I love Januaries. A new year, a new engagement season and best of all – new friends joining the SBB community. I’m so thrilled to welcome all the new brides and grooms to SouthBound Bride today, many of whom will have gotten engaged over Christmas and New Year. CONGRATULATIONS! You’re about to embark on the most exciting journey, and I’m so excited to go on it with you. I’m Gaby, editor of SBB, and I’m here to be your virtual bestie and honorary bridesmaid as you navigate the following months of wedding planning, offering inspiration, advice, and the occasional bad joke. Because while it can be stressful, this whole wedding thing should always be fun!
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PLANNING! EEK! WHERE DO I START?
We get it. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but we’ve got you covered! Here’s a step by step guide with links to ALL our fab advice posts – be sure to bookmark this as you’ll want to come back!
BUT WHERE DO I FIND THESE AWESOME VENDORS?
Introducing our brides to the incredible South African wedding pros is our passion and privilege. You can find our favourites in the SBB Directory, and the SBB Venue Collection, and be sure to check out the supplier list at the end of all our real weddings and styled shoots for more talented folks.
Any questions? Drop us a mail. We look forward to helping you plan your big day!
Ceremony style has been a real focus in weddings this year, from gorgeous arches to stunning scenery, drapes to chandeliers, and everything in between. I’m so thrilled that ceremonies are finally getting the attention they deserve – after all, they should be the focal point of the day, and while extravagant decor must always take second place to the vows being exchanged, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to set the scene for full-blown romance! From boho to luxe, these were the ceremony setups we loved most this year.
Gorgeous gowns are one of the things I have come to love most about my job and year after year I’m stunned by the sheer beauty of our brides and their choices in bridal fashion, whether classic or daring. Each one comes with its own story, of how it came to be THE dress, and like finding a partner, finding the perfect dress can be a struggle. But every one of our brides tells us when you know, you know! The evidence is clear for all to see, and in between all the exciting talents emerging in the SA bridal fashion scene right now, it is SO hard to pick! But pick we did, with special reference to the dresses that YOU loved on social media in 2017. Each one of these is as special and unique as the woman who wears it, a reflection of the many hours of care that goes into creating a bridal masterpiece. That’s the hard work and talent of the designers we’re honouring here. But slaying it IN your dress? Well ladies, that’s all you.
Yay, bridesmaids! As y’all have probably picked up by now, BM fashion is one of my fave parts of wedding design- even after doing this job for so long, I always do a big OOOOOH! at any perfectly styled bridesmaid party! And just when I thought I’d seen it all, this year’s bevvy of bridesquad beauties came in and made everything fresh and pretty and awesome once more. From mismatched lineups to ladies rocking the same gown, every one of these 20 examples is sure to inspire! And not just for bridesmaids, for the love of fashion too! Which makes it extra handy that we’ve included lots of shopping options. (Post includes affilate links – SBB may receive a commission on any sales.)
Today we’re counting down our favourite cakes and I have to say, this is one wedding detail that I always love! Not just because cakes are yum (and I’ll bet every one of these was delicious beyond!) but because they often encapsulate the style or spirit of a wedding in one gorgeous element. No pressure or anything :) Fortunately, the talented cake designers of South Africa and beyond are well up to the task, and this year we’ve featured some absolute beauties! So here we’re counting down our faves from both real weddings and styled shoots, and whether your style is simple semi-naked or full on metallic glamour, you’ll find something to inspire here!
Hooray! It’s that time of year again! And I don’t mean Christmas (although yay Christmas!), I mean time for us to do our countdown of all our favourite details and pretties from the year that’s almost done. It’s something I look forward to, revisiting all the beautiful real weddings and styled shoots, although trust me, narrowing down a Top 20 in every category is hard! This year was no exception. Nevertheless, we’re kicking off with a roundup of the most breathtaking bouquets. These are the florals that made a big impression on us, and then made you go crazy on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram. And while they come in all shapes, sizes and colours, I’d definitely say that rich jewel tones made a big splash in 2016 (watch out for more of them next year!). I also loved seeing our native flowers – proteas, strelizias, fynbos, etc. – making a bouquet splash in new and exciting ways this year, and hope to see much more of that creativity going into the new year! So here we go – in no particular order, our top 20 bouquets!
Well friends, we’ve come to the end of our series of gift guides and Christmas ideas and we’re wrapping it up with a bow by sharing 20 gorgeous ornaments for your first Christmas together! I love this idea – it’s such a sweet keepsake item, and the start of a new tradition, as you hang this ornament every year and think back to the time when you were newlyweds – your first married little Christmas! I’ve rounded up 20 fun options from Etsy but you can also DIY your own if you’re feeling crafty! From next week we’ll be counting down our Best Of 2017 and I’ll be taking a little break to spend time with my family, but in the meantime, be sure to check out all our holiday posts for fun ideas for everyone on your list! Links in bold denote affiliate links. The cost to you remains the same, but SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.
So where are we at on our gift giving, lovelies? Because I don’t know about you, but around now I start getting stressed if it isn’t all wrapped up (pardon the pun). I could never be one of those people who’s down at the shopping centre on Christmas Eve, getting started on my gift shopping for the first time! Anyway, today we’re tackling one of those newlywed gift list problem areas (but one you definitely want to get right): in-laws! After all, his/her family is your family now (or family to be) and you want to make a good impression. Well, I got you. The key is to go for something thoughtful, without going overboard. I’ve rounded up 20 great gifts for in-laws (or parents, actually) that’ll put you firmly on their ‘Nice’ list and keep your relationship sweet well into the new year! Links in bold denote affiliate links. SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.
Santa’s comiiiiiiiiing! Yep, it’s true, and while most of our guides focus on your nearest and dearest, allow me for a moment to dwell on the lovely people who make MY job better, and who make YOUR weddings wonderful! Those people who very often start the year as a stranger and end it feeling like you’ve known them all your lives. I’m talking about your wedding pros! And of course there’s no obligation to buy him or her anything – whether it’s over the holiday season or even after the wedding (when most of these gifts would be totally appropriate too!), but sometimes that bond goes beyond the professional – for example, the planner who calmed you down through your ridiculous late night “will the napkins match?” panics, worked out a table plan that has kept old family feuds from kicking off, and best of all, kept you sane, so you can enjoy your wedding planning and this special time with your fiancé. Or the photographer who made you look better at your engagement shoot than you thought you could, and all while giggling and enjoying time with your partner instead of stressing about the camera. Good wedding pros are worth their weight in gold, and the holidays are a great time to make them feel appreciated. So here are some fun ways I found to do just that, and BONUS – most of these will make PERFECT gift for your favourite small business owner or girlboss, whatever their industry! Links in bold denote affiliate links. SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.
I’m not usually a fan of two-for-one gifts – not in the bargain sense (love a bargain!), but in the combined gift sense. Which isn’t a big surprise since my birthday’s in December and I’ve had my share of combined birthday and Christmas gifts (which for the record sucks, don’t do it). But I have to say that when it comes to couples, combined gifts can be frikkin ADORABLE. Especially if we’re talking the newly engaged couple, or newlyweds, who are basking in their coupleyness. That’s the time to bring out the his and hers cuteness, and if you don’t believe me, just have a look at the totes adorbs roundup of Mr and Mrs gifts below! They’ll love it, and that’s two ticks off the old gift list – bonus! Links in bold denote affiliate links. SBB may receive a commission for any sales made.