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Top 10 Best Bachelorette Themes

The big night has arrived… not the wedding night, the other one- your bachelorette! And its time to let off some steam, party hard and have a night you’ll never forget … or remember. The bachelorette is the perfect opportunity to go wild or even go geeky and have some fun with crazy themes. Here are some bachelorette theme options to get the excitement in full swing.

1. Mexican Fiesta: For those who love tequila & margaritas why not host a zesty night with some delicious Mexican food such as nachos, salsa music, sombreros, karaoke machine and a piñata! Or if you want a night out, go to a Mexican restaurant with a bar and bring your party there!

2. French Kiss: Paris is known to be the city of love and there are so many ways to bring this theme in no matter where you live. Think macaroons, an Eiffel tower photo booth, a love bridge with locks on which can be turned into any sort of truth or dare drinking game by adding notes to the locks, and lots and lots of Champaign!

3. Bachella: when it comes to trendy music festivals, Coachella takes the cake. It’s a platform for rock and indie music and the clothes that go with it make for a perfect dress up theme. Draw out your inner indie soul, grab some hats, feathers and hang up dream catchers because this bachelorette is a festival like never before.

4. What happens in Vegas: Vegas is the capital of partying, debauchery and fun. If you can’t go to Vegas, bring Vegas to you for a night like no other. All you need is lots of alcohol and some glitz and glam. You can even play casino themed drinking games.

5. Great Gatsby: for a more classic, 1920’s glitz and glam theme, the Great Gatsby is a winner. It’s fun and sexy, the outfits are gorgeous and to be able to party like Jay Gatsby is a feat to achieve before the wedding day. At least there’s no alcohol prohibition is 2018!

6. You can’t sit with us: Mean Girls defined many of our childhoods, and deep down, we all wanted a chance to be Regina George. Well now’s the chance. Everything can be pink because “on Wednesdays we wear pink”, a burn book full of fun secrets to share before the wedding, drinks that say “You can’t sip with us”, and of course the chance to wear the shirt with the cut- outs that Regina made ever so popular. So “Get in loser, we’re going PARTYING”.

7. Spice Girls: if mean girls aren’t your thing, let’s go even further back into our childhood and spice it up. Everyone gets to be their favourite singer, the dress up costumes can be wild. And nothing beats old school songs.

8. Victoria’s Secret: from girls to models, this bachelorette is too good to keep a secret. The theme is simply sexy, girly and can be completely personalised using the brides name instead of Victoria.

9. Vamp it up: if Victoria isn’t tour thing, what about Vampire? Vampires only come out at dark which sets the tone for a mysterious night out. Plus, these days Vampires are absolutely gorgeous.

10. I’ll be there for you: the bachelorette is a night of celebrations with your friends, so what better theme than F.R.I.E.N.D.S itself? Create a central perk atmosphere, use the many fabulous quotes, play check your mate and title it “the one where {insert name} gets married”!

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The Perfect Proposal

The perfect proposal – Where there’s a will there’s a way- now that you’ve found “the one”, you need to find a way to ask her to spend your lives together. It may seem like a daunting task so here are some proposal ideas:

1. Flash mob: grand gestures go a long way. And a flash mob in an unexpected place is one way to sweep her off her feet, show her just how much she means to you and ask you’re the most important question of your life.

2. Proposing with family and friends: many say that you don’t just marry your partner but their family too. And this couldn’t be more true. Proposing with your closest family and friends around is a great start to having a happy relationship with your in-laws going forward.

3. Plan a mini-vacation: the planning of a proposal takes much longer than asking the actual question. Unless, you go away for the weekend, get out of the every day rut and make proposal a full few day experience. This is not only memorable but enables a special few days alone together as an engaged couple.

4. Beach proposal: the beach is a classic romantic spot. Capture the moment for sunset and write “will you marry me” in the sand. A moment like that will feel like a dream come true.

5. Recreate your first date: recreating your first date is personal, meaningful and sentimental. It reminds you where your relationship started and how far it’s come. Reminiscing about the past while ensuring a future together is the perfect way to tie it together in order to tie the knot.

6. At a concert: This one may require some connections and sheer luck if you want to go all out and do it on stage. But proposing at the concert of her favourite band or singer will be well worth it. Even if you don’t get the spot light over the A- list celebrity and propose from in the crowd, it’s a fun and romantic way to ask her to marry you.

7. Treasure hunt: the effort of this proposal will be enough to impress her on its own. Create a treasure hunt of romantic clues that will take her to your favourite spots as a couple in the city until she finally finds the ring. This is symbolic of the journey you take as a couple.

8. Spa day: spend the day together being pampered at an exotic spa. The setting is calming, romantic and exclusive and it is a wonderful environment to spend quality time together making it the perfect place to propose. Plus, she may have had a manicure as one of her treatments and her hands are looking primed and ready to have an engagement ring on it.

9. Helicopter ride: getting engaged is like being on cloud 9. Literally. Organise a helicopter to get a romantic birds eye view and propose in the air.

10. Keep it intimate: cook a romantic dinner for two, light candles everywhere and play your favourite song. This is a personal and intimate way of proposing and for many, this is all that is needed.

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Top 7 Bridesmaid Dresses Ideas for 2019

The bride with the perfect crew by her side is the happiest! No doubt your bridesmaids up until this point have been hand selected and are so excited to celebrate with you. And although it’s your big day, let’s not underestimate their importance. Leading up to now, they’ve certainly played the part by organising your big bachelorette send off or your kitchen tea. But now it’s time for your gorgeous family members and friends to look the part too.

Taking some notes of what not to do, from Kathrine Heigl’s experiences in 27 dresses (who wants any of those hanging in their cupboards?!), here are some ideas for trendy bridesmaid dresses for 2019.

1. Shades of colour: the retinue trend is leaning towards the notion “the more the merrier” meaning that retinues are getting bigger and better, with more bridesmaids than ever before. This being the case, it’s less likely that the same style dress will suit everyone. Therefore, the latest bridesmaid trend is to give a colour theme, for example autumn colours, shades of pink or ocean blues. This allows the bridesmaid to have liberty over the style of the dress that she feels most comfortable in but still sets a colour tone on the day.

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2. To infinity and beyond: An “infinity dress” is the ideal bridesmaid dress. It has a consistent structure to the dress but adjustable straps so that you can make the top into any creation you please. This creates unity while at the same time not having everyone look identical. 3. Lace Lovin’: Lace is classic, its classy and beautiful and comes in any colour. There’s so much you can do with lace, from having it as part of the main dress to incorporating it slightly differently in each person’s dress in order to gently tie it all together. Lace in any style or colour expresses a lovely feminine nature.

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4. Fabulous in fur: But if you prefer bold and dramatic, fur is the way to go. Especially if you’re having a cozy winter wedding, adding a fur bolero to your bridesmaid’s outfits screams glamour and excitement. Plus, it will keep them warm and they can reuse it afterwards with any other outfit. bridesmaid-dresses-4

5. Print it out: same style dresses, different printed pattern- now you’re talking. This is fun, quirky, alternative and and ever so trendy.

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6. Black is the new Black: A black dress retinue may sound unconventional, but the effect is so strikingly elegant. If this is your look, it may be helpful to ensure all the dresses are the same, as black is a popular wedding colour and you wouldn’t want your VIP ladies blending in with the crowd.

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7. Pretty Pastels: Although this isn’t necessarily a new trend, there’s a reason it’s still so popular! Pastels are absolutely gorgeous for a retinue. Having each person wear a different shade creates such an impact as the soft colours don’t clash with each other but simply flow. Just like your wedding day should.

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Here’s to you’re bridesmaids and all the exciting dresses that they could potentially wear!

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Top Ten Engagement Ring Trends

Your engagement ring is not only an investment, a symbol of your commitment, sentimental and something beautiful. When it comes to your wedding day, you’re going to shine the brightest, sparkle and glow but the next biggest sparkle needs to be coming off your finger.. It is also a representation of who you are. Your engagement ring says so much about you- whether you like to be big and bold or classic and clean and therefore needs to be chosen with thought! Luckily, come 2018 the trends are as wild as you want them to be and the choices are endless. Here are our top ten engagement rings to help you narrow it down.

1. Rose gold

A rose gold engagement ring allows for any design but makes it extra special with the rich colour of the setting. Rose gold is somewhere in the middle of classic silver but not as loud as yellow gold. It’s an ultra- feminine way to give a classic ring some colour.

2. Twist it

Twisted bands are fun and fresh, it takes the feature away from only the top and keeps your eye moving and gliding along the whole ring. Talk about getting an engagement ring with a bit of a twist.

3. Classic – Back to basics 

Less really is more. A simple band with one big diamond sitting neatly on top is so simple but so catchy. It gives full attention to the diamond as the main feature and will never go out of style.

4. Pear shape

Pear shaped stones have been around for a while now but are becoming more popular due to the grace and elegance of the stone shape. It also sits beautifully on you’re finger and can be worn either way depending way depending on your mood.

5. Cushion cut

A cushion cut diamond is exactly what its name says, slightly square in shape but without the harsh edges. Its wholesome and bright with a brilliant shine. A cushion cut engagement ring will keep all eyes wide open.

6. Coloured stone

Coloured is the new clear! Choosing stones of colour are not only the latest trend, unusual and a way to express your personality. It is also budget conscious for those who feel that big diamonds are too much of a pressure during this financially stressful time. If you do want a bit of tradition, smaller diamonds can be used around the main coloured stone which creates a very interesting effect.

7. Meghan Markle it

Not all of us can live a fairy tale and marry a literal prince. But we can definitely get inspiration from Meghan’s gorgeous ring for when we marry the prince of our own. Meghan’s ring has a main diamond in the centre and two supporting diamonds on either side. Its beautiful, tasteful and the cherry or diamond on top of the perfect romance.

8. Halo

We’ve got a princess but what about angels to make up the perfect fairy tale? An engagement ring with one main stone and a halo of small stones around it is the best way. A halo diamond engagement ring really does say angelic innocence and charm as it has exceptional detail, while still giving a feel of wholeness and depth.

9. Trillion-cut

A trillion-cut diamond is a highly faceted, triangular diamond making it incredibly shiny. It’s a new up and coming shape, unique and perfect for brides attracted to sharp geometric shapes. A trillion- cut diamond is perfect if you’re looking for something with a bit of an edge!

10. Two- stone setting

Sometimes just one diamond isn’t enough. In that case there are many gorgeous designs that use two diamonds in a very creative way to complement each other and set each other off. This is funky and new and you won’t see many others with a two stone ring design.

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Five Ways To Ask Your Bridesmaids

So now that you’ve said “YES” when it comes to what really matters, it’s the people by your side, your close friends and family who you now get the opportunity to honour as your bridesmaids and wear beautiful bridesmaid dresses. This is no small title and it’s a chance for you to really show your crew how much they mean to you. This can be done right from the off set when you ask them the big question… “Will you be my bridesmaid”. There are so many creative and exciting ways to ask your bridesmaids, it may even be nearly as fun as your own proposal.

Here are five fun ways to ask your bridesmaids so that they feel just as special as you on your big day:

Popping the question- “now its my turn to POP the question, will you be my bridesmaid?” written and placed inside a blown balloon, add confetti, sparkles and fun and present the balloon with a needle to your future bridesmaid, asking her to pop the balloon, receive the note and do the honours. For a plot twist add samples of dress colours in the balloon so when they pop it, they get the colour scheme as well.

With a note- “I can’t say I do without you”- this sweet little phrase sums up how meaningful it would be to have that person by your side on the most important day of your life. giving this note together with a charming bracelet or necklace is an elegant touch and acts as a sentimental keepsake of this special time for both you and her.

“I need… something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, but most importantly…I need you! Will you be my bridesmaid?”- another touching phrase that speaks straight to the heart. Its pretty, light and girly and says all that it needs to. Attach this to some bath salts or even sparkly champaign to really set the tone.

Tea, brunch or lunch- have your bridesmaids over, serve all your favourite foods (and maybe even some not so soft drinks) and not only use this as an opportunity to ask them to be bridesmaids either verbally or through leaving notes at their place setting (with little gifts if you really want to go all out), but also see it as an opportunity to spend quality time with them and for them to get to know each other. Especially if you have friends and family from different walks of life. This could help create a more fun and relaxed environment on the big day.

A personalised gift – a personalised gift is the perfect way to show someone that they mean the world to you. Have your bridesmaids’ name’s written on gifts that are not only gorgeous but can be useful on the day of the wedding. For example, on satin dressing gowns or slippers that can be worn while getting ready. This will also make for incredible photo ops.

A wedding rescue kit- another way to ask your bridesmaids to be by your side that is both useful, fun and quirky is by giving them a “wedding rescue kit”- a pretty toiletry bag filled with all emergency items that would be needed on the day such as deodorant, red bull, rehydrate, a hair comb, a small sewing kit, headache pills and peppermints. You can never be too prepared.

With these fabulous ideas, you will have the luckiest bridesmaids in the world.

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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.

Pamper yourself

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.

 

Stay hydrated

Drinking lots of water will not only keep your energy levels up, it will also ensure healthier skin leading up to the big day.

Stay connected

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?

Exercise

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

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.

Fresh air

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.

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Top Ten First Dance Songs 2018

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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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”

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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Must Have Registry Items

#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.

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Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations 2018

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.

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Honeymoon & Cash Funds

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. 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 your dream into a reality.
  • Once you’ve chosen the cash fund gifts you’d love to experience, set your desired amount 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 cash funds transferred whenever you like!
If you’ve got ideas to add to the honeymoon and cash fund registry, contact us and we will happily help set it up for you.
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Best Spot To Tie the Knot!

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.

Gauteng

  • 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.

Cape Town

  • 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.

Durban

  • 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.
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Registry

Group Gifting

Let’s Gang Up on the Married Couple.

You know that sinking feeling as you scroll through a wedding registry and the only items still available are way out of your price range? Well, that won’t happen again with Wrapistry’s new Group Gifting feature.
Before now, any one item – regardless of cost – could be bought by only one party. With Wrapistry’s group gifting, multiple guests can contribute any amount towards a gift on the registry. This feature is especially helpful for those big-ticket items.
Wrapistry is a fully interactive online wedding registry platform that’s revolutionising the way registries are managed. Couples are no longer limited to a single store, location or price point as Wrapistry’s user-friendly, tech-savvy site currently lists more than 150 leading local and international brands, with 3 000 selected items to from which to choose – and that list is ever growing.
“Whatever you desire, we’ve got you covered,” says Jed Shein, CEO of Wrapistry. “We believe that this group-gifting feature will help our couples and guests build the ultimate wedding and gift shopping experience.” With categories for every room in your house, to experiences such as a safari or a cooking course, and the option to get cash for your honeymoon, Wrapistry has everything a couple needs.
As the happy couple, all you have to do is enable group gifting when you create your registry – it really is that simple. Then add any item, experiences or cash funds to your Wrapistry registry, mark them as group gifts so multiple family members and friends can contribute any amount towards them.
Crowd-funding for gifts? You bet! Your friends and family will love you for that – get your gift registry going today on www.wrapistry.shop.