Beth and Matthew’s South African Wedding Invitations

Happy first day of spring everyone!  We’re starting the week off with a set of cool letterpress wedding invitations all the way from South Africa!  Vanessa from Essie Letterpress sent over these invitations and save the dates that she recently created for the upcoming wedding of their friends Beth and Matthew.  Vanessa incorporated vintage-inspired and botanical imagery into both the invitations and save the dates to produce a design that truly represents the bride and groom.


From Vanessa: Beth is one of my oldest and dearest friends, so we were only too happy when she asked that we design and print their wedding invitations!  First we designed save the dates: a heart made up of images symbolizing the bride and groom.  After that, we worked closely with Beth and Matt to design their ultimate wedding invitation.

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{the image on the right is Beth and Matthew’s save the date!}

Beth and Matthew are getting married on a school field in the middle of Johannesburg with a wonderful view of nature.  They wanted an invitation that reflected their relaxed outdoor wedding and a sense of old-wordly charm.  Matt is obsessed with aloe plants, (they are using them as favours in the wedding) so wanted to include them in both the invitations and save the dates. The invitations are quite large (A5) and are printed on a 280gsm thick ivory card stock with navy ink to complement the wedding colour scheme.


Thanks Vanessa!

Photo Credits: Essie Letterpress

  1. you all are in a unique position to advise people to NOT PUT REGISTRY INFO ON THE INVITE! so gauche!!!!

  2. CJ, you read my mind…

    Since when is it acceptable to place the registry information directly on a formal invitation? That bit of tackiness ruined the invite for me. I do like the save the date, though. Unique and modern… very nice.

  3. Perhaps it is perfectly acceptable in the South African culture to list Registry information on the invitation?

    I think it’s lovely and very creative; love the British-colonial feel. 🙂

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