3 Ways to get the Groom involved in Planning your Wedding

We all know that when it comes to weddings it is more of a girl’s thing and most of us dream about our wedding day from when we are little girls. This however doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t include your fiancé in your wedding planning. This is a very special time, and having the groom’s input can make your wedding even more memorable.

Find out what’s important to him

The best place to start is always in conversation. Talk to the love of your life and find out what he likes and of course, dislikes. If he is a music fanatic and has a stack of old LP’s in his collection, then it will be obvious to put him in charge of the music and the entertainment. Or if he has creative blood then let him sort out the wedding invitations. This way you will also find out what he dislikes and you won’t bore him with details about the colour of the napkins and table cloths. He will feel proud to be part of your wedding planning and it will strengthen the bond between the two of you. Go easy on him though and don’t talk about the wedding ALL the time. Remember to just be together some times and enjoy each other’s company.

Add an element of the groom to the wedding

You’d be surprised at what guys can come up with. But it is usually the groom’s input in a wedding that adds the element of fun. Maybe your fiancé and his groomsmen want to show off with a special dance at your wedding, or maybe the groom himself has a few moves to bust! If your man’s favourite colour for instance is turquoise, the men can all wear turquoise socks. Or if he’s a keen supporter of a sports team, they can all wear the team’s colours as underwear. Your husband-to-be will feel like he is part of the day by being involved, and you might learn something new about him at the same time!

Let him plan the honeymoon

If your groom doesn’t have any special skills in cake tasting, décor planning or photographer vetting, then this one is for him. What makes this even easier to plan is the fact that you don’t have to consider anyone but yourselves. This will be your first holiday together as husband and wife and something you’ll be telling your grandkids about. Let him plan the honeymoon and if you want he can even keep it as a secret. Your surprise will be double the fun! If you want to give your input then turn it into a fun game of trivia and learning about what each of you love (and dislike) about travel, countries, terrain and destinations.

Mostly try not to want to control every aspect of the wedding, have some fun and remember this is already part of your journey together!

Image courtesy of Phonix Capture, Wedding Venue Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa

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6 Great Things to Know While Planning your Wedding

Every bride wants her wedding day to be perfect. Planning a wedding is a big challenge, making sure all the t’s are crossed and i’s dotted. Lists to make, vendors to contact, being mindful of your soon-to-be in laws. This should also be a wonderful time, filled with excitement and energy. Here are some great tips that might not know that will help make your wedding day exceed all your expectations.

  1. Choose a one-stop venue

Intundla Wedding Venue is a one-stop venue where everything happens under one roof (or sky so to speak). Your wedding ceremony, reception, accommodation, you can plan your whole weekend and book Intundla exclusively. This takes care of a lot of unnecessary stress when planning your wedding, guest accommodation, etc.

  1. Be flexible with your wedding date

If you can handle waiting till closer to your suggested wedding date, and you are flexible about the date of your wedding day, then you’d be surprised at the discounts you can negotiate. Most wedding venues and vendors are more able to offer discounts to brides with a shorter timeline because they are trying to fill up their bookings. But be warned if you want a specific date for your wedding it is best to book well in advance, especially if it is over a weekend!

  1. Learn to relax

Take a deep breathe! Between now and (probably when your kids leave home) your wedding day there will be plenty of things that will go wrong or things happening that you didn’t plan for. The quicker you learn to take a step back, breathe deep, keep your sense of humour and relax, the better.

  1. Have healthy snacks

On your wedding day the excitement will be rampant and you might not even feel like having breakfast! But make sure you nibble on healthy snacks and have some ready in your bridal party’s dressing room. Cheese, nuts, biltong and some fresh fruit will give you the energy you need to take those big steps down the aisle. Some people even advise the bride to have a few pregnancy nausea lozenges in her bag, they work wonders to settle the stomach!

  1. Choose the best light for photos

Light can transform a wedding photo into something quite magnificent, if you pick the right time of day. Your photographer will be able to help you with this so ask for advice about where the best spots for your wedding portraits will be, and when the prime time will be to take your wedding photos. You might choose to have your photos taken before or after your wedding ceremony depending on the time of day.

  1. Plan for extra time

No matter how meticulous your planning things always tend to take a little longer than planned. Leave extra time for everything. This is the key to having a stress free wedding and you want to be relaxed and having fun, not running around in a hurry.

If you have any questions please talk to our Wedding Coordinators, they are experienced and can help you plan a successful and memorable Wedding.

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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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Photo taken at Intundla Wedding Venue by Phonix Capture

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The often overlooked and under acknowledged stress of attending a Wedding

When looking at the toll that a wedding takes on a person, it is the bride that usually steals all the thunder of the stressful planning, organising, and seeing a wedding majestically to the end, despite all the things that could, would and often do go wrong.
After the event the bride’s ruffled feathers are gently smoothed back into place by all the ladies soothing remarks of “you did such a great job!” or “you could do this professionally, you know” and even “old [insert grooms name here] doesn’t know how lucky he is to have married you”.

But what about the poor frazzled guests and VIP’s?  Attending a wedding is hard work and accepting a VIP spot like best man or maid of honour forces you to un-tap previously unknown measures of calm and poise by the pint full!

As the brides plans begin to unfold loaded with expectations, the groom and then VIP’s are the first to take casualties.

The dress chosen for the bridesmaids and first fitting may require nerves of steel and many tactical retreats.  It helps to remember that the bride is under enormous strain and in this state can only be truly influenced by images in bride’s magazines, Pinterest and various wedding authorities (like a dress maker). So it follows that the eyebrow raising bride’s maid’s outfit is a natural result of trying to cram as many ideas/themes in as possible. After all she only gets one wedding, well traditionally that is. The bridesmaid’s first reaction to shred the outfit is tempered to the well-known and often used gem “Wow! If you shorten it, you could wear it for other occasions…”

If the groom knows what is good for him he quickly realises that he has to develop fine colour recognition as if it was a survival skill, because it is! For the groom there is an undiscovered realm of white…cream, ivory, diamond white, stark white, silk white in a dangerous high pressure environment. One slip and the price of the ring could go up!

The guests have it mildly easier. They just have to dash around from one gift registry to the next and scrum with the rest of the guests to pick one of the few reasonably priced gifts from a long list of financially crippling items. When they pitch up gift in hand there is an expectation for the average guest to become some sort of wedding guest super hero. Like MR. Conversation,  The Amazing Fun-Starter, Story-Telling Princess, The Fantastic Red Rose Dancer, The Dark Drinker (that’s for whoever bankrolled the wedding drinks).

Perhaps some sort of wedding post traumatic support group needs to be started to assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of all wedding attendees.  Call it WARR PTSD (Wedding Attendees Recovery & Rehabilitation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Or you can skip all this anguish and get the help of our professional Conference Coordinators here at Intundla Wedding Venue. We’re here to help!

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Social Media and Getting Married

Today’s bride is doing things a little bit differently than the bride of a decade ago. From the moment she gets engaged till she gets married and after. Everything gets recorded on social media. You will see one of the first things a bride does is announce her engagement with a picture of her ring on Facebook.

According to Mashable.com, within hours of saying “yes,” 28% of brides-to-be update their social media statuses, while 24% do so the next day. And then of course the wedding planning starts and no bride today does so without the help of Pinterest. In fact 70% of women were already pinning on Pinterest before even getting engaged.

Social Media is a great tool for planning your wedding and collecting pictures and ideas about venues, décor, flowers, wedding dresses and your wedding cake. But social media can also create problems for the happy couple. Think about the gushing mother of the bride that pre-maturely announces her daughter’s engagement on Facebook and stealing their thunder, before the newly-engaged couple gets a chance to do so themselves. Or an overenthusiastic bridesmaid posts a picture of the bride in her wedding gown and shares it with the world even before the lucky groom has a chance to see her walk down the aisle.

This can be very worrying for any engaged couple planning their wedding, especially if you are of the more camera/social-media shy populace. If the bride-to-be is hoping to immortalize her beautiful wedding day and have the best wedding photographer take only the most dazzling and flattering photos, then she won’t be too happy with a shutter-bug cousin posting a photo of her on Facebook stuffing wedding cake in her mouth in a rather insalubrious fashion.

With this in mind it is only natural and fair that as a Bride you can have some Social Media Etiquette at your Wedding.

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Gauteng Wedding Venue: Real Weddings – Elegant Romance

 Jarryd & Beverly – 9 November 2013

“My heart is, and always will be, yours.” – Sense and Sensibility

Our Story ~ 

Jarryd and I had known each other for a few years as acquaintances through mutual friends but one night at a friend’s birthday party we really connected. I took the brave step and invited Beverly to a rugby game which she later declined. It was only when she text me on the night of the game that I felt a flicker of hope. She showed up at the box and I knew I had to bring my A-game! My charm paid off and after weeks of just texting on the phone we finally started dating.

And almost a year later in the blizzardy cold weather on top of Table Mountain Jarryd went down on his knees and proposed. It was a magical moment and I was consumed with love for this charmer.

Engagement Shoot ~

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Jarryd and Beverly got married at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa on Saturday 9 November 2013.
Our Wedding ~

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“I always found Jarryd to be the most charming and respectful male in the group of friends.”

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Details:

Photographer:  Blue Jam Studios

Engagement Shoot Article: Little Pink Book

Ceremony Venue:  Intundla Chapel

Florist:  Venelize Events Décor

Flowers:  Venelize Events Décor

Music/Entertainment:  Blast Entertainment

Decor Details: Venelize Events Décor

Theme: Elegant Romance

Colours: Aquamarine

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Elegant, Romantic, Soulful, Love

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Gauteng Wedding Venue: Real Weddings – Bushveld Love

Gerhard & Marica – 5 October 2013 

I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside of me there will always be the person I am tonight. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Intundla is our own little Bush Wedding-Heaven. Most of our guests hail from Cape Town and we wanted them to see and fall in love with the bush like we have and escape from the demanding city life. Intundla was the perfect combination of what we needed in a wedding venue – an open canvas where we could paint everything we love – the Pretoria thorn trees, the breath-taking hills that surround the venue, all the people we care about and the beginning of our journey together as one. The perfect Bushveld Love!

Gerhard and Marica Koch got married at Intundla Game Lodge and Bush Spa on Saturday 5 October 2013.

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It was everything we dreamed off – the only thing that could have made it even better was a Thunder storm!

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Thank you Intundla for a fantastically organised day, friendly and helpful staff and unbelievable FOOD!

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”For our kids we couldn’t have found a prettier background to round off their already picture perfect wedding day. Not only was it  beautiful enough to be a fairytale but we also experienced a true peace and calm as a result of the tranquil environment. Intundla’s staff was exceptionally professional and nothing was too much to ask of them.”
Marlene Pienaar – mother of the bride

“It was unbelievably beautiful and you couldn’t have found a better place.So peaceful among the trees and the dam with the birds and trees was a picture! Everything went perfectly as should and all the wonderful people, we feel blessed and our new family in-law has enriched our lives. Thank you very much. Love.” Gert En Riana Koch – Parents of the Groom

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Dear Madri, a BIG Thank you goes to you. You are a Winner! I didn’t have to worry about anything and the food was Outstanding! Everything was beautiful and you made it all so easy for me. I am defintily recommending Intundla as a Venue.- Marica Koch – Bride

Details:
Photographer:  Imaginary Photography

“I have a passion for wedding photography because it has so much more meaning than other forms of photography. I feel privileged to be part of such a big day.” Sharon Olivier

Ceremony Venue:  Intundla Hippo Room

Cake:  Wedding Cheese Tower with Fresh fruit

Table Décor:  Earthy Green & White

Pièce de Résistance: The tranquility and peacefulness by the dam

Colours: Black & Gold

Theme: Bushveld Love

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Peaceful, Calm, Picture-perfect, Fairytale

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Gauteng Wedding Venue: Real Weddings – Traditional and Romantic

Jacques and Ellen – 26 October 2013

Like many other couples these days Jacques and Ellen’s love story began on a dating site, they met on a Christian dating website in July 2012. They started chatting via email and then met for a coffee at Mugg & Bean. And for them that was that!! “We’ve both been waiting so long for our soul mate, God has given us to each other and this is the happiest time of our lives!” says Ellen. They got engaged on Christmas Eve last year and both decided they wanted a Bush Wedding. Something Romantic and Traditional. They got married at Intundla Game Lodge & Bush Spa on Saturday 26 October 2013.
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Wow our wedding at Intundla Game Lodge was everything we hoped for and dreamed off. Intundla was the first venue we visited and it stole our hearts immediately. Jacques and I love the bush and we wanted to get married in a romantic setting and a place where our guests could stay over and party the night away. Intundla was just what we were looking for. It was peaceful, beautiful and romantic. It fitted in perfectly with our theme – traditional and romantic. Intundla was also child friendly, which is so important to us as we have many nieces and nephews we wanted to be part of our special day!

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Everything went perfect on our special day! The chapel made a beautiful traditional setting for our ceremony.

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The refreshing drinks served at the bar were enjoyed by all our guests whilst we were taking photos. Our guests could relax around the pool, catch the Currie cup final and the kids had a fantastic time playing in the garden.

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Our reception in the Hippo room was breathtaking, the décor we chose matched the décor in the hall perfectly. The food was out of this world! We actually wish we ate more that night than we did. The kiddies were even treated with hot dogs & chips especially made for them.

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Our guests had an awesome time. They all complimented the food, the staff and that it was absolutely beautiful there. Many guests even canoed on Sunday morning.

”Stunning wedding at a great venue, staff at Intundla did everything possible to make this day wonderful thanks.” Sharon Kotze – Mother of the Bride

Madri and her team were present the entire weekend, we have to say a big thank you for all they did, from fetching our flowers on Friday to carrying boxes up and down. They were always friendly and helpful!! Madri thank you for making sure everything on Saturday went according to plan, you are most surely a key role at Intundla. Even for the cake that you arranged for Sunday morning for our birthday guests! You went above and beyond.

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Details:

Photographer:  Matthys Pienaar

Ceremony Venue:  Intundla Chapel & Hippo Room

Cake:  Lila White

Florist:  Franci

Flowers:  Proteas and Roses

Music/Entertainment:  Kyron Turnball

Biggest Surprise: The Birthday Cake that Intundla arranged for our birthday guests

Decor Details: Little bottles with flowers inside hanging from the trees

Draping: Theo

Priest:  Dominee Gideon Du Toit

Theme: Romantic and Traditional

Colours: Gold and Pink

Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Romantic, Soft, Glamorous, Playful

 

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Intundla Wedding Venue Gauteng – an Exclusive Wedding to Remember

Intundla Wedding Venue near Pretoria is the idyllic Wedding Venue, that special place you’ve been dreaming about since you were a little girl. The Game Lodge is situated in the Dinokeng area North-East of Pretoria, a mere 30 minute drive from the city centre and a 50 minute drive from OR Tambo International. The Lodge is built around a magnificent private dam, nestled under the Bobbejaansberg Mountains.

One of the major benefits of our Wedding Packages is that you will have the Lodge Exclusively for your Wedding and Accommodation is included at a Special rate. Your Wedding will be personalized to fit you like a glove. Because your Wedding is exclusive the staff and facilities are at your disposal with all the regular inclusions and exclusions.

At the Game Lodge we cater for Weddings up to 170 guests for your Ceremony and the Lodge has 38 chalets (76 guests sharing) where the Bridal suite is also complimentary for the evening with a special turn-down service.

Our Wedding Venue is set in beautiful surroundings and has a delightful stone chapel at the foot of the mountain. You can also have your Ceremony outside on the lawn overlooking the picturesque dam strewn with lacy-white water lilies.

The newlyweds can prolong the romance of their Wedding night with a luxury steam bath or Jacuzzi the morning after the wedding.

Intundla also has an open game drive vehicle for Game Drives and the Bridal Couple can be taken into the bush to capture the moment in the middle of the scenic Bushveld.

Our Wedding Co-ordinators are highly skilled and will assist you in the planning and execution of your Special Day. We have already sourced the best suppliers and will help you choose everything you need for your day of Matrimony from Décor, Flowers, DJ’s, and Entertainment to that fabulous once-in-a-lifetime Wedding Cake!

Please Contact us for more information about our Wedding Packages.

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