SA Weddings takes Bride Of The Year Competition virtual

by Jun 8, 20200 comments

Like every event around the globe, SA Weddings, will host South Africa’s premier bridal competition – Bride of the Year competition (BOTY), virtually on Saturday 13 June 2020 at 19:30…

Hosted by MC, David Johnson, the pre-recorded interviews with the final 12 couples and three finalists will be presented as a Facebook Live event on the SA Weddings Facebook site. 

According to SA Weddings Managing Director, Kath Ballantyne, the decision has been a very tough one to make.

“We had thousands of entries in the 19th edition of this prestigious national competition and it broke my heart to take the event virtual, but with the global pandemic, it was impossible to wait until the world is stable.  With no certainty when large gatherings will be permitted – virtual events are the new normal,” said Ballantyne.

Ballantyne believes SA Weddings’ Bride of the Year is the first such competition to go virtual globally.

“The 12 finalists who received the most votes via their unique ‘bride of the year’ entry in each month will be interviewed by MC, David Johnson via video chat. These videos will be sent to a panel of celebrity judges who will make their decision based on the couple’s interaction, their style and their ‘Facebook Live’ presence. The judges base their decisions on these interviews with the MC, the bridal couple videos and the unique Bride of the Year profiles on our website. They will then meet on a group video chat and decide on the top three finalists,” said Ballantyne.

2018 Bride of the Year, Salem Nyati reflected on her year since winning the crown:  “Since winning the crown doors opened for my husband and I. We come from the Eastern Cape so for many radio stations – SABC, National and Community, it was their pride as well. We were invited to do quite a few interviews and speaking engagements. The title also attracted a few sponsors who zoned in on my career as a PR / Brand / Communication specialist and Financial/Debt Management Coach.  Our reign comes to an end, but our journey continues beyond this.“

Image Caption: 2018 SA Weddings Bride of the Year winners – Salem and Terra Nyati.  This year’s competition will take place online on Facebook live on Saturday 13 June at 19:30.


The three finalists will receive prizes to the value of R295 000.

The SA Weddings Bride of the Year 2019 couple will win a 7-night stay for two in the Maldives at the premium Deluxe Beach Villa including return seaplane transfers to the luxurious Adaaran Select Meedhupparu – Maldives courtesy of Giltedge Ocean Islands and Adaaran Select Meedhupparu – Maldives to the value of R 150,000.
The first runner up will win a 2-night stay at The Marine Hotel, Hermanus, plus a couple’s spa treatment valued at R28 950.00.
The second runner up will win a 2-night stay at the Fairway Hotel & Spa, Limpopo valued at R7000.00.
The three winning couples will also win share a cash prize of R35 000.

Bride of the Year Finalists:

January – Jessica De Sousa (Farinha)
February – Eilene Dorfling (Nel)
March – Zene Coetzer (Botha)
April – Mizelle Potgieter (Seeger)
May – Erda Coxen (Ferreira)
June – Anja Van Wyk (Raimondi)
July – Minette Olivier (Pienaar)
August – Marzanne Altin (Janse van Rensburg)
September – Alicia Alexander (Hofmeyr)
October – Khomotso Stephinah (Matlala)
November – Paula Clark (Azevedo)
December – Chantal Magid (Canning)

The celebrity Judging Panel includes Graeme Richards (actor and presenter), Mario from Mario’s Hair Company, Bianca Le Grange (musical artist) and Lylie Moolman from Giltedge travel.

Ballantyne outlined non-Covid19 current wedding trends:

  • many couples pay for their own weddings since people are getting married older. Because of this, weddings tend to be smaller with reduced numbers and mid-week or winter weddings.
  • simplifying the entire occasion – florals and simple table decor
  • one-stop wedding venues, where the venue is able to provide all that’s needed for the event.
  • environmentally friendly weddings where flowers are replaced by greenery, fresh petals instead of confetti and food trucks use biodegradable cutlery and crockery.

Other Prizes include:
Dr Haushke skincare products valued at R21 846.00
Piper Heidsieck Champagne and Black Bottle Whisky for each finalist valued at a total of R11 600
Chandre & Co handbags for each finalist valued at R9000.00
18 Bottles of Inverroche Gin valued at R8500.00
Luxury Sleepwear for each finalist from One Boutique Store valued at R7740.00
Stocked MobiBar from Africa Infused valued at R7500.00
Lenka Skincare valued at R6510.00


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