Style of wedding:

Ceremony was in Centennial park by a lake, the reception was in the Coogee Surf Club

Time of year:

Early summer in Sydney.

Save the date / RSVP:

We decided to be a bit unconventional and sent out the invitations and save the date as one card. As people were travelling from overseas we needed to have RSVPs to know exactly how many would come so we could get a good idea of how many local people we could invite. I wanted bright and bold so the card wouldn’t get lost as we were asking people to hold on to it for almost a year!


We went for bold and loud. Blue and yellow folded flyers on 300gsm with a perforated / detachable RSVP back page and a large blue rose on the front.
Closer to the time I decided to draw up an order of the day flyer, almost like a second invitation so our guests would have a map of the park to find the ceremony and know times etc. I decided that the theme for the reception was going to be 1920’s Gatsby art deco but I carried across the blue rose to keep some cohesion. We printed a blue rose sticker for the kraft envelopes.

Order of service:

This was in the Gatsby style that the order of the day invitation was in. We printed a 4 page saddle stitched booklet with our reading and vows printed in full so our guests could read and witness what we were promising to each other.


blogPostMagHeaderReception printing:

The seating plan was A1 mounted onto foam core and displayed on an easel.
Name cards were simple and in the gastby style. Menus for the rolling buffet were in the same style which really complimented the black and gold theme and table setting.Table numbers were postcard size and printed cream onto black which we mounted onto gold card and put into a black frame.


We decided to print our own 1920’s backdrop mounted onto MDF and with an LED illuminated J&G initial.

Wishing well:

We spray painted an ornamental bird cage with gold spray and mounted a wishing well sign on to it.

Thank you cards:

We designed these to be a collage of photos of our day in the style of a post card.

Anything you would change?

Yes! I would probably not have done such a heavy print on the save the date / invitation cards as they were a bit glossy and tricky to write on.

Anything you would recommend?

You don’t need to be conventional with your printing or necessarily follow the same theme all the way through.

Wedding of Glen Marsh to Joanne Smith, October 2015 | Photography: Cassandra Ede | Design of invitation: Gail Ma | Design of Gastby suite: Cassandra Ede | Printed by: Sydney Wedding Printing