Monthly Archives: April 2021


All about the toasting, hosting and a little bit of fun!

Toasting the wedding couple is age old and is part of the ceremony, to wish the newly married couple health and happy days in their marriage, says Sean Granger, General Manager of Granny Mouse Country House & Spa.

Generally in a traditional wedding, the order of toasts goes from father of the bride, groom, and best man, followed by other members of the wedding party. Nowadays it includes the bride, and the bridesmaids or maid of honour. If all members of the party decide to toast, and of course include a speech, the bride follows the groom then, bridesmaids/maid of honour, and then the best man.

Some tips on the tradition of toasting, and to help those that may be a little nervous in this role:

  • Introduce yourself to the guests as some may never have laid their eyes on you before. Once that is done, congratulate the couple, including some happy words for them,
  • Include a bit of history on the relationship, as well as some stories about the couple, and then individually, depending on who you are.
  • Be sure to address both partners and try not to focus your attention on only one, even if you don’t know the partner. Find out some good stuff to share and even call on those who know the story better to help with the story telling.
  • Yes, jokes are good, but be sure to run any of your funnies to others before the big day so you get it right and it’s not offending anyone. Just to add, humour is not a bad thing but this is a toast not a roast.
  • Conclude your speech with raising a glass to the happy couple.

There is no hard and fast rule how to follow all the traditions in toasting, as maybe most of the people on the list who toast may be shy and it’s not about making this an awful stressful situation that falls flat.

Just remember the original meaning of the wedding speech or toast is to raise one’s glass and wish the new couple health, wealth and happiness in their marriage.

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa’s team are the experts in all things weddings and know how to plan and implement that perfect wedding day that suits your style & budget, as well as assist in all other wedding etiquette to ensure everything runs smoothly.

For more information contact Granny Mouse on 033 234 4071 or email on

Escape to the country with Granny Mouse Country House & Spa

With all of the uncertainty that we have all been living in for so long, here is something that we know for certain. Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is the perfect getaway from it all, where you can relax, and be waited on hand-and-foot. And best of all, is that right now, you’ll even pay less for this amazing (and well-deserved) experience!

A true gem of the KZN Midlands, Granny Mouse Country House & Spa exudes luxury from the moment you arrive. And you’ll soon realise why they are constant recipients of various hospitality and tourism awards. Now is your chance to experience their home-away-from-home, with the best deal in town!

From 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2022, you can book the Unbelievable GM Wonder package. Designed with two travelers in mind, this package includes any room type (on a 1st come, 1st serve basis), bed & breakfast, a 30-minute back, neck & shoulder treatment per person, a 30-minute Indian head massage per person, a Mousse & Wine pairing per person, and 6 bottles of wine to take home with you! As unbelievable as this package is, the price is even more so, at only R1 850 per couple per night, for a minimum 3 night stay, which works out at R925 per person!

True to form, the Granny Mouse team have not forgotten those who just want to pop in for a meal that they don’t have to prepare, and have amazing specials at their Bistro! Available daily, between 12 noon to 8pm, the selection of options has increased, with their talented culinary artists adding new flavours and delights to the menu.

Enjoy a selection of burgers, be it beef or chicken, with awesome fillings such as peppadew chutney, feta, bacon, cheddar cheese, garlic mayo, jalapeno, cherry tomato chutney and mozzarella. All from R55 and served with a choice of chips or salad.

If you’re a pasta lover, then you’re in for a treat with their amazing dishes, featuring seafood tagliatelle, fillet penne, tagliatelle bolognaise and spicy tomato and olive penne, with prices set from R57.

However, over and above our specials, one is still able to order off the current menu, with bookings limited to four people per seating. Or, should you wish, ask for a takeaway, and enjoy your meal anywhere!

Contact the Granny Mouse team today on 033 234 4071, or send an email to to book your room, or a table at the Bistro. All COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.