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Melissa Mangaroo

Married on Aug 4, 2018 in Kwa-Zulu Natal


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Magical Moments


An Indian Wedding is known to be big, loud, bright and colourful. My wedding day was no exception and was truly memorable. All the months of planning had culminated into a beautiful day. The weather was perfect (not too hot, not too cold). I remember feeling both nervous and excited. As I rolled up to the venue, the photographer was there capturing every special moment. It is customary at Hindu weddings for the bride and groom not to see each other until the nuptials begin. I waited with my sisters and close friends in the Bridal Hideaway. I secretly caught a few glimpses of my husband and he looked so handsome. The highlight of my wedding was walking down that aisle and seeing him in his traditional wedding attire. I had never felt so happy. I treasure all the moments of my wedding.

The Honeymoon


After spending a bulk of our money on the wedding.
NB: Indian Weddings are a three day traditional affair.
We managed to salvage some funding for a honeymoon at Sun City.
We always wanted to travel internationally but you make do with what you have.
I know our next trip will be something special.

Wedding Gallery


My Special Day

My wedding look was one that depicted the traditional Hindu Bride. I wore a red and silver three piece outfit that weighed more than me. But it was well worth those hours spent practicing how to walk with a heavy lehenga and high silver heels. I had found my dream wedding outfit along with jewellery at one of the India Fairs in Durban. My shoes were bought on sale from MRP. My hair was a simple upstyle that complimented my outfit and was done by a local hairstylist Keshini Moodley. My make up was done by my talented sister. I also had the traditional bridal mehendi (henna) on my hands, feet and legs.

The Venue

My venue was the Umgeni Road Temple Hall in Durban. This is one of the largest and oldest temple complexes in South Africa, the three temples here reflect the three main forms of Hinduism. We had chosen the main hall and it was a beautiful venue complete with beautiful peacocks that walked across the Temple grounds.

My Bridal Beauty Regime

I stayed fit by going for Pilates classes at Core Medical Centre in Durban North. I also made sure that I ate healthily by eating fresh fruits and veggies and drinking lots of water. Two weeks before my wedding, I did teeth cleaning and whitening at Nu Shifa hospital with Dr Younus Desai.

Wedding Elements

Our colour scheme was cream, gold and yellow. Our centre pieces were mirrored elephants and mirrored kulsas (prayer coconuts). The decor was done by Mirage Mirror Decor. Flowers were beautiful yellow roses provided by Flowers by Thara.

Marriage Officer

Our Marriage officer was Mr Jai Gansan who was quite affordable and highly professional. He met with us a few weeks before the wedding to go over the documentation and get to know us as a couple. Such a sweet gentleman who made our wedding special.

My Captured Moments

Our amazing photographer and videographer was Tyrone from Tyrone Govender Photography. It was an absolute pleasure working with him. He made us feel at ease and captured such candid yet beautiful photos. I couldn't have asked for anyone else to do our wedding justice.

We also had Premium Photobooths who added that extra fun element to the wedding. They were easy to communicate with and quite affordable. Our guests really enjoyed this at our wedding.

Food & Cake

Our food was provided by Indian Delights Catering. Such impeccable service and attention to detail. Waitrons wore matching sari's and were attentive to all our guests needs. Delicious food and amazing service.

Our wedding cake was a three tier vanilla butter cream cake with gold trimmings and yellow roses. It was a stunning cake and equally delicious. Thanks to The Cake Studio.

Wedding Stationery

I had designed our wedding invites and had them printed by Ganasen Press.
This press company is one of the oldest in Durban dating back to 1915.

The Reception and Entertainment

We had a live band who performed our bride and groom entrance songs and entertained the guests during the course of the wedding. They were amazing and our guests loved them. Thanks to Praneel Soonder.