Afternoon, brideys! You know how I’m always on the lookout for details that add a uniquely South African twist to your big day, so while today’s roundup isn’t a trend as such, it’s definitely a fun local-is-lekker addition to your decor and one that I’m seeing quite a few South African brides incorporate beautifully. Enamel tin mugs are a relatively inexpensive piece of tableware we’re all familiar with, but did you know you can pretty them up to make a fab wedding detail? Whether it’s as an escort card or favour (with or without the addition of a candle or a little plant inside), an addition to your table decor (at each place setting or as a centrepiece, especially if you include the enamelware kettles and pots in your scheme), or just a sweet way of serving drinks during cocktail hour or a late night coffee or hot chocolate bar, they’re sure to make your guests smile. My favourite place to buy the mugs for your wedding is The Perfect Day, who can custom engrave them with your design and sell at a bulk price for 48 mugs, making them perfect for favours. Here are some of my favourite ideas for using them.Read More
Well, this is one wedding trend that really makes me feel good to be talking about. Because, you know, sometimes when you look around at all the need in the world, it can seem a bit obtuse to spend so much time thinking about napkins and sequins. With all the money spent on a wedding, it’s no wonder that so many couples get to wondering if they can share the love beyond the circle of friends and family, and benefit their community or favourite causes. Or perhaps it’s a case of paying tribute to the memory of loved ones, including them in your day in a meaningful way. Whatever the motive, wedding favours are an easy way to have a charitable aspect to your wedding. We’ve all heard stories of brides who spend hours picking out fancy favours, only to find piles of them left behind on the tables – well, this is the perfect way to skip that problem altogether, ensuring that the money you spend on this hospitable tradition ends up doing good somewhere. There are so many lovely ideas out there for charity favours, and it’s been awesome to see local companies and charities getting on board and coming up with fresh options. As always, there’s so much creativity in real weddings too – I’ve rounded up some of my favourites to inspire.Read More
Sometimes I feel like I’m split between two halves, a foot on either shore. For example, this week has been boiling here in London (no complaints, summer is way overdue) and even as I write this I’m sweltering in front of a fan with a very restless cat stretched out on the cool floor at my feet. But I know that for my readers in South Africa, it’s the middle of winter and thoughts are of cosy nights under blankets, walks in wellies and frosty mornings, and this post is just for you. More brides are now looking towards winter weddings for the cost savings and increased availability that the off-season brings. and winter itself can be a sort of wedding theme or motif. In the northern hemisphere, winter is all very Christmassy, but fortunately you don’t need to come over all Santa Claus just to harness the delights of the season. So I’ve put together ten gorgeous ideas for winter wedding favours – many with links to DIY tutorials, so you can create them yourself!
It’s four o’clock in the morning and I’m singing “I could have danced all night; I could have danced all night, and still have begged for more. I could have spread my wings, and done a thousand things I’ve never done before…” whilst searching for pictures of wedding décor online. I think it means we are officially in the final stretch. Less than two months to go! :))
So, how will we decorate our wedding? Well… there’s table settings, for which I found myself reading a book on French and English etiquette (which I am utterly relishing) to be certain as to which cutlery to hire. There are colour schemes, where contemplation has brought me to the interesting conclusion that I am completely smitten with the colour seafoam green (or perhaps it’s just these shoes?).
Hooray, it’s the weekend! And with a Bok victory already under our belts, it’s going to be a good one! I’ve had a pretty chilled one at home so far, although had breakfast this morning with a lovely lady who I’ll introduce you to soon. In the meantime, here’s what we packed into the week on SouthBound Bride…
We started with an inspiration board perfect for South African brides who want a little Cape Dutch twist on the shabby chic/protea/vintage look that has dominated the last season, then followed it up with even more pretty inspiration on Tuesday from SBB sponsor Creation Events (a Mediterranean-inspired shoot at Morgenster). Our weddings were just beyond on the blog this week as well: Zoe & Paul’s fun French-inspired wedding (complete with stripey bridesmaids dresses); Nick & Nicola’s farm fiesta; and Stacey & Greg’s lavish feast for the eyes at Rustenberg. We had more new twists on last season’s trends on Wednesday, and then on Thursday we transported ourselves to beautiful Bora Bora for a sweet honeymoon shoot. And then I wrapped up the week by boasting about the best meal, ever.
Here are my finds from the rest of the web…
Are you getting that Friday feeling yet? Almost there! But before you head off into the wild blue yonder (or just the pub), I have something special for you. Guest posting today is Storm Buckingham – a lady who is relatively new to the wedding scene as a supplier, but has just graduated as a bride (and what a lovely wedding that was, too!). I adore the whole idea of her business, which provides custom wedding newspapers for favours (NewsFavor.com), but I also love that Storm GETS IT in terms of my personalisation manifesto. She gets that the details of your big day are all there as an expression of the love between two people, and the story that got you there. She definitely gets that it has to be pretty! And today, she’s sharing some of her experience and ideas in making things personal with paper and print. I LOVE this post! Thanks, Storm!
In the last couple of weeks we’ve looked at options for keeping your bridesmaids and the bride warm in chillier weather, and today we’re looking at one way of keeping your guests toasty and warm. Pashminas are a popular favour, not just because they’re lovely gifts that your guests will use on the night and beyond, but also because they can be a great addition to your decor either in soft neutrals or bright pops of your theme colours. But how to present them? Fortunately there are lots of ideas from real weddings to inspire.
Suitcases and chests
Perfect for the vintage bride, suitcases and linen chests make for a lovely display. Roll up or fold your pashminas and pack them in neatly, or allow a few to spill out prettily like real luggage.
Here’s a mini-trend that’s all over the blogosphere at the moment, and I think it’s absolutely charming! Scrabble might be something you like to do with your fiance, it might be something you have in common – it might even be how he proposed, or perhaps it’s just a cute twist on the current monogram or sign trends. Whatever the reason, there are lots of things you can do to incorporate Scrabble into your wedding.Read More
It’s clear from my web stats that Louise and Riaan’s wedding from Tuesday was a huge hit with all of you, yay! As promised, today Louise has been sweet enough to share some of her personal album with more of these handmade details and the info behind them, as well as a very exciting announcement!
Today I have two fab posts for you, both themed around books. First up, some inspiration from weddings that feature books as a design element. And later, come back for our first ever featured engagement shoot taken in Cape Town’s Booklounge – trust me, you won’t want to miss it!
If you follow the wedding blogs like I do, you will have noticed books popping up in all sorts of places in wedding decor at the moment. For many couples, they’re a way to create a personal touch if books mean something special to them – perhaps if they met at university, or if they’re both teachers. For others who want to create a vintage or homey feel to their wedding, books can be a great design feature. Here are just some ideas to give you some literary inspiration!