The 2019 Bulawayo Wedding Wisdom Workshop

On 30 March 2019, we held the Bulawayo Wedding Wisdom Workshop and it was epic! Having spent over 6 months planning and designing this particular event, I was amazed at how quickly the time passed. The brides and grooms turned up ready and eager to learn and to participate. I was also happy to note that some attendees came as couples.

Our facilitators (service providers) showed up early to prepare for their presentations and to familiarise themselves with the venue. When the even started, I was wowed by the amount of information that they shared with the couples. Bulawayo Wedding Wisdom Workshop is a direct result of the dedication that our facilitators showed. Their commitment is what made the event a success, and for that, I am forever grateful. A dream became a reality because of them. 

We held the wedding workshop at Lalani Hotel and Conference Centre in Fortunes Gate. I am grateful to the Hotel’s Management who allowed us to use their venue. And I would also like to thank the staff who went above and beyond to make sure that the event was a success. 

In this blog post, you will have a chance to find out what happened at the workshop. You will meet the wonderful services providers who facilitated the event and you will also read the advice that they shared. Additionally, the images accompanying the post will help you to see exactly what happened on the day. 

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What Happened At The Bulawayo Wedding Wisdom Workshop?

This is probably the question that led you to this article in the first place. In a nutshell, our service providers educated the engaged couples on how to make wedding planning decisions that would lead to a successful wedding day. 

After arrival and registration, Wadzanayi Chinanyi our assistant event coordinator ushered the attendees into the MaMhlanga Boardroom. From there, the event began! I was the Master of Ceremony. As you can see from the picture below I thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the attendees and introducing our speakers. 

Tanya Masaire of Fortunes Gate Exposure & Wedding Expos Africa at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Wedding Expos A
Photo Source: Fusion Media Group

 

Wedding Planning: How Do You Plan A Wedding?  

Facilitator: Wandile Umuzi Lodge/ Weddings By Mooz

Muzi from Wandile Umuzi Lodge and Weddings By Mooz took us through the wedding planning process. She explained various aspects such as wedding budgeting, selection of vendors, and wedding theme selections. The main take-home from her presentation was the importance of knowing exactly what you want to achieve for your big day. 

Muzi of Wandile Umuzi Lodge at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Wedding Expos Africa - Bulaw
Picture Source: Mgcini Nyoni Photography

Wedding Venues: How Do You Select A Wedding Venue? 

Facilitator: Glen Events 

Mrs. Chidhakwa representing Glen Lodge used her years of experience in running a wedding venue to share wedding planning tips with our attendees. She explained that no two venues are the same. Each venue has its unique beauty and attractiveness. Hence couples should be clear about their tastes when choosing venues. She also emphasized the importance of choosing a venue that suits the couples’ budget and expected number of guests. 

Mrs Chidakwa of Glen events wedding venue at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Wedding Expos
Photo Source: Fusion Media Group

Wedding Makeup: How To Choose A Wedding Makeup Artist? 

Facilitator: MakeUp Ya Patiey 

The beautiful and extremely talented Bulawayo make-up artist Patience Mnkandla from Make-up Ya Patiey facilitated this in-depth session covering almost all aspects of bridal make – up. She explained the different types of looks that brides can aim to achieve such as the natural bridal makeup and the glamourous bridal makeup. In her presentation, she explained how makeup can also influence the quality of wedding photographs that you will have. 

Patience Silumbu Mnkandla of Makeup ya Patiey at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Bulawayo wedding makeup
Photo Source: Fusion Media Group

 

Bridal Wear: How Do You Choose The Best Wedding Dress? 

Facilitator: Rose Fashion Parlour 

Roseline Nyanga, the stunning and vivacious wedding boutique owner from Masvingo represented her company Rose Fashion Parlour in this session of the wedding workshop. Not only did she explain verbally what the wedding gown selection process is like but she went a step further by bringing wedding dress samples for the brides to see and touch. Her presentation was lively and engaging and enabled brides to fully understand what she was explaining. Her advice to brides was to favor in their culture, society, and beliefs when selecting a wedding dress. She also urged the brides to consider the grooms’ culture and beliefs as well. Most importantly, a wedding dress has to be comfortable because you will be stuck in it for many hours on your big day. 

Roseline Nyanga of Rose Fashion Parlour wedding dresses at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Wedding Dresses Zim
Photo Source: Fusion Media Group

 

Wedding Cakes: What Type of Cake Is The Best For Weddings? 

Facilitator: Edible Poetry 

Anna Gowera, an amazing baker from Bulawayo graciously answered the question that most brides were asking: what is the best cake for weddings? Drawing from her experiences running Edible Poetry, a baking company, she explained the pros and cons of different types of wedding cakes. She proceeded to explain how cakes are made and why fruit cakes last longer than most cakes. For brides worried about the alcohol content in the fruit cakes, she suggested opting for other types of cakes such as the sponge cake or the red velvet. However, she warned that these cakes would not last as long as the fruit cake. 

Anna Gowera of Edible Poetry at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Bulawayo Conference Venues - Bulawayo wedding cak
Photo Source: Fusion Media Group

 

Wedding Photography: How To Get The Best Wedding Photos

Facilitator: Exposure Photography & Ernest Mackina Photography 

Our brides and grooms were spoilt for choice in this session as they had not one but two experts to learn from. Phakamile Sibanda from Exposure Photography and Ernest Mackina from Ernest Mackina Photography expounded on all aspects of wedding photography. Between them, these two Bulawayo wedding photographers have amassed over 20 years of experience in photography. Hence their well thought out presentations and detailed explanations. We learned how it is of paramount importance to build rapport with wedding photographers before the wedding day to ensure that on the day of shooting, the bride and groom are as comfortable as possible. They also explained that timekeeping is integral to getting good photos. This is because the best times to shoot occur during the morning golden hour and evening golden hour. Hence photoshoot time should be around these times. 

Ernest Mackina of Ernest Mackina Photography at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Wedding Expos Africa
Photo Source: FUSION MEDIA GROUP
Phakamile Sibanda of Exposure Photography at the Bulawayo wedding wisdom workshop 2019 held at Lalani Hotel - Zimbabwe wedding expos - African wedding expos - Wedding Expos Africa
Photo Source: FUSION MEDIA GROUP

Wedding Videography: How To Get The Best Wedding Videos 

Facilitator: Fusion Media Group

Tatenda Mnkandla from Fusion Media Group complemented the presentations made by Ernest and Phakamile as he further elaborated on how to get the best wedding videography. Since Tatenda is experienced in both wedding videography and photography, he included both media elements in his explanations. He engaged participants by explaining how to choose the right videographer. He also brought out the importance of ensuring that wedding caterers provide videographers and cameramen with refreshments. His main point of emphasis was the need to have a well-coordinated and organized wedding. This can only be achieved by ensuring that all service providers work together as a team. 

 

Conclusion

As you can see, the Bulawayo edition of the wedding wisdom workshop was jam-packed with wedding planning information. Our wedding vendors held nothing back during their presentations and ensured that all the brides and grooms left satisfied.

One of the attendees Lyne Vanheedern wrote this on our Facebook page: ” they (Wedding Wisdom Workshops” are so educative, they make you look forward to getting married…” 

This comment epitomized exactly what we hope to achieve: Equipping our attendees with wedding planning wisdom and inspiration! 

We have more of these wedding workshops planned and we look forward to seeing you at some of our workshops. 

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