Here comes the bridal expo

Over 3000 people attended a weekend-long bridal expo at Oakfield Farm in Muldersdrift on the 29th of June where over 150 exhibitors showcased their wedding services.  

“It’s Gauteng’s biggest bridal expo,” said Siann Upton, Oakfield’s marketing director of seven years, who organized the entire event. With 72 acres of gardens and fields Oakfield Farm has more than enough space to host a massive annual expo to make every bride’s dreams come true.

Twenty-two years ago, Upton said, Oakfield started hosting a small open day for engaged couples, which eventually evolved into a large bridal expo. The event usually occurs in January and June. The summer expo attracts around 6000 people, she said.

More people showed up to this winter expo in comparison to previous years. “We spent more money on marketing this time,” said Upton.  

Members of Oakfield Farm start organizing the event months prior to its occurrence, said Greta Ogborne, Oakfield’s brand manager, and it takes two weeks to set everything up.

This June event started at 10 am and required a R100 entrance fee. The expo housed clothing sales and food and drink services.

“It’s all for the brides,” said Ogborne. “They need to plan their big day, and this gives them the opportunity to explore everything they need all in one place.” It is a combination that is sure to ward off bridezilla symptoms and pre-wedding anxiety.

Ingrid Vorster, who went to the expo out of curiosity, said she was surprised at how big the event was. “It had all the services for a wedding under one umbrella,” she said. Vorster wished that she had known about such expos before she had her own wedding.   

Some might think that this event is only for those who say “I do,” but it also secures potential clients for businesses that organize weddings. Hermione Ballinger, from a wedding and events magazine, said that her business secured over 100 new clients within three hours at the expo. The exhibitors were dress designers, décor managers, photographers, lawyers and others.

“Our exhibitors come from small businesses,” said Ogborne, “and this expo helps them get their name out there.”

Ilze Fourie advertised the Farm Inn Estate at the expo to showcase their wedding venue and said that they had gotten many leads at previous Oakfield events. “It’s good leads. It’s not just people passing by,” she said. “It’s definitely worth our while.”    

“We get fully booked,” said Cheree Pritchard, a baker from Jeanette’s Cake Creations. This company has baked wedding cakes as high as 1.1 meters tall and has been attending the Oakfield expo for over two years. At an expo like this, Pritchard said, people can share ideas and businesses can develop partnerships. “A nice web connection is formed as you get to meet new people that might lend you a helping hand if you ever need one.”     

The expo also showcased the talents of DJ’s and musicians. The Blu Earth Marimba Band performed during the weekend’s expo. The band members play marimbas for background music at weddings, said Khabonina Motaung, the band promoter. “We believe in the uniqueness of the marimba instrument,” she said. “It just gives a different vibe to a wedding.”

The Oakfield expo increased the band’s exposure. “We would love to be a go-to band for many functions,” said Motaung, “and Oakfield is the perfect platform to make that happen.”

Oakfield also provided excellent security on their premises. “We have roaming security guards, undercover guards and guards stationed at the entrance,” said Upton. The Oakfield members also took safety measures to ensure that their guests’ vehicles didn’t get stolen.  

“Overall, everything was smooth-sailing,” said Upton.

Oakfield aspires to remain one of the biggest wedding influencers in Gauteng with each annual bridal expo. For more information on the Oakfield Farm, contact their office at info@oakfield.co.za .   

Diarise dates for the 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo now!

As a celebration of the power, individuality and spirit of South African women, the innovative Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - will be returning, bringing financial advice alongside the best health, wellness, beauty and décor to Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018.

 

“We are really excited to be hosting the Women’s Lifestyle Expo to give South African women, of all ages and stages of their lives, the opportunity to have a day that is all about them,” explained Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “In today’s busy world, we tend to leave ourselves as last priority. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about indulging ourselves, whilst having fun with friends, moms or daughters. It’s all about us. Building on the success of the inaugural Women’s Lifestyle Expo, held in Cape Town, this has become a platform to celebrate our diversity, shared experiences, passion and varied interests. We want every woman who attends to experience the very latest trends, and learn about relevant topics, vital to their health, wealth and social wellbeing.”

 

The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is brought to you by FMI, a division of Bidvest Life Ltd – South Africa’s up-and-coming life insurer and leader in income protection. The expo’s mission to empower and educate women to live healthier, better lives directly aligns with FMI’s values and philosophy.

 

"We are passionate about helping individuals make the right decisions when it comes to securing their financial future by emphasizing the importance of income protection and critical illness cover – something that every single woman should ensure they have,” explained Grace Winter, Head of Brand Communications at FMI.

 

In addition to business and financial advice, the event promises a full line-up of interactive talks and seminars by experts in beauty, nutrition, health, fitness, décor …and more. Among the speakers will be Dr Jessica Trusler, a genetics researcher at AMPATH laboratories who will share interesting insights into the latest research on genetics screening for pregnancies; as well as Jean Chawapiwa, Founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa, and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, talking on ‘Women as Entrepreneurs’.

 

For those seeking endless retail options, there’s an expansive exhibitor line-up as well as high-end pampering services, including manicures, facials, makeovers, spa treatments and massages. Visitors will also be treated to a wealth of refreshments and quality dining options in the food court, from the wholesome and healthy to sinfully decadent dishes.

 

The 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo has introduced an unmissable feature to the programme, the High Tea. Guests attending this Parisienne-themed event will enjoy an exquisite high tea menu accompanied by champagne and gin cocktails. This high-end networking platform welcomes South African icons and leaders to the event, offering guests an exclusive opportunity for one-on-one engagement. Every attendee will leave the High Tea well prepared with a goodie bag filled with an assortment of health, beauty and wellness products. Tickets to the High Tea will be available from www.itickets.co.za.

 

When:         Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September.

Times:         Saturday, 29 September 10am to 8pm.

Sunday, 30 September 10am to 6pm.

Venue:         Montecasino Piazza

Tickets:        R250 per person per day for a general entry ticket.

 

Don’t miss your chance to experience the ultimate Women’s Lifestyle Expo. Tickets are available at www.itickets.co.za.

 

For more information about the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, visit:

Website - www.womenslifestyleexpo.co.za

Facebook – Womens Lifestyle Expo SA

Instagram – @womens_lifestyle_expo

Twitter – @Womens_Expo_SA

 

Roots celebrates its birthday with the elderly

About 60 elderly people from Cosmo City had a weekend to remember on 25 August 2018, when Roots butchery prepared lunch for them as part of a continued 4th birthday celebration. Dancing grannies and granddads were up on their feet showing of their dance moves. While many mall shoppers passed the butchery and watched in amazement, they took videos, pictures and some even joined in on the dance floor. Refreshments (cool drinks and snacks) were served to the elderly while they waited for their lunch which was served as they sat together at a rectangle table decorated with flowers. Roots also gave the elderly free Happy Birthday Roots T-shirts.


My Body is NOT Your Crime Scene!

#TheTotalShutdown
My Body is NOT Your Crime Scene!
On the 1st of August 2018, a day that marks the beginning of women's month, women and gender non-conforming people (GNC) from all sectors of South Africa will shut down the country in protest against gender-based violence.
Lesotho and Botswana will also form part of the mass action.
We have nothing to celebrate on 9 August. Every week we receive multiple reports of women, children, and gender non-conforming people who have been brutally murdered, kidnapped, or abused, and there is no sense of urgency from our leaders to find ways in which society can tackle this violence.
Women including the LGBTQIA+, children, and GNC people keep dying at the hands of men in South Africa, and something needs to be done.
This is an ongoing national crisis. We call on all women and GNC people to stay away from work and join the protest on 1 August 2018 in their respective provinces, Universities, and colleges.
A memorandum of demands will be handed over to the government on the day of the shutdown with clear actions. We will share information about the protest action over the following weeks.
Join us on Facebook @WomenProtestSA Twitter @WomenProtestSA and Instagram @thetotalshutdown help spread the word
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