WEDDING ON A BUDGET

A wedding can be extremely expensive and we all want to save as much as we can wherever we can.

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I recently received some amazing Wedding budget advice from The Wedding Expo and I thought I would share it with you!

WEDDING DECOR

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A Financial bottomless pit where the cost of flowers will make your eyes water. So how do you save money and still have a beautiful wedding?

Candles: Group different sized candles together instead of flowers as your centrepieces. Infinitely cheaper and usually more striking, too.

Less is more: Think of the decor as make-up for your venue. You wouldn’t wear blue eye shadow, dark eyeliner and red lips (we hope), so don’t overdress your venue either. It’s not necessary to have the floating chandeliers, Chinese lanterns, bunting and 5 000 fairy lights. Pare it back and be amazed at how much you can save.

Be creative: Don’t just browse ‘wedding flowers’. Look at design blogs and draw inspiration from all around you. Keep it simple. There are few things more stunning in a vase than a solitary palm leaf…

ATTIRE

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The dress, the shoes, the suit, and the entourage’s attire… it all adds up.

Dress: How much can one dress really cost?! The answer is a lot. Depending on whether it is store bought or designed specifically for you, what fabrics are used, and what detailing there is, you can expect to pay anywhere between R10 000 and R100 000. Far be it from us to play the dress down, but the truth is you really are only going to wear it for a maximum of twelve hours (yes, we know it will be captured in photographs forever). Consider buying a previously owned dress and having it altered to fit: it’s the best of both worlds, a perfectly tailored dress just for you at a fraction of the cost. Check out Stillwhite.co.za for a huge selection of previously owned dresses.

Groom’s suit: This is a no-brainer. Hire the groom’s and the groomsmen’s suits. There is no need to buy new.

The entourage: Think outside the box for bridesmaid’s dresses. Look to high street stores for cheaper alternatives. Also remember that the fewer the bridesmaids, the fewer dresses/shoes/thank you gifts you need to buy, so keep the entourage small.

STATIONERY

Move with the times: It’s 2016; it’s time to move online. Unless stationery is an absolute priority for you, do not spend thousands of rands on bespoke invitations. Create a wedding website and include all the details that your guests need (from accommodation suggestions to registry details).

 

Hope this helps! It definitely helped me.

The Wedding Expo is happening this weekend in Cape Town Visit http://www.wedding-expo.co.za

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#ENDGIRLHATE BRUNCH

Last week I had the amazing opportunity of attending LeAnne Dlamini’s #EndGirlHate brunch in Cape Town.

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LeAnne started the End Girl Hate campaign because she felt there was not enough love, encouragement and support amongst women. She decided to use social media to her advantage and spread her message of Women supporting Women.

I truly believe there is power in women uniting, I believe if there is a shift in girls/women and how they treat each other there will be a shift in the world!

leanne

 

I also love that my job allows me to be apart of something much bigger and I get to work with women who are world changers!

For more information about #EndGirlHate check out the website http://www.endgirlhate.com

 

ALMOND BREEZE BARISTA BLEND

Happy friday!

I am sure you saw me write a post a few weeks ago about Almond Breeze. Then Almond Breeze launched a Barista Blend!

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Um Almond milk? especially for my coffee? YES PLEASE.

I thought I would share with you what the Almond Breeze Barista Blend is all about as well as which coffee shops in the city you can find it at.

Used in cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites & red espresso/cappuccinos.

Contains 30% less calories than skim milk and regular soy milk
A naturally cholesterol free food
A naturally dairy, soy, lactose, peanut, egg, casein, gluten and MSG free food
A naturally low in saturated fat food
Suitable for vegans
Non genetically modified

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The great flavour complements the world’s finest coffees in terms of taste, and provides the consistency when frothing, which is key to visual appeal.

Where?

La Belle, Bootlegger, Superette, Tribe, Issi, Haas, Starlings, Martins,, honeybun and many more!

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For more information visit http://www.almondbreeze.co.za

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The Residences Crystal Towers

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity of staying at The Residences in Crystal Towers Hotel. It was the perfect spot for a quick girlfriend getaway.

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We arrived, got the warmest welcome and the friendliest most helpful porters and full valet service.

 What I love about The Residences

1. Service!
2.Decor
3.The experience
4.The staff (so welcoming)
5.The convenience ( The Residences is within walking distance of Cape Town’s biggest shopping centre with a selection of restaurants on the hotel ground floor). If you feel like staying in you can opt for room service. Even though the apartments are self catering it offers the full luxurious hotel experience.

it is relaxing not forgetting the pool with fabulous views and the stunning spar facilities.

I would highly recommend The Residences for a romantic getaway, a quick business trip, girlfriend getaway or some well deserved me time!!!

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All this is available on our doorstep. You have to love our city!

 

SMAK DELI

I am sure by now all of you have seen, heard or visited SMAK Deli, The new addition to Bree street!

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SMAK is the brainchild of two young chefs, Katia Scherf and Devin Hogan, who combined their individual expertise in pastry and local ingredients to create a fusion inspired menu using only the finest produce Cape Town has to offer. Both Katia and Devin gained priceless experience training at The Test Kitchen and have both studied and worked overseas to bring a global flavour to the menu at SMAK.

SMAK is an ideal environment for businessmen and women to have a lunch meeting or for friends to meet for coffee and breakfast.

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The SMAK concept allows customers to enjoy a leisurely meal in the heart of Cape Town but for those in a rush, the go-to gourmet sandwich bar is a quick and easy fix.The SMAK deli display is filled with local and imported cold meats and cheeseswith freshly baked breads to complement array. SMAK also offers homemade patisseries to indulge in.

SMAK is open:

Monday – Friday 7am until 5pm.

Saturdays 9am until 3pm and are closed on Sundays.

For more information visit their website

http://smak.co.za

 

POETRY AW 2016 COLLECTION

On Wednesday morning I attended the Poetry AW 2016 Launch. I always love morning launches, everyone is so fresh, had their caffeine fix and ready for the day.

The entire set up was beautiful, from the welcome right down to the amazing, yummy food. The venue was East City Studios which made the perfect back drop to capture the days event.

Above images by Niquita Bento

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The AW 16 Collection is all about cosy coats, luxe textures and hints of cashmere.

Modern-day classics where tailored and clean meet warmth and comfort. All the must have coats for the season.

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And my favourite part of all is the homeware collection! Not to mention there are now bath and body products too!

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Above image by Niquita Bento

All in all it was a beautiful morning filled with yummy breakfast, a gorgeous AW 16 Collection and laughter!

The Collection will be available online and in stores in winter.

For more information you can have a look at Poetry Stores website

http://www.poetrystores.co.za