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Elsje Designs creates fun & functional gifts, stationery and table decor with a true South African touch


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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

11 reasons to love elsje designs

1. We love being fashion forward and always embrace new design trends.

2. Elsje Designs turned 10! We have been creative since 2001 and have withstood the test of the times.

3. Not only are we invitation experts, but Elsje and her team are also passionate about sharing ideas on adorning the big picture.

4. We have established a library of more than 20 000 creative stationery designs.

5. We employ a small team of talented women – ensuring that every order is handmade with love.

6. As an innovative design team, we love exploring new techniques like velvet printing, lasercutting and printing on canvas.

7. We are passionate about our planet and have invested in environmentally friendly printers.

8. Our passion for exclusive lettering is visible in our font collection exceeding 12 000.

9. We love local - always aiming to support homegrown talent and produce.

10. Because our clients mean the world to us, we welcome any feedback or suggestion to better our service.

11. We strive to go above and beyond expectations to keep our customers on cloud 9!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Congratulations to Judy & Christo!

Congratulations to Judy & Christo on your special day from all at Elsje Designs. We wish you many years of love & laughter.

We adore this gorgeous couple's wedding pics! Compliments to Herman Agenbag Photography for the inspiration and fabulous pictures.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Lovely laser cut names for the lawn

We absolutely love these large laser cut names available in a range of gorgeous fonts. Not only do they look fabulous, they can be pegged into the lawn to add to the ambiance of your outdoor event.

To add a bit of pizzazz to your summer function, they are also available in various shapes or perfect for company logo's for a corporate event.

For further information or to place an order, please contact

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fab Franschhoek Wedding!

The most anticipated wedding of the year, when Hans from the Aleit group got married to Babette. What a privilege to be a wedding guest at this special event! Hans & Babette’s wedding in Franschhoek is definitely one of the most chic and gorgeous ever.

Up to now, no wedding has ever been held at the Huguenot Monument, but that was all to change – Hans & Babette vowed that they wanted to get married at the exact same place that Hans popped the question. As his colleagues at The Aleit Group know, nothing is impossible for Hans – and he honored his reputation by getting a once-off license for the ceremony at the Monument! Don’t ask how…

That was not the only surprise they had in stall…

Guests were made to believe that the ceremony would be conducted at the Dutch Reformed Church. As the pews filled up, Hans entered with an 80′s Boom Box, took position on the pulpit and announced that he was not getting married in the church – he pressed PLAY and waltzed out to the tune of “Phantom of the Opera”!!

The guests followed, still not knowing where they were going… posters by Elsje Designs fixed to lamp posts en route the monument gave subtle hints of the destination – The walk complimented by a half-way champagne stop at Reuben’s – Most people were quite stunned when they arrived at the Huguenot Monument!

This post features all the photos from Babette (La Residence) & Hans’s (Basse Provence) preparations, all the way through to the end of the ceremony.

Please visit Zara-Zoo to see all the beautiful photographs. Andre of Vivid Blue Photography for helped the ZaraZoo team to cover this one!

• Venue - Huguenot Monument

• Make-up - Alicia Buckle

• Coordinator - The Aleit Academy

• Decor - Floral Affairs

• Dress - Abigail Betz

• ZaraZoo Photographer - Stefan Steenkamp

• Assistant - Laura da Paixao

I would just like to add that flowers was the most beautiful I have ever seen!! The bride looked radiant, lovely and beautiful. The food and service was flawless – as with all the Aleit events.

Everything that touches us, me and you,

Takes us together like a violin’s bow,

Which draws one voice out of two separate strings.

Upon what instrument are we two spanned?

And what musician holds us in his hand?

Oh sweetest song.

From “Love Song”, Rainer Maria Rilke 1875 – 1926

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

printed paper bags!

We are in love with these cute printed paper bags, printed with glossy vegetable ink.  Choose from several fun designs or have your own bag designed at an additional cost of R350.  Gorgeous for your candy buffet, party gifts, lucky packets or anything that you would like to present in a colourfull way.

Colours can be changed to suit your style.

For more info, please contact +27 (0)21 976 7111.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Beautiful Bridesmaid's

Oh boy, how happy are we that horrible bridesmaid's dresses are a thing of the past (well, we hope so, anyway!)

Bridesmaid's dresses don't necessarily have to be boring. Play with different colours, textures, styles and accessories when choosing dresses for your bridesmaid's. Draw inspiration from different fashion periods and give it a modern twist.

And remember: it might not be HER wedding, but she deserves to look great, feel comfortable and show a bit of her own style. She is after all your best friend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Picture Perfect Wedding Invitation

We love this viewmaster wedding invite from Melangerie Inc and Lesley Weiner. The invite uses a vintage viewmaster and photos from the couple’s engagement to help bring the joy of their union to their guests. It’s an original and engaging experience for the guests, and will definitely get people talking about the wedding.