Min­nie gets mar­ried

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The fam­ily of Quin­ton Jones came bear­ing gifts as a sign of in­tent to wel­come TV per­son­al­ity Min­nie Dlamini into the fold in Dur­ban yes­ter­day.

The 20 se­cu­rity guards at the ex­clu­sive umem­beso cer­e­mony en­sured that gate­crash­ers and mem­bers of the me­dia were kept at bay at the star’s fam­ily home in north­ern Dur­ban.

The guest list brimmed with celebri­ties, who came to wit­ness the cer­e­mony be­tween Dlamini and Jones, a pho­tog­ra­pher. The cou­ple got en­gaged in December.

There were two big no­tice boards on the gate that said: “Strictly no weapons, cam­era, video, cell­phone, pho­tog­ra­phy [sic].”

This was not to be taken lightly as the guards walked around en­sur­ing the rules were fol­lowed.

An umem­beso is the giv­ing of gifts to the bride’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing the bride’s mother, as a way of thank­ing her for rais­ing her daugh­ter.

The Jones fam­ily show­ered the Dlami­nis with a sheep, blan­kets and clothes, and they gave Min­nie’s mother a wash­ing ma­chine. The Dlami­nis re­turned the favour by giv­ing the Jones’ clothes and blan­kets.

Of­ten, a list of gifts and their re­spec­tive re­cip­i­ents is pro­vided to the groom’s fam­ily be­fore­hand.

The se­cu­rity was so tight that, ev­ery 20 min­utes, guests were re­minded not to take pic­tures or self­ies be­cause of the cou­ple’s com­mit­ment to a con­tract giv­ing ex­clu­sive rights to a TV sta­tion for the film­ing and broad­cast­ing of the wedding. It is un­der­stood the cou­ple raked in mil­lions thanks to this deal.

City Press has learnt that Min­nie’s Wedding Spe­cial will be broad­cast on DStv and will be pro­duced by the cou­ple’s pro­duc­tion com­pany. Sun­day World re­ports the cou­ple re­quested R6 mil­lion in to­tal, with R3 mil­lion go­ing to­wards pro­duc­tion and the rest for the sale of the ex­clu­sive rights.

Among the guests who at­tended the cou­ple’s big day were Ukhozi FM’s Dudu Khoza, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba’s wife Noma, Deputy Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Bheki Cele’s wife Them­beka, busi­ness­woman Baset­sana Ku­malo, ac­tress Jessica Nkosi, Idols SA judge Unathi Msen­gana, so­cial blog­ger Khaya Dlanga, soc­cer leg­end Jimmy Tau and ra­dio and TV per­son­al­ity Anele Mdoda.

Dlamini’s jew­ellery was de­signed by Jenna Clifford, who is known for her unique de­signs and su­perla­tive crafts­man­ship.

PHOTO: SUN­DAY WORLD

WED­DED BLISS TV pre­sen­ter Min­nie Dlamini and her hus­band, Quin­ton Jones

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM

SELFIE WITH THE BRIDE Khaya Dlanga and Min­nie Dlamini

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM

PRETTY AS A PIC­TURE Min­nie Dlamini in a stun­ning white and gold dress

PHO­TOS: SIYA MAYEZA, IN­STA­GRAM

A-LIST Guests in­cluded Baset­sana Ku­malo (above), as well as Noma Gi­gaba and Them­beka Cele (left)

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