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How to (NOT) freeze and shine at a cold Kenyan Wedding

Ever heard of freeze and shine? Well, this is shine, without the freeze part. For the Kenyan King.

Picture this.

You have a wedding to attend. It’s been on the cards for some time now. But you’ve been a bit too busy to stop and shop for it. You’re a man. It’s not like you to fuss about weddings. However, you are a man of style. A king in your own right. And when you need to pick up something, you tend to pick up masterpieces that are worthy of your extremely high standards.

Anyway, your plan is to wear either a designer tuxedo or a statement jacket on the day in question. The usual open-chested peak collar wedding guest tuxedos. But then an interesting thing happens. The weather changes and it begins to rain the entire week. At some point, it becomes inevitable that this is likely to be a rainy day wedding. This will be one of those lovely cold-weather weddings where people show commitment by coming out to celebrate love despite the weather. Singing and dancing joyously in the rain without a care in the world.

What you need is a statement jacket that will keep you warm and have you looking extremely stylish at the exact same time. What you need is a power sport coat that will stop the crowd in their tracks and have their eyes widening with respect at the sight of you. What you need is a designer sport coat for the ages.

What you need is this masterpiece of a statement wedding guest jacket.

This unique wedding guest sport coat has the added advantage of highlighting your Cristiano Ronaldo V-shaped frame if you’re a gentleman who hits the gym often.

And the exquisite one-of-a-kind bold buttons do a phenomenal job of showcasing your high level of sophistication. You’re an extremely well-refined gentleman, as evidenced by your sublime taste in wedding guest attire for men in Kenya.

Designer wedding guest sport coat statement jacket is exclusive to King Sidney – Built for Royalty

 

How to Power Dress for Diwali and/or Valentine’s

Diwali’s coming up. And so is Valentine’s day. Both of which are wonderful opportunities to portray your sophistication. Now, you being the King that you are could go ahead and get a separate jacket for both occasions. Or you could get just a single masterpiece that is guaranteed to knock their socks off.

A jacket in which you can stage a grand entrance at whichever luxurious venue you and your wife choose to celebrate in. A jacket in which you will walk in and have everyone going…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A jacket that will have your wife of 10 years looking at you like she first did 10 years ago.

Yes. What you need to ensure you lock down both occasions in terms of style is an exclusive Italian brocade, African-luxury dinner jacket such as this one.

Diwali Dinner jacket King Sidney

 

 

Now, of course, we can’t forget your wife. The woman who has held you down for those last 10 years. Your helper. Your ride or die. The queen without whom you wouldn’t be the King that you are.

We want her dressed in a way that highlights her strengths while complementing yours. Dressed in a way that has you both looking like the power couple that you truly are. And in order to achieve that, we turn to the expert of African luxury in the female department. Queen Sonal Maherali herself.

valentines diwali outfit

We may not know much about female fashion, but we know exceptional when we see it. And Sonal is definitely the best of the best when it comes to female luxury fashion in Africa. By far. Check out her post on dressing for Valentine’s day.

Now all that’s left is for you to romantically present your wife with a red rose.

Very unique wedding tuxedo Kenya

Then go out and celebrate your union.  With any luck, if you’re not too tired in the evening, either or both of those days could end like this.

Gentlemen, How to Amplify Attraction on your Anniversary

Picture this.

You and your lovely wife have been married for a long time. 10 years. It has been a fantastic 10-year relationship. But of late as you look into the mirror, you feel like you’re not the man you used to be. A natural focus on the kids and work has taken a visible toll on you. And it’s evident for all to see.

But since you’re a king, you’re all about solutions, not complaints. You’re about to go through a mid-life reinvention of yourself. Not a mid-life crisis. And you intend to start with this particular anniversary. You want to step into the anniversary date with an extremely powerful look that will have your wife falling in love with you all over again in a way that she never has before.

So let’s go ahead and build your anniversary date outfit with designer pieces from head to toe.

The Pants.

anniversary date outfit men

High-quality merino wool pants. With how incredibly attractive you will be looking in your entire outfit, these are likely to be coming off later in the evening, if you know what I mean. We’ll make the pants grey seeing as to how we’re building a grey outfit. And you’ll ensure that they are made of the highest quality raw materials. Speaking of the highest quality.

The Belt

Anniversary Date night outfit Kenya

What you’d naturally strap on after slipping on your pants. This particular unique masterpiece from Waza wazi is a real impression-creator. It’s made from leather before it’s de-haired and has numerous advantages such as never being able to get dirty. Most importantly though, it’s very unique nature will have your wife’s eyes widening in amazement. Speaking of eyes widening in amazement.

The Tux

Anniversary date tuxedo kenya

You then slip on a white shirt and this powerful grey King Sidney tuxedo. Are you feeling it? Is the self-confidence rising on the inside? It’s a self-confidence that she is guaranteed to notice. And not just her, everyone at the date spot will notice the man of exceptional taste and style that you are strolling in. It’s about time you showed the world your true potential. And speaking of the time.

The watch.

Nothing screams sophistication quite like a swiss watch. Now you can stroll into the date night spot looking and feeling like the King that you are. And speaking of strolling.

The Shoes

grey suit anniversary date night outfit kenya

We complete the look with a lovely pair of grey Calvin Klein’s.

And now you’re good to go. The reinvention of the King.

The secret to having an amazing Kenyan date.

I’ll show you. But first, let me preface it with a quick story. I’m an entrepreneur. And because I’m an entrepreneur, I like to read stories about business strategy. To immerse myself in my work. Anyone of you out there who has a passion they truly enjoy knows exactly what I’m referring to.

Anyway, recently I came across the story of Netflix. Yes, the movie streaming website of the ‘Netflix and chill’ fame. Now, I won’t bore you with a long biography that you can Google online. Here’s the story in a nutshell. In the building of their business, Netflix came to a crossroads. They were a small company that wanted to be a much bigger one. Investors had given them money and were looking to see how exactly they would grow. They were under a bit of pressure. So what did they do? Well at first they tried aggressive advertising, which makes perfect sense. But alas, that did not work.

Then some genius inside the firm came up with an idea. What we need to do is invest in ourselves. Original shows that cannot be found anywhere else. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Fun story, but what exactly does that have to do with me having an amazing date, you ask?

Well, here’s the thing. You are Netflix, and your date is the movie watcher. You could sit down and brag about yourself and your accomplishments (which is essentially what advertising is) but that will not work. Have you ever sat across from someone on a date who yapped and bragged incessantly about how awesome they are? Anyone with any experience in dating understands just how much that strategy is doomed to failure. Or, you could invest in the most important thing, you. Show rather than tell.

All self-confidence that is seen on the outside first starts on the inside. Any warm smile and sexy gazes you portray on the outside all start with you feeling a certain way on the inside.

So whether it be going to the gym for a few months, or picking up that designer jacket you’ve been eyeing, or those lovely pairs of shoes that would shoot your self-confidence through the roof, it all starts on the inside. That beautiful watch could portray you as an individual of taste and make for a great conversation starter on the similarities that you may or may not have in terms of taste.

Go ahead. Celebrate yourself. How do you expect them to celebrate you if you won’t celebrate yourself?

Once you’ve made the necessary investment in yourself, the rest will flow easily from there.

How does that saying go again? Build it and they will come.

amazing date kenya

So whether you’re married and keeping the relationship fresh with date nights, or single looking to get married one day, the biggest secret to having an amazing Kenyan date is self-investment.

Designer blazer for men in Kenya exclusive to King Sidney.

Tips for the best anniversary gift for your husband.

You love that man. You have loved him since the day you met him, and you don’t see it about to stop anytime soon. It’s been 4 years. Yet somehow that first kiss you both shared feels like it was just 4 days ago. You’ve given him two lovely boys. Boys who are just as strong, handsome, and as intelligent as their father. Last year you got him a luxurious pair of brogues. This year you want to top that.

The perfect anniversary gift for your Kenyan husband can be tricky to contemplate. You always have a few questions running through your mind at this time of year.

Will he like it? You now know him well enough to know his tastes and preferences. But therein lies the challenge. How do you get someone you know very well a better gift than you got him last time? Or the time before that. Gifting forces us all to get better and put more effort into our relationships. And that’s okay. Everyone wins when we choose to individually work harder on whatever we have control of within the relationship.

Here’s another question probably running through your mind. Do I know enough about his passion to get him a gift that he will truly appreciate? If he’s a fashionable gentleman, do I know enough about fabric to get him something he would truly appreciate? If he’s into electronics, do I know enough about the field such that I won’t be swindled by the first ad I see?

You’re looking to get him to fall more in love with you with each anniversary gift. You want him to think about you whenever he interacts with your gift. And that effect is easy to achieve.

Let us explain it in the video below.

 

What to wear to a Kenyan wedding – Men’s edition

You’ve been invited to a wedding. Well, not you in particular. Wifey. She’s been invited for a wedding and of course, there’s no way she’s going to go alone. What kind of show would that be? Going for a couple’s event all alone when she has a husband. She won’t have it. And any attempt to wiggle out of it will be met with that look. You know that look.

Now that you’re going you might as well make one hell of an impression. Besides, weddings are great networking opportunities.

So a couple of questions begin running through your mind. Don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for. I’ll answer each of your questions one by one.

And I’ll even do you one better. Today we’ll do things differently.

Rather than type out the answer in blocks of paragraphs that I’m guessing that you probably will not read, I’ll answer each question with the help of a video.

Sounds like fun?

Let’s do it.

What should I wear to a wedding in Kenya as a guest?

You should wear something unique. A dinner jacket such as this one perhaps.

What’s an appropriate colour to wear to a Kenyan wedding?

There is no appropriate colour to wear to a wedding. It’s not about the colour in as much as it’s about the beauty of what you have on. Here, I’ll let these gentlemen explain.

Is it acceptable to wear jeans or khakis to a wedding reception in Kenya?

Absolutely. As explained by the gentlemen above. As long as you style them properly. Not sure how you can style khaki pants for an important occasion such as a wedding?

Here, let me show you.

There you have it. What to wear to a wedding in Kenya for the stylish Kenyan man.

Wedding guest attire for the Kenyan King.

A Kenyan man’s dream wedding scenario

As always, I’m going to start with a disclaimer. This post is strictly for the couple that wants their wedding to be an experience of a lifetime, for both the bride and the groom, not just the bride. The couple focused more on the fun factor than the doing-things-to-impress-others factor. The couple that wants their wedding day to be forever etched in their memory in the happiest way possible.

Gentlemen. Picture this. You both love soccer. You met her as you were both cheering on your favorite team. She’s essentially like a Carol Radull. Only a lot more beautiful in your opinion and a whole lot more attracted to you. You date for a while. You cannot possibly see yourself spending the rest of your life without her by your side. So one day you wake up and ask her to marry you. She says yes. Of course, she says yes. I mean, this is you we’re talking about.

So the two of you sit down and begin to plan the wedding. In your mind, you’ve heard that the wedding is a female-dominated affair. But you love her so you don’t want to leave her feeling overwhelmed from doing all the stuff by herself. Besides, being the woman that she is, she lets you know right off the bat that she values your opinion and your leadership and she wants a wedding that caters to both of you. A statement that reminds you of why you went ahead and proposed in the first place. You feel so lucky.

So, the two of you begin to plan. “What will be the theme of the wedding?” You both think out loud. What do you both love, she inquires? Soccer. It’s how you met.

Now you’re getting excited. You didn’t think it would be possible but you’re a grown man getting excited about a wedding. And you can see the glare in her eyes as she also envisions a soccer-themed wedding. The wedding cake could perhaps be a more grand version of the soccer-themed cake you both made to celebrate your one year relationship anniversary.

Soccer themed wedding cake

The two of you feel so in love and in sync with each other as you envision the concept, that planning breaks for about an hour as you both head into the bedroom to celebrate the success of the beginning of the planning process. Who said planning a wedding is no fun?

Over the course of the week, you begin to add details to the plan. What are you going to wear? That’s important to you. You like unique pieces. You’re never going to do that ivory jacket uniform everyone wears. It’s just not you. You want something you can wear on multiple special occasions long after the wedding. And you’ve never owned a suit in your life so those are absolutely out of the question. You’ve had your eyes on the following masterpiece for some time.

Very unique wedding jacket Kenya

You show it to your fiancé one morning before you head out to work. She absolutely loves it. Her exact words are, “if there’s anything in this world that can make you look even more handsome than you already are then that has to be it.” My goodness, this woman is a dream come true you think to yourself. You guys almost have another ‘wedding planning fun’ session but work beckons.

As the month progresses, you realize that you’re both very busy and it makes more sense to hire a wedding planner. The two of you are after all paying for the wedding yourselves. Therefore it makes more sense to focus on making money and hand the details to a professional. So you need a wedding planner. But you can’t just have any wedding planner. You have a very unique dream as a couple and the last thing you want is someone who will struggle to bring that dream to life because they have never executed a wedding that unique. A lot of what they do is the boring everyday stuff everyone else does. One day as your scroll through Samantha’s Bridal Instagram feed, you come across this brand.

A brand with years of experience specializing in unique events and couple experiences. You’re sold by her brand so you sit down for a meeting with her. The other wedding planners you sat down with left you exhausted with this planning process. They seemed very focused on the décor and the aesthetics at the expense of everything else. They didn’t seem to really understand what you were after.

Before you meet her, you’re not sure if she’ll be any different. The others did after all also have exceptional marketing materials and websites. However, any doubts you may have heard about her quickly disappear. Because the second you sit down with her, she tells you this.

“Let’s not get it twisted, this is not about looking different. If you only cared for how it looked you’d be seated with one of the cookie-cutter wedding planners. It’s about having an amazing experience at what is currently the most important day of your life. It’s about your wedding day being the best party you’ve ever attended. It’s about staying true to your personality as a couple and doing things your way as the masters of your own destiny. It’s about having a story to tell your kids during your 20 year anniversary as a couple.”

That’s it. Say no more you think to yourself. Best fiancé in the world and now quite possibly the most ideal wedding planner in the world for your unique creative wedding.

Life couldn’t possibly get any better than this.

 

Article by Peter Okatch. King Maker at King Sidney.

An open letter to Kenyan brides.

Let me start with a disclaimer. This post is written by a man. A man with a huge amount of experience in fashion, but a man nonetheless.

So I will not pretend to understand what it feels like to be a woman. I won’t try to act like the importance of the big day holds the same weight for men as it does for women. I’m told you ladies have been dreaming about your wedding day since you were teenagers. The only thing I was dreaming about as a teenager was losing my virginity. So we’re obviously different.

However, there are a few friendly suggestions I would like to make. The keyword here is friendly. Suggestions that I feel would improve the wedding experience for both you and everyone involved.

Now, if you agree with some of these suggestions, fantastic. Take them and improve your wedding. If you don’t, please go back to my first statement and re-read my disclaimer. I have to put a link to my website at the end of this post, and the last thing I need is a bunch of angry Godzilla brides hunting me down at my shop. We don’t do that here. Kenyans lost all flimsy reasons to hate each other after the handshake.

Let us proceed.

Please learn a little colour theory before picking your wedding colours.

Basic colour theory knowledge really helps. It helps you determine which colours will go together nicely. So what that does is, a group photo ends up looking very nice because of the way the colours rhyme. Let me show you with the aid of an example.

There are three neutral colours. Grey, white and black. Because they are neutral colours, every other colour matches well with those colours. Also, if you have a colour in mind, a good look more often than not is to simply to go with a different shade of the same colour for colour number 2.

Those picturesque looks have been created with very basic knowledge of colour theory. Very basic.

The problem is when y’all pick out your colours, you think, “What’s my favourite colour? Pink. What’s my second favourite colour? Green. Let’s go with pink and green!” Then you end up with the type of disasters I can’t showcase here for fear of being sued. And while we’re on the topic of colour.

Why so complicated?

Picture this. You come up with a fancy colour and let the committee and bridal party know. Ballet slipper pink with a hint of Shamrock green. Yes, those are real colours. I did not come up with any of them out of thin air. It sounded like I did though, right? I had you looking at your screen all puzzled for a few seconds there. Welcome to our world.

Anyway, some poor soul is tasked with shopping around for the colour scheme. She finds it. Then takes a picture and sends it on WhatsApp. It looks different. Of course, it does. There’s a reason why online selling of clothing has never taken off. Things look different in a picture than they do in real life. Ask the millions of men and women who have attempted dating through Tinder.

But we can’t go back and use your description to clarify the actual colour because, in an attempt to sound and look sophisticated, you ended up not being clear. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use complicated-sounding colours. All I’m saying is that you should try to keep it as simple as humanly possible. Chocolate brown is fancy-sounding yet still simple. We’ve all eaten chocolate and can therefore picture it. Tawny brown with a hint of cedar is just you looking for a fight somewhere down the road. And speaking of looking for a fight.

Why do that to them?

Your bridesmaids love you. They’re there for you. Your ride or die sisters. So why reciprocate that by forcing them to wear those cheap shiny things that they will throw away 5 seconds after the wedding? Again for fear of my safety I would never showcase examples here. But you all know exactly what I’m referring to. I get it. It’s the tradition. It’s the way things have always been done. However, this is 2020 for goodness sake. You can have them looking very good in dresses that they can wear long after the wedding. Get creative. It’s your wedding. Your personality. Why limit it to copying what everyone else is doing?

And by the way, a bunch of them are single. Please help them look stunning and beautiful for all the quality single men in attendance. We like it when they look hot and classy. You’re not helping their cause by covering their gorgeous bodies in a horrible cheap fabric and super common style simply because you saw some resembling picture online.

And lastly.

You’re the host, not the guest. Know the difference.

Picture this. It’s a Sunday. You and your man take the kids out to the amusement park as you sit down and whisper romantic things into each other’s ears. You pay for the kids to play with the swings and you keep a close eye on them from afar. What you do not do is force them to sit down with you and talk. Why? Because it’s very apparent that even though you are in charge, what’s important to you is not what is important to them. Even though you are all sharing the same experience, at the same time, within the same venue.

A wedding is exactly like that. It’s a party and you are the organizer and host. What’s important to us as the guests are the food, music and that we dance and have fun. So if you want people reliving that day in their minds, ensure you invest in quality catering, good music (DJ/band) and an MC who will guide us and help us have fun. I always find it funny when a bride skips the MC and overspends on the décor. We don’t remember the décor in that instance. We just sit around bored waiting for that wedding to end so that we can go home and watch Netflix.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t spend money on décor. Please always ensure the place looks as grand and as pretty as possible. The beauty of the event will put everyone in a positive state and help them enjoy themselves more. What I am saying is that you shouldn’t skimp on what’s important to your guests and expect positive reviews. I’ll reiterate. It’s a party. You’re the host. If you truly didn’t care about the enjoyment of your guests, you’d be getting married at the AG’s office.

Article by Peter Okatch. King Maker at King Sidney.

5 unique wedding suits & tuxedos for the Kenyan groom

There’s a breed of men out there who are in love with quality and uniqueness.

You can see it in the way they handle their business. It’s evident in the way they carry themselves. It shines through in the women they choose as partners. Men who do not follow the masses. Men who bring their A-game when the occasion calls for it.

I like to call these men kings. They’re the reason I set up the brand in the first place. And when a King is having a wedding, he tends to show both his queen and the rest of the world, just how exceptional his sense of style can be. Essentially showcasing his power through his wedding tuxedo or suit.

So without further ado, let’s dive into 5 unique wedding tuxedos and suits fit only for the Kenyan king.

  1. The leather trim wedding tuxedo.

unique wedding suit Kenya

Built from high-quality materials that include real leather and mohair wool, this wedding tuxedo is ideal for the more traditional, perhaps older, gentleman. It’s a refreshing twist on an age-old classic design. Inasmuch as the wow factor on this piece may not be as high as the other wedding jackets on this list, its versatility is apparent. Pair it up with a white shirt, you’re a suave looking groom. Pair it up with a black shirt, you can send off someone you lost with the respect they deserve.

 

  1. The lurex pick stitch wedding tuxedo.

black wedding tuxedo kenya

Craftsmanship at its very best is a thing of beauty, and this wedding tuxedo perfectly encapsulates that. If you’re the type of gentleman who just has to wear a traditional suit for your big day then this one is for you.

  1. The showstopper wedding tuxedo.

Very unique wedding tuxedo Kenya

The cream of the crop. This masterpiece of a wedding tuxedo is guaranteed to have jaws dropping and eyes widening in amazement at the sight of you. Crafted from Italian brocade, this is the ultimate party jacket. One that will serve you on multiple special occasions for years to come.

  1. The A-list wedding tuxedo.

a-list blue wedding tuxedo

Details such as a silk-wool blend fabric and a black leather lapel set this piece apart from most wedding tuxedos. The versatility of this tuxedo means that it can be worn both to your wedding as the groom as well as to your friend’s wedding as a wedding guest.

  1. The hand-painted savannah wedding tuxedo.

unique hand-painted wedding tuxedo

For the bold gentleman not afraid to showcase his unique personality. This hand-painted masterpiece of a tuxedo is likely to cause a few standing ovations. Just be careful not to outshine the bride with this one.

Unique wedding ideas part 1: The Groom

Let me tell you a not-so-well-kept secret. As a man, I wasn’t necessarily too excited about my wedding. At least not initially.

And I definitely didn’t have any fun whatsoever with the process of planning it. Planning it was very hectic. It let to fights in the relationship. Raising money for it was a nightmare. And I was extremely nervous towards the end as the day approached. Because despite all the planning in the world, you can’t really tell which supplier will actually show up and whether or not they will come with the quality of services they promised at their office. It’s a real hit and miss game with some of those suppliers.

I went through a range of emotions, excitement definitely wasn’t one of them.

At least not until I tried my wedding jacket on about 2 weeks prior to the big day. I can’t really describe the feeling, but I’ll go ahead and try.

Unique Kenyan wedding ideas for the groom

“This must be what Tony stark feels like when he converts into Iron-man,” I thought to myself. There’s truly levels to this game because I felt a power I’ve never felt before. Like I could conquer anything. Any nerves that I had disappeared on the spot. I felt really, really strong. And the reason I think I felt that way is not because of how good I looked. Although I did look good. It led to some good times between the fiancé and I immediately she saw me in it if you know what I mean.

No that wasn’t it. It was because of how different I looked. In a good way, of course. I’ve always been a fan of unique, well-crafted items. I believe we all are to some extent. Which, I suppose, is why luxury exists.

We initially hate the price, but soon come to understand that it’s an investment in ourselves as we begin to admire the effort and craftsmanship that has been put into ensuring we feel like Kings the second we slip on the item. And make no mistake about it, I really did feel like a King. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such a jolt of self-confidence in my entire life. Immediately I wore it, it transformed me into a new me and showed me all the potential I had not previously seen in myself. That jacket had me going to the gym the very next day.

I apologize. I got carried away as all those good memories came flooding back. The reason for this post was actually is to go ahead and highlight why a unique wedding jacket for the groom makes so much more sense, from a financial perspective.

Rather than get carried away again, I’ll wrap things up and quickly explain what the post was about in the first place with the aid of the following short video.

Article by Peter Okatch. King Maker at King Sidney.