A wedding day does not always have to be an elaborate, formal or expensive affair. Some people prefer an intimate occasion with just a handful of guests in the sanctuary of a residential garden. We aimed to combine the geometric theme with a small outside celebration to show that less can definitely sometimes be more.
Geometry – the mathematical science of lines, shapes and symmetry – is a trend that’s turning heads in 2014, popping up in everything from fashion to home décor. It has become a hot party theme too and, combined with bold colours and touches of gold, provided the inspiration for this relaxed geometric wedding inspiration reception theme.
Here are our top tips to make this stylish look work for your wedding day
- Choose a garden with plenty of greenery to complement your colour scheme and create a pretty mood. Always ensure there is sufficient shade if marrying in summer. Our celebration took place in the late afternoon so that we could benefit from the beauty of the sunset and incorporate romantic lighting into the look.
- The geometric influence is obviously key. To ensure your theme stands out, keep the surrounding decor look clean and simple. We chose to focus on the diamond – pertinent because of its association with love and marriage – though any geometric shape (or combination thereof) will do. Liezel Glaubitz from Match Set Love designed the stationery around this shape, while our colour scheme was inspired by nail art from the Heart and Home on-line store.
- Little details create a sense of occasion and are so important, even in home-based celebrations. We even went so far as to have a coat rack with tear-off slips for guests to hang their coats and jerseys!
- Lighting is key to creating a romantic atmosphere. We made use of fairy lights and solar jars, and added some hand-folded boxes, made from tracing paper, to the hanging lights on the porch.
- Don’t omit flowers just because you are in a garden setting. Beautiful blooms, such as these by Tamyrin Lipjes of Bespoke Blooms, certainly up the pretty factor and soften the harsh geometric lines – an important consideration if you’re not going for a totally modern, minimalist approach.
- Paper elements offer plenty of room to play with a geometric theme. Our menus were folded into interesting configurations with flaps revealing the various courses. They also served as place markers on each guest’s dinner plate. (Origami can be a great bonding experience for DIY-inclined couples; it’s also a fun way to get your bridal party involved in your big day.)
- Food is an important aspect of any wedding. In keeping with our relaxed garden theme, we opted for delicious pizzas, baked in an outdoor pizza oven. Of course, the shape of the pizza base and the way you cut your toppings (think triangular pieces of cold meat, semi-circular slices of peppers and tomato…) allows you to subtly reinforce the theme. Liezel’s husband, Rainer, assisted with the menu (Find the recipes here), while Inge Newport from The Cake Cartel ensured that her cake creation in pinks and yellows matched the day.
- When it comes to bridal attire, make sure the outfits you choose suit the mood of your wedding and location. Dresses from Vintage Lace and blue triangle jewellery from Sam Bear Things ensured our bride looked the part, while the groom’s handmade bow tie and the ring cushion were additional complementary elements.
- When setting the tables, stick with what you have on the crockery and cutlery fronts. Mix and match, borrow from friends and family – this adds a lovely, personalised touch to the table and carries through the relaxed feel.
- This theme really does lend itself to various interpretations, so you can keep things quite simple and natural – or glam it up for an intimate yet sophisticated celebration indoors.
We also made a piñata for the day!
Other lovilees that made the day possible included
Photography: Jack and Jane Photography
Assistant photographer: Leandrie du Plessis
Dresses: Vintage Lace
Make-up: Nadia Wiggett of Creative Heroes
Models: Harry and Jenni Botha
Venue: Private residence of Marcel and Clare Viljoen in Lonehill
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