IS THE CONSUMMATE ROMANTIC COUNTRY WEDDING VENUE, AND HAS EVERY CAPACITY TO HOST YOUR SPECIAL DAY... DOWN TO THE LAST DETAIL, INCLUDING A QUANT CHAPEL, FLOWER ARRANGING, DRAPING AND DÉCOR, A MARQUEE AND EXPERT CATERING. Its idyllic location, teeming with indigenous flora and fauna, and convenient situation only 45 minutes drive from Durban and 15 minutes from Pietermaritzburg makes it a perfect destination for a wedding in the countryside. The Lodge, set within breathtaking, lush gardens bursting with rich colourful Clivia flowers in the spring, and a wide variety of other indigenous plants and flowers throughout the year, is also home to a wide diversity of birdlife. The expansive lawns landscaped with duck ponds and leafy shaded areas make for perfect photo opportunities to complete any bride’s dream wedding to perfection. In addition, SAKABULA COUNTRY LODGE offers a number of B&B and self catering options making it an ideal location for you and your guests. Having a restaurant on site that offers a full menu, as well as a children’s playground that is an outdoor paradise for kids, ensures that SAKABULA COUNTRY LODGE has everything covered... leaving the bridal couple nothing more to do than say ‘I do’ in style. Contact Pat de Beer: Cell: 076 849 1086 Email: info@sakabulacountrylodge.co.za www.sakabulacountrylodge.co.za

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VENUES SCENICALLY SITUATED ON THE BANKS OF THE NKUTHU RIVER, CRINKLEY PARK, ALSO FORMERLY KNOWN AS NKUTHU GARDENS, IS DISCREETLY TUCKED AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF CITY LIFE OFFERING AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR A FAIRYTALE WEDDING. Every bride wants her day to be one that she can look back on and cherish for years to come. Even the smallest detail gone awry is enough to turn what is meant to be the biggest day of your life into a nightmare. CRINKLEY PARK specialises in making your big day memorable for all the right reasons. We take away all the stress involved in creating your special day leaving only the magic behind. The wedding ceremony can be held under a canopied gazebo in the centre of the Nkuthu River, or in the beautiful garden chapel set ornately in a bamboo forest. The garden chapel venue has an ambience of its own, enticing you in... it can be fully draped to create an Arabian Nights look for your wedding or alternatively, can be left with just the standard draping to create an elegant yet natural look. Its stone bench seating comfortably seat 110 people with additional seating provided on request. Being located on 7 acres of pristine gardens and natural forest, CRINKLEY PARK is the photographer’s dream, with a wide variety of backdrops making for magical photographs. And while your photographer captures the joy of your unique day, your guests can enjoy

drinks and canapés in the ambience of a garden setting. The thatched Boma is the venue for your reception and can seat up to 180 people comfortably and is draped to give a magical blend between ethnic and elegant but can be decorated further if necessary. There are a variety of menus to choose from. The Boma can be hired on its own or in conjunction with the wedding chapel. Couples have been getting married at CRINKLEY PARK for over 12 years and each wedding remains unique. With a very ‘hands on’ approach, their in house function’s coordinator is available to ensure that every last detail is taken care of. The full wedding planning service includes helping you to source photographers, florists, DJ’s and so much more, from advice on your colour scheme to flowers to centrepieces. Unique menus can be arranged to your taste, and they will do their utmost to ensure that your wedding guests enjoy the day as much as you do. Contact Ora Hendriks: Cell: 082 681 8506 Email: info@crinkleybottompark.co.za www.nkuthugardens.co.za

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Before making a final decision on a location, you might like to make a venue checklist, asking the following questions: • •

Accommodation: Is there adequate accommodation, either at the venue itself or situated nearby? Facilities: Is the venue accessible by wheelchair and suitable for disabled guests? Does it have adequate seating for the elderly and does it cater to the needs of young children? Are there sufficient bathroom facilities?

Catering: Must you provide your own caterer, or does the venue come with its own kitchen and catering staff?

Liquor: Does the venue have a liquor license and would you be allowed to supply the bar requirements? If so, what are corkage fees?

Parking: Is there enough parking, and how close is the parking lot to the reception area?

Restrictions: Are there specific venue limitations, such as a ban on candles and confetti, loud music or dancing?

Entertainment: Does the venue have its own sound and PA system with adequate speakers, or will this need to be hired separately?

Décor: Does the venue provide table linen, floral arrangements, menu and place cards, as well as other decorations, or must you supply your own?

Extra items: Will items such as a cake stand and cake knife be available?

Coordinator: Is there a manager or coordinator available to supervise the set-up of the wedding? To what extent will you be able to liaise with them?

Photography: Does the venue have scenic grounds with sufficient natural light for good photographs? If not, is there an attractive spot nearby?

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

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

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

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

accommodate 55 guests on the property and

relaxed, fun weddings that incorporate the

are able to co-ordinate the accommodation

beautiful surrounding of PENWARN. Most

of the other guests at nearby venues. The

of their wedding ceremonies are outdoors

entire property is for the exclusive use of

- overlooking the dams, under the oaks, or

the wedding party and guests from the

on the island - but in keeping with their

Friday until the Sunday. The Penwarn/

philosophy of individually planned weddings,

Waterford Estate, a 3800 hectare spread

each couple is encouraged to find a spot that

bordering the Ukhahlamba World Heritage

takes their very own fancy.

Site, is a photographers dream, with a choice

The wedding banquet is also individually tailored with the smaller weddings held inside the dining room which can hold up to 50 people and the larger ones under a marquee on the lawns. Menus incorporate the couples’ tastes and the general theme of the day. From the time the couple chooses PENWARN as a venue, they are assisted with the organising of the entire weekend. The degree of involvement depends on the couple, from having PENWARN co-ordinate the entire wedding e.g. the hiring of equipment,

of backdrops & props... a variety of game including zebra, wildebeest and other antelope roam free across the hillsides and plains, while the blue heights of the Drakensberg rise up to the west. Waterford Farm is home to the largest single dairy farm in KZN, breeds and trains a variety of horse breeds, has a farmyard that is home to typical farmyard animals including chickens, geese, turkeys, peacocks, rabbits and ducks as well offering some of the most renowned fly-fishing waters in the country.

DJ’s, ordering and arranging flowers, hiring

Contact details:

photographers etc. or just facilitating enabling

Telephone: +27 33 701 1368

more involvement from friends and family.

Email: info@penwarn.co.za

PENWARN COUNTRY LODGE can comfortably

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OLD WORLD AMBIENCE AND EXQUISITE SEA VIEWS THE ESTUARY HOTEL & SPA

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VENUES LOCATED ON KWAZULU-NATAL SOUTH COAST, JUST A FEW KILOMETRES SHORT OF PORT EDWARD, AND A SHORT WALK THROUGH THE ESTATE TO THE IDYLLIC SILVER BEACH, THE ESTUARY HOTEL & SPA WAS ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1941 AS A MANOR HOUSE IN THE CAPE-DUTCH STYLE FOR A WEALTHY FAMILY. With its old world ambience, exquisite sea and estuary views, rolling lawns and beautiful gardens THE ESTUARY HOTEL & SPA provides the perfect setting for the wedding of a lifetime. With the Admiral Function Room catering for a maximum of 200 people, you and your guests will be able to enjoy the dining experience, relax in the tranquil settings, celebrate your marriage with a party and then sleep well in their indulgent and luxurious bedrooms. Relax and unwind in one of their luxurious bedrooms designed with comfort and elegance in mind. Sleep comes easy in the sumptuous bed... wake up to the beautiful views of the sea or estuary and the smells and sounds that are truly Africa. There is

no doubt that this is your very special day and you can manage it in such a way that it reflects you and your partner’s personality. Your honeymoon is a time to relax and unwind after your big day. THE ESTUARY HOTEL & SPA is the perfect place to do this. With breathtaking views of the sea and estuary, great food, luxurious bedrooms, direct beach access and the Day Spa ready to pamper you, make for an unforgettable stay. Contact the reservation team: Tel: 039 311 2675 Email: weddings@estuaryhotel.co.za www.estuaryhotel.co.za

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Our Lammergeyer Hide offers excellent viewing of raptors such as the Bearded Vulture and Verreaux’s Eagle.

GIANT’S CASTLE RESORT Central uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park (World Heritage Site)

Izimbali Restaurant and Bar provides guests with the option of fully catered meals in its warm and relaxed atmosphere.

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.

* 6 - Bed Rock Lodge with a cook in attendance. * 37 two-bedded chalets with en-suite facilities, a lounge dining area and fully appointed kitchen. * 3 four-bed chalets with two bedrooms, a bathroom, a lounge/dining area and a fully equipped kitchen. * 3 six-bed chalets featuring three bedrooms, one bathroom (separate toilet), a lounge/dining area and a fully appointed kitchen. * A romantic honeymoon suite fitted as per the two-bedded chalets. * All units equipped with satellite TV.

Giant’s Castle Resort is situated on a grassy plateau among deep valleys running down the face of the High Drakensberg offering glorious views for hikers and mountain climbers. Giant’s Castle takes its name from the silhouette of the peaks and escarpment that resembles the profile of a sleeping giant. Giant’s Castle Resort is situated within the World Heritage Site. Wild flowers of the Drakensberg are the design theme of the Giant’s Castle Resort and Rock Lodge, and original botanical paintings feature in all the chalets and lodge buildings. Giant’s Castle Resort is a hiker’s paradise offering short and long walks. The Main Caves Museum with its large sandstone overhang of superb San rock art is one of the best preserved sites in Southern Africa.

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Travelling inland through indigenous coastal forests and thornveld plains teeming with wildlife are the famed game reserves of Zululand, including the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Reserve, which was once the hunting ground of Zulu kings like Shaka and Dingiswayo. Zululand and the Battlefields area of northern KwaZulu-Natal was also the site of military conflicts between British, Boer and Zulu armies. These areas encompass the towns of Ulundi, Melmoth and Eshowe, Vryheid, Utrecht, Dundee and Ladysmith, and legendary battles such as Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift and Spioenkop. DESTINATION WEDDINGS Another option is the destination wedding. With the exception of the venue’s online photo gallery and a possible ‘virtual tour’, you probably won’t be able to scope out the location and grounds yourself before you get there. While some brides might find this a bit unnerving, remember that destination weddings can produce some of the most relaxed and fun-filled celebrations, provided you ask the right questions and find out all the finer details beforehand. When you contact the venue, ask whether they have a dedicated wedding planner on site, and if they can be contacted via email. This will make the logistics of planning your wedding much easier! Also establish exactly what services the wedding coordinator will provide, and whether there is a fee. Find out what reception and ceremony areas are available, how many guests each can accommodate, and whether they are air-conditioned. Also ask the manager to email you a layout of each, including pictures. If you’d like to have a wedding on the beach, will this be possible? If travelling outside South Africa, it’s also vital that you find out what the legal obligations are for a wedding in your destination of choice, and what paperwork is required.

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CONGRATULATIONS, your big day is approaching! BUT LOOK NO FURTHER, AS THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF AT KLOOF COUNTRY CLUB ARE AVAILABLE AND WILL DO EVERYTHING TO MAKE YOUR DAY RUN SMOOTHLY AND MAKE SURE IT IS A GREAT SUCCESS. Situated in the verdant hills of the mist belt in Kloof and just 20 minutes from Durban, the KLOOF COUNTRY CLUB’s outdoor wedding ceremony is a special event set amongst the beautiful backdrop of their well maintained lawns and Golf Course, there are several designated areas for you to host your ceremony which comes with chairs, red carpet scattered with petals and draped arch. There are three great options for the reception... the Mowat Room which opens up onto an enclosed veranda which is perfect for welcome drinks for your guests and the Holdsworth Room which has a private bar and private balcony. The vast lawn facilities of the KLOOF COUNTRY CLUB lend themselves to marquee weddings which can be arranged by special request. A variety of menu options are available for all the venues and as the KLOOF COUNTRY CLUB is a fully licensed establishment all beverages need to be purchased from the bar. KLOOF COUNTRY CLUB has their own dedicated in house decorating team who will be happy to quote on the whole draping, cake and gift table draping, top table draping, fairy lights, as well as offer a selection of table linens. It is often a daunting task to find the right suppliers to help you make your wedding day as special as you have always imagined. KLOOF COUNTRY CLUB has compiled a list of preferred suppliers who they know and trust to assist you in planning every aspect of you wedding day - after all, weddings are their speciality. Contact Kloof Country Club: Tel: 031 764 0555; Email: foodandbeverage@kloofcc.co.za www.kloofcc.co.za WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL - June, July & August 2014 (Sunday and week day weddings only) - R34 995 includes: Venue, red carpet with rose petals, draped arch, 100 chairs with covers, champagne & orange juice for 100 guests, venue hire reception for 100 guests, 3 course buffet lunch or dinner, white linen with white chair covers, a bottle of red, white & sparkling wine per table of 10, decorated golf cart for wedding photo’s and complimentary parking. (Terms & Conditions apply). 41


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Beautiful wedding venues make for beautiful lifelong memories GOODERSON LEISURE

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 to 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 wonder 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. And 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 acre 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

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

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


VENUES • GOODERSON KLOPPENHEIM COUNTRY ESTATE: (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 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 bride and groom. 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 80 - 100 guests, has its own bar and is ideal for smaller weddings. Accommodation comprises 18 brand new double rooms with en-suite bathrooms and the usual creature comforts. A short walk through the gardens takes you to the restaurant where breakfast is served anytime between eight and eleven a.m. During winter a log fire adds to the cosy atmosphere of the restaurant and pub.

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

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FALAZA GAME PARK & SPA offers the ideal backdrop for your wedding in the wild combining romance with adventure. Bring together the elegance of your occasion with an intimate stay in the wild. Indulge in romantic pre- or post-wedding pampering at the spa with your partner. Privately owned FALAZA GAME PARK & SPA, which is located a mere three hour scenic drive from King Shaka International Airport, and just 100km from Richards Bay Airport, offers a number of authentic bush experiences in a lush indigenous setting. FALAZA neighbours the World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is home to the Lake St Lucia, is near the renowned HluhluweiMfolozi Game Reserve – which boasts the ‘Big Five’, as well as Sodwana Bay with its fascinating underwater world. At FALAZA GAME PARK & SPA you get to enjoy impeccable experience, romantic indulgence and a true African adventure. If you are interested in having your wedding at FALAZA, contact their team and they will help you plan your perfect day and make it an unforgettable experience in the African wilderness, where their white rhino are sure to be grazing on the lawn or near the waterhole for all your guests to enjoy and never forget. Falaza is a place for couples, families and business or even social groups to escape a hectic pace and enjoy a private and serene setting for relaxation and renewal. 48


Chantal & Marcel Cloete’s wedding in the wild… “FROM THE MOMENT WE VIEWED THE BREATH TAKING SITES OF THE GAME RESERVE WE KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR SPECIAL SPOT TO TIE THE KNOT...THE WEDDING WAS THE BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES…AND WE OWE A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE STAFF OF FALAZA FOR TREATING US LIKE FAMILY.”

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“It was a magical weekend spent with friends & family as we said our vows amongst the indigenous foliage of the magnificent bush. FALAZA GAME PARK & SPA is the perfect destination for a romantic honeymoon, wedding or vacation. Spectacular sunsets and starlight skies provide the backdrop for a tranquil celebration of love in the bush. We enjoyed massages for two, private sunset dinners on the lawn overlooking the African bushveld and explored the reserve together… and had time to relax and let the Falaza staff pamper us. And we must mention the luxury tented accommodation that provided true safari ambiance, with every comfort catered for, including a spacious dressing room, en-suite bathroom and private sundeck, a great place for us to to rejuvenate and unwind.” Contact Nicolien Pieterse: Tel: 035 562 2319 Email: reservations@falaza.co.za www.falaza.co.za 50


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VENUES

Dream Locations

STUART DODS

SEAN BAKER

TYRONE CROSSMAN

DIONNE SWART

DIONNE SWART

“Once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” Roy Goodman STUART DODS

TYRONE CROSSMAN HEATHER FITCHET

HEATHER FITCHET

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STUART DODS

CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER FOR YOUR WEDDING IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS YOU WILL MAKE IN THE COMING MONTHS. Selecting an artist that will capture and create images of the highest quality will ensure the wondrous memories and the true essence of your special day can be relived for generations to come. Your wedding promises to be one of the defining moments to cherish in your life, and this raw emotion needs to be preserved. As the roses wilt and the dress collects dust, your photographs will serve as the only reminder of what transpired on that day: the most important day of your life.

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SEAN, A DURBAN BASED PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALISING IN WEDDINGS AND PEOPLE, STARTED HIS LOVE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE LATE 90’S WHILE LIVING IN CHICAGO. USING DISPOSABLE 35MM KODAK CAMERAS, THEN AN SLR, WHILE STUDYING PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE US, TO NOW, USING ONLY DIGITAL. Professional that he is, Sean decided to narrow down his photographic disciplines to weddings and people, capturing not just posed photographs but un-posed ‘moments’ that evoke different emotions and very special memories. Contact Sean Baker: Cell: 072 972 2463 | Email: sean.b.baker@me.com | www.seanbakerphotography.com

CHECK OUT SEAN’S PORTFOLIO on www.seanbakerphotography.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY

The first step in the process of selecting the right photographer is to cover all your bases by doing some research. Try browsing through some wedding magazines and online wedding directories for a few reputable photographers. The proof really is in the pudding when it comes to photography, so be sure to browse through as many portfolios as possible. Every photographer shoots with a distinct style, which reflects in the look and feel of the images they produce. It is important to decide whether a particular photographer’s work speaks to you and if you enjoy their photographic style. Wedding photographers often have set packages offering a variety of products and services, along with their photographic time. Enquire with the photographer about their Wedding Packages and be sure to explore the various options available to you. Your Wedding Album, along with your precious memories, will have to stand the test of time, so it is imperative to ensure the photographer’s albums are of the highest quality. Be sure to meet with your photographer in person prior to your special day! Your wedding photographer will spend more time with you on your wedding day than anyone else, so it is important to get to know them, deciding on whether you like their personality. This also offers the photographer the opportunity to get to know a bit more about you and your partner, a crucial part of his or her process that will inevitably affect the end product. Meeting with your photographer will allow you to review their albums and products in person, so you can determine whether they meet your requirements.

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

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

CHECK OUT DAVID’S PORTFOLIO on www.davidweeks.co.za

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DAVID WEEKS


PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID WEEKS

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ALL THROUGH STUART’S DIVERSE LIFE HE HAS ALWAYS HAD A LOVE OF VISUAL THINGS AND AS HE SAYS ‘HAD A CAMERA IN HAND’. He dabbled in photographic portfolios whilst in London, but it was on his return to South Africa and his introduction to a digital camera that ‘opened up a whole new world’ to him and he was hooked more than ever before. The defining moment however was when he ‘meet the love of his life’... it turned what has started as a passion that fed his soul to a career capturing the special memories of other couples. Says Stuart ‘I value my blessing everyday... a wedding is a once off important occasion and so is my approach to it’

Contact Stuart Dods: Cell: +27 (0) 83 789 5283 | Tel: + 27 (0) 31 572 4428 Email: stuart@stuartdods.com | www.stuartdods.com

CHECK OUT STUART’S PORTFOLIO on www.stuartdods.com

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Ask your photographer about their turnaround times in terms of editing and post-production. How long will they take to show you a preview? How long will it take before you can see all of the images? Ask them whether you have a say in the selection of images that will eventually go into your wedding album, and see if they have a proofing system that will allow you to review and modify your album prior to print. At the end of the day, your satisfaction is priority one! Once you have considered all of these aspects and decided on your preferred photographer, ensure that you secure your wedding date with them as soon as possible. Some photographers are booked more than a year in advance; so locking the date in promptly is vital. Consult your photographer with regards to the time schedule of your wedding day. The best time for creative photography is about an hour before sunset, so by structuring your day carefully, you will allow your photographer to shoot in the best possible light. It is also important to give your photographer the creative freedom that they need to take the best possible images on your day. You chose your photographer because you love their work, so trust them to work their magic! EDITORIAL COURTESY MATT MASSON

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PHOTOGRAPHY WEDDINGS • CORPORATE EVENTS • CHURCH SERVICES Professional photography and video filming since 2003 We specialise in • Wedding and Event co-ordination • The hiring of traditional wear amabheshu imibhlaselo • The filming of Zulu wedding traditions such as: Udwendwe Umbondo & Umembeso - Umemulo • Music video filming • Traditional white weddings

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

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

DRIES ERASMUS

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DRIES ERASMUS Dries started as a photographer at the age of 19 at Potchefstroom University when joining the student newspaper Die Wapad, and quickly climbed the ranks becoming the chief photographer and having the opportunity to shoot everything from sports to formal events. Fresh out of University he joined the SANDF as a private and a few months later joined the permanent force becoming the first official photographer of the SA Military Health Service. Once again he had the opportunity to shoot a variety of subjects and substitute his very small salary with wedding and events photography. Dries then decided to leave the corporate communication field and went on to study Information Technology, putting his camera ‘down’ for a few years... what he didn’t realise is that the passion that had started in his youth would not let up and in 2011 picked up the camera once again. This time his photographic business, CLASSIK PORTRAITS, took off and the passion that had got him started had him quickly getting back into the swing of things capturing everything from sports events to weddings. Contact Dries Erasmus (Classik Portraits): Cell: 082 773 1459 Email: classikportraits@gmail.com | www.facebook/classikportraits.com

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JAMES LIVES IN THE SLEEPY VILLAGE OF MUNSTER ON THE KWAZULU-NATAL SOUTH COAST OF SOUTH AFRICA. He is a classically trained guitarist with a deep passion for photography. Like music, photography requires the need for technical excellence while allowing great creative freedom. James particularly enjoys the challenges of wedding photography as it requires a special mix of photojournalistic skills and creative flair. While there is a time and place for posed photographs at every wedding, the natural images are the ones that will bring a real smile to your face as they capture true emotions and actual moments rather than elaborately contrived poses. Contact James Carlsen: Tel: +27 (0) 83 739 5497 Email: email@jamescarlsen.co.za | http://www.beachweddings.co.za

PORTFOLIO on www.jamescarlsen.co.za

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The Fairy Tale Romance of Leslie & Niki MATT MASSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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PHOTOGRAPHY MATT MASSON HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF CAPTURING THE SPECIAL MOMENTS OF LESLIE AND NIKI’S WEDDING ON THE 25 JANUARY 2014. THEY SAID THEIR VOWS AT OUR LADY OF FATIMA CATHOLIC CHURCH IN DURBAN NORTH AND HELD THEIR RECEPTION INSIDE THE USHAKA MARINE WORLD AQUARIUM. BUT WHERE THERE’S A WEDDING THERE IS ALWAYS A STORY, AND THIS IS LES AND NIX’S STORY… When asked how they met, their mutual

neither Nix nor Les can account for how

response is ‘by divine intervention’. Les’

events turned but the evening continued

work colleagues were Nix’s close friends.

with Les pulling John Travolta dance moves

After hearing about one another for a few

outside the Beverly Hills (and that’s when

months, the two finally met on 1 September

Nix knew this man was a lot of fun) in the

2010, Spring day (the day of new

middle of the parking lot to some random

beginnings and fresh starts) when a mutual

song coming out of a friend’s car.

friend had a birthday dinner at ‘Elements Bar’ at the Beverly Hills. When a number of guests ended up being a no-show Les and another work colleague were invited at the last minute. Having heard about the tall, dark and handsome Les, Nix was adamant not to fall for his charms (being certain that any man who had such a fuss made about him had to have an ego to match).

Over the next few months, group emails turned into emails between just Les and Nix (being the only two who truly understood the other’s humour which included parody fanaticism for Justin Bieber). A friendship grew, where good and bad days at work were ended with runs along the beach front, just the two of them, sharing the ups and downs of the day. Friendship

Dinner was pleasant and a few casual

blossomed and affections grew. All the

glances were passed across the dinner

while Les thinking that Nix was out of his

table. But the sparks first flew in the

league, and Nix thinking that Les was so

parking lot outside when the group were

popular with the ladies that she hardly

saying their parting good byes. To this day

featured in a romantic sense.

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On the morning of Christmas Eve, Nix was on the brink of wiping out any thought of a romantic relationship with Les when she received a call. He was eager to see her to give her a Christmas gift (which turned out to be a VERY large Justin Bieber poster). Nix’s heart sunk as she explained that she was fully booked doing Christmas duty at the St. Thomas Home for Children and then gift wrapping for Reach for a Dream Foundation. Les then offered to join her and duly helped out by playing with the kids and holding the sellotape for wrapping. Yes this may sound a bit Mills and Booney but it’s the truth)… and on Christmas Day it became official (when Nix inadvertently and without thinking stole a kiss). In February 2012 Les designed an engagement ring and had it custom made by Diamond Source in Johannesburg. Les’ dad collected the ring and brought it to Durban in early March. Airport Security was delighted when his dad presented the ring, refusing to allow it through the x-ray machine – who doesn’t enjoy a good love story? 64


PHOTOGRAPHY On 13 March 2013 Les visited Nix’s parents and asked for permission to marry her. He received an exuberant and resounding yes. After over 2 years of dating, on 15 March 2013, Les planned the ultimate weekend away. Les convinced Nix to take the afternoon off and whisked her off to the Umhlanga beach for a romantic picnic, then back to the house where Les had laid a variety of outfits for Nix for the perfect weekend away. With a quick packing of bags, Les whisked Nix off to Salt Rock (Northern KZN) to a boutique hotel. Upon arrival Les realised that he had left his dress pants and shirt at the house (his outfit for the proposal!). So a quick trip to Ballito meant Les had a new outfit for the proposal. All the while Nix had no clue what was to follow. After a romantic champagne dinner (where Les originally planned to propose), they returned to the room. Moments after Nix removed her shoes (highly appropriate as Nix is a bit of a hippy when it comes to wearing shoes); Les got down on one knee and proposed… READ MORE OF LES & NIX’S STORY Contact Matt Masson Photography: Cell: 083 287 1278 Email: info@mattmasson.co.za www.mattmasson.co.za 65


VIDEOGRAPHY DAVID WEEKS

WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY HAS PROGRESSED IN LEAPS AND BOUNDS IN THE PAST DECADE, FROM SMALL, MOBILE DIGITAL CAMERAS CAPABLE OF FILMING IN LOW LIGHT SITUATIONS AND OFFERING DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED IMAGE QUALITY, TO INNOVATIVE NARRATIVE FORMATS, CREATIVE EFFECTS AND SLICK POST-PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES. More recently, high-definition (HD) video technology, Blu-ray discs, DSLR cameras, cutting-edge computer software and commercial production equipment such as Steadicam units have advanced the industry even further. You could opt for the cinematic approach, where the video of your day is captured and edited for dramatic effect and mood, just like a movie. Or you may prefer a storytelling video that relies on sound bites, usually from the bride and groom, recorded before, during or after the wedding. Other styles encompass Documentary, Short Form (edited to less than 60 minutes) and Traditional (two to three hours, only slightly edited). Videographers may also offer a wedding trailer, lasting between three and five minutes, which you’re able to upload to YouTube, Twitter or Facebook and share far and wide with friends and family. A novel pre-wedding idea is to make a video of the engagement proposal as well!

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WITH A WORLD OF DIFFERENT COLOUR PALETTES, THEMES AND DÉCOR TO CHOOSE FROM, BRIDES AND GROOMS ARE FREE TO CREATE A WEDDING THAT REFLECTS THEIR PERSONALITIES AND IS PERFECTLY SUITED TO THEIR OWN SENSE OF STYLE.

Consider a fairy-tale fantasy, rock ‘n roll revival, enchanted forest, garden tea party or chic Italian affair. Name your tables after blooms in the bride’s bouquet and the flower arrangements, or expand on a destination theme by replacing the standard table numbering with, for example, uno, due, tre, quattro, etc.

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ADD MAGIC & AMBIANCE TO THE DAY OF YOUR DREAMS LIGHTS, STATIONERY & TEXTILES

FLICKERS AND DREAMS was created when bride Ryllie-Jade had a

subtle fairy lights as a backdrop to showstopper centre pieces.

need... she was looking for that special ‘something’ to add magic and

In addition to this, Ryllie-Jade has built upon her background in graphic

ambiance to her wedding day - quality professional decorative lighting.

design to offer stylish, on-trend wedding stationary. Brides are able to

Unable to find what she was looking for, FLICKERS AND DREAMS was

choose from a stunning collection range of wedding stationary or brief

born, and as the premium partner in South Africa for the leading

Flicker and Dreams to design uniquely customised save-the-dates,

European decorative lighting brand MK Illumination (www.mk-

invitations, directions and maps, accommodation lists, itinerary, order of

illumination.co.za) owner Ryllie-Jade is able to offer you anything from

service, table numbers, menus, place cards and thank you cards.

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DECOR You can either visit their studio for a creative consultation or correspond through email and telephone. The personal touch of a creative consultation enables Ryllie to get to know you and your fiancĂŠ and to hear your story... to discuss the dreams you have for your big day and help you figure out what you want from stationary styles, colour scheme, paper and envelopes. Then you can just sit back and relax while they take care of all the details. Contact Ryllie-Jade: Cell: 082 455 5496 Email: ryllie@flickersanddreams.co.za www.flickersanddreams.co.za

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One of the top tips is to choose a beautiful venue. A charming country hotel or themed restaurant will be easier to decorate than a plain function room or marquee. Then, you’ll need to check how much of the décor your venue is able to supply, and how much you’ll have to hire. These days, professional hiring companies supply an amazing array of stylish furnishings and themed décor. THEMES AND COLOUR SCHEMES Different themes lend themselves to different colour schemes: a garden wedding might feature delicate florals and pastels against a lush green backdrop, while a vintage wedding could incorporate period prints and bold colours offset with silver or gold detailing, not to mention a sprinkling of 1930s era glamour. The ‘country chic’ or ‘rustic’ wedding in fresh shades of blue, green or yellow is also very popular at present. Feature details here include apple crates, antique tablecloths and mismatched china. The seaside is another favourite, lending itself to pale blue or turquoise paired with neutrals such as sand, gold, silver or chalky pink. Alternatively, make your reception into a celebration of colour with the latest décor trends: origami flowers, paper lanterns and pom-poms, festoon lighting and swags of streamers. You could also look to the season for inspiration. Spring suggests fresh pastels, while summer’s lush vegetation and abundant blooms might prompt tropical or beach themes infused with bold, dramatic hues. Favourite autumn colours include the mellow tones of amber, russet, green and cream. While coastal winters are pleasantly cool and dry, the colder weather inland could inspire a romantic highland theme with roaring log fires, candle-lit tables and soaring mountain scenery. This is also the perfect time for a bushveld wedding; perhaps colonial elegance

EVENT CO-ORDINATORS & DECOR SPECIALISTS

or eco-experience. HIRING AND FAVOURS Most weddings require the hiring of equipment and décor, especially in the case of outdoor events, with many companies offering a fully comprehensive service, complete with event managers to help with the planning. Equipment needs might include marquees; gazebos; walkways; flooring and carpeting; wall and ceiling lining; dance floors and stages; air-conditioning and heating units; a variety of chairs, tables, crockery, cutlery, glassware and linen; pot plants and water features; hanging lights, fairy lights and chandeliers; audio-visual equipment; floral arrangements and displays; kitchen facilities; generators and portable toilets. CLASSIC EVENTS

Shenaaz Fakroodeen By Appointment Only

33 Overport Drive, Durban | Tel : 031 2092555 Cell: 083 786 0028 | Email: classic786@telkomsa.net www.classic-events.co.za 70


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ANYWHERE... under cover, with Stretch Tents WHEN ORGANISING AN OUTDOOR EVENT ONE ALWAYS NEEDS TO TAKE THE WEATHER INTO ACCOUNT. HOWEVER IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THE SOLUTION NEEDS TO BE A SQUARE CANVAS BOX. STRETCH TENTS OFFER AN INNOVATIVE AND AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO THE TRADITIONAL MARQUEE. Their stretch tents are made from an extremely strong, 100% waterproof and amazingly stretchy material which covers pretty much any area beautifully. A perfect solution for a wedding, party or function. STRETCH TENTS are an extremely versatile solution and can cover pretty much any area from small intimate weddings to large elaborate weddings catering for 300 guests. Multiple tents can also be seamlessly joined to cover even larger areas. Stretch tents enable you to plan for all weather and seasons - from scorching hot days to rainy, cold evenings. If the weather forecast is hot and sunny the tents can be set up as high open canopies. However, the tents can also be hunker down providing excellent weather protection and are able to withstand very strong winds and heavy rain.

The chairs are one of the most important aspects of your décor and Stretch Tents have a range of stunning ‘wimbledon’ and ‘tiffany’ chairs to transform your event. And can also assist you with tables, various lighting options, dance floors and gas heaters. The location for your dream wedding can be anything from a sandy beach, lush garden, expansive lawn to a clearing in an indigenous forest... a weatherproof solution for the wedding of your dreams in a romantic setting of your choice! Contact James Carlsen: Cell: 083 739 5497 Email: info@scstretchtents.co.za www.scstretchtents.co.za

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“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Design is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

A2Z EVENT SPECIALISTS

MATT MASSON HEATHER FITCHET

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HEATHER FITCHET

LEMONTREE

STUART DODS

LEMONTREE

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FALAZA GAME PARK

ADDING A SPLASH OF COLOUR AND DECORATIVE DETAIL TO THE WEDDING DAY DÉCOR NOT TO MENTION THE BRIDE’S GORGEOUS GOWN - FLOWERS ARE A HUGELY IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE OVERALL THEME AND COLOUR SCHEME. Make your choices memorable for all the right reasons, selecting blooms that you love to provide the perfect finishing touches to this very special day. Take into account a flower’s colour, perfume, foliage, texture and durability, consulting a good florist for advice on seasonal selections and tricks of the trade.

Some popular varieties include lilies, irises, orchids and roses, or local choices such as Proteas and gerberas. Hot pinks or brightly hued corals look great at a summer wedding, while yellow and pastels suit springtime. Texture can be created through succulents, grasses and berries.

Flowers by Benita

We offer our creative floral services and experience for Durban & surrounding areas including Ballito, Port Shepstone & Natal Midlands.

Weddings and Corporate Events

Close your eyes and imagine beauty, style, and a touch of magic - your wedding day flowers Working with you to create your picture perfect day, Flowers by Benita offers beautiful wedding bouquets to compliment your wedding dress and those of your bridesmaids. As no groom should be excluded from the flower ensemble, stylish button holes for gentlemen and corsages for ladies of the wedding party are designed in co-ordination to compliment the brides bouquet. Flower girl baskets and hair pieces add the finishing touches to the ultimate accessory - your wedding day flowers. Our floral service extends to the chapel and reception venues. From pew and chair accessories to table centerpieces, and even the wedding cake, we offer classic and chic floral designs with exceptional attention to detail. Email: enquiries@flowersbybenita.co.za Telephone: 082 781 8544 Please feel free to contact us with any questions, enquiries or a no-obligation quote for weddings, functions & events.

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CREATIVE FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS for your picture perfect day

FLOWERS BY BENITA WILL WORK WITH YOU TO CREATE YOUR PICTURE PERFECT DAY - THE DAY YOU HAVE DREAMED OF BROUGHT TO LIFE BEFORE YOUR EYES. Everything you imagined... beauty, style, and a touch of magic - your wedding day flowers. Compliment your wedding dress and those of your bridesmaids with beautiful wedding bouquets created by Flowers by Benita. Add stylish button holes for the gentlemen, corsages for ladies of the wedding party, and flower girl baskets and hair pieces all designed in co-ordination to compliment the bride’s bouquet. Flowers by Benita adds the finishing touches to the ultimate accessory - your wedding day flowers, making your day extra special. The chapel and reception venues are not excluded from their floral service - from pew and chair accessories to table dÊcor and even the wedding cake, Flowers by Benita offer classic and chic floral designs with exceptional attention to detail. Having many years experience in the floral industry, Flowers by Benita understands the impression your wedding flower decorations create and are there to help you make your special day a memorable one - unique in design and to suit all budgets and imaginations! Contact Benita for personalised service and custom designs: Cell: 082 781 8544 E-mail: enquiries@flowersbybenita.co.za www.flowersbybenita.co.za 75


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BOUQUETS AND BUTTONHOLES Your bridal bouquet needs to be designed to complement your wedding gown and theme. Contemporary colour schemes may be monochromatic or display shaded tones of the same colour. The cascade style is back in vogue, with bunches of roses, tulips and ranunculas, or a luscious combination of avalanche roses, brunia, echeveria, peonies, astrantia and hydrangeas in an elegant and timeless white and green palette. The pink hues of our local King Protea are also striking. Soften the effect by including other flowers like roses and fynbos. While the bouquet will set the theme for attendants’ flowers, these days your bridesmaids are free to personalise their blooms. Flower girls could wear flowers in their hair or hold a foliage wand or a simple bunch of flowers. Instead of the ubiquitous floral buttonhole, grooms might choose to add unusual elements such as ferns, moss and herbs, or opt for unconventional materials such as paper, felt or fabric flowers with crystals and beads. ARTFUL ARRANGEMENTS At the wedding ceremony there could be archways garlanded with flowers or gently trailing ferns, mass arrangements set on pedestals, particularly surrounding the altar, and posies fastened to individual chairs or pew ends. Citrus garlands comprising limes, lemons or oranges on the stem are a contemporary choice. Centrepieces could consist of simple bunches of meadow flowers, extravagant arrangements on candelabra stands, or a single dramatic bloom in a vintage vase. Current trends emphasise the rustic and unusual, such as colourful bottles and jam jars, silver jugs and china teapots, or even a covered terrarium centrepiece made from a bell jar or glass vase.

“LET US DANCE IN THE SUN, WEARING WILD FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR” Your floral choices reflect the heart and soul of your marriage and your life together as a couple. We can make those dreams and aspirations come true and leave you with memories of a perfect day. Our staff are well acquainted with most of the KZN venues and are able to offer valuable insight to colour texture, lightning and style reflecting the ambience of each venue and incorporating your colours and ideas.

Please call us for a free consultation and special coffee so that we can get to know you personally and offer the best solution to make your day special.

Village Road, Kloof | Phone: (031) 764 3885 Web: www.talkingflowers.co.za Email: info@talkingflowers.co.za 76

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CAKES & CATERING HEATHER FITCHET

Obtain an approximate cost per head at your first meeting with the caterer, finding out if they are able to meet specific menu requirements, such as Halaal or Kosher food, or even organic, freerange or locally-sourced produce. It’s also a good idea to sample some of the different menu options.

A PROFESSIONAL CATERER WILL BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU WITH MENU SELECTIONS FOR THE RECEPTION AS WELL AS CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYPE OF FUNCTION TO SUIT YOUR WEDDING THEME AND BUDGET, BE IT A SIT-DOWN DINNER, A BUFFET, A COCKTAIL PARTY OR A SPIT BRAAI!

eClare

Chocolates by Design CUSTOM-DESIGNED AND PACKAGED BELGIAN CHOCOLATES.

Tel: Clare 033 386 0250 or 083 743 9284 Email clare@eclare.co.za Web: www.eclare.co.za EClareChocolatesbyDesign

Contact: Sasha E: thecakebaker@mweb.co.za Cell: 074 1769398 Website: www.sugarcoatedcakes.co.za Facebook: www.facebook.com/wed.cakes Twitter: @wed_cakes 77


The menu you choose should feature a wide range of different tastes, satisfying your personal preferences as well as providing guests with food that they’re comfortable with. Look for menus that work well with the time of year; for example, light, fresh dishes in spring and summer and heartier, more robust meals in autumn and winter. FOODIE FAVOURITES Flavours of the Mediterranean are still tops when it comes to catering, in keeping with the focus on ethnic cuisine. However, traditional favourites such as Italian and Greek food are being given a run for their money by Middle Eastern tastes from regions like Morocco, Turkey and Israel. Spicy food is another ‘hot’ choice in 2014, with Korean, Japanese and Latin American inspired menus proving very popular. Another idea is to put a menu together that reflects the different backgrounds of the bride and groom, or particular dishes that are of special significance to them. In addition to having a wedding cake, many couples are now opting for a dessert station as well. This could showcase anything from a milkshake or gelato bar to custom-made crepes or a decadent chocolate fondue. Plated sweets could comprise mini cheese platters, cherry pies, cheese cakes or almond tarts, and desserts with exciting flavour combinations, such as apricot and basil or salted caramel.

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A family business that CONTINUALLY DISHES UP DELIGHTS DURBANITES HAVE FOR MANY YEARS ENJOYED THE FINE FARE THAT FAMILY OWNED CONTINENTAL BUTCHER BAKER, DELI HAVE PROVIDED. Hassan Khan, managing director of

restaurant won an award from renowned food

CONTINENTAL BUTCHER BAKER DELI, started

critic Anne Steven’s for the most sinful coffee

things almost eighty years ago, is a true

and cake... so if you’re looking for a deliciously

entrepreneur, growing the business and

decadent wedding cake or irresistible cup

making changes to meet the needs of its

cakes, pop in to the CONTINENTAL BUTCHER

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place your wedding cake order.

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TIERS OF JOY The wedding cake has long played a symbolic role in Western culture. In the Roman Empire, the ‘cake’ was a loaf of bread that the groom broke over the bride’s head to signify his dominance over her. Today, it’s all about mutual love and respect. The action of the bride and groom cutting the cake represents their first joint task in married life, while the gesture of feeding cake to one another denotes commitment and devotion. LIQUID REFRESHMENTS Guests are traditionally given a drink or arrival, such as a glass of rum punch, champagne or a Pimms cocktail. There should be both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. At the table, it is standard to provide white and red wine (usually a 50-50 split, although this depends on the season and time of day), as well as still and sparkling water, and a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine for toasts. The trend this year is for guests to toast the happy couple with Prosecco or pink champagne! While an open bar will take up approximately 15 percent of the total wedding budget, this figure could drop to as little as 5 percent if you’re limiting drinks to beer, wine and a signature cocktail, or supplying alcohol and other beverages yourself. If opting for a cash bar, it’s still a good idea to put a set amount towards wine and beer, and include a complimentary welcome drink. Two bartenders and three servers are recommended for every 120 guests.

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MUSIC ALTHOUGH MUSIC MAY NOT BE THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF YOUR BIG DAY, IT NEVERTHELESS SETS THE TONE FOR YOUR CELEBRATIONS.

SEAN BAKER

For the ceremony, consider the sounds of an inspirational soloist or the grace and elegance of a string quartet. While traditional choices include Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’ (often called ‘Here Comes the Bride’) and Mendelssohn’s ‘Wedding March’, you could also opt for a more modern piece, such as Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D’. An emerging trend is to request contemporary tunes rearranged for the harp or other instrument, allowing couples to choose music they love that still sounds appropriate for the occasion.

From the uplifting ceremony right through to the celebrations that follow, music leaves you with sweet memories to cherish. For this reason, don’t consign the planning of your wedding music and entertainment to the bottom of your to-do list.

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CHOOSING YOUR MUSICIANS OR DJ Before deciding on the type of music you’d like at your ceremony and reception, have a look at how much room is available at the respective venues. Does the church have enough space for a string quartet or just a pianist or harpist? Is the reception hall sufficient for a big band or only a DJ? Also check whether there are specific rules about the type of music that’s allowed. Begin your search through referrals; ask friends or family members, and obtain recommendations from venue managers. Get references from your prospective musicians, who should be happy to provide you with endorsements from former clients. Once you’ve narrowed the list down, listen to a demo CD or DVD, or visit their website and play a video or audio clip of their music. Tips for the best wedding music on a tight budget include: * Hiring a talented amateur band instead of the professionals * Not holding your wedding during peak season or on a Saturday * Hiring musicians to play for a limited period only, opting for prerecorded classical or contemporary sounds for the rest of the reception If opting for a DJ instead of a musician, find a professional who is technically proficient, has an excellent knowledge of music and a good selection of different types of genres. Find out what their specialty is and if they are familiar with your favourite style of music. It also helps if you strike up a good rapport with your prospective DJ, and find them easy to get along with. Before signing the contract, make sure your DJ has a contingency plan in the event of equipment failure or ill-health.

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THERE’S NOTHING FRIVOLOUS ABOUT BRIDAL BEAUTY. LOOKING AND FEELING ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS WHEN YOU WALK DOWN THE AISLE IS EVERY BIT AS IMPORTANT AS THE TABLE SETTINGS, THE INVITATIONS AND THE RECEPTION DÉCOR! FOR THIS REASON, IT PAYS TO GIVE YOURSELF AMPLE TIME TO ACHIEVE A BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY AND HAPPY GLOW ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY.

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“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy”

Dr van Niekerk

A JOYOUS AND RADIANT SMILE • • • •

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A dental appointment - maybe not something everyone considers when preparing for their special day, but a visit that could change not only your wedding day, but also your love to smile for the rest of your life. Dr Thinus van Niekerk heads THE COSMETIC AND DENTAL EMPORIUM in Ballito and soon also the new branch in Umhlanga Ridge. He primarily focuses on reconstructive dentistry with highly aesthetic outcomes and makes use of various disciplines such as orthodontics, implantology and immediate ceramic restorations. In his words they strive to achieve one objective alone and that is “to see patients adopt a Love to Smile”. He explains that a smile is at the forefront of every social interaction and plays a significant role in cultivating a positive projected self-image. 85

As a soon-to-be-married man he understands the stress caused by preparing for this special occasion and thus urges couples to have this discussion with their dentists long before their vows are written. Some cases are complex, explains Dr van Niekerk, but most cases involve a good cleaning and a couple’s teethwhitening session. Other popular treatments include the 6-month smile make-over, the immediate smile make-over and the Optiphi Skin Rejuvenation facials and peels. All of these minor treatments will accentuate your unique facial features and help you look your best for your wedding day. Contact Dr van Niekerk and his team at The Cosmetic and Dental Emporium: Tel: 032 586 3284 Email: smile@ballitodentist.co.za www.thecde.co.za


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Top-to-toe bridal beauty begins months before the wedding with a comprehensive health and fitness routine, which should include a sensible diet and exercise plan as well as the correct creams and treatments for your skin type. Closer to the wedding day, a beauty spa visit for that essential manicure, pedicure, body massage and facial will leave you radiant as well as feeling relaxed and stress-free. Your wedding hairstyle has a huge impact on your overall bridal look. The best hairdos are those which suit the bride’s hair type as well as her face shape. No matter what style you may have set your sights on, it’s advisable not to fight what nature gave you - straight hair is unlikely to hold a very curly look for the duration of the ceremony and reception, and February humidity will soon undo the work of a straightening iron on curly hair. GET GORGEOUS While staying-power is important, bridal make-up should be all about enhancing your natural look rather than covering anything up. A good make-up artist will be able to create a more polished version of your existing look. However, if you do want to try out something a bit adventurous, then experiment with a new style well ahead of time, taking photographs of the finished product to see whether you like the end result. If you’ve decided to do your own make-up, there are a few tricks of the trade you should learn. Apply products in natural light if possible, and remember to blend your foundation and blusher well, as the camera will show up any lines. Sweep some bronzing powder across your chest and neck so your face doesn’t look a different colour to the rest of your body. Don’t use foundation too near your gown’s neckline as it could end up staining the dress. Opt for DIONNE SWART

waterproof mascara and navy blue or charcoal eyeliner.

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

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Choose a bright lip colour, and carry it with you on the day - along with a handy powder compact and mirror - in case you need a touch-up. LOOKS FOR LOCKS Stylish and smart, the classic up-do creates a timeless look and works well if you’re wearing a veil. The elegant chignon is the preferred choice for a particularly glamorous and sophisticated theme. At the other end of the scale, keep it short, snappy and very contemporary with a sleek bob or a pixie crop, both of which are great with a single clip, flower or Alice band. Long, straight hair is good for an ultra-sleek do. Wear it down and complete the look with a pretty garland or crown. Alternatively, sport a centre parting and wear either a low bun at the nape of your neck or a French twist, embellishing it with a detailed headband and veil. Straight-haired brides who have their hearts set on curls should keep them big and loose. Long hair with large sculpted waves or tousled curls secured with a simple clip goes beautifully with a strapless dress. Top stylists advise playing up natural curls, which will benefit from frizz-minimising styling products and a few strategically placed clips or pins. Thick hair can be worn up or down: flaunt your luxuriant locks by twisting them into a semi up-do, or wear a simple French plait. Braids look lovely with a lacy wedding dress, and particularly suit casual, Bohemian brides.

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SMILE SPA BESIDES THE DRESS, THE FLOWERS AND THE FOOD, THERE IS ONE THING THAT EVERYONE WILL NOTICE ON YOUR SPECIAL DAY: YOUR SMILE. Let Dr Eubulus Timothy and the friendly staff at the SMILE SPA make sure it’s as radiant as possible. Discover how appearance enhancement/cosmetic dentistry can improve your life and make your special day even better, using the shape of your face and the personality of your smile. You’ll feel pampered and indulged with their personalised procedures all designed to bring out your natural beauty. They are committed to giving you the results you want and the confidence you deserve for your health, your looks and your life. Your wedding photos will be memories you cherish for a lifetime. The range of cosmetic dentistry procedures used to achieve a ‘bridal-white’ smile includes professional cleaning, scaling and polishing. Other cosmetic options offered by SMILE SPA to repair and treat chipped, broken, cracked or badly stained teeth are cosmetic bonding, veneers and ‘invisible teeth straightening’. In addition to teeth treatment, the SMILE SPA offers antiwrinkle injections and an intensive clinical treatment of ‘Fire and Ice Facials’ to enhance and rejuvenate your natural beauty having you look and feel years younger, be more confident and happy to show off a picture perfect smile for your ‘big day’. Contact: Tel: +27 31 309 7290 Email: info@smilespa.co.za www.smilespa.co.za

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TRANSPORT SEAN BAKER

YOUR CHOICE IN WEDDING DAY WHEELS MIGHT BE A GLAMOROUS STRETCH LIMO, A SLEEK AND SOPHISTICATED ROLLS ROYCE OR A SNAPPY RED SPORTS CAR. Alternatively, get creative and pick a ride that truly reflects your unique style, such as a hippie-era kombi or a motorbike! If you don’t have too far to travel between the ceremony and reception, then go for a more unusual form of transport; perhaps a horse and carriage, tandem bicycle or even a tractor! An eco-friendly theme might call for a hybrid car or scooter, or even a gentle stroll if the venues are really close. No matter which mode of wedding transport you decide on, bear in mind that it will probably also be used as a backdrop in some of the wedding photographs. Ensure its colour complements that of the bridal party and bouquets, and don’t forget about decorative items, such as ribbon. Hire transport well in advance, and have vehicles checked beforehand to ensure a smooth and stress-free drive on the day. Remember to include bridesmaids, groomsmen and the bride’s parents when calculating how many vehicles you’ll need.

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A FABULOUS WEDDING GOWN IS THE CENTREPIECE OF A FAIRY-TALE WEDDING. EVERY BRIDE WANTS HER WEDDING DRESS TO BE A SHOWSTOPPER. HOWEVER, BEFORE YOU BEGIN LOOKING FOR THE DRESS OF YOUR DREAMS, DO A LITTLE RESEARCH VIA WEDDING MAGAZINES AS WELL AS INTERNET SITES TO BRUSH UP ON CURRENT TRENDS AND BUZZWORDS IN THE BRIDAL FASHION INDUSTRY.

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BRIDAL GOWN GUIDE One of the first rules in finding the dress is to take your time. Have fun trying on different types of dresses, remembering to sample a choice of styles to find out what works best for you. While bridal boutiques stock a huge variety of off-the-peg gowns to suit any figure and budget, many brides feel it’s important to have a oneof-a-kind, custom-made wedding dress. However, if you choose to follow this route, then don’t procrastinate for too long as designer dresses can take up to eight months to be delivered! When visiting a bridal shop, be aware that although an outfit may have no ‘hanger appeal’, it could look very different when you try it on. You might like one that draws attention to your best feature (for example, your shoulders, arms or waist) while de-emphasising those aspects that you find less desirable. And don’t simply pick out a dress that your girlfriends will love keep your fiancé in mind too. Chances are he doesn’t care a bit about the latest fashions, and would rather see you in something that shows you off to your best advantage. Think you’ve found the one? Try moving about in it: walk, dance, sit down and breathe deeply. You’ll be wearing the dress all day, so comfort is a key consideration. Those in the know suggest taking photographs of the dresses you try on; not just from the front, but from a variety of angles to get the total effect. Also look at how the fabric appears in photos, as some fabrics - while appearing gorgeous to the naked eye - may look a lot different in pictures. CATWALK CUES One of the signature features of bridal fashion in 2014 is the neckline, which sparkles with unique detailing in crystals, beads and lacy embroidery. When it comes to colour palettes, muted shades of pink such as blush, nude and peach are contemporary choices which are also extremely flattering. Current looks also focus on interesting and unusual headgear, from large floral fascinators to hats, bows, nets and more. Another emerging trend is the ‘trash-the-dress’ backlash, with brides opting for more conventional wedding portraiture.

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EVERY BRIDE DREAMS OF THE PERFECT DRESS, BUT EVERY DREAM GOWN IS UNIQUE. WITH AN ECLECTIC MIX FROM ULTRA MODERN TO CLASSIC ROMANCE, THE BRIDAL MALL AS A WEDDING GOWN SERVICE PROVIDER, ARE ABLE TO MEET YOUR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS OF YOUR CUSTOM-MADE DREAM DRESS. BRIDAL MALL, a bridal studio located in Durban South Africa, have access to many of the top designers and can offer discounts to bridal gowns, bridesmaid gowns, flower girl dresses, prom gowns, gowns and dresses for the Mother of the Bride, and many more dresses for formal occasions. Their door is always open to you and they invite you to come in, book an appointment with them and make yourself at home. You’ll be greeted by the Shop Manager, who will give you their welcome guide and will introduce you to your Dress Adviser, who will sit down with you to learn more about you, your taste and style and help you make your dream wedding come true. Then she will show you the collections and help you choose the design and the style you’re looking for. There are more than 100 styles to choose from and infinite variations and combinations of bridal gowns and accessories! Once you’ve narrowed it down... try on the ones you like the best. Seeing the gowns on you will help you choose your favourite one. Your Dress Adviser will provide you with the accessories you need to make you feel as though it were really your wedding day. Your gown will then be ordered and made... ready for the first fitting and any alterations should they be necessary. ‘Your dress’, now perfected - your wedding, a dream come true. Contact Monica at Bridal Mall Couture: Cell Number: 073 090 3999 Email: monica@bridalmall.co.za www.bridalmall.co.za 93

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Aisle Style DAVID WEEKS

HEATHER FITCHET SAYSHA BAKER

SAYSHA BAKER

MATT MASSON JAMES CARLSEN

Come dress yourself in love, let the journey begin. Francesca da Rimini

SEAN BAKER

DAVID WEEKS

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SEAN BAKER SEAN BAKER

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And we were dressed from head to toe in love...the only label that never goes out of style. Sex and the City SAYSHA BAKER

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THE GROOM

HEATHER FITCHET

GOOD GROOMING Grooms can choose between hiring a suit and having their wedding day clothing tailor-made. While basic black is a safe choice, other colours such as grey and navy blue are also gaining popularity. At a formal or semi-formal evening wedding, the groom could wear a classic dinner suit or tuxedo, with a single or double-breasted jacket, and accessories such as a formal dress shirt and necktie with vest or cummerbund. White tie, which is also known as evening dress or top hat and tails, is the most formal type of clothing, and usually comprises a black dress coat, white bow tie, white waistcoat and wing collar shirt. Modern grooms might like to ditch the traditional look and explore their creative side! For a less-formal beach wedding, choose a lightcoloured linen suit, and instead of a floral boutonnière, opt for a handstitched lapel badge. Bow ties are currently scoring points over the conventional tie or cravat, and colourful suspenders can add a quirky, personal element. Retro looks are also in fashion: consider two-toned brogues, an Edwardian frock coat or a 70s inspired velvet jacket.

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BACHELORETTE PARTIES SAYSHA BAKER

THE BACHELORETTE PARTY USUALLY TAKES PLACE ABOUT TWO

Options for bachelorettes include a cooking class, indulging in a day

OR THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE WEDDING, AND MIGHT COMPRISE A

of pampering at a spa, or an adventure activity like zip-lining, quad-

THEMED PARTY EVENING, NIGHT OUT WITH THE GIRLS OR ANOTHER

biking or horseback riding on the beach. Games are also popular.

TYPE OF FUN GROUP ACTIVITY.

Attach a clue or old photograph to each gift and make the bride

It’s the chief bridesmaid’s duty to organise the event, so she

guess who it’s from; or try a ‘how well do they know each other?’

should get cracking with ideas and invitations as soon as possible,

relationship questionnaire or even a grown-up variation on ‘pass the

especially if there’s entertainment to be booked! It’s a nice idea to

parcel’ involving ‘truth or dare’ options. While many games involve the

ask those invited to provide a personal story about the bride or

bride and her hens drinking a shooter for each incorrect answer, you

groom, which can then be read out at the party.

could also consider dressing-up penalties such as funny accessories or quirky clothing items.

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COLOUR PALETTES

like bangles, this modern look is the latest word in wedding fashion. Alternatively, brides could start with one band and add more at subsequent wedding anniversaries!

Blue - especially navy and royal blue - is a signature colour for 2014. Complement it with muted hues of lime green, pink or buttercup yellow, adding neutral tints of grey as a backdrop. Combinations of ivory, blush and champagne are romantic yet sophisticated, as are soft washes of green, peach and pink, or even blush with pale robin egg blue. Grey continues to be popular, and blends stylishly with most colours, including mint green, lavender and plum. Neutral tones of brown and taupe also work well when paired with colours such as cool khaki or powder blue. Add a glamorous accent to neutrals or pastels with a hint of sparkle. A brighter palette could include coral and shades of blue-green, or aqua alongside yellow and pink.

FEISTY FLORALS Flowers are not restricted to traditional bridal arrangements and bouquets this year, but adorn every aspect of wedding fashion. From masses of real blooms, floral ceremony arches and intricate reception installations to floral motifs used in the décor, the dress, cakes, invitations and more. Oversized bouquets are big news, especially for those romantically inclined or 1940s inspired themes, while Bohemian brides could wear garlands of flowers in their hair. EARTHY CHARM

NO PHONE ZONES

Weddings go back to nature, with receptions taking place in rustic settings such as an old barn or canvas tent, where unusual items or props might include hay bales and tractors and table settings sport mismatched crockery and jam jars filled with simple flower arrangements. The garden is another popular setting for nuptial celebrations, with a backdrop of luxuriant greenery and flowerbedecked glass lanterns hanging from trees.

Tired of the barrage of wedding videos and pictures on Facebook and Twitter taken by mobile phone wielding guests - not to mention the spectacle of guests glued to their smart phones throughout the day - some couples are choosing to celebrate their wedding free of social media. You could include a note to this effect on the programme or in your invitations, requesting that photos not be taken during the ceremony or other intimate moments, or even ask guests to leave their phones at the door!

ECO WEDDINGS Regard for the environment is a trend that can be applied to all elements of your wedding celebration, from the invitations to the dress and even the cake. Many couples already recycle their paper, plastic, glass and tin, shop for organic, locally-produced food and conserve energy and water wherever possible, so the next step is to extend these earth-conscious values to wedding planning! Part of going green involves downsizing, simplifying and sourcing local products wherever possible so that your wedding doesn’t weigh heavily on the environment or create a big carbon footprint. For example, you could use a succulent like Echeveria for the table décor and then re-pot it afterwards. Or put little plants inside condensed milk tins and give them to your guests as favours. The concept of shunning excess and over-consumption should also ring true for couples who have a limited wedding budget or simply want to set money aside for another goal, such as purchasing a home.

WHIMSY AND ROMANCE Vintage weddings, along with their casual and quirky cousin the Bohemian wedding, are still going strong. While the Gatsby theme might be a tad last-year, there are many other ways to give your big day a vintage feel. For a start, you don’t have to pick one particular historical era; choose whatever appeals to your sense of style, from long wedding veils and lacy dresses to antique vases and vintage frames. The glamour and glitz of Hollywood in the 30s and 40s is yet another inspiring era: think gilt-edged glassware and crockery, crystal candelabra and sassy swing bands. SIMPLY STACKABLE Borrowing from a trend which has swept contemporary jewellery design, stackable wedding bands encompass an eclectic mix of metals and stones. With three or four rings worn next to one another 98


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GRACIOUS AND ELEGANT, THE VINTAGE LOOK IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST CONTEMPORARY TRENDS IN WEDDING RINGS AND JEWELLERY. IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL, WITH TINY MICRO-SET DIAMONDS, DELICATE ENGRAVING AND SUBTLE MILLEGRAIN BEADING.

There’s nothing understated about bridal jewellery this season, think big and bold with multi-coloured stones set in yellow gold, or sparkling crystals with silver or platinum metals. Fabulous floral motifs are also popular in necklaces and earrings. SET IN STONE

Gemstones come in alluring shapes such as the stepped, squarecut ‘Asscher’ with its cropped corners, and the circular old European cut favoured in the 1800s which was a forerunner of the modern round brilliant cut.

Engagement rings come in different styles and settings, from solitaire to multi-stone, cluster and random-set. While a modern look might call for a tension setting, a four-prong setting is a timeless classic, and a vintage ring would shine in a filigreed setting. The thickness and height of the band depends on the stone size and setting, and should be in proportion to your finger size. An emerald or marquise shaped stone would look good on a long-fingered bride, while brilliant or princess would suit those with shorter fingers.

Select a style of ring to complement your personality and interests. Romantic brides could choose a pink-toned heart-shaped diamond set in rose or white gold, while active brides might prefer a practical, flush-mount setting that will protect the gem and prevent snagging. An exotic rose-cut diamond set in yellow gold could be perfect for a bohemian bride. Trendy brides can add some bling to their look with a fancy yellow diamond surrounded by a multitude of smaller sparklers and set in a diamond-covered band. A platinum band with a lustrous bezel-set stone is a minimalist, modern classic.

After the ever-fashionable diamond, sapphires and rubies are the next most popular stone because they are harder than other precious gems. Semi-precious jewels tend to be softer and are more prone to damage. Shapes include brilliant (round), pear (tear-shaped), princess (square), emerald (rectangular) and marquise (an elongated oval), as well as oval and heart-shaped.

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JUST THE TWO OF YOU TOGETHER AT LAST ON YOUR FIRST HOLIDAY AS HUSBAND AND WIFE. SOUND BLISSFULLY ROMANTIC? OF COURSE IT IS! HOWEVER, BEFORE SETTING YOUR SIGHTS ON EXOTIC (AND EXPENSIVE) DESTINATIONS, DECIDE ON HOW MUCH YOU’RE ABLE TO REALISTICALLY AFFORD.

Does your budget allow for a multi-destination European tour, a weekend at a wine farm, or somewhere in between? If strapped for cash or time, why not take a ‘mini-moon’ and save up for a real honeymoon later on? In the case of a destination wedding, you could simply prolong your holiday at the wedding location. What do you and your partner consider the ideal vacation? Would you prefer history and culture or a safari adventure? Relaxing in the sun or adrenaline sports? You might like to visit a location that holds special memories for you, or go somewhere you’ve never been before.

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

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

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

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complimentary bottle of champagne, and receive other types of

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preferential treatment.

Take a well-deserved break at a romantic retreat where love is in the air and you can really relax and unwind. These days, many

An all-inclusive holiday is a great idea: if you’ve already paid for

couples give themselves a day or two to recover from the wedding

everything upfront you’ll be able to relax without having to worry

celebrations before setting out on their honeymoon. And once you’re

about the price of everything.

there, even if you’ve made a list of things to see and do, remember to set aside some time to do nothing at all.

Just be sure to check what’s included; for example, local beverages might be part of the deal, but not imported drinks such as wine.

Favourite international honeymoon destinations include the Seychelles, Mauritius, the Caribbean and Europe. There are also stunning locations closer to home, such as a mountain retreat in the Drakensberg, a

Unless you’ve specifically asked for cash donations as an alternative to items on the wedding registry, don’t count on receiving monetary contributions towards your honeymoon. If you do, let those amounts

beach holiday at Kosi Bay or a bush break at one of KwaZulu-Natal’s

rather pay for an extra excursion or dinner in a five-star restaurant.

world-class game reserves.

TRAVEL-WISE ADVICE

South Africa is a popular and affordable destination for overseas couples as well, with many international travel and tourism agents

Those in the know suggest using a travel agent. The service won’t

offering romantic honeymoon packages to our magnificent wilderness

cost you any extra, and having someone else to take care of all the

areas. This might include a safari expedition in the Kruger National

booking arrangements will give you less to worry about leading up

Park, or an urban adventure in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town.

to the big day. In addition, if anything does end up going wrong, you’ll have someone to call.

The latest concept in honeymooning is the ‘twini-moon’, which sees newlyweds enjoying the best of both worlds by including two

If you’re travelling outside the country, check that your passport is up-

different holiday hotspots on their honeymoon. Many couples are keen

to-date and organise visas, if required, and travel insurance. Sort out

to combine a city break with a beach vacation, so it’s no surprise that

your foreign exchange needs, such as a credit cards and cash.

Cape Town and Mauritius were voted the best twin destinations!

Before leaving, be sure to put your mobile phone on international

Remember that most places have seasonal rates, and you’ll be able

roaming (limiting this to text messages is more affordable), pack an

to get a much better deal in the off-peak season. When you book

overseas adaptor, and don’t forget the chargers for your phone and

your honeymoon, let the resort know you’re newlyweds - you may

camera. Put nametags on all items of luggage, and on the day of

be upgraded to a superior room at no additional cost, be given a

departure don’t leave home without your e-ticket and itinerary.

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

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Elvira and Harry Joubert on board MSC Sinfonia

MSC SINFONIA AND MSC OPERA a popular choice for romantic wedding ceremonies and honeymoons

THE MSC SINFONIA AND THE MSC OPERA PROVIDE THE IDEAL ROMANTIC SETTING FOR WEDDINGS, HONEYMOONS AND THE RENEWAL OF VOWS. The gentle sway of the ocean and a kind sea breeze, cruising simply lends itself to romance and love. With a record number of ceremonies over the previous two cruise seasons, weddings and honeymoons on board are a firm favourite for many South Africans, with both ships offering dreamy wedding and honeymoon itineraries out of Cape Town and Durban. A recent highlight was the wedding of Elvira and Harry Joubert. The couple chose the MSC SINFONIA as it provided a very different and special venue to the norm, with them able to relax and enjoy whilst all their needs were taken care of. The choice also gave their wedding party of 67 guests a weekend away and allowed everyone to personally share in the special occasion. Elvira, fondly remembering their on-board experience, says “All the staff were very helpful. From

Elvira trashes the dress in the MSC Sinfonia pool

steaming my dress and accompanying me to the Pasha Club, and then dry cleaning my dress after ‘trash the dress’ they were always there! I felt like a celebrity” MSC STARLIGHT CRUISES offers wedding packages to suit all couples and all budgets, with full planning assistance, priority boarding, and ceremony in a designated venue on board attended by guests and the ships officers, symbolic wedding certificate signed by the Captain included in each package - for more info on the rates CLICK HERE... Couples wishing to hold a wedding ceremony aboard ship need to first legalise their marriage on South African soil in terms of local law. 104

A cruise honeymoon is a popular option for newlyweds around the world and it is proving no different for South Africans. It is a time they will cherish for the rest of their lives and because of this all honeymoon couples are given an upgrade on MSC cruise ships. Contact: www.msccruises.co.za


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

pool and hammock overlooking the river, truly spell ‘royal dwellings’, whilst an air-conditioned bedroom and lounge, fully stocked minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom made for two, transports lovers into a fantasy world of their own where nothing else matters. In addition to the new AMAKHOSI RIVER SPA, where you can relax, revitalise and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul, Amakhosi also offers the guest safari options such as game viewing safaris, walking safaris, seasonal frogging safaris, and cultural safaris. So come and enjoy your dream honeymoon in the African Bush at AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE. Surrounded by a rich Zulu Culture and the Big Five in ultimate five star luxury with your loved one... Contact details: Telephone: +27 34 414 1157 Email: info@amakhosi.com www.amakhosi.com 105


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IN CASE THE HOW TO’S OF I DO SEEM A LITTLE OVERWHELMING, WE’VE PUT TOGETHER SOME TOP POINTERS ON NEGOTIATING THE TRICKIER ASPECTS OF PLANNING A WEDDING.

of rings, flowers or some other symbolic item, and the exchange of vows in front of a religious or community leader. According to the South African Marriage Act, the legal part of the ceremony must take place indoors in the presence of at least two witnesses, and the entrance to the venue must be open.

THE CEREMONY While ceremonies vary substantially between different religions and cultures, most weddings have common elements, such as the offering

Most religions, including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism, see marriage as a sacred duty and an important facet of spiritual life. The convention of the ‘white wedding’, which is common to both Christians and Jews, has been adopted by many Zulu and Xhosa couples, who may hold a Western wedding service in addition to traditional rituals which honour the ancestors. Customary Zulu marriage proposals are accompanied by ‘lobola’ or ‘bride price’, which refers to payment made by the groom’s family to the bride’s family. While this was once made in the form of cattle, today cash is usually considered acceptable. The wedding reception takes place over several days and involves the wider community in a celebration of feasting, dancing and singing.

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partner is allowed to sell an asset without the other partner’s written

the type and location of their ceremony, as well as with their vows.

consent.

This may be the perfect choice for a bride and groom from differing religious backgrounds or for a couple with no religious affiliations.

Out of Community of Property: If the ANC is ‘Without Accrual’, each partner retains separate ownership of all assets and debts brought

LEGAL MATTERS

into and acquired during the marriage. This can be unfair as non-

In South Africa there are three laws under which couples may choose

monetary contributions, such as looking after the home, are not taken

to be married. These include the Marriage Act (Act 25 of 1961), the

into account.

Customary Marriages Act (Act 120 of 1998), and the Civil Union Act

Contracts ‘With Accrual’ acknowledge both monetary and non-

(Act 17 of 2006). The Customary Marriages Act provides for the civil registration of marriages solemnised according to tribal custom. Samesex marriages are permitted under the Civil Union Act, with partners given the choice of having their union called a ‘civil partnership’ or a ‘marriage partnership’ and enjoying the same legal and material benefits and responsibilities as couples married under the Marriage Act.

monetary contributions made during the marriage, while protecting each partner from the liabilities of the other. Assets acquired before marriage are excluded. FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES While the contribution of parents toward the wedding day may not be as great as it was in times gone by, there are nonetheless still some

Overseas brides and grooms wishing to marry in South Africa should be aware of a few simple legalities, with information about the various acts available on the website of the Department of Home Affairs: www.home-affairs.gov.za. Foreigners need to fill in a B1-

expectations regarding who pays for what. Today, with many couples getting married in their thirties, some brides and grooms are also opting to pay for the wedding themselves.

31 affidavit stating date and place of birth. This can be done by a

Whichever route you decide to take, financial issues and

Commissioner of Oaths and most marriage officers. If relevant, copies

responsibilities should be discussed openly with both sets of parents

of divorce decrees or death certificates must be produced.

before the wedding planning begins.

While you will automatically be issued with an abridged marriage

TRADITIONAL FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

certificate, some countries require an unabridged certificate to register the marriage once you return home.

The bride’s parents pay for the wedding reception, including food, décor and floral arrangements, the invitations and stationery, bridal

THE ANTE-NUPTIAL CONTRACT

gown, bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories, the photographer and

Couples should visit a lawyer at least three months before the

videographer, and music or other entertainment.

wedding to find out about the different marriage contracts options. Other important documents such as wills and insurance policies also

the groom and gifts for her attendants and parents.

need to be dealt with. It’s essential that you have an ante-nuptial contract (ANC) drawn up before the wedding to clarify the legal and

The bride pays for the groom’s wedding ring as well as her gift to

The groom pays for the wedding ceremony, the bride’s engagement ring and wedding band, gifts for his parents, the

financial aspects of your union.

attendants and the bride, as well as for the honeymoon.

In Community of Property: This system applies if you do not enter into a specific ANC before marriage. All assets and liabilities,

The groom’s parents pay for drinks at the reception, wedding

whether acquired before or after marriage, are shared equally. It can

favours, the bridal bouquets, corsages and buttonholes, the suit

be problematic if one partner gets into debt, as the other will be

hire and their own outfits.

held equally responsible for the amount owed. Furthermore, neither

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Civil ceremonies allow the couple increased flexibility regarding


PROTOCOL THE GUEST LIST and are quite friendly with most of your co-workers, it’s advisable to invite everyone in the office. However, if your workplace is large then it might be preferable to invite nobody at all, or just one or two of your closest friends.

Before compiling a guest list, work out how many people you’re able to invite to your wedding. This will be determined by factors such as your budget and the size of your wedding venue. While inviting your closest friends and relatives to your special day may appear a fairly easy task at the outset, it can become an etiquette minefield,

Deciding which relatives to invite can be tricky when you have a large family and don’t see much of the more far-flung branches of the family tree! It’s nonetheless hard to exclude specific individuals or groups from your guest list. While basic etiquette dictates that you include siblings, parents and grandparents, does this extend to stepparents and step-siblings, uncles, aunts and first cousins as well?

particularly in the case of smaller weddings. Start by writing down the must-haves, such as immediate family members, close relatives and attendants. Thereafter, the bride and groom could each jot down the names of their friends, keeping their respective lists roughly the same length, followed by a list of their mutual friends. Give your parents some input, especially if they are making a financial contribution to the wedding, as they may want to include other family members as well as colleagues and friends. If you are paying for the wedding yourself and are strapped for cash, it’s quite acceptable to ask your parents to pay for any additional guests they want to invite. When it comes to work colleagues, if you work for a small company

You’re least likely to hurt someone’s feelings by omitting a whole category of relatives. Perhaps explain that because the venue is small you’re not able to invite cousins from either the groom’s or bride’s side of the family. You could also specify that only adults are being invited, stating ‘Regrettably, no children’ on the wedding invitation. Unmarried friends are generally not a ‘plus-one’ unless they are engaged to or living with someone. Another option is to keep a back-up ‘B’ list of people to invite if any of those on the ‘A’ list decline!

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CALENDAR


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

Amount Estimated

Amount Spent

Expense

RECEPTION (50% of Budget)

MUSIC (8% of Budget)

Venue

Musicians for ceremony

Hiring and décor

Reception band and/or DJ

Catering

Sound-system rental

Drinks

Extras

Amount Estimated

Cake Favours

WEDDING RINGS (3% of Budget)

Extras

Bride’s ring Groom’s ring

OUTFITS & ACCESSORIES (10% of Budget) Bridal gown

STATIONERY (3% of Budget)

Headpiece and veil

Save-the-date cards

Bridal accessories

Invitations and RSVPs

Hair

Programmes & service sheets

Make-up

Seating and place cards

Groomswear

Thank-you cards

Groom’s accessories

Postage

Attendants’ outfits

Calligraphy

Extras

Extras

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY (12% of Budget)

CEREMONY (2% of Budget)

Photography

Location and officiant fees

Videography

Marriage licence

Additional prints and albums

Ring pillows

Extras

Extras

FLOWERS (8% of Budget)

TRANSPORTATION (2% of Budget)

Arrangements for ceremony

Vehicle hire for bride & groom

Bridal bouquets and baskets

Vehicle hire for bridal party

Corsages and buttonholes

Guest shuttle/parking attendant

Arrangements for reception

Extras

Centrepieces Extras

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

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Amount Spent


INDEX BACHELORETTE PARTIES

Highway Function Hire ............................................................................................... 70

Beauty in Motion............................................................................................................... 97

Lemontree Concenpts ..................................................................................................... 8

Lingerie Lovers .................................................................................................................... 97

Stretch Tents ....................................................................................................................... IBC

BRIDAL WEAR

FLOWERS

Bridal Mall Couture .......................................................................................................... 92

Flora Flowers ........................................................................................................................ 76

Jasmins ...................................................................................................................................... 91

Flowers by Benita ............................................................................................................ 74

Just Prom .................................................................................................................................. 91

Sue Harding’s Flowers ................................................................................................. 76

St Tropez Shoes .................................................................................................................. 92

Talking Flowers ................................................................................................................ 76

CAKES & CATERING

HAIR & BEAUTY

Cocktails & Caviar. ...........................................................................................................80

Nixon Make-Up ................................................................................................................... 88

Continental Bakery. ......................................................................................................... 78

Make-up Your Mind ........................................................................................................ 86

eClare Chocolates by Design ................................................................................. 77

Smile Spa .................................................................................................................................. 88

Ferrucci Classical Bakery. .......................................................................................... 80

The Cosmetic & Dental Emporium ................................................................. 84

Cake Lab ................................................................................................................................... 80

The Perfect Factor............................................................................................................ 88

Sugar Coated Cakes ....................................................................................................... 77 HONEYMOONS CO-ORDINATORS

Amakhosi Safari Lodge............................................................................................103

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

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

Anytime Events.................................................................................................................. 12

Sani Valley Lodge ..........................................................................................................100

Functions for Africa .......................................................................................................IFC JEWELLERY

Lemontree Concepts ........................................................................................................ 8

Gold Impressions ............................................................................................................. .99 DÉCOR A2Z Event Specialists .................................................................................................... 10

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Charisma Hire. ..................................................................................................................... 70

Burne & Burne.................................................................................................................107

Classic Events ....................................................................................................................... 70

Clive Jacobson ...................................................................................................................106

Flickers and Dreams ...................................................................................................... 67

Marriage Officers. ...........................................................................................................106

Functions for Africa .......................................................................................................IFC

Morris Fuller Walden Williams Inc .................................................................107

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INDEX MUSIC

Mr. Executive ......................................................................................................................... 96

Dance School South Africa...................................................................................... 81

Suit Up Suit Hire ................................................................................................................ 96

Durban DJ’s. ............................................................................................................................ 82 First Dance .............................................................................................................................. 81

TRANSPORT

Pierre the DJ ........................................................................................................................... 82

In Style Transfers. ............................................................................................................. 90

Tangent Strings .................................................................................................................. 82

Westline Aviation............................................................................................................... 90

Topjocks ..................................................................................................................................... 81 VENUES PHOTOGRAPHY Classic Portraits ................................................................................................................... 59 David Weeks Photography ...................................................................................... 54 Dionne Swart ..................................................................................................................... .58 Heather Fitchet Photography. ............................................................................... 58 James Carlsen Photography. ...................................................................................... 3 Mashelela Productions. ................................................................................................ 59 Matt Masson Photography ....................................................................................0BC Neil Northover Photography................................................................................... 56 Paul Henman Photography .................................................................................... 56 Saysha Baker Photography.. ................................................................................... 58 Sean Baker Photography........................................................................................... 52 Stuart Dods Photography. ......................................................................................... 56 Tyrone Crossman Photography .......................................................................... 54 STATIONERY

Amakhosi Safari Lodge............................................................................................... 24 Coedmore Castle ...............................................................................................................33 Collisheen Estate ............................................................................................................... 21 Crinkley Park ........................................................................................................................ 28 Didima ......................................................................................................................................... 20 Eden Lassie. ............................................................................................................................ 24 Falaza Game Park and Spa. ................................................................................1&2 Giant’s Castle ......................................................................................................................... 39 Gold Circle (Greyville Racecourse).................................................................... 33 Gooderson Leisure. .......................................................................................................... 42 Illovo Africa Lodge........................................................................................................... 21 Intaba View ............................................................................................................................ 34 Kloof Country Club .......................................................................................................... 40 Makaranga .............................................................................................................................. 23 Ntshondwe Resort. .......................................................................................................... 27

Flickers and Dreams ...................................................................................................... 67

Penwarn. ................................................................................................................................... 34

Funtastic Art. ......................................................................................................................... 15

Sakabula Country Lodge ........................................................................................... 28

Handmade for You by Janine. .............................................................................. 15

Sica’s Guest House .......................................................................................................... 16

Paper Trail. ...............................................................................................................................15

The Estuary Hotel & Spa........................................................................................... 36 The Little Chapel at Pineville Junction .......................................................... 33

THE GROOM Debonair Suit Hire............................................................................................................ 96

VIDEOGRAPHY

Just Prom .................................................................................................................................. 91

Joanelle Meyer Pictures............................................................................................... 66

Lord Louis Suit Hire ........................................................................................................ 96

Leo Video Productions. ................................................................................................ 66

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