The fourth Wedding Expo is nearly upon and Urban Culxure’s Khotso’s Sibanda had a chat with the expos’ organiser Linda Mpofu on her expectations for this year’s edition.
KS: Congratulations, this weekend is the Green Gardens Fourth Annual Wedding Expo. Walk us through the evolution of the wedding expos; from the first one to this year’s. How have the events progressed?
LM: Yes, it is and excited is an understatement! This year we went BIGGER than ever before! We did our first expo in 2013 and had 10 exhibitors. The number was decent seeing as it was our first, but the turnout was almost 300 people! We made it an official event in 2014 after realising what a major impact it has in the wedding industry. Since then our expos have continued to grow in attendance and every year we are taken aback by the response from exhibitors. In 2017 we had a few glitches and could not host one, hence the reason why in 2018 asidlali, it’s all or nothing!
KS:The 2-day event is jam-packed with so many fun and informative activities, including the coveted Grand Raffle Draw prize worth $1200. Tell us more about the raffle and all other activities in store for attendees.
LM: Every year we give away a free venue, tables, tent and chairs all courtesy of Green Gardens! For the last three wedding expos an entry ticket would automatically enter you into the Grand Draw.
We decided to make things a little different this year by selling the raffle tickets separately. Proceeds from the draw will be donated to the Imbeleko Yelizwe charity organisation. The organisation is currently focused on sanitary pads distributions to underprivileged girls and funding tuition for children in need of assistance.
As for what attendees should expect…A LOT! We have performances by IYASA, Harsh Touch, uMqemani and the famous Platform One! Exhibitors are really planning on putting their best foot forward and this is something brides would not want to miss. It’s really going to be good vibes all the way.
KS: How many exhibitors will there be this year and what original products and packages do they each have to offer?
LM: We are estimating over 25 exhibitors. It’s definitely going to be bigger than the last one based on the trends we have seen.
KS: You mentioned earlier that the proceeds from the raffle draw are going to Imbeleko Yelizwe. How did the idea to not only host a wedding expo, but to also give back to the community come about?
LM: I am part of Imbeleko Yelizwe so I pitched the idea the idea to my parents. Mr and Mrs Mpofu are the owners of Green Gardens and have been involved in a lot of charity work for a while now. They loved the idea and we are happy with it. Imbeleko Yelizwe is grateful beyond words and cannot thank them enough for this.
KS: How important is it for businesses not only to push for profit, but to give back to the community? Does this apply to financially thriving businesses only?
LM: Not at all. One can give back to communities by just giving their time. Volunteering at a hospice or an orphanage doesn’t cost money. Literally anyone can help someone, somehow.
KS: Thank you for taking time to chat with Urban Culxure
LM: Thank you
To find out more on how to help Imbeleko Yelizwe, follow the link to the Facebook Page. For wedding enquiries, check out the Green Gardens Facebook page or contact the number provided on the poster.