Below is a selection of some of the written feedback I have received. No bragging - I receive hundreds of verbal praises. What a pity I can’t quote them here! (E&OE - I don’t edit my feedback for authenticity)
Wedding at Crinkley Bottom Park
Thank you so much for an incredible wedding ceremony. It was absolutely perfect for us and we loved every second of it. We have also received nothing but compliments on the manner in which you ran it and many have said it was the best ceremony that they have witnessed. We cannot thank you enough for exuding such class and making our day so incredibly beautiful.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Much love Janine and Jolene”
Home Affairs Alternative Mini Wedding on my deck
"Fiona at Hatches Matches and Dispatches gave us exactly what we were looking for and didn't think we would ever find for a short but meaningful ceremony for us and a few close friends and family. Can highly recommend this service "
Kingsley House, Ballito, 17 July 2015
Words cannot be used to explain how wonderful Fiona was to us on our special day. Her kindness and her special way she can make you so at ease is and was something very special. we have absolutely nothing bad to say and would recommend this Company without hesitation. Thank you Fiona.
Lyn and Eric.
“Home Affairs Alternative” on our deck
The entire procedure from initial discussions to when we left after the ceremony was conducted in a very professional manner. It was great using The Deck (which is awesome) as this gave our ceremony a more personal link than to have it done at Home Affairs. We highly recommend Hatches, Matches and Dispatches.
Keith and Merle, July 2015
Assagay Coffee Farm
We would like to formally thank you for conducting our wedding ceremony and paperwork on Saturday. We were so impressed by your professionalism and flexibility. Many people came to me afterwards and commented on what a lovely ceremony it was, and it fitted in exactly with what we wanted. Thank you so much!
I will send a few pics of the ceremony when they are ready for your website if you wish.
Please don't forget to send us a copy of some of the advice you read out. All I can remember is to be the soft landing!
Was such a wonderful day. Thank you so much again for being a part of it.
Tana and Rob 11 July 2015
“Home Affairs Alternative” Civil Union
On our deck
Me and my Now Husband Adel are so thankful and blessed to have come across Fiona who conducted our Same Sex Civil Union and even went far and above to help us with other things and documents we needed to validate our union in the US. Thank you so much we really don't know what we would've done without you guys. Best Marriage Officials in all of the KZN Region.
Adel and James Boulghens-Casablanca, USA
Rain Farm 18 April 2015
"Dear Fiona. Chris and I and all the rest of our guests thought that you conducted the most incredible ceremony and we still talk about how perfect it was!
We all felt that you were very professional but at the same time most helpful and paid attention to our needs and requests to make our ceremony unique and special to suit us as a couple. we will definitely be recommending your services to all our bridal couples who get married at Rain Farm as well as all our family and friends who are needing a minister!"
Chris and Cara
Cranford Country Lodge
“Hi Fiona. Just want to thank you for a wonderful ceremony for Kylie and Gerric, everyone commented on what a special ceremony it was and how well it suited their personalities.
Thanks for coming out all that way and hope the journey back in the mist was not too treacherous!"
Love Val (Mother of the Groom)
“Home Affairs Alternative” on our deck
I don't even know where to start. From the moment we arrived at your beautiful venue we were surrounded by love. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful and made such an incredible impact on not only us but everyone of our guests who attended.
Our wedding was everything we could have ever wished for.
Thank you so much for all your love, passion and dedication.
All our love
the New MR and MRS Bartrum
“Home Affairs Alternative” on our deck
Wanted to thank you so much for our lovely ceremony on Friday. What I can remember (was such a blur) was just lovely. Exactly what I had in mind. Will certainly recommend your services to anyone who is looking for a quick but special ceremony, it was perfect in every way and set the tone for a wonderful afternoon and evening.
Canelands Beach Resort by Fiona
"We have absolutley NO complaints. From the initial meeting to the actual ceremony we were blown away everything was exactly what we invisioned your level of professionalism was extraordinary... THANK YOU from both of us"
Sam & Clive
“Home Affairs Alternative” on our deck
You actually did far more than expected. What a wonderful experience and so intimate and personal. It was an awesome expierence as we really did not expect all the trouble you put into everything. We are very thrilled with everything. Thank you so much.”
Greg and Debbie
24 October 2014
Civil Union Wedding
Pietermaritzbug Prison Club hall by Fiona
"The Service was of top notch quality, ourselves and our guests were very taken back with the whole professional ceremony. The ceremony was very heart warming and straight from the heart it touched our hearts and our lives!!!! Thank you for a lovely day.
“Exactly what we wanted and performed perfectly”
James and Jocelyn, Dlinza Forest
September 26, 2014
A HUGE thank you for the most glorious, heart-felt ceremony, which truly touched not only Gary and I, but also our guests on our special day. Each part of the service was beautifully orchestrated and utterly perfect for what Gary and I wanted for the exchanging of our vows.
Natalie and Gary
October 11, 2014
"Very helpful, friendly and always quick to respond to any queries or concerns. We found your booklet on ceremony structures and wording for vows etc extremely helpful in giving a good template that we could then personalise. A wonderrful ceremony enjoyed by all of our guests with numerous and very positive comments fed back to us by most of the guests. Would highly recommend Hatches Matches to anyone requiring this type of service."
Jannet and Warwick
Legal-only marriage on our deck:
Thank you very much for the ceremony. It was beautiful and made our day very special. We appreciated our day and union even more.
We thank you.
Sharon and Bongani
10 September 2014
Hi there Rod,
I trust you are well.
Chilton and I would like to extend a big thank you for conducting our ceremony exactly the way we pictured it to be. The words that you spoke and the advice that you gave meant a great deal to us. So many of our guests complimented us on the way you conducted the ceremony, so thank you again
All the best and take care
Chilton and Kim
(Zimbali May 2014)
Dear Rod and Fiona,
James and I are back in N.Y after an incredible honeymoon and what turned out to be the best day of our lives- our wedding day!
We just wanted to say a big thanks to you ; Rod and your for your amazing ceremony- thanks due here to you Fiona for writing such an amazing, touching and wonderful speech, and to you Rod for your perfect and sincere delivery of the ceremony.
It was truely beautiful and there was not a dry eye under that Fig tree. So thank-you so so very much.
Your ceremony inspired so many guests and it really resonated deep within many, who after the ceremony seemed so much more in love and some even were inspired to propose to their partners later in their time in S.A.
So thank-you so much for helping to make our special day just that and congratulations on the ceremony, we were so happy with it!
you so much and we wish you all the best for the future.
Rene and James
Tala Game Reserve
The service was lovely, we got a very warm and trusting vibe from Fiona. She was very good.
Mica and Jake
I would like to thank you for performing our Civil Union yesterday afternoon. It was lovely to finally meet you, and we appreciate you battling both the afternoon traffic and your busy schedule to perform the union. We have both been so impressed by your gracious manner and your professionalism, and the fact that you handled this situation with aplomb and kindness.We hope that your business continues to flourish - with you at the helm it cannot do otherwise, for you are beautiful in looks, manner and spirit.
My husband and I are both deeply grateful to you.
Thank you and kind regards,
13 March 2013
"Thank you, it was wonderful. Rod did a special and touching blessing today, it was all we hoped for and more. A truly unique experience for our family.
3 January 2014
Legal-Only Wedding in Our Offices:
Thank you so much from Karen and myself for making our day memorable. Your words rounded it out very thoughtfully yet kept it light and applicable. Everyone commented on the illustration of the box and taking from and putting back into it.
Thanks for your assistance with understanding all the legal details. I may need to call you and refresh cos I wasn't listening too well yesterday . Lol.
Warren & Karen
Thank you Fiona, you did a wonderful job! So many guests commented on the ceremony and were so impressed. Thank you so much for helping make our long-awaited day even more special!
Lynn and Byron
Illovo Africa Lodge, 7 December 2013
Home Affairs Alternative at our office:
Was very happy with the service. Met all of our expectations and really enjoyed the way Fiona guided us through the process. Would definately recommend to anyone in need of such services!
27 November 2013
Fiona delivered her sermon with much compassion and eloquence. It was perfect.
Abby & Andrew
The Ballito House, 2 November 2013
Thanks, Fiona, for officiating our ceremony. It was so meaningful, and you spoke so beautifully. We loved the way you conducted it, and also the way you helped us so much in the lead-up to the wedding.
Tiffany and Jorge
Pennington, 5 October 2013
Thank you so much for such a beautiful ceremony!! It was just perfect:)
Thank you so much!!
Candice and Jaryd, 24 August 2013
Fiona was AMAZING, we would recommend her 100 times over! She was very professional, reliable and informative all wrapped up in a warm caring person - in other words: the perfect wedding officer
Louise and Dane
20 July 2013
‘Home Affairs Alternative’ wedding:
Thank you for making our day so special by taking the time to add in special and extra bits, for making the effort to understand and mostly for your kindness and your hearts generosity. David and I traveled a long hard road to be together and getting married some day often felt like a fantasy rather then a tangible dream, our day arrived not quite as we expected it would, we thought we had time but emigrating forced us to rush our union and in all the stress and a forced rushed union, we thought we will loose that "special something" one experience on ones wedding day. But you made it so special for us and a day to remember and cherish, thank you. Fiona, thank you for all your calm guidance, support and gentle kindness, you are like a gentle healing breeze on raw nerves. We wish you both heart happiness.
Moya and David
26 July 2013
Jason and I would just like to thank you for the most amazing service on Friday. The service was absolutely beautiful and everyone had only good words and comments about it. I was so emotional walking in with my mum but your calmness came over me and I was fine. I enjoyed every minute of it and will never forget those 20 minutes. The setting was beautiful and everyone had gone out of there way to make it special and beautiful. The tea and cake afterwards was great and all had a good time.
Thank you so very much
Jason and Bridget
Brettenwood, Ballito, 26 July 2013
Civil Union Wedding:
What an amazing, personalised and touching ceremony. We loved every second of it. Fiona really got Us and made it the most unforgettable day EVER!!! Thank YOU so very MUCH Fiona!!
Much Love Zeldia and Yolande Helleweege xx
Amantimtoti, June 2013
‘Home Affairs Alternative’ wedding:
Thank you very much for that ceremony, it was very simple yet perfect, just like I wanted.
Wolfgang and Jasmin, 31 May 2013.
We had loads of comments on how brilliant the ceremony was, thank you for your excellent service as well as all of your tips and advice.
Stacey and Chris, Palm Dunes, 4 May 2013
Civil Union Wedding:
Fiona was reassuring, informative, professional, friendly and flexible from our first contact right through to the completion of the ceremony. The ceremony was delivered in exactly the way we had discussed and our wishes/expectations were definitely exceeded. Unfortunately we won't get to use Fiona's services again, as marriage is something we intend to do just once, but we would certainly recommend her to friends and family! Thank you Fiona.
Ian and Oliver,
Thanda Game Reserve, 8 May 2013
Our ceremony was conducted excellently by Fiona. The message she delivered was clear and very compassionate. All the guests at our wedding commented that the ceremony was meaningful and not just like the same formal wedding ceremonies. Our heartfelt thank you to Fiona for making this day so special.
Johan and Janice, The Boathouse, Ballito, 4 May 2013
"An absolutely beautiful ceremony - just what we wanted! Thank you Rod"
Sharmaine and Jonathan ,
Endless Horizons, Umhlanga, 11 May 2013
Thank you so much for our wonderful ceremony Fiona. We had so many people who came up to us afterwards and said it was so special and personal. The amount of tissues that were used must be a record, even our photographer who hardly knew us was crying. It was such a wonderful ceremony and we really appreciate it. Thank you for making our big day so special and perfect.
Jenny and Colin,
Thorpe Lodge, Wartburg, 20 April 2013
“Home Affairs Alternative” Wedding:
Hi Fiona. Thank you so much for such a wonderful day, and making it special. You were so right, it was home affairs but done with heart - so beautiful, thank you for that and making our day memorable.
Our ceremony was beautiful. It was everything we wanted and more, it was relaxed, light-hearted and meaningful. Fiona gave us a few ceremony options/ideas which was a great help in tailor making our ceremony the way we wanted it to be. We chose to have the Candle Lighting Ceremony which is just beautiful and we could include our mothers which made it very special. We were not sure about what reading we wanted so we asked Fiona if she wouldn't mind choosing one for us, which she agreed to and it was lovely. Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special and for the help along the way.
Shaylee and Heath
Dearest Fiona. Thank you so much for the special part that you played in our wedding day. Our friends and family really enjoyed the ceremony and it was very meaningful for Cuan and I and our children. We loved the way that you conducted it and both felt very comfortable with you. It was so special to share our wedding day with you and other dear friends and family members. The day was made for us by the love and enthusisasm that we felt from all of our guests. After all the planning it was just a joy to experience the day to its fullest.
With Best Regards, Cuan and Lucy
Our ceremony was lovely. It was meaningful, the perfect fit and tone for us and we had lots of favourable comments from our guests. Fiona was extremely helpful in pointing us in the right direction as we didn't really have a lot of ideas about content, but on the day everything went perfectly.
Victoria and Paul
We were so over the moon with the ceremony. Every part of it was special and meaningful to us. I especially loved that you encouraged us to take in our surroundings and wiggle our toes in the sand. I will always remember our wedding when we do that now. We loved the two ceremonies - the wine ceremony and the hand ceremony, but especially the hand ceremony. It was so powerful and meaningful. Our guests loved the ceremony and commented to us that they had never seen either ceremony and they thought the service was really very sweet and meaningful. I especially loved the verse 'a walled garden'. As we didn't have a videographer we have decided to include the ceremony script and the readings and vows and verses in our album to remember these specials words forever.
Thank you so much Fiona.
Sarah and Oded
The Boathouse, Ballito
Dear Fiona , Our heartfelt thanks for your perfect part in Fridays beautiful service for beautiful Joanie. So many people have commented on how much they enjoyed you. And what a relief Dave and Sarah's great lead voices . The hymns went well. With our love and thanks ,
Judy and Derek
The ceremony was perfect! Relaxed and light hearted- just what we wanted! Thank you so much for being a part of our day.
Roxanne and Cameron.
Even though we only wanted a legal ceremony Fiona still made it touching and meaningful. Thanks Fiona a lovely ceremony for our very special day.
Jean and Craig
Rod and Fiona were really helpful in getting our legal documents together and also helped so much in dealing with the home affairs department. Rod performed our wedding ceremony beautifully - all our guests gave him praise! Thank you!
Laea and Ben
Just a small note to convey our deep gratitude to you, Fiona, for making our wedding service, so meaningful and relaxed. We received so many compliments regarding the service and I personally owe you a debt of gratitude for making me feel so relaxed and making it all that more enjoyable.
Your delivery was phenomenal and the sense of peace that follows you is a great example to us all.
Many thanks again! Blessed be
Kerry and Grant
Thank you Fiona for making our day so special. The ceremony was beautiful and will always be remembered.
Dee and Shazie