Wedding website invitations

Have a read below for some more information on wedding invitations, but with a twist.

What Is An Online Wedding Invitation Website?

When I think about creating a wedding invitation website I get filled with childlike excitement! I love getting to know the couple, find out their likes and dislikes and translate that into a wedding invitation website that represents both their personalities and especially the aspects that brought them together. There is so much freedom in choosing colours, fonts, photos and quotes that will capture their dream in the form of an online wedding invitation. I love that I never have to do the same thing twice, because of course no two couples are alike!

Online wedding invitation websites have become very popular over the last few years. Couples and guests have reported back that they love the fact that all the information about the wedding is found in one place, no waste (or guilt) for that expensive paper invitation that inevitably ends up in the waste paper bin – the most eco-friendly invitation you could find! There will also be no problems with the postal service going on strike or lost invitations causing you to phone family or friends to find out if they will be attending the wedding. Instead you have a custom made wedding website that captures your personality and character while serving as an invitation, information about the wedding and an RSVP form all in one.

The website can have as many features as you like but normally they will at least include:

A homepage with photos of the lovely couple.
A page telling the guests a little bit more about the couple. Some couples prefer this to be very formal and traditional while others like a bit of fun and laughter with a little bit of personality coming through.
The actual wedding invitation page with names, dates and places.
The online RSVP form is the best of all! An email will be sent to the couple when a guest replies via the RSVP form on the website. No more RSVP forms for guests to post! This reply can be sent to an email account set up specifically for this purpose.

Any bride will know how long it takes to plan every detail about the wedding. Picture this… you and your new husband arrive arm in arm at the reception, madly in love and ready for this day that you have been planning to a tee for the last year… first thing you see is Aunty Sally’s 3 year old boy running through the room, bumping over the flower arrangement and grabbing your white dress with his grubby hands so as to not fall over…how did this happen…the invitation said no children! The problem is Aunty Sally never received the invitation that was posted to her old address! She got to the wedding thanks to family members that could inform her where it is but they neglected to tell her that no children are allowed. That is where the information page comes in handy!

All the information about the wedding and reception can be posted for all to see. Are children allowed, will there be a cash bar, telephone numbers for taxi services, dress code. Anything anyone might need to know. The link to the website can even be emailed again just before the wedding, just to remind everyone.
Crisis averted!

In this wonderful age of technology we can even add directions and an interactive map to your wedding venue and the reception. Guests can add the location where they will be leaving from and customised directions to the wedding will get them there on time. No need to get lost any more!

Furthermore it can have pages with suggestions for accommodation, things to do, places to see and restaurants in the area. You could have a page with an introduction and photos of the bridal party and parents of the bride and groom. A page with suggestions or links to gift registries which guests can use from their smartphones while shopping is also very useful!

A good way to get the guests involved and more excited about the wedding is to have fun interactive pages where guests can upload their photos, make suggestions for the dance floor and polls for when the first baby will arrive.

It can be as modern or as traditional as you like, include personal anecdotes and even have a theme that can be pulled through to your wedding decorations.

The world is your oyster and you are in charge!

Contact Red Swirl Design:
http://www.redswirldesign.co.za/
vernita.kruger@redswirldesign.co.za
082 488 5649

Sun City Weddings

Getting married at Sun City:

For many of us, getting married is the greatest day of our lives. It’s the chance where we get to declare our love in front of our families and our best friends.

However, the preparations for the big day can often turn into something of a headache. With the costs of catering, location and making sure that everybody is entertained, many are increasingly seeking an all-in-one package that can relieve a lot of stress for everyone involved.

There are some great all-inclusive wedding function services available in South Africa, and one of the best must be at the Sun City Resort

Sun City Weddings:

Located north east of Johannesburg on the edge of the glorious Pilanesberg Nature Reserve, the resort offers special wedding packages where couples can get married in the beautiful Windchime wedding chapel that is nestled in the enchanting Baobab Trail in the Lost City Gardens.

If it’s an intimate gathering for a dozen people, or even a lavish occasion for hundreds, there are many experienced staff on hand to make sure that the main event goes smoothly.

Accommodation:

The great thing about holding a wedding in a resort such as this, is that it means that all of your nearest and dearest guests can stay on site, so that the wedding day can often turn into a celebration that lasts an entire week!

There’s a great range of accommodation on site to suit all needs and budgets from the understated chic of the Cabanas hotel that is perfectly set on the edge of the relaxing Waterworld lake, to the highly luxurious five star Palace of the Lost City that will indulge your every fantasy.

Attractions:

Apart from the wedding itself, Sun City will enable your guests to enjoy a wide range of activities.

The resort is notable for its glamorous casino, but your guests can still enjoy the casino lifestyle from the comfort of the pool by playing roulette online with the Yebo Yes site rather than getting caught up in the frantic casino environment.

There are also some great facilities for your younger guests with a huge Valley of the Waves water park, as well as the highly intriguing Maze of the Lost City – reputedly the largest maze in the southern hemisphere!

And then for the more active members of your entourage, the resort is perfectly located near nature reserves that boast all of the Big Five – lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalo!

Kei and Martin say I Do in beautiful Franschhoek

I love this wedding! Everything from the flowers, to the colour choice, to the stationary…. and then there is the dress and the blue shoes! Too amazing for words!

I met Martin & Kei through my lovely friend, Andrea. Martin & Andrea are brother and sister. Martin is from South Africa and Kei is from Tokyo. The lovely couple met in Tokyo and they currently live there. They decided to cross the ocean to say their vows at the beautiful Allee Bleue in Franschhoek.

Kei and I skyped a few times and kept in contact over many emails. She had a particular idea on how she wanted her day to look and I really did love the style she was going for. Fox and Co did an incredible job with the flowers and decor. The different shades of blue work so well with this particular venue and once the sun set and the fairy lights and candles took over, it looked so stunning!

Danieka from Picturist did a lovely job capturing their special day. I love how relaxed Martin & Kei look. Trying to select which ones to print will be a task in itself. Side Note: I think it is very important for the photographer to take some shots of the guests when they aren’t posing. This also helps the couple view the day in a totally different way, as they often miss those times. Danieka did this so well and she got some great photos during the reception and dancing. 

One thing I must mention…. her dress! I absolutely adore Kei’s dress and I could stare at the lace on the back for hours! PLUS she wore Manolo Blahniks! How can you not be super envious right now?

I could, as per usual, go on and on about this wedding. But I will let the photos speak for themselves.
To Martin and Kei, thank you for allowing me to play such a large part in the planning of your big day. I loved getting to know you and I hope the memories of this day will forever bring a smile to your faces. I wish you love, light and happiness in your future together.

Thanks to my amazing suppliers:

Photographer: Picturist 
Venue: Allee Bleue
Flowers and Decor: Fox and Co
Hair and Make Up: Cindy Horton
Cake and cupcakes: Cakes by Carlyn 
Stationary: Lara’s Designs 
Dress: Claire Pettibone