An idyllic beach location with breath-taking views, five-star facilities and service is the perfect recipe for one of the most important days of your life. And it’s just what you can expect of the weddings at The Oyster Box in Umhlanga, Durban, on South Africa’s sub-tropical eastern seaboard.
The Oyster Box’s long history and renowned reputation as the place for all of those important occasions – from proposals and engagements to weddings – is legendary. Oyster Box Wedding Co-ordinator, Ginny Eslick says, “meticulous pre-planning and attention to detail are key elements to the success of any wedding, irrespective of size. We offer a one-stop service, working hand-in-hand with the hotel team and suppliers to ensure absolutely nothing is left to chance. Throughout the journey towards the Big Day, I’m there to offer couples a sense of safety and comfort, and to help reduce the stress that invariably goes along with planning a wedding.”
“Leading up to the event, my role is to offer support and advice around every aspect of the process. From the budget, invitation process, planning the programme for the day itself, menu planning, flowers and décor, to hair and make up styling, the marriage officiator, photography and music. My relationships with our preferred suppliers are long-standing and meet strict criteria. I have every confidence in them, which I’m able to pass on to our wedding couples.”
At The Oyster Box, nothing is too much trouble. Whether we’re catering for 10 or 100 guests, our weddings are are five-star, but fun, personal and intimate – everything you could wish for on your special day.
And don’t be surprised to see Skabenga, the resident cat, sitting (or lying) on the red carpet to welcome you and your guests on your arrival. Skabenga knows just when to turn on that feline charm and can’t resist the sight of a red carpet. There’s a good chance you may even feature on Skabenga’s own Facebook page after the event.
As a wedding venue, The Oyster Box is one of the country’s most popular and ticks all the boxes. The exquisite antique Gazebo in the lush gardens is where it all starts, before moving into the Pearl Room – think Hollywood glamour – a timeless room with glorious views of the sea and the iconic red and white lighthouse. The reflective mirrored walls and exquisite Venetian crystal chandeliers are the perfect palette for any wedding theme or colour scheme. From the moment you enter the room, magic is set in motion.
The star of any wedding – besides the bridal couple, of course – is undoubtedly the food. Executive Chef Kevin Joseph is on hand from the pre-wedding menu tasting where, together with Ginny, each aspect of the menu is discussed and considered.
Ginny says she sees herself as the ‘conductor of the orchestra’, pulling the various threads of the event together and ensuring that everybody is in harmony with each other to create the perfect symphony.
Top Tips from Ginny, Wedding Co-ordinator at The Oyster Box
Establish your budget up-front before embarking on venue choice and planning. Do you have enough money to have your dream wedding? Don’t spend money where you don’t need to. Having a proper budget will help you stick to what you can afford.
Thorough and meticulous planning is paramount. Remember to plan for things that could go wrong, such as weather if your ceremony is taking place outside.
Keep your eye on what is really important to you and your fiancé. While it is your day, it is also important to take your guests into consideration, as you want them to remember the special day.
STAY TRUE TO YOU
This is one of the most important days of your life and the day should reflect your personalities and what’s important to you.
Choose a venue that has a reputation for providing a stress-free wedding day.
SUPPLIERS & SERVICE PROVIDERS
Book your suppliers as soon as you can, as most of the good ones are booked a year in advance. Together with the Wedding Coordinator of the venue, they play a key role towards the success of your wedding day.
Plan your Big Day with Ginny Eslick for an unforgettable wedding at The Oyster Box.
Image credits: All photos courtesy of The Oyster Box / Red Carnation Hotels.