A Hindu wedding ceremony is like no other and Weddings-by-Marius had the incredible opportunity to coordinate and plan an extravagant three day Hindu wedding for Anuradha and Sachin at one of the best Hindu wedding venues in Durban; Ballito at Fairmont Zimbali Kwa Zulu Natal, in October 2019.
Initially the wedding celebrations were booked in Cape Town but Anu and Sachin had a sudden change of heart and settled for the striking Fairmont, Zimbali near Durban instead.
We worked for nearly seven whole months – this Hindu wedding ceremony had to be absolutely flawless
Festivities kicked off on the 17th of October 2019 with the Welcome Dinner hosted at the Zimbali Lodge. The majority of guests booked an entire week’s stay.
It was an extraordinary event replete with a live band, whiskey and cigar lounge. The Thandi Room was bedecked up to the nines and radiated style and elegance even though it was only an informal get-together for friends. A sophisticated braai and colourful drinks were followed by an after-party, of note, back at the Fairmont Zimbali Ballroom where dancing continued until the early hours of the morning.
The following morning, or more accurately, that afternoon at 12h00; all the guests were invited to a Pool and exotic Mehendi Party. The pool and Mehendi décor carried off all the beautiful traditional colours one would expect of a Hindu wedding, replete with food stations and entertainment provided by a skilled caricaturist. While the DJ expertly mixed his music, the ladies were lavishly engaged in their decorative Mehindi body-art painting, whilst the gents had fun in, and around the swimming pool.
That evening all guests congregated on the deck of the sumptuous Bit Restaurant for a magical alfresco dinner, set underneath the African stars. Our team set up thousands of lights to adorn the night sky as well as cocktail tables, comfortable low-set dinner tables, luxurious daybeds and designer lounge nooks so that guests could relax after a day at the pool.
On the morning of the 19th of October, the setup for the main Hindu Wedding ceremony commenced in ernst. The ceremony would take place on the upper pool deck where the traditional wedding Mandap was set-up; a purpose-built, stage-like structure constructed over the swimming pool with a “floating” walkway to reach the sacred alter where the Hindu couple would get married.
The Grooms’ family met at the Beach Pool area at 14h00 to start off the Baraat; the groom’s wedding procession. It is customary for the groom to travel to the wedding venue on a decorated golf cart, accompanied by his family members. The Bride’s family all meet at the wedding Mandap and await, in anticipation for the grooms’ arrival.
Then, the moment everyone at a Hindu wedding ceremony waits for, Anu enters with her Bridesmaids and everyone gasps…
The Bride looked absolutely exquisite in her Sabyasachi Designer Saree. During the sacred three hour traditional ceremony, guests were kept refreshed with High Tea and various other refreshments during the procedures followed by many hours of photo taking, before guests eventually retired to their rooms to prepare for the evening festivities.
Only after 8pm, after a good rest, guests arrived at the Ballroom for the Gala Dinner and Sangeet; a term used to describe a celebratory event during an Indian wedding. It translates to Music Night or Musical party and it certainly lived up to its’ reputation. As guests arrived, they received a choice of Champagne or wine alongside luscious canapés.
As the doors to the Ballroom swung open, a scene that mirrored every dream Anu had perceived about this momentous occasion. Guests were greeted by delicate duck-egg blue linen, ghost chairs and fanciful elegance. A mixture of round, rectangular and square tables laden with gold cutlery and gold rimmed glassware completed the look.
A waterfall mounted on steel trussing erupted in a shower of golden sparks as the Bride and Groom entered for the start of the Reception. We masterfully framed the main table with an abundance of “growing” florals so that it was brimming with colour and style. The waitron service commenced with a delicate mushroom soup followed by an entrée of Greek Mezze, berry sorbet and a choice of either braised lamb shoulder, seared linefish or brinjal carpaccio.
After the meal, the abounding Sangeet (Music Night | Musical Party) began. This epic performance was charged with vibrantly dancing family members, guests, friends, bridesmaids and of course the newly wed bride and groom to make for a utterly momentous performance.
I am so proud of our team, and must add that a world class wedding event is undoubtedly achievable anywhere in South Africa subject to excellent organisation, careful planning and hard work.
We had the absolute privilege of working with this astonishing couple for close on seven months and it must be said, they truly are the most remarkable couple I have ever had the pleasure to coordinate for. Anu and Sachin completely trusted us for their Hindu wedding ceremony… completely….and that is reward in itself. Their wonderful comments in their thank you letter are what we live for. Thank you Anu and Sachin!
If you are planning your own Hindu Wedding Ceremony or need help with Hindu Wedding venues in Durban, please contact us and we will be delighted to assist planning your own special day.
Click to view Anu and Sachins’ Welcome Dinner and After Party
Click to view Anu and Sachins’ Mehndi & Pool Party as well as Dinner Under African Skies
Click to view Anu and Sachins’ Ceremony, Gala Reception and Sangeet
A perfectly planned Cape Town Wedding carried off to perfection by one of the best wedding planners in Cape Town; Weddings by Marius
A journey of a thousand miles begins with one single step. Marius ensures that this all important step starts off on a good footing. It’s what should be expected from working with any of the best wedding planners in Cape Town. We make sure we live up to that reputation!
Christelle and Karlo took the excellent decision to choose Cavalli Estate near Stellenbosch, Cape Town as the ideal venue for their Cape Town Wedding Celebrations. Because we have used this venue before, we know it well and are very fond of the perfect backdrop that it provides for an unbeatable Cape Town wedding.
We added many, very special, magical touches to Christelle and Karlo’s wedding. The most dramatic effect was the pathway to the “Sunken Garden” which we adorned with an immense floral design. To the side, we positioned “Wimbledon” chairs and a large gazebo structure dressed with a collage of florals and draping sheers, interspersed with fresh multi-coloured rose petals. It was the perfect setting for Christelle and Karlo’s journey to begin.
The ambiance for this Cape Town Wedding was incredibly romantic but lighthearted accompanied by the soothing sounds of the talented Violin and Cello duo.
In keeping with the breathtaking mountain backdrop, the bridesmaids in blush-pink, perfectly complemented the bride’s diamond white gown and her stunning bouquet of white orchids, roses and peonies.
The wedding decor theme perfectly dovetailed with the bridesmaids’ smaller bouquets…. fresh, simple and beautiful!!
After the wedding ceremony, canapés of BBQ pork rice paper rolls, crispy Phyllo rolls with mustard pork and mushroom next to mozzarella arancini and beef skewers were served to delighted guests. With Cavalli Capriole MCC served to the accompaniment of La Luna; a top Cape Town Jazz Band, together, we delivered a dreamy heavenly wedding day against the perfect panorama of the Stellenbosch Mountains.
In the evening, we served dinner in the Cavalli Conservatory with displays of Hydrangeas and O’Hara Roses and transformed the dinner tables into understated dreamlike florals lit by candles to finish off the overall effect of the harmony for this personalised, private dinner party.
The chef’s sublime offerings included Venison loin with spiced faggot, butternut & potato gratin, cauliflower purée, Sea bass with parsnip purée, shrimp croquette, cucumber, celery, onion cups and a lemon sauce.
The evening culminated with the serving of white chocolate mousse, a chocolate brownie torte to the entertainment by the DJ of Trilogy Music.
We wish this beautiful couple well on their exciting journey of life together.
Click to view Christelle and Karlo’s Cape Town wedding photo gallery
Click to view Christelle and Karlo’s Cape Town wedding video
Weddings by Marius is proud to have a feature in Nubian Bride – 2017 issue
Well-known as the gateway to South Africa, Cape Town with our warm African sunshine and abundance of friendly faces is an extraordinary city that offers a huge variety of jaw-dropping wedding venues to get married in.
Not only that, but it provides a beautiful place for your wedding guests to visit with really good weather. You’ll also find an abundance of superior quality wedding services from legal assistance & religious services through to (much more affordable than Europe) dress makers, wedding photographers, caterers, accessories and of course, wedding coordinators!
Cape Town is truly one of THE top wedding destinations of the world for good reason and here are SIX reasons why it is set apart from any others.
Weather | Affordability | Accessibility | A Holiday Destination | Wine | Wedding Venues
1.Weather – Firstly (and most importantly) in planning a wedding venue is the consideration of weather. Because weddings need to be planned so far in advance the weather is one of the most important factors to consider. Whilst we put everything in place for a rainy day, the ideal is to at least have a sunny day, that’s not too hot and not too cold. Cape Town has a beautiful temperate climate all year round. February is the hottest month in Cape Town with an average temperature of 23°C (73°F) and the coldest is June at 13°C (55°F) with the most daily sunshine hours at 11.05 in December. The only months we would try to avoid are the wetter month of July and the windier month of December at which point we would recommend re-routing your wedding plans to The Garden Route with an average of 100mm of rain. (Source: Holiday Weather). Our Springs are soft and silky. Autumn tingles like champagne on the skin. Winter is crisp as an apple and our African summer bronzes the soul with its pure sunlight but is generally not too hot. Whatever the season, Cape Town stays green; perfect for wedding photography and the mild winters ensure sunny mostly wind-still days referred to as the “secret season”.
2. Affordability of service providers – At the time of writing, the exchange rate is currently R18 to the Pound Sterling and R14 to the US$ and Cape Town has an abundance of phenomenally good, top class wedding service providers and suppliers such as award winning wedding coordinators and photographers, chefs, stationery designers, cake & dress makers, wedding outfitters, extremely good & affordable wine producers and other service providers that charge a fraction of the cost of a comparable wedding supplier or wedding planner in the UK meaning you will now be even more popular with your new father-in-law AND you will have more money to spend on your honeymoon with endless opportunities and short flights from Cape Town to places like Mauritius, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Madagascar, Kenya, Mozambique etc.
3. Accessibility – Cape Town is so easy to get to from everywhere. There are direct flights to Cape Town with Emirates, KLM, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Edelweiss, British Airways, Air France and more.
4. A holiday destination – Cape Town is firstly one of the world’s most beautiful cities in the world and was recently voted the Number One Travel Destination on Trip Advisor’s Travelers Choice Awards. It also boasts the famous Table Mountain recently awarded the winning contestant of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World in…… Cape Town is home to one of the most romantic & scenic drives in the world. The South Peninsula; Chapmans Peak Drive is dotted with picture perfect sunset spots and backdrops of sheer mountain ridges and spectacular coastline. So many couples have popped the question at Cape Point, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch that there is romance oozing from every corner of Cape Town.
5. Wine – South Africa is the 7th biggest wine producing country in the world and surrounding Cape Town are no less than about 120 wine producing estates within 2 hours drive of Cape Town with MANY excellent wines and bubbly under R100 /R120 per bottle.
6. Wedding Venues – There are so many stunning wedding venues in Cape Town, that you will be spoilt for choice with offerings of old world elegance through to more contemporary options. You can also choose from Wine Estate wedding venues to ocean front wedding venues. To list a few, my top 3 Cape Town venues are:
- Molenvleit – Oosthuizen Family Vineyards
The Venue at MolenVliet overlooks the beautiful Vineyards and the Stellenbosch Mountains; it is conveniently situated next to the Dwarsrivier River, which flows throughout the Estate. Once the Reception is in full swing, the Main barrel doors opens up and your guests are greeted with the shimmering lights of all the custom chandeliers. This venue enables you to confidently entrust your special occasion in our capable hands and rely on us for ultimate service delivery, we are known for, our excellent service and attention to detail throughout the local and International Industry and will make sure that only the best service providers are selected to make your special day an unforgettable one.
- Cavalli Estate
Definitely one of my favourite venues… Consistently voted as one of South Africa’s top Wedding destinations, Cavalli Estate is a dream setting for any special event. Cavalli Estate is quickly becoming recognised for its exquisite views within its modern and luxurious context, Located conveniently on the R44 highway nestled below the majestic Helderberg mountains.
Whether planning a wedding or corporate event, Cavalli Estate has been designed to be flexible enough to tailor itself to events of any scale or nature.
- Boschendal Estate
Boschendal provides an idyllic natural setting for large and small weddings and functions. Surrounded by the breathtaking Groot Drakenstein and Simonsberg mountains you will find many function venues to choose from enabling you to tailor your special event. Boschendal is located in the centre of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch. Up to 150 guests can be accommodated across the farm in luxury self-catering cottages. All the functions are catered in-house. A big plus point; Boschendal raise their own award-winning Black Angus cattle, acorn-fed pigs, free-range chickens and harvest most of their vegetables from the organic Werf Food Garden.
Weddings by Marius have been planning weddings since 1995. With over 20 years of experience and a reputation for being able to produce the most magical of weddings with seamless perfection under the careful eye of Marius, you can rest assured that every element will be completely taken care of to deliver the very best wedding you could ever dream of.
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Use this handy list from Wikipedia to locate all the wine estates in and around Cape Town when choosing the perfect wines and MCC’s for your Cape Town Wedding.
South Africa is the 7th biggest wine producing country in the world and most of the wine estates are located in the Western Cape around Cape Town. There are over 100 wine estates surrounding Cape Town giving you an incredibly varied selection to choose from. Take a drive out to Franschoek, Stellenbosch or closer to Cape Town lies Constantia and taste wines all day until you find the perfect selection for your wedding. Let us know what you have chosen and leave us to organise the rest!
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Easter table ideas from a top South African Wedding Planner. This year, Easter is on Sunday 16th April which is not far away so let’s get creative.
As a highly sought after Wedding Planner, we have to be extremely creative when laying our tables so that each and every wedding is completely unique. The great news for you, is that many of our magnificent table setting ideas are easily transferable to your Easter Table. So we have decided this year, to share with you, some of our creations & ideas…
Choosing the right colour scheme for your Easter Table:
For many, the thought of Easter conjures up thoughts of Spring (from the European influence), of green fields, tulips and daffodils; of soft pinks, delicate white Easter bunny’s and soft pastels.
For others, brighter bolder reds, yellows and oranges seem more appropriate. Whatever the case, when choosing your Easter scheme think about all the colours that make you happy and remind you of Spring.
White table cloths always provide a good blank canvas to start with and build layers of colour upon. White also adds a freshness that comes with new beginnings and most importantly contrasts well with pink, orange & yellow tulips or fluffy hydrangeas and then combined with gold (or rose-gold) cutlery.
We often use this fresh, light “new beginnings” approach for our weddings but it works so well for Easter too.
Laying your Easter dining table the professional way…
There is often a lot of confusion as to “what goes where” when laying a formal dining table for entertaining your guests and if you would like to lay your table like a pro, we recommend you follow some of these essential guidelines for getting it right.
-Always have a red wine glass, a white wine glass, a champagne glass (if you are serving champagne) and a water glass. Never expect your guests to drink red wine from a white wine glass if you want to be truly classy.
-Your guests should start using cutlery for each course from the outside, in, so make sure your cutlery is placed in the same order that is being served. Usually the smaller cutlery is used for starters.
-Always use some sort of table mat. Whether it is heat protective or not, it sets the scene and pulls the whole scheme together. It’s also an area that allows you to be creative. your place mats can be personalised in line with the theme, in this case Easter.
-If you can, try to give each guest their own salt and pepper shaker as it stops people having to stretch across of interrupt conversations.
A table Easter Egg hunt…
Another idea which we can cross-reference from our Wedding Tables is the idea of little games to keep guests entertained and to make the day even more memorable. It’s especially good for people that may be sitting next to each-other that haven’t met to help break the ice.
For family Easter parties however, this table idea can be adapted the get the whole family to take part and interact with each-other in a different way to normal. This is especially exciting for small children.
Instead of having an Easter Egg hunt in the Garden or around the house this year, why not have it at the table. Eggs can be hidden amongst the flower arrangements, within napkins, to the underside of the table and inside coffee cups and coloured tumblers.
Top this idea with real hard boiled eggs dyed in multiple colours. Egg dyes are available from certain German specialist shops like Treasures
Easter Table gifts
One of my many favourites is to spray paint an old wooden crate in a colour to match your scheme.
Let it dry and paste a home-made banner to the front saying HAPPY EASTER!!!
Alternatively, attach some beautiful home-made bunting to match your colour scheme.
Then fill the crate with crumpled crate paper or packing ribbon and delicately place a bottle of gorgeous rosé wine into the box, with a couple of wine glasses and off course, Easter chocolates & lots of lovely coloured Easter eggs.
Place names, other gifts and edible table decor…
Why not decorate egg boxes as table gifts that can be positioned in and amongst the flower arrangements and filled with chocolate eggs or other gifts.
Impress your guests with individual place names or name tags attached to each place, seat or glass.
Make it even more special by using your guests nicknames for a little more table laughter; your guests will LOVE you for that.
Impress even more by making elements of your table decor edible, like cake pops (lollipops, but as cakes or brownies on sticks).
Otherwise try individual mini pot plants containing mini breads or dips; one of my favourites is hummus mousse with a pistachio nut crust.
Whatever your preferences, most families or groups of friends will celebrate Easter by entertaining family or friends around the dining table and with a little effort and preparation and some quirky ideas for your Easter Table this year, you are likely to be able to blow your guests away in admiration!
Weddings by Marius is proud to announce that yet another of our weddings has featured in the Nubian Bride Issue 13 – January 2017