A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding

It’s the last Monday of the year and I hope you are ready for 2020. Thank you so much for following the blog. Without you, the blog/magazine would not be what it is. You are such a big part of this blog and magazine.

I also want to thank the couples, photographers and all suppliers who have been featured on the blog throughout the year. It is such a privilege to be able to share these stories.

To close out this year I have this Zulu and Swati Wedding to share with you. I’m not going to blab too much about it. I’ll let the couple tell us all the scoop that took place on their day. ENJOY

A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding
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A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding
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A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding

1. How did you meet? 

We met at Eyadini, a popular spot in Durban, and that day was our first and last time there. A mutual friend of ours DJ Touch of Soul was hosting an event and I promised to pull through with my girls to support him. We ended up sharing a table with my now husband and his friends. I left early because I was tired when I was about to leave he gave me his business card and asked me to call him. The rest is history.

A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding
A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding

2. How did he propose? 

You won’t believe this. He asked me via WhatsApp, typical Zulu man.lol. He said, in Zulu “I think it’s time I ask my uncles to go talk to your family”. I thought he was joking until he asked me if I’ve told my parents and wrote a letter to them. 

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A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding

3. How did you find the planning process? 

It was very difficult for me because I live in Ballito and the wedding was taking place in Swaziland, so some things I felt I had to be present to do because I’m not very good at delegating. But with the help of my parents and my sister, it all came together perfectly.

4. What inspired your wedding style and how did you pull it together? 

My husband and I are not yet sure if we are going to have a white wedding as yet, so we decide to have a traditional wedding with a modern twist which was a 2 part wedding (Saturday and Sunday). My dress had feathers, beads, and flowers, and his suite had beads as well. The décor and the food had traditional elements. We incorporated both in our performances as well.

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5. Was the community involved in helping with the wedding? If you please tell us more… Yes, the community was very supportive, and I am very grateful for that. The wedding took place at my ancestral home, my great grandparents’ home. I wanted to honour them. I didn’t grow up there so I don’t have a strong relationship with the community, that’s why I am very grateful for their support and presence. 

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A Gorgeous Zulu And Swati Wedding

6. Marriage is such a big deal, at what point did you know you were ready.

 Girl, I’m winging it, I don’t even want to lie, if we are going to objectify the concept of marriage then no one will ever be ready. Marriage is a lifetime decision and it’s only fair to subject the definition to you and your partner’s preferences and reality. Bontle Bride: HAHA SPOT ON

7. Did you learn any lessons through your wedding journey? If so can you tell us of 3 lessons you’ve taken away based on your experience…

1. To calm down (The stress was showing on my face at some point).

2. Take your partner’s wishes into consideration as well, as much as most people think the day is about the bride, it’s not just about the bride.

3. Enjoy the day. Every moment because it feels like 5 minutes and the day is over.

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8. What was the favourite part of the wedding?

Oh Gosh. This is a difficult question. I can’t pick. I loved every single part of it.

9. What would you say to couples planning their wedding at the moment?

Everyone will have an opinion on how things should go. But on your day, it’s okay to be selfish and do what you and your partner want, this is a once in a lifetime event. 

10. Now that you are married, has life changed much? Do you both have the same friends or are you making new ones? If so tell us a little about how you are adjusting…

No adjustments really, we have been staying together since we got engaged, and we have a 2-year-old daughter. It’s just version 2.0.

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My suppliers delivered promised. I found most of them on Instagram. My dress was designed by Hadassah creations (Esther Bhero), décor was by Kuba Kuhle Events, Tent was from Dougs Hiring, and food was made by a Chef called Thab’sile. My make-up was done by Koko Jobe.

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Hi! I'm Ika. Thank you for visiting Bontle Bride, a gorgeous space where I share exquisite weddings with a flava of culture.

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