Weddings - Biggest day of a girl's life
THE wedding season has officially started and if you are walking down the aisle to help guide you, Sowetan spoke to wedding experts.
Finding the perfect wedding dress can be your biggest challenge, especially when you want your dress to be modern and on-trend.
Thandi Masondo, owner of A Bridal Affairs By Fashion Studio Collection in Rosebank, Johannesburg, says the ball-gown look is on its way out.
"Brides are more into figure-hugging dresses and for comfort's sake they pick two-tier dresses that can be changed into a cocktail dress later," she says.
Masondo says instead of veils, more brides are using fascinators (hair accessories made of lace, feathers or flowers.)
"But you can't completely do away with the veil because of, among other things, the religious significance," she says.
Masondo says white gowns are out of fashion.
"People are more adventurous in terms of colours," she says.
Bouquets with soft colours such as ivory or light pink are in. They are big, with plush blooms like peonies, and adorned with pearls .
Tailored suits are always a good way to go, says Paledi Segapo of Palse Homme. He advises men to go for tuxedos.
"Tuxedos are timeless. Corporate suits are a no-no.
" A groom should not look as if he is going to work. Colours that work include black, navy and grey," he says.
He warns against neon colours.
"They are vulgar. A groom always looks good in manly colours," Segapo says.
He advises men to stay away from "kick and Bhoboza's" (sharp-pointed, overly designed and shockingly bright coloured shoes. He says patent leather shoes make good wedding shoes.
He recommends cravats, bow ties or custom-made ties.
"High-collar shirts or so-called BEE shirts are out and normal shirts with small or wing-collars are in," Segapo says.
WEDDING AND HONEYMOON
According to Snazo Mdlungu of Sna Creations, the after-party is becoming very popular.
This can be held in a bar or lounge after the reception or invite your guests to a brunch the day after the wedding.
Mdlungu says traditional food is the way to go.
"People love traditional dishes with vegetables and two or three salads," she says.
Mdlungu says one should choose fun and funky colours.
"Hot colours include bright, bold, saturated tones. Hot pink, bright orange and Kelly green are in. Pairing dark and light colours works well and so do colours that you would not normally team together," she says.
Outdoor venues are hugely popular for their beauty and ambiance and the minimal decor that is required.
Celeb Zizi Kodwa is following the trend and will have his wedding in Durban's Botanical Gardens in December.
Couples are saving up and heading for distant, exotic locales.
Alexis Bekker, marketing and product manager of World Leisure Holidays, says Mauritius is a popular destination for honeymooning, anniversaries and weddings among local black celebrities, businesspeople and ordinary folk.
Sugar Beach and La Pirogue are very popular, he says.
"Sugar Beach is warmth and coolness, wood and white, intimate and endless serenity and pleasure. La Pirogue, nestled in a tropical garden along a beautiful beach, is an easygoing, tropical-style hotel with authenticity and charm," Bekker says.
To arrange a wedding or honeymoon there, book through World Leisure Holidays and Summer Times, he says.