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 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!

In Studio: Ribbon’s own ‘Save-the-date’

A ‘Save-the-date’ for your wedding is an important part of organising the big day. Although I’m very late in posting this on the blog, it should be sent out to your guests at least 6 months before the time. For guests that will be travelling from overseas or even from other cities, it gives them enough time to consider their plans. It also acts as a security blanket for the possible delay of your invitations – if the invites take longer than you’d expected at least your guests are already aware of the date they need to save.

I also decided to include a link to an online RSVP form with our Save-the-date. The Save-the-date image was sent as an email attachment and the link to the RSVP form was included in the content or email note. Guests could follow the link and fill in “Yes, I’ll definitely be there”, “I am not sure yet” or “Sorry, I won’t make it”. The guests were also required to fill in their Postal Address.

This RSVP system worked wonders – I was already able to get an idea of numbers and planned only to send invites to those who were definitely or possibly attending. This is a great way to save costs on your invitations. It also made the admin of getting everyone’s postal addresses that much easier!

Stationery: Vera Wang

We all know Vera Wang for her famous wedding dresses but stationery too? Like so many successful vendors in the wedding industry do, Vera has branched out; into the art of wedding invitations. She has translated the whimsy, refinement and bold texturing of her dresses into paper and print. Miss Wang has even produced a line of quality papers – ‘Vera Wang Fine Papers’. The use of these papers and techniques such as engraving and letter pressing, make for regal invitations.

The style of her stationery is clean, modern and sophisticated – something that has been lost in recent years by over-embellishing and clutter of papers. There is little imagery displayed but rather a focus on the beauty of type. Ribbon Design commends this approach as text in itself can become magnificent in its simplicity when used correctly.

It’ll be interesting to follow the passage of Vera Wang Stationery as there are other designers (graphic) who reproduce the same quality of work. However, we think that simply having the name ‘Vera Wang’ attached to your invitation will be enough to encourage world-wide sales!

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