Baobab Wedding Invitaions

Laser-cut invitations is one of our specialties and this invite is a great example of how it can make a beautiful feature. Jackie and Alwyn are getting married at the beautiful Mongena Game Lodge in Dinokeng. To match the bush setting, Jackie wanted a natural theme with the baobab tree as the stationery’s icon. Jackie is bring a pop of coral into her flowers for the day so we incorporated a spot colour of coral which worked beautifully against the natural beige background colour.

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Wedding Invitations : Bunting Bliss

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with pastel watercolour information cards.

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with pastel watercolour information cards.

One of my most enjoyable creations for the year so far has been these wedding invitations. Abi and Gary are living in the UK but are getting married in their home country, South Africa at the lovely Imperfect Perfection in Pretoria. Abi plans to have a lovely casual styled wedding with a bit of a garden party theme – bunting, baskets, bales of hay; everything that make for a cosy, personal and light-hearted atmosphere.

I was so excited when Abi mentioned that she liked the white on brown paper look. It’s a trend that I love so was keen to have my own hand at creating it. The white design embossed into the rich textured brown paper, coupled with the pastel colours and watercolour look made for a refreshing invitation design.

The invitation card came with a personalised matching envelope and two double-sided information cards, all custom designed to make a matching set that represents Abi’s style and wedding colours.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Wedding invite : white on brown paper, text close-up

Wedding invite : white on brown paper, text close-up

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper, matching brown envelope with personalised label

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper, matching brown envelope with personalised label

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with baker's twine tie

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with baker’s twine tie

Wedding invitation : pastel watercolour information cards

Wedding invitation : pastel watercolour information cards

Lauren and Kyle : Mosaic Merriment

I’ve never been quite as excited as I am to post this feature today. Lauren and Kyle Tee got married over the long weekend in September and Ribbon was fortunate to not only be involved with the stationery but the flowers and decor too!

The reception took place at Tony’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co in Pretoria – and it was from this unique venue that all the inspiration came. The venue’s main decor element is mosaic and so the theme was continued into the wedding’s stationery and decor. Lauren’s colour preferences were a tall order of green, blue, brown and yellow – any wedding planner’s colour scheme nightmare! Fortunately because of the mosaic theme, we were able to create an aesthetic blend of specific tones of the colours. A Moroccan touch was added with ornate lanterns as centre pieces as well as a Secret Garden feel with plenty of greenery and twinkling yellow lights. Thanks to 5 Talents Photography for the beautiful photos as well as a few from Murasaki-Ame Photography.

All-green orchid bridal bouquet and pale yellow tulip bridesmaid bouquets – Ribbon Weddings. Beautiful bridesmaid dresses by dressmaker, Anke Boersema.

Orchid boutonnieres – Ribbon Weddings with special thanks to Anelle le Roux.

Christ Church, Arcadia – flowers by Ribbon Weddings

Many thanks to all the girls who helped weave that ribbon and set up on the day. DIY coffee filter roses laboriously made by the bride.

Lanterns hired from The Decor Hire Company. Vases and runners from Nici’s Decor Hire. Flowers – Ribbon Weddings.

Invitation, menu and place card – Ribbon Weddings. Mosaic coasters made by the parents of the bride. Custom Thank You stamp for coasters – Ribbon Weddings.

Custom seating plan – Ribbon Weddings. Mosaic table numbers made by the father of the bride. Hanging votives hired from Moi Decor.

Beautifully lit photography by 5 Talents Photography.

The suppliers for this wedding are as follows:

Photography: 5 Talents Photography
Reception: Tony’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co.
Ceremony: Christ Church, Arcadia
Bride’s Dress: Olivelli                  

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Anke Boersema
Stationery: Ribbon Wedding Stationery
Flowers and Decor: Ribbon Weddings
Decor Hire: Moi Decor; Nici’s Decor Hire ; The Decor Hire Company

Natural Inspiration: A DIY Wedding

When Mandy first contacted me about doing her wedding stationery, she explained the style for her wedding as natural, earthy and vintage with the focus on Proteas. As you’ll see in the images below, provided by Model Image Photography, this is exactly the look she achieved.

I love to see a bride who is so involved in the décor of her wedding – not only in coming up with her own ideas but also in getting her hands dirty with creating some of the items for the day. Mandy made her own table numbers, seating plan, gift for the guests and so much more!

Mandy and Piet Viljoen got married at the lovely Rosemary Hill – see a previous blog post about the venue here. The magnificent trees and farm feel acted as the perfect back-drop for Mandy’s vision. It was a morning winter wedding but Mandy and the venue brought so many warm touches to the day like a blanket with a “Keep Warm” tag for guests to use during the outdoor ceremony.

The protea motif that Ribbon Wedding Stationery created for the invitations and on-the-day stationery was reflected throughout the day – in the beautiful flowers arrangements and small details such as the seating plan painted on glass window panes.

It was a pleasure working for such a lovely bride with inspiring ideas. Ribbon wishes you all the best for a future that will be as happy and beautiful as your wedding day was!


Photography: Model Image Photography

Venue: Rosemary Hill

Flowers: Party Design creations – Valdo Machine

Decor: The bride

Stationery : Ribbon Wedding Stationery

Make-up : Samantha Gage Kruger


Go bold – Go Gold!

In celebration of Cameron van der Burgh’s gold medal yesterday, Ribbon put together a Gold inspiration board.

Photo credit: Style me Pretty

A gold wedding can be one of two things: incredibly tacky or wonderfully elegant. We suggest opting for a softer tone of gold and using pops of the colour. Combining the gold with a secondary colour is also a must, even if it’s a white or cream; this will be much easier on the eye and will create a warm flow of colour. Also avoid adding decor or other items to your wedding day just because they’re gold – you don’t want the reception hall looking like Scrooge McDuck’s money vault!


Wedding Stationery: Protea Invitations

I created these natural, eco inspired invitations for Mandy who is getting married in July. I came up with a simplified protea design to use as a ‘window’ on the cover. The natural cover paper was laser cut to reveal the gorgeous pastel colours of the protea.

The invitation page was printed on transparent paper to give it a soft, translucent feel. If held up to the light, the colours shine through magnificently.The booklet-type invitation had a kind of seam down the side with a mint green lace to finish it off.

Looking forward to using these colours and the protea motif again for the Mandy’s on-the-day wedding stationery!

Autumn Inspiration

Photo credits: and

Those of you in South Africa will probably be starting to feel the early morning and evening chill in the air. It’s almost April and Autumn is round the corner. So in celebration of my favourite season, I’ve put together this Autumn wedding collage. Deep reds, mauve, orange, yellow, brown, gold, bronze and still a touch of green – these are the colours that make for the calm beauty and serenity of Autumn.

Colours: Wedding Stationery

I’m busy working on invites for a bride’s wedding in July. These are the colours I’m using to create her protea motif. The freshness of these colours is really going to bring a touch of bright vivacity to a dull winter morning. The crisp greens and blues from light sage, grass green and mint to aqua and sky blue blend so well together. They flow beautifully into each other instead of creating a muddy rainbow mess!

Wedding Invitation: Indian Traditional

My first clients for the year were Shanelle and Jarad. They got engaged and planned their wedding date for a bit more than a month after! What made it an especially tight deadline was the fact that they needed to get to India asap to start putting things in place for their special day in Goa, India.

The wedding is this coming weekend and will be a traditional Hindu Indian ceremony on the beach at the grandiose Ramada Hotel. I chose to use a rich gold paper to reflect the beach sand at sunset and Shanelle asked for the symbol of the “Ganesha” – Remover of Obstacles…a very wise choice for one’s foresight into marriage wouldn’t you say?

My favourite part of this invitation is the wording: “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”.