Guest post by : Becoming Mrs Jones
Postponing your wedding date or rather have an intimate wedding during a pandemic?
The current pandemic is having a profound effect on both businesses in the wedding industry as well as couples that were planning on getting married.
Since March 2020, businesses have been adapting to regulations set out by the government, and couples are having to make the hard decision to either postpone their wedding or proceed with taking their vows in isolation.
The big question is ‘Should You Postpone’ or ‘Should The Show Go On’? Let's look at the options that are available to you and how to get your marriage certificate.
Should You Postpone? There is no wrong answer here, and you need to do what is comfortable for you and your partner. Even after the lockdown regulations have been lifted, you may not feel comfortable enough to relax and celebrate on your wedding day, or you may feel that "the show must go on". The important thing to remember is that you are getting married. Period. It may just be on a date that you didn't originally decide on, or with less guests.
If you make the decision to postpone your wedding beyond the lockdown regulation lift, speak to your wedding vendors to find out the best way to postpone your wedding. Many vendors are allowing couples to postpone their weddings for an additional fee.
If you have decided on a new date, double check with all your vendors that they are available on your newly selected date. If they are, then great! But if not, be ready to start searching for new vendors for your big day. If a vendor is not available for your new date, speak to them about what options are available to you and your partner; perhaps refundable deposits, or are they working closely with another supplier to help couples still have their big day. It's important to remember that not all vendors will have the same options available to couples.
The Show Must Go On. You have been looking forward to your wedding for months, and not being able to go ahead with your big day would come as a massive disappointment, but there are still options for you to tie the knot. Let’s look at a few.
If you did get married during the level 4 and 5 restrictions, you may now apply for your marriage certificate as Home Affairs has officially resumed marriage services during the level 3 national lockdown.
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About the Author:
Tyla Jones - Founder and Author of Becoming Mrs Jones - started South Africa’s newest wedding inspirational blog as the perfect place to find the best online resources to help couples plan their dream wedding. After planning her wedding in 2018 and realising that planning a wedding is no easy feat, she created an online platform to help Brides and Grooms around South Africa plan their wedding with ease.
Photography: Lakin Flugel Photography
Venue: The Grove Wedding and Function Venue
Floral Design and Concept: Those Blooming Girls
Model: Leila Beckermann
Dress: Lady Marmalaide
Make Up: Belle Maree House of Beauty
Signage: Witty V
Decor: Basics 2 Bling
I love this design and concept. Blushing pinks, creams with a modern edge adding black and acrylic. Usually a person would stay away from black as it possibly can come across as a little bit harsh, depending on how it is styled. Not this! The perfect balance and gives it that extra pop. Some serious romantic inspiration going on here...
That Blooming Photo shoot. Those Blooming Girls wanted to showcase a few different ideas for brides to consider when envisioning their wedding day. We pride ourselves in being different and creative in everything we touch and that is where the concept of the shoot was born.
Lakin was instrumental in capturing this day, she has such an amazing eye. Lakin puts her whole heart into capturing beauty.
For the table concept we used formal black accents in the decor with romantic dusty pinks, creams and crystal glassware all brought together in the flowers, blushing bride protea, café latte roses, garden roses, anthirium, pussy willow and white snow dawn chrysanthemum. We decided on only dried foliage to pair with this design.
Cara from Witty V, provided all signage, from the table numbers, through to the arch sign love quote from the movie Serendipity.
The Grove Wedding & Function Venue hosted the shoot and photos captured of Leila are all on their beautiful farm.
Decor was provided by Basics 2 Bling. Janice generously gave us everything from the under plates, napkins to the candle holders and cutlery.
Belle Maree House of Beauty did our concept make-up on Leila, even better than we had imagined. Cherise is talented beyond belief.
Mandy from Lady Marmalaide East London provided us with her new range of Modeca bridal gowns which have just arrived in her boutique. We were very fortunate to be the first to showcase this stunning dress.
I love doing inspiration challenges. This one was recently requested on via Instagram : Mustard, green and burgundy wedding day inspiration.
Playful, bold and fun, this combo pairs perfectly. Add in some vintage or classic decor to tone it down or if you would like to keep it more elegant /glam pair it with gold undertones.
Bear in mind that because it is a combination of very bold colours, accessories, charger plates, napkins should be kept minimal. Keeping focus on certain decor elements while toning others down.
Dont forget to follow on Instagram: www.instagram.com/heartmyconfetti to keep am eye out for the next Instagram challenge
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Images: via Pinterest
Today's post is a guest post by Yolanda Rose Haripersad. Yolanda is mother, wife, serial entrepreneur, digital marketer, wealth advisor and host of The Digital Masters Podcast & the Wealth Nation Podcast:
It’s time to have some fun in between the sheets—balance sheets, that is.
I would bet my wedding ring, that there is no couple that has not had a disagreement about money.
Financially planning as newly weds is essential to a successful marriage.
Come clean about salaries and other income, as well as your spending and debt.
A recent survey found that 38% of couples were only somewhat or not at all aware of their significant other’s debts. In fact, 43% of people don’t even know how much their partner earns, a Fidelity survey found. The irony: 72% of the same couples said that they communicate exceptionally or very well about financial matters.
I spoke to Magda Wierzycka, founder and CEO of Sygnia, a financial services company. Magda recommends that, we as women, should never depend on a man for money.
Married or not, we need our own money. Yes, we will plan and build wealth together, but set aside a certain portion for your personal needs.
This August, in celebration of Women’s Month in South Africa, I launched a new podcast focusing on empowering women on their personal finance and entrepreneurial journey.
The Wealth Nation Podcast launches on 1 August 2019. The Show is for every mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, and wife as well as the men who are smart enough to tune in. The show brings you all you need to know about Investments, business, property investments, personal finance and all round financial wellness.
In my first episode I speak to one of South Africa’s female financial power houses, Magda Wierzycka, founder and CEO of Sygnia. She tells us 7 things that women should do to get her finances in order.
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Styled shoot by Nanet Skead Photography with all the pretty credits to go to:
Venue: The Blue Barn
Model: Martli De Jager
Flowers: Sarah May - fine art florals & styling
Dress: I Love Radio Days Vintage
Hair: Anre Erasmus Hairstylist
Make-up: Rosy Glow Makeup
Decor: The Juniper Event Hire & Styling Co
Stationery: Teebird Designs
Cake: Bee's Cupcake Corner
Rustic has evolved and aren't we just ecstatic about it?!
I find it so beautiful how the rustic/boho theme is still going strong and even though a person would think that every idea for this concept could possibly be old and tired each couple comes up with a new idea, making it their own. A breathe of fresh air providing the theme with their own individualism.
This styled shoot captures all of these pretty concepts! Rustic is definitely not going anywhere any time soon. Beautifully piecing boho and rustic, weaving the two together for a laid back look.
Pops of bright colour were used throughout.
A vast array of brights used in the flower arrangements, confirming that brides don't always have to play it safe by going with the classic white.
Perhaps you not labelled as a classic bride, but rather an alternative bride? This dress does complete justice to a vintage find, you'll fall in love with the retro lace look that a new replica would not have the same effect. Scouring through vintage clothing shops you could possibly find a real gem, just like this one. Opting away from the stark white dress, love that it has more of an ivory tone and is complimented beautifully with leather Blu Betty's.
On the eye there is more of a muted, neutral eye shadow used, however, the bold lip colour gives it an over all pop. This look, together with braided hair completes the vintage boho inspired look.
Geometrics aren't only for the classic wedding with rose golds and shimmer. How cute is it that geometric was used in natural wood. The geometric decor following through from the wedding stationery used; invitations, table seating, and menu. A beautiful incorporation of geometric decor laced with flower arrangements in bright colours.
The cake has a classic look, however, with a slight splash of colour and a red velvet inside gives it a complete wedding cake alternative.
There's more than enough inspiration to go through with this pretty styled shoot and when you done taking down all your ideas lets run to the barn... Let's go get married
These ladies out did themselves on this collaboration. Tying together bold, soft, modern and boho. Kelly and Anre show that there is a look catering for every kind of bride.
I love the elegant, soft looks and thereafter the playfulness that portrays afterwards with bold pops of colour.
This collaboration just proves that gone are the days of brides having to stick to the traditional, classic look of subtle, natural, make up and hair.
This styled shoot embraces every kind of playfulness a 2018 bride would like to capture. With eye-catching colour and twists of hair, it makes for a whole lot of pretty on the eyes.
Read on below for all the unique details:
Anre Erasmus Hairstylist details on Hair:
For this photoshoot collaboration, Kelly May MUA and I, really wanted play around with different looks.
I really wanted to “bring back" the chignon/French roll.
It worked so well with Ruth's hair. It also brought out her stunning colour. To finish the style off I added pretty pearl clips.
I wanted to do a retake on the traditional half up/half down style. I did an upside down plait and tucked the sides up to open up her lovely face, and left the soft curls cascading down.
Kirsty was the perfect opportunity to show that you don’t need long locks to look absolutely beautiful and bridal on your wedding day. I did soft waves on her short blonde hair, and took it a little step further by adding a bold beautiful flower piece on the one side. It created a lovely, fun yet elegant look. For the creative part of the shoot I just shook out her hair for some volume. Paired with her eclectic floral earrings and the make up Kelly did, Kirsty looked like a cover model for an international magazine.
I really wanted to create a fierce, bold look! Hair was gelled and smoothed down in a middle parting and tied in pony and then plaited. For the creative part of the shoot, I rolled her plait into a bun and had some fun with gold foil.
Kelly May Makeup Artist details on Makeup:
After a year of chatting about this concept, Anre and I finally sat down and planned this insane, fun day, and we are so glad we did!
With her stunning French Roll hair style, i wanted to focus on her makeup in a simple yet eye catching way. To enhance the Blue of Ruth's eyes I used a Rose Gold pigment with a subtle brown/nude lip. I was ecstatic with the overall effect.
I wanted to capture her Fun, Earthy Style which would complement the boho inspired hair. Using an intense golden pigment, mixed with a dazzle eyeshadow, I absolutely loved the simplistic vibe with her cute smile.
Kirsty was our Fun-loving inspiration. Using a snowy eye shadow, mixed with a soft highlighter and a perfectly thin top eyeliner really made her eyes light up with excitement. Adding a bold and bright pink lip really brought her spirit to life.
Biddy was our Bold and Brave mood Board. I wanted her makeup to really thrive here. By using a bold, bronze pigment on the eyes with intense dark shading in the crease, really made her eyes melt the camera. A beautiful dark lip really just made it all come together, like a dream, with the perfectly fierce ponytail.
After all the looks had been captured by Estefania, I used some pretty glitters, liquid makeup and loose foil to do a little fun section.
Lady Marmalaide East London:
Lady Marmalaide East London supplied 4 exclusive wedding gowns, from the popular Modeca, Le Papillon and Nicole Spose Collections. Each gown represented a completely unique look, which tied in so well with the beautiful hair and makeup of each model.
Sarah May Florals:
I was given colours and Themes to work with.
Kirsty, was a fun look with bold cerise pink. I was asked to do a styled clip and earrings. I wanted something light to use on the earrings, so the bougainvillea was perfect, paired with some celosia, ice cream bush and other wild flowers that all came out my garden and worked perfectly. I loved creating these bright fun florals.
Ruth, was a little more of a sophisticated, elegant and dreamy look. I was asked to work with white on a floral hoop. We used masses of flowers to create this look, white Lisianthus, ranunculus, and stock flowers. These are some of my favourite flowers for weddings, so was in my comfort zone.
Carla, was the greenery bride, instead of using the normal muted eucalyptus, I played around with different textures of the natural greens, with foraged ferns and assorted greenery to create this more natural look.
I prefer natural light so I usually look for nice light coming from windows when shooting indoors, having to watch out for any clutter in the background too. I love framing subjects and centring them, which goes against the rule of thirds. Before taking a photo you have to double check that the dress looks pretty, model has a good posture, light is right, hair isn’t over the face, etc. I prefer using the 50mm and 85mm lenses. I like primed as they create beautiful bokeh.
If you are dreaming of an elegant garden wedding with the golden sun setting against the greenery, you will adore this classic white, grey and green wedding inspiration.
Meet me down the garden path...
Cay Rohlandt Photography | www.cayrohlandtphotography.co.za captured these mesmerizing images beautifully. Cay will ensure that she captures your perfect moments and will make your wedding memories last a lifetime.
Confetti Designs | www.confettidesigns.co.za designed classic elegance mixed with a modern twist. A unique menu design which hangs off of the table laying on the napkins. A similar feature flowed through to the name cards as they were also placed hanging off the crystal glasses.
Lady Marmalaide East London | www.ladymarmalaide.com Nicole Spose 2018 - the dress that a princess dreams of. This gown was beautifully adorned with lace, embroidery and beads. The most beautiful back detail with buttons all the way down flowing into a long train.
Rosy Glow Make Up enhanced natural beauty by doing a soft eye yet defining eyeliner. Finishing off the look with a subtle mauve lip colour.
Sam at Verve created a swept upstyle. I love how it almost looks like a water feature in the way that it flowed to the side. It pulled together the elegance of the classic and timeless styles but at the same time had body on the top. It flows beautifully, accentuating the neckline.
Bee's Cupcake Corner created the beautiful three tiered marble cake incorporating the grey marble. The grey marble creates the modern flair and sleek edge. The look is achieved by kneading together two colours of fondant until you get an irresistible swirl. Resulting in a chic elegant twist on the traditional white wedding cake. Such a pretty work of art.
Sarah May - Fine Art Florals & Styling | www.sarahmayfloralart.com the soft romantic bouquet was made by using garden roses, snowdons, veronica, chinks, stocks with foraged greenery. The bouquet was hand tied, an organic botanical styled bouquet being loose and unstructured which gave it the soft romantic look.
The tables had a variety of bottles filled with white lisianthus which carried the flow of the unstructured and organic style that finished off the look of straight out of the garden.
The Juniper Event Hire & Styling Co mixed different textures so well. The table overlay was a soft grey chiffon. A clear under plate together with a muted gray ceramic plate made the perfect match, keeping it simple with white napkins. Cutlery and candle holders were kept to silver to complete and finish off the look.