For many, the word ‘wedding’ connotes love, romance, tradition, ceremony and good food. The custom is to have a ceremony in a church or chapel, move to a reception hall, have dinner, say a few speeches and attend to all of the necessary formalities. However, weddings have begun to evolve as people experiment with new and interesting ways in which to entertain their guests while declaring their undying love for one another.
The latest trend, for example, suits a bride who wants her wedding to be laid back and relaxed, moving away from the traditional grandeur and encompassing something more simply beautiful. It can also, however, be turned into the grand gesture that some ‘princesses’ dream of from the moment they are old enough to utter the words ‘I do’.This trend is to have a wedding picnic; no formal sit down dinner, but with as much (or as little) glitz and glamour as the bride requires. Whilst the originality and beauty of a picnic wedding are certainly key draw cards to the idea, it also simplifies the wedding planning process, as all hiring, food and décor is handled by one supplier, and it allows endless possibilities in terms of flexibility and creativity.
Ensuring that the bride is happy and that everything is made according to her requirements is Dial-a-Picnic’s first priority, says founder Paula Janse van Rensburg. “Our wedding picnics add to the overall wedding experience; everything we use has its own story. We will tailor make your wedding picnic to meet your every need,”confirms Janse van Ransburg, who also believes in a very hands-on approach.“We ensure that our clients’ every whim is met and by far surpassed. We will go to any lengths to ensure that the bride’s special day is just that; be it scouting through antique shops for silver goblets, to sourcing the best organic produce made by local farmers.”
The possibilities are unending; brides can let their imaginations run wild. The Dial-a-Picnic team will build bespoke, handcrafted picnic weddings from scratch. As specialists in outdoor dining, every bride’s taste and theme requirements are catered for. Some recent wedding themes include nature weddings, country style and vintage weddings and even high tea weddings. Nature weddings emphasise the Dial-a-Picnic focus on Green picnics and will suit a bride that is outdoorsy and has an admiration for Mother Earth and her beautiful flora. Country style weddings offer a rustic chic charm, while vintage picnic weddings offer infinite opportunities to dazzle, from Victorian lace to old-school Hollywood swagger. High tea themed weddings add a touch of whimsy and sophistication, while bringing the bride and her guests back to wedding dress-up tea parties they indulged in as children.
Every woman deserves to be made to feel like a queen on her wedding day. What is more luxurious than being pampered in a beautiful setting, surrounded by nature and elegant decorations, basking in the cool summer breeze or the warm winter sun and enjoying the outdoors, the company, and, most importantly, Mr Right?
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