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#FollowFriday- Fleurs Sauvages

We are always amazed by the quality and talent produced in little old Port Elizabeth. In an effort to showcase our local wedding vendors we are giving our favourite company’s some love. We are grateful to work in such a supportive bridal industry where we consider so many of these vendors our friends. Our #followfriday aims to highlight small businesses in Port Elizabeth and surrounds that are involved in the wedding industry.

We thought its appropriate to start with a treasure close to home- Meredith, who recently began assisting in the bridal boutique, also runs her own wedding décor business. She is creative and passionate about using local flowers to create modern flower arrangements. Today she shares some details about her newly established wedding and event planning company Fleurs Sauvages.

 

Just like wildflowers that bravely grow wild and free – we love natural, flowing, romantic weddings. We believe happy brides are the prettiest and that your wedding day should be the most joyous, stress-free occasion.

 

Fleurs Sauvages aims to meet this need by offering fresh, affordable wedding décor and coordination. If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of planning your wedding, let us step in and provide our expert opinions.  We offer a range of packages customized to suit all couples including wedding stationary, flowers and decor. We provide fresh flowers for all occasions and every day in between. We try our best to source fresh, in season, local flowers and be as eco-conscious and waste free as possible.

We are a self taught duo specializing in floral artistry and graphic design. Meredith has been dreaming up pretty flowers since she was a little girl spending her weekends gardening with her grandmother. Michelle has a knack for learning new skills and is ever improving her graphic design abilities. After coordinating the weddings of multiple friends, we realised the need for more creative floral arrangements in Port Elizabeth.

These wildflowers would love to make your wedding day a special, ‘uniquely you’ occasion.

Planning an event or need flowers for a special occasion? Contact Meredith at 0767569797 or meredith.fleursauvages@gmail.com to see what we can offer you. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @fleurs.sauvages.sa

 

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Dressing your #bridetribe

Aside from your own bridal gown, getting the outfits for your bride tribe is probably one of the most stressful aspects of planning your wedding. Maybe you are lucky and have very easy going family and friends that would happily accompany you down the aisle in a black plastic bag. For the most part, this isn’t the case. Most ladies are quite particular about their outfit choices- preferring certain colours, styles, lengths and fit. Also we are all so different in appearance that finding a dress that suits everyone can be a nightmare. Each bridesmaid may have body issues requiring a longer skirt or thicker strap or or or.

Finding dresses in your wedding colour scheme can also be a mission. Especially as South African clothing shops tend to lack a wide selection of formal dresses appropriate for weddings. Even more difficult is finding attractive outfits for mother-of-the-brides, who usually want something a little bit more demure, but still in the wedding colour scheme.

This means that bride tribes usually resort to having bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses made. Custom made dresses provide you with the freedom of choosing exactly what you want- the colour, material, style and fitting them exactly to everyone’s body. The process requires some time and often a few appointments with a seamstress to development the design and allow for fittings. 

We know how difficult and expensive it can be to find a trustworthy seamstress. Often a dress we envision in our mind, can turn out completely different in reality. The back and forth between the bride and the seamstress can be exhausting and thus you want to ensure that you find someone who shares your same vision. Our hints and tips for stress free retinue styles are:

  • Get everyone’s measurements done by the same seamstress. Often members of the bridal party may live in a different city, try arrange for everyone to meet up during the wedding planning process and get your measurements taken by a trusted person. This saves the mission of constantly needing to try on dresses that are being made, as well as save money and stress by needing further alterations.
  • Purchase ready made dressed for an outlet store or online. These days bridesmaids tend to wear more casual dresses that can be found at national stores like YDE, Forever New, Zara and H&M. Considering the price of dresses, it may be beneficial to buy ready made dresses that can be reworn for other occasions. Also these sizes tend to be standard and thus will fit well and can be tried on around the country by your different bridesmaids.
  • Mix and Match. We are all such different shapes and sizes, try accommodate everyone by allowing your retinue to chose the style of dress worn. Dresses in similar tones, but different styles add interest to your photographs. Be modern and try a mix of floral and plain dresses, or shirts and skirts. Playsuits and rompers are also trendy and can ensure your bridesmaids feel comfortable on the day. 
  • Start early . If you have a specific style or colour in mind, its best to start the process early- finding material and dresses can take a long time and you don’t want to be stressing a few weeks before the wedding that the attire is not ready.

 

 

 

 

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

Your best friend is getting married and you have been asked to be her bridesmaid and it is such an exciting time. Bridesmaids have a number responsibilities leading up to the wedding.  The bride will rely on you to help her make many decisions, address invitations or help with any other wedding DIY that needs to be done and to support her emotionally through this exciting, yet stressful time in her life.  You will help her choose a dress, a venue, the bridesmaid’s outfits, offer décor ideas and the list goes on.

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Who Pays for What?

Composing a wedding budget is one of the first things that need to be done once you are engaged.  It is also one of the most important things to do.  Your budget will guide you when planning your wedding and help you avoid getting into any unnecessary debt after the wedding.
 
The responsibility of who pays for what is something that has changed drastically over the last decade or two.  Traditionally, the bride’s family would cover all the costs related to the wedding day, but because weddings are so expensive, the groom’s family generally contribute a large portion to the wedding and there are no longer any hard a fast rules, but this is a rough guideline on a modern day wedding:

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Planning your wedding photos

You spend months and months planning the most important day of your life and the day will come and go in the blink of an eye. Once the wedding day is over, all you really have left (besides a husband) are the photos from your big day.

It is really important to have a connection with your photographer and I would definitely recommend an engagement shoot. The engagement shoot will give you a practice run with your photographer so that you can ensure the spark is there.

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Harmonious Wedding Planning

Photo: My Mom & Mother in Law

The best piece of advice that I could give to any bride-to-be is something that I wish I had learned sooner during the year of planning my own wedding. Some experts say the most stressful thing about planning a wedding is that you are always trying to keep everybody else happy.

As a bride-to-be you will often hear “If I were you, I would…”, or “why don’t you do this…”