Nondu and T couldn't travel back home to South Africa for their wedding. So, they conducted a virtual Lobola ceremony with their families at home. Combing their Shona and Zulu cultures, they exchanged gifts, sang, danced and broke bread together. Not to mention looked incredible! Nondo wore a black fitted dress with an African print fishtail, Ndebele necklace and Zule hat, and T looks sharp in a brown velvet blazer. The images of them dancing and smiling are pure joy.
Virtual Lobola ceremony combining the couples Shona and Zulu African cultures.
What made the day unique was the fact that it was a virtual traditional lobola ceremony. It is often said that, in Africa, marriage unites families, not just individuals and that is what is at the centre of a lobola ceremony. We couldn't travel home due to the pandemic and therefore had to adjust our traditional ceremony to a virtual event with us being in the UK and our families coming together in South Africa, exchanging gifts, singing and dancing and breaking bread together. It was an unconventional way to do it but turned out beautifully.
Africa was the vibe and Africa was the inspiration. We had the coming together of the groom's Shona culture and the bride's Zulu culture. Both cultures are from Southern Africa but have slight distinct differences. They both shone through on the day through singing and the procedures that were followed on the day.
The whole day was a favourite moment for us. Everything was perfect!
Be prepared to be flexible in a world full of uncertainty. We initially had a different picture in mind of what our lobola day would be like but had to adjust and change it due to the pandemic and it turned out beautifully.
Marriage is often described as a union of two people. But, the primary purpose of a Lobola ceremony is to build relations between relatives too. This is a wonderful way of including family into your day. We've put together lots of ideas of ways to include your loved ones in your day.