The Rankin Wedding – Love Is In The Details

For the entire year spent planning our wedding I had been dying to blog every single day and share the home made items, ideas and crafts we had been making. The problem was that I needed to keep everything on the DL to ensure a surprise for my guests on the actual day (this is me assuming my friends even read this blog, but nonetheless). I’m a firm believer that ‘Love is in the Details’ and wanted to make sure that my personal touches were all over our wedding day. I think I achieved it and the feedback received shows me that so many people noticed and appreciated all of the little things we added to #TheRankinWedding.

Apart from using my Pinterest board (also a secret board up until now – enjoy!) for inspiration I also invented a few things which I’m really proud to say have never been done – so when I see them done again I will try to take it as flattery and not be upset that my ideas were stolen 🙂

Here are just a few items that we made for the big day – a HUGE thanks to my mom who never waned from craft duty and my now husband for helping with all the ‘girly’ things with such enthusiasm.

Chalkboards go a long way in adding special messaging to your event – I bought these from Mr Price Home for around R50 a piece. I also found a white paint marker which had excellent results – plus it has the benefit of not smudging. You can get these markers from most craft and art stores – and they come in various colours and sizes.

Chalkboard Decor
Chalkboard Decor

I really wanted a fun takeaway for all the guests – so asked my friend Kim to design some ideas I had – I made up 12 different badges and each guest got one on the night. There was even a ‘Rupert Approves’ one – of course!

badge 3

badge 4

badge 1

badge 2

For the actual guest gift we bought 100 lottery tickets and made a ‘slip cover’ for them. You probably can’t see in the pic but they read “Thanks for banking on our love – your attendance tonight means we get 50% of the winnings”. Unfortunately no-ones won anything…yet!

Lotto Ticket
Lotto Ticket

These place-mats were my own idea and I am ecstatic at how they came out. Instead of having separate printouts for the program, menu etc. I combined all the information plus details on the bridal party and a few fun wedding facts onto a disposable place mat. There was even space where we wrote a personal note to the guests. I’m claiming this one as a hit! (Once again, design was put together by Kim)


I had always wanted our dogs to be a part of the wedding – but having two crazy Boston terriers on the actual day just meant trouble – so I decided to have mini replicas of them made for the cake – they were definitely one of my favourite things on the day!

cake toppers

To give the guests something to do we during cocktail hour, we decided to make individual name tags which doubled up as fridge magnets) which had the guests name and table numbers on them. These we strung onto a tree and guests had to pick their way through the branches to find their name. These took forever to make – my mom, Barry and I had an assembly line and sat for several hours painting, sanding, gluing and tying – getting the tree to the venue and hanging them was also a nightmare but I’m so glad we persevered – it looked stunning!

name tag 2

name tags 1

During the speeches – instead of warm cheap champage we bought several bottles of Don Julio tequila and guests all got a shot for Barrys toast. We had 4 preggy ladies there so they each got a milkshake (Pink for the ones pregnant with girls and blue for those with boys)

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Lastly – I had always wanted to have wedding photos taken with balloons – and so we asked a friend to bring them to the venue for us. Don’t you think the photos turned out well?


I may be posting some more pics of the actual wedding soon … watch this space!

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