I’ve never been a girl who dreamt of a fairytale wedding. Beingashyperson, Iwasquitecomfortable with the idea of having a small, intimate wedding. However, as my husband and I are both firstborns, our families were adamant that we should have a big wedding celebration – first at my parents’ house and then the following week at his parents’ home. I didn’t want to go the traditional route – buying the white dress, planning décor, preparing the menu, organising a venue, etc. So, my partner and I did the craziest thing – we decided to go and exchange our vows at the nearest Home Affairs Department. You can imagine how upset our families were when we invited them to dinner and broke the news.
I think it is mostly my uncles who still yearn for a wedding ceremony because it would have been an honour for one of them to walk me down the aisle. I wonder who it would have been as I have five uncles.
Putting together this issue, I couldn’t help but wish that the current modernist wedding trends existed when I got married. Today’s brides can choose from monochrome to beach to eclectic wedding themes – ideas I would have gone for myself. I can now imagine opting for a classic jumpsuit and sneakers, such as the likes of Solange Knowles. How wonderful would it have been to wed by the seaside, arriving on vintage bikes?
NowIunderstandwhatittakestoplan awedding – from budgeting to looking flawless on your big day. I’m tempted to have a wedding as a renewal of our vows on our 10-year anniversary, a milestone that isn’t easy to achieve, but possible with patience and understanding. Talking to our cover star, actress Mampho Brescia, and other celebrities, it’s clear that there’s no formula for marriage. You need to maintain your individuality, but more importantly, keep the communication lines open and work with your partner to keep romance alive.
There’s nothing more exciting than planning your big day, and in this issue, we hope to inspire you to make it the event of your dreams. Here’s to your great wedding!