This whole “getting married” thing is going to be something of a cross country affair.
SC and I live in Cape Town.
My whole family lives in Jo’burg.
His whole family live in Durban.
We’re getting married in Hilton, where I went to school.
And our guests are scattered across the globe.
Now, because we are getting married in Hilton, KZN, which is close to where his family lives, we figured we’d have the engagement party in Jo’burg, where my family lives. Something fancypants and formal, like finger snacks and bubbly in a gorgeous hotel.
And then we figured we might as well do one in Cape Town for our friends. Nothing formal, we’d just get everyone together somewhere lovely and we’d all be in a room to celebrate.
And then his mum [Future Mother-in-Law (MIL)] asked whether we could please have one in Durban for his family, as many of them may not be able to see us before the wedding. It made 100% sense, especially since we’d be flying up for venue viewing next weekend! An added bonus is that our Durban friends and family are super awesome and fun to be around.
I wasn’t too keen for more expenses, more phoning/emailing/organising, finding a venue, stressing… All the rest. So I figured we should do something totally the opposite of our Jo’burg engagement party. We’d go totally Durban.
The vibe is meeting on the beach for punch in colourful plastic cups with stripey straws, mini bunny chows [discovered these in December and they changed my life], and have a rad, laid-back time with family, barefoot, on the East Coast. Maybe even a bonfire later!
So that is the plan for our the Durban leg of our engagement festivities.
And here is the invite, which I just think is absolutely gorgeous:
These were done in about a day by Ashleigh, and they are actually what we wanted.
So happy with our first invite going out, I feel it bodes well for the rest.
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