Pretoria Wedding Venue: Real Weddings – Romantic Classic

Nicky & Shawn – 23 November 2013

“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

We couldn’t have chosen a better venue for our wedding. Intundla is beautiful and serene and offered everything we needed for our Romantic Classic Bush Wedding. Our guests kept telling us what a lovely venue Intundla is and they are very eager to return. Thank you to the staff at Intundla for making our day so special.

Shawn and Nicky van der Meulen got married at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa on Saturday 23 November 2013.

Shawn & Nicky’s Story ~

For Shawn the attraction to Nicky was instantaneous, the beautiful blonde single girl that had just come from a long-term relationship. For Nicky apparently not and she needed to be reminded of who Shawn was when their mutual friend Othelia very subtly had to enquire if Nicky was interested in getting together. They met often enough and generated some sparks but despite their shared love of the bush, birds, music and Lions rugby … stayed friends for a while.

She’s my best friend and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.” 


“The more time we spent together the more I realised how in love I was with the introverted, bush loving lawyer.”



But Shawn is an over-achiever and after only one year of him pining for the love of his life Nicky finally surrendered her heart and 7 years later they tied the knot on their memorable wedding day at Intundla Wedding Venue.



Ceremony Venue: Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

Cake: Classic Cheese Wedding Tower with fruit

Table Décor: Romantic Pink & White

Pièce de Résistance: The Guest Tree with messages from all the guests

Colours: Light Green & White

Theme: Romantic Classic

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Elegant, Everlasting, Classic, Romantic

Comment from a Guest: “I loved how Shawn looked at you and how you looked at him when you were dancing together.” – Kristin Hammond

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How to get the most from your Employees

At Intundla Conference Venue near Pretoria, Gauteng we are often complimented on our staff, and how everyone working here are happy and helpful and always willing to go the extra mile. But that is not always the case in a business and sometimes the people who work at a company can be the company’s downfall. This does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with the people who work there, but often with how they are treated and how they feel about their jobs and their potential for growth within the company.

So how do you get the most from the people who are supposed to be your greatest asset – the face of your company – the people who represent what you stand for as a company – your employees?

Make sure you have clear objectives and goals for your employees

No one can achieve goals that are fuzzy and objectives that are not clearly stipulated. People thrive on achievement, and by reaching for clear goals it becomes a lot more attainable. The next thing you have to remember is that the employee must agree to the goals you set for them. Employers and Team Leaders often make the mistake of having expectations that are unrealistic – the commitment of your employee is not directly related to how much they sacrifice for your company but rather to their commitment to reaching the goals and objectives that they’ve agreed upon. Besides the company objectives, your employees also need to have their own personal goals. Even if you have nothing to gain by their personal goals, they are just as important to you, because they create a more wholesome person.

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Have open Communication

“The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.” ~ Sir Richard Branson

It is vital for the health of your company to have good communication between employer and employees as well as between team members. Employees will feel more valued if they know that they can come to you about any problem, and also if you don’t just come to them when there is a problem! Be transparent in your communication but moreover be authentic. People relate better to others when they seem real, open and straightforward as opposed to when you have a feeling about someone that you just can’t get a grip on them. Good communication will also aid accountability, you’re more likely to commit to a goal when you’re accountable to someone. Healthy communication also builds trust and makes it easier to discuss things when problems do arise. Another way to get more commitment from your employees is to be empathetic. Get to know them. Show you care.

And of course it won’t do any harm to throw in a couple of luxuries or perquisites. Every job should come with some perks. The equation is simple, a happy employee = happy customer.

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How to set and reach your Goals in 2014

Intundla Conference Venue is the perfect getaway for business teams to meet and set goals for the year ahead. Only 55 minutes from OR Tambo / Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Pretoria, close enough to your office but far enough to instil that “out of office” feeling where you can focus on business without any distractions.

Why do you need goals?

“My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.” – Sir Richard Branson

This year you’ve decided you want things to be different, you want things to change. But what does it take to change, make things different in your life? The one thing that will help you make a change in any area of your life is to set personal goals. Most of us wander through life without goals. And most of what we do on a day-to-day basis won’t make a difference in a week, a month and most certainly 10 years down the line.

Goals give us hope. You can live for a couple of days without food, a day or so without water, minutes without air but only seconds without hope.

There was a study done on all the Holocaust survivors of World War II. These people lived in death camps. Literally surrounded by death and the smell of death all the time. What made the people who survived different from the ones that didn’t? The study concluded that the one thing all the survivors had in common was that they had something to look forward to, something to hope for.

If you don’t have a goal for something then nothing will change. If you aim at nothing you’re going to hit it! For example if you don’t have a goal for your health or fitness for this year then it’ll probably go backwards, at most stay the same. If you don’t have goals for your finances, your business, your relationships, etc. Then your goal by default is to stay the same, to stay where you are. Or to go on the slippery slide of decline.

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But how do you reach your goals?

Because something always happens to get in the way. Not so?

The one thing you need to know is that life is hard and life is tough. Stuff happens. But life is not supposed to be all easy. Life is a course in character development.

What do you do when you’re going through difficulties? You keep going! You certainly don’t want to stop and stay there and have a tea party! And eventually you get out of it – you get through it.

There once was a frog that fell into a pothole. It was one of those really deep potholes and he was stuck. A rabbit came past and the frog was yelling for help. The rabbit tried to help but to no avail, the frog was still stuck. Later a tortoise came past and also tried to help but couldn’t. Much later that day the frog caught up with his friends the rabbit and the tortoise and they asked him: “How did you get out?” “Well a huge truck came towards me with big fat wheels.” “But how did you get out?” they said. The frog answered: “I just HAD to!”

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What kind of goals are good Goals?

Not all goals are good. How do you know which goals are good and which not?

Good goals are goals that are motivated by love versus goals that are motivated by fear, guilt, ego, jealousy, envy, greed, etc. etc.

What happens when we set goals?

There are 4 main things that happen to you as a person when you start setting goals and persevere until you reach them.

1. Goal setting is a discipline

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

Very similar to other types of discipline like exercising, reading, etc.
You can waste your life, spend your life or invest your life – You get 3 kinds of people – people who make things happen, people who watch things happen and people who have no idea what’s happened! Goals keep you moving forward when you feel like giving up. They’re like magnets that draw you forward. And long term goals keep you from being discouraged by short term setbacks.

2. Goals focus your energy
Energy that is not focussed is diffused and it doesn’t have much power.

We all know how busy life is. The good news is that not everything in life is worth doing in the first place so you shouldn’t do everything! This is good because you don’t have time for everything. Do you agree with that?

Be careful of second rate causes because they can betray you! Is what you’re doing right now going to matter next week, next month, next year? There is a big difference between what is urgent and what is important. And what is urgent is almost never that important! So often the urgent pushes the important out of the way. Say for instance your goal this year is that you want to exercise more. But then something urgent happens and it gets pushed aside.

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3. Goals build your character
When you are striving for a goal you will most certainly hit obstacles. Do you agree? It is during this time while you are fighting for your goal and during adversity and in that process of struggle that your character develops.

4. Goals stretch your faith
Dreams don’t do anything unless you get to work. You get dreams, resolutions and then you get Goals. A Goal is a dream with a deadline. The goals you need to set are the goals that will require faith to accomplish. Goals that are set in FAITH. Those are the goals worth fighting for! And those goals tend to get fulfilled earlier than you thought they would.

What is a goal set in F.A.I.T.H.

It’s specific, something you can measure.

It’s possible and practical. If you set an unrealistic goal, you won’t accomplish it.

It’s personal. You can’t set goals for other people. You have ownership over your own goals, not someone else’s.

Your goals need a deadline on it. Without a date on it, it’s not a goal.

Never set a goal you’re not passionate about, because you will never accomplish it without the desire to do so.

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Wedding Venue Trends for 2014

As the New Year gets underway the expectations for this year have begun to take shape. So as you leaf through your stack of wedding mags, taking clippings for the possible wedding venues, wedding themes, wedding dresses and other wedding ideas – Intundla Wedding Venue near Pretoria takes a look at some of the top wedding picks for 2014.

Top Wedding ideas for a stunning event

Capture the inner fairy princess with a whimsical wedding
A whimsical wedding is fun playful and full of surprises, drawing it’s inspiration from medieval icons (think Maid Marion from Robin Hood) and fantasy (think Liv Tyler from Lord of the Rings). The bride’s hair is long and flowing, teased with a loose curl and adorned with a floral crown or dramatic veil. The dress is bohemian using natural fibres, soft and feminine.
The décor follows the faun from the forest theme with flower wreathes, floral arches and hand crafted knick-knacks.
Intundla wedding venue has a beautiful chapel, boma and is ideally suited to moving closer to nature.

Bring back the style of a golden oldie
Popular period movies and TV series have reintroduced the style and fashion of days gone by. The movie The Great Gatsby and the series Downton Abby have made it easy for Brides to visualise their wedding with stylish tones, classic cars, vintage music, polished silverware and white gloved servants.

Check your phone at the door please
With the trend moving to natural settings and places with charm and character it follows that you don’t want to drown out the bird song with the electronic chirps of text messages being sent and delivered. So have a cell phone check or request that guests use them to take pics only!

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Meetings, Body language and the art of making a great first impression

Believe it or not but despite all our sophistication when we meet someone for the first time our primal instincts are doing most of the work for us. In the brief few seconds of a first meeting the senses have assessed this new person and hard wired the results to the brain. So while we are still enouncing the H in Hello our primal auditor has already decided if this person is a threat, safe or a possible mate. Obviously we then start to filter the results and process them through our own filters so a possible mate gets scrapped because the wife card is played by the committed part of the brain. A dodgy character may be given the benefit of the doubt because he is wearing a sharp suit and looks like he is wealthy, the new co-worker’s intention to stab you in the back and take your job may be missed because you have a soft spot for bald men, and so on.

So while we are still saying the rest of the syllables of hello lets open our eyes and really get the measure of this person.

Try to disconnect from knee jerk tried and tested prejudice

We all have preconceived ideas about ‘certain types of people’ generated from our own experience or that of our peers and we tend to try and saddle the new person with some sort of label. This is a natural process as we are more comfortable with new people when we have placed them in some sort of category.
We need to try to turn this off or at least discount the judgement otherwise we only get a 2 dimensional impression of this person that is lost amongst all the others in the same category. So if you have just met a ‘dizzy blond’, ‘smooth talking salesman’, ‘corporate climber’ or an ‘arrogant egotist’, hang in there and try to get the true measure of the person. Of course you may have been right the first time round!

Look at the person in front of you!

You see this happening at networking events where upon introduction one or even both parties will look away. For example: In the middle of a handshake one or neither of the people shaking hands are making eye contact with each other. The rules of a manly handshake are to make eye contact, shake hands firmly and even smile.
Not making eye contact in an initial meeting is an indicator of dishonesty or disinterest. And of course you miss the opportunity to study and connect to the person.

As all people are different then it follows that every encounter will be different. Be open to what your senses are telling you about the meeting and remember that it takes hours to achieve the same level of connection that a good handshake can achieve in less than 4 seconds.

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