Wedding traditions have not always been so glamorous

Weddings provide the perfect stage for the bride to create her wedding fantasy. Wedding venues and wedding service providers are all well versed in assisting the bride or wedding planner to make this special day a dream come true. However, some of the traditions that are normal today had some pretty strange beginnings.

Finding the bride

In ancient times the grooms men would help the groom find his future wife. The woman in question was usually blissfully unaware of these attentions right up to the moment when she was kidnapped.

Once you have her…

The best kidnapper award of the day went to the grooms man who captured the girl. This Casanova gone wrong was elevated to become the best man.

Meanwhile at the bachelor party…

The celebrations on this evening were to mark the groom’s last night of freedom. Something the bride was experiencing a lot more acutely at the future in-laws.  This may be why some in-laws are still considered as out-laws!

Don’t keep the groom waiting at the altar

The bride accompanied the groom down the aisle on the groom’s left hand side so he could fend off any attacks from other grooms men looking to be the best man at someone else’s wedding. Although, the bridesmaids did provide a handy ready-to-get-kidnapped-and-married decoys if these grooms men couldn’t snag the bride.
The tradition of the groom waiting for the bride at the altar is a statement from the groom that the bride comes to be married of her own free will. Except in the case of an arranged marriage where the father of the bride walked his daughter down the aisle to make sure the wedding went ahead.

And finally be prepared to fend off the nasty spirits

The bride’s bouquet was made from garlic and herbs to ward off evil spirits and vampires. The tradition of carrying the bride over the threshold was to prevent demons from assaulting the bride when the happy couple entered their home for the first time as man and wife.

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5 Things every Groom should know

It has taken a lot of courage to ask her to be your wife and now you can sit back while she plans the wedding, and all you have to do is show up – WRONG! If you want this to be your only wedding then this will be a good place to start. Intundla Wedding Venue in Gauteng is a sought after Wedding Venue, we’ve seen many spectacular weddings take place and we have some sage advice for the Groom-to-be.

1. Be Romantic

Even if this is not who you naturally are. Applying a bit of romance will get you a long way and most certainly earn you points you’ll need for cashing in later. If romance is not your thing, ask a friend to help, or do some of your own research. A good start will be dancing lessons, gift for the bride-to-be, planning your honeymoon. Plan a romantic surprise for the Wedding Reception like a love poem, a special tree away from the crowd where you can tell her how lucky you are …

 2. Protect your Fiancé

Planning a Wedding is a lot of fun and probably every girl’s dream, but it can also be very stressful depending on the demands from the family and the family-to-be. Now is the time to start protecting your fiancé. If her mother starts to get a bit overbearing, or if your mother demands to control the flower arrangements despite a clash in taste, gently but firmly stand up for your girl. She will appreciate the buffer.

 3. Learn to Say No

One of the unfortunate things about a wedding is that you need a budget. Learning to say no to extravagance could save both of you a lot of stress and tears. Also if the guest list is too large for your budget say no in a loving way. This might be difficult but as long as you do this gently and lovingly you’ll be OK.

4. Get Organised

Offer your help with the planning and make sure that you’re on top of the tasks you’ve been given. Your bride will appreciate your enthusiasm and your new family will be impressed.

 5. Write your own Wedding Vows

There is nothing more romantic and loving than weddings vows that come from the heart. Your bride will be beaming with joy and pride. Make your vows personal she will know it is meant especially for her. Remember to practise your vows before the Ceremony!

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5 Ways to make a lasting Impression at a Corporate Function

At Intundla Conference Venue in Gauteng we know only too well how many Corporate Functions and Events you have to attend this time of the year. Most of us will attend at least one during the course of the year but for some the highlight on their calendar will be when they can actually stay at home one night! The thing is that it really doesn’t matter how many functions you attend, what really matters is WHAT you do at them. This is an opportune occasion to make an impression on the right people to further your career. You never know when the impression you leave with someone could be instrumental in your advancement.

Here are 5 ways to make sure that you don’t only leave a decent impression but that people actually remember you.

1. Bring your A Game

This means that you not only arrive dressed well, but that you come with a positive mind and a winning smile. This way you are mentally prepared to engage with people.

2. Be a good listener

Contrary to popular belief it is not the best talkers that are remembered, but the best listeners. Actively listening means you are engaged in what the other person is saying and listening to understand. Ask open-ended questions to get people talking about themselves, their interests, hobbies etc. Every conversation does not have to be about work!

3. Know who you are

When asked know what makes you unique and stand out from the rest. Have a success story ready, people relate well to stories and remember them for longer. Never talk down about your boss, colleagues or anyone else. Rather have a compliment to share about someone that you work with. Importantly be authentic.

4. Stand out

Blending in won’t help you get ahead. Don’t be a wall flower, you have to take action and be seen to be found. Smile and make eye contact and proactively introduce yourself to others.

5. Think Smart don’t Be Smart

Thinking smart and on your feet is different from being smart and acting like you know everything. No one likes a know-it-all. Be open to learn from others and to listen to someone’s point of view that might vary from yours. This is the only way you grow.

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Seasons Greetings from Intundla Conference, Team Building and Wedding Venue



Christmas Time is finally here,
It only comes but once a year.
And it’s a time to spread good cheer,
To our Clients we love and hold so dear.

Christmas Time is a time of glee,
A time when peace and love run free.
A time for Intundla to say Thank You,
I’m sure you will agree.

May Christmas Time bring you love,
and enough joy to spread around,
Remember to return,
To Intundla, that special place
you LOVE!

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