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CONTENTS

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

Fifth Edition ...

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

Good Timing

The Budget...................................................................9

Down to Details 20

Calendar............................................................................... 10

It's a Date

Jewellery.............................................................................. 13

Shine On

Venues.................................................................................. 20

Locations to Love 60

Photography........................................................................ 60

Take Your Best Shot

86 Stationery............................................................................ 77

True to Type

Co-ordinators...................................................................... 78

Lend a Hand

DĂŠcor/Hire........................................................................... 86

Magical Creations 89

Bridal Wear.......................................................................... 89

All Dressed Up

Menswear............................................................................. 94

Suit Yourself

Hair & Beauty....................................................................... 95

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CONTENTS

Flowers................................................................................. 99

Blooming Beautiful

48

Cakes & Catering...............................................................102

Eats & Treats Music..................................................................................104

Perfect Harmony

99

Transport...........................................................................107

Good to Go Honeymoons......................................................................108

Wanderlust 104

Legal Matters.....................................................................121

The Fine Print Gallery...................................................................... 124

Bridal Gallery Index........................................................................ 126

Bridal Directory

108

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 fifth edition Design & Layout: Lyn Grandemange Email: lyn@azalea.co.za Printers: Paarl Media

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CAKES & CATERING

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WELCOME

STEPHEN RAILTON

YOU’RE GETTING MARRIED? CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE TEAM AT YOUR WEDDING PLANNER, AND WELCOME TO THE FIFTH EDITION OF THIS ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ALL THINGS WEDDING-RELATED IN THE BEAUTIFUL PROVINCE OF KWAZULU-NATAL.

We’re hard pressed to think of a more perfect wedding destination than

holidays: some venues and service providers book up well in advance

our magnificent and multicultural Zulu Kingdom, spanning a diverse

and may be more expensive at those times.

landscape of golden beaches, game reserves, rolling green hills and mountain peaks. Brides can choose from city weddings at top hotels and guest houses in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, beach weddings alongside the warm Indian Ocean, country-style receptions in the Midlands and Drakensberg mountains, and safari-type weddings deep in the African bush. As these pages unfold with images of spectacular locations, weddings and bridal couples, we hope that you’ll find something to spark

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, coastal resorts and mountain manors, we’ve got the best locations in the province covered in our ‘Venues’ guide, starting on page 20.

your imagination and inspire a wedding ceremony and reception that’s

How will you be getting married? Church wedding or civil ceremony?

tailor-made just for you!

What are the legal requirements? Will you be marrying under the

As soon as you and your partner have sealed your engagement, consider the bigger picture and start asking yourselves some important questions. You already know who your special someone is, but have you thought about the ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ of your big day? Allow yourself to dream a little, creating an image of your fantasy wedding in your head. What excites you and your partner? Big and bold or cosy and intimate? Glitzy and glamorous or simple and eco-friendly? Urban chic or flowery and romantic? Get some inspiration on themes and

Marriage Act, Customary Marriages Act or Civil Union Act? South African marriages are legally valid in the vast majority of countries, making it even easier for overseas brides and grooms to get married here. Consult the section on ‘Legal Advice’ on page 121. Finally, how do you work out a timeline and make sure everything runs according to plan? When should you start booking service providers and scheduling appointments? Get the lowdown in our monthly to-do list on page 6. We’ve also included a helpful budget planner on page 9.

décor on page 86. When will you say ‘I do’? Think about the season and your wedding theme, as well as practical considerations such as taking time off work and whether your chosen date is on a long weekend or during the

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COUNTDOWN

PEPPERMINTPIX

12 MONTHS TO GO

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Tell friends and relatives you’re engaged and introduce

*

Start an exercise routine or healthy eating plan.

both families.

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Book your honeymoon.

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Compare calendars and select a wedding date.

*

Book wedding-day transport.

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

*

Create a wedding website.

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Decide on guest numbers.

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Shop for bridal accessories such as shoes and lingerie.

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Visit reception locations and book venue.

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

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or celebrant

*

Discuss ceremony ideas, music and readings with celebrant.

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Decide on order of ceremony and choose programme wording.

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Choose your baker and finalise wedding cake.

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

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Research registry options and start compiling a wish list.

11 *

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

dresses and flowers for inspiration.

*

Hire a wedding coordinator.

*

Make the first draft of your guest list.

* Choose and order wedding favours.

*

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

* Purchase wedding rings and send for engraving if applicable.

*

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

an appointment with a dress designer.

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

10 *

Decide on your bridesmaids, ushers, master of ceremonies

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and best man.

* If hiring groomswear, confirm order.

*

Start researching honeymoon locations and package deals.

*

Book your photographer and videographer.

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

*

Decide on wedding day colours and theme.

*

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

made up if using a couturier.

* Create a gift registry. * Research accommodation options for out-of-town guests. * Approve invitations. * Get ideas for wedding hair and make-up and book consultation.

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9 *

Select and order bridesmaids’ outfits.

* Coordinate outfits for mothers of the bride and groom.

*

Look at sample menus and book caterers.

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

*

Research and book ceremony musicians and reception band/DJ.

*

Interview and select florist.

* Finalise guest list and send out invitations.

*

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

* Finalise flower and décor requirements.

your honeymoon.

* Plan pre-wedding showers.

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COUNTDOWN

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1

* Find gifts for attendants and parents.

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

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

* Plan and shop for your honeymoon wardrobe.

* Meet with your celebrant to finalise ceremony details and

* Finalise wedding-day details, confirming number of

guests with caterer, wedding music and playlists with

* Write your personalised wedding vows, if desired.

musician and DJ, and flowers with florist.

* Start working on speeches.

* Work out a seating plan.

* Book your wedding-night hotel.

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

have service sheets printed.

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

for wedding day.

* Hold your bachelor and bachelorette parties.

including important family members and guests.

ON THE DAY

* Book final beauty and body treatments and wedding

* Eat a good breakfast.

* Make sure all vendors, attendants and other helpers have

dress fitting.

* Finalise your jewellery, including something old, new,

borrowed and blue.

* Confirm honeymoon and travel arrangements, including

travel insurance.

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

been given written checklists.

* Have corsages, bouquets and buttonholes picked up /

delivered. * Take a soothing bubble bath and give yourself at least

15 minutes of quiet time.

* Pack a wedding-day kit with lipstick and nail polish, tissues

and powder compact.

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THE BRIDAL GALLERY

PERMANENT WEDDING EXHIBITION The Bridal Gallery, located in the heart of Hillcrest is a permanent bridal exhibition aimed at providing Brides and Grooms to be with a variety of choice in one convenient location. Karen Owen, the gallery’s owner saw the need to simplify the planning process by creating a space where many of Durban’s top wedding vendors are able to display their products and services side by side. The gallery is now home to suppliers from all facets of the industry including photographers, videographers, wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, make up and a host of other tried and tested businesses. Because of the unique setup of The Bridal Gallery, Karen has also managed to secure exclusive deals, discounts and special offers available to visitors to the gallery. The Bridal Gallery is open from 09h00-16h00 Tuesday-Friday and 09h00-12h30 on Saturdays. E: info@bridalgallery.co.za W: www.bridalgallery.co.za


THE BUDGET TYRONE CROSSMAN

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

Amount Estimated

Amount Spent

Expense

RECEPTION (50% of Budget)

MUSIC (8% of Budget)

Venue

Musicians for ceremony

Hiring and décor

Reception band and/or DJ

Catering

Sound-system rental

Drinks

Extras

Amount Estimated

Amount Spent

Cake Favours

WEDDING RINGS (3% of Budget)

Extras

Bride’s ring Groom’s ring

OUTFITS & ACCESSORIES (10% of Budget) Bridal gown

STATIONERY (3% of Budget)

Headpiece and veil

Save-the-date cards

Bridal accessories

Invitations and RSVPs

Hair

Programmes & service sheets

Make-up

Seating and place cards

Groomswear

Thank-you cards

Groom’s accessories

Postage

Attendants’ outfits

Calligraphy

Extras

Extras

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY (12% of Budget)

CEREMONY (2% of Budget)

Photography

Location and officiant fees

Videography

Marriage licence

Additional prints and albums

Ring pillows

Extras

Extras

FLOWERS (8% of Budget)

TRANSPORTATION (2% of Budget)

Arrangements for ceremony

Vehicle hire for bride & groom

Bridal bouquets and baskets

Vehicle hire for bridal party

Corsages and buttonholes

Guest shuttle/parking attendant

Arrangements for reception

Extras

Centrepieces Extras

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

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CALENDAR

SEAN BAKER

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31 2016 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1 January - New Year’s Day

21 March - Human Rights Day

25 March - Good Friday

28 March -Family Day

27 April - Freedom Day

1 May - Workers’ Day

16 June - Youth Day

9 August - National Women’s Day

24 September - Heritage Day

16 December - Day of Reconciliation

25 December - Christmas Day

26 December - Day of Goodwill

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2017 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 1 January - New Year’s Day

21 March - Human Rights Day

14 April - Good Friday

17 April - Family Day

27 April - Freedom Day

1 May - Workers’ Day

16 June - Youth Day

9 August - National Women’s Day

24 September - Heritage Day

16 December - Day of Reconciliation

25 December - Christmas Day

26 December - Day of Goodwill

HEATHER FITCHET

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HONEYMOON

BRIDAL WEAR

GALLERY

SEAN BAKER PEPPERMINTPIX

HEATHER FITCHET HEATHER FITCHET

ove is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own. H. JACKSON BROWN, JR.

TYRONE CROSSMAN

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BARRIE WALSH

STEPHEN RAILTON


JEWELLERY

BURAQ DIAMONDS

Bridal jewellery is perfectly in sync with colour schemes for 2016, which highlight a range of shimmering metallics, particularly that most beautiful of metals – gold. Timelessly elegant, gold has never gone out of style, and its lustrous sheen is presently being seen everywhere; from headpieces, necklaces, bracelets and earrings to shoes, stationery and wedding cakes.

Manufacturing Jewellers of Hillcrest

• Exquisite handmade engagement and wedding rings for bride & groom • Diamond Dealers & Manufacturing • Repairs & Valuations • Gifts & Inexpensive Watches WE WILL BUY YOUR OLD GOLD & UNWANTED GOLD JEWELLERY

Tel: 031-765 2283

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Diamonds are Forever

BURA

diamonds


JEWELLERY

BURA

diamonds

A DIAMOND HAS LONG BEEN A SYMBOL OF TRUST, RESPECT AND LONGEVITY. AND, WHEN YOU’RE BUYING ONE, YOU WANT THOSE SAME QUALITIES IN THE EXPERT YOU’RE DEALING WITH. Custom made, just for you

Buraq Diamonds brings a world first, and first of its kind in Durban, offering a fusion of cutting certifying, crafting and e-commerce diamonds - all under one roof.

Every diamond is unique and demands an individual approach to reveal its hidden beauty. The transformation of a rough diamond into a polished gem is as much an art as a science. Buraq Diamonds craftsmen are supremely skilled and highly creative and will work alongside you to translate your ideas into exceptional pieces of jewellery.

Buraq Diamonds was established in 2009 by Faheem Gharafory. This talented Diamondaire is a graduate of GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and spent many years in training and trading diamonds in order to equip himself with the necessary knowledge and experience in this field.

Being at the heart of the creative process is very satisfying.

He has taken the company to the pinnacle of success, building an excellent reputation based on flawless integrity, expert knowledge, exceptional quality and unparalleled service.

Whether it be exquisite rings with contemporary or classic styling and design, they will create your dream item of elegance and timeless appeal.

Sourcing the Stones Burag Diamonds sources their stones directly from reputable mines committed to ethical compliance and are conflict free. They are involved in every aspect of the diamond and jewellery process, from the meticulous sourcing of each rough diamond, to the cutting, polishing and final phase when an extraordinary piece of jewellery is designed and crafted.

The Buraq Difference Buraq Diamonds creates exquisite mirror-smooth facets through precise artistry and skilled workmanship.

They are the only diamond cutting house in KZN that manufactures custom designed and handcrafted jewellery.

The mastery of our craftsmen and quality of our diamonds enables us to manufacture some of the highest quality products in the market today, something we are extremely proud of as a company.

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JEWELLERY

Striving for innovation with exceptional

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JEWELLERY

OF SYMBOL OF FOREVER Buraq Diamond’s jewels are hand crafted by our highly skilled craftsmen, pioneering new techniques in the creation of intricate jewels of art. Everything that Buraq Diamonds manufacture and produce is meticulously scrutinised and held to the highest standards, allowing the ultimate treasure of nature to sparkle with a fiery brilliance.

perfect temperature and pressure conditions – those diamond crystals are only delivered to the earth’s surface after surviving millions of years, battered by rivers, streams and ocean tides. Buraq Diamonds procures the most beautiful rough diamonds, cuts and polishes them into the most exquisite gems, radiant with sparkle and brilliance.

ESTABLISHED BY FAHEEM GHARAFORY IN 2009

Buraq Diamonds adheres to the ethics of Kimberley treaty, and does not encourage the purchase of – nor works with – diamonds originating from areas of conflict and situations which have caused any human suffering.

Our talented Diamantaire has spent many years training and trading in diamonds in the global market. He has extensive knowledge and experience in this artistic field. Buraq Diamonds is an acclaimed diamond company that pride ourselves in being involved in every aspect of the diamond and jewellery process. From the meticulous sourcing of each rough diamond to the cutting and polishing. Then finally, the craftsmanship and design of an extraordinary piece of jewellery.

ANALYSIS Every Diamond is unique in the cutting and polishing of a rough diamond. Buraq Diamonds studies a myriad of cutting possibilities before a final decision is made, as the most important factor in a diamond is its brilliance.

polished gem is as much an art as a science, a wonder of nature which requires a limitless imagination, precision and artistry. Each diamond demands an individual approach to reveal its hidden beauty. Defining this approach for each stone is the constant, fascinating challenge faced by artists at Buraq Diamonds. Mastery of the fine art of diamond cutting is what makes that stone unlike any other. Buraq Diamonds takes pride in manufacturing some of the highest quality products in its field available on the market today. DESIGN Buraq Diamond’s jewels are hand crafted by our highly skilled, artistic craftsman, who are continiously pioneering new techniques. A combination of unsurpassed skill and creativity allow the “Hands of Light” to craft a unique creation, designed to embody and enhance feminity and delicacy.

The foundation on which Buraq Diamonds has built its superb reputation is flawless integrity, expert knowledge, exceptional quality and unparalleled service.

The process of maximising the value from a rough stone into a polished gem is an art and science. This wonder of nature requires a vivid imagination, years of experience and artistic skill.

SOURCING

CUTTING & POLISHING

Every piece of Jewellery from Buraq Diamonds begins with the transformation of turning rough diamonds into art and revolutionising modern and jewellery design.

It takes millions of years to create a diamond. The extraordinary crystal structure which results in a diamond’s unique and desirable optical qualities, is only formed under certain

Every diamond is unique, and the cutting of a rough diamond is the most important factor in a diamond’s brilliance. It’s critical to its beauty. The transformation of a rough diamond into a

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JEWELLERY SHINE ON contd Coloured stones are also very much in vogue. Instead of brilliant white diamonds, a growing number of brides are choosing fancy pink, red and purple gems, as well as natural shades of green and blue, or even an ultra-modern chocolate or black diamond! In addition to coloured diamonds, sapphires, zirconia and topaz are favourite choices, while rubies and emeralds create an engagement ring with heirloom quality. This colourful trend echoes the move away from the traditional white wedding dress towards a rainbow of pastel-shaded gowns. Naturalistic bridal jewellery, adorned with flower, petal, leaf or vine motifs, is a hugely popular look for necklaces and earrings as well as engagement rings and wedding bands. So too is the elaborate filigree work typical of the 1920s, when the Art Deco movement was all the rage. Dramatic costume jewellery is another trend that’s gaining traction, as is jewellery for the groom! 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, flushmount 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. STYLES, STONES AND SETTINGS 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 an intricately wrought setting. The thickness

and height of the band depends on the stone size and setting, and should be in proportion to your finger size. The latest innovation is the squareshaped band, which is reputed to be even more comfortable than a round band. After the ever-fashionable diamond, sapphires and rubies are the next most popular choice because they are harder than other precious stones. Semi-precious gems 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. An emerald or marquise shaped stone looks lovely on a long-fingered bride, while the brilliant or princess shape suits those with shorter fingers. As a general rule, white gold or platinum is a very flattering setting for diamonds or sapphires, making them look even brighter, while yellow gold settings are best for emeralds, rubies and opals. Also consider your skin tone. Brides with dark or olive complexions can wear yellow or white gold, those with fairer skin might prefer white gold, and red-heads could opt for white gold or the ever-feminine rose gold. Pure, rare and low maintenance too, platinum is the strongest and most durable of the precious metals, & provides an ultra-secure setting for a gemstone. The naturally white colour of platinum won’t tarnish or fade, and its 95 percent purity makes it the only truly hypoallergenic precious metal. When it comes to bridal jewellery, choose your gown first, then the jewellery to complement it. This might consist of a necklace with matching bracelet, or a choker and earrings. While chokers look elegant on brides with long necks, a strand of pearls or a longer chain might better suit a broader neck. Short hair or an up-do lends itself to drop earrings, and a pair of sparkling diamond studs complement any look.

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VENUES

TYRONE CROSSMAN

Most couples will agree that finding that perfect wedding venue is one of the most important decisions that needs to be made in the run-up to the big day. After all, it’s the venue that sets the tone of the whole wedding and dictates how the rest of the planning process will go. What’s more, the reception venue will most likely be your biggest expense on the budget spreadsheet!

With it’s storybook charm and elegance Waterwoods Weddings is where every moment is made to order. We enhance every detail with your touch.

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VENUES

WATERWOODS VENUE

IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, WE WILL MAKE IT A REALITY André and VanRhyn are the consummate wedding guru’s and they’re ready to do everything for your wedding except lead you down the isle! (And they’ll even do that if required). Waterwoods offers stunning wedding venues that can seat between 40 and 400 guests*. From the dressing room to the Wedding Chapel, from the Chapel to the Reception Venue, with a stop in between for some truly memorable photographs for the wedding party and refreshing drinks in the Courtyard for your guests, your wedding day will be a seamless concert of perfection.

Your venue hire includes: Exclusivity guaranteed for your special day; Extensive and personalised Wedding planning; Your personalised wedding website - a stylish and convenient way to convey all those “logistical” details and share those special moments, for your convenience and that of your guests; Standard set-up includes white damask table cloths, cutlery, crockery, glassware, staff, bar service, round tables and white tiffany chairs; On-site management for your special day; The Chapel; Your chosen Reception Venue; En-suite dressing room for the bride &

bridesmaids; Gazebo; A grand circular, walled Boma for bonfires and braais on the night before the wedding; Undercover parking adjoining the dressing room for the bridal car; Restaurant for breakfasts and light meals; Complimentary bridal accommodation for Friday & Saturday night. Exclusively yours for Friday and Saturday... * Ts & Cs apply T: 082 561 7313 E: andre@waterwoodsvenue.co.za W: www. waterwoodsvenue.co.za

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VENUES LOCATIONS TO LOVE contd For these reasons, it’s vital that you choose a wedding venue that’s the best fit for you. Once you have an idea of what your budget is, and have identified the date on which you’ll be tying the knot, it’s time to start your search. Luckily, local brides and grooms are spoilt for choice when it comes to appealing locations in our beautiful province. KwaZulu-Natal boasts everything from eco-friendly resorts set in lush coastal forests, to luxurious beachfront manors, grand colonial estates in the picturesque Midlands, luxurious game lodges in ‘Big Five’ country, and sophisticated five-star or boutique hotels in the city, not to mention a variety of resorts and guesthouses in the foothills of the awe-inspiring Drakensberg mountain range. One of these destinations could be home to your special venue, the place where you and your partner celebrate the next chapter in your lives together. VENUE LOGISTICS If only choosing a wedding venue were as easy as simply finding a space that you like. It may not seem terribly romantic right now, but do remember to bear in mind the logistics of a venue as this could save you untold hassles later on. Consider everything from the number of guests the venue will need to cater for, to the time of day and the season, as well as any accommodation your guests might require. You don’t need to know exactly what your guest count is before starting to look at venues, but you do need at least to have a rough idea before you begin – whether you’re planning a relatively intimate gathering of 50, the more standard size of 125, or a grand-scale celebration of 300-plus! The best starting point on your quest is the Internet, as web-based searches instead of phone calls and emails will save you lots of time. Your Wedding Planner has sourced a selection of stunning venues throughout KwaZulu-Natal for you to choose from.

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

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FERN HILL HOTEL Fern Hill’s award-winning cuisine and elaborate carveries can be tailor-made to suit any budget. Bridal couples will be able to pick between a variety of menus, and if needs be can meet with the executive chef to create custom options of their own. A dedicated team of staff will ensure that your wedding is looked after from start to finish. Fern Hill prides itself of exceptional service and attention to detail – you will be able to relax throughout your special day knowing that a team of professionals has your best interests at heart. Photography by Colin Browne and Neil Cunningham. Telephone: +27 33 330 5071 Fax: +27 33 330 5087 Email: functions@fernhillhotel.co.za GPS Co-Ords: SOUTH 29° 29’ 05.2” EAST 30° 11’ 21.5” Web: www.fernhillhotel.co.za

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

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

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GET MARRIED BETWEEN THE HIPPO’s onboard the ADVANTAGE BOAT in St Lucia

LOCATIONS TO LOVE contd If you plan on having a church wedding, the location of your reception venue will need to be in fairly close proximity to that of the ceremony. However, if you’re content with a civil wedding, this will widen your options greatly. Today many reception venues host both the wedding ceremony and the reception; a practical option which has the added benefit of minimising potential transport complications. Also think about the type of reception you’re planning. You’ll need more space for a formal, sit-down dinner than a cocktail-style affair. And don’t forget the entertainment; a band or DJ will take up lots of room, as will a dance floor! Another prime consideration is your budget. Get a price estimate, including menu and bar prices and corkage fees, and the cost of waiters and bar staff. Some venues offer discounts on accommodation as well as other services if you’re prepared to be flexible. TYPES OF VENUES There are all types of venues out there, but which will be most suitable for your wedding? To help decide, you first need to know the style and feel that you’re aiming for. Would you prefer a quirky, DIY-style wedding, a romantic country-themed celebration, or something with a more sophisticated atmosphere? Once you know what you want – or even what you don’t want – you should be able to rule out some venues immediately. The more fitting your venue is for your chosen theme, the less you’ll have to worry about the décor, which will end up being a huge money-saver.

Phone us for your tailor-made boat cruise: 035 590 1259, 035 590 1180, 083 487 2762 (after hours) Email: advantage@zululink.co.za

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It’s also important to consider whether you want a full-service venue or not. The former should be able to supply most of your needs, such as tables, chairs, linen and catering, while the latter generally only offers you the space, allowing you the freedom (and the extra work that goes along with it) of hiring and coordinating all the service providers yourself.


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MAKARANGA

A MAGICAL SETTING in an enchanted garden PREPARE TO BE WELCOMED AND ENCHANTED, TO EXPERIENCE A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF MAGIC IMPECCABLY DELIVERED WITH GREAT STYLE. Located in the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, just 20 minutes from the city of Durban you will find the lush green village of Kloof, and at its heart MAKARANGA, complete with hotel, restaurant, wedding and conference facilities. Few places in South Africa can boast a more wonderful setting for work and leisure guests, young and old, mobile and immobile, day visitors or long term stays. Rest assured you will be changed for the better for having experienced the peace and tranquillity of MAKARANGA’s 30 acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall. Southern Africa’s largest collection of Zimbabwean stone art, as well as a selection of Italian sculptures, are tucked away in the gardens, all awaiting your discovery. The interiors provide a visual feast of original art and décor making MAKARANGA a sensory experience no matter what the weather. MAKARANGA is the ideal venue for an elegant wedding catering for up to 160 guests.

Wedding ceremonies are held in the gardens, and the reception is held in the Sibeko venue. The use of 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 Banqueting: Tel: 031 764 6616 Email: events1@makaranga.com www.makaranga.com


VENUES LOCATIONS TO LOVE contd Traditional venues such as hotels and guest houses, which usually have set wedding packages, might be just the thing. Choose anything from an elegant boutique hotel to an upmarket international resort or a charming country inn. Hotels are able to provide in-house food and drink as well as accommodation for the bridal couple and the guests. However, remember that the larger hotels may host more than one wedding on the same day so there could be issues with a lack of exclusivity. Perhaps a golf or country club is just what you’re looking for. Many have beautiful buildings and grounds that are ideal for a wedding reception. Like a hotel, they’re also used to catering for large numbers of guests, particularly if you’re after buffet-style catering. For a smaller wedding party, a restaurant could offer a sure-fire recipe for success, and it’s often the most cost effective venue option. 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. In addition, you may have to supervise the set-up of equipment, organise parking for the guests, and clean up when it’s all over. There are a number of non-traditional venues to be found, such as art galleries, barns, beaches, boats and hired halls. If you’d prefer something outdoors, KwaZulu-Natal has an immense variety of beautiful spots for you to pitch a tent or marquee, giving you endless flexibility regarding décor and styling. Although romantic and scenic, al fresco weddings can nevertheless be a lot of work to organise. Take into account things like the privacy of your location and competition from the elements, such as sun, heat, rain or insects. Accessibility and parking facilities should also be considered.

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

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AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE

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, 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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EDEN LASSIE

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

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

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


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

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

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Transform your special day into a one-of-a-kind celebration PUMULA BEACH HOTEL

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

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

Complimentary use of the function room, which

includes the use of the tables, chairs, white linen

tablecloths, skirts and serviettes.

Complimentary room for the bridal couple on

Saturday night, which includes a complimentary

bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket.

10% discount on sparkling wine purchased at

the reception.

Silver plated cake knife.

Complimentary champagne and orange juice served

to your guests at breakfast on Sunday morning.

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

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Tucked away between rolling hills and sugar cane fields just fifteen minutes from Ballito lies a piece of heaven on the North Coast, Rain Farm Game and Lodge. A stunningly beautiful location for your wedding. It boasts an intimate and magical experience with onsite chapel and accommodation.

Rain Farm Game and Lodge... a touch of wild Africa so close to home. www.rainfarm.co.za | info@rainfarm.co.za | +27 (0)32 815 1050 | +27 (0)83 352 6830

DURBAN’S FIRST CLASS WEDDING VENUE

LET US MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

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A TOUCH OF AFRICA ON THE NORTH COAST RAIN FARM GAME AND LODGE

A stunningly beautiful location for your wedding, it boasts an intimate and magical experience. This sublime venue has its very own stone chapel, flanked by the beautiful views around the farm, ideal for couples to exchange their vows. The farm surroundings create a picture perfect backdrop for photography, offering anything simple like the stunning dams to shots on a game drive with animals such as zebra and giraffe making an appearance. Celebrate your “moment� in the boma with its ethnic feel or the main hall and terrace with its breathtaking view of the rock feature pool glistening with ambiance under the night sky, whilst enjoying a delicious gourmet meal or buffet and a selection of mouth-watering decadent desserts. For the brides, the wellness spa and beauty salon proves to be extra convenient, offering anything from facials to bridal pamper parties. Spend your special night in the romantic honeymoon suite equipped with its own Jacuzzi and fireplace, or treat your guests and family to a stay in one of the lovely units including a luxury tree top tent. Every couple dreams of having a perfect, memorable wedding and Rain Farm Game and Lodge is an idyllic venue making all dreams come true. W: www.rainfarm.co.za E: info@rainfarm.co.za T: +27 (0)32 815 1050 C: +27 (0)83 352 6830 36 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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RICH IN EDWARDIAN ARCHITECTURE THE DURBAN CLUB IS SITUATED ON DURBAN’S FAMOUS VICTORIA EMBANKMENT, ADJACENT TO THE OLD CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT, WITH GLORIOUS VIEWS OF DURBAN BAY. RICH IN EDWARDIAN ARCHITECTURAL DETAIL, CHARACTERISTIC OF THE EARLY 1900’S, IT IS ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST STATELY AND ATTRACTIVE BUILDINGS. The Club is an oasis in the middle of the bustling city offering old-fashioned traditions of service, courtesy, comfort and charm. Situated within the central business district, the Durban Club, with expansive views across Durban Bay, gives members an opportunity to relax and enjoy the beauty and fascination of a busy harbour. The atmosphere of the Club is elegant yet relaxed, sophisticated yet friendly, and it is viewed as a home-from-home by many of its members. The Club has reciprocity with over 109 Clubs world-wide, and it welcomes their members to use the facilities offered. THE DURBAN CLUB OFFERS • Beautiful function rooms overlooking

The Club, with its gracious atmosphere, and over 160 years of tradition is an outstanding wedding venue. The magnificent MOUNTBATTEN ROOM, overlooking the harbour, seats up to 100 guests, and the adjoining Library Room is available for dancing. THE CLUB BAR The warm and welcoming Club Bar overlooks the harbour and is located next to the Mountbatten Room restaurant. The bar is always a popular meeting place before, during and after functions. The three Club function rooms, furnished in gracious Edwardian style, are perfect for small functions, seminars and conferences. The Club provides a screen, projector and sound system on request and meals and/or refreshments are serverd as ordered.

the Harbour • Perfect for Receptions and Special Occasions • Small business Meeting Rooms with full catering and service • Business seminars and conferencing

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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.

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

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

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WITH THE MAGNIFICENT DRAKENSBERG AS YOUR BACKDROP, YOU WILL NEVER TIRE OF LOOKING AT YOUR WEDDING PHOTOS! We pride ourselves on outdoor ceremonies, fun-filled receptions, excellent food choices and partying until late.

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CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT

THE ULTIMATE DESTINATION FOR WORK AND PLAY! It’s taken millions of years to create the majestic backdrop to CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT. Nothing can make a more perfect setting than the rugged peaks and lush green valleys of the Central Drakensberg. Champagne Sports Resort embraces the opportunity to ensure your wedding is a relaxing and memorable experience. The salon has five treatment rooms with magnificent views to pamper you before the wedding. Extensive accommodation is available with 152 hotel rooms and 4 new luxurious residential suites. There are several venues available for the reception. However, if you wish to have your wedding ceremony indoors a second venue will need to be hired as well. Many years of thought, design and investment have resulted in this incredible final product that golfers and leisure guests travel far and wide to experience. There is something truly unique and special playing golf on one of the most scenic courses in the world or enjoying the wide range of leisure activities with the awe-inspiring presence of the Champagne and Cathkin Peaks towering above you. It is an experience to behold and one that we hope all of you will remember and return to enjoy. There are few venues available that will cope with really large weddings in a magnificent setting such as ours. Add to that, there is something special about weddings where all the guests are residents at the hotel and the memories seem to linger longer. Contact: T: (036) 468 8000 F: (036) 468 1169 E: reservations@champagnesportsresort.com W: www. champagnesportsresort.com 40 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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

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HILTON DURBAN

YOUR BIG DAY MEANS A LOT TO US TOO….

In the heart of the city, within walking distance of the Golden Mile beaches, the Hilton Durban offers the perfect setting to begin your new life together. Hilton Durban is the ideal place to begin and end your magical day. The Grand Ballroom located on the Ballroom level, enables the bridal couple to make a stylish and grand entrance through the incredible double carved doors into the ballroom. Our dedicated team of wedding coordinators will take care of all the details, working closely with you to create a unique celebration that reflect your style and personal taste. They will help you select the right wedding package, menus, photographers, florists and cake artists – in fact all you need to create a memorable celebration that is uniquely your own. Whatever the size of the occasion, from a large gathering to an intimate party with family and friends, we promise to bring your dream day to life. Enjoy our warm hospitality and modern amenities - which include 324 stylish guest rooms and suites and eateries that offer outstanding fare to delight the most discerning palates. Host the celebration of your lifetime at the Hilton Durban… T: 031 336 8100 E: durhi_cb@hilton.com W: www.durban.hilton.com 42 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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PENWARN COUNTRY LODGE

FUN WEDDINGS in a beautiful surrounding PENWARN COUNTRY LODGE IS LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE UNDERBERG IN THE FOOTHILLS OF SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG OF SOUTH AFRICA. This country wedding venue specialises in relaxed, fun weddings that incorporate the beautiful surrounding of PENWARN. Most of their wedding ceremonies are outdoors – overlooking the dams, under the oaks, on the island, or in their outdoor Chapel – but in keeping with their philosophy of individually planned weddings, each couple is encouraged to find a spot that takes their very own fancy. A wedding at PENWARN will guarantee photos that you will never tire of looking at and memories to treasure forever. The wedding banquet is also individually tailored with the smaller weddings held inside the Dining Room which can hold up to 50 people and the larger ones in the thatch lapha which is attached to the bar. Menus incorporate the couples’ tastes and the

general theme of the day. From the time the couple chooses PENWARN as a venue, they are assisted with the organising of the entire weekend. The degree of involvement depends on the couple, from having PENWARN coordinate the entire wedding e.g. the hiring of equipment, DJ’s, ordering and arranging flowers, hiring photographers etc. or just facilitating enabling more involvement from friends and family. PENWARN COUNTRY LODGE can comfortably accommodate 55 guests on the property and are able to co-ordinate the accommodation of the other guests at nearby venues. The entire property is for the exclusive use of the wedding party and guests from the Friday until the Sunday. The Penwarn/Waterford Estate, a 3000 hectare spread bordering

the Ukhahlamba World Heritage Site, is a photographer’s dream, with a choice of backdrops and props… a variety of game including zebra, wildebeest, ostrich 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 KwaZulu Natal, breeds and trains a variety of horse breeds, has a farmyard that is home to typical farmyard animals including chickens, geese, turkeys, peacocks, rabbits and ducks. Waterford offers some of the most reowned fly-fishing waters in the country and birding opportunities unlike most others. Contact: 033 701 1368 Email: info@penwarn.com


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BEAUTIFUL WEDDING VENUES MAKE FOR BEAUTIFUL LIFELONG MEMORIES

GOODERSON LEISURE HAVE THE PERFECT SETTINGS FOR

GOODERSON LEISURE

Gooderson Leisure looks forward to welcoming you to ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

• GOODERSON FABZ GARDEN HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE: (left) Here, bride and groom can dream of a country wedding - without having guests drive to far from the city. Located in the heart of Lonehill, Fourways, this boutique hotel offers both indoor and outdoor facilities that range from stunning gazebos to sophisticated banqueting rooms. However, it is the picture perfect gardens complete with lakes and water features that make this one of Gauteng’s most popular wedding locations. Fabz offers a range of four star accommodation options which include honeymoon, family and executive suites as well as twin, double and single rooms. Contact Gooderson Leisure: Tel: 031 337 4222 Email: weddings@goodersons.co.za www.goodersonleisure.co.za 48 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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THE WEDDING OF A LIFETIME

amidst the breathtaking beauty of the African bush - complete with wildlife!

INSINGIZI LODGE & SPA NESTLES IN THE BEAUTIFUL CRAGGY HILLS OF MID ILLOVO, (BETWEEN DURBAN & PIETERMARITZBURG) ON A 400 HECTARE PRIVATE ESTATE. Located close to Durban and Pietermaritzburg it is the perfect escape from the busy and frenetic pace of modern day life. Thatched chalets, the honeymoon suite on stilts and the tastefully ethnic Boma & Bar, offer sublime tranquillity under African skies. The wedding venue is flexible enough to allow the bridal party to reflect their own personal style and the team at iNsingizi will work closely with you, so that the end result not only has your guests oohing and ahhing…but also thinking the whole affair was so ”you“. Quality catering and simplified menu-making combine with exciting décor and accommodation options, at a price that will have you smiling. As you both look forward to your wedding day, you will have so much to do that it can be overwhelming. At iNsingizi, a team of experienced and seasoned professionals, will take care of all the hassles, so give them a call now to book your date. iNsingizi Lodge & Spa is a treat in every respect….as any of their previous guests will tell you. Call 083 4141932 Email: info@insingizi.co.za Website: www.insingizi.co.za 50 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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CATHEDRAL PEAK WINE ESTATE

WINES WITH A SENSE OF PLACE The Central Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The peaks of Cathedral, Cathkin, Dragon Peaks, and Champagne Castle jut out from the plateau ridge over 12,000 ft into the air. The plateau edge falls away in a sheer drop onto an undulating hillside. Here the fertile soils are dotted by the colors of the ripening crops under the centre pivots.

will do as our heritage is deep and respectful. We welcome you to Cathedral Peak Wine Estate where we make wines with a clear sense of place.

“With such a climate and such a unique environment it was destined to produce wines of distinction.�

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The climate here has unique characteristics. The air is clean, crisp and fresh to breathe. The sheerness of the mountain allows heat to rise up against the warm cliffs during the day and cooler air to feed down at night. The winter sees snow on the tops that feed the crystal clear mountain streams. In the valley the winter days are mild enough to go for a walk but winter nights are suited to log fires, companionship and a glass of wine. The soil is deep and fertile and the land is gently undulating. With steady summer rainfall, nature responds with vigour. We farm here and we have a passion for it. In 2008, we decided to take this passion for farming and blend it with our passion for wine, and as a result we planted some vineyards. With such a climate, in such a unique environment, it was sure that we would find a way to make wines of distinction. Nothing less

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Cathedral Peak Wine Estate offers exclusive and exceptional wedding ceremonies amidst the manicured vineyards overlooking the Central Drakensberg. The Estate has combination. Your event can include: The Sable Hall, the actual working cellar and our stylish outdoor unit whilst a stretch tent makes a perfect outside addition for a very large function. The venue boasts an ambiance of tranquility within the country surrounding and accommodates a wide variety of tastes. The spectacular Drakensberg backdrop makes an unforgettable setting for your special day. Our experienced team offers to make this an unforgettable experience and to make this a once in a lifetime event. All events are tailored to your specific need and hosted with elegance and finesse. Contact our Wedding/Function coordinator Caren on +27 (0) 82 378 4204 or caren@cathpeakwines.com Your Wedding Planner Guide

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OUR WORLD CLASS VENUE HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DREAM WEDDING We offer a number of facilities of different sizes and backdrops to fit all wedding receptions and banquets. Enjoy the perfect setting for your special day. Spa at The Blue Marlin: Immerse yourself in the Spa lifestyle where you will enter a welcoming and tranquil space to thoroughly relax and rejuvenate. Each service, amenity and detail was created specifically for you; our valued guest. Crystal Divers, PADI 5 Star IDC Center: let us take you to the next level in adventure – Say “I Do” underwater! 180 Scott St, Scottburgh • Tel: +27 (0) 39 978 3361 Email: info@bluemarlin.co.za | www.bluemarlin.co.za 52 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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SOUTH COAST LEGEND REBORN Perched atop a green hill in the welcoming town of Scottburgh, with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean, our world class venue has everything you need when it comes to your dream wedding. We offer a number of facilities of different sizes and backdrops to fit all wedding receptions and banquets. Enjoy the perfect setting for your special day. If you are looking for a wedding venue with a difference, how about a spot under the ocean? Crystal Scuba Academy is a PADI 5 Star Resort based in the Blue Marlin hotel, and together with their incredible dive team we can arrange an exhilarating under-water wedding, complete with ‘special shark guests’. For that special pamper session before or after

the nuptials you can indulge in a variety of therapeutic offerings at The Spa at Blue Marlin. Their highly trained therapists will cater to your every whim. Make a holiday of it – Over the past 60-years, Blue Marlin has not only provided our valued guests with a much-needed retreat from the stress of everyday life, but is fondly kept in the hearts of so many who have been gifted an archive of cherished memories. There is no better place from which to embark on your marital adventure. T: +27(0) 39 978 3361 E: info@bluemarlin.co.za W: www.bluemarlin.co.za

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

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

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


VENUES 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 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.

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 ‘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 funfilled celebrations, provided you ask the right questions and find out the finer details beforehand. When you contact the venue, ask whether they have a dedicated wedding planner on site who you can liaise with via email. This will make the logistics of planning your wedding much easier! Also establish exactly what services the wedding coordinator will provide, and whether there is a fee. Find out what reception and ceremony areas are available, how many guests each can accommodate, and whether they are airconditioned. 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.

The Bend Country House & Nature Estate With mature gardens, old-English farm buildings dating from the 1920’s and a gracious homestead filled with period furniture, The Bend has hosted memorable weddings since 1994. Hold your reception for up to 150 guests in the converted milking parlour, fully draped and with exposed rafters. More intimate functions are hosted in the elegant diningroom. A rustic venue with a safari theme will be inaugurated in May 2016. The garden can accommodate marquees for larger weddings. Picture a service under ancient pine trees with the Mooi River running quietly beside you. We do have a chapel to cope with inclement weather. We have an “al fresco” braai area with a firepit for great pre-wedding parties.

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

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THE BEND COUNTRY HOUSE

UNIQUE COUNTRY VENUE

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

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The Reception room dates from the 1920’s. It was converted from the old Milking Parlour and we have tried to retain the ambience of the space. The beautiful rafters add character to the interior and we have tried to enhance rather than alter the building. We have a bar with perhaps the most unusual bar counter in the Natal Midlands – an 80 year old section from one of the Tibetan cypresses on the river bank!. The atmosphere is warm and relaxed and we have hosted many happy and memorable weddings. Adjoining the Reception Room is a charming Stone Chapel with the capacity of up to 150 wedding guests.

The 1400 Hectare Estate provides many beautiful photographic opportunities including the banks of the river, a slave bell, horse paddocks, old farm buildings and a mature garden. The magnificent staircase in the Main House has featured in many beautiful bridal pictures, as has the suit of armour. T: 033 266 6441 E: info@thebend.co.za W: www.thebend.co.za


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Uniquely Upmarket, Affordable Venue

MAKING YOUR DREAMS A REALITY Umthunzi Hotel, an award winning, elegant venue is situated on this tranquil exquisite coastline, overlooking the Indian Ocean. At this impressive hotel, with the waves gently breaking in the background, the friendly staff & suppliers are committed to making your wedding a sensational day of romance...while you relax and enjoy your special dream day. It’s your style, it’s your day. Make it magical...@ Umthunzi.

ROMANTIC BEACH WEDDINGS | BEAUTIFUL POOLSIDE CHAPEL | HEAVENLY HONEYMOONS * 3 reception venues * 48 deluxe rooms & family suites with accommodation packages * Uniquely customised packages * Mouth-watering menu options * Spa treatments

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

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THE MANY HAPPY REVIEWS ON THEIR WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE BY COUPLES TESTIFY TO THE QUALITY OF NOT ONLY THE VENUE, BUT OF THE FOOD AND THE SERVICE.

The hotel staff just love weddings! You will have a custom made package to suit your budget and style and a team willing to engage with you on all the details. With delicious food options and a list of recommended suppliers you will be able to tailor make everything. After all as the management of Umthunzi say “It’s your style, it’s your day. Make it magical!” You will have their full commitment to ensuring a stress free wedding… from the first quote to the final day you leave the hotel. Accommodating weddings from an intimate 20 people up to 220, Umthunzi offers 4 different rooms for your reception. The lovely chapel can be used for a reception at the poolside. The other 2 poolside rooms are Wild Fig, a very popular choice catering for up to 100 and Bell Palm for up to 50 people. The Terrace Deck and Restaurant area has capacity for 40 to 220 persons. Give them a call, pop in (if you are in the area) or email them for chat and personalised quote. Your wedding party can, by appointment, book the whole hotel or book just the rooms you need. Special wedding guest rates can be arranged. Umthunzi’s 48 Deluxe bedrooms (15 of which have large interleading lounges and bunk rooms), are all spacious and wellappointed with twin or king beds, satin soft Percale linen, solid wood furniture, safe and selected DSTV. End your dream day in their most exquisite new Milkwood Bridal Suite with gorgeous décor and incredible sea view. Boasting the only round bed on the coast. Make your dreams come true! See them on Facebook (Umthunzi Hotel & Conference) for upcoming events and specials! Contact 039 695 0852. Email: reservations@umthunzi.co.za Website: www.umthunzi.co.za Your Wedding Planner Guide

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New developments in photographic technology and trends mean that wedding photos are a far cry from those traditional posed shots of days gone by. Aerial photography is the hottest new development in the industry, and powerful cameras fitted to remotely controlled drone helicopters are able to provide a birds-eye view of your special day – from the vows to the reception and the send-off.

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TYRONE CROSSMAN Your special day is just that – YOUR SPECIAL DAY…..!!! Therefore it is imperative that the memories of this day are beautifully and meaningfully captured in photographs that will bring you pleasure for the rest of your lives. The photographer you choose to capture these memories for you should ideally be someone not only with a wealth of knowledge in the photographic industry, but also somebody that you can relate to on a personal level and whom you can feel comfortable and relaxed with while he is capturing your precious moments. Someone who will understand you and your special needs, and who will go the extra mile to ensure that your photographs are everything that you wish for and more. I pride myself on all of the above and look forward to helping you make your wedding day the best remembered day of your life…..!! Contact 082 710 4117 or Email: tyrone@tyronecrossman.com

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PHOTOGRAPHY Reportage style photography has been popular for some time, but now with the rise of social media and the likes of Instagram, the wedding photo is poised to break new barriers! And while some brides might ask guests to check their selfie sticks at the door, others are embracing the trend, creating hashtags for their big day and requesting that guests upload their photos and statuses, or even providing special selfie stations and charging points for smartphones! CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER When it comes to choosing a photographer, remember that the top ones will be booked well in advance, so do your homework, and do it in good time. Your Wedding Planner showcases a selection of excellent photographers. Please browse through their adverts and visit their websites and online galleries to get an idea of the different photographic styles, such as high fashion, intimate or informal, and determine what will suit your wedding vision. You might prefer fairly formal wedding photos, or something more natural and spontaneous ... or perhaps a combination of the two! Compile a shortlist of likely photographers, and find out if they’ll be free on your wedding day as well as whether the packages they offer are in your price range. Once you’ve done this you can meet the photographer in person to discuss the finer details before signing on the dotted line. Meeting a prospective photographer is also important if you want to get a sense of their personality. Maintaining a clear path of communication between yourselves and your chosen wedding photographer is essential and will ensure that expectations and are met. You needs to feel comfortable entrusting them with the important role of documenting your wedding day.

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STYLISHLY SEXY

by Sandra Keddie The Stylishly Sexy Boudoir Photography Studio, featuring an all-female team, operates from discreet premises in Hillcrest, KZN, to provide a stylish and sexy boudoir photography experience, a glamourous adventure for women of all ages and sizes who deserve to feel like a goddess, and want photographic proof to keep and treasure, either for themselves or a cherished partner. Stylishly Sexy Boudoir is owned and operated by Sandra, assisted by Samantha who is a qualified hair and makeup artist. Sam also assists in the studio, part-processes images in post-production and helps with admin. The boudoir makeover photography experience, almost always delivered by an all-female team for obvious reasons, is quite a phenomenon elsewhere, especially in the USA. It is a service catering to people who want to have sensual photos taken of themselves for many and varied reasons; to do something perhaps a bit exciting and daring (but safe), to celebrate themselves and their life, to spoil their partners. It is very well suited to bridal boudoir, as a gift for a groom or as a slightly more sensual way to remember that special day. Whatever the reason Sandra believes that ladies should leave the studio feeling good about themselves, empowered, confident and beautiful. See more of the portfolio at www.durbanboudoir.co.za Call Sandra or Samantha on 079 752 2124 to arrange your appointment, or email sandra@durbanboudoir.co.za

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PHOTOGRAPHY TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT contd Ideally, your photographer should spend time explaining what exactly will be expected of you on the day of the wedding and what you can expect from him or her in the days following the wedding. CAPTURING THE MOMENT Brides generally like their photographer to take the initiative and to have a prepared list of poses that include portrait shots as well as whimsical, fun poses. A knowledgeable photographer will understand how best to capture those special moments that become classic wedding shots. These might include the bride and groom exchanging rings, dancing cheekto-cheek and cutting the cake, the toasts and speeches, the hugs, kisses and laughter of family and friends – images which will remain long after the bridal bouquet has been thrown and the wedding gown packed away. Provide your photographer with a checklist of scenes to be captured, such as the bride with her parents prior to the wedding, as well as key family members to include in the shots, and any particular items of décor that you would like photographed. Determine what your photographer’s standard package comprises. A budget option might cover the ceremony and formal group shots with a less experienced photographer, while a more comprehensive package could include pre-wedding shots and coverage of the ceremony and reception with two photographers, as well as an album and some retouching.

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MN VIDEO AND PHOTO COMPANY HISTORY: MN video and photo productions was established in 2003 based in KZN for weddings and special events. WHAT WE DO: We specialise in producing videos and photos for functions or events. Also provide screens for live video. VISION STATEMENT: Capture unique moments that make your event unforgettable. MISSION STATEMENT: To provide creative risk free service. VALUES: Consistency, quality and extra care in our service. BUSINESS GOALS & OBJECTIVES: To keep your unique and special memories last a lifetime. GROWTH STRATEGY: Our growth, depend on checking latest technology and cameras time to time. And attend workshops.

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Instant top-quality prints for you & your guests. Fun & interactive!

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SEAN BAKER Your wedding day is in the hands of many professionals but only one gives you memories that last forever: your photographer. Capturing memories to last a lifetime is what I do best. Photography for me started while living in Chicago where I went from serious hobbyist to a professional, specializing in weddings and people. Whether posed or unposed I aim to capture unique moments that tell a beautiful story. Your day is presented in a high quality photo album that follows the sequence of events of the day in a clean, uncluttered layout, allowing the images to speak for themselves. Sean Baker Contact Sean on 072 972 2463 Email: info@seanbakerphotography.co.za

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

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PHOTOGRAPHY TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT contd Decide from the outset whether you’d like lots of posed, formal photographs, or if you’d rather simply relax and enjoy this magical day while your photographer works in the background to record events as they unfold. You might like to set up a bridal portrait session before the wedding or even an engagement shoot, which is very popular these days. This will give you time to become better acquainted with your photographer and get used to how they operate. In addition to producing some great photos, it will allow you to feel more relaxed during the big-day photo shoot, resulting in more natural looking wedding photographs. Some brides are even having the portrait photos taken just before the ceremony to ensure they look their very best! Essential questions to ask your photographer include: ·

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PEPPERMINTPIX PeppermintPix is a creative husband and wife team who love working together and are passionate about taking photos. As a professional photographic team, they can shoot a sophisticated soiree, an intimate gathering or even a wild party anywhere in South Africa or abroad. They focus on storytelling, creativity and gorgeous images all without interfering in your day. Emily and Chris want to capture the combination of the excitement, nerves and emotions which is unique to every bride and groom. They know that everyone has different ideas and plans and they are happy to be as dynamic as necessary to get great photos. T: 073 244 8854 E: peppermintpixstudio@gmail.com

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STEPHEN RAILTON

Stationery needs to be chosen with the theme and style of the wedding in mind, be it romantic, rustic, modern or traditional. Once you have an idea of the type of celebration you’re having, start looking at examples of stationery in bridal magazines and on stationery websites. In addition to setting the tone for what’s to come, the wedding invitation should relay basic information such as location, date, time of day, and RSPV details. Wording tends to be less formal than in days gone by, with many couples deciding that something personal and heart-felt works best. Silver and gold accents on wedding stationery are very popular right now, as is blind embossing, which comprises raised typography in the same colour as the paper. Custom-made invitations will create a lasting impression. Even if you don’t have the budget to go the whole hog, you could modify this trend by including details on your invitations such as hand lettering. Themes from nature remain favourites, and include lots of greenery, woodland and mountain motifs, as well as flora and wildlife. Colours are becoming more intense, with washed-out pastels being replaced by much bolder palettes that incorporate forest green, peach, gold, and royal blue. While it’s good to be quirky and creative, experts caution against using too much colour. Balance bright hues with grounded neutrals, and make sure guests are able to read the text. Modern couples might prefer to go the paperless route and issue wedding e-vites or use wedding apps and social networks to spread the word about their upcoming nuptials. However, remember that not all your relatives may be up-to-date with the latest technology, so you’ll probably need to send out traditional invites as well.

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STEPHEN RAILTON

Coordinating a wedding certainly isn’t something you’d want to tackle single-handedly. Luckily for contemporary brides, there are many different ways in which to lighten the load!

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LEMONTREE CONCEPTS

HOME OF THE PERFECT WEDDING

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

TESTIMONIAL

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

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CO-ORDINATORS CO-ORDINATORS Contd Traditionally, the mother of the bride and chief bridesmaid are the first port of call when assistance is required. However, modern weddings tend to be quite complex affairs, in addition to which many of these erstwhile wedding helpers are very busy themselves, and may not have as much time as they’d like to take on a host of new tasks. Countdown calendars are useful here as they help you to pace yourself and tackle planning and dÊcor details one at a time (see our handy guide on Page 6). LEMONTREE CONCEPTS

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A2Z EVENT SPECIALITS

MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY IS OUR SPECIALITY!!

A2Z EVENT SPECIALISTS ARE A TEAM OF DEDICATED, FUN LOVING AND ENTHUSIASTIC INDIVIDUALS WITH A PASSION FOR MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY. THEIR HIGHLY SKILLED TEAM IS TRAINED TO HANDLE FUNCTIONS OF ANY MAGNITUDE AND OFFER INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS TO CLIENTS. A2Z specialises in weddings, private functions, parties, corporate events, flowers and decor hire. They focus on getting to know their clients, understanding their style and character and delivering customized solutions. Organizing an event need not be stressful anymore. A2Z will work with you and support you throughout this process to ensure the success of your event. Their service, and attention to detail radiates commitment and passion. Always striving to provide innovation and individuality in terms of decor, theme ideas and products, A2Z is able to create fresh and original events with the latest decor trends. A wide variety of products to suit any theme from Modern, to Classical, to Contemporary means client’s choices are endless.

A2Z Event Specialists and function hire is a South African based professional events company with branches in Durban & Johannesburg and their focus is to deliver a service like no other. They ensure customer satisfaction through quality and efficiency in terms of planning and effortless execution of the event. Contact Durban 031 201 9644 or JHB 011 646 0972 Web: www.a2zeventspecialists.co.za


CO-ORDINATORS CO-ORDINATORS Contd Despite having all these tools at their disposal, many brides find that nothing beats the services of a professional wedding planner. A coordinator brings with them a wealth of knowledge – what’s hot in wedding themes, who’s who in the wedding industry, where to find the ideal venue, and how to get you the best possible deals. In the end, you’ll need to weigh up how much your time is worth and whether or not you have enough know-how to plan such an intricate event. At the very least, think about hiring a coordinator to take care of the wedding day itself, leaving you free to savour the moment. While a number of venues provide in-house managers, do find out exactly what they are able to offer you. Most will only take care of specific wedding-day issues and give you a list of their preferred service providers, so hiring your own dedicated wedding coordinator is most likely still a good idea. At the outset you might think that hiring a coordinator is simply an additional expense; however, remember that in the long run they are often able to save you money. FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA

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

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FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA is an exciting and innovative décor and event company based in Durban. Started by Paul Mann in 2000, the business has grown leaps and bounds in the last 15 years due to the ability to constantly stay challenged and think out the box. With the creative minds of Paul and the team at FUNCTIONS FOR AFRICA, the need to create unique and even trend setting décor ideas and concepts, knows no boundaries. Our quantity and variation of stock allows us to not only hire out like a regular hiring company, but assist our clients in creating entire concepts and themes, allowing us to be a one stop shop. Our teams’ extensive experience and range of expertise, see us not only creating the mood and theme for the event in partnership with our clients requirements, but creating the concepts, layouts and if needed, 3D renders. We have our own in-house floral and textile designer which puts us ahead of our game all year around. Whether looking for flowers for your chapel, reception tables or for your bridal bouquets, we are able to do it all. With the largest team and crew in Durban as far as event and décor companies are concerned, and preferred suppliers with only the best reputation, we are able to take on 84 Your Wedding Planner Guide

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


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OAK CELEBRATIONS

CREATING YOUR

FAIRYTALE

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


DECOR / HIRE

STEPHEN RAILTON

There are millions of gorgeous wedding dÊcor images on the Internet, and sites like Pinterest are a fabulous source of ideas and overall style inspiration. However, when deciding on a unique and authentic vision that expresses who you are as a couple it’s advisable to work together with a few creative friends or a wedding coordinator.

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HIGHWAY FUNCTION HIRE

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

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DECOR / HIRE MAGICAL CREATIONS Contd These days, eclectic styles are in vogue, so you don’t necessarily have to colour coordinate your bridesmaids’ dresses with the table napkins and the floral arrangement. Just about anything goes, giving you the freedom to mix and match … and have some fun! Some of the upcoming trends for 2016 include geometric and graphic shapes and patterns, which can be introduced via angular table plans, tableware and vases. This modern look is especially good with the new wave of metallics which are being seen in wedding décor. Branding is an understated yet elegant way to put a special stamp on your wedding, and might consist of custom-designed monograms or duograms on the tableware and stationery. The Bohemian style remains a favourite. Neutral colour combinations such as cream and coffee would work beautifully with organic elements like marble, bleached wood and warm metallics. The concept of bringing the outdoors inside, using lots of greenery and wildflowers, is also hugely popular. You could also look to the seasons for inspiration. Spring suggests fresh and fabulous pastels, and summer’s lush vegetation and abundant blooms might prompt tropical or beach themes infused with bold, dramatic hues. While coastal winters are pleasantly cool and dry, the colder weather inland could inspire a romantic highland theme with roaring log fires, candle-lit tables and soaring mountain scenery. This is also the perfect time for a bushveld wedding; either colonial elegance or eco-experience. One of the best décor ideas is to pick a fabulous location, where you won’t have to add too much to make the space gorgeous. A charming country hotel or themed restaurant will be easier to decorate than a plain function room or marquee. Then, you’ll need to check how much of the décor your venue is able to supply, and how much you’ll have to hire. These days, professional hiring companies supply an amazing array of stylish furnishings and themed décor. COLOUR SCHEMES Monochromatic schemes are always elegant, so you could choose different tones of the same colour, or pick a colour you love, and team it with neutral shades. Different themes lend themselves to different colour schemes: a garden wedding might feature delicate florals and pastels against a lush green backdrop, while a vintage wedding could incorporate period prints and bold colours offset with silver or gold detailing, not to mention a sprinkling of 1930s era glamour.

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‘Country chic’ décor calls for the crisp pastel shades of blue, green or yellow, with feature details such as apple crates, antique tablecloths and mismatched china. The seaside is another classic look, 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 décor trends such as origami flowers, paper lanterns and pom-poms, festoon lighting and swags of streamers. Pantone’s 2016 wedding colours incorporate more vivid shades than in years gone by. Expect bright pastels to be teamed with bolder feature colours. Some of the top shades include Fiesta, Rose Quartz, Peach Echo, Iced Coffee and Lilac Grey. There’s also Snorkel Blue, which is 2016’s more vibrant version of Navy, as well as the soothing sky blue of ‘Serenity’. WEDDING FAVOURS Prettily packaged wedding favours are a lovely way to thank your guests for sharing this special day with you. Edible favours are always extremely popular, and include things like liqueur-filled truffles, mini jars of local produce, such as jam, honey or olives, or cookies and cupcakes. The personal touch is key, like luggage tags inscribed with individual messages, attached to favours wrapped in hand-printed paper.


BRIDALWEAR

PEPPERMINTPIX

You are the star of the show on your wedding day, so why not think of the aisle as your special version of a catwalk and choose a gown that will let your personality shine through as well as turn heads!

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JASMINS BRIDAL

EXQUISITE IMPORTED BRIDAL GOWNS & EVENINGWEAR Jasmins Bridal was established in 1973, as one of Durban’s prominent bridal boutiques. Since then, with our exceptional, warm and friendly service, we have grown into one of KwaZuluNatal’s leading bridal wear boutiques.

lingerie and costume jewellery. Whether you are looking for something simple, sophisticated, avant-garde or traditional, come in and visit us or send us an email and we will contact you to arrange and appointment.

At Jasmins Bridal, we provide high-quality ready to wear bridal gowns and prom dresses, tailored to fit you perfectly. Our bridal gowns and prom dresses are imported from leading fashion houses to ensure that your wedding day is as perfect as you’ve always imagined.

Jasmins Bridal is in the process of expanding it’s network of boutiques into other Provinces; with the ambition of becoming one of the leading bridal wear boutiques in South Africa.

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BRIDALWEAR ALL DRESSED UP Contd Bridal fashions seen on the runways point towards some clear trends for 2016. After the blues and silvers which were seen so prominently during 2015, the warm shades of cream, ivory, gold and blush are now taking centre stage. What’s more, a number of new looks are revolutionising summer bridal wear, with the bridal jumpsuit, cocktail dress and skirt and crop top combo representing the perfect marriage of fun and glamour. The more traditional bride will welcome a return to the vintage Victorian gown, where the fullness of hoop skirts has been recreated through voluminous tiers of silk, lace and tulle. The fairy-tale theme is given added emphasis in gowns sporting fringes, fluttery sleeves and layers of organza, tulle and feathers for a magical and ethereal effect that’s perfect for romantic brides. Using floral appliqué to achieve three-dimensional detail on collars, sleeves and skirts is another favourite design feature which is adding texture to bridal silhouettes.

At the other end of the scale, designers are pushing the boundaries of bridal decorum with keyhole and deeply plunging V necklines, thighhigh slit skirts and all manner of see-though garments, from ultra-fine netting and tulle to daringly sheer lace gowns over skin-toned lining. Short bridal dresses, some sleeveless and others with side cut-outs, are also making a bold style statement. In addition to the ever-popular floral motif, embroidered wave patterns are becoming a hot new trend. CHOOSING A BRIDAL GOWN Have an idea of what you’re looking for before setting out on your bridal gown quest! Then determine how much you have to spend so as not to waste time trying on dresses that are out of your price range. Things to bear in mind include the season and time of day you’re getting married, the ceremony and reception venues, and styles that flatter your figure. Begin the search early, especially if you’re not buying off the peg, as getting a gown custom-made by a designer can take around six to eight months, and even alterations to a ready-made dress can take a month or two. When you begin visiting bridal stores, keep an open mind and listen to the consultant’s advice. Although an outfit may have no ‘hanger appeal’, it could look very different when you try it on. You might like one that draws attention to your best feature (for example, your shoulders, arms or waist) while de-emphasising those aspects that you find less desirable. Don’t leave shopping to a busy weekend. Rather take a morning off work to take advantage of a quieter store and more of the salesperson’s time. It’s preferable not to bring too many people with you as all the opinions may well end up being too distracting and confusing. It’s also wise to be realistic. Buy the dress that fits you comfortably now, not something that will only be right once you shed that last five kilograms you’ve been aiming to lose since last Spring!

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BRIDALWEAR Think you’ve found the one? Those in the know suggest taking photographs of the dresses you try on; not just from the front, but from a variety of angles to get the total effect. Also look at how the fabric appears in photographs: some fabrics, while appearing gorgeous to the naked eye, may look a lot different in your wedding album. MOTHERS OF THE BRIDE AND GROOM Weddings are special occasions, not just for the bride and groom, but for their mothers and grandmothers too! According to custom, the mother of the bride is the first to choose a dress, with the mother of the groom expected to follow her lead with a dress of similar length, colour and style. While formal or evening weddings generally call for the sophistication of a floor-length dress, current fashions are seeing shorter silhouettes, with a chic one-piece ideal for semi-formal as well as informal weddings. The look is versatile, and can be dressed up with gorgeous jewellery, heels, an elegant cover-up or beaded bag. On-trend dress details include beautifully jewelled and embroidered necklines, as well as illusion necklines which are wonderfully flattering and able to give just the right amount of cover. Versatile, comfortable and stylish, the jacket dress is another firm favourite as while the coordinating jacket provides coverage it can also be removed to reveal the beautiful dress underneath. A two-piece or mock two-piece can be fitted to accommodate varied proportions, and is excellent for concealing the tummy area and shaping the waist. Colours should complement those of the bridal attendants. While there are colour charts available online to help you identify suitable shades based on the colours being worn by the bridesmaids, there really are some colours which seem to go with everything! If in doubt, shades like mocha, bronze, taupe, champagne, putty, silver and charcoal, or even navy blue, tend to be sure-fire winners.

Photo by Samantha Maber; Wedding Dress by Maryke

One of the widest selection of bridal laces in KZN as well as fabrics for mother of bride and groom, bridesmaids, flower girls, groom and best men too... Working hand in hand with your designer or ours.

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THE FABRIC GALLERY

PURVEYORS OF COLOUR & STYLE

The Fabric Gallery is a family ran business and is very different from the average fabric store. We are big enough to have what you need and small enough to care about finding it. PRODUCTS AND SERVICES We have carefully selected the finest range of fabrics for every day and every occasion...a selection that is enhanced by the personal service and attention given to each and every customer. We are proud to claim one of the widest selection of bridal laces in KwaZulu-Natal. Our extensive range includes Guipure, Chantilly, Beaded and unbeaded laces in both white and ivory. These exquisite laces are carefully chosen with great love and care on a regular basis, keeping the range up to date and on trend. Whatever you require, our range is certainly worth a look.

The laces are complemented by a full assortment of silks, Dutchess satins, bridal taffetas, chiffons and georgette, along with tulle, veiling and organza. Whatever your bridal needs are we have you covered, and if we don’t have it we will help you find it! We do have an in house designer available, but also work with many other top designers to

make your dream gown a reality. Our tailor will gladly assist with any alterations on gowns, and any other item of clothing. Whilst the bridal fabrics form a large part of our service, we also stock a comprehensive selection of other dress fabrics. The range of fabrics for special occasions caters for mothers of the bride and groom, school dance and ball dresses, wedding guests, bridesmaids and anyone looking to be a little more stylish than the rest. Again the lace range is vast, with many different types and colours, supported by satins, bonbon and all the rest. If you’re battling to find your colour then give us a call... Our fabrics for day wear include linens, cottons, viscose, printed and plain knits, chiffons and many, many more. We have a selection of suit fabrics, so the the gentlemen are covered too. The store is finished off with an array of haberdashery and accessories, such as diamante motives, braids and crystals. Whether its a wedding or just for work, visit the Fabric Gallery for a feast of colour and style. Get In Touch T: (033) 342 6890 E: info@thefabricgallery.co.za W: www.thefabricgallery.co.za


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SEAN BAKER

Grooms can choose between hiring a suit and having their wedding day clothing tailor-made. Basic black, charcoal and grey are safe, traditional choices. 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.

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HAIR & BEAUTY

SEAN BAKER

Looking and feeling fabulous as you walk down the aisle is a top priority on the wedding-day wish-list. And it’s never too early to start planning ahead. Begin a sensible nutrition and exercise routine several months in advance, and look at either revamping or refining your skin and hair care treatment regimen.

PROFESSIONAL HAIR AND MAKEUP “Transforming the beautiful to extravagantly elegant”

Beauty Beyond by Claudette will leave you looking flawless and breathtaking on your special day. With 8 years of international experience and the latest techniques she will help you to accentuate your features and look like the radiant bride you ought to be! Some of the latest techniques include highlighting, contouring and airbrushing to give you that perfect, flawless skin based on your requests.

We travel to all venues in KZN. Internationally qualified & international brands used. We specialise in all types of skin tones. www.beautybeyondkzn.com info.beautybeyond@gmail.com beautybeyondmobile beautybeyondmobile

CONTACT CLAUDETTE 076 955 0327

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BEAUTY BEYOND

TRANSFORMING THE BEAUTIFUL TO EXTRAVAGANTLY ELEGANT Beauty Beyond by Claudette provides professional hair and makeup for brides as well as the bridesmaids and mum’s or any members needing hair and makeup. With 8 years of international experience in the beauty industry Claudette and her team will definitely help any bride achieve her desired look. Some of the international and well recognized brands used by Beauty Beyond include: Mac, Kryolan, Urban Decay, Morphe and Inglot. All these brands are hypo allergenic so it’s safe enough to use on any skin type or tone. We travel to all venues in and around KZN, so brides can get ready in the comfort of their homes. At Beauty Beyond we use the latest techniques in the makeup world ensuring you look and feel fabulous, some of these include highlighting, contouring and airbrushing to give you that HD look. If you are unsure of what you would like with your hair or makeup please feel free to check our website, www. beautybeyondkzn.com top tips for brides 96 Your Wedding Planner Guide

or you can always give us a call or even drop us an email and we would gladly assist you. We believe every women is beautiful and we help you accentuate your features and beauty, hence our motto “transforming the beautiful to extravagantly elegant”. Let us put our expertise, eye for detail and love of makeup artistry to work for you to make your special event/day more memorable. BEAUTY BEYOND BY CLAUDETTE C: 076 9550327 E: Info.beautybeyond@gmail.com W: www.beautybeyondkzn.com F: www.facebook.com/beauty beyondmobile I: www.instagram.com/ beautybeyondmobile


HAIR & BEAUTY TIMELESS BEAUTY Contd The make-up and hairstyle you choose should complement your wedding dress and your overall theme. Bridal beauty trends for 2016 highlight features such as smoky eyes, fresh, dewy skin, and soft pink hues for lips and cheeks, while hairstyles include sleek chignons, Bohemian braids and loosely structured up-dos with loads of volume. GOOD TO GLOW If you’ve decided to do your own make-up, there are a few tricks of the trade you should learn. Apply products in natural light if possible, and remember to blend your foundation and blusher well, as the camera will show up any lines. Sweep some bronzing powder across your chest and neck so your face doesn’t look a different colour to the rest of your body. Don’t use foundation too near your gown’s neckline as it could end up staining the dress. Opt for waterproof mascara and navy blue or charcoal eyeliner. Choose a bright lip colour, handy powder compact and mirror, and carry it with you on the day in case you need a touch-up. In 2016, brides are letting their natural beauty shine through with minimalist make-up such as tinted moisturiser, earth-toned eyeliner, a flick of mascara, pink or nude lips, and a light sweep of bronzer or blush. The ‘English Rose’, which calls for pale foundation, delicately lined eyes, rosy cheeks and softly tinted lips, is back in vogue. You can give this look a modern twist with bold eyebrows à la Cara Delevingne. Frosted lipstick is another favourite; especially shades of shimmering pinks and metallic. STYLISH HAIR AND ACCESSORIES Wear thick hair up or down, flaunting your luxuriant locks by twisting them into a semi up-do, or opting for a wildly romantic look with long, flowing waves and small braids, loosely pinned back. Alternatively, go for one classic French plait or fishtail braid, decorated with stars, beads or pearls. The timeless chignon is the preferred up-do for glamour and sophistication. Prima ballerina style buns are both pretty and elegant, and look good with floral crowns or jewelled circlets. Wear a more modern version of this style by adding an asymmetrical element or leaving layers of hair loose in the front to frame your face.

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PINK PETALS

A TRANQUIL ENVIRONMENT OFFERING HEALTH & BEAUTY SERVICES Pink Petals Health & Beauty Clinic is an upmarket beauty salon based in Kloof. With six full treatment rooms, a nail bar, a Pedicure station and a Tan Can room, we are able to cater to all our client’s needs – male or female, young or old! Our Beauty Salon is a place for our clients to come relax, unwind and be pampered.

We are always putting together new specials and deals on treatments, so follow us on Facebook or keep a look out for us in publications in the Upper Highway Area to see what’s new!

The Pink Petals Team consists of five full beauty therapists, one massage therapist and two nail technicians. The team are all fully qualified professionals in their fields, allowing us to offer you a variety of Spa treatments from manicures and pedicures to facials and massages. Our warm and friendly team will help you pick the right treatments to suit your needs.

• Manicure & Pedicure

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• Facials WE PROVIDE ONLY THE BEST EXPERIENCES FOR OUR CLIENTS. E: info@pinkpetals.co.za W: www.pinkpetals.co.za Facebook: Pink Petals Health & Beauty Clinic T: 031 764 3744


FLOWERS

SEAN BAKER

Flowers are one of the most important aspects of wedding dĂŠcor, and these days the look is all about luxury, abundance and sheer romance. Imagine masses of blooms in creamy pastels and whites, extravagant floral backdrops, over-sized arrangements, and hanging floral installations with ferns, fairy lights and trailing ivy.

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BUDS IN A RO

LOVELY FLOWERS DESIGNED FOR YOU Flowers have been used for centuries to express the feelings of everyone, from hard working individuals to the nobility of the land. For Buds in a Ro, this is what drives us... not just working with beautiful fresh flowers and plants, but also with the beautiful meanings behind the flowers. We create a unique story for each of our clients to share their own love story... Buds in a Ro was started with this deep passion and in order to allow people to enjoy the pleasure of flowers. Each season brings its own “in season” flowers and we will work with these guidelines to make everything come together to make your day. “As the owner and main floral designer, I take pride in creating this unique day for you. Although I have won various floral art awards, I continue to grow and develop with each couple I meet. I have a love for the magical feeling flowers bring to the special occasion, and each time I work on a wedding that excitement is renewed. Let me take you on a floral journey like never before and show you this amazing world through new eyes... flowers for your wedding are as unique as you are and we work together to find that perfect match. I look forward to making special memories with you.” Rowena Arnold Buds in a Ro T: 082 304 6495 E: info@budsinaro.co.za W: budsinaro.co.za 100 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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Foliage is also a key trend in 2016, especially in the case of rustic weddings, where greenery abounds in leafy bouquets and table garlands. Elements such as sweet-scented herbs, acorns and fruit add texture and fragrance, while feathers, twigs and slices of wood could be used to create a Bohemian ambiance. Warm metallic accents are another hot favourite, and while gold and silver remain classics, copper is growing in popularity. Brides are advised to opt for flowers that are in season, taking into account features such as colour, perfume, foliage, texture and durability. The current trend encompasses multiple floral experiences, with different looks for each aspect of the wedding, from the ceremony to the reception. BOUQUETS AND BUTTONHOLES The design of your bridal bouquet should complement your wedding gown and theme. Contemporary colour schemes may be monochromatic or display shaded tones of the same colour. The untamed, organic flow of the cascade bouquet is back in style, and might comprise a lovely ensemble of roses, tulips and ranunculas, or a luscious combination of avalanche roses, brunia, echeveria, peonies, astrantia and hydrangeas. Either go for subtle colours with lots of greenery, or stand out with vivid hues and metallic accents. While the bouquet will set the theme for attendants’ flowers, these days your bridesmaids are free to personalise their blooms. Understated yet undeniably romantic, the ring corsage is gaining popularity. 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. ARRANGEMENTS Greenery is everywhere at the reception, with garlands made up of varieties of ivy or ferns combined with lemon leaf and herbs like mint and rosemary. Use these as table runners and chair swags, or string across archways, wind around pillars and hang from the ceilings. Table centrepieces could consist of simple bunches of meadow flowers, extravagant arrangements on candelabra stands, or a single dramatic bloom in a vintage vase. Use colourful bottles and jam jars, silver jugs and china teapots instead of traditional vases to achieve the popular rustic look.

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After the all-important bridal gown, the catering is one of the most important ingredients for a memorable wedding. There are two options here: find a reception venue that has excellent food, or locate one that will let you bring in the caterer of your choice.

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CAKES & CATERING The chief factors to bear in mind when looking for a caterer are: quality of food, level of service, and ability to deliver on the finer details. You need to find someone who listens to you and understands what you consider most important. At the same time, you also need a caterer with the experience to be able to take your ideas and create a winning wedding day formula! Start looking for a caterer at least nine months prior to your wedding. Ask your venue whether they have a list of preferred suppliers; consider your options, find out who’s available on your chosen date, and arrange a meeting. Look at their portfolio, enquire as to whether they have adequate facilities and are backed by a professional team, and find out where they source their produce. Ask whether they are able to meet specific menu requirements, such as Halaal, Kosher or vegetarian. If your budget is limited, let your caterer know what it is so they’re able to work out a package to suit your needs. Check whether things like VAT, tableware and linen are included in the price, and when the deposit and final payment is required. Organising a tasting is also a good idea as this lets you sample the food and assess presentation first-hand. ON THE MENU With in-house catering, the typical choices are either a buffet or seated dinner. Using an independent caterer tends to give you much greater flexibility. Tasting stations are very popular as they allow your guests to sample an assortment of party food. While Italian and Greek delicacies are always favourites, so too are Middle Eastern dishes from regions like Morocco, Turkey and Israel. Spicy food is a ‘hot’ choice, and includes Korean and Latin American inspired menus. And how about your very own sushi bar complete with a sushi chef?

Whatever your final choice, try to ensure that the menu features 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. 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, with family-style food very big news right now. In addition to (and sometimes instead of) a wedding cake, some couples are now opting for a decadent dessert table with pies, éclairs, truffles and tarts. Dessert stations might comprise milkshake or gelato bars, custom-made crepes or a decadent chocolate fondue, while plated desserts could include exciting flavour combinations such as apricot and basil or salted caramel. THE WEDDING CAKE The traditional wedding cake is a large, multi-layered or tiered affair made from a heavy fruit mix and decorated with icing (often over a layer of marzipan) or fondant.  These days, however, anything goes! A naked cake dusted with icing sugar and berries is perfect for a rustic wedding, while a delicious coffee-flavoured creation would suit a morning wedding, and a rich and sophisticated chocolate cake with an orange flavour accent would do well for a formal affair. Flavours can also be chosen according to the season; for example, a light lemon cake in summer and a creamy mocha, praline or fruit cake in winter. The textured look is very on-trend, and includes cakes patterned with lace, pleats and ruffles, feather or flower details. While pink is still a favoured colour, shining metallics – seen in Baroque-style cakes gleaming with golden frosting – are the latest word in wedding fashion. Bright and bold floral motifs are also very contemporary, and organic floral designs comprising climbing vines and flowers are one of the forecast trends for 2016. 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. Prosecco or pink champagne is a favourite, as are champagne cocktails infused with fruit purées or liqueurs such as Aperol or crème de cassis. Beverage stations could offer anything from craft beers to signature cocktails, sangria or flavoured lemonades. 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 and wine, 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 helps to create the mood of your big day, so it’s important that that you choose the right accompaniment to each stage of the wedding; from the inspiring compositions of the ceremony, to the background melodies of the reception, the emotion of the first dance, and the entertainment of a live band or DJ. At the ceremony, consider the sounds of an uplifting soloist or the grace and elegance of a string quartet. For background music at the reception, it’s a good idea to put together a wedding mix with the songs that best capture your relationship. The compilation could include the music that has been the most important to you in the course of your relationship, as well as lyrics which best articulate what you mean to one-another. Perhaps think of it as the soundtrack to the story of your romance. Remember to find out whether there are any noise restrictions which apply to your venue of choice. 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 music genres. Find out what their specialty is and if they are familiar with your favourite style of music.

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These days, the bridal couple and their entourage are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting transport for the wedding. Consider an elegant chauffeur-driven stretch limousine, Rolls-Royce Phantom or Bentley, or even a luxury people carrier like the Mercedes Viano. A classic 4x4 like a Range Rover or Jeep would be perfect for an out-ofAfrica scenario, while a sporty Ford Mustang, a snappy Mini Cooper, or even a vintage VW Beetle might better suit a more modern or quirky theme.

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For a lake or seaside celebration, you could make a grand entrance by speedboat or yacht, or go for a more casual option like a canoe or rowing boat if your theme is rustic. Other unique choices include golf carts, Vespas and tandem bikes, not to mention the fairy-tale favourite … the horse-drawn carriage! The top tip for a fool-proof wedding day transport plan is to map out every detail of your schedule well in advance. Think about where your hair and make-up are being done, the venue for pre and post-ceremony photo shoots, and the distance to the reception site, estimating how much time you’ll need for each event. Factor a little leeway into your timeline to make room for any possible speed bumps or detours (both literal and metaphorical!) along the way. Book transport several months beforehand, and have vehicles checked 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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It’s never too soon to start planning your honeymoon, as booking early lets you secure some of the best deals and gives you more than enough time to get the necessary documentation together. Discuss your ideal vacation experience with your fiancé. Are you looking for adventure, sightseeing, relaxation, or a bit of everything? Above all, the honeymoon should be an exciting and stress-free time for the two of you.

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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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SANI VALLEY LODGE

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 WELLKNOWN 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

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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HONEYMOON WANDERLUST Contd If you’re choosing an exotic location, make sure it’s not too remote … unless of course you have loads of time on your hands and don’t mind long-haul flights. After you’ve factored all the travelling time into the equation, not to mention the associated jet lag, it might well be better to choose some place closer to home. Your budget is another important factor. Does it allow for a multidestination European tour, a weekend at a wine farm, or somewhere in between? If strapped for cash or time, why not take a ‘mini-moon’ and save up for a real honeymoon later on? Another option is the ‘twinimoon’, which sees newlyweds enjoying the best of both worlds by including two different holiday hotspots. Remember that some credit cards and medical aid schemes offer airline miles which you can put towards your honeymoon. And when booking a destination do let them know that you’re going to be travelling as newlyweds. There are lots of resorts offering budget deals, upgrades and other extras to honeymoon couples. HONEYMOON LOCATIONS According to Vogue Australia, top celebrity honeymoon destinations for 2016 include the beach resorts of Tahiti, Mexico and the Seychelles, or classic choices such as an Irish manor house or a Tanzanian safari. There are also stunning locations closer to home, such as a mountain retreat in the Drakensberg, a beach holiday at Kosi Bay or a bush break at one of KwaZulu-Natal’s world-class game reserves. Consider looking for eco-tourism destinations which promote responsible travel that safeguards the environment while improving the wellbeing of indigenous populations. You’ll find a comprehensive list of resources,

from participating organisations to top eco-destinations, on the website of the International Ecotourism Society: http://www.ecotourism.org. South Africa is a popular and affordable destination for overseas couples as well, with many international travel and tourism agents offering romantic honeymoon packages to our magnificent wilderness areas. This might include a safari expedition in the Kruger National Park, or an urban adventure in the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town. An all-inclusive holiday is a great idea. If you’ve already paid for everything upfront you’ll be able to relax without having to worry about the price of everything. Just be sure to check what’s included; for example, local beverages might be part of the deal, but not imported drinks such as wine. Unless you’ve specifically asked for cash donations as an alternative to items on the wedding registry, don’t count on receiving monetary contributions towards your honeymoon. If you do, let those amounts rather pay for an extra excursion or dinner in a five-star restaurant. TRAVEL ADVICE Those in the know suggest using a travel agent. The service won’t cost you any extra, and having someone else to take care of all the booking arrangements will give you less to worry about in the days leading up to the wedding. In addition, if anything does end up going wrong, you’ll have someone to call. If you’re travelling outside the country, check that your passport is up-to-date and organise visas, if required, and travel insurance. Many countries now require passports to be valid for six months from the date of entry. If you’re traveling to an exotic destination, it’s best to find out from your doctor whether vaccinations will be required. Sort out your foreign exchange needs, such as credit cards, prepaid travel cards and cash. Prior to departure, be sure to put your mobile phone on international roaming (limiting this to text messages is more affordable), pack an overseas adaptor, and don’t forget the chargers for your phone and camera. Put nametags on all items of luggage, and don’t leave home without your e-ticket and itinerary. 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 store copies of documents on your smartphone, or access copies via Google Docs 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. If there’s absolutely no alternative, then try to pack your suitcase a few days before you leave. Once you’ve made sure that you have essentials such as passports, currency, cameras, phones and medication safely stowed away, don’t stress too much about forgetting one or two items … most destinations will be able to provide you with basics such as toothbrushes and suntan lotion!

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AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE

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 mini-bar, 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 Your Wedding Planner Guide 111


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UMTHUNZI HOTEL & CONFERENCE

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UMTHUNZI HOTEL & CONFERENCE IS A GEM OF A VENUE. AN AWARD WINNING HOTEL WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE INDIAN OCEAN, IT IS A PLACE TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. THIS IS A TRULY WONDERFUL CHOICE FOR A COASTAL WEDDING OR IDYLLIC HONEYMOON. Situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Umtentweni, KZN south coast, and only a 2 minute drive to the pretty Umtentweni beach, this hotel is oozing with sophistication and exudes 4 star quality. Which is one of the reasons they won the coveted 2014 best 3 star venue in South Africa and many other awards. So exciting to announce is the addition of the gorgeous and spacious new Milkwood Bridal suite! Recently completed this suite is absolutely stunning. Boasting the only round bed on the coast (perhaps only one in the country!), it is romantic and elegant. The bed overlooks the sea and is draped in Egyptian cotton linen. Tranquil on the top floor with a spacious lounge, you also can enjoy the double shower, spa bath, fluffy bathrobes and cozy bath sheets. Delight in a private candlelit meal and the love you deserve. Also with magnificent panoramic views and a wide balcony is the lovely Room 11 with its exquisitely draped 4 poster bed and the option of an interleading lounge. Honeymooners can relax and unwind, enjoying each other and this most exciting and delightful coastline that offers all you need for adventure, fun or simply long lazy walks in glorious tropical surrounds on one of the many stunning beaches. It makes sense to have an affordable but quality honeymoon as you build for your future together. Umthunzi offers special long stay rates for honeymooners in what is a luxurious, clean and friendly hotel. Make your dreams come truel See them on Facebook (Umthunzi Hotel & Conference) for upcoming events and specials! Contact 039 695 0852. Email: reservations@umthunzi.co.za Website: www.umthunzi.co.za Your Wedding Planner Guide 113


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WHITE PEARL MOZAMBIQUE

THE ULTIMATE HONEYMOON DESTINATION

In October 2011, a magnificent resort opened its doors to the world. The tranquil blue ocean, endless untouched beach and enchanting bush surroundings soon earned White Pearl Resorts the reputation of being the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Nestled in a sheltered bay on Mozambique’s Lagoon Coast, poised amongst the dunes on timber stilts, our 21 luxurious suites have been sensitively designed to take advantage of their beautiful natural setting, while protecting the fragile eco-systems beneath them. Cool, clean lines, contemporary furniture and a palette inspired by the surrounding coastal landscape, make for a getaway out of this world. In this striking setting, put your feet up as you sip your favourite summer cocktail at the Ibizastyled glamorous beach bar, recline on the wide deck soaking up the sun or head down to the beach for some R&R as you listen to the sound of the waves breaking nearby. Inspired by the rich coastal biodiversity of the area and beautiful Indian Ocean reefs, the Your Wedding Planner Guide 115


HONEYMOON guest areas offer laid-back beachside chic, with spaces designed to relax and enjoy. The striking beach bar, set against a backdrop of white and turquoise, is at the heart of this unmatched beach experience. Stretch out on one of the beautiful over-sized day beds or comfortable loungers while you indulge in a refreshing cocktail with views over the great expanse of ocean and white sands. At White Pearl Resorts we pride ourselves in offering our discerning guests a truly unique and unforgettable vacation experience. We go beyond what is expected, strive for absolute excellence and are passionate about providing five-star luxury and service from check-in, check-out and beyond. Where we serve our guests is almost as important as the food itself. Whether it’s under the star-strewn sky, in the privacy of your room or a picnic on the beach with an alfresco meal and the sound of waves lapping on the sand, you’ll find a space to suit your mood. There’s always the element of the unexpected, something to surprise you, wherever you choose to dine. Check out the website for more details W: www.whitepearlresorts.com

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THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS

THE ULTIMATE COCKTAIL OF EXCLUSIVITY, DIVERSITY AND AFFORDABILITY. A NEW ERA IS DAWNING OVER THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS - ONE WHICH IS STEADILY BRINGING ITS LEGENDARY NATURAL BEAUTY AND THE EXCEPTIONAL HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IT OFFERS, WITHIN REACH OF MORE AND MORE VISITORS. THIS DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION OFFERS NOT ONLY EXCLUSIVITY AND LUXURY, BUT ALSO CATERS FOR AFFORDABILITY. Seychelles offers a diversity of locations with a spectacular necklace of 41 granite and 74 coral islands, clothed in some of the rarest species of fauna and flora. This, combined with world renowned and pristine beaches, sapphire seas and perpetual summer temperatures make Seychelles the ultimate haven of relaxation, adventure and renewal of mind, spirit and body. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS The islands of Seychelles are dotted with sites of great natural beauty and interest. Victoria, the capital of Mahé Island, is one of the tiniest capitals in the world and boasts a bustling local market, two cathedrals, an Indian temple, Botanical Gardens and two interesting museums: the Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of History housed in the national library which provide an excellent introduction to Seychelles’ history as both a French and British colony. The other main islands of Praslin and la Digue offer world-class beaches to enjoy. Visit La Digue,where time stands still and bicycles and the ox-cart hold sway on the pathways to dream beaches such as Anse Source D’Argent. On Praslin, enjoy a stroll in the Vallée de Mai where the legendary Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms. There are many other more remote islands to explore, so be sure to make time for island hopping either by boat, helicopter or plane. 118 Your Wedding Planner Guide

TOURS Seychelles natural beauty can be discovered at any number of scenic viewing spots throughout the islands, where the mountain roads offer excellent panoramas of the sapphire ocean and virgin forests. Major tour operators offer excursions on full day or half-day basis and will include a Creole barbecue lunch. Prices and schedules are available from individual tour companies. Bus trips with guides include a trip to the capital of Victoria, including the colourful market, souvenir stalls and the Botanical Gardens at Mont Fleuri. Excursions usually include the viewpoint at Mission Lodge at Sans Soucis, high in the mountains above Victoria offering breathtaking views of the island and a lodge where the Queen of England once sat and sipped tea. The Tea Plantation itself is at Morne Blanc, a few kilometres further along the mountain road, and visitors can taste the assortment of flavoured teas produced at the small tea factory on site at the Tea Tavern. A trip to the beach at Port Launay for swimming and snorkelling is also included in some excursions. Tours south of Mahé usually include the Cap Lazare craft village, the stunning beaches at Intendance or Anse Soleil, plus the studios and house of the renowned British artist, Michael


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Adams at Anse aux Poules Bleues, or the studio of sculptor Tom Bowers at Santa Maria. Tours of the east coast of Mahé, take in the splendid Jardin du Roi fruit and spice gardens, the photogenic Fairyland beach at Anse Royale, as well as the Craft Village and Plantation House at Le Cap. ACCOMMODATION Accommodation on the Islands range from the more opulent amenities of world-famous 5-star resorts to the picturesque charm of affordable, smaller hotels, Creole guest houses and selfcatering units - making a Seychelles holiday accessible in terms of budget, authentic in terms of the diversity of experiences it offers... and the adventure of a lifetime. As an alternative to land-based accommodation, charter a yacht and take a leisurely cruise around the islands. The Seychelles Secrets portfolio of hotels illustrates perfectly Seychelles’ particular brand of tourism with a range of accommodation that proposes island-style living at its best in establishments that have been especially vetted to provide an enticing blend of excellent facilities and value for money, offering true Creole hospitality in picturesque surrounds that are characteristic of the islands’ legendary natural beauty. CULTURE The Creole Language is spoken by everyone and is an adaptation of 17th Century French, African languages and Malagasises. It has been elevated to national language status, earning the same respect that English and French receive and today Creole is a written language as well as spoken. Such freedom has resulted in an outburst of creativity in plays, poetry and prose. The Creole culture is today a major attraction for worldwide visitors who want to experience a unique way of life.

Creole architecture is another important cultural aspect of the islands. The traditional designs of some of the grand old houses with their steep roofs and many openings to catch the island breezes, have been assimilated into modern architecture, ensuring comfortable living in the tropics. Traditional music and dance such as the sega, with its tantalising hip swaying movements to the pulsating sounds of drums, fiddles or guitars is found in Seychelles, as on other islands. But the dance and music most unique to Seychelles is the moutia - a dance seen by the old colonial authorities as so sexually brazen that it was banned. After a week of hard labour on the plantations, the workers would gather under the coconut palms and dance to the sound of the moutia drums. Other African looking instruments also make up the musical heritage of the Seychellois sound: the one stringed zez from Madagascar, the bonm and the kaskavel. All were played during the long warm starlit evenings on verandas or alongside beach fires. DINING Kreol Cuisine has its origins in the racially mixed Seychellois. From India comes many varieties of curry; from China comes popular rice dishes and stir-fried vegetables and noodles with steamed fish, and from France the aromatic blends of garlic and herbs. All these influences, mixed with a huge selection of seafood plucked out of the Indian Ocean and a variety of tropical fruits and vegetables make eating out in Seychelles a culinary delight. Local delicacies include kari zourit (a creamy octopus curry) and tec tec soup (a small white shellfish collected from the beaches and made into a soup usually with pumpkin).

Local cuisine is on offer at several charming restaurants, often in romantic settings which feature Creole culinary traditions and popular international specialities. Most hotels offer a fine combination of international and Creole dishes on their menu. Be sure to frequent some of the many restaurants that specialise in Creole dishes on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, where you can dine tête à tête with your feet in the sand on uncrowded beaches. FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Diary dates not to be missed by locals and visitors alike include the annual Kreol Festival in October, a vibrant celebration of traditional culture music, dance, arts, crafts, cuisine, customs and the general way of island life. The annual Carnaval International de Victoria, due to be held in April 2016. A fascinating week full of the colours, sounds, flavours and fragrances of a corner of the Creole world that treasures its traditions while embracing the opportunities of the present. WEDDINGS AND HONEYMOONS Seychelles has long been dubbed ‘the islands of love’. Home to the unique Vallée de Mai purported by many to be the site of the original Garden of Eden, it is little wonder that lovers are inspired to take their vows and wed in this gentle and romantic atmosphere. Marriage and/or honeymoon packages are offered by several leading travel agencies ensuring that your wedding day or honeymoon can be as blissfully romantic and unique as you in your wildest dreams can conjure, and that the memories of those special days will become forever emblazoned in your hearts. For more information visit Seychelles Tourism website on www.seychelles.com Your Wedding Planner Guide 119


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SAY “I DO” TO ZANZIBAR MORE AND MORE HONEYMOONERS ARE BEING SWEPT AWAY BY THE MAGIC OF ZANZIBAR.

When it comes to planning your ultimate Zanzibar honeymoon getaway, Mango Airlines is going the distance to make it even easier. Look forward to a complete travel experience solution. From affordable flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays to diverse accommodation options ranging from three- to five-stars and even the added flexibility of using your SAA Voyager Miles on all Mango flights in full or part of, what more could you ask for. If you’re short on SAA Voyager Miles, the remainder of your flight cost can be paid using cash, credit card or one of Mango’s innovative and convenient top-up payment options. It makes planning a honeymoon as easy as falling in love. Visit flymango.com and click on the Travel Packages tab to view their latest specials. Terms and conditions apply. 120 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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TYRONE CROSSMAN

In South Africa there are three laws under which couples may choose to be married. These include the Marriage Act (Act 25 of 1961), the Customary Marriages Act (Act 120 of 1998), and the Civil Union Act (Act 17 of 2006).

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AJ AND BEULAH HAASBROEK : MARRIAGE OFFICERS

DREAM CEREMONIES KWAZULU-NATAL

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

documentation

creating and officiating your dream ceremony

registering your marriage personally at Home Affairs

we specialise in international marriage documentation

We offer: •

A variety of ceremonies (15/20 minutes)

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

Verify documents before the wedding

Complete the marriage register

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

Register your marriage personally at Home Affairs

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

Help with international marriage certificate (unabridged)

Do an Apostille at Foreign affairs for countries which require it

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. We want to be part of the most important part of your wedding day! Let us help you to have a relaxed, memorable wedding ceremony! See the website for more details www.saweddingsonline.co.za Email: ewo@telkomsa.net OR Beulah@dreamceremonies.co.za Contact Beulah Haasbroek on 082 921 6475 or Fax 086 657 7634 Skype: Beulah.haasbroek 122 Your Wedding Planner Guide


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

While your marriage officer will automatically issue you with an original abridged marriage certificate after the ceremony, some countries require an unabridged certificate to register the marriage once you return home. When the marriage officer registers your marriage with the Department of Home Affairs, they will apply for your unabridged marriage certificate, which can take anything from two to eight weeks to obtain.

THE ANTE-NUPTIAL CONTRACT

THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY

Couples should visit an attorney at least three months before the wedding to find out about the different marriage contract options. A Notary Public is an attorney who is specially qualified to execute notarial contracts such as these and can advise couples regarding the contract that best suits their situation. Other important documents such as wills and insurance policies also need to be dealt with. It’s essential that you have an ante-nuptial contract (ANC) drawn up before the wedding to clarify the legal and financial aspects of your union.

According to the South African Marriage Act, the ceremony must take place indoors in a church or other building used for religious services, a public office (like a magistrate’s court) or a private dwelling. Further, it should take place the presence of at least two witnesses, and the entrance to the venue must be open.

IN COMMUNITY OF PROPERTY: This system applies if you do not enter into a specific ANC before marriage. All assets and liabilities, whether acquired before or after marriage, are shared equally. It can be problematic if one partner gets into debt, as the other will be held equally responsible for the amount owed. Furthermore, neither partner is allowed to sell an asset without the other partner’s written consent. OUT OF COMMUNITY OF PROPERTY: If the ANC is ‘Without Accrual’, each partner retains separate ownership of all assets and debts brought into and acquired during the marriage. This can be unfair as non-monetary contributions, such as looking after the home, are not acknowledged. Contracts ‘With Accrual’ take into account both monetary and nonmonetary contributions made during the marriage, while protecting each partner from the liabilities of the other. Assets acquired before marriage are excluded. IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS To get married in South Africa you will need a valid ID book, passport, or an affidavit attesting to your identity if the original document has been lost or stolen. If either partner is a minor, they will also need the written consent of their parents, legal guardians or the Commissioner of Child Welfare. If you’ve been married before, then a final decree of divorce is necessary, and if you’re a widow or widower, the death certificate of your spouse must be produced. You will also need clear copies of your two witnesses’ IDs or passports. 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.homeaffairs.gov.za. Foreigners will need copies of their passports, three colour passport photos each, and letter of non-impediment from their embassy. They also need to fill in a ‘Declaration for the Purpose of Marriage’ (Form BI-31) in the presence of the marriage officer, and produce copies of divorce decrees or death certificates where necessary.

Only marriage officers, such as a minister of religion, magistrate, special justice of the peace, and commissioner of oaths, are allowed to conduct a marriage ceremony. Ceremonies today can be non-traditional or conventional, with the latter conducted according to their religion, custom or culture. While the form these take varies substantially between different religions and cultures, most have common elements such as the offering of rings, flowers or some other symbolic item, and the exchange of vows in front of a religious or community leader. Most religions, including Judaism, Islam and Hinduism, see marriage as a sacred duty and an important facet of spiritual life. Customary Zulu marriage proposal are accompanied by ‘lobola’ or ‘bride price’, which refers to payment made by the groom’s family to the bride’s family. While this was once made in the form of cattle, today cash is usually considered acceptable. The wedding reception takes place over several days and involves the wider community in a celebration of feasting, dancing and singing.

Helping you get there! Pastor Daniel Finlay MARRIAGE OFFICER

• Customised wedding ceremonies • Traditional or modern Christian Ceremony • Will travel Phone: 073 155 2563 | Email: dcfinlay@gmail.com www.pathfinderministries.co.za

We specialise in Antenuptial Contracts

together with all aspects of Matrimonial and Family Law including: • Divorce & Post Divorce Matters • Maintenance • Access / Contact to Children • Domestic Violence

Trish Offermann Email: toffermann@straussdaly.co.za | Tel: 031 – 570 5600 Your Wedding Planner Guide 123


GALLERY

HEATHER FITCHET

STEPHEN RAILTON

BARRIE WALSH

SEAN BAKER HEATHER FITCHET

STEPHEN RAILTON

TYRONE CROSSMAN

SEAN BAKER

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HEATHER FITCHET

STEPHEN RAILTON


BRIDAL WEAR

HONEYMOON

STEPHEN RAILTON

SEAN BAKER

SEAN BAKER

TYRONE CROSSMAN

SEAN BAKER MN VIDEO

he heart is the place where our life gets its direction. JIM GEORGE

HEATHER FITCHET MN VIDEO

TYRONE CROSSMAN

STEPHEN RAILTON

BARRIE WALSH

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BRIDAL WEAR Jasmins Bridal......................................................................... 89 Jasmin Michele Bridal Couture............................................... 92 Meliza Mary............................................................................. 91 Satin Candy............................................................................. 91 St Tropez Shoe Boutique........................................................ 91 The Fabric Gallery.................................................................. 92 CAKES & CATERING Highway Function Hire & Catering......................................... 86 Kouklas Cakes......................................................................... 103 Sugar Coated Cakes............................................................... 102 The Cupcake Mom.................................................................. 102 CO-ORDINATORS A2Z Event Specialists............................................................. 80 Functions for Africa................................................................ IFC & 82 KZN Events.............................................................................. 80 Lemontree Concepts.............................................................. 78 Oak Celebrations.................................................................... 82 DÉCOR/HIRE A2-Z Event Specialists........................................................... 80 Afulele Exclusive Furniture..................................................... 88 Balloons Just 4 U.................................................................... 88 Charisma Hire......................................................................... 88 Functions for Africa................................................................ IFC & 82 Highway Function Hire & Catering ........................................ 86 KZN Events.............................................................................. 80 Lemontree Concepts.............................................................. 78 Oak Celebrations.................................................................... 82 FLOWERS Buds in a Ro............................................................................ 99 Sue Harding’s Flowers............................................................ 101 Kloof Florist............................................................................ 101 HAIR & BEAUTY Beauty Beyond........................................................................ 95 Nixon Make-Up....................................................................... 97 Pink Petals Health and Beauty Clinic..................................... 97 Super Hair............................................................................... 97 HONEYMOONS Amakhosi Lodge..................................................................... 110 Goodersons Leisure................................................................ 44 Mango Airlines........................................................................ IBC Sani Valley Nature Lodges...................................................... 108 Seychelles Tourism Board...................................................... 107 Umthunzi Hotel....................................................................... 112 White Pearl Mozambique........................................................ 114 JEWELLERY Beverley Jewellers.................................................................. 18 Buraq Diamonds..................................................................... 14 Hardwick & Mazzoni............................................................... 13 Paddy’s Jewellers................................................................... 13 LEGAL MATTERS Clive Jacobson........................................................................ 123 Dream Ceremonies................................................................. 121 Pathfinder Ministries.............................................................. 123 Strauss Daly Attorneys........................................................... 123 126 Your Wedding Planner Guide

MENSWEAR Lord Louis Suit Hire................................................................ 94 Rob Roy Scottish Hire and Supplies...................................... 94 MUSIC Dance School South Africa..................................................... 104 Durban DJ’s............................................................................. 105 Entertainment Today.............................................................. 105 Lynn Selby- Solo Entertainer................................................. 105 Tangent Strings...................................................................... 104 Topjocks.................................................................................. 105 PHOTOGRAPHY Barrie Walsh............................................................................ 66 Heather Fitchet Photography................................................. 63 MN Video and Photos............................................................. 66 My Snap Photo Booth............................................................. 69 Peppermint Pix Wedding Photography.................................. 74 Sean Baker Photography....................................................... 70 & OBC Stephen Railton Photography................................................ 1 & 72 Stuart Dods Photographer..................................................... 69 Stylishly Sexy Boudoir............................................................ 63 Tyrone Crossman Photography............................................. 60 Uniq Images Photography..................................................... 74 STATIONERY Handmade by Janine.............................................................. 77 TRANSPORT Westline AviatIon.................................................................... 107 VENUES Amakhosi Lodge..................................................................... 28 Advantage Cruisers................................................................ 26 Blue Marlin.............................................................................. 52 Cathedral Peak Wine Estate................................................... 49 Champagne Sports Resort..................................................... 38 Coedmore Castle.................................................................... 32 Didima Conference Centre..................................................... 25 Durban Club............................................................................ 35 Eden Lassie............................................................................. 28 Fern Hill Hotel......................................................................... 22 Giant’s Castle Resort.............................................................. 31 Gracelands Guest Lodge........................................................ 22 Gooderson Leisure.................................................................. 44 iNsingizi Game Lodge............................................................. 49 Makaranga.............................................................................. 26 Ntshondwe Resort.................................................................. 54 Penwarn.................................................................................. 39 Pumula Beach Hotel............................................................... 32 Rain Farm Game and Lodge................................................... 35 The Bend................................................................................. 55 The Hilton................................................................................ 39 Umthunzi Hotel....................................................................... 57 Waterwoods Venue................................................................. 20 WEDDING EXHIBITIONS The Bridal Gallery................................................................... 07 NWJ Bridal Bridal and Event Show......................................... 10


Your Wedding Planner Guide 2016  
Your Wedding Planner Guide 2016  

This popular annual guide contains all the information that bridal couples need to plan their perfect day. With the focus on local suppliers...

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