Monthly Archives: June 2012

Essque Zalu Zanzibar

At Essque Zalu Zanzibar, create your own personal paradise, your own kind of luxury, an experience of a lifetime. Our suites and villas all have picturesque views over the lush tropical garden or the ocean turquoise blue. Ensconce yourself in luxurious-styled spaces crafted from local materials, adorned with native artwork and housed under a traditional... Read more...

Seasons Lodge

Situated in Pongwe on the east coast of Zanzibar, just under one hour’s drive from the airport and from Stonetown Everything has been made by hand on site using our own team; we have employed, and trained, local workmen and craftsmen, thus investing in the local community and the local economy. As much as possible,... Read more...

Fumba Beach Lodge

On one of Zanzibar’s most secluded beaches is a luxurious, imaginative, peaceful hideaway.  Set on forty acres of the Menai beach conservation area, Fumba beach peninsula is both a large marine haven, and an eco-project. The essence of Fumba is privacy, relaxation, serenity, excellence and attention to detail. Fumba Beach Lodge offers well-designed elegance, with... Read more...

Fellow Rotarians

Donna is a member of the Rotary Club of Zanzibar, Stone Town. Rotary has a small, but very efficient club based in Stone Town. They are involved with many great projects in and around the whole of Unguja and Pemba. We support ZOP (www.zopzanzibar.com), Infant Club Foot Appeal, The Makunduchi Hospital Project (www.makunduchiproject.com) and People... Read more...

Dada – Mother Nature’s Sisters

‘Dada’ in Swahili means sister and is a term that is used for addressing an elder sister or another woman respectfully. Dada is set up as a socially responsible business network with women in the rural north of Unguja Island. The Dada cooperatives produce delicacies and wholesome food such as dried fruit and spices, sugar... Read more...

Photographers

Aisha Gothey Photography www.aishagotheyphotography.com View all wedding galleries by Aisha Gothey Photography… Life shouldn’t be measured by the number of breaths we take… But by the moments that take our breath away. AKILIPIX / Francesca McKenna www.francescamckenna.com View all wedding galleries by Akilipix/Francesca Mckenna… “I am a wedding photojournalist originally from London, now based in... Read more...

Hairdressing

The expatriate community of Zanzibar is at stages, ever changing, but there is always someone around that specialises in hairdressing for brides. We have worked with a number of hairdressers, and depending on availability, will be able to suggest someone to pamper you and make you look extra special on this very unique day! Please... Read more...

Transfers, tours, exploring & more

SeaZanzibar ‘Come with us and SeaZanzibar’ is their slogan and we strongly recommend that you make use of their services for all transfers and tours. Abu and Juma are based at Mtoni Marine and use their amazing local knowledge combined with personal flair to ensure that you ‘SeaZanzibar’ as it truly is! They also arrange... Read more...

Bridal Make-up

Cindy De Gouveia Cindy is originally from South Africa where she studied at Helia-D International and received her qualification in Make Up Artistry and Spa Management. She has lived on Zanzibar for 4 years and runs her own Spa company, Mali Spa’s. Cindy has a passion for bridal make-up and believes there is nothing more... Read more...

DJ’s, Musicians & Music

Coconut Band The Coconut Band has been the regular Saturday night gig at The Sports Café in the past and they are always highly praised. They are an eight piece band with very talented singers. Their repertoire ranges from contemporary African to the Rolling Stones, even Elvis! Get ready to dance the night away! They... Read more...

Wedding Favours & Gifts

“Have a beautiful wedding on Zanzibar and leave something behind for the community.” The following items are available to order as favours for your guests or gifts for those in your wedding party. Your guests can keep these beautiful souvenirs and be reminded of your wonderful day! A local NGO, Dada, supplies these to us... Read more...

Videography

Andrew Morgan Videography Andrew is based on Zanzibar and offers high definition unedited video capture of your special day. He captures clips of the following, which you can add to your photographs to create a stunning DVD in your own style once back home: The wedding venue, including scenery/view The groom and guests around the... Read more...

Recommended Accommodation

For packages around Stone Town, we recommend that you stay with us at Mtoni Marine, www.mtoni.com, for the night before, and the night of your wedding. We at Zanzibar Weddings are affiliated with Mtoni Marine in the sense that our mother company owns the food and beverage operations. We are also able to offer you... Read more...

Food and Drink Costs

For Stone Town based packages, please have a look at our website www.mtoni-restaurant-zanzibar.com for guidance on food and drink costs. These costs are average for resort restaurants on Zanzibar. The wine lists on the website are there for your perusal and to assist you in choosing your table wine before the day of your wedding.... Read more...

Legal Documents

You read a lot on the internet about what is required for a legally recognized wedding on Zanzibar, but by following our step-by-step notes it is as easy as “1, 2, 3 I Do!” We at Zanzibar Weddings, may require different paperwork from other operators and hotels on the island. These documents are listed in... Read more...

Tides

Not living on the coast, one might not be aware of the change in tides. I once arranged a wedding on the beach at Mtoni Marine at low tide (there is at least 3 meters difference between low and high tide). Weeks prior to the ceremony, the bride came for an inspection at the time,... Read more...

Time

The majority of the weddings on the island take place in the late afternoon/early evening, around sunset, usually between 18.15 – 18.45. Please visit mobilegeographics.com for exact times if you have already chosen a date. We recommend you start the ceremony about an hour before sunset. Depending on the length of the ceremony (normally about... Read more...

The Minister

With equally appropriate doses of warmth, humor and gravity, years of working with our dearly beloved Father Charles has placed him as our firm favorite Anglican Priest on the island and someone who enjoys the process of marrying people as much as we do. Based in Stone Town Anglican Cathedral, Father Charles is as spiritual... Read more...

Dress Code

Weddings on the beach are an informal event – barefoot and fabulous. Having said that, we have had some brides who have donned magnificent designer dresses, which have sparkled on the beach. It must be remembered that the Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks need to be removed before boarding boats and dresses need to be... Read more...

Décor

I love what I do and enjoy setting the scene for a beautiful wedding on this stunning island that is Zanzibar! Although I have a wealth of experience, I am by no means a qualified florist or a decorator. I have an abundance of vases; friends bring me florist tape when visiting from the “big... Read more...

Flowers

Although we are lucky enough to live on a tropical island, it is assumed that we have an abundance of tropical flowers. However, in the 17th Century the Sultans of the Busaidi family brought crows to the island as a gift. Sadly the crows destroy most of the eggs laid by tropical birds on the... Read more...

ZAASO – For Animal lovers

If you are an animal lover like me then you would be happy to hear that there is a wonderful Animal Sanctuary for beaten and hurt animals – Zanzibar Animals Affection Society (ZAASO). ZAASO is a community based registered non-profit organization that rescues, adopts, and provides shelter, foster care, medical treatment and valuable services to... Read more...

Desks for Schools

          Before and after pictures! Building of desks are facilitated through the Rotary Club of Stone Town, Zanzibar – more on the Club later… We believe that a good education can help a person change the world for the better. If you agree with us then help us get the children off... Read more...

Unguja Lodge

Unguja lodge is peaceful and secluded. It is well away Zanzibar’s busy tourist beaches, and the whole concept of the lodge has been developed to ensure it works in harmony with the natural environment and the people who live around it. This philosophy gives the place a distinctive air of tranquility that makes your stay... Read more...

Mtoni Marine

Mtoni Marine is located on the west coast of Zanzibar, 10 minutes north of Stone Town and neighboring the legendary Mtoni Palace. This laid back and family friendly hotel is the ideal location from which to explore Stone Town and the rest of the island, while providing a peaceful retreat from it all. The hotel... Read more...

Zanzibar Outreach Program

Zanzibar Outreach Program (ZOP) is one of Zanzibar’s most established and respected local NGOs, run solely by Zanzibaris for Zanzibaris. Set up in 2006, ZOP provides health, water and educational services for the people of Pemba and Unjuga, the two main islands that make up the Zanzibar Archipelago. Please contact Sjani and she will be... Read more...

Saidia Zanzibar

On 10th September 2011, the ferry M.V. Spice Islander, travelling between Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Pemba, capsized in deep waters in the Pemba Channel, north of Zanzibar island. The true numbers of those injured or dead in the tragedy has yet to be established, but it is now acknowledged that there were many more... Read more...