Shopping for that Big Day

Shopping in Cape Town for those Bridal Wear! There are so many places to go to, first place you can try is to go to the V&A Waterfront. With so many shops in one place it is ideal to get most shopping done. When you are done there, you can head on out to Cape Town CBD and explore the Boutiques. Also Canal Walk has a few Bridal Boutiques and Tailors.

 

Remember the first time is always the hardest, after that it will be easy!

 

For other Bridal Places:

http://www.houseofbrides.com/

www.ladybugdresses.co.za

What to do with your kids in Cape Town

We have received a few emails asking us what activities there are for kids at some destinations. Attending a wedding sometimes means you have to be away for three or four days, and the kids can get a bit too much when they get bored. You are perhaps close family to the bride or groom, and you are stressed, or just going through loads of emotions and now the kids are nagging to do something.

At the moment we have received quite a few questions on Cape Town, what to do with the kids, as Cape Town is a very popular wedding destination over the summer period. In 2013 Cape Town was the number 1 wedding destination for British Citizens, and it seems this year nothing has changed.

So we came up with something to help you keeping the kids busy. We can write down so many things to do, but have decided on the V&A Waterfront. There are so many activities for kids in Cape Town, at the V&A Waterfront. No need to drive around or catching the bus or taxi.

 

ART OF THE BRICK TRAIN​

All aboard the Art of the Brick Train!!!

Tel:+27 21 405 7600

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10 minutes

GUIDED TOUR OF THE CHAVONNES BATTERY MUSEUM

Discover the history of Cape Town’s oldest major fortification, except for the Castle of Good Hope.

Tel:+27 21 416 6230

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JOLLY ROGER PIRATE BOAT: AFTERNOON CRUISE

Catch the prevailing winds and make good headway with the afternoon cruise as ye sail out of the harbour with whatever motley crew have gathered aboard the Jolly Roger.

Tel:+27 21 421 0909

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60min

JOLLY ROGER PIRATE BOAT: MORNING CRUISEAaarrrrr!”

Pirates are notorious for drinking late into the night, so the morning is the best time to secretly slip out of the harbour and get a head start on finding the loot first.

Tel:+27 21 421 0909

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60min

JOLLY ROGER: SUNSET CRUISE

The Jolly Roger sails daily with the setting sun for those looking to secret away from the law, or those looking for some adventure at sea.

Tel:+27 21 421 0909

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90min

TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM: PENGUIN ENCOUNTER

​Get up close and personal with the adorable rockhopper penguins of the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Tel:+27 21 418 3823

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TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM: TOUCH POOL

Step closer to the Touch Pool and see anemones up close and personal.

Tel:+27 21 418 3823

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Best Restaurants in Cape Town

V&A WaterfrontLast week we talked about what makes a good caterer. This week we will talk about some of the best restaurants in cape town that you will find all in one place. The most visited place in Africa is the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s working Harbour but also a tourist destination, shopping mall and a place full of activities for the whole family.

So why do we write about the V&A Waterfront and their Restaurants? Cape Town is a tourist Mecca, and very popular for its weddings, from the Wine Yards to the Top of Table Mountain. So if you need to spoil your guests, or if they are looking for restaurants to eat at for the extra nights they spent in Cape Town, after all they came along way for your wedding most probably.

 

Here are some of the most Popular Restaurants at the V&A Waterfront:

Quay Four

Sevruga

Green Dolphin

Wang Thai

Willoughby & Co

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Balducci’s

Mitchell’s Scottish Ale House

for more information on Cape Towns Best Restaurants at the V&A Waterfront Click Here

 

 

What makes a Good Caterer

1. It is all about the food, the taste and the Presentation!

No matter what, it all comes down to the TASTE. People will remember if it  did not taste nice, regardless of your nice venue, your cool entertainment and all that, food always has been the center of the getting together. We love food, and we thumb4get a sensation from it. So make sure the caterer or catering company have the skills, and a chef.

2. Food safety

A good caterer (and their staff) should be aware of and comply with the most-up-to-date food safety laws in their particular state.  Further training in this field is offered many culinary institutes and local colleges.

3. Customer Service

Caterers work with clients to design a menu. Being courteous, tactful, and diplomatic is necessary, as you may need to persuade a client to substitute an ingredient or change a dish. Good communication and people skills are also vital to building up a client repertoire and catering a successful event. A satisfied customer is the best recommendation, and word-of-mouth remains some of the most effective advertising out there.

 

Recommendations for Event Catering:

http://www.catercom.co.za/

http://thealeitgroup.com/shake-and-serve-mobile-bar/

http://www.creativecateringkzn.co.za/

These 3 event catering companies are of the best in the business, with many years of experience. Catercom is situated in Pretoria, The Aleit Group’s Shake and Serve Mobile Bar is certainly a must have at weddings in the Cape Town region and Creative Catering is in our Tropical Region Durban a very popular destination all year round in South Africa.

 

 

 

The Season of Weddings in Cape Town

The Season of Weddings is here in Cape Town. Every year over the Summer period November till late March, Cape Town is one big wedding Place.

We thought we should list a few Venues you can have your wedding at, and if that is not enough some of these Venues do cater for Corporate events as well.

Depending on the size of your wedding, wedding venues are normally split into two sections, the ceremony and the reception. Some couples might choose two different wedding venues for these events to take place, and other venues allow for both these festivities to take place on their premises.

 

The Aleit Group with Laurent at Lourensford (Both Weddings and Corporate Events Venue).

The Following is Nice outside in the Garden Venues

The Conservatory
Allee Bleue
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
Langverwagt
Diemersfontein
Backsberg

Surprise Surprise – Willow Trees

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Under The Willow

We strolled through the meadow at twilight,

stopping at our favorite willow tree,

by a sparkling lake under the stars,

our hearts soared while our spirits roamed free.

Away from the troubles of the world,

we shared all the secrets from our pasts,

with-holding nothing from each other,

trust-sweet honesty we’d found at last.
Wholeheartedly into each other,

passions embrace began to ensue,

then under the luminous moonlight,

I began to give my heart to you.

You took me into your loving arms,

so overwhelmed I began to swoon,

love came a knocking upon my door,

for certain not a moment to soon.

So many years later I still think

about our trysts under the willow tree,

where nothing in the world would matter,

but loves embrace between you and me.

  • Sandy Nettles. All rights reserved

WEDDING IDEAS

“Wedding planning can be tricky, but when you find a city full of beautiful and memorable settings – beaches, mountains, harbours, gardens, game farms, forests and winelands – the task becomes a lot easier.” – Cape Town.travel

What Cape Town has to offer:

Breathtaking beaches

Romantic winelands.

Something different

Beautiful gardens

Iconic V&A Waterfront

Eco weddings

The Aleit Group

www.thealeitgroup.com
3 Google reviews · Google+ page

Lourensford Estate
Lourensford Avenue, Somerset West, Erinvale Avenue, Cape Town
021 847 1718

Nicolette Weddings

www.nicoletteweddings.co.za
Google+ page

10 Hospital St
Cape Town
071 898 4314

Topshelf Weddings & Events

www.topshelfevents.co.za
Google+ page

119 Beach Rd
Mouille Point, Cape Town
021 790 7462

Wedding Concepts

www.weddingconcepts.co.za
Google+ page

1 Park Rd
Gardens, Cape Town
021 426 5783
Stellenberg
Durbanville
021 910 0766

SA Weddings

www.saweddings.co.za
Google+ page

79 On Roleand
Roeland Street, Cape Town
021 465 6910

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald’s wedding day!

Jessa Duggar Wedding, Engagement

“Another Duggar has tied the knot. “19 Kids & Counting” star Jessa Duggar, 21 married Ben Seewald, 19, on Saturday, Nov. 1 reports Us Weekly. But unlike her sister Jill who married earlier this year, she didn’t share her first kiss in front of guests. According to sources the newlyweds decided to share that first experience in private.” – Foxnews.com

19 Kids & Counting’ star Jessa Duggar ties the knot with 19 year old Ben Seewald. As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Jessa and Ben were just adorable on their big day. After an 11-month courtship, the couple looked every bit in love in their first wedding photo, as seen on People.com.

How to have the perfect wedding day using the right wedding coordinator!

Wedding Virgins

Welcome to Wedding Virgins

Thanks for choosing us to be part of your New Journey, from couple, to newly weds. Starting to plan your wedding day sounds like a big task ahead, and it can be if you do not know how, here at Wedding Virgins we will guide you all the way to the most wonderful day of your life.

Before you start planning

Have a look at:

31 Beautiful Ideas For A Book-Inspired Wedding

and let the ideas flow, an perhaps see something you like.

 

wedding book with ideas

 

Things that your Wedding Planning List Should have:

  • Budget, record-keeping and timeline
  • Wedding Size, Venues and Date Setting
  • A Wedding Officiant
  • Wedding Clothes and Accessories
  • Get Support

The wedding day could be the happiest day in your life and therefore requires creativity from both parties. Coming up with a good wedding planning list is a wonderful thing but can be stressful and challenging. The list should have the following.

Budget, record-keeping and timeline

Ensure that you have a realistic budget and wishes on your wedding planning list. As much as it is a special day, do not be too extravagant with money. Keep in mind that you still have a wonderful time to spend ahead, and you don’t want to destroy that paying debts. Make sure that you have not exceeded your total budget. When you spend too much on a particular item, you will have to make the cut on another item in order to meet your budget. Depending on the amount of time you have, create a reasonable and sensible timeline or get one from the wedding guides.

The timeline should preferably be 12 months long. The reason you should have a lengthy timeline is reception and wedding venues, the most common ones are booked out one year in advance. You will also need to keep a record of what you have planned ahead and everything you have decided.

Wedding Size, Venues and Date Setting

The size of the wedding should be discussed over with your partner. Your wedding dream may be different from that of your partner. You should know the number of people attending for the sake of catering, invitations and venues. Decide the number of grooms and bridesmaids you want at the bridal party. Your choice should depend on the space available and what you have always dreamed of. Once this is done, choose the venue. Check out the catering deals, spaces offered, the ability to decorate the church, marriage fees, etc.
Find out whether the quoted charges cover the whole wedding, or you will be needed to pay an extra fee. Finally, you will need to choose a date after you have come up with a venue. Think on the kind of people you need to see in your wedding, and set a date depending on their availability. Most people will definitely attend a wedding unless they have a wedding, and you should feel right fixing a date.

Wedding-Planners in Cape Town, South Africa: Wedding Coordination Cape Town

Wedding Theme and Invitations wedding at paternoster, cape town, south africa

Your theme doesn’t have to be specific, but it should give the entire event a consistent feeling. Come up with a theme that is easy to decorate and plan. It is advisable to hire a professional event planners to do the decorating, but this comes at a fee. Visit the venue, take several pictures and probably take room and area dimensions. This will enable you to match the theme with the venue.
Do a research of your wedding design about ten months in advance. You should create more time in case you are doing the invitations yourself. Making mistakes here and there is inevitable, and you should, therefore, have several spares.

A Wedding Officiant

Another thing you should have on your wedding planning list is an officiant. The officiant should probably be a minister, a pastor or priest. If there is no fee charged, it is always courteous to compensate their time with a small pay. If the wedding is secular, choose a judge or wedding officiant that has authority to marry people.

Wedding Clothes and Accessories

Start looking for a wedding clothes and accessories nine months in advance. Are you having heirloom dress, custom made or purchasing off-the-rack? Whichever the case, you will need a number of adjustments and fittings to perfect it. You can alternatively design your own wedding dress or buy a dress that you desire and can use again. There is no need to use a traditional dress or overspend on a dress you will never use. Selecting accessories should be an easy and fun task if done together by the couple. Doing it together symbolizes commitment to each other.

Get Support

Finally, a successful couple cannot do the planning alone – they ask for help. The help could be from respected publications, professionals or trusted friends who have already done their wedding. Come up with a list of friends and professionals that will assist you in planning for the wedding.
The key to a successful wedding is giving yourself enough time and sticking to your budget. As you make your plans, it is important to know that not all plans will go your way. But with wedding planning list, you should be able to accomplish most of the things.

 

Most Important

Enjoy your wedding day – Make the most of it. Big budget or Small budget, it does not matter, the day is special the way it is.

 

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