Planning Your Wedding Ceremony

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Wedding ceremonies can be performed by both religious and civil officials, and generally follow a similar format as set out below:

  • Entrance of the bride, introduction and welcome by the official
  • Music, literature, poetry or readings from the Bible
  • Wedding Vows are spoken aloud and agreed by both the bride and groom
  • Exchange of rings
  • The official sanctions the marriage and offers a blessing or expressing of good wishes
  • The first kiss as a married couple
  • Witnesses sign the wedding certificate or marriage license.
  • All guests stand whilst the newly married couple exit the ceremony

Although the main format of weddings is standard, many couples like to change some aspects to personalise the ceremony, and the presiding official should be able to give you some guidance on this matter. Some people like to write their own vows, but remember that there may be some words or sentences you cannot deviate from, so check with the official before attempting this. You can make your wedding vows romantic or even humorous, as long as you both agree!

A good way of personalising your wedding is to ask some guests to read out special passages for you. These may be personal poems or writings, specially created for the day, or quotes from existing literature that have some special meaning. If you are having a religious wedding, passages from appropriate text such as the Bible are popular. Some of your guests may be musically gifted and would be willing to perform a small piece of music, either vocals or instrumental. Remember to ask about the duration of the ceremony before you plan any readings, as some officials perform more than one ceremony a day and may be only able to allocate you a certain amount of time.

It might be a nice idea to do some research into different types of wedding ceremonies around the world. There are many touching traditions that you could incorporate into your own wedding ceremony such as a candle blessing. This is a lovely way to involve all of the guests in the ceremony. In a candle blessing, each guest is given a small, unlit candle as they enter the room.

Once the rings have been exchanged and the official has sanctioned the marriage the bride and groom light their own candle, and then turn and lit the next candle with their own. This passes round the room, and then the person with the last candle to be lit walks to the front and lights a central candle to complete the circle. If this is not practical with the venue you have chosen because of safety issues, then you could incorporate the ‘exchange of love and peace’ tradition instead. This involves each guest turning to the person sitting next to them, shaking hands and saying “Peace and love”, or something along those lines.

Other nice touches to your ceremony include giving a rose to everyone as they enter the room, which could be in the form of a button hole/corsage, or a Hawaiian tradition of giving everyone a garland of flowers, called a leis, which they can then exchange with the person next to them to symbolize love, unity and giving.

And if you are getting married in Gauteng, remember to get the best wedding photographer in Johannesburg.

Are E-cigarettes The Wave Of The Future

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There have been plenty of innovative products that have came and went over the past hundred years or so. Many of them were left by the wayside when something new and better came along. There has never, until now, been a product that could take the place of tobacco cigarettes. The electronic cigarette has caused quite a stir with concerns about its effectiveness as a stop smoking aid and its overall safety. What many people do not realize is that it was never meant to be a stop smoking aid in the first place and even if there are any adverse effects to be found in using the product and the nicotine liquid connected with it, could they be anything nearly as bad as smoking tobacco?

So far the main concern about the product is the nicotine. But since people that smoke tobacco are already inhaling nicotine, that aspect of the product is no worse than tobacco cigarettes. There are several things that make the product much better than smoking tobacco according to some health experts, like the fact that there is no tobacco involved. An electronic cigarette user does not have to inhale toxic smoke from burning tobacco and this also means they are not inhaling tar either because you must burn the tobacco to create the tar.

Another great aspect of using the e-cigarette is the tremendous reduction in the chemical content that smokers inhale. It is common knowledge today that tobacco contains somewhere around four thousand chemicals and so many of them have been proven to be cancer causing and deadly. So far the only real negative content involved in the e-liquid used with the e-cigarette is the nicotine itself and many researchers believe that when the nicotine has been removed from the tobacco and all of the other chemicals, that the nicotine itself could be less harmful.

The sales of electronic cigarettes in this past year alone have escalated to the point that suppliers are having a hard time keeping up with the demand from tobacco smokers. Many tobacco smokers have been desperate for a long time to not necessarily quit smoking, but to have a suitable and less dangerous alternative to tobacco. Whether or not the e-cigarette is a passing fad or not remains to be seen, but from the stand point of those who are already using it, the majority of them think it is a wonderful product that they definitely do not want to give up.

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A Beginners’ Guide To Enjoying Red Wine


The richness of the world of wine is endless and amazing which includes the gentle Merlot of South Africa to the “Blood of the Bulls” from the Spanish Sangre de Toro. In the modern world the rules for drinking wine have been altered and thus its easier for the common people to taste this exquisite drink which has in turn raised its demand in the modern world.

Despite the wine being so common and inexpensive there are still some who believes this delicious world is not open for them. There are lots of options in the world of wine, but which one should one start with? How can one enjoy a red or a white wine fully? What kind of meals is best suited with wines?

Let us have a closer look to the basics of exploring the wonderful world of Red Wine. You need to spend lots of money of the wine as a beginner. You can go for varieties and brands once you know how to explore the real taste of the wine. You can easily get some delicious red wine at R75 to R120 per bottle. You should avoid spending on high value wine costing R250 to R400 as a beginner. Though you should buy inexpensive wine but you should not buy local stuff. The local wines are prepared at the local vineyards; it can be delicious sometimes but sometimes it’s just vinegar. You should go for a local wine only if you are at a place like Napa Valley renowned for its local vineyards or else you should choose a wine which is known nationally or internationally.

At the beginning you should go for a varietal one. That means you should go for a wine which is made from single grape type which may be Merlot or Shiraz Syrah or any other. Even though the blended red wines are very delicious but at the beginning you should avoid them. You can enjoy the blends only when you have learnt the varietals of various grapes. You should also avoid the flavored or the cooled wines available at the stores in your locality. They are just blend of soda and alcohol which can cause headache as they are not made from the pure elements.

You can begin with the genuine Merlot which can of any origin from Australia, Chile or South Africa. The vineyards in these places offer high quality wines at an affordable price range. The Merlot is the most gentle wine among the red wine family and you can enjoy with a broader meal menu and thus its recommended for the beginners.
It is important to understand that the red wine needs breathing. You should keep the wine still for at least ten minutes after you open the bottle so that wine have the time to get matured with the oxygen present in the air. The breathing process enhances the delicacy of the wine and keeping the wine still for 10 or 20 minutes after pouring into the glass accelerate this process.

Another important thing that the beginners need to know is that the Red wine is kept in room temperate while the white wines are served chilled. If you cool down the Reds it will remove the subtleties and you won’t get the real flavor and pleasure for which you bought the wine. Cooling the red wine also delays the maturity process of the wine and thus you should always keep the red wine at room temperature.

In the older days there were many rules of wine drinking like the Reds with red meat or the white with chicken which have been loosened or ended now days. Though the guidelines of the past are not bad ones but today you can enjoy your favorite wine with your preferred meal than a predefined meal course with the particular wine.

So what’s next? You should give a try for various brands of Merlot from the known vineyards as the beginning journey to your world of wines. You should explore the various tastes but as a beginner you should try to stick to the one’s from the south equator. You can explore more once you get familiar to the taste of the Merlot and can spot the difference. Once you are able to differentiate between the various Grape varietals then you should go for the blends and other varietals.

Sun City Restaurant Guide

Sun City Restaurant Guide

The Sun City in North West Province is known as much for its glitzy nightlife as its fine dining options that cater to diverse tastes and penchants. Thus, whether you are looking for a 24-hour steakhouse to satiate your hunger pangs after a fun night out or an exclusive restaurant where you plan to surprise the love of your life with a proposal; you can find it all in this city. You name it and Sun City has it, be it the themed restaurants where you can dine amidst South African memorabilia or buffet restaurants where you can help yourself to all you can eat.

If you are looking for a swanky restaurant that oozes class, you can make your reservations in one of the many award winning restaurants that dot Sun City. A number of these are located in the five-star hotels across Sun City and are specialty restaurants with à la carte menus. For instance, there is no beating Bouchon when it comes to the finest French delicacies in the area. This restaurant has already received the Epicurean Award winner for Best French Restaurant along with the awards for Best New Restaurant on the Strip, Best Restaurant on the Strip and Best Restaurant.

If you are looking for a more romantic setting for your dinner date in Sun City, you cannot go wrong with Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro. This popular eatery is located in the Palazzo and is the numero uno choice for couples who want to reignite their passion over a hot meal. For an intimate dining experience, you can request the hostess to get you seated in one of the tastefully decorated private booths at the restaurant. From here, you can enjoy a scenic view of the strip as you dig into your food.

Leading Sun City Restaurants

Those with a craving for classic Sun City steak dinner can satiate the same by heading to any of the many 24 hours open steakhouses. The best thing about these food joints is that they offer wholesome food at a reasonable price that does not leave your purse empty after the meal. Some of the leading Sun City restaurants that fall in this category include Steers’s 24/7 that is situated in Hard Rock. Its menu includes all the standard offerings including jumbo burgers and creamy milkshakes.

For a prime rib dinner, you can ask for directions to Cafe Siena at Sun City. You can either sample its light night dinner specials or order a dish of your choice from its Chinese kitchen. Courtyard Cafe is also a popular gourmet address for those who are a fan of its 16-ounce T-bone steak dinner that comes at an extremely low price.

Buffet lovers also have limitless options in Sun City. Bellagio, Paris and Wynn Buffets are sure to leave you spoilt for choice with their extensive culinary spread. World cuisine lovers can get their fill at the Carnival World Buffet at the Rio or the Bistro Buffet at the Palms. You can also give a try to Cravings at the Mirage.