Our Wedding {table decor}

Just over two months ago, I married the man of my dreams...a Farmboy from a tiny little town called Creighton. We got married on his family dairy farm after 6 months of planning, cutting, pasting, sticking, and making tables. 

I will be doing a series of short posts of the different elements of our wedding, click here to see more of our wedding. 

Thanks for reading and following along, I appreciate each and every comment/view from all of you :)

Here are some of the photographs (taken by the wonderfully talented Jacki Bruniquel) of our table decor...

{Photographer: Jacki Bruniquel}

{Mahogany Tiffany chairs: Exclusive Hire Durban}

{Vintage plates & crockery: A Vintage Affair Joburg}

{Straws: In Good Company}

{Glass bottles/jars for flowers etc, books & crochet doilies: various Hospice & SPCA charity shops}

{Wooden Tables: handmade by my father-in-law & hubby!}

Heart Bunting {wedding DIY}

In the search for the perfect bunting for our wedding {and the cheapest we could get our hands on!} my soon-to-be Aunty Marina had a wonderful idea while perusing down the aisles of Makro. Let's make our own! Ok, I thought not really that original. Let's make our own using paper plates! Um, I thought, now you're getting somewhere...

Here's what resulted from our trip to Makro:

Easy peasy lemon squeezey! I have done a post a while ago on making your own fabric bunting (click here) but I think that these make a nice change don't you think?! 

#HuttonWedding...2 weeks to go!

Yesterday marked the two week countdown to our wedding...eek! Here are a few snaps of our time spent on the farm cutting, hammering, sticking, tying and general DIYing in preparation for our big day. A huge thank you to everyone involved, I hope I wasn't too 'Bridezilla' like in my demands :)

Wedding Seating Plan {Inspiration}

Doors and window panes make for gorgeous additions to any rustic or farm style wedding. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on one with the glass in tact, get your writing hand warmed up and get scribbling!

{Source: Style Me Pretty Pinterest Board}
Or what about using cute little pegs and string or bakers twine to create your own unique seating plan. A fun DIY project to do with your bridesmaids :)

{Source: Style Me Pretty Pinterest Board}
Or what about mixing and matching old frames to create a lovely collage of table numbers? Mix and match the colour, texture, shape and size of your frames until you're happy with the look!


Tips for {Wedding Gift Registries} South Africa

With just under 3 months until our big day (eeeeekkkk!) we have lots of time to think about all the goodies we need to make our place feel like a home. As Farmboy and I don't live together, I stay in a little 1 bedroom flat, and he will move in with me once we are wed (oh I just love the sound of that!). So, this means that at the moment, everything is pretty much pink, pink, and pink (with some beige and caramel colours thrown into the mix). The {very manly} shelf that Farmboy built for me to hold all my varsity files was the start of the transition from *my* space to *our* space, and it's going well, slowly, but well.

So, to help you get your new home kitted out in preparation for marriage, here is a list of our favourite gift registry stores here in South Africa:
{just click on the images below to be redirected to their websites}

The following registries (Yuppiechef & GrannyGoose) can be set up and managed online, which makes your life so much easier, and it's way more fun to look in the comfort of your own home or favourite coffee shop, than traipsing round the mall!

Yuppiechef also offer free delivery on all orders, anywhere in South Africa :)

If you come across any others, please pop a comment below :)

Sneak Peek {Wedding Invites}

A sneak peek of our wedding invites from the lovely ladies at Ruby and the Swallow (they also did our Save the Dates too!)...we are so happy with them...I can't wait to show them to you once they have all been handed out!

{Wedding} Wedges

With getting married on a farm, there are a few restructions when it comes to finding the perfect {and as much as I hate to admit it...practical} wedding shoes can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily for me, I had already decided I wanted to wear wedges, before we had even decided on the farm! They are practical; *and I wont sink into the mud/grass/cow droppings*, easy to walk in and look fabulous, what more could a girl want out of a shoe?!  

Here are a few of the shoes that I have seen and loved...



Jimmy Choo

Planning a Location Wedding...{4 months before}

{Image Source}
One of the greatest hurdles when planning a location wedding (a location wedding being a wedding not held at a specified venue that would organize the catering side of the event) is getting a caterer that can do the following:

a) cater for your number of guests (in our case 160- 180)

b) specializes in your particular food style

c) is able/happy to cater for your function at your location

d) is available!

Let me tell you something, to find someone who does all of the above is no easy feat! I spent many hours trawling the internet to find 'the one' and, after much frustration and anguish, was referred to Sarah from Harris and Homes in Durban.

Sarah has been incredible to work with so far, with a menu that includes the likes of "cream cheese stuffed dates skewered with parma ham" and "marinated lamb cutlets with coriander and honey" I am hoping that I have enough time in between greeting guests to fill my tummy!

Farmboy and I met with Sarah last weekend when she came to see the farm and chat to us about the logisitics of catering for the number of guests we are having. She was amazing at giving us loads of practical advice when it came to the many bumps and niggles we came across, while also giving us idea's for things we hadn't even thought about yet.

 Sarah, Farmboy and I are happy that you will be catering for us for our wedding, and we are so looking forward to the food!

The Harris & Homes website is under construction, but in the mean time you can contact Sarah direct on 074 183 8745

6 Months before the Wedding {Part 2}

A little while ago I wrote this post on what you should have done and organised 6 months before your big day. There was far too much to put in one post, so here is part 2. In terms of time frame, I have used 6 months as my starting point as that is how long I have had to get ready for my wedding. But of you have longer, then rather use these as a guideline, or rather, a check list. If you have less than 6b months to plan, then get your bum moving :) But not to worry, lots of my friends have planned weddings in 3 months and under. You just have to get your 'pinterest on' (if you have not heard of Pinterest before, do yourself a favour and click here, your life may be changed forever, not to mention your internet bill!).

This was the most exciting part of planning my wedding so far. In terms of imporatnce, this was one of the first things I decided on. As we are getting married on the farm, we were really excited to incorporate a little bit of farm into our wedding (and so wooden tables were decided upon in place of tresstle tables and overlays). We are having our tables very simple, with the wood being the main feature, with lace table runners down the centre bringing in a slight Vintage touch. This not only saves money on huge amounts of overlays and draping, but I think also adds something a bit special. Poor Farmboy and my soon to be Father-in-Law have had the job of making the tables (click here to see how they are getting along) as I was unable to find the right kind of tables...fussy much I hear you asking? :)
For idea's for your theme or colour scheme, look through sites like PinterestThe Pretty Blog and 100LayerCake which provide lots and lots of free idea's.

Your decor will very much depend on your above theme and colour palette, so once you have decided what colours you are going with, it's time to find out who can get you exactly what you want to make your special day a reality. Farmboy and I are doing a lot of the decor ourselves, a lot of people think that by doing things yourself you save a fotune in hirig costs. This is not always the case, as sourcing materials can be expensive, not to mention very time consuming. Sometimes its best to leave it to the professionals who have the most experience in dealing with suppliers. But, if like us you want to add your own touch to your wedding then be prepared for lots of hours spent researching and requesting quotes.
If you go onto sites like The Pretty Blog, a lot of suppliers advertise their business on the side, so thats a great place to start looking. Then a good old google search will help you some more. Here are a few good sites with comprehensive lists of suppliers all over South Africa:

These day's fun and creative wedding invites and Save the Dates are all the rage, and this is one area you really can save yourself a lot of money by making your own. If you are the creative type and know your way around photoshop, then why not design them yourselves. If you are wanting to go green, here is a great site that is free and allows you to customize your own wedding stationey. Paperless Post then sends you your digital copy which gets sent to all your guests. It's  alovely way to make sure those oversea's guests get your invite without the extra worry about the postman not being very reliable.
But if your budget does extend, and you are looking for something unique and special, why not get someone else to do the hard work for you?! I know my way around PhotoShop, but i haven't a clue when it comes to illustrating, so we got the lovely girls over at Ruby and the Swallow to help us out with our wedding stationey. Kim and Filipa, the two braisn behind the design colective that is Ruby and the Swallow are such fun to work with, and i thought were so reasonable, I have enlisted their help in most of my wedding stationey. Just drop them a line here if you're looking for a lovely local team to do stationery for your function. Click here to see the Save the Dates they designed for our wedding, we just loved them!

Ranking very high on our list of proirities is our Photographer. After all the glitz and glam is over, your photographs are the only thing you have left to show for your big day (apart from of course a lifetime with the one you love!). I contacted about 10 different photographers for our big day, and after much deliberation, finally settled on Jacki Brunquel. Farmboy and I are very excited to work with her, and love her creative flair.

Before you even start looking, you need to decided what kind of photographer you want to cover your big day. Here are a list of wonderful photographers we looked at (all based in the Durban area) before finally deciding on Jacki Bruniquel. They were all so very helpful, and it was a very hard decision to make, but we are very excited to have Jacki and look forward to having her cover our special day!

So there you go, another list :) If you feel I have left anything out, please drop me a comment below, I love hearing from you!

Our Wedding Mood Board...

I've found a lot of my inspiration from Pinterest (you can follow my boards here) and thought I'd pop a few of them together to give you a little idea. I think a lot of people are quoting Pinterest as the source of their images, which isn't actually correct (I read a rather interesting blog post a little while ago which stated that whatever content is uploaded onto Pinterest becomes the property of Pinterest itself...a little scary really! So if you are uploading images that you have taken yourself, try and put a watermark on your photo's and attach a link back to your site! And if you are using images from Pinterest on your blog/facebook/twitter account, try and link it back to the oringinal artist, it's the polite thing to do!).

Anyway, here is a little mood board filled with prettiness and inspiration.



Our *Save The Dates* {Ruby & the Swallow}

Dear wonderful ladies behind the charming blog, Ruby & the Swallow!

You have made both Farmboy and myself so very happy with your design work for the Save the Dates for our wedding. We both cannot wait to see what you come up with for our invitations (and of course all the other goodies we have put you in charge of!).

If there is anyone out there looking for a lovely, personal, and oh-so-creative duo to design something special, click here to get in touch with Ruby & the Swallow. The girls made it so easy for us to get exactly what we wanted for our wedding, and every little detail has been thought of...including the actual packaging that safely stored our envelopes!

Thank you ladies, you really are just fab!

Freebie...Bridesmaid Cards

I made these cards for my Bridesmaids a little while ago and thought I would pop them on the blog for you to download :) I got the idea from Pinterest (I mean, where else does one go for inspiration?!)

Print or email these cards to make your chosen ladies feel oh so special...

Click here to download these files, as well as the Maid of Honour card :)
Happy Wedding Planning!


6 months before the wedding...*Part 1*

This past weekend marks the 6 month count down until my *Big Day*. Some people have said that we are a bit ambitious to undertake planning a wedding in 6 months but I insist it can be done! For those of you out there in the process of planning your special day, and those of you you just might need to bookmark this page for the future, here is my list of what needs to be done 6 months before walking down that aisle...

For Farmboy and myself this was pretty easy...we are getting married on his Dairy Farm here in Natal. But if you don't happen to have a handy family farm, then I would suggest scouring your favourite wedding blogs for wedding venues (even better, look at local wedding blogs like The Pretty Blog for posts of their latest *real* weddings to get a feel for what sort of venue you are after.) Most big/fancy/popular venues require booking up to (and sometimes, over) a year in advance. 
If you aren't quite engaged yet but are planning on getting there soon it wouldn't hurt to keep your ears open for openings at your favourite venue(s). If you do choose to go the slightly less traditional route like we are, you need to do lots of thinking about the practical side of things. For example, where will everyone stay? Is it close to the airport? Are there facilities for caterers? Is there a church nearby? Where will your cereony be held? If there is a chance the weather is going to be iffy, do you have a plan B?
All of the above WERE not properly thought out when we decided on the farm, but we are just going to make it work for us. Luckily, it all seems to be running to plan so far, we shall see if it continues to do so!
On that note, your venue might determine the time of the year that you have the wedding. Ideally you need to choose a rough month/season/day but this might all be determined by the availability of your venue. As the venue wasn't an issue for us, we had to worry about my studies and in particular, when I actually have holidays in order to have the wedding and then to go on honeymoon. Keep all of these factors in mind when choosing the time of the year and the venue.

Before you decide on a caterer, you need to have a rough idea in mind of the type of food you are wanting your guests to eat. This will also depend on the time of day you choose to have your ceremony. For us, having it on the farm means that a lot of people will be traveling very far (and with the limited options for accommodation) they will be coming for the day and the zooting off back to the airport. So, we needed to take this into consideration and are therefore having a day wedding. Our main meal is therefore lunch. As it will be Spring for us, and to cut down a little for the budget, we are choosing a buffet style meal with more of an informal mezze type feel with Canape starters. It helps if you have a few idea's in mind before meeting with different caterers as they will ask you loads of questions! Bear in mind you might need to phone ahead to make an appointment with caterers to ensure they give you their undivided attention when discussing your wedding.

Remember to always get more than 1 quote for the food. We have decided on a catering company based in Durban as I was offered the best service (so far!) but it is costing a little more as they have to travel all the way out to our venue. If you are having a location wedding, make sure you find out exactly how much they charge per kilometer, and whether they are able to travel before getting into the nitty gritty of the menu.
Some catering companies also offer decor hire (for things like your plates, knives & forks etc) but others you will have to source those items separately.

The reason I have put the Budget as the third item in this list is because I'm not sure how you set a budget without getting an idea of what things cost. If you are fortunate enough to have your Dad pay for the wedding, it is important to be able to show him 'proof' of what things cost as opposed to just guessing. Also, prices will definitely have changed from his time so make sure you give him a good idea of roughly what the costs are before setting a budget. If you and your fiancee are paying for the wedding, it is also important to get an idea for yourself of what these things cost so that you can work out where you can save money, and where you might not be able to cut costs. 
We are wanting to do a lot of DIY elements in our wedding so that at the end of the day we can say that we are a part of each and every single element of the day. This is a great way to save on costs, and with the help of gorgeous wedding blogs like The Pretty Blog, GreenWeddingShoes & 100LayerCake you can add your own personal touch without looking tacky.
Draw up a spreadsheet on Excel to help you with putting your budget together, or download one from the internet. I found a great one from LoveCelebration (click here) which has helped me so far to get my budget in order. Once you have finalised your budget then you have to stick to it! This is the hardest part of planning your wedding but it really important. Decide what is the most important elements for you as a couple, and then go from there. For us, the photographer is high up on our list of priorities, and is even higher up than my wedding dress :) You just need to work together and decide what you really want, and then compromise, compromise compromise!

**This is a list I have complied from my experience thus far in planning my own wedding. I am by no means an expert and I'm sure I have probably left one or two things out. I would love to hear from you if you have any tips or idea's for planning your wedding, especially if you have been through it yourself! Feel free to leave a comment below, I'd love to hear from you**

Bridesmaid Dresses

I was a little bit over keen (or I should rather use the term *organised*) and I went out and bought my bridesmaid dresses without having asked my bridesmaids! 
It was easy for me as I roughly know their sizes and have bought them well in advance so that alterations can be done if necessary. I had already decided a little while ago that I wanted to buy them at Forever New as I love the style of the store and I *love* every single item of clothing there! 

I had also decided that I wanted each dress to be different, but to also be something that my bridesmaids will/would like to wear again. I do not want to be one of those brides that purposefully makes her bridesmaids look ugly so that she can look beautiful on the day. I want them to each be comfortable, while still feeling and looking their best. 

I had long ago decided on my colour scheme (soft corals/peaches/pinks/beiges) and when I spied different dresses in these colours (and *ON SALE*) i decided to just buy them! You never know if they will have the colours you really want closer to the time.
 Forever New also offers an exchange policy, so if the sizes are really off (and the dress is still in stock) then they will gladly exchange within a particular time perid.

Here are a few sneak peak's of the dresses...but I still have 6 months to change my mind if I find something that I like better :)

*Love Celebration* Wedding Planner File

A little while ago (while browsing through my favourite Wedding Blog *The Pretty Blog*) I came across Love Celebration, a wedding planning file jammed packed with tips, advice and idea's to make your wedding the perfect day it should be. If you're like me and love to write lists, and then check items of said list, get a secret thrill from filing, this this file is going to become your new best friend when planning your wedding. 

The only problem I have of the file is that it's a little bit bit small. Once I'd printed off all the wonderful free extra goodies from the site, my file was bulging with no more room for even a scrap of paper.  But apart from that it's been so useful. My favourite part has been the section on etiquette and how to ask for money as a gift...well done Celebration Team!

Wedding Stationery...some more *unusual* idea's

Having been trawling through Pinterest in the hope of finding some unique idea's for my own wedding stationery, I thought I'd re-post a few that I thought were especially nice. 

*i usually despise blogs filled with people's re-posting...I mean that's the whole point of Pinterest isn't it? But then found these and couldn't resist sharing* 

The following were found on the incredible site OhSoBeautifulPaper...

The above linen save the dates were designed by Valencia at Cut&Paste
How gorgeous are these *D.I.Y.* water colour invitations...Just click here to see all the steps to create them for yourself.

I love the simplicity of these illustration as well as the fun typography...

From AFinePress
This was just too much fun not to post:

Designed by Gus&Ruby

Lots more wedding idea's to follow soon, as well as just plain ol' good lookin' stuff :)

In Good Company...Parkhurst

I have quickly nipped up to Joburg for the weekend to get started on all the important wedding plans (the dress, decor, registry etc) and just had to pop into In Good Company in Parkurst. The store is a delight for any party planner, with goodies for Easter, Weddings, Birthdays, Children's theme party's and every other party you can think of. 

They also hire out select items for very reasonable prices which are available for collection.

If you go to their website (click here) you will find all their items for sale and rent as well as loads of idea's for hosting the perfect dinner/tea/party.

Here's what I've found for my wedding so far...

These cute straws are R2 a pop and come in lots of different colours. Perfect for a lemonade stand!