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Sunday, 9 June 2019

Combining Your Wedding Destination and Honeymoon

Safari Passport Invitation

There are travel companies that offer tailor-made exclusive wedding destinations that include safaris and tours in Africa, Asia and South America.

Post-Wedding Plan Tips

  • Make sure about the Dates - investigate local holidays. 
  • Weather  - what is the best time of the year.  
  • Transport facilities - for you and your guests
  • Venues- luxurious and affordable accommodations 
  • Language  - just in case nobody speaks English. 

Wedding Planners

Once you’ve nailed down your wedding location, the next step is finding the right wedding venue. Many resorts and venues roll out the red carpet for couples tying the knot away from home. 

If you can manage a professional wedding planner since they'll make sure everything is under control, good advice is spending more days in your destination after the wedding than before. Save as much of your time as possible for the honeymoon.

Use a reputable post-event shipping company to ship all the wedding clothing, accessories and gifts, if you held your wedding shower nearer home.

Safari Boarding Pass 2 by TerraCosmos

Big Cats Weddings There are travel companies that tailor-make exclusive safaris and tours in Africa, Asia and South America.

Coordinate your travel plans with your wedding planner or family members and choose wedding invitations that include links to your website with all the information necessary for your wedding destination. A destination wedding means lots of pre-and post-event shipping, so plenty of advance planning is of the utmost importance to create a memorable event.

Africa is an Exotic Wedding Destination

There are numerous safari lodge wedding venues to choose from. Witwater Safari Lodge & Spa is a good example. It offers breathtaking views of the Waterberg mountains and a view of the Phalala River which offers its peace and serenity to the moment.

Safari Wildlife Destination for a Wedding Getting Married in Africa

In South Africa, couples must first register an intention to marry with the Department of Home Affairs and apply for a marriage certificate at least three months prior to your intended wedding date.

In Kenya, couples need to apply for and obtain a certificate or a license from the Registrar of Marriages in order for them to have a wedding in the 'bush'.

Guests should plan to stay in Nairobi for up to 4 days for all arrangements to be confirmed. Kenya weddings have wide-ranging appeal for their luxury and affordability.

Watercolor Floral Safari Wedding

Party Activities

Participate in activities that you can repeat decades later when you revisit your memorable wedding destination.

Make sure that your Honeymoon is at a different location by changing to a more luxury hotel that is just a short drive away so you can feel you've arrived in an entirely new destination.

Friday, 12 April 2019

A Roaring 20's Gatsby Wedding

The great Gatsby inspiration 

Watching the 2013 Great Gatsby movie inspired me to create my own Gatsby style by using a luxurious shimmering gold silk texture draped through two wedding rings on a dramatic black background with a Deco style stripe to give the design a chic and glamorous look.

It should exude a sense of purposeful luxury in no uncertain terms.

Vintage 1920's Art Deco Gatsby Wedding Collection
Gatsby style is all about dramatic and eye-catching details. The luxurious Art Deco style is making a comeback in a big way! Some couples like to choose a trendy style that their guests will relate to.  Art deco has influenced a lot of couples even today to use for their most important celebration.

A wedding should be one of the most special occasions in your life. One way to make it even more special is to add personal touches throughout the entire process with gifts for your wedding guests that can all be personalized at Zazzle.

The Wedding Outfits

The Groom
Unlike today, men wore tailored suits to fit snug on the body. Black tuxedos and sparkly sequined dresses are a modern way to do 1920s wedding attire. When choosing a 1920s suit, find one that fits well, not baggy. A matching suit vest and pants are a must for a Great Gatsby look. 

A French cuff white shirt with cuff links is a must! ...I love the look of the white collar shirt for ’20s wear. It screams vintage. Don't forget the very important vintage style shoes. Color-wise anything goes. There's no such thing as too much sparkle.

The Bride
Bridal frocks of the Jazz Age were the epitome of footloose and fancy-free. They were shorter, reflecting the popularity of the flapper girl look. Brides also wore long-strand necklaces, oftentimes pearls layered around their neck.
Here is some great 1920’s inspiration from zazzle designers.

The Table Decor

The Great Gatsby Gift BoxA shimmery black tablecloth layered with embroidered gold linen, including  The couple's initials on plates, wine glass charms and wine bottle labels. The opportunities are endless. 

Welcome Bags
Personalize with the wedding couple's names and wedding date, and be sure to include a special message!

Decadent cookie favors make the perfect post-wedding treat. Box them up to make it a matching gift set so they're easy for guests to grab and go!

Nadine May

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Succulent Rossette Weddings

Budget-Friendly Wedding Accessories

Succulent Wedding Stationery
Not only are succulents a budget-friendly choice they are also water-wise and thus very suitable and convenient for wedding decor and the bride's bouquet because they can be created days before the event.  Corsages created with succulents are long-lasting.

Succulent Hues of Pale Blues Save the Dates Card
My love for succulents goes back for many years due to our local Mediterranean climate. The succulents on these card designs are photos taken from my own succulent collections.

For succulent lovers having this design on their invitations for their event will reflect a personal touch to family and friends.

Best Points

Succulent Hues of Pale Blues Bridal Shower Invitation
Succulents are easy to maintain, will not wilt during the ceremony or reception. They are great for both formal and informal weddings and can be given to guests as gifts after the event.

The Wedding Color Schemes

Flowers, Succulents & Exotic plants - South Africa
Pale blues with a soft outdoor green and sunny creams - when nature wakes up from its winter slumber and comes back to life.

Beach Yellow, Cool Mint, Pale Gray, & Ivory - Fresh mint green paired with warm beach texture, welcoming blue-green leaves feels like a cheerful springtime color.

Decor Ideas

Endless opportunities with blue-green Echeveria's. They look spectacular due to their low growing rosettes with bell-shaped flowers on a pink stem edged with light pink. I have collected many succulent decor ideas on my Pinterest board and gifts with the same stationary succulent design may be ordered.

If the wedding takes place near a Beach, near an ocean or in a tropical garden, all three options are reflected by the invitations. If the couple knows their style, the right kind of choices for the appearance makes the wedding day a perfect one ~ with ease and no worries.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Planning a Wedding Second Time Around

Let's Do It Again!

Many couples today have found their soul partners later in life and want to keep their ceremony simple. In some cases children of previous marriages are already independent, some even married with children.

To celebrate and start a new life with a new partner can be a tremendous occasion depending on the personalities and tastes of the bride and groom. The ceremony options for remarriage are endless.

Wedding Collections with King Protea's,

Priorities are often intimate locations - to be held in a casual setting with just a few close friends and family members. (Like in a garden like Kirstenbosh in South Africa)

Beach and garden weddings are popular for intimate wedding events.

 Maybe Throw a Surprise Wedding!

Select a date and venue, then send out invitations requesting guests to attend what appears to be a party for some other occasion, like a birthday or a housewarming party. Actually, they'll really be coming to a wedding!

If it is a house warming party then family and friend will know that the couple both have moved in together. Some couples might even have moved to a new location.

For a house warming, guests might want to bring a gift as a token of their joy for their new union, but most couples do not want to receive gifts for the second wedding. Chances are, their cupboards are brimming with all the stemware, crystal, and fine china.

Wedding Traditions

The second time around brides might not want to wear a white wedding dress. The most important thing is to pick a style that suits the couple's personality, figure, and the nature of the wedding.
  • No dress code is required for guests.
  • No bridal showers or bachelor parties -  instead they often want to include both children of previous marriages in the ceremony.
Seeing their parents remarry can be a difficult ordeal for children, so the couple should tread carefully. Break the news to them gently.

Skip the traditional walk down the aisle. Instead, play the musical selection of choice. The couple stands together, and welcomes each of their guests as they enter the ceremony to take their seats.

 Be Practical

Consider an ante-nuptial agreement –  it’ll save plenty of tears (and cash) in the eventuality that things don’t work out as planned.

Actually, they'll really be coming to a wedding! If it is a house warming party then family and friend will know that the couple both have moved in together. Some couples might even have moved to a new location.

I have added some ideas for optional Save the Date or other invitation cards to use for a second time wedding.


Sunday, 17 March 2019

Planning a Steampunk Wedding from Home

So what is Steampunk? 

Steampunk is a rather interesting genre because it involves much more than just history. The first appearance of this steampunk fashion style is hard to date because there are many aspects that influenced it. The actual term steampunk was coined by K.W. Jeter in 1987.

 steampunk weddings
During the late eighties early nineties ( before the internet) I was drawn to create timepiece sculpture brooches from old watches I took apart.  I sold these on craft markets with the hand drawn calendars.

Before Steampunk became the full-blown sub-culture it is today, it started out as a science-fiction sub-genre in the 1970s.
Its fundamental inspirations go all the way back to 19th century Victorian writers, such as Jules Verne (author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) and H.G. Wells (author of The Time Machine).

The Steampunk Look 

Steampunk typically bears strong Victorian influences using materials like wood, glass, leather, copper and brass which are all authentic materials for constructing a futuristic or fantastical Victorian look.

It is a funky world. It's a more playful version of Gothic, and it's visually cleaner than a lot of punk. Perhaps it's more developed with class and style; refined and elegant.

A Steampunk Wedding

 sreampunk weddings

Step One: A Steampunk Engagement Party.

 steampunk weddings

You both are probably somewhat alternative and love to dress up. You had your engagement party, so your family and friends got to know about your interest in steampunk fashion.
You also might feel that if everyone had to dress up for the wedding so that they would feel much more like part of your day, rather than just being onlookers and well-wishers.

If you have set the date, then you will know what the climate will be if you want to be able to have a ceremony in the garden.

Step Two: The date! When to tie the knot is a good start.

Now that you have the date, sending out and Save the Date card to all your family and friends is the second step. Having Steampunk invitation cards that includes your photo will already set the tone of your coming event.

Do your invitation cards reflect the theme of your wedding?

 steampunk weddings
This invitation can be followed by sending a bachelor, bridal and a wedding shower party invitation. Here you might consider asking your guests to dress the part, or at least offer a suggestion for what colors to wear. This way, everyone can participate in your wedding theme.

Some couples might be planning their steampunk wedding a year in advance for the planning of the clothes and decor. To have a special creative celebration for family and friends to have an unforgettable day takes time.

Step Three:  A bridal shower and bachelor party 

A stag or hen party followed by a wedding shower party is all possible and a great way to gather some of the decor gifts that can be used during your wedding.

(The cards used in this article can all be personalized, including the gifts that go with the steampunk theme.)

TIP: Many couples have already set up a website where ideas of gifts that might include some decor items for the wedding. Links to vintage hire services might also be very helpful for your wedding guests.

 steampunk weddings
It is possible through the internet to find some ingenuity to create your own Steampunk theme. Many craftspeople on Etsy, specialize in making dresses, suits and accessories for your entire wedding.

Even the most amazing props can be created during these parties.  Pinterest is a great way to explore what others have created for the steampunk wedding.

This Elegant Gold Black Steampunk Invitation birthday party card by Zizzago can easily be personalized and made into a steampunk party invitation.

 steampunk weddings

The three party invitations above could be a great help to include your family and friends into the Steampunk fashion mood. Those events could even be a workshop party activity where some props for the wedding can be created in a team spirit.

The Colors of a Steampunk Wedding.

It's advisable to mention what color dress the bride is going to were, so the wedding guests will choose something that does not clash with the wedding photos.

A very suitable option is burgundy, dark brown or even black. Black should not be a color to be afraid of because you can always add some gold or metallic elements that will make the whole event looking amazing. What also works is aubergine, black and teal.

The Clothing 

The bridal gown should obviously be with steampunk inspiration. The groom is also going to be dressed in a steampunk inspiration.


Choosing the steampunk theme for a wedding is rather daring in itself, so choosing an outfit don't hesitate to wear almost crazy things!

The Rings

The wedding rings are a symbol of love that can also remind you of your common steampunk love for life. There are many options out there.

Step Four: The Wedding

To have an at-home wedding, consider the space. The great thing about getting married in your own home is the flexibility you have to get things ready in advance.  Depending on the size of your home, the number on your guest list will be important.
  • Who is organizing the ceremony setup and decor?
  • Factors like who is doing the catering? 
  • Who is organizing the music? 
  • Can the wedding ceremony be held in the garden, or inside the house?
If you plan to have your wedding indoors it might be advisable to engage in a cleaning crew to help prep the family home for a weekend of guests and events.  A spotless home where some private items are removed will also guarantee that any clutter doesn’t come across in your photos.

Keep in mind the importance of a dance floor when allocating space in your home, or for your reception.

For couples who want to stay away from rentals, mixing chairs and other furnishings that were found within your home can add whimsy and charm to your design scheme and decor.

 steampunk weddings
Let's say that your wedding invitations have been sent. 

From the table layout of your reception to the  rehearsal dinner (cards) - the menu, each event is an opportunity to reflect the familiarity of your residential venue choice.
  • Are you asking for financial contributions? 
  • Have you thought about what kind of input you want them to have? 
  • Are there traditions you want to include? 
  • Are you both encouraging your guest to were steampunk costumes, if so where could they hire them? ( mentioned on your wedding website on your invitations)
Along with a spotless house creating a festive atmosphere through lighting and decoration, using lamps instead of overhead lights and hanging a ton of white lanterns from our ceilings.  Wildflowers in pretty vintage vases around the house.

TIP: Getting your decorations up and ready the weekend before your wedding to avoid stress. 

Having written this steampunk article, if I would do my own wedding in the sixties all over again, I would probably go for this wedding theme.

I hope that my article will inspire the soon to be Mr and Mrs.

Below are some more links from Zazzle designers on the amazing steampunk theme for any event.

Thank you Simon for all your many tips through Facebook messenger. I like to end this block post with your wonderful Steampunk wedding invitation.

Nadine May

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Author - Nadine May

I am Nadine May a novelist but think in pictures. I Love the innovative design, graphics, art & crafts opportunities, especially creating personalized invitation cards for events like weddings at Zazzle.

I am a self-taught graphic designer and for the last 18 years specializing in book covers for Kima Global Publishers. Four years ago I discovered Zazzle and have been actively publishing my graphic art on many products.

I have three stores at Zazzle where I design for.

Just Kidding 

My 'Just kidding ' store name was a clothing label I owned during the early nineties. This store is all about my past and present artworks that I have started to redesign for the personalized stationery at Zazzle.

The themes for my wedding stationery show a great variety, from Succulents, Flowers, Steampunk, African Safari topics & modern graphic styles.
The Awakening

My 'Awakening' store was created in order to share images I designed for the articles on the topic of transformation, including the color-in projects that all belong to the science behind the Language of Light and many more posts on alternative topics that can be read from my blog: The End of Times.  I will soon begin designing wedding-stationary with this topic in mind.

My Kima Global Gift store includes the graphics work from my book design covers that I formatted for the Zazzle templates. Being the art director of Kima Global Publishers I am always looking for creative ways to explore print-on-demand. I'm not all that active here.
Happy browsing in this wedding forum for ideas, or visit me here:

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