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Ndebele And Setswana Wedding

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Morning Precious One! I hope your weekend was fun. It‘s getting colder every day here so I’m bracing myself for the dreaded British winter. You’d think after ten years of living here I’d be used to it by now. But every winter is terribly cold. I remember back in the years when we didn’t have children; I’d snuggle up with a hot chocolate and a good movie. Now that these little people are here, we have to go out and entertain them otherwise they’ll just tear the house down. This weekend, we took them to a play area in the middle of town. If  I’m honest, I was bored while they were having fun but by the time we came back I started working on this Ndebele and Setswana wedding. It was like a welcomed ray of sunshine.

Lerato and Paul kept their day purely traditional. From custom made dresses, matchstick boxes used as napkin holders to using the Detselane Cultural Village as their backdrop, they inspired and represented their cultures well. ENJOY!x-dkhwvhrjy3bvyk5lmhzwqy6jt_eq6jpz_g7mluzyc5hkb43cw62ei958tw7e4ea9jm0qaiuqikh3e2ak7__o

The Proposal Story

“It was the 29th of April 2016. Paul decided we should go away for the weekend and I should pack something nice to wear for dinner. When we met for the very first time we met at Brooklyn in 2006. And our very first date was at the spur in Brooklyn mall. He said he wants us to take a stroll down memory lane, but decided Spur was not perfect for this weekend. Soo he took me to Kream Restaurant where he had an amazingly delicious supper, followed by dessert. But before dessert was served one of the waiters came up to our table with a single red rose. As I was trying to figure out what the sparkly thing embedded in the rose was, there was Paul on one knee. I just couldn’t believe it. We had been married legally since 2010, and he is by no means a romantic person. He asked if I would marry him again and I told him I would marry him a hundred times over. “ndebele and setswana wedding

The Planning Process

“Planning was a breeze for me, I am a natural at planning. So I had a lot of fun planning my wedding.”ndebele and setswana weddingNdebele And Setswana Weddingndebele and setswana wedding

The Creative’/ Supplier Selection

“My top supplier has to be Exquisite Moments Photography. I had seen the amazing work they did at a friend’s wedding the previous year and decided I would definitely use their services for my wedding. My Décor was done by Lerato from Metro Tents. And since this was a traditional wedding, the DJ was one of my nephew’s friends. The catering was done by my sisters, my sister’s friends and the community.”ndebele and setswana wedding

One Thing We’d Change

“I would not change a thing, everything was amazing. Even the imperfections were imperfectly perfect.”ndebele and setswana wedding


“I am a Tswana woman and was marrying a Ndebele man. We tried to incorporate both cultures. The attires and décor was mostly Ndebele. The food was mostly Tswana. We also had a traditional dancers group from Katlehong to entertain the guests. We had our photos captured at Detselane Cultural Village in Vosloorus which added that rural look to our photos.”ndebele and setswana wedding

The Wedding in 7 Words

“True South African Culture At Its Best Favourite Part Of The DayWhen my Aunt said our families praise names, I even teared up a bit.”ndebele and setswana wedding

The Wedding Style

“Purely traditional African culture. We didn’t want it diluted by too many modern elements.”ndebele-and-setswana-wedding

The Dress

“I had my dress made. I wanted something unique and yet still true to the culture. And the end result was gorgeous.”ndebele and setswana wedding


“We spent the most on catering. You need to make sure people are well fed and can even take doggy bags if they want. We saved on the photography, Exquisite Moments Photography was running a winter special at the time of my wedding. So I got good quality pictures at a lower price.”ndebele and setswana wedding


“Have fun, don’t sweat the small stuff, and make sure you thoroughly enjoy your day. Photos are also very important as they capture the moments forever, so don’t skimp out on the photography budget.”ndebele and setswana weddingndebele and setswana wedding

If you’ve loved this Ndebele And Setswana Wedding then you’ll like this one

The Creative’

Photographer: Exquisite Moments Photography – [email protected], 0840482076/ 0832750009

Venue:  home, Vosloorus

Dress: Rabi traditional tailor – 0737215502

Make-Up Myself

Suits: Rabi traditional tailor – 0737215502

Décor/Venue Styling: Lerato from Metro tents – 0782743674

Flowers: –

Traditional Dancers: Jabu – 0614973796

And everyone else I might have left out.







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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.

(2) Comments

  1. What a beautiful and colourful wedding! I love how the 2 cultures were merged together.

    1. Ika says:

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it.

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