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Contents Eric Cornhill

Off to a great start

WEDDING PLANNING The Wedding Expo 10 The Bridal Gallery 11 Poetry Wedding Coordination 11

I Do Sean Baker

VENUES

Dean Demos

Beyond Measure

Beyond Measure

Midlands Venues Orchards 20 Calderwood Hall 21 St Ives 22 Bellwood 23 The Gallery at The Farside Farm 24 The Hilton Bush Lodge 25 Providence 25 Granny Mouse Country House 26 Lythwood Lodge 26 Fordoun Village 27 Waterwoods Venue 27 Tala Valley/Mid Illovo Venues iNsingizi 30 Thorner Country Estate 31 Gwahumbe Reserve 32 Eden Lassie 33 Sweet Home 33

North Coast Venues Rain Farm 41 Chantilly Resort 41

Tastes

LEGAL AND CEREMONY Dream Ceremonies 13 J Leslie Smith & Company Inc. 15

Location

Saysha Baker

Upper Highway Venues Camp Orchards 36 Talloula 37 Makaranga 38 Greensleeves 39

Neville Nixon

CATERING AND CAKES CHC Catering Highway Function Hire & Catering The Farmer’s Daughter Tasha’s Fantastic Fudge Sharyn’s Cakes Roz’s Beautiful Cakes Fat Rabbit Bakery

Just Write Kym Burmester

STATIONERY Lauren Designs 52 Fuchsia Wedding Stationery 53 Chapters Wedding Stationery 53

All Made Up David Weeks

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HAIR AND MAKE-UP Deanne Roodt Kiss & Make-up Bronwyn Mckeown Craik Speirs Hair and Beauty Blush Pro Make-up Agency

55 56 56 57 57


All Dressed Up

Dean Demos

WEDDING ATIRE Bella Bride 59 Belle & Bravado 60 Bridal Mall Couture 61 VIP Brides Bridal Boutique 62 Toujours Wedding House 63 Meliza Mary 64 028 Lingerie 65 SuitUp Suit Hire 66 Debonair Suit Hire 67

Setting theScene

Dean Demos

DECOR AND FLOWERS Midlands Style Events 71 Natural Nostagia 73 Function Flair 74 Spotted Owl Events & Promotions 75 Designer Decor 77 Highway Function Hire & Catering 77 Laurie Kohrs 77 Decadent Decor 78 Star Hire International 79

Sean Baker

Sounds

David Weeks

David Weeks

MUSIC Sound Mechanix 92 Rene’ Tshiakanyi 92 DJ Ash 93 5th Season Jazz Band 93 Top DJ SA 93

Just the Two of Us Sean Baker

Sights

PHOTOGRAPHY Sean Baker Photography 82 David Weeks Photographic 83 Dean Demos Photography 83 Neville Nixon Photography 85 Saysha Baker Photography 85 Erixpix - Eric Cornhill Photography 86 Kym Burmester Photography 86 Beyond Measure Photography 87

VIDEOGRAPHY Beyond Measure 87 DVD Video Productions 88 Brand New Day Video 88 Videoccasions 89

Beyond Measure

HONEYMOONS Sani Valley Nature Lodges 96 Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa 97 Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris 98 Cathedral Peak Hotel 99


Beyond Measure


Editors note Dear Bride and Groom-to-be

Congratulations on your engagement! Your wedding planning should be fun, special and shared with the one you love. Too often this seems to get forgotten along the way and when it comes to planning the event of your dreams, you may get overwhelmed, start valuing things that don’t matter, and before you know it, find you are even following rules that don’t really exist. It is our quest at the Marriage Meander company to provide tools and resources to help you say goodbye to stressful wedding planning.

Eric Cornhill

Whether you are anticipating a huge celebration, a destination wedding or a cosy gathering close to home, this book, along with our website, App and Marriage Meander Journeys, provides a wealth of tools and information gleaned from professionals with years of experience. Carefully organised into categories, it’s full of tips and inspiration for all aspects of your planning. More importantly, it’s a showcase of some of the best venues and wedding specialists in KwaZulu-Natal who will help make your wedding all you imagine it to be and beyond. Working with the right people and effectively communicating your ideas is essential to ensure smooth planning. To get things done efficiently, you’ll need to find a way to reach consensus with the many decisions you will need to make. Be prepared to compromise on certain aspects and don’t lose sight of the bigger picture – you are not only planning your wedding but preparing for a lifetime with the one you love. Once you have engaged the right people, trust them and give them space to do their job. It’s important to be open and honest with them and clear with your expectations. Find service providers who you want to work with as much as they want to work with you and you’ll have more fun. They will get huge satisfaction from making your day magical, so enjoy the passion and the excitement of creating your beautiful day and let it reflect who you truly are as a couple. Your family and friends may also want to get involved, so relinquish some control by delegating and employ their strengths to involve them. With all the activity ahead, remember that it is important to get enough sleep, eat well and get some exercise to keep a positive mindset - especially leading up to your wedding day.

Kym Burmester

According to a professor at Stanford University, one of the best things that a man can do for his health is to be married to a woman, so congratulations for making this healthy choice! We wish you a lifetime of love and laughter as you continue your journey together.

Love Nikki

Sean Baker


Dean Demos

PUBLISHERS

Marriage Meander Co Managing Member: Nikki Sinclair marriagemeander@wol.co.za

EDITORS

Nikki Sinclair, Faye Moor, Jannine Budke, Kyle Sinclair

ADVERTISING SALES Nikki Sinclair 083 369 4748

DESIGN AND LAYOUT Reload Design nic@reload.co.za www.reload.co.za

COVER IMAGE

by Sean Bake www.seanbakerphotography.co.za Photo taken at Granny Mouse

CONTENT

Content by the Marriage Meander Company with additional editorial content supplied by and credited to advertisers within the KwaZulu-Natal book.

DISTRIBUTION

The Marriage Meander KZN Edition is published annually and distributed throughout KZN together with selected retailers nationally.

PRINTING

Paarlmedia Durban Disclaimer: We at Midlands Marriage Meander cc endeavor to provide our clients with a product that is accurate and of good quality. We are however, dependent on the information supplied to us by our Advertisers and to this end we cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions once final sign-off has been received and the magazine has been published. Copyright applies to concept, text, covers, titles and distribution of the 2016/2017 Marriage Meander KZN book. Reproduction of any process is strictly prohibited without express prior written permission of the Marriage Meander Company.

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Getting Married?

Join us for a fun wedding planning day!

Hop on our luxury coach

Visit select venues

Meet reliable wedding suppliers

Specialist displays and demos

Sample delicious cuisine

Ideas, Gifts & Prizes

Bookings: Marriagemeander@wol.co.za

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Neville Nixon

Off to a great start

EXPENSE PLANNER: • •

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Decide together how much you can afford to spend on this one event. Use the Budget Tool on the “Weddings KZN” App to avoid overspending.


Oversized halls, community cooking, and Uncle Sam’s camera have been replaced with specialised venues, gourmet chefs, and professional photographers! How do you keep up with the ever-changing and all-consuming details of your wedding planning? This is a fast-paced and growing industry with so much to offer and countless ideas, so here are a few tips that will help you navigate the maze. The free Weddings KZN App offers useful tools, recommended suppliers and valuable information to help guide and simplify the process. When you’re surfing the web or researching various venues, suppliers and possibilities, take it one step at a time. Start with a budget that you know is both realistic and not outside of your means. The Budget tool on the App indicates what to include and will ensure you keep track of your expenses. The Checklist tool will help to keep abreast of what you need to do next. Keep notes on each venue, supplier or ideas you like in your personal Journal. The Guest list tool will tell you who has replied to their invitation and what table they’re seated at too. Pinterest and Instagram are wonderful but can be very overwhelming as there are so many ideas and possibilities. Before looking at these, have an idea of what direction you’d like your wedding to take and your favourite styles for your day. Then you can be more specific about your search and pin relevant items so that you don’t end up with a hundred boards of all the things you love and no idea what to choose! Keep in mind that many of the images on these platforms may have been taken at a professional shoot where the budget was no limit. Think about who is going to make that image happen, whether you can afford it, and if you will have the time to make it a reality.

OFF TO A GREAT START

Progressive planning

Most importantly, avoid over-planning. The details are important, but if they are stressing you out to the point that you are not enjoying the wedding planning at all, let some of it go. Include your close friends and family in the build-up – it is exciting for them too and they’d love to help. Remember that the ultimate goal is to get married to the love of your life and the day is simply a celebration of this and an opportunity to share with your friends and family. Breathe… and have some fun!

Kym Burmester

Dean Demos

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OFF TO A GREAT START

Before the budget

He’s popped the question and you’ve said yes! Feelings of elation have captured your every waking moment and you don’t really care that you woke your sister up at an hour she’d rather forget because this is your big day! A myriad of feelings mix together to form a colourful cocktail of pre-marriage emotions. If that’s not enough, your mind hits overdrive and a flurry of decision making looms in your near future as you start creating your very special wedding day. Stop Let’s step back and breathe. Your wedding will be a day remembered with fondness for the rest of your life but planning your future together as husband and wife is preparation that simply cannot be neglected. Your marriage doesn’t end after the honeymoon so your planning shouldn’t either. Therefore a heartfelt conversation about the future and expectations which you may have will never go amiss. Here are a few thought-provoking ideas to get that very necessary, candid conversation going.

Beyond Measure

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Sean Baker

Relationships Making a marriage work starts long before the ‘I do’s’. It starts when you become a loving, secure, unselfish individual who has a clear understanding of who you are and what your expectations, needs, likes and dislikes are. You will have dreams of what your future might hold, and these need to be adequately communicated to your partner. You will undoubtedly have expectations that you desire of each other- identifying these expectations is fundamental to avoiding conflict and heartache. Additionally, understanding the role that you will play within the dynamics of your new partner’s family is crucial. If you know where you stand, you have a much better chance of forging healthy, lasting relationships. Invest in your new family. Afford them your time and your kindness; after all, it’s the son whom they raised that has chosen to spend the rest of his life with you.


Spend time together You can get so caught up in the preparation of the wedding that you forget to spend quality time together. When you’re overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the preparation, don’t forget to breathe. Take time out to have fun together. If you disregard enjoying time and relaxing together, you may find yourselves tense and emotional at a time when you want to be happy and calm.

Kym Burmester

OFF TO A GREAT START

Pre-marriage course Consider attending a pre-marriage course. You enter into marriage not fully knowing your partner and what lies ahead. This is a great way to unearth hidden talents and a better understanding of who you have chosen to spend your life with. It will enrich your relationship and give you valuable pointers for the future.

Okay, now that some important relationship issues have been considered, you can start to talk about your wedding budget.

Use the budget tool on WeddingsKZN App.

David Weeks

Beyond Measure

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OFF TO A GREAT START

Dates to Diarise See www.marriagemeander.co.za to confirm Bridal Fair dates and find other events happening during the year.

Marriage Meander Journeys Fun Wedding Planning Days Between March and November See www.marriagemeanderjourney.co.za Or ‘Weddings KZN’ App For dates, venues and details 2 October 2016 - Rain Farm Bridal Fair functions@rainfarm.co.za 13 November 2016 - The Oyster Box Bridal Fair www.sabridalfairs.co.za 28-29 January 2017 - Camelot Bridal Fair greensleeves@camelotcastle.co.za 19 February 2017 - Midlands Bridal Fair Lythwood Lodge www.midlandsbridalfair.com 3-5 March 2017 - NWJ Bridal Show Durban Exhibition Centre www.nwjbridalshow.co.za 2 June 2017 - The Bridal Gallery Carnival info@bridalgallery.co.za 24-25 June 2017 - KZN Bridal Fair Pietermaritzburg Showgrounds Gail@spottedowl.co.za 5-6 August 2017 - The Wedding Expo Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium www.wedding-expo.co.za

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Having the right wedding specialists on board will ensure less stress and will often save you time and money. Selecting them, however, is becoming increasingly challenging as the industry grows and there are numerous resources offering hundreds of options.

Here are a few questions to ask up front that will help you choose the best professionals to assist with your special day: • Personality check: Do you like them and can you trust them? • Are their rates within your budget? • Are they available on your day? • Is this their full time vocation or do they have relevant qualifications? • How flexible are they if you have special requests? • How much experience do they have with weddings? • Do they have good references? Don’t be shy to ask for them.

OFF TO A GREAT START

Selecting your service providers

In the sections that follow, you will find a selection of some of the best service providers in KwaZulu-Natal. Keep in mind that it will be a two-way relationship as you work together to realise your dream. The better you communicate and make your desires known, the better their service will be and they are likely to do everything possible to make sure your day is special. We receive many compliments from couples who have been overjoyed with their service providers. If your vendors have gone the extra mile and you’ve loved working with them as much as they have loved helping with your wedding, one of the best gifts you can give them is a note of thanks, and why not do it publically to encourage others to make use of their services?

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Neville Nixon

I Do

EXPENSE PLANNER: • •

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Consider buying your rings at an auction. Make sure you sign your antenuptial contract before your wedding day.


Your love story is unique … To make sure your wedding ceremony is just as unique, secure the marriage officer’s service once you have booked the venue so you have enough time to plan this important part of your wedding day. Make sure the marriage officer is registered at Home Affairs and is familiar with Home Affairs regulations (www.dha.gov.za). Discuss in detail the criteria of your ceremony, but also make sure that the marriage officer will complete the marriage register which you will sign with two witnesses on your wedding day. It is important to receive a South African marriage certificate on your wedding day and confirm that the marriage officer will register your marriage personally at Home Affairs within three working days of your wedding.

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Inform the marriage officer of all those involved with the ceremony : DJ, musician, videographer, photographer, wedding planner and any other party who might be doing a reading/poem etc. Your vows should be meaningful, so take the time to write them. The focus during the ceremony is after all on you, the couple. Make sure to have a plan B if you have an outside ceremony so you do not have to stress on the day if the weather does not play along.

I DO

Happily ever after

So much planning goes into your wedding day, so remember that it should be about your love for each other and your future together. Enjoy every moment of your special day. By AJ & Beulah Haasbroek Marriage Officers Dream Ceremonies Beulah@dreamceremonies.co.za

To keep in mind when planning your ceremony: • Plan the ceremony set up once you know the venue because it is important to have enough space for the couple and the bridal party as well as the photographer and videographer to easily move around. • If you have a musician, band or string quartet, make sure there is enough space to accommodate them and for everyone to enjoy their performance. • Reserve seats for parents/grandparents and the bridal party (if they will be seated). Ask a person who knows these guests to direct them to their seats. • Make sure the bridal party knows where to stand and what role they will play before, during and after the ceremony. • Ensure that the best man will have water close by – you need to plan for the unforeseen. • It might come in handy if the groom, maid of honor or parent close by has tissues ready. • Make sure that the register table is big enough for signing the register. Use the bride’s bouquet as décor to save costs. • Discuss all details before, during and after the ceremony with the marriage officer. He/she needs to be informed in order to take responsibility for the order of service.

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I DO

I do

He popped the question, she said yes‌and they all lived happily ever after! While getting married can be such an exciting time, it is important to remember that all your efforts should not be focused on one spectacular day, but on a lifetime of love and shared experiences. Before you get carried away on the whirlwind of preparation that will consume you for the next few months, there are some very important questions that you need to ask in order to ensure that you are in a position to make an informed decision regarding your matrimonial regime and any revisions to your will. In South Africa, you have a choice of two matrimonial property systems that could apply to your marriage: 1. Marriage in community of property If you do not sign an antenuptial contract before your wedding, you will automatically be married in community of property. This means that all your assets become part of a joint estate, in which you and your spouse will share your assets and liabilities equally. This can have serious implications in relation to your contractual capacity and can directly affect your ability to conduct business or buy and sell immovable property. You and your spouse would remain jointly and severally liable for all liabilities incurred during the marriage, which exposes all your assets to risk.

2.2. With the application of accrual In addition to providing for separate estates, this option provides for a division of the assets acquired during the course of the marriage, in the event of death or divorce. In short, the growth of both estates during the course of the marriage is measured and a calculation is applied to share the difference in growth equally between you and your spouse. Thus you retain separate control of your respective estates during the course of the marriage, but you share the growth in your estates equally on dissolution. If you wish to be married out of community of property, an antenuptial contract must be signed in front of a Notary Public before your marriage. Alternatively, an application can be made to the High Court to change your marital system after the marriage, however, the costs involved are high and can be prohibitive for most newly married couples.

Saysha Baker

2. Marriage out of community of property 2.1. With the exclusion of accrual If you sign an antenuptial contract before your wedding, you and your spouse will have separate estates and be entitled to contract freely in respect of your respective assets and liabilities. No joint estate is created and you are not responsible for your spouse’s debts. On death or divorce, each party walks away with his or her own assets and liabilities.

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Beyond Measure


I DO

In addition to being informed about the legal consequences of your marriage, it is also important to update your will, to take into account your changed circumstances. It would, in particular, be wise to get advice regarding: • estate planning, to suit your particular circumstances and needs which may include the creation of a trust during your lifetime, and • the effect of Captial Gains Tax, if any on you and your estate • the creation of a trust in terms of your will to provide for any minors who may inherit in terms of your will • the appointment of a guardian to your minor children.

Dean Demos

Contact Cathy Smith 033-845 9700 cathys@jleslie.co.za Eric Cornhill

Neville Nixon

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Beyond Measure

Location

EXPENSE PLANNER: • •

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Some venues offer specials for off-peak, mid-week or daytime weddings. Choose one venue for both the ceremony and reception.


One of the first steps to planning your wedding is finding the most suitable venue. This may, however, be easier said than done. In KwaZulu-Natal, we are spoiled for choice and you might find that after a while, all your site inspections begin to blend into one and you end up being more confused than when you began. To help narrow your search, we have provided a table of useful information on recommended venues within various areas at the end of this section. You’ll also find search tools and invaluable information on The Weddings KZN App and www.marriagemeander.co.za. We suggest you start here for information on size, pricing, and on-site facilities before setting out to view any venues. The App also provides space for you to make your own notes on each venue you visit. Once you have an idea of your budget and number of guests, we recommend asking these questions about each venue: • • • • •

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What is the capacity of the venue and are there a minimum number of guests required? Is there a chapel or ceremony area on-site? If it is outdoors, is there is a good Plan B option in case of unfavourable weather? Who is the wedding coordinator and will he/she be present on the day? Are the tables and chairs included in the venue package? If so, are these the ones you’d like to use, or are you going to be hiring elsewhere? Are the tablecloths, serviettes, cutlery, crockery and glassware included in the venue package? If so, request to see a sample of these and ensure you are happy with what is provided. Does the venue have in-house caterers? If not, is a separate kitchen-hire fee applicable? Does the venue have an in-house bar? If not, are there facilities in place for the bar? Is there a corkage fee for wine brought in and if so, how much per bottle?

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Are the waiters and barmen included in the venue package and what will they be wearing? Is there a cut-off time at the venue and what would the overtime charges be should the event carry on later than this? How far in advance can set-up for the wedding commence? Is there a children’s room for a babysitter if need be? Is there a generator available in the event of a power outage? Is there accommodation on-site and is any of this included in the venue package? What are the check-in and check-out times at the accommodation if applicable? When is the best time of year to get married there? (Weather- and scenery-wise). What deposit is required to secure the venue and when is it due? What is the cancellation policy? (Yes, family emergencies are a possibility).

LOCATION

Venue viewing

After asking the above questions, you will have a good idea of whether the venue is suitable for you. It is often difficult to compare venue packages as each one includes different aspects, so don’t hesitate to ask questions and be sure to go through the Terms and Conditions carefully before making the final decision. Finally, once you’ve decided on your venue, stop looking! Wherever you decide, once all your personalised items, flowers and décor are complete, it will simply be your perfect venue! The selected venues on the following pages have been divided into different areas in KZN to assist with your planning. You will need to be realistic with your budget and selective in deciding which venues to visit. If you don’t know where to start, join us on a Marriage Meander Journey, when we’ll visit a selection of these stunning venues listed and introduce you to some of the best service providers in the province. Details can be found on www.marriagemeander.co.za We wish you all the best as you set out to find your dream venue.

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Midlands venues The beautiful KwaZulu Natal

Midlands boasts some world-class venues scattered amongst lush rolling hills, rivers and valleys. With a few dozen to choose from, there is much on offer and you are sure to find something that meets your criteria and more. Only a four hour drive from Johannesburg and about an hour and a half from Durban makes the area a perfect destination to bring families together. Most venues offer exclusivity, which is not to be taken for granted, as you can’t put a price on it when the property is ‘yours and your guests’ for the day or week-end. Lythwood Lodge

Fordoun Village

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Kym Burmester


TO JOHANNESBURG

R103

MIDLANDS

N3 The Farside Farm CURRY’S POST

Midlands Style Events

Bellwood

AM GH IN D TT OA NO R

Fordoun

LOCATION: MIDLANDS

MOOI RIVER

Providence

Orchards R103 Granny Mouse HOWICK

D369

To Waterwoods

Lythwood Lodge DARGLE

St Ives

R103 Natural Nostalgia

To Hilton Bush Lodge

MIDMAR DAM N3

To Calderwood Hall

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LOCATION: MIDLANDS

Orchards

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LOCATION: MIDLANDS

Calderwood Hall

Calderwood Hall

Be Charmed... by the elegant yet warm Calderwood Hall Guest House. Delight in the pretty and tranquil thatched, stained glass chapel. Enjoy our draped, chandeliered reception venue.

Relax in our indoor/outdoor pavilion amongst the trees overlooking the dam. Stay a while and enjoy the calm country ambience in our comfortable accommodation. Dream a little, as here we will make memories. We’re everything you need and more...

Weddings

Accommodation

Business

Tel: +27 (0)33 997 1926 · Cell: +27 (0)83 235 1027 info@calderwood.co.za · www.calderwood.co.za Contact Us

Calderwood Hall

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LOCATION: MIDLANDS

ElEganCE is TimElEss… sTarT your Happily EvEr afTEr in sTylE Prime location in the KZN Midlands boasting a one-of-a-kind chapel, breathtaking views, award-winning chef and experienced co-ordinator. Luxury accommodation on the lush estate with free-roaming wildlife. catherine@stives.co.za • Catherine: 076 812 6382 • www.stives.co.za www.facebook.com/stiveskzn

St Ives

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www.pinterest.com/stiveskzn


LOCATION: MIDLANDS

Bellwood by Sean Baker

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LOCATION: MIDLANDS The Gallery at Farside Farm

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LOCATION: MIDLANDS

The Hilton Bush Lodge

Providence

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As one of the most romantic venues in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, offering an idyllic chapel with panoramic views over the Caversham Valley, a reception venue catering for up to 120 guests and culinary team ready to create a feast to surprise and delight, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa will bring your dream wedding to life.

© Vanilla Photography

LOCATION: TALA VALLEY / MID ILLOVO

Say “I do” in style at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, and fall in love all over again…

© Brandon Wyness

© JC Click

We’re not simply a gorgeous country wedding venue, we are your secret to a great wedding.

Find out why Lythwood is your secret to a great wedding today! Contact us on 033 234 4666 or mm@lythwoodweddings.co.za www.lythwoodweddings.co.za

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Granny Mouse by Sean Baker


LOCATION: TALA VALLEY / MID ILLOVO

Fordoun

An upmarket wedding venue the epitome of Style & Elegance 082 891 5975 www.waterwoods.co.za admin@waterwoods.co.za Waterwoods

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Tala Valley / Mid Illovo The picturesque Tala Valley is situated just 40 minutes from Durban and 20 from Pietermaritzburg. Due to its easy access, this area is a popular choice when considering convenience for guests travelling from both cities. The venues showcased here are as varied as the landscape, which ranges from cane fields and dramatic valleys to African bush and English country gardens. However, at each of them, you will feel far from the frenzy of city life and enjoy warm hospitality, excellent cuisine and some exceptional photo opportunities.

Eric Cornhill

Saysha Baker Insingizi

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SCOTTSVILLE R56

TALA VALLEY

N3 UMBUMBULU CATO RIDGE

CAMPERDOWN

R56

Thorner Country Estate

Ingomankulo Road

N3 TO DURBAN

Eden Lassie R603

MPUMALANGA

R624 Sweet Home

RICHMOND

Ismont Road

Insingizi

LOCATION: TALA VALLEY / MID ILLOVO

TO PIETERMARITZBURG

Mid Illovo Sign

R603

Gwahumbe

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LOCATION: TALA VALLEY / MID ILLOVO

iNsingizi by Carmen Roberts

iNsingizi by Carmen Roberts

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LOCATION: TALA VALLEY / MID ILLOVO

Thorner Country Estate

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LOCATION: TALA VALLEY / MID ILLOVO

Gwahumbe Reserve Game & Spa

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LOCATION: TALA VALLEY / MID ILLOVO

Eden Lassie

Exclusive country weddings loaded with elegance

Sweet Home Weddings by Stew Nolan

082 953 7911 info@sweethomeweddings.co.za www.sweethomeweddings.co.za

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LOCATION: UPPER HIGHWAY

Upper Highway Venues The Upper Highway area, situated in the hills above Durban, includes the main suburbs of Kloof and Hillcrest as well as the smaller surrounding areas. Known for its undulating terrain and quiet, tree-lined roads, it is growing in popularity as a wedding destination and although the area has developed rapidly, it has kept its quaintness and rustic beauty. Our select venues offer great variety and unique charm and all are worth a visit as you are sure to be very pleasantly surprised by what each has to offer.

Talloula Camp Orchards by Dean Demos

Greensleeves by Beyond Measure

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LOCATION: UPPER HIGHWAY

UPPER HIGHWAY

Talloula

Greensleeves at Camelot

Inanda Road

Camp Orchards Old Main Road

EVERTON

HILLCREST

TO PMB

Everton Road

M13 GILLITTS

N3

Igwababa Road

Makaranga M13

KLOOF TO DURBAN

TO DURBAN

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LOCATION: UPPER HIGHWAY

Country Weddings with a touch of Elegance Elite Functions Venue • Weddings • Accommodation • Chapel www.camporchards.com 031 765 5576 / giselle@camporchards.com

Camp Orchards by Dean Demos

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LOCATION: UPPER HIGHWAY

We know what you want in a wedding venue, and we can’t wait to show you our fresh, stylish venue. A clean palette with white open trusses, glistening crystal, and an infusion of flavours expertly cooked to perfection awaits you. Our Garden Conservatory makes the perfect spot for your I DO moment!

chapel . venue . décor 031 777 1586 61 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill www.talloula.co.za /talloulacelebrations /talloulavenue

Talloula

Talloula

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LOCATION: UPPER HIGHWAY

Makaranga

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LOCATION: UPPER HIGHWAY

Greensleeves by Beyond Measure

Neville Nixon

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LOCATION: NORTH COAST

North Coast Venues Natural coastal beauty, ideal weather and a selection of stunning venues makes this area sought after. There are a number of beautiful places to get married either at the beach or inland. These venues offer exclusivity and have a different appeal to those in the rest of KZN. The best time of year to get married in the North Coast is between March and November when it is not too hot. If you have many travelling guests, the area is conveniently situated near the King Shaka International Airport and there is plenty of accommodation as well as many experienced wedding service providers in the area.

Rain Farm by Neville Nixon

David Weeks Dean Demos

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LOCATION: NORTH COAST

Rain Farm by Neville Nixon

Chantilly Resort

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LOCATION: VENUE INFORMATION

Venue Information AREA

VENUE

SIZE / PAX

MIDLANDS

Bellwood

TALA VALLEY

HILLCREST

NORTH COAST

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VENUE HIRE

ACCOMMODATION

# BEDS

250

SC

72

Calderwood

250

B&B

77

Fordoun

180

B&B or SC

78

Granny Mouse

120

B&B

71

The Hilton Bush Lodge

150

B&B or SC

14+

Lythwood Khaya Centre

300

B&B

80

Lythwood Avellini tent

120

B&B

80

Lythwood Endebeni Forest Venue

50

B&B

80

Orchards

200

SC

14

Providence

60-160

B&B or SC

20

St Ives

250

Lodge

40

The Gallery at Farside Farm

50-160

B&B

12

Waterwoods

120-450

SC

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Eden Lassie

50-200

No

0

Gwahumbe

150

B&B

40

Insingizi

120

B&B or SC

50

Thorner Country Estate

200

SC

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Sweethome

200

SC

10

Camp Orchards

200

B&B

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Greensleeves

60-250

B&B

4

Makaranga

140

B&B

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Talloula TBC

150-280

B&B

12

Rain Farm

130

B&B

50

Chantilly Resort

200; tent 300

B&B or SC

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RATE PP

CATERING

CATERING PP

CHAPEL

Included

RC

Varies

Included

10000-15000

415-715

In-house

310-400

Included

15000-20000

600-1900

RC

Varies

Included

Over 30000

Seasonal

In-house

300-350

Included

Various Packages

from 550

RC & In-house

Varies

Included

SC

Self catering

680

In-house

180-400

Included

RC

Recommended Caterers

680

In-house

180-400

Included

680

In-house

180-400

Included

Included

RC

Varies

Included

650

In-house

from 330

Included

from 650

In-house

350-400

+5500

included

RC

Varies

Included

from 385

RC

Varies

Included

N/A

CHC

from 250

Included

730

In-house

350

Included

400-895

In-house

325

Included

350

RC

Varies

Included

from 300

RC

Varies

Included

18 beds included

RC

Varies

Included

750

In-house

340-390

+3800

Included

In-house

Varies

Garden

575

In-house

590

In-house

from 550

In-house

390 +4000 • RAINFORAM Included +1500 600+

Included

KEY

LOCATION: VENUE INFORMATION

Mildands | Tala Valley | Hillcrest | North Coast

Dean Demos

Neville Nixon

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Avoid labor-intensive foods like sushi or fancy canapés. If you insist on having 3 or 4 tiers, the first one can be a ‘dummy’ cake.


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Food glorious food

advert - MM_HP_2016_PRINT.pdf

The food served at your wedding will no doubt be one of the most expensive items on your wedding budget. Great food contributes significantly to the overall experience of this important celebration, so we recommend you spend time and effort, ensuring a remarkable meal while keeping within your budget. A popular trend is to do away with the traditional starter and serve canapés on arrival. A Charcuterie Table or Farmers Table laden with patés, cheeses, continental meats, bread, pickles, fruit, berries and bowls of biltong and nuts is guaranteed to create an impressive start to the wedding feast. A Gourmet Burger Buffet makes for a different kind of ‘main’. Whether vegetarian or not, there is so much choice with many fillings and toppings that each guest can build a bespoke burger with all their favorites and then complement it with potato wedges, an array of salads and sauces. Not your style? Then perhaps an array of casseroles and curries with roasted vegetables and crusty bread will pique your interest. A great cost saver is to serve your wedding cake as dessert with ice cream smothered in butterscotch sauce. Your cake now becomes an integral part of the meal. So many ways to save and so many choices! When you work with a great caterer they will take into account your preferences as well as your budget and will guide you in making the right decisions. By CHC Caterers www.chccatering.co.za

Visit www.chchcatering.co.za To View Our Menus and Prices

Making Your Dreams A Reality! Whether you’re looking for simplicity or the traditional fairytale wedding, we’d like to be the professional team who ensure that your dream becomes a reality. We offer generous portions of fresh food beautifully presented and supported with a superior level of service at the venue of your choice.

Tel: 033 394 3924 • Email: c.h.c@mweb.co.za www.chccatering.co.za

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TASTES Passionate people committed to excellence, quality and attention to detail

Customised menus to suit your theme, pocket and palate… from fine dining to spit braais

catering1@highwayfunctionhire.co.za • www.highwayfunctionhire.co.za 031 708 1100 • 909 Main Road, Queensburgh, Durban

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The Farmer’s Daughter

The Farmer’s Daughter


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David Weeks

Sean Baker

Saysha Baker

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Sweet start

The tradition of having a wedding cake dates back to medieval times and is an important part of the wedding ceremony . It symbolises fertility, prosperity, happiness and is thought to bring good fortune. There are many different traditions surrounding the wedding cake, depending on beliefs and cultures and today the cutting of the cake is still very popular. This is your special day and cutting the wedding cake is often one of the first activities you do as husband and wife. This charming tradition graces every wedding album and video, so take your time deciding what you as a couple would like your wedding cake to reflect and what your wedding theme means to you both.

popcorn, your favourite chocolates, chocolate shards, fruit and your favourite edibles. Hints of metallic or fun aspects such as sprinkles and biscuits can be added. The cake may be bold colours or muted, soft naturals with the flowers of your wedding popped in between. Don’t forget to have the cake table decorated by your décor specialist to retain your theme. A cake stand is vital to showcase your cake. Décor specialists have a wonderful variety of stands to choose from to meet your needs and your wedding planner will ensure this all happens on your big day. The wedding cake is special and often symbolic. The moment you cut into those delectable layers, your sweet life as a married couple begins. By Sharyn’s Cakes www.sharynscakes.co.za

The style, texture, and colour of your cake can be inspired by your theme, dress, flowers, table settings, venue or even the season of your wedding, enabling an expression of your personal preferences. Your cake may be anything from simple elegance or classical, to hot colours, metallic, modern, rustic and natural to quirky and fun. A consultation with your cake specialist will help to consolidate your wishes and create a unique wedding cake for your occasion. Couples are choosing delicious flavours today, paired with gorgeous fillings and the combinations are limitless. The trends are still classic fondant with sugar paste flowers, buttercream with textured finishes, ‘Naked’ or ‘SemiNaked’ cakes with the latest trends being ‘unstructured’ cakes, watercolour cakes and an ‘un-wedding’ or ‘chocolate drip’ cake. The ‘unstructured’ speaks for itself and features the tiers or cakes on their own stands. The ‘watercolour’ cake has soft watercolour hues and the ‘un-wedding’ cake is a semi-naked cake which is over embellished with rich dripped chocolate or salted caramel with meringues,

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We are in the heart of the Midlands 082 772 7633 sharyn@sharynscakes.co.za www.sharynscakes.co.za


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roz@rozsbeautifulcakes.co.za 083 321 5487 www.rozsbeautifulcakes.co.za

Kym Burmester

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Kym Burmester

Just Write

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Use a recommended stationer who will ‘get it right’ the first time. Order all your stationery at the same time.


Stationery is one of the really fun and creative aspects of your wedding. It allows you to set the tone, whether formal or informal, through either subtle hints or a clear theme. Your “Save the Date” and Invitation is the first glimpse that guests will get into your wedding. You may choose to make these opulent or simple, floral, natural, earthy or elegant; or to bring certain colours through in accordance with your special day. Allow your personalities to come through and carry the same thread throughout all your wedding stationery if possible.

Menus: Each guest does not need a printed menu. Costs can be saved by doing one between two guests, one per table, or even a few large ones in the venue. Remember that table menus can be laid flat or leant against a flower arrangement as most guests pick this up and pass it around.

Table Numbers: Consider the idea of using table names instead of numbers. Perhaps you have travelled and would like to seat guests at the various places you’ve been together or you may love craft beers and would prefer naming tables after those! The options are endless.

Guest Names at the tables: Formal seating can be tricky, so many opt for the slightly less formal route where guests are allocated a table but not a specific seat.

Signs and Monograms are quirky, in fashion and fun. Don’t be afraid to play! Vinyl, wood, perspex and print all lend themselves to creative signs and monograms.

Thank-you notes can be at each place setting, or in the form of a personalised card sent after the wedding. This is often an appreciated gesture to include.

Aspects that are included in ‘wedding stationery’ are: • Save the Dates: These can be printed, fridge magnets or emails. •

Invitations: The first impression and a hint of what your guests can look forward to.

Seating Plan: Use your imagination and create a display in the pre-dinner area. Write on a window pane, hang bunting in the garden or display the names with ‘help yourself’ goodies. Try to avoid a frame at the venue entrance as this tends to create a bottle-neck when guests are leading into the reception.

Order of Service Pamphlets: these are often left behind after the ceremony, so don’t spend too much

Kym Burmester

JUST WRITE

Stylish stationery

here. ‘Fan pamphlets’ work well if it’s hot, but keep it simple if you’re not set on the more traditional booklet. Include words to the songs if your guests are singing and mention those involved in the service.

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JUST WRITE Sean Baker

Lauren Designs

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JUST WRITE

Fuchsia Wedding Stationery

W E D D I N G S TAT I O N E RY

CHAPTERS Chapters is a small business run from the heart of the KZN Midlands and specialises in handmade, bespoke stationery. We also do unity candles and most things paper.

Chapters Wedding Stationery

Please contact Rosemarie for your wedding and function requirements: 083 292 0680 or chapters@iuncapped.co.za

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Saysha Baker

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Look at packages offered by local hair and make-up artists or companies. Ask your bridal party to pay for their own hair & make-up.


You want to look your best on your wedding day, so it’s worth hiring a professional with a good reputation to do your hair and make-up. We recommend doing a trial run a few weeks before. However, if you can get your hair and makeup trial on the same day followed by your final dress fitting, you will get the full picture, which will relieve some of the potential wedding day anxiety. When going for your trial, take some photos of your desired look / style as well as your veil (if wearing one) and your hair and jewellery accessories. Also discuss your time schedule for the day, depending on how many people will need hair and/or makeup. Be aware that it often takes longer than you think it will, so build in some leeway. Spotlight on Hair Your hairstylist will be able to advise you on a good deep conditioner to use for a few months before the wedding to get your hair to optimal condition and also advise on the best time for colour and highlights if that’s part of your plan. Avoid any major changes, remembering your fiancé is marrying you for who you are and being true to yourself is more important than changing everything for your wedding day.

ALL MADE UP

Beautiful bride

Flawless Faces Preparing your skin well in advance and eating properly will ensure your skin is looking it’s best for your wedding and honeymoon. Stop facials a month before but keep hydrating well. A professional makeup artist will give you good advice on skin care and recommend products that will make you glow without deviating from your natural look. If they have worked in the wedding industry, they will ensure your makeup will last the whole day and know how to bring out your best for the photos. If you are planning special treatments like a spray tan or eyebrow shape, avoid trying out anything new too close to your wedding. Remember to have a basic touch-up kit with you on the day that includes translucent powder, lipstick, and blush.

Kym Burmester

Sean Baker

If you are not sure about your style, consider the venue location. For example, beach or outdoor weddings are popular in Kwazulu Natal and the setting might lend itself to something more relaxed. However, if you don’t live on the coast, it’s a good idea to go before to see how your hair will respond to the humidity or possible rain. Also remember that it’s often windy on the beach, so consider using veil weights if you don’t want it to fly everywhere. If you never wear your hair up, rather than go for an elaborate up style, opt for soft curls or something that will naturally reflect your own style. When it comes to your bridesmaids, they will feel more comfortable choosing their own style, depending on what suits them and their individual personalities. However, feel free to make suggestions.

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ALL MADE UP

KISS & MAKE-UP

Alana-Jane Halgreen

David Weeks

HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST

082 357 5714 alana@kissandmake-up.co.za www.kissandmake-up.co.za

Dean Demos

David Weeks

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Neville Nixon


ALL MADE UP

Sean Baker

Sean Baker

Candice Matthee: 083 756 6013 blushmakeupkzn@gmail.com www.blushmakeup.co.za Eric Cornhill

@Blush_makeupdurban Blush Makeup Agency

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Dean Demos

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Look out for specials on last season’s stock or promotions on new ranges. Groom and groomsmen can rent suits or jackets and accessories.


As a bride-to-be, your challenge is to find a dress that is unique to who you are and this process can create some of the most memorable moments of your exciting journey. There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for your dream dress: the latest trends, your body shape, personal preferences, family traditions, & your budget, to mention but a few. Let’s look at some of these a little closer.

Trends: Wedding Dress fashion has a timeless element that never fades. From feminine, off the shoulder, lace necklines and caplets to long sleeve, body hugging or soft flowing organza. Go through some of the latest magazines and see what excites you. Body Shape: Use your shape to your advantage when shopping for your dress. Whether you are petite, plus size, busty, hourglass, pear-shaped or tall and straight, there is a dress for you. Trust your consultant and don’t be afraid to try something new.

Buying off the shelf: Bridal Stores sometimes have ‘Sample Sales’ – Look out for these as this could give you the opportunity to purchase your dream dress under your budget and who doesn’t want to save a little extra to spend on their honeymoon? You also have the freedom to make any changes that you would like. Sample gowns might have been in the shop for a while and may need to be cleaned.

ALL DRESSED UP

How to say yes to the dress

Time can be a factor as it takes 10-16 weeks to have your gown made and delivered, but WOW, it’s worth it.

On a final note, don’t feel pressurised by anyone to purchase a dress or make a decision on the spot. Take your time, but in the same breath, if you have found ‘The Dress’, just say “Yes”! Go! Have fun and make your wedding-dress-dreams come true! By Yolandi Milne Bella Bride www.bellabride.co.za

When it comes to purchasing your dress, there are a few options available: Hire: If you are on a limited budget you could consider hiring a dress. The cost of hiring a gown is normally 20-30% less. Alterations are in some cases permitted but at your own cost. If you do choose to hire, treat the gown as your own, and enjoy your day to the full. It can always be drycleaned afterwards. Locally made: Find a talented designer and get them to design your dress. When using this option ensure that your financial boundaries, as well as the time frame, are clearly stipulated up front. Made to Order: Gowns are usually designed from what is trending and fashionable. They are also normally updated throughout the year as fashion and trends change. For those of you who are looking for something a little more daring, they normally have some ‘Out of the Box’ options as well.

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ALL DRESSED UP Belle & Bravado

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Belle & Bravado


ALL DRESSED UP

Bridal Mall Couture

Bridal Mall Couture

Bridal Mall Couture

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ALL DRESSED UP VIP Brides

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VIP Brides


ALL DRESSED UP

Toujours

Toujours

Toujours

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ALL DRESSED UP

Meet Meliza Mary Your wedding dress shopping experience at Meliza Mary will be viewed as a journey with us. Each bride has her own unique vision for her dress and a dream of what she will look like on her wedding day. So, as you undertake the quest of finding your perfect dress, allow Meliza Mary to help you explore the many choices available.

We love weddings and the warm, timeless feeling that accompanies the day. Every young woman dreams of her wedding with the expectation of feeling like a princess - we hope to make you feel like royalty, preparing for your very own wedding day.

You can select a new, imported gown, a hand selected pre-loved wedding dress, or a custom made Meliza Mary designer gown. Each option has been given to suit our client’s varied needs. Every bride is special to us and we love to find a way to serve you personally, so we endeavour to give you private and caring service whilst visiting our studio. With more than 5 years experience in bridal wear alone, the owner, a qualified fashion designer and image consultant, will meet with you one on one to help your wish for a dream dress become a reality.

“ Experience professional, caring and personalised service as we take you on a unique journey of finding your dream dress”

PRE-LOVED CUSTOM MADE IMPORTED VEILS JEWELRY 0722002621

info@meliza.co.za

w w w. m e l i z a . c o. z a Meliza Mary

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ALL DRESSED UP

Gallant groom When it comes to choosing your attire, remember that your wedding is an opportunity to make a statement just as much as it is the brides and it’s great to see guys putting their own stamp on the wedding style with everything from top hat and tails to relaxed mismatched suits and even smart knits. You can emphasise your individuality with colourful socks and accessories, or even be more daring with coloured suits or shoes. Have some fun.

Discuss your choices with your groomsmen, who probably also prefer to reflect their individuality, so give them some options. Although they do not all need to match, they should coordinate with the rest of the bridal party. Groomswear specialists will be able to give advice on traditional, classic and contemporary attire as well as accessories to keep the look cohesive. Hiring from a reputable company offers flexibility and should be finalised at least 2 months before the wedding, especially if it’s a large wedding party. Keep style in mind, but it’s important that you and your groomsmen are comfortable with whatever you decide to wear on the day.

Kym Burmester

Kym Burmester

MENS AND BOYS SUITS FOR ANY OCCASION 031 266 9134 info@suitupsuithire.co.za www.suitupsuithire.co.za 19A Westville Centre 52 Norfolk Terrace Westville Please call for an appointment

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ALL DRESSED UP

www.debonairsuithire.co.za Sean Baker

031 701 0764 Shop 16, 79 Crompton Street, Pinetown

Eric Cornhill

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David Weeks

Setting the Scene

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Use lots of foliage to add size & texture rather than expensive blooms. Use linens provided by the venue rather than hire expensive tablecloths & serviettes.


SETTING THE SCENE

Decadent decor

There are endless decor and flower ideas and the best place to start with your planning is with your budget. On average, about 10% of your total budget should be allocated to decorating your venue and the flowers for the ceremony, reception and bridal party. Obviously the larger and more elaborate the arrangements, the more expensive they will be. Even if using a lot of foliage, the time taken for the floral artist to do the arrangements must not be overlooked. A lot of heart and soul goes into creating your arrangements, so respect that and take their advice. Many venues have so much character, they do not need to be filled with arrangements and so when selecting flowers, make sure they suit the style of your venue and the location. You will be able to get almost any flowers at any time of year but selecting blooms that are in season and grown locally will reduce costs. Rather than having lots of small arrangements, it might be more effective to ask your florist to create a few ‘wow’ arrangements as focal points, or consider having your florist arrange groups of single stem flowers at varied lengths in thin bud vases for a simple, yet elegant effect.

Sean Baker

If you are bringing in your own flowers, make sure you get them a day or two before and select blooms that will open in time. Although this may save money, consider the fact that you will need vases, cold storage, and transport to the venue, and ensure you schedule enough time to arrange and set them up. It’s not a good idea to have DIY tasks that you are responsible for on the day, so make sure you delegate tasks if you are not using a professional. There are no rules, so if you are not a fan of flowers, you can create beautiful centrepieces combining elements that go with your theme. Here are some ideas to help you get creative: • Potted herbs or interesting plants your guests may take home afterwards or you can plant in your garden • Candles in vases, votives or wooden candlesticks great for atmosphere but check with venue if allowed • Pebbles, moss or bark • Feathers and Origami • Desert roses or other succulents in tins or mixed vases • Vintage books tied with ribbon and lace

Kym Burmester

The options are endless, so have some fun. Just ensure you do all the preparation well before and get others involved – they will love to help.

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SETTING THE SCENE

Destination weddings

We asked a local wedding professional living in the Midlands what makes them different from the city vendors. “Most of us also lived in the city and have simply moved to the country for a better life, but we have a good understanding of business and still have that city mentality not only to ‘get it all done’, but to impress. Having your wedding specialists based near your wedding venue has significant perks. Firstly, you can cut costs on accommodation and travel if we don’t have far to go. Secondly, we usually know the venues and have relationships with your other suppliers so we can ensure that everyone will go the extra mile for you. This is how we stay in business and we treat each wedding like it is our last. Bridal couples are becoming more aware of the benefits of using service providers that are based near their selected venue. It is not wise to load every vehicle you have with every vase and candle you need to stylishly decorate your venue when it is all available close by. You will usually find reliable flower suppliers, decor specialists, wedding coordinators, DJ’s, photographers and catering companies within easy access unless your venue is very remote.

Kym Burmester

Neville Nixon

Best of all is if you want those lovely peonies or imported scented roses, all we have to do is order them - just like the city vendors - and conveniently get them delivered. The same applies for crystal glassware and gold cutlery or other extravagant items you may want to order to create the look you are after. We are here to discuss your desires and ideas to understand your vision and make your dream a reality. Bring your dress and we will do the rest.” By Midlands Style events www.midlandsstyleevents.co.za

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Sean Baker


SETTING THE SCENE

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Eric Cornhill

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SETTING THE SCENE Flowers and Decor by Function Flair

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SETTING THE SCENE

Flowers and Decor by Spotted Owl Events and Promotions

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SETTING THE SCENE

Designer Decor

Neville Nixon

Sean Baker

Laurie Kohrs

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Designer Decor


Wedding hire includes: Marquees, Cutlery & Grockery, Glassware & Vases, Tables & Chairs, Linen and Décor

SETTING THE SCENE

Passionate people committed to excellence, quality and attention to detail

catering1@highwayfunctionhire.co.za • www.highwayfunctionhire.co.za 031 708 1100 • 909 Main Road, Queensburgh, Durban

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SETTING THE SCENE Tents, Marquee’s and Decor by Star Hire and Decadent Decor.

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Sights

It’s worth paying a professional for images that will last a lifetime, so don’t skimp here. Book a second camera only for getting ready and the ceremony.


Wedding photos and videos are the lasting memoirs that will tell your story. When you hire a photographer, you are commissioning an artist to capture the magic of your special day. Searching for the right one for your wedding may seem overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Save yourself and your partner unnecessary stress by breaking the process down into a few simple steps.

1. Decide on the style you desire for your wedding shots. Whether you’re after a classic, posed series; a casual, fun feel; a more modern, photo-journalism spin or a combination of these, there are many talented photographers who will accommodate your simplest or your wildest dreams. 2. Decide on your budget and how important this aspect of your wedding is for both of you. Photography usually takes 10-15% of the wedding budget, but if you want to go all out and spend more, bear in mind you will need to cut back on something else – perhaps favours or drinks. Your wedding photos will last for generations, so don’t choose a photographer based on price alone. 3. Meet different photographers and see their work. Bridal fairs and Marriage Meander Journeys offer a great opportunity to chat to various photographers and find out if your personalities are compatible. You’ll be spending a lot of time with him/her on the day and so it’s crucial that you feel comfortable and at ease around them. Have a look at 3 or 4 weddings they have shot to get a feel for their style and what they offer. Make sure you view entire weddings and not just a few selected photos so that you get a better feel for their work. If possible, speak to previous customers and establish how happy they were with the final product and experience on a whole. 4. Discuss various packages available and be aware of all options for the presentation of the final product. Take these into account when comparing prices as quality varies considerably. 5. Communicate clearly and express what you’re looking

SIGHTS

Selecting your photographer

for as a couple for your wedding shoot. Make sure your photographer is able to adapt to various light and weather conditions and has experience shooting in different seasons. Also, clarify who you’d like included in your album and to what extent you’d like them to feature with regards to close friends and family. 6. Create a backup plan for bad weather if you’re having outside shots and check if your photographer has backup equipment for any mechanical failures on the day. An official contract will guard both parties against any petty issues that may arise. 7. Don’t stress. If you have selected wisely, you can leave it all up to the photographer. Booking an engagement shoot will give the photographer an idea of your likes and dislikes and help familiarise yourselves with each other, which will help to remove all fear of the unknown, enabling you to be more relaxed and natural on the day. When your photos are in good hands, you will not only enjoy the process but your special memories will be captured beautifully for a lifetime.

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SIGHTS LIFESTYLE | PORTRAIT | FAMILY | BRIDAL WWW.SEANBAKERPHOTOGRAPHY.CO.ZA

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David Weeks

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Monitoring the mobile madness Imagine you’re stretched out on a tropical island beach, enjoying the honeymoon of your dreams, your new husband beside you. You grab your phone and flip through your Facebook news feed, only to find someone has posted photographs of your wedding and they are awful. You wanted to be the first person to post photographs taken by the professional photographer you had hired. If only you had ‘Unplugged’ your wedding! Since the concept was first introduced, unplugged weddings are fast becoming the new fashion. Setting the trend for your wedding begins with the all-important notification to guests of your wishes, whether it’s a wellworded note in your wedding invitation or witty sign boards at the wedding venue, whichever way you decide to do it – get your message out there loud and clear. Ever noticed how guests at a wedding armed with their iPhone camera are so busy being the unofficial photographers that they are not truly present? They may not even realise it but your guests will certainly enjoy your special day (and even remember it better too) if they are

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not enthusiastically clicking their devices to get the perfect photograph. Perhaps a promise to let your guests have selected copies of your professional photographs or video may go a long way to satisfying their need to whip out their devices. Make no mistake, there is going to be the odd guest who disregards the countless requests made to ‘holster their device’ but address this in a light-hearted manner and you will ensure a positive result. There are a number of ingenious ways to get around your guests’ cravings for ‘the selfie’ and the odd ‘photobombing’ experience which can even enhance the fun aspect of your wedding. Photo booths are a very popular attraction that can be hired for your guests to not only get their selfie fix but they will also have a memory of your wedding to take home with them. Designated phone times are also proving popular. For instance, only after the first dance or only at the reception, not at the chapel. In conclusion, a wedding day is about the bride and groom as you declare your love for each other and your commitment to one another. Why not have your guests fully present and accounted for in celebrating that once in a lifetime day.

Sean Baker


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Neville Nixon

Saysha Baker

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Kym Burmester

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kym@kymb.co.za •www.kymb.co.za •072 571 7426


Gone are the days when a wedding video is a tedious 7-hour film of your day from start to finish. Today it is all about capturing the essence and emotion of your day in a creative and interesting way. Short ‘highlight’ clips are popular as well as selectable chapters of aspects of your wedding for when you only want to watch a specific portion of the day. Generally, videographers are very unobtrusive in their filming techniques and you’ll hardly even know they’re there! Some people say it’s something you’ll never watch, and perhaps they’re right, but imagine you could see the reaction of your handsome groom as he gets his first glimpse of you stepping onto the aisle? Your wedding rushes past in a whirlwind of emotion, elation, and activity. Being able to relive the moments that made your heart jump or brought tears to your eyes is a privilege – don’t underestimate it. A video captures the heart of the day and

When selecting a videographer, be sure to mention which special moments you’d like to have captured. If you’ve planned a surprise for your guests, or if your entrance song is significant, brief them about these details so they are well prepared. Each videographer has a different filming style and will usually offer various packages – select one according to your taste and budget . Videographers are also very approachable and normally willing to adapt their technique for you or add something specific if you request it. Filming in high quality is something you’ll certainly appreciate and be sure to check what is included – a short summary clip for those who couldn’t be there, the speeches, ceremony, and opening dance?

SIGHTS

The value of video

brings the details to life in a way you hadn’t imagined possible.

Imagine watching your parents or grandparents wedding video! Perhaps it’s not your greatest desire to see yourself walk down the aisle and to hear what your husband had to say to his new bride…but oh how your daughter and granddaughter will love it!

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SIGHTS

PRODUCTIONS Specialising in Weddings and Special Occasions

Preserving your special memories for years to come. steve@dvdvideoproductions.co.za

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Have your DJ multitask – most DJ’s make a great MC and will make announcements. Use local vendors to avoid extra travel and accommodation costs.


As our knowledge of the world around us continues to advance, we’re starting to understand more and more about just how profound the phenomenon of music really is. The link between music and memory becomes apparent as soon as we hear a song that reminds us of our childhood or one takes us right back to the bittersweet recollections of our teenage years. There are certain monumental events in our lives that will forever be remembered fondly with a song, and your wedding day is undoubtedly one of the events on the top of that list. It, therefore, goes without saying that you need to tailor the music of your special day with careful thought and consideration.

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Music to your ears

songs, but give them some freedom to include music that they know will keep the dance floor going. If you opt to have a DJ, a fun way of tailoring the music of your wedding to your guests is to get everyone invited to send you the name of a song that gets them up and dancing. Add this to your playlist and make sure you get it to the DJ in advance so that he/she can make sure he/she has access to all the tracks on the day.

The first decision that needs to be made is whether you’re going to go with a band or a DJ. Having a live band creates an energetically authentic and magically personal atmosphere for the music of your big day but often limits you to a singular sound and genre of music (depending on how versatile the band is). Having a DJ allows you to pick exactly what songs you’d like featured in the playlist and allows a much larger variety of music to be played throughout the course of the event. When making this critically important decision, it is essential to communicate your desires and expectation to either the band or DJ to ensure that both parties are on the same page with regards to the music that will be played. If your budget allows it, having both a band and a DJ can cover all bases and allow the ambiance of live music to flood your ears during and after the ceremony while still keeping your guests dancing late into the night at the reception. After you’ve decided the type of music you’d prefer, it’s important to communicate your expectations with the band or DJ in advance. Make sure you know what they’ll be wearing and that they have backup equipment on standby in case of a technical glitch. Be sure to give them an idea of exactly when they fit into the programme and when setup and sound checks will be appropriate. Drafting a playlist of essential songs to be played allows a DJ or band to ensure that they’re adequately prepared to play your selected

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Life is music

La vie c’est de la Musique

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Stay local – there are some fantastic places in SA that don’t cost a fortune. Out of season rates are often much lower – and you miss the crowds.


Part of your wedding-planning should include planning your honeymoon. Discuss with your partner the kind of vacation you’d both enjoy, what your budget is and organise it accordingly. There is no such thing as the ‘right’ place to go because every couple has different preferences and ideas. For some, it may mean an all-inclusive beach or mountain resort while for others it may be going on safari or hiking through forests.

Remember, plan ahead, spend wisely, make the most of every day and you will return with many wonderful memories and no worries about paying off your holiday of a lifetime.

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Heavenly honeymoons

Select accommodation wisely. You don’t have to stay in the most expensive room to have a great time. Choosing a garden or pool facing room instead of the most expensive ocean facing room could make a huge difference in your overall honeymoon spending. Instead of insisting on a five-star hotel, choose one that’s less expensive but still has lovely rooms. Or stay in a five-star hotel but downgrade your room and you’ll have more to spend on dining out or activities.

South Africa is rated amongst the top 10 honeymoon destinations in the world due to its diversity, weather and numerous romantic getaways and there are some fantastic destinations that are easily accessible and affordable. Here are a few useful tips to consider when planning your honeymoon: Save ahead of time. Start a separate account and commit to saving every month. Put any unexpected income into this fund and you’ll get excited as you see it grow. You could keep this special account after your honeymoon to save for future holidays or special occasions together. As a gift idea, you could suggest your wedding guests contribute towards your honeymoon.

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Simplify the process. Fully inclusive packages often offer the best deals and can also make the honeymoon planning process easier. Make sure you know what is included so you are not hit with unexpected expenses like drinks, spa treatments or game drives. Let the destination know ahead of time that you are ‘honeymooners’ – you might be pleasantly surprised at the special treatment you receive. Book early. This often ensures you get the best rates. The ideal time to travel will depend on your destination but aim to go in the shoulder season, when everything is open but not at peak tourist prices. Neville Nixon

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Sani Valley Nature Lodges

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Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa

Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa

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JUST THE TWO OF US Kym Burmester

Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

Protea Hotel Hluhluwe & Safaris

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Cathedral Peak Hotel

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Brides Diary

Dean Demos

Sean Baker

David Weeks

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BRIDE’S DIARY

Sean Baker

Kym Burmester

Eric Cornhill

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BRIDE’S DIARY Dean Demos

Dean Demos

Kym Burmester

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BRIDE’S DIARY

Sean Baker

David Weeks

David Weeks

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BRIDE’S DIARY Neville Nixon

Sean Baker

Beyond Measure

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BRIDE’S DIARY

Eric Cornhill

David Weeks

Neville Nixon

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BRIDE’S DIARY Saysha Baker

Neville Nixon

Beyond Measure

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BRIDE’S DIARY

Saysha Baker

Neville Nixon Beyond Measure

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BRIDE’S DIARY Kym Burmester

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Kym Burmester

Thank You

Thank you to all the venues and wedding professionals who have shared their talent and expertise, making this book and our wedding planning App, Weddings KZN, possible. It is a pleasure and a privilege working with many of these passionate and creative service providers and I am grateful for their commitment to the industry. Thank you for your support and for helping to realise the dreams of many young couples. “Love bears all things, believes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.� (1 Cor 13:7-8). May you experience a year filled with this unconditional love. Enjoy the journey.


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