- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2014
Kudos to my sister and family, they actually mananged to surprise the biggest surpriser/planner of all events person in our family, ME!! How did they do it, by having my bridal shower on a Sunday afternoon. Bridal showers always take place on Saturdays here, and so when Saturday the 1st passed I assumed they would have it the next Saturday. So last SUnday after church I was waiting at home so that we go for dance routine practice (Dance routines are beyond essential for most African weddings). We usually start practice at 1 pm and by 1:30 i was so frustrated because my sister/MOH hadn’t come to pick us up.
She finally did show up just before 2 and on our way she called my cousin and said she was late for practice but would come and pick up the ‘stuff’ As we approached my cousin’s house which is a few km from our house, I noticed a few cars parked putside the gate belonging to some churchmates, and then it hit me. She opened the gate and ‘SURPRISE!!!!!!’ I was truly overwhelmed by the whole thing, funny enoug though i didn’t cry I am quite notorious for that,lol. Most of my friends from church, university and my relatives were in attendance. I t was truly an amazing event. It’s rainy season right now and so it was held in the garage.
One of the bridal shower traditions here, is that the bride sits on the floor, women sit on the floor as a sign of respect and when you are being advised, we do not do it as often anymore save for family gatherings etc so don’t worry about my delicate bum, it’s a bit used to it.
Having all those grown women and young ladies gather around to advise, bless and pray for me was truly humbling.
Those are some of my presents, what you see on top is the ultimate bridal shower gift, a straw broom and wooden spoons to cook our staple food, pap:) and believe you me a bristle broom hasn’t got anything on that straw broom.
My favourite gift would have to be the garment steamer, one of my cousins bought for me,
I actually cannot wait to use it, wooo hooo and thank god no one bought me water glasses as I had hinted at any given chance and nothing with flowers on it, lol. Not that I do not like flowers but I think it’s easier to buy such on your own.
Finally here’s an image of the surprise invite made by yours faithfully my SO:), we do graphic design work, part time and I have always done the bridal shower invites for our clients, besides being skeptical I think he did a splendid job, I’ve always wanted a girly themed bridal, having been a tomboy for a sizeable time in my life.(fyi nothing wrong with that at all). So when i was surprised in wekkend shorts and a T-shirt my young sister had been kind enough to sneak in a dress for my ultimate ‘makhothi’ look (makhothi is bride in Ndebele, my husband’s native language)
After the shower I realized that this is finally happening. It’s one of those reminders of how real the wedding is. I hope your bridal was or will be as memorable as mine.