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  • Step-by-step guide to saving for your dream wedding

    “Getting married is a dream come true for many people, but it can be a costly affair if not properly planned. Most couples want and dream of that perfect wedding but sometimes weddings come in at a high cost, which can create a huge hole in your pocket,” says Ester Ochse, FNB Product Specialist.

    Ochse says having a working budget will help you plan for these events. She suggests 10 steps that will help you save for your wedding:

    Step 1: Draw up your Budget

    A budget template is your blueprint to managing your expenses and enhancing your financial well-being. Create a budget template that takes into account your daily grocery and home expenses, rent, bonds, health, entertainment and investments. This will give you an overview of where you are financially and where you need to cut down.

    Step 2: Refine your guest List

    Family is everything but we also need to look at cutting numbers down which will help reduce your wedding costs. Your wedding should be shared with the people you love and care for the most. So ensure that your guest list is manageable on both sides of the family.

    Step 3: Look for affordable venues

    We have exquisite venues in South Africa and many of them are affordable. Once you decide on your wedding date, book your venue immediately. Consider holding your wedding ceremony at home or outdoors (dependent on the weather). You will be surprised at how your home space can add to the tranquillity of your big day.

    Step 4: Lower catering costs

    Get help with your catering from your family or friends, or even look at hosting your wedding at a small quaint family restaurant. Food alone is a costly affair, but if you get the right caterer or restaurant, you can save on food costs and also unnecessary wastage.

    Step 5: DIY your invites and decor

    You can get an array of décor and invite ideas with the help of social media websites like Pinterest and Facebook. These sites not only give you tips on décor for the wedding but also provide practical hands on advice on how to be creative and innovative.

    Step 6: Wedding dresses

    You can get a fancy wedding dress if you saved well in advance and have the extra cash on hand. Sometimes brides spend quite a bit on their dresses only to sell them after the wedding at a fraction of the original cost. Couples explore all their options and consider renting the wedding dress instead of having them professionally made.

    Step 7: Get your family or friend to DJ/MC

    Hiring a professional DJ is great, but also costly, especially if you anticipate a relatively small number of guests. The other option is to get a friend or family member who is up to the task and for entertainment, there are various apps that allow you to become your own DJ. These apps give you the option of adding music and mixing them on the spot which is amazing. All you need is a laptop or iPad, music, speaker and you set you go. In addition, a Karaoke machine will add much vibe, humour and fun to your special day.

    Step 8: Wedding planner

    Wedding planners are a good to have, but planning your wedding on your own could be a memory that you live with forever. Wedding planners also come in at a price, so should you want one, you must ensure that you cater for this in your budget.

    Step 9: Photographer

    Today’s smartphones and apps allow you to become instant photographers. Create a website or rather a Facebook/Instagram page and encourage your guests to post the pics they shot at your wedding. You can download these for your wedding album.

    Step 10: Honeymoon

    Look at specials and compare prices before booking your honeymoon. Besides, international destinations look at local places in South Africa as well. If too costly, postpone your honeymoon to off-peak season when prices have been reduced.

    “In any given situation it’s important to understand the difference between needs, wants and responsibilities. This will help you understand how to better manage your money. Follow the 10 steps to save for your wedding to ensure that you don’t over burden yourself financially when it comes to planning your or a family members wedding,” concludes Ochse.Read more at:plus size wedding dresses | short wedding dresses

  • Anas Rashid on tying the knot with Heena Iqbal

    Diya Aur Baati Hum star Anas Rashid is a happy man today. The popular television star, who got married to Heena Iqbal on Saturday, can’t contain the happiness that his marriage has brought him. Talking exclusively to, Anas shared, “I feel complete and content in my conjugal life. Heena is the right person that I was searching for. And now that I have her in my life, it is the most beautiful feeling.”

    The wedding that happened in Anas’ hometown Malerkotla was a grand affair. With families and friends by his side, the groom looked splendid. His producer Sumeet Mittal also traveled to celebrate the big day and even shared a post on Instagram.

    Talking further about the function, Anas shared, “Everyone kept complimenting us how great we looked together. Our wedding attire also received a lot of appreciation and we were blushing because of the praises. Being the eldest in the house, I was so elated to see my family happy. It was a feeling that I can’t even describe in words. I was nervous, happy, restless and what not. It was the best day in my life for sure.”

    On asked whether Heena has managed to mingle with his family, the actor shared with a smile, “It doesn’t seem that she is new in the family. Heena has already won over everyone and she has seamlessly blended with the family. Everyone loves and adores her and she too has been reciprocating it with equal love. As of now, she hasn’t cooked anything but my mother and sisters are helping her in understanding these things.”

    Lastly, the actor shared that the couple’s plans to come to Mumbai by end of the month. “We will have a party for all my Mumbai friends and associates once I am there. I want all of them to meet Heena.”

    Always wanting to get married to a traditional girl of his parents’ choice, the 39-year-old actor opted for an arranged marriage. Heena, who is only 24 years old, worked in the immigration sector but chose to quit her job to get married. The couple had got engaged earlier this year.

    Anas has been a part of shows like Prithviraj Chauhan, Kahin Toh Hoga and Kya Hoga Nimmo Ka in the past. He became a star with his portrayal of a man who helps his wife become an IPS officer in Diya Aur Baati Hum. Recently, the actor played a cameo in the show’s sequel Tu Sooraj Main Saanjh Piyaji.Read more at:wedding dresses online australia | cheap wedding dresses brisbane

  • Vogue's September issue

    Māori designer to grace the pages of Vogue's September issue

    A Māori fashion designer is set to have his designs featured in British Vogue's September issue.

    Te Whānau ā Apanui fashion designer Kharl WiRepa's clothing line has been selected among Vogue's top 22 'Designers of the Future'.

    He is the first designer of Māori descent to have his designs featured in the coveted fashion bible.

    WiRepa told Te Kāea his career started at the age of 15 while he was working as a retail assistant at Supre.

    "I saw the photo of my dress in the issue of vogue and hen it hit me. And then I realised that this is real," he said.

    The September issue of Vogue is a collector's item, which WiRepa described as "the holy grail" of fashion.

    He said his career, which took him from working in retail to the catwalks of NZ Fashion Week, was pioneering.

    "The amount of dreams I've been able to make come true of my own is my greatest achievement," he said.

    "I remember as a child I would watch my nana and her friends get ready for church, with their white heels and pearls, and I was inspired by that."

    WiRepa says that the international attention gained through his Vogue achievement will generate global interest for Māori and Polynesian clothing designers, models, and photographers.

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