Wedding Day: How to de- stress before your big day
Your wedding day is coming up and the excitement has started to build. The thrill of organising your dream wedding, as well as the life changing aspect of actually getting married may lead to some very normal nerves and slightly heightened stress levels. It’s important to manage this so that you can enjoy your day and the lead up to it blissfully and happily. Here are some tips to help you be as relaxed as possible to make sure you enjoy your wedding day
The first and most obvious way to destress is getting pampered of course. A day out to the spa in a beautiful setting, getting massages, facials and manicures is the ideal way to relax and also set off that pre- wedding glow. It’s also a great idea to bring your bridesmaids along for some quality girly time.
Drinking lots of water will not only keep your energy levels up, it will also ensure healthier skin leading up to the big day.
Attaining the perfect wedding may lead you to get so caught up in the organisation that you lose sight of what really matters- your significant other. We know you have the rest of your lives together, but these few weeks leading up to the marriage are equally important. Go to your favourite restaurant, the place you had your first date, or even just get takeout’s and watch Netflix. Each other’s company should be the best de- stress tool there is.
Wine and dine
Be it with your mom, your girls, or your fiancé. Ending the day off with a delicious meal and a glass of wine exudes relaxation.
Read a book or watch a movie
It’s not often that we make time for the small things in life. And at this chaotic time who really wants to. But these little things such as reading a good book or watching a movie will take you to another realm, even just for a few hours where you can let the wedding preparation stew and process while you take the time to just be. Be it a gripping book or movie or an old time favourite, the time out should really help you breathe easier.
Do what you love
Everyone has their happy place, what’s yours? Is it spending hours in a bubble bath? Painting? Writing? Knitting? Or sewing? Not only will these activities relax you, it will also bring out the best aspects of yourself, release endorphins and simply make you happy. What better time to emphasise yourself at your happiest than before your wedding?
Another way to stay healthy and release endorphins is through exercise. Find something that you connect with and get going. It can be running, yoga, Pilates or even a dance class at the gym to give you some moves on the dance floor at your wedding. Whatever it is, choose something you enjoy and be conscious not to push your body too far as we don’t want any injuries at this pivotal time.
Mindfulness is the new buzz word at the moment but what does it even mean? No, you don’t have to spend an hour meditating, you simply have to stop in the midst of all the chaos and acknowledge what you are doing and be grateful for all the goodness in your life. it means eating slightly slower to appreciate the taste of your food and slowing down ever so slightly to notice your breaths. This is a practice we should all be doing ever day.
And lastly, escape into nature. Find a pretty park or even your garden where you can walk barefoot to feel the grass under your feet and breath in some fresh air. Nature is a simple and underrated way to feel instantly grounded and at ease.
We hope these tips help you let go of some of the stress and feel relaxed, glowing and carefree before your big wedding day.
Top Ten Wedding Songs
Looking for some great wedding songs? A tune always manages to set a tone, be it in a movie, a night out or to bring back childhood memories. Therefore, the tone set on your wedding day needs to be nothing less than perfect as it is these memories that will carry you through into your forever. Nothing sets the tone for a wedding quite like the first dance. The song for the first dance will possibly encompass past memories but for future years after your wedding, will be the song to transport back to the day where it all began. So, choose this one wisely. Below is a list of wedding songs to help you with this choice.
- For the romantics: John Legend, All Of Me
It’s worth getting married and having a first dance for this song alone. The words encapsulate ultimate love and romance and you and those around you will get swept up in the melody and John Legend’s silky-smooth voice. Love was created to dance to this song with
- For when your partner is your everything else as well: Jason Mraz, Lucky
In this upbeat tune, Mraz sings how he is lucky that he is in love with his best friend. Some couples start off as friends and then become more, others start off romantically and then a friendship grows. Either way, this song says it all.
- For when it’s so soppy its sweet: Ed Shereen, Perfect
If there’s one word that should sum up your partner and your wedding day, its perfect. This is the song to play when you have no words of your own as it really says it all.
4. For those who just want to be real: Alicia Keys, Fallin
As perfect as your wedding day may be, the reality of all relationships is that there are ups and downs and challenges that need to be worked through. Alicia Key’s sings about this so powerfully in her song “Fallin” yet, every chorus ends with “I never loved someone the way that I love you”
- For the light hearted: Alicia Keys and Usher, My Boo
A fun and light- hearted song with adorable words and a beat that makes for a really happy first dance that your guests can join in with.
- For the sentimental: Etta Janes, At Last
This is a classic song, its classic romance and it will be a classic first dance tune. It takes you back to a different time and a different world. For the few moments of your first dance, nothing else should matter and no one else should exist. The time is yours together.
- For the deep and meaningful: Christina Perri, A Thousand Years
This song sings about infinite love, life and all beyond that. The words are intense, the tune is soulful and passion seeps through every moment. There won’t be a dry eye in the room after dancing to this song.
- For a bit of spunk: Mark Ronson feat Bruno Mars, Uptown funk
This song screams fun and party and is the perfect way to show off some hidden dance moves. Get everyone in the room bopping and jamming to this irresistible song and start the wedding off with a real bang.
- For the love story: Beyonce feat Jay- Z, Crazy in Love
Take romance one step further by dancing your first dance to Beyonce’s Crazy in Love which features her very own love. Not only is there a hidden personal love story in this hit of a song, it’s also super sexy.
- For when dreams do come true: Ellie Goulding, Love Me Like You Do
Who can forget the dramatic scene in 50 Shades of Grey when they’re soaring in the clouds in a tiny helicopter. The plot may not be the perfect romance, but that scene sure shows how love can take you to new heights.
#1 Salton Hot tray
What’s the use of having a warm and welcoming home if the food served is cold?! Impress your guests with your delicious home cooked meal that can be kept warm on your new hot tray for hours on end.
#2 Wonki Ware Extra Bamboo Platter
Wonki Ware is elegant, trendy, funky, unique and practical all in one. The perfect size platter is not only ideal for every occasion but would be the starting item in a long-term collection of items from the exquisite brand.
#3 Nicolson Russell Dubai Titanium Cutlery Set
Every home needs a set of cutlery, but yours needs the Nicolson Russel set. With its slender design it sets the tone for a charming and glamorous dinner party, or even a romantic meal for two.
#4 Mervyn Gers Ceramic Dinner Set
No two marriages are the same, just like no two items of Mervyn Gers are the same. Hand made ceramics insures that each piece is one of a kind and absolutely breath taking. Make your home as unique as your marriage by investing in this set!
#5 Travelite Luggage
Your honeymoon may be the start, but hopefully not the end of travels and adventures together. The best travel experience starts with good quality luggage- make sure you are ready to jet set by owning some Travelite cases which come in many sizes and colours to suit your specific needs.
#6 Mungo Continental Towel
Not only are these towels luxurious and pretty, they are practical too! Fast absorbing, quick drying and compact, these proudly South African towels are a necessity.
#7 Linen House Bedding
Linen House is comfortable, affordable and most importantly absolutely stunning in their designs. Their bedding will brighten up any room in a tasteful and homey way. Every day will feel like a holiday with their fresh and happy look.
#8 Smeg Retro Jug Blender
Couples who “smoothie” together stay together. Juice up your home with this excellent quality blender- its convenient, fun, nutritious and delicious.
#9 Sagaform Rocking Whiskey Glasses What better way to kick back and relax after a long day than with some whiskey… in this unusual glass. Sagaform’s glasses aren’t your ordinary whiskey glasses but thay curve at the bottom so that the glass can tilt without the contents spilling. Not only that, it is also comfortable to hold and can be used for other drinks such as cocktails or even a fancy dessert.
#10 Carrol Boys ceramic mugs
No South African home, or any home for that matter, is complete without a spark of Carrol Boys. The mug has a classic Carrol Boys design- its clean and neat while at the same time its quirky and edgy. A set of these mugs are truly the cherry on top in any house.
You’ve had the dream wedding but why stop there? These ten destinations are not only proof that dreams do come true, but even surpass your wildest dreams. Its worth getting married just for this.
#1 Vadhoo, Maldives
Heaven on earth becomes a reality on this exotic island, or islands. Situated southwest of Sri Lanka and India in the Indian ocean, the Maldives boasts breath taking expanses of ocean complimented by white sand. Although it is warm all year round, the best time of year to visit the Maldives would be from November to April if you want to avoid the rain. As each Island has its own resort, you wont even feel that you are there in peak season. The Maldives is the perfect place to continue that wedding glow- literally! Its famous island Vadhoo glows every night thanks to a rare tide.
#2 Honolulu, Hawaii
Looking to start your marriage off with a bang? Keep that fire and explosion alive by visiting the exquisite islands of Hawaii (part of the USA) which is home to 3 active volcanoes and of course many more dormant ones. Hawaii is warm all year round but if you love hiking and exploring, Spring in April is the recommended time as the summer months may be too hot. The landscape is dramatic with mountains and the pacific oceans, there are waterfalls, black sand beaches, snorkelling, whale watching and water sports. From adventure to romance, this destination is something special.
#3 Santorini, Greece
Although Greece is considered the birth place of Western civilisation, there are way more Romantic reasons to visit these magical islands, in particular the mesmerising Santorini, located in the crossing of Europe, Africa and Asia. From sunset watching to exotic greenery surrounding crystal clear waters, Santorini is an ideal destination for lovers worldwide. The setting is poetry in and of itself and you can literally smell the romance (and the delicious Mediterranean food) in the air. The summer months (June to September) are most popular, especially if you want to beach hop and get a taste of all the unique coastal points.
#4 Florence, Italy
No candle lit dinner is complete without the perfect… bowl of spaghetti. And where better to experience this than Italy itself. The home of good food but also much more! Florence is an artwork with its quaint and cobbled streets, beautiful architecture, and of course art museums. Visited at any time of year depending on personal preference, Florence is rich in culture and full of delightful flavours. It’s the perfect place for a honeymoon that has a taste of everything.
#5 Paris, France
The famous capital of love. Go in winter (December time) if you feel like snuggling up, or in summer (July) to see the deep greenery and gardens. Float down the river Sienne, climb the Arc de Triomphe to see a view of the Eiffel tower or even go up the Eiffel tower itself. Visit the dramatic churches, eat a macaroon, share a baguette. See Moulin Rouge in action, visit some artists, get a portrait done. And lastly, lock in your love at various points on the bridges of the Sienne and throw your key in the river, ensuring a life time of happiness, locked together as one. Its no wonder Paris is the capital of love. The French invented the concept.
#6 Hvar, Croatia
Hvar is a treasure chest of little gems where you can dine in a deserted village, relax in the picturesque bay of Mekicevica bay and snorkel in coves. The best time to visit Hvar would be early summer where you will be treated to an abundance of lavender and even a lavender festival in June that includes performances, workshops and lectures with unique souvenirs to purchase. What a way to follow through the “I do” than endless bouquets of lavenders in a spectacular setting.
#7 Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Think of the fireworks you felt when you first met and when you tied the knot. What better way to celebrate this than with the universe’s natural fireworks or more accurately known as the Northern lights. The breath-taking lights can be seen from the first ice hotel in Sweden located in Jukkasvari. Along with the lights there are other fun activities such as snowmobiling. The best time of year to go would be in their winter months and would be the perfect excuse to snuggle up with your loved one.
#8 Andermatt, Switzerland
Once we’re getting warm and snug, lets throw in ski’s and have some fun. Andermatt is known to be one of the prettiest skiing towns in the whole country and offers a range of ski slopes for both professionals and intermediates. And if you think skiing won’t be the most flattering look, there’s always the opportunity to dress up for one of the glamourous cocktail parties at Chedi Adermatt. Skiing in Adermatt is the perfect bonding experience and is a must for those looking for some fun in a beautiful setting.
#9 Agra, India
One of the deepest declarations of love is the Taj Mahal in Agra India. It was built as a mausoleum to house the tomb of Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan’s favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. And its opulence got it awarded as one of the seven world wonders. Not everyone can build a world wonder for the love of their life, but everyone can go and visit this one. Your honeymoon is the perfect chance to pay tribute to love in the boldest way and to take the symbolism with you into your journey of marriage.
#10 Madikwe Game Reserve
The Madikwe Game Reserve is South Africa’s fifth largest game reserve; it is home to all the Big Five species as well as the highly endangered African Wild dog. This is the perfect honeymoon getaway for any couple looking for a luxurious, romantic & peaceful getaway with a true African experience. There are more than 20 luxury safari lodges offering luxurious accommodation, meals prepared by top chefs and sunrise and sunset game drives with expert game rangers that will leave you feeling relaxed and carefree.
It’s only awkward if you make it awkward.
People love giving presents at weddings but sometimes another ‘thing’ is the last thing you need, because you’ve already got so much stuff. So how do you ask for cash, without, asking for cold hard cash?
We’ve come up with a solution that’s easy for you and your guests, secure and feels far more personal than an envelope.
Easy, Secure & Personal.
Now you can create custom cash funds to make it easier to ask for cash as a wedding gift.
No more banking details, EFT’s, cheques or cash envelopes!
Sometimes your dream isn’t a toaster…
More and more, couples want to make memories and so are craving experiences over things. We’re here to wrap up your dream in whatever shape it comes in, not just limited to hand delivered gifts, but including customised experience packages, tailor made for you.
Create a cash fund registry.
Once you have created your registry, you’ll see “Cash Funds” as a category at the top of the homepage.
Choose from our variety of cash & honeymoon funds below. From Honeymoon getaway’s to home make overs to services for your wedding day and experiences after, we’re here to make #Happilyeverafter more than a hashtag, and transform the reality of your experience.
Once you’ve gifts you’d love to experience, set your desired and click ‘Add to Registry’.
When contributions have been made, Wrapistry will give you the total amount in cash, less 2,95% banking service transfer fee.
You can opt to have these funds transferred whenever you like!
If you’ve got ideas to add to the cash registry, contact us and we’ll happily help set it up for you.
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Best Spot to Tie the Knot!
Top 10 wedding venues in Sunny South Africa
Your dream day has finally arrived, but what’s a dream day without a dream setting?
Alongside the elation and excitement that comes with every wedding, is also the research, work and effort into making everything “just right”. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen can worry about the fun and games before hand but when it comes to the vital elements, let us help you out! Below is a list of the top 10 wedding venues that our beautiful country has to offer- look no further than this page to discover the gifts South Africa has in store for you.
Motozi Lodge- you don’t need to go to the Amazon to find rich and exotic greenery. Go no further than 35km outside of Johannesburg to Hartbeespoort for a beautiful backdrop. Matozi Lodge not only offers luxurious gardens to compliment every bridal beauty but has a chapel, a deck with a view, a hall, a bridal suite and even accommodation for guests. If you are looking for a classy setting incorporating nature, this is the place for you!
Shepstone Gardens- every “happily ever after” requires a fairy tale venue! This is offered by Shepstone Gardens whose legacy started from a small family home on Hope Road, Mountain View Johannesburg. The place is dubbed The Secret Garden and if you pay it a visit, you’ll see why. Not only is it an exquisite setting but the house is deeply rooted in South African history and great names such as Mahatma Ghandi, who was a friend of the local architect, had some say while it was being built.
Summer Place- Shepstone Gardens is not the only family legacy. Summer Place, situated in the heart of Johannesburg is ideal for an elegant affair. Summer place not only has a variety of venues but also a variety of menus to be tailor suited to your wants and needs. The lawns and setting will make you feel as if your wedding was the royal wedding of the season.
Memoire – offers the perfect exclusive venue for your wedding ceremony, with various spectacular settings to choose from. This exquisite establishment, not only promises distinct quality and excellent service, but also guarantees a memorable experience with style, grace and opulence. This venue sounds like a dream come true.
Oakfield Farm- with acres upon acres of greenery and flowers, this is simply a dream come true. Oakfield farm is a gem nestled between Johannesburg and Pretoria- Muldersdrift. The venue is large in scale and one can get lost in the beauty it holds. Start your married life off on this too-good-to-be-true note and make sure you have an excellent photographer to capture the surreal scenery.
Brenaissance- what more could any couple ask for than a serene setting in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch. Breniassance is a wine and stud estate that offers wine, food, accommodation and even cattle sightings! What a unique way to say “I do”.
Grand Africa cafe & beach- The perfect romantic wedding destination, Grand Africa Café & Beach embraces a free-spirited beach café culture, nestled poignantly on the sea-front shoreline and flaunting her majestic views of the mighty Atlantic and Robben Island. Your guests will love every second of this venue.
Cavalli Estate- Somerset West might be the lesser known of the wine farm regions but it certainly has its gems – the most illustrious of which has to be Cavalli Cavalli Estate’s modern architecture is designed to capitalise on the natural climate and environment. There is no better view of the lake and mountains than from here and the glass doors around the venue are simply magnificent.
Vrede En Lust- Turn lust into love in another Cape setting. Vrede En Lust, not only offers spectacular views from a Cape Dutch structure but also provides service like no other with excellent wedding coordinators and staff.
The Oyster Box- 5 stars does not come close to describing this venue. We would give it a full sky of stars. Not only is the venue itself sparkling but the view adds the cherry on top. The Oyster Box does all types of weddings, big and small and even offers a complimentary stay for the newlyweds.
Ushaka Marine World- and just when you think you couldn’t get more exotic, try a wedding under the sea. For your special day, you not only get to be the bride but can almost experience being Princess Ariel in your own Disney fantasy. Need we say more.
iNsingizi Game Lodge and Spa- located slightly outside Durban for those who crave a romantic getaway. This unique choice is not what anyone would imagine for a Durban wedding which is what makes it so exciting. Not only is it a tranquil setting but it supports local products, making it the ideal venue for the ultimate African wedding.