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Over-the-top celeb wedding ideas you can pull off too

Weddings are a glamorous affair. People come from far and wide to witness nuptials of friends and family. So the pressure is on to host a wedding to remember for years to come. And our local celebrities definitely aren’t the type to hold back when it comes to the biggest day of their lives. While their over-the-top (OTT) weddings may seem like the stuff that only big budgets are made of, it’s possible to pull off your own wedding with a wow-factor, without breaking the bank.

One of our favourite comedic and stylish Idols SA judges was a source of great inspiration for wedding planning this year. Somizi’s wedding this September was without a doubt one of the top weddings of the year. But what made it so fabulous? There were no less than four outfit changes, an array of themed dress codes, a 10-level cake, lounge areas fancier than the Durban July, two extravagant thrones, and their wedding entertainment line-up was one you’d expect to buy tickets to.

If you aspire to the same levels of extravagance, but don’t have millions to spare, we have the ultimate cheat list for you to have your own wedding with all the key OTT elements:

Create multiple spaces

The marquee is the perfect setting for a wedding. Not only is it glamourous, but it’s also very versatile and able to accommodates as many guests as you want. Take your marquee installations up a notch by erecting different sized peg and pole tents for different spaces around the main marquee, for the pre-drinks and after-ceremony canapes.

Utilise different floor levels to create a dynamic and interesting look for the lounge area leading up to the band and dance floor. Introducing a centre piece to this space like a fountain, flowers, chandelier or a beautifully decorated harvest food table also brings a little something more to the wedding look and feel (and makes for great spots for guests to take pictures).

Live entertainment

Anyone can have a DJ. Add something extra to your wedding with a live band. There’s just something special about the sight and sound of live music that oozes sophistication. And you don’t have to hire a headline act, there are many incredibly talented musicians available for hire at very reasonable rates.

The throne

Your wedding is the one time when it really is all about you (and your partner), so embrace the attention with a pair of thrones for the reception. Raise the floor level for your main table and consider adding to the effect with the right lighting to really put the new couple in the spotlight.

With your unique wedding marquee set up, a beautiful lounge area ready, the band doing their sound checks, and your thrones polished until they sparkle, you’re ready to wow with a wedding your guests won’t forget.


Need the right marquee and other event equipment set up for your big day? Get in touch with the MPR Hiring team for a custom quote and we’ll help make your dream wedding a reality.