Shuuuu!!! I feel like I can finally breathe now. The stress of moving the blog from one address to another is finally over. So I can go back to doing what I do best; sharing and lusting after weddings. This Zulu/Pedi wedding is the first post at the new address. Therefore I thought I’d hit you with a gorgeous colourful traditional wedding to beat the Monday blues.
I love cultural weddings (I also adore white weddings, in fact, all weddings). They’re so rich in culture, it’s amazing. Especially when you have two cultures merge like this Zulu/Pedi wedding.
From tailor-made traditional wear to singing and dancing, this Zulu/Pedi wedding does not disappoint. I can only image how eclectic the atmosphere must have been. ENJOY!The Proposal Story
We went out for dinner, upon arriving at home he proposed, which was perfect for me because I had once mentioned that I would love him to do it in private. A week later we had our lobola negotiations. My ring is exactly what I wanted.
The Planning Process
I enjoyed planning our traditional wedding/umembeso, because I had the help of my fiancé, mom and 2 sisters. We started planning immediately after the lobola negotiations as we had 6 months to plan. The last few months leading to our pedi wedding, we involved our extended family, who were helpful.
I found my suppliers through family, friends and from the internet.
Our traditional wedding was an infusion of Pedi and Zulu cultures uniting. We had 3 parts to our traditional wedding. The first part called umembeso, were my in-loves presented gifts to my parents and family in the form of blankets, doeks and pots.
The second part was the reception, where we had speeches and lunch was served. The food was traditional to accommodate both cultures.
The third part was an imperative ritual in my culture Sepedi. Where I was accompanied by married women outside my home, carrying gifts, food, alcohol, reed mats and mohlobolo (a certain cut from a cow) that was presented at the gate by my aunt to my in-loves.
The women had to cover up, by wearing headgear and a shawl as a sign of respect, myself included. At the gate a female representative from my in-loves accepted mohlobolo by placing it on her head, indicating that they are receiving the new member (makoti) into their family.
Our Wedding in 7 Words
Love, Regal, Cultural, Colourful, Happiness, Laughter & Beautiful
Favourite Part Of The Day
The first session, where my family was presented with gifts, especially my mother and father. To me, this along with lobola is the highest form of honouring my parents culturally.
The Wedding Style
I had my dress tailor made. I wanted to wear the original Pedi attire. The top I wore is called Mothuhlwane worn by married women. I wore a maroon velvet doek with pins and had a leopard print scarf on my left arm/shoulder originally worn by people of royalty. I wore ditlhwatlhwadi around my ankles and to complete the look I got pink shoelaces for my white tommy takkies.
Advice for Future Brides Ana Grooms
Save up and try stick to your budget, include your relatives in the planning and delegate tasks. But most importantly enjoy the process. I am so honoured to have gone through this right of passage.
Photographer: Madoda Mahlangu: 0733595084
Make-Up: Thokozile Jiyane
Flowers: Duncan florist Groblersdal
If you’ve loved this Zulu and Pedi wedding, you’ll adore this one