Wedding Bashers: Zavion Kotze, Siba Mtongana, Cindy Nell-Roberts and Denise Zimba. Picture: Supplied

Since viewers can't get enough of local wedding shows such as Mzansi Magic’s Our Perfect Wedding and SABC 3’s Top Billing wedding extravaganza, M-Net has joined the fray with a reality show of their own, Wedding Bashers.

Debuting this Sunday, September 17, at 5pm on DSTV channel 101, Wedding Bashers showcases a variety of South African weddings, with four experts judges giving their verdict of the proceedings. 

They are celebrity chef and restaurateur Siba Mtongana, former Miss South Africa Cindy Nell-Roberts, actress and television presenter Denise Zimba and wedding planner extraordinaire and floral designer Zavion Kotze.

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IOL caught up with some of the judges at the Wedding Bashers launch at Saxon Hotel on Thursday where the venue was transformed into a wedding venue, with amazing flower designs, wedding cakes, wedding dresses, music and champagne.   

Speaking to Siba about the highlights of the show, she said: "The highlight for me was seeing the different weddings from a Shembe Zulu wedding to a Lebanese wedding. It was seeing the beautiful rainbow nation that we are and how diversified South Africa is.

“And seeing what some caterers can do with limited budget... some did great and others didn’t. I’m really strong in critiquing the businesses because the catering business has not evolved and and we need to push it to ensure that they give more value for money.”

Siba says she is in fact “bashing the caterers” instead of the bride and groom. 

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“I’m really bashing them because it is the caterers that give options to people, so the bride takes whatever options given to them.
“I challenge caters to have more options for the bride. Be able to stretch the budget without compromising on quality and most importantly be creative in their offering,” she said.

What would be a big no when it comes to wedding food?

“”When food start looking like prison food, that’s a NO NO NO! When everything is overcooked, when rice looks like pap, broccoli looks like spinach, meat starts falling off the bone, it’s a waste.”

As for the flower decorations, the Zavion Kotze says that although DIY is a great idea, poor execution spells disaster. 

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“We've seen some weddings that were really luxury, some  weddings that are trying to be luxury but really are not, some DIY weddings, and some people that failed at DIY horribly. I think the show is going to be amazing and brides: 'Just try and not DIY. Just hire me'", he said.

Cindy Nell said she is excited to be on the show and she laughed as she recalled some of the fashion mishaps. 

"There has been a lot of fashion crimes at the weddings we've attended. I’m convinced that there is going to be some brides and grooms who are going to stab us when they see us, because we are not nice to all of them.”

Her advice for anyone planning their wedding is to keep it simple.

“If you look back at those pictures in 20 years, will that hairstyle still feel relevant or would you go like, 'oh my God, what was I thinking'. Keep it simple, timeless and elegant.

"And the grooms, I have to say, there is a very big trend coming through where men are completely out dressing women. They are on point, they are suave, they are on fleek.”

“Lastly, have makeup on standby because, by the end of the night, I often find the brides look a bit tatted which is cool, but people are still taking photos of you.”

Commenting on the show, senior creator and director Gavin Wratten revealed: "About 9 months ago, M-Net put out a pitch and asked for a completely different wedding show, so it actually feels like I’ve been in labour.

"It's been a wonderful journey. We went and looked at just about every wedding show there is on the planet. And the one thing that stood out from me was we've never seen a wedding through the eyes of the guests."