Today you can catch me guest posting over on Indieberries, one of my favey South African blogs, written by one of my favey South African bloggers. Yay for Che and Warren, who are getting married in just two weeks time! I’m sharing a word of advice and some of my adventures in bridesmaiding (hint: it includes at least one awkward entrance and a wedding cake disaster). And to celebrate, I have a little sneak peek of Che’s gorgeous handmade invitations – each like an individual package of awesomeness. She’ll be giving you the lowdown on these soon, so be sure to keep checking into Indieberries for the final product, and you can also get some seriously fantastic DIY advice from her Save the Dates post on SBB here. But for now, let’s just enjoy a hint of what her guests found in their letterboxes. Can I just say: how much are we looking forward to seeing her wedding??? Read more
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Good morning, friends! I have something truly lovely for you this morning. In my recent readers’ survey, one of the things that came through strongly was that while Cape Town brides are well catered for, some of you in other regions felt a little left out. Well, KZN brides rejoice: this morning I am sharing a fantastic product made especially for you. The Wedding Assistant is a handbag-friendly little gem that will not only become your wedding planner, but your scrapbook, your virtual maid of honour, and best friend. From décor themes, cakes and wedding stationery to venues, photographers and entertainment, you’ll find everything you need to arrange your perfect wedding day, and it makes the ideal Christmas or engagement gift for a friend. As well as fresh ideas, recommended local suppliers, handy planning tools and space to add your own notes, there’s even a real wedding section (because we like to look at ‘em, don’t we?). Read more
Good morning, friends! We have lots going on today, including a couple of announcements, so stay tuned for those. I’ll also be blogging all weekend, so do stop in if you get the chance! First off, I’m delighted to introduce you to the next of our awesome Days of December suppliers, Design by Invitation. Based in Pretoria and run by the lovely Ilse-Mari, Design by Invitation specialises in creating bespoke invites to your special events, from weddings and birthday parties to corporate events or even sport or school functions. With a hands-on approach and personal touch, Ilse-Mari puts passion into every one of her designs. Here are just a few of the lovely pieces from her portfolio… Read more
They say the Devil’s in the details. I love love love the details. If one looks carefully, it is precisely the little things that make a wedding unique. We all have a version of the usual formula: a dress, a ceremony, a reception and then dancing till the lights go out. A wedding wouldn’t really be a wedding without these things. But it’s the little bits of prettiness captured in the DIYs and personal touches that make people go WOW!
To me, the stationery is a very important detail. It is an element which can be used to capture the style of your wedding from beginning to end. Starting with the invite, right through to your place cards and table numbers, the stationery is like a subtle undertone which binds everything together.
The invitations….that first tentative step into the deep-end of wedding planning, often happens before you know exactly what your (fully fabulous) Big Day vision looks like. Which, of course, makes picking the ‘right’ invitation even trickier!
SAVE THE DATES SAVED THE DAY!
We had the added stress of getting our invites out ASAP, as many of our guests needed to book flights, and organise annual leave. This is where the American tradition of a ‘Save the Date’ came in handy. With our date and venue set, and and inspired by the fact that most of our guests would be travelling from London to SA, we decided to base our Save the Dates on that London Underground staple – the Oyster card.
We tweaked the design (with apologies to TFL) and printed them straight onto magnetic paper (no really, it is a real thing – look here) at home on our shke-donky old inkjet printer, and mailed them out with the Christmas cards. This not only gave our cross-continental guests no excuse not to come, but also gave us breathing space to send out the invites closer to the day, once we had some idea of styles and themes. Read more
Good morning wedding belles! We’ll have another fabulous South African wedding on the blog this afternoon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some fresh inspiration. First there was the pastel trend, then ombre, so it shouldn’t really be a surprise that watercolour-style design has been one of the biggest trends to emerge in 2012. It’s everywhere, from gasp-inducingly beautiful invitations and other paper elements, to cakes, decor and even to bridesmaids dresses. It’s soft and romantic, and heart-stoppingly pretty. I know you’re going to love it.
Here’s a roundup of all my favourite watercolour details – look out in the credits for the DIYs and printables (in bold), as this is a look you can pull off on any budget!
It’s a funny thing about life, that you never know which days, which emails, which knocks on the door will bring someone new into your life. A couple of months after I started Cap Classique, I got an email from a new stationer who said she’d stumbled across my site and loved it, and would like us to work together. She also happened to mention that she was getting married. That gave me an idea, and I asked this stationer if she would consider writing a regular column, as our very first Real Life Bride. And so our partnership was born. The bride to be was, of course, Anelle of Seven Swans, who not only wrote a fabulous series of posts about what turned out to be a drop-dead gorgeous wedding, but has been a contributor in other ways, not to mention a friend. She’s even the designer of our new branding, so I’ve got to work with her as a client (and what a pleasure that is!). And what started out small has grown and grown, and she’s now a real presence in the Cape wedding industry. She’s designed for couples all over the world, and inspired many more as a DIY contributor on The Pretty Blog.
by Magpie Collections
All the joys of spring! Peach Blossom is perfect for a spring or summer wedding, and uses this season’s hottest colour, soft peach. Team it with green, ivory or grey for the perfect combination, and accessorise to make it rustic or soft and romantic.
Here’s a little trend I am weak at the knees for. Maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for romance, and maybe it’s just because I like to have something to read on my fridge, but I love the idea of sharing your love story with your guests as part of your invitation. It’s a great reminder of how it all began and what you’re getting together to celebrate, but more than that, from a design perspective, it’s the perfect marriage between sentiment and beautiful typography. Form and function. Goosebumps. As far as I know, it all started with this one - a totally original invitation dreamed up by New York designer Matt Dorfman for his own wedding.
Source: Matt Dorfman
I don’t usually post on a Sunday, but when I came across this little gem yesterday, I couldn’t resist! I’ve mentioned the World’s Smallest Post Service before, because their teeny tiny letters and packages just give me such a thrill. I’ve always loved miniatures (my favourite school trip was to Mini Town, and you should have seen me when I visited Queen Anne’s doll’s house at Windsor Castle) and the idea of receiving tiny mail really gives me a kick. Then I saw these tiny wedding invitations!!!!!