So Jozi

by Dec 6, 20171 comment

Joburg has a unique beauty, history, character and style, making it an ideal location for a wedding for those who are lucky enough to live there. Tickled Pink Wedding and Events has created an urban chic wedding to celebrate your love for each other and your appreciation of this iconic city…

The main inspiration for the colour palette is the bold Shweshwe fabrics that were recently released by Three Cats, in bright pink, orange, green, turquoise and yellow. For an urban edge, accents of black are used and gold is added as a metallic accent, alluding to the ‘City of Gold’. White is included to give the feeling of freshness. All of the colours are set against the gritty, raw, distressed textures and neutral tone of the city’s signature backdrops.


Each of the three different venues offer a real sense of the city. 1Fox the Sheds is an awesome event space with raw, rustic, textured walls, whilst Shine Studios provides a stunning backdrop close to the city with views of Newtown. Randlords features a different city perspective from up high. This is a stunning venue where guests can sip champagne at sunset while taking in the breathtaking view…

Stationery, signage, food and name tags

Take the opportunity to embrace Joburg’s edge, with handmade Shweshwe envelopes and liners for the invitations, layered invitation cards with graphics that pop with colour, rusted beaded twine name tags, creative signage display and more Shweshwe used for signage. Food tags are in casual script, ginger beer bottles have customised labels and informal seating areas are created with crates and Shweshwe scatter cushions. The seating chart is inspired by city street vendors – another ingenious idea.

A touch of history

The Guest Book idea, inspired by street tailors and old-fashioned handicrafts, is a stunning display that pays tribute to a long-lost era. A vintage sewing machine with a quilt created from blocks of Shweshwe fabric offers a selection of plain blocks where guests can write special messages. There’s also a framed wall mount giving instructions, a framed quote by Nelson Mandela that reinforces the sentiments of our predecessors.


The backdrop for the ceremony is an artistic display built from textured panels of corrugated iron, fencing, shipping crates, old doors, gold sequinned fabric and a raw string curtain of light bulbs. Touches of gold remind us that this is the City of Gold, and the Shweshwe cushions on the crate ottoman take the African theme one step further.


Bouquets were created using handcrafted beaded wire. The giant pincushion main bouquet features a Shweshwe wrap, while the two other bouquets are equally eye-catching and innovative, featuring metal flowers in one and raw wooden proteas in the other, crafted from repurposed wooden spoons.

Main table

The raw banquet table and yellow retro industrial chairs make an interesting feature, decorated with a Shweshwe runner. The hanging egg lantern cage lighting, enamel pedestal bowl with a handcrafted metal flower arrangement, unusual vases and colourful place settings are all indicative of the unmatched pieces that make up the city of Joburg.

Candy buffet

A highlight of the décor, this brightly coloured display with its assortment of spaza-style candies and traditional South African desserts is a delightful addition. The attention to detail is a tongue-in-cheek joke, a glimmer of what gives this city its distinctive personality.

Wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses

Two very simple white gowns with a touch of African chic epitomise what Joburg stands for… a modern city that still holds on to its traditional values. The bridesmaids’ dresses were created by two designers who captured the city’s glitz and glamour – a Sex in the City style that is chic, hip and happening, shimmering and sexy. Just like Joburg.


Planning and co-ordination Tickled Pink Wedding and Events |

Concept, styling, décor, stationery Ninirichi Style Studio |

Photographer As Sweet As Images |

Wedding dresses Vesselina Pentcheva |

Bridesmaids’ dresses Vesselina Pentcheva | and White Lilly Bridal |

Make-up and hair Courtney Chadwick Make-up Artist |

Videographer Enthusiastic Weddings | Video link

Venue 1Fox The Sheds |, Randlords |, Shine Studios |

Furniture Prop Stars |, Inspire Furniture |,

Pick Up Stix |

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1 Comment

  1. Tickled Pink Weddings and Events

    Thanks so much Gina and Nubian Bride for showcasing our fabulous City of Gold Inspiration. This city has so much to offer brides and grooms who are wanting to get married here. It really is a fun and vibrant place to tie the knot and the decor and creative ideas are endless 🙂


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