Call us biased, but when it comes to celebrating weddings, there’s no continent that showcases their culture quite like our beloved Africa.
We don't deny that white western weddings have their own beauty but traditional weddings are particularly special in the sense that every part of it is not only about the joining of families but also a love letter to African heritage.
When I asked Afika, one of my lovely colleagues what she loves most about the tradition, this is what she had to say:
“Well firstly, I really love how regal brides of all cultures look in their traditional wedding attire/dress, especially the traditional Xhosa bride’s umbhaco – it’s really one of the most beautiful of ensembles.
“I also love how they are celebrations that don’t exclude anyone – anyone can attend from both sides of the family. And it’s a time where both families can finally mingle properly.
“The food served at traditional weddings is also just really hearty and wholesome.”
And clearly our favourite local celebs are all about upholding, maintaining and celebrating these sentiments.
Here are just a few of our favourite pics of SA’s top darlings looking amazing in their traditional wedding outfits.
Oh, but before you scroll down – would you like to share your story and traditional wedding pics? We’d love to hear from you (We welcome all weddings, of course, but we don’t get as many traditional wedding pics as we’d like – so please, send away!)
On to some of our favourite wedding pics…
Minnie Dlamini & Quinton Jones
So, you’ve all probably seen TV personality Minnie Dlamini’s stunning pics and sneak peeks right? If not, you can check out our write up of it here.
She initially got married to Quinton Jones in a traditional ceremony in July this year and wore a stunning beaded white dress and isicholo (the customary Zulu hat) and we love every single aspect of her outfit.
A+ for the gorgeousness featured here.
DJ Tira & Gugu Khati
The popular music master wed his long-time sweetheart in a beautiful traditional Zulu wedding back in October 2016. The lavish affair was all over the internet and both him and Gugu shared pics of their nuptials on their social media accounts.
Sarah Langa & Jehan Mackay
Fashion model and lifestyle influencer Sarah Langa looked absolutely regal in her traditional red and white Swati dress and her rope neck piece from Pichulik. She wed businessman Jehan Mackay in June 2016 and had her white wedding in December 2016.
Caster Semenya & Violet Raseboya
Our Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya married her girlfriend in a traditional ceremony back in 2015 – looking all fabulous in bright shades of yellow, purple, orange and pink. The couple had their white wedding in January this year.
A solid 10/10 here.
Motlatsi Mafatshe & Millicent Nkangane
Actor Motlatsi Mafatshe, known for his roles in Shooting Stars and Isidingo and his childhood sweetheart, Millicent Nkangane got married in a traditional ceremony back in November 2014 in an explosion of orange hues and happiness.
So much love for this.
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