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Fun Favours: Macarons

Fun Favours: Macarons | SouthBound Bride

Well, you KNOW it’s going to be a good week when it starts with macarons, right? These little bites of sunshine have firmly engrained themselves in the heart of brides and wedding bloggers alike – and not only are they delicious, but there’s something so pleasing about their smooth round shape, delightful flavours, and mix of colours. Which basically makes them the perfect wedding favour, because not only will they look lovely on your tables, but they’re not going to get left behind (in fact, most won’t make it to the end of the night uneaten – at least if I’m your guest!). For the talented bakers among you, it’s possible to do these as a DIY, but be aware that many a brilliant cook has tried and failed at macarons. Personally, I prefer to leave them to the professionals (more on that later this week). But wherever you procure yours from, here are some of my favourite macaron favour packaging ideas to inspire you. Read more

Inspiration Board: National Velvet

You guys, velvet is BACK. The texture that I was in love with when planning my matric dance dress circa 1995 and that did a disappearing act thereafter has come full circle in the cool stakes. So right about now, I’m in love with velvet as a warm fabric that adds that extra touch of luxe to a celebration. We’re not talking full scale velvet, but we are talking velvet ribbons tied around cutlery, menus or bouquets, velvet bowties (how much do we love the bow as a hairpiece below?), even a velvet suit for the daring retro groom. Best of all, I love the colours that velvet comes in, and today I’ve mixed together a gorgeous dusky rose with a soft blue, as well as a navy – all readily available in this texture. Welcome back, old friend.

Colours:  Powder blue, navy & rose

Inspiration Board: National Velvet | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Groom’s shoes {Lacie Hansen Photography/Tamara Bolton}: invitation suite {Ceci New York/Elizabeth Messina }; settee {Gabe Aceves}
Row 2: Velvet bowties {Jen Huang Photography/Poppies & Posies}; menu with velvet ribbon {Elisa B Photography/Ribbons and Blue Birds}; navy velvet shoes
Row 3: Bouquet with velvet ribbon {Brosnan Photographic/Ruby and Bloom/The Bridal Lounge}; velvet bow hairpiece {Jose Villa/Boutaugh/Grey Likes Weddings}; escort cards {Jose Villa}; velvet suit {Jen Huang/Magnolia Rouge }

 

Wedding Invitations & Stationery Timeline

Wedding Invitations & Stationery Timeline | SouthBound Bride

Before we round off our Friday afternoon (yay, Friday!), it’s time for a bit of practical planning advice. There’s so much to think about when planning a wedding, but one question I get a lot is about when to send invitations, and when/if to send Save the Dates. So I thought I would compile everything into a simple guide and quick (pinnable) reference. Read more

15 Free Printables for Hen Nights & Kitchen Teas

15 Free Printables for Hen Nights & Kitchen Teas | SouthBound Bride

Image: Be Inspired PR/Intertwined Events/J Wiley Photography via Inspired by This

The web is an amazing place – so many creative people sharing their expertise and ideas, and so often for free. It seems a pity not to make use of their generous gifts, especially when planning something like a bridal shower slash kitchen tea slash bachelorette slash hen night (can I just call it a henkitch showerette from now on?). I often come across gorgeous printable stationery elements that would fit into a variety of decor schemes, so I thought today I would gather some of my favourites into one place, for easy reference. Here you’ll find everything from games to invitations, from recipe cards and gift tags to decor items. Where relevant, the designer as well as the original source is listed – if you like their work and you’re looking for something customised, why not click through to see more of their portfolio? Read more

Inspiration Board: Black Tie Botanical

Morning, lovelies! I have a busy week ahead (including throwing a very special party for my mum), so let’s start it off right with a mix of two gorgeous styles that I think make a beautiful wedding combination! Lots of weddings that incorporate the botanical trend have a rustic feel (which is fantastic) but I think that the botanical look just as easily lends itself to a very glamorous, black tie wedding as well, with just a few sophisticated tweaks. The look is lush and luxurious, in classic shades of white, black, emerald green and gold, with the tiniest hint of blush. Swoonage!

Colours: Black, white, gold, emerald, blush

Inspiration Board: Black Tie Botanical | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Bride & groom {Three Nails Photography/Clementine Custom Events}; cake {Anushé Low/B.loved Wedding Styling & Design/Cakes By Krishanthi}; table setting {Bryce Covey}; botanical invitations {Aubrey Renee Photography/Tiffany Collins Events}
Row 2: Botanical escort cards {Aubrey Renee Photography/Tiffany Collins Events}; rosemary cocktails {Jose Villa/Laurie Arons}; table setting {Alissa Saylor Photography}
Row 3: Boutonnieres {Onelove Photography/JL Designs & Events}; bouquet {Leo Patrone/Honey of Thousand Flowers}; gold shoes in cloche {Simply Bloom Photography}; groom in tuxedo {Trent Bailey/Inspired Bride/Daughter of Design}

 

A SouthBound Guide to Wedding Cake Terminology

Yay, it’s Friday. And yay, it’s time for the latest in our SouthBound Guides, teaching you all the wedding lingo you need to communicate effectively with your lovely suppliers. Since this is about the time that many of you will be finalising your cake choices, I thought today was a good day to talk about just that – and with it being Nelson Mandela’s birthday, a cake feels kind of appropriate. In fact, it’s been a cake-y kinda week here on SBB, so feel free to indulge yourself in something sugary as you enjoy each of these handy (pinnable!) examples. (Any excuse, right?)

A SouthBound Guide to Wedding Cake Terminology | SouthBound Bride Read more

15 Rustic Winter Wedding Cakes

15 Rustic Winter Wedding Cakes | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon, lovelies! Even though the sun is back out today, I’ve had winter on the mind, and recently I’ve been absolutely loving the rustic winter woodland style cakes I have been seeing – so perfect for a cold weather wedding! Whether they’re iced or naked, covered in fruit, berries or evergreens, they all look delicious and they all look like something out of a Christmas card fairytale. It’s a lovely way to carry through the winter or rustic theme for a wedding, so I’ve rounded up fifteen of my favourites! Read more

Inspiration Board: The New Rustic

Hello lovelies! How was your weekend? I spent most of it cuddled up on the couch (who knew Durban got so chilly?) with a dog and a glass of wine, working on some behind the scenes technical stuff (aka the things that make my head hurt). So I loved getting to the creative work of putting together this week’s inspiration board. This time, I was inspired by a shift in rustic weddings over the last year, from a very vintage influence to a little bit more of a rustic, boho vibe. It’s not a dramatic shift, but it is a good way of keeping things fresh and pretty, while allowing vintage-loving brides to still incorporate a lot of the touches they love, like found objects and lace. So here it is – the new rustic!

Inspiration Board: The New Rustic | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Boho wedding dress {Poise by Nadia}; place setting; wreath invitation; door {Eric Kelley/Shindig Weddings and Events}
Row 2: Poppy pods; boho bridesmaids {Braedon Flynn}; craft beer; flowers in watering can {Yolande Marx}
Row 3: Lanterns {Caroline Tran Photographer/Kelly Oshiro Design}; boho bride {Danelle Bohane}; table decor

 

Sea Point Blues Engagement Shoot by Danieka Erasmus

Sea Point Blues Engagement Shoot by Danieka Erasmus | SouthBound Bride

Afternoon, loves! I have such a beautiful engagement shoot to share with you this afternoon, from the fab Danieka Erasmus (aka Picturist). With moody blue tones on the Sea Point beachfront, a gorgeous couple in love, and Danieka’s pics capturing magic and emotion amidst the drama of sea and sky, it’s everything we love an engagement shoot to be. Read more

Inspiration Board: Beach Sundowner

Happy Monday friends! It’s a super exciting day here on SBB, as later on we’ll be announcing the finalists for our first ever styled shoot competition. But first, it’s time for some inspiration of our own with the Monday moodboard. Today I’m loving coral (a colour trend that just keeps on going!) mixed with a cool, pale blue – a lovely fresh take on this colour combination and perfect for a laid-back beach celebration (or any celebration, really!). Reflecting the colours of the beach at sunset, it’s the perfect was to kick off a dusky ceremony and a dinner under the stars.

Colours: Pastel blue, coral, peach & white

Inspiration Board: Beach Sundowner | SouthBound Bride

Top row (l-r): Caravan {Jose Villa}; bride in blue tutu {Jen Huang}; table on beach
Row 2: Paper boat escort cards {Caroline Tran}; bouquet {Analisa Joy Photography}; watercolour menu {Moira West}
Row 3: Bride & groom; driftwood sign {Brilliant Studios/Stacie Steensland}; groom in seersucker suit {Sarah Pudlo & Co}; coral nautical cake {Cyrience Photography/Alexis June Weddings}