Hey Gorgeous! Warning, Today’s wedding might just cause you to faint at first sight. lol. I’m not sure how to describe it except to say, it’s gorgeously vibrant. I think many of these vibrant cultural weddings don’t get the press they deserve which I think it’s a bit of a shame. So every now and then you’ll be seeing more stunning cultural weddings.
Anytime there’s a mixture of a western and traditional Ndebele wedding you know the outcome is going to be nothing short of spectacular. From Matt Stern Photography ,Tsholofelo and Gugulethu celebrated their nuptials at home surrounded by their loved ones, singing wonderful wedding songs. You have to love South African weddings, you don’t even have to hire a band; the guests will do all the singing for you. “Umakoti ungo wethu siya vuma”(The bride is ours, we say Yes) lol
Ndebele Wedding Explained
Okay I’m going to give you the short version. I have to admit I don’t know a great deal about Ndebele weddings but I do know that many are a bit similar to other tribal groups in South Africa. So the process is pretty much the same, first there’s the giving of lobola, shortly after that a date is set for either an Ndebele traditional wedding or a western wedding or both. Afterwards there’s the actual matrimonial ceremony followed by reception and then the bride’s family will normally take her to her in-laws where she will be welcomed and given a new name. After the couple has had their first baby then the wedding is complete.
As far as this specific wedding goes, it was a two day wedding, with a western wedding on the Saturday; and the Ndebele “Welcoming the bride to the family ceremony” on the Sunday. What was so refreshing about this wedding is that it did not adhere to the conventions. The family simply enjoyed the joining of the couple and the families. It was extremely beautiful and a very emotional wedding to be an observer too. For as long as I live, I will never forget the song and dance in the street that Sunday; how cute the children were; and how I was amazed that even the smallest child knew the words to the songs and the moves. It was one of those moments that will play over and over in my head for years to come.
The White Wedding
Advice From The Couple
“Communication is Key. Love your partner and have fun like you were still dating”
Thank you Tsholo for sharing your wedding on Pure Wedding Blog. I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say, we all loved it.
Image Credits: Matt Stern Photography