Wedding

Why Winter Weddings Work

Many factors come into play when planning a wedding. One of them is the weather, with most bridal couples preferring to say “I do” during the Summer months, favouring sunshine and outdoor ceremonies to rain and dropping temperatures. It makes sense! We get it. That being said, we still love Winter weddings, and we would like to tell you why:

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1. Venues are cheaper and vendors have more time (generally)

Because it’s off season, you may be able to get married at a venue that would otherwise be totally out of reach (budget-wise). Also, it’s more likely that the venue will actually be available on the date you want (even if you don’t book a year in advance!).

Similarly you’ll be able to pick and choose your vendors and they will have more time of their hands to give your wedding lots of extra attention.

2. It’s romantic

As it’s dark and cold, it’s a perfect excuse to go crazy with candles and fireplaces. Flickering warm light will set the mood perfectly, encouraging hand holding and intimate conversations.

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3. It’s not (that) windy in Cape Town…

The one real downside of having an outside Summer wedding in the Cape Town is risking a visit from the Cape Doctor.

4. … and it doesn’t rain at all in Jozi!

Swop out Summer thunderstorms with the beautiful Winter Highveld.

5. You will have an excuse to wear gloves and boots

And provide your guests with blankets and hot water bottles!

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6. It’s summer on the other side of the world…

… which is perfect for your honeymoon 🙂

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7. It’ll be the event of the Winter

Your wedding will be a much needed break in the monotony of the Winter Season. What’s more – your guests are more likely to be available to attend your wedding as all their other friends will be getting married in the Summer.

– Have we convinced you?!

Photo credits: http://onefabday.com/ and http://damorphotography.co.za/

Little Works featured weddings: Simone & Jens

Meet Simone and Jens, a couple that met in their teens, fell in love, and never looked back.

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How did you and your husband meet?

We met at church camp organised by the German church , back in 1991, when I was 15 and he was 17. I was totally smitten the moment I lay eyes on him.

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How did he propose?

September 2014. We were up in Plett for a few days and went on an early morning hike along the Robberg peninsula walk. We had been walking for about 2 hours when I came across a crisp white table cloth and a silver ice bucket with a bottle of Moet. And a reserved sign. I thought somebody had set up a romantic picnic.. and as I turned around to Jens I saw he was on one knee holding a little black box out to me. And he proposed. He had secretly sent the hotel manager ahead of us to set up the spot for us so I would stumble across it.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

We started planning our wedding in October and got married early January..3 months.

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What was your theme and why?

Our wedding was in Jonkershuis in Groot Constantia. The celebration was in the courtyard. My Wedding planner/ florist said it had a French Provence type feeling and that struck a chord. I wanted a European summer feeling. My colours were pink and lilac and peach. I had lavender tied to the back of chairs and little silver teapots as flower pots.

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Your favourite moment of the day?

Walking into the courtyard where all our guests were already seated. ‘Can’t Fight this Feeling’ by Reo Speedwagon was playing. This was the song I fell in love to Jens with when I was 15. Walking into the reception to this song made me realise that I was now married to the man I loved so many years ago.

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Enjoy yourself. Nobody will know if anything doesn’t go according to plan, so don’t sweat the small stuff. Tell the venue to speak to your bridesmaid/ or wedding planner if something isn’t going according to plan and not to come to you. Bach rescue remedy before walking down the aisle.

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How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

A friend in the beauty industry recommended Susan Lomas as a wedding planner. She also does the flowers. Susan recommended Little Works. I was so impressed by their Can-Do attitude. They had a very quick turn around and even when I kept them waiting (ie having to provide them with info) they still made the deadline. Michelle answered all my questions immediately, even late on a Sunday night. I will no doubt be using Little Works again. We had a second Wedding in London in April and they printed labels for our champagne and wine bottles which was a lovely touch.

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What would you do differently, if anything?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

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The Wedding Stationery Timeline

As many of know, planning a wedding is no small feat. It requires time, patience and a clear mind. Things can get overwhelming quickly, and it’s not uncommon for us to come across brides and grooms that have gotten frazzled in the planning process.

One of the tasks that every bridal couple needs to do is get their wedding stationery completed and sent out within a certain time-frame. Here we briefly mention the key stationery items that are involved in a wedding, what they entail, and the timelines associated with them.

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‘Save the Dates’ notify guests of your wedding date well in advance, often because the location of the wedding requires guests to make travel arrangements beforehand. Typically ‘Save the Dates’ should be sent to guests 6 – 12 months before the wedding, and as a result should be one of the first items of stationery that you order from your stationery supplier. You can get super creative with these – think magnets and calendars!

Invitations

Next on the list comes the actual wedding invitation. These should go out at least 3 months before the wedding and should include all the necessary information. Remember that designing a wedding invitation can take some time, especially if you have some intricate designs in mind, so make sure you start speaking to your stationery supplier well in advance of the 3 month mark.

RSVPS

RSVPs should be sent out at the same time as your wedding invitation. You want to make it as easy as possible for the guest to let you know whether or not they are able to attend, and if they are, what their food preferences are. This could be done by simply ticking boxes on a card and popping it in an addressed and stamped envelope – both of which are provided for the guest. Remember to ask for RSVPs as soon as possible, and at least one month before the wedding.

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Although not a must have, ‘thank you’ cards are a lovely touch and really make an impression on your guests. These should go out approximately 2 weeks after the wedding (but can we be ordered at the same time you arrange your invitations).

We hope this helps! If you are planning a wedding, please get in touch with us, and we will happily take you through the whole process.

Little Works featured weddings: Chantal & Roleen

Meet Chantal and Roleen, a lovely couple that we got to work with on their wedding stationery. We absolutely love their story!

How did you and your wife meet?

Roleen and I met more than eleven years ago when I was a waitress at a coffee shop in century city that she frequented.

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How did you propose?

A few months after we met I knew that she was the one for me and asked her to be my wife. Marriage between same sex couples wasn’t legal yet back then and quite frankly we had no desire to have a piece of paper to tell us what we already knew…that we were committed completely to each other.

The actual proposal wasn’t anything fancy I’m afraid…we sat in her favourite restaurant at the time Diva’s, sharing a pizza and I just came out and asked her…taking a ring off one of my fingers to use as an engagement ring because we couldn’t afford anything fancy back then. Later we asked my Grandfather, who was a diamond setter by trade, to make us two rings which we designed and wore for many years (Roleen still wears hers today). For the wedding though we had a jeweller friend design and make two brand new rings for us to mark the continued bond between us.

How long did it take to plan your wedding?

We chose our wedding date to coincide with our anniversary so we had almost a year to plan which was way too long.

What was your theme and why?

Our theme was a mixture of elegant, vintage, classic and earth. Now while this might sound like a mix match of oddities, it actually worked very well. We had originally wanted an outdoor wedding with more of a rustic vintage feel but when we came across the venue we got married at we immediately fell in love and had to alter our plans slightly. Haute Cabriere hosted our wedding, so from an outdoor afternoon wedding we changed to a cellar ceremony and indoor, underground reception in the evening. There were two details that were non-negotiable though…for Roleen it was Lace and for me it was birds. So we incorporated lace on the tables and flower bottles outside and I had little bird cards placed on certain wine glasses in the reception hall.

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Your favourite moment of the day?

My favourite moment of the day was by far when I saw Roleen in her wedding dress for the first time, walking down the aisle towards me. She looked more beautiful than I had ever seen her and she radiated love. We locked eyes and I didn’t stop smiling till the evening ended and we passed out dead on our feet from sheer enjoyment and relief that the day had passed with little to no major upsets.

Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Every girl dreams of having an amazing wedding but at the end of it all, no matter who you ask, whether it was a R500k wedding or a race to the local home affairs office, what you remember most is holding your significant others’ hand in front of your family and friends and saying I do. Don’t get hung up on the small details because at the end of the day it really doesn’t feature.

Some practical advice…don’t drink too much the night before, visit the ladies room before you put your wedding dress on and always have your bridesmaid hold some tissues for you because you will shed a tear before the night is over. Top tip…take a moment to look around at all the family and friends you have invited and watch them enjoying the moment. After months of planning, it is over so quickly that you must take a moment to enjoy it and watch others enjoying it.

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How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

We went to a few wedding expos and also scoured the internet. I’m sure we boosted CNAs sales by buying every wedding magazine known to man but ended up using little to nothing from them. A very helpful website was the Little Pink Book which is where I found Little Works if I recall, and also just approaching local businesses. Of course we had to lead with “if you have a problem with same sex marriage let us know now” but we only encountered one company who wouldn’t deal with us due to their religious beliefs.

What was it like working with Little Works?

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Little Works. Nothing was impossible for Michelle, even a request for some of the invites to be in a different language was met with no arguments at all! The invites, menus and place names were printed timeously without any errors and within our budget – which is always a good thing! (One small touch that I do recall…when we went to collect the invitations, Michelle gave them to us in a beautiful box covered in angels and music…two items that are very close to my heart).

What would you do differently, if anything?

On the day itself we had a small drama unfold with regards to a couple that had an argument…I would have erased that totally (I can confirm though that they worked out their issues and are now getting married on 4 July).

Thanks so much ladies!

Little Works featured weddings: Paula & Michael

Little Works is fortunate to work with lots of wonderful couples who are planning their wedding. To show our appreciation for them we have started a Little Works ‘featured wedding’ series where we interview couples about their big day.

First up, we chat to Paula about her and Michael’s lovely day. Little Works provided their wedding stationery.

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How did you and your husband meet?

I met him 20 years ago when we were both ambitious 20 somethings looking for our big break in the IT Industry, our lives were on different paths then – we bumped into each other a few years ago and both of our lives had changed direction, we both happened to be following the same path.

How did he propose?

Totally unexpectedly, underneath what must be the world’s most miraculous stairwell, in a charming hotel in Strasbourg, Northern France.

How long did it take you to plan your wedding?

11 Months

What was your theme and why?

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We had all our guests wear shades of Pastel. We were married under an arch on the Boulders at Bakoven Beach in front of our Home, as an artist myself, I just know how beautifully the soft shades of colour all blend together to form a romantic & whimsical setting. My dress was white lace over a soft nude lining which blended into my tan so all that was visible was the intricate lace detail covering my body and trailing down to the floor. My flowergirls and bridesmaid wore layers of soft tule in shades of nude which picked up the nude of my dress and our flowers comprised of Ivory roses, apart from my bouquet which featured a few nude/vintage dusty roses that were also placed in my hair.

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Your favourite moment of the day?

My husbands face when he saw my 12 year old daughter walking before me, singing our wedding song “I’ve loved you for 1000 years” by Christina Perri (People are still talking about that moment … it blew everyone away, nothing prepared any of us for that moment).

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Any advice for future brides and grooms?

Get someone reputable to make your dress. I visited many bridal coutures and none of them seemed like the one… I ended up settling for Thomas Couture (Thomas Henning – went under the name TOMCAT), he took the R6000 deposit and vanished to JHB and left me without a dress 2 months before the wedding. I was lucky enough to be travelling to the USA and managed to get my dress in New York shipped to Texas where I was staying. I brought it home and had Eves Bridal in Cavendish work her magic to get it precisely how I wanted it in 2 weeks. All you will have left is memories.. and photographs.. The photographer is key, get someone who will represent YOUR style. I booked Angie Whittle before I set the wedding date, she just knows how to capture the perfect beach shot and has an incredible understanding of how to work with light.

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How did you choose your wedding suppliers?

I put my mood board together, snapping ideas from Pinterest and the Internet and scanning wedding supplier web site galleries. I knew exactly what I wanted from the food and décor to the Flower arrangements – I left nothing a surprise. I ended up having 6 different suppliers as there simply was not one supplier that catered for everything on my mood board. But each one was very professional and delivered to perfection.

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What would you do differently, if anything?

Get your dress ready 2 months before… just in case. You can always alter it 1 week before to ensure the perfect fit. During the hair trial.. try… and try again until perfect, only then book it.

Check out their wedding video: http://youtu.be/p_O-SYMfQeo

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Choosing Your Wedding Stationery

For today’s Wedding post, I would like to share some tips for choosing your wedding stationery. From showing your personal style with your invites, choosing the best colours for you and your day and how many invites you actually need to order.

Defining Your Style

When you order your invitations and send them out to your guests, this will be your guests first interaction with your wedding style and they will probably use this to see what kind of day your wedding will be. Everything about your invitation, from the wording, to the shape and style of your design will give them hints as to how formal your day might be, or what to expect when it comes to your venue or decorations.

Before you start looking for and planning what wedding stationery you will want to use for your day, you should think about the kind of feel you want your day to have. A simple word is best to start with, so do you want your wedding to be a classic and elegant affair, glam and modern, or relaxed and rustic? Once you know what feel you want your day to have, you can develop your theme by researching more about the word you’ve chosen and start to look through stationery designers websites collecting inspiration as you go. Then you can just give all this info to your stationer so they can get an idea of what you’d like to have designed just for you.

Wedding Colours

When you’re thinking about your wedding and the kind of feel you want your day to have, you’ll also need to start thinking about the colours you want to use. You might want to incorporate your specific colours and a customised monogram into your wedding invitations? Then you can carry these pieces through to the rest of your wedding stationery (like the RSVPS, menu cards and order of service programs) to give everything a more cohesive look – or as some people would say, to create your ‘wedding brand’

While choosing what colours to use, look at actual wedding photos and features, so when one wedding appeals to you because of its colours, try to see why that is. If the images are full of ivory, cream or white, paired with a black and gold elements, this would give your day more of a classic feel and would make it seem quite formal. On the other hand if the wedding that inspired you used lots of bright colours, metallics and other fun stuff like fancy envelope liners, coloured confetti or huge colourful balloons – this would give your day a completely different feel.

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Triple Check The Proofs

Once you’ve decided on what stationery you’d like, in what style, and you’ve chosen your wedding colours, it’s time to focus on the wording. Before your stationery order is printed, your stationery designer will send you a sample of your stationery as either a finished printed/cut piece in the post or as a digital copy by email. All you need to do then is really check the details and that everything is worded correctly, spaced correctly and most importantly – that all the details are there – like people’s names, times and the right address for your venue. It’s a good idea to get a few people to read over the wording so nothing gets missed as you might have read it so many times that you just skim over it and miss obvious mistakes, where someone else might see them straight away. It’s a small step in ordering your stationery, but it’s an important one, so just remember to check, check and check the proof again before you okay it with your designer, as mistakes can sometimes be expensive.

Count Households not People

When you order your invitations – remember to order a few extras (along with a few extra RSVPS) just in case you make any mistakes when addressing them, or for any unexpected guests – but remember, not every guest needs their own individual invite. When working out your guest list, you will need to figure out how many households will need invitations before you give your stationery designer a number and not the number of individual people being invited.

This might be able to significantly lower your order amount as couples get one invitation (which will also be for their children if you’re having children at your wedding and them) For couples living apart, you can either send one invite to the guest you’re closer to (and include both names), or just send out separate invitations if it could get complicated and this would be easier. When inviting families, they will only need one invitation addressed to their family name.n Any exceptions? Well, when it comes to older children who don’t live at home (like students) or anyone over 18 who still lives at home should get their own invitation.

If you’re interested in getting bespoke lasercut invitations, Save the Dates, or RSVPS, why not get in touch to discuss your ideas!

Michele x

Meet Wedding & Event specialist Nicola Jane

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We are lucky to work with a lot of wonderful people in our business – paper suppliers, lovely retailers, photographers and of course wedding planners. We thought we would start introducing some of our trusted colleagues on our blog so that our customers will know who they can call upon in the industry.

We are starting with the lovely Nicola Jane who is a wedding and event specialist. She was kind enough to answer our questions and give some great tips for any brides and grooms out there.

Enjoy!

How did you get into weddings?

I always enjoyed events, particularly hosting them. Throughout my studies I was involved in event planning, whether it was a friend’s birthday celebration or a freelance event. I studied a Btech degree in Hospitality Management and it was during my in service training at The Mount Nelson Hotel, whilst working in the banqueting department that I realised events, but particularly wedding planning, is what I thoroughly enjoyed. This is when I decided to study wedding planning and pursue my career as a wedding planner.

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One of your favourite weddings and why? 

All the weddings I co-ordinate are special and memorable in one way or another. One in particular was a Gabonese couple that had a destination wedding in Cape Town. Their guests were from different counties around the world. We had a number of African inspired elements in their wedding, but the music and entertainment is what was great. The ceremony had a classical string duo, during pre-drinks and canapés a Jazz band entertained the guests. For the entrance of the Bride and Groom to the wedding reception an African Marimba band created a great ambiance and certainly made it known that the couple was entering. The Jazz band set the mood during the reception whilst the DJ ensured the dance floor was full later in the evening. To finish off the evening, we had fire dancers performing it the rain – it was absolutely magical.

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Beach or winefarm wedding?

Oh gosh this is such a tough question. Both options have such beauty and in the Western Cape we are spoilt with an abundance of venues. Both settings are beautiful and this is always dependent on the couple and their style or preference. For a couple who would like a more relaxed ambiance and don’t mind their feet in the sand, a beach wedding with a summer sunset is certainly one to remember. However with Cape Town and the Cape Doctor one does always need to have a good back up plan or venue. There are many wine farms and certainly plenty to meet all different styles and themes, from rustic to elegant.

How far in advance should you really start planning?

12 months is a good time frame to work with, it allows for plenty of time for the planning. I have however planned a wedding in 2 months and it was just as amazing!

How important is stationery for the occasion?

One of my favourite parts of the wedding day look is the wedding stationery. There are endless options with stationery and it is one element the couple can completely tailor. From using their favourite quotes to selecting the perfect font. Often the stationery completes the wedding look and one can be very innovative and out of the box with stationery.

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If a bride/groom had to remember/do just one thing when it comes to planning a wedding, what would it be? 

I always like to remind the couple that the day is about themselves celebrating with their nearest and dearest. They should think about what they want, what is important to them and they are guaranteed to have a wonderful celebration.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The best part is the wedding day itself. This is when all the planning comes together and the ideas and moodboards that we developed together with the couple transform the venue into a spectacular space. Naturally it is quite high intensity day, but that is why I am there – to take all the pressure off of the couple and let them enjoy their special moment. It is a joyful celebration for the couple, their families and their close friends. The atmosphere is tangible and you can feel the love and happiness among the couple and all their guests. It really does make your heart go all warm and fuzzy.

Get in touch with Nicola for your upcoming event: nicola@nicolajane.co.za

A Camelot inspired wedding

We recently took part in a styled wedding shoot that took inspiration from the time of Camelot. The shoot was done by Josie photography and featured in SouthBound Bride.

We loved the theme and so enjoyed creating the stationery to go with it. Here is a closer look at what we did. What do you think?

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