A Swati Inspired Engagement

Answering a dm from a stranger is risky business. However, on this occasion, it was the best thing our bride did. After many chat exchanges, Sibusiso and Nhlakanipho finally met and have been inseparable ever since. Their engagement party/lobola was Swati-inspired. From the images, it looks as though they had a blast. Here’s their story, Enjoy!

He slid in my dms. I was ignoring him for a good three months before I replied to his dms. After a month or so of talking, we finally met. He drove from Newcastle to the East Rand to meet me (as he’s from Newcastle) and as they say the rest is history

The lobola process was nerve-wracking for both of us as it was symbolic of our families coming together and as well as me and him beginning this beautiful journey together. The process was quite smooth and there were no hiccups at all and I am so grateful to Jehovah for that.

Planning our engagement party slash lobola celebration was a learning curve and also stressful at the same time. Due to the pandemic, the planning process was so stressful as you can imagine but with Jehovah, our supportive families, and us constantly encouraging each other we were able to pull through.

 I knew I was ready for marriage when I found him. Finding the right partner who compliments you in every way is the best thing. Not only is he my partner but he is also my best friend and a combo like that is hard to find. I remember months before meeting him I had told Jehovah in prayer what I was looking for in a husband and He gave me exactly what I’ve been looking for in my fiancĂ©

Some suppliers were referrals, others I found on Instagram, and others I knew personally and I have to say they delivered. I wouldn’t change anything about my celebration it was perfect. 

Honestly, everything was perfect but I especially enjoyed it when both the families came together in song and dance it hit me that an Instagram dm achieved all this lol.

The families had already come together before the lobola so they were well acquainted with each other and were already friends by the time the engagement party happened. As we are both from Christian families we are strongly encouraged to include Jehovah in every decision. We have been doing so from the beginning of our relationship and it’s the best thing we have ever done. It has made us stronger as a couple. My soon-to-be in-laws have welcomed me with open arms and I am so grateful. I couldn’t have asked for better in-laws. My heart is full

Nhlakanipho Tips

Always put Jehovah first in everything you do 

Family is very important. The love and support they gave us was immense. It meant so much to us. Sometimes things don’t go exactly as you planned and you have to learn to let go somewhere somehow.

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