Ntombekhaya Lurwengu & Sibusiso Ndebele
“Never plan and do everything yourself; hire a wedding planner or have a reliable planning committee.”…
Where and how did you meet?
We met in Durban through a mutual friend in 2013.
How did he propose?
In our culture the man needs to engage with the bride’s family and ask for her hand in marriage. He called and asked me to ask my parents if he could come and pay lobola. I initially thought he was joking, but he wasn’t. He visited my parents in March 2017.
Please provide a short description of your wedding day?
We had two wedding ceremonies – the White wedding was held at Collisheen Estate in Ballito on the Friday, 1st of December and the traditional wedding was held at the groom’s home in Ulundi the following day. We woke up to a beautiful weather. The day was magical and romantic. It was a dream come true for me.
If you could change anything, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change a thing. Everything was exceptional.
Highlights of your day?
The matrimonial ceremony, walking down the aisle with my parents and meeting up with Sbu at the altar. The venue was beautiful and very intimate, my wedding gown and Sbu’s suit as well as the outfits that the wedding party wore all brought more beauty to our day. The decor was exceptional, our wedding cake, the photographer and our first dance were all highlights. Our families and friends made everything special.
How did it feel to finally to stand next to each other as husband and wife?
It was a great and humbling feeling; we were jubilant.
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Cape town. We’re planning a second honeymoon outside of the country on our first anniversary.
What advice would you give to a bride-to-be?
Never plan and do everything yourself; hire a wedding planner or have a reliable planning committee. Don’t let your wedding be someone else’s idea or be forced to change what you want. Stand your ground and fight for what you want and believe in.