Our Perfect Wedding (OPW) is her first presenting job, but Thembisa Mdoda is slaying it. We learn more about her journey on the popular wedding show.
How has the journey on OPW been?It has been the most amazing journey. It’s also been life changing for me as a woman, artist, and storyteller. It made me realise how emotional I am. In order for me to truly tell the couple’s stories genuinely, I have to let them in and give it my all.
How did you handle being compared to Tumi in the beginning?I love Tumi and actually, she was the one who recommended me for the job. I have immense respect for her. So to be compared to her is an honour because she’s such a great entertainer. It’s normal for people in the entertainment industry to be compared. I think because I was new, I had to prove myself to the viewers. The producers knew and believed that I can do it, but still the viewers had to also believe that I can.
What have you learnt about weddings and marriage?I’ve learnt that planning a wedding is a stressful job. It’s hectic – these couples carry so much on their shoulders because there’s families, distant families, and friends who also want to be seen. You need to make sure that it all goes according to plan. You can have a wedding planner, but ultimately the buck stops with you. The wedding is an introduction to marriage, so when I speak to couples you can sense what kind of marriage they’re going to have. They share they plans for the future with me.
The wedding is very different from marriage. I’ve learnt a few things that make weddings work and things that make marriages work. I realised that I actually did not know a thing. And now with each step that I take I’m growing as someone that loves the entity of marriage. I also realised how much I love weddings because I’m a hopeless romantic.
What do you love and enjoy about being the show’s presenter?I love telling a story because you take an audience on a journey, even if it’s just for 47 minustes. I love bringing the story to life.
Your style is always on point. Who dresses you?I have a stylist that I collaborate with every week. We meet, source clothes and look at what story the outfit is going to tell.
Previous presenters have expressed their concerns about the demands of the job, especially when it keeps them away from their families. How are you balancing the two?When I walked in and decided to take the job, I knew exactly what was required. You can’t get into something like this without proper planning. I’m a mom and need to take care of my children; I also need to take care of myself so I can be great at my job. I plan and manage my time, because there’s no other way to do it. I have to create a balance in all aspects of my life. I carry a Bible with me, and I pray because I also need that spiritual fulfilment.
Are you returning for the next season?All I can say is that my contract has not ended.