Everything you wanted to know about a Marriage Box wedding

What exactly is a MARRIAGE BOX wedding?2018-05-02T10:35:28+02:00

The Marriage Box offers 3 options in our beautiful but temporary venue spaces and hosts several couples to say their vows in short, intimate, registry styled form. The organisers bring together all the professionals touches, so all you must do is turn up, really. Our weddings are about making it as easy for couples as possible and, because more than one couple, will be marrying in the same spot (at different times, of course), the costs are greatly reduced.

When you say professional touches, what does this mean?2018-05-02T10:36:06+02:00

The person organising your wedding does everything depending on your package. For example, at our weddings we do pretty much everything, from organising an authorised celebrant, and the ceremony styling, a shoot with a professional photographer is organised and photos are provided on a USB. As well as a list of optional extras. So, quite literally, the organiser takes care of everything!

Are there any added extras?2018-05-02T10:36:52+02:00

We work hard to create a beautiful environment that enhances the setting. We love touches such as natural wooden boxes, lanterns and chalkboards, glass, silver which really help make it feel special. We try to make every single wedding unique – But keep to a standard look and feel so that elements can be reworked and reloved.

So, is a Marriage Box wedding the same as eloping then?2018-04-23T20:55:58+02:00

Yes and no. An elopement focuses on just the two of you, and if that’s what you desire, our B.Wed package fit the bill perfectly. But if you still want to share the moment with your nearest and dearest you absolutely can – just on a smaller scale in terms of guest numbers, which are limited to up to 30 guests with our other 2 packages.

What’s the attraction of a Marriage Box wedding as opposed to booking a venue or a celebrant yourself?2018-05-02T10:38:13+02:00

Well, the obvious answer is that it’s always less stressful to have someone else do all the work. That way you can just focus on the exciting bits, like writing your vows, and then turn up. But an even better answer is to remember that because you’re sharing the day with possibly other couples, everyone contributes to the cost of the venue, styling and décor, which adds up to some significant savings. And we do not charge for the alcohol. And that’s incredibly important to people on a tight budget.

What are the legal requirements involved?2018-05-02T10:38:53+02:00

Just like any other type of ceremony, our weddings provide a registered wedding officiant who does the paperwork, and tailor makes your ceremony with you. You also need two witnesses to sign the marriage certificate. It Includes all home Affairs Paperwork to be married in Community of property. And we can provide the Will and your ANC contract if that is your preferred marriage contract method, at an extra cost with our lawyer suppliers.

So, it’s definitely legal?2018-04-23T20:56:16+02:00

Yes, 100 per cent so.

How long does a wedding go on for?2018-05-02T10:39:31+02:00

It varies depending on the package, but our couples enjoy an hour for the elopement package and that’s plenty of time, since the ceremony itself only takes about 20 minutes, including signing all of the paperwork, adding some photos and some champagne…But we do have a extended ceremony package and the ceremony and cocktail event option.

Can the service be customised at all?2018-05-02T10:40:35+02:00

Because the idea is to bring costs down by sharing the day, elements such as décor and styling remain the same, with a focus on neutral tones and beautiful touches that will suit most. Where there is the opportunity for personalisation is with the bouquets, dress, vows and the music that plays before and after the ceremony and during the signing of the documents, adding candles and serviettes in your colours. So, if you’ve always wanted to walk down the aisle to Shania Twain, Green Day or Kylie Minogue, you still have that chance. As always everything is possible at a price.

Can people bring in their own photographer?2018-04-23T20:56:31+02:00

A professional photo shoot is part of the package, But, it’s important to remember that lower costs don’t mean lesser expertise or value for money. But if you have a photographer preference we can remove that cost from our package. Each couple unedited photographs on a USB and the option to buy edited directly from the photographer. One thing to also consider is that in a larger wedding, many photos are used to capture memories of extended family and friends. But with the heavily edited guest list or the elopement package as a package, an hour’s photos offers great coverage.

It is OK to bring confetti, or a bottle of champers to celebrate afterwards?2018-04-23T20:56:36+02:00

We suggest biodegradable options for all our weddings like popcorn or rice crispies or bubbles, so all these are welcome…cut out leaves or petals can also be used. Paper confetti is no longer used due to littering.

We provide you with ice buckets and you bring the ice and drinks for your select number of guest.

Where are the weddings held?2018-05-02T10:41:59+02:00

The Marriage Box currently has venues in Woodstock and Tableview, Houtbay, Newlands and Camp Bay. They are both indoor and outdoor venues and have a fantastic atmosphere and a personal setting.

Can you still make a grand entrance to our weddings?2018-05-02T10:42:31+02:00

Absolutely. You can still send the groom ahead as per normal and then walk down towards the ceremony, with or without attendants, as your processional song plays. There’s also scope for a bit more personalisation. We encourage people to let us know what they’re after and then we try to find a way to fit it into their hour and their budget.

Can we still have a reception?2018-05-02T10:43:43+02:00

Of course, you can depending on your package option. In fact, it’s a lovely idea to have the wedding just with your family and closest friends and then have a celebratory lunch or dinner. Other suggestions include a high tea or a champagne brunch.

At the end of the day, our wedding incorporates all the best bits of a more traditional ceremony, It has the company of your very nearest and dearest and the chance to look your partner in the eye and say, ‘I do’.

The main advantage is that it’s stress free and budget accessible. It’s about creating a beautiful foundation and letting brides and grooms build on that.