South African Tech Start-up Takes The Stress Out of Wedding Gifting

South African Tech Start-up Takes The Stress Out of Wedding Gifting

As a very recent bride, I wish I had something like this for my wedding. We believe this will be revolutionery in the way that we gift to the wedding couple in the future. 

"New School" couples live together before they get married so don't always need gifts, Honeymoon Funds are becoming a huge trend, but it is also difficult to ask someone to bring money to your wedding. Wrapistry has developed something that will change this forever.

Ask your friends about digital disruption and they will trot out a list of ‘tried and tested’ technology brands like Amazon, Apple, Google – and more recently Airbnb and Uber, but their mainstream focus means they are glossing over dozens of innovative start-ups that are revolutionising traditional ways of doings things. Wrapistry.shop is one such start-up that is leveraging digital technologies to radically improve how wedding guests interact with the bride and groom during the centuries-old custom of marriage.

A little background behind the company. Wrapistry is a family business that bills itself as the ultimate wedding registry. “We decided to reinvent the traditional wedding gifting process to address many of the pain points that couples and their immediate family experience while planning a wedding,” says CEO, Jed Shein. “This is a foundation business that we built, from the ground up, to give customers the interactive experience they desire”. An early lesson for firms entering the digital age is that the so-called millennial generation (and those coming after) place a high value on customer experience. Not only do they want a seamless gifting experience, but they want to give meaningful gifts that resonate with their digital lifestyles.

The desire to help guests choose awesome wedding gifts was one part of the service that Wrapistry co-founders Pat Berman and Linda Shein unveiled at the firm’s establishment in 2015. They accommodated changing consumer demands by creating a ‘one stop shop’ for busy wedding guests which today offers three gifting options. Guests who access the registry can choose from traditional gifts (chosen by the bride and groom), cash donations or contributions towards the couple’s honeymoon or an experience, such as adventure or travel packages. The overriding motivation for the business, however, was to relieve the stress couples face in the run-up to their wedding day by creating a platform to automate the ‘old school’ wedding gift registry process.

So, this all sounds amazing, but how does it work?

Each couple creates a personalised wedding registry online and adds an appropriate number of gifts from various price points before sharing a link to the registry with their guests. Guests follow the link to choose their gifts and have an opportunity to write a personal message to the couple before completing an electronic payment. Following the wedding, couples can log into the registry to review a list of all gifts and generate personalised email thank you notes. Other services include a support team to assist guests in choosing the perfect gift; a ‘group gifting’ facility that allows multiple guests to contribute to ‘big ticket’ items; and a free delivery service to a single address.

With all the information you need, what are you waiting for, go create your Wrapistry now.

 

Ocean Inspired Engagement Shoot

Ocean Inspired Engagement Shoot

Written by Sherri-Lee Smit

With only two months until our wedding, I would like to share with you our engagement shoot taken on our getaway a few weeks ago. We decided to have a little break away from reality and head towards Plettenberg to finish arrangements for our wedding.

We got to meet with our planners, Elfi and Sylvia, mother-daughter duo from Yes Exclusive Weddings & Events. They introduced us to our Videographer, Henri, from Iron Glacier Creative.

We also got to meet our incredible photographer Sharyn, from Sharyn Hodges Photography. We spent a few months searching for the perfect photographer to capture our special day, once we saw the love Sharyn has for the ocean and the way she captures moments we knew she was the one.

I also thought it would be an excellent idea to do an engagement shoot, so that my Fiance and I could get to know her and feel comfortable in front of the camera. So when the big day comes we won't be nervous. (just a little tip for other couples)

Sharyn took us on a walk down Keurboomstrand, with our puppy dog Valentino. We ended up at Arch Rock where we got these incredible shots. She made us feel so comfortable and it can be seen on the pictures how much fun we had.

Thank you Sharyn.

 

 

Keeping Calm and Planning On

Keeping Calm and Planning On

Written by Sherri-Lee Smit

Everybody said, "The time just flies before your wedding day." But now I know they where so right.

From deciding on a date and venue to 3 months to go feels like a flash. Though I have been spoilt and made feel like a princess from my beautiful bridal party. I wanted to share some memories with my countdown celebrations.

For 1 Year to go my Bride Squad spoiled me with delicious Steenberg MCC, training clothes for getting motivated for the "bride bod"  and a gorgeous file to keep all my planning documents of course every thing teal and mint.

 

6 Months to go, my girls kidnapped me and took me to a secret location. Open Door at Groot Constantia. Loads of donuts, MCC, balloons, flowers and prezzies. Also a letter board with a photo of my fiance and I saying Together Forever. One of the presents included coffee cups with Mr and Mrs on them which we already use everyday (just practicing) and a sensual massage candle.

 

To the most recent surprise of 3 months to go. A beautiful bikini and kaftan for my honeymoon, more MCC (can never be enough) and flowers.

A special thank you to each and every one of my girls that have supported me through my journey and made it that much more special with their surprises. 

With 3 months to go, I will be sharing my suppliers, food tastings, dress fittings, bachelorette parties and whatever else goes into being a bride. 

The Bespoke Cellars-Hohenort For Your Wedding

The Bespoke Cellars-Hohenort For Your Wedding

Written by Sherri-Lee Smit

Celebrate your unity at a fairytale garden sanctuary in the heart of Constantia Valley. The team at the Celars-Hohenort is so passionate and involved. we where lucky enough to get a beautiful tour of the 9.5 acres and enjoyed a scrumptious high tea at the Conservatory, they have an elevated comfort food, with sophistication and finesse.

The variety that they can offer is incredible. They have 5 different wedding areas that would suit any thing you have dreamed about.

Palm Arch: "Arches and weddings seem to go together very well, and with good reason. They give each wedding a distinct character and a focal point. Choosing how you decorate your arch is another opportunity to put a stamp on your wedding. At the Cellars-Hohenort you can say your vows under the Palm Arch. It’s a unique and photogenic space for an outdoor ceremony: surrounded by lush green foliage and hidden by ancient trees, yet still offering beautiful mountain views.

Conveniently, the Hohenort building is adjacent, which makes for an easy flow from ceremony to canapés and Champagne."

The Great Hall: "For a sophisticated indoor venue, the Great Hall in heart of the Hohenort building has recently been refurbished for a more modern, elegant look. There’s easy access to the wraparound balcony, as well as the inviting Greenhouse Bar for canapés and champagne."

 The Conservatory Restaurant: "Offering unparalleled garden vistas, your guests will feel as if they’re floating above the trees. The restaurant is built around a giant 300-year-old oak tree, offering a setting that is both whimsical and elegant. We can also arrange to have your ceremony or reception here in the airy indoors, or on the sun-drenched terrace. This area can accommodate a maximum of 80 guests without a dancefloor, or 60 with a dancefloor."

Garden Reception / Hohenort Lawn: "Garden weddings are a dream, and we can help you plan yours in our gardens. This spacious piece of land provides an incredibly picturesque venue, with views that include the Hohenort pool and the vineyards beyond. Ideal for larger weddings of 70 to 120 guests, a marquee or Bedouin tent will be erected on the Hohenort lawn to accommodate all your guests."

Greenhouse: "Food is one of the most important aspects of any wedding. This flagship, award-winning restaurant of The Collection by Liz McGrath has been reimagined, and your guests will be in for a culinary treat. Picture warm, dark wood mixed with the soft tones of charcoal and honey, and punctuated with eclectic, contemporary art to create an uncluttered environment. It’s at once an elegant yet cutting-edge space to host the wedding reception of any foodie’s dreams."

For more information about these incredible areas click here.

Your fairytale will be a reality if you entrust the team from The Celars-Hohenort to plan and execute your bespoke wedding.

Contact The Celars-Hohenort

+27 (0) 21 794 5535
reservations@collectionmcgrath.com

 

EXQUISITE ACCOMMODATION

All 51 rooms and suites boast panoramic views of the iconic mountain over the 9.5 acres of beautifully manicured gardens. There’s something to suit everyone in your wedding party, including those travelling as a family.

Your guests will have access to our wonderful wedding accommodation rate. They qualify for a 15% discount at time of booking.

 

Real Wedding Fit For A Princess

Real Wedding Fit For A Princess

Written by Sherri-Lee Smit

 

NAAZNEEN HAKIM & SHUAIB MAHOMED RASCHID 

29 September 2018

Venue: Stonehaven Castle, Shongweni

The bride and groom had an outdoor garden wedding at this beautiful castle setting. One hundred of the couples friends and family attended the wedding that was decorated with glamorous creams and touches of royal blue.

The bride's dress is 20 years old, her encrusted tiara was brand new and her something blue was her flowers.

The groom wore a beautiful royal blue suit with black details, a white shirt and a black bow tie. The couple looked perfectly matched on their special day.

Photographer: Brendan Clarivette

Venue: Stonehaven Castle