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All y’all, a drumroll, please! Finalist voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards!!

As you already know, the South is overflowing with amazingly talented vendors, and we’ve got 250+ Pineys finalists to prove it! Over the past week, we’ve spent many, many hours going through every single one of your nominations to tally entries and prepare for final voting.

We owe thousands of thank yous to y’all for taking the time to nominate your favorites, and in doing so, introduce us to some incredible new-to-us vendors and gorgeous locations across our beloved South. Not to get sidetracked, but that’s one of the reasons we started the Pineys in the first place – to introduce y’all to the best our region has to offer. We just didn’t know we’d be surprised with new talent along the way, too!

While we wish we could share every single nominee here today, it’s time to get down to business – and that means finalist voting!

Over the next 5 days, we’ll release all 21 category finalists in batches of 3-5 per day (to avoid writing the longest blog post in the history of blogging ;)). Please vote once in each category; all voting will be open until June 9th.

Up first, the best Southern wedding venues, as nominated by you! We know selecting a venue is a great launching point for wedding planning, so get ready to learn about the best barns, ballrooms, and more below the Mason-Dixon. Without further ado…

Note: If you are reading in a feed reader, you will likely have to click through to vote!

*Note: We combined the Farm and Barn categories for finalist voting, as there was almost total overlap in the nominations!

As a reminder, there are prizes worthy of the Pineys for the winners in each category. In addition to golden pineapple trophies (!) and serious bragging rights, a feature in our tenth-anniversary issue is up for grabs! So cast your votes for your favorites and tell all your friends. We can’t wait to roll out the seersucker carpet and award some shiny gold pineapples in a few weeks!

Check back tomorrow to vote for the finalists in the Calligrapher, Paper Goods, Band, and DJ categories!

Image credits for Prettiest Chapel photos: Live View Studios, The Nolans, Theo Milo, Valles Photography, Ashley Seawell, Landon Jacob, Kristyn Hogan, Pure 7 Studios, Ashley Cox, Chloe Giancola

Image credits for Best Barn or Farm: Candi Leonard, Sawyer Baird, Kristyn Hogan, Hartman Outdoor, Andi Mans, Vue Photography, KT Merry, Anna Paschal, Becca Lea

Image credits for Best Plantation-Style Venue: Nyk + Cali, KMD Creations, Pure 7 Studios, BraskaJennea, Nancy Ray, Pasha Belman, Loren Routhier, A Bryan Photo, Aaron & Jillian, Rebekah Senter, Stephanie Yonce, Allison Pedigo

Image credits for Best Hotel or Ballroom Venue: Altmix Photography, Archetype Photo, Amy Arrington, McCardell Photography, Eric Kelley, Mecca Gamble

Image credits for Best Garden Venue: Amy Arrington, Kristyn Hogan, Christen Jones, Kevin Milz, Nicole Barrett, Anna Shackleford, Eric Boneske

Palmetto Bluff, Old Edwards, Cedarwood Weddings, Amy Arrington, Anna Shackleford, Nancy Ray, Proximity Hotel, Live View Studios, The Nolans, Theo Milo, Landon Jacob, Sawyer Baird, Becca Lea, and KT Merry are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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As you may have heard, Southern Weddings turned NINE on Saturday! Birthdays are a big deal around the Southern Weddings office because they give us a chance to celebrate the history and legacy that has been created since that very first blog post went live all those years ago. As this is our last single-digit birthday, we thought we’d celebrate in high style. In addition to giving away an amazing birthday prize pack, releasing some fabulous new postcards and digital products, and sharing your very own SW birthday hat printables, we decided to have a friendly little office birthday cupcake decorating competition.

The rules were pretty simple: create the most “Southern Weddings” cupcake possible. Baking your own cupcake or buying an unfrosted cupcake from the grocery store (only the best Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade hack in history) were perfectly acceptable, but buying an already-decorated cupcake was deemed not in line with the spirit of SW and severely frowned upon.

Because this contest is intended to be anonymous, I will refrain from editorializing too much, but I can’t help but mention that some of us were not aware how serious others of us would get for this competition. A few gals clearly used the tips we picked up at our cupcake decorating class at our team retreat last May, and I was a little blown away by the use of props, fondant, and 3D decorations. I’m reminded again to never underestimate my talented and dedicated coworkers :)

We need your help to pick a winner! Channel your inner Food Network judge and comment below to let us know which entry takes the cake as most “Southern Weddings.” May the best cupcake win!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Victoria Strader reply

    Eek! These are all so lovely… but #5 has to take the prize! It was also fun trying to guess who made each one!

  2. avatar Mallory Osteen reply

    I would eat any of them, but my favorite has to be #7 for the mountain of yummy icing and the cute topper!

  3. avatar Maura W reply

    Number 3! But they all look delicious!!

  4. avatar Silvana Chavez reply

    I think the first one!

  5. avatar Lindy reply

    So many great choices…. going back and forth between 5 and 7 but ultimately I can’t help but vote for #7….. that is distinctly SW!!!

  6. avatar Janna reply

    Love #5! It’s so cute!

  7. avatar Kristy reply

    #3 :)

  8. avatar Julia Harkins reply

    1) #5
    2) #2
    3)#1

  9. avatar Bri A reply

    Oh my, I love all of these! They’re all so artistic and creative! My favorite might have to be 3. I can’t get over the little dress and suit detailing!

  10. avatar Karen Julia reply

    These are so cute! No. 2 is the clear winner for me!

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Is there anything more Southern than sweet tea and biscuits? Hold on to your hats y’all, because this championship battle is going to be for the record books. The Final Four votes have been tallied and we are officially down to our last two Southern delicacies. Final voting is open now and we will crown our 2017 champion on Monday, April 3, hours before the ‘other March Madness’ Championship tips off!

For now, though, we bid adieu to fried chicken and hot-n-now Krispy Kreme donuts. Krispy Kreme made back-to-back Final Four appearances, but even with most of the Southern Weddings office pledging their voting allegiance, they couldn’t make it to the championship match. This year the SW gals are split in their final voting because many of us have a champion still standing!! A couple of us will be rooting hard for biscuits and at least one gal (ahem, *wink*) is 100% on Team Sweet Tea!

Here’s how our final bracket looks:

You have until Sunday night at midnight to cast your vote, so don’t dawdle! Planning to watch the ‘other March Madness’ festivities over the weekend? Maybe serve some sweet tea and biscuits along with your other favorite party foods. Need other menu inspiration? Pick a few other bites and beverages from our 2017 list of 64 – might I recommend pimento cheese, chicken & waffles and banana pudding to start? Happy voting!!

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  1. avatar m reply

    soooooo…. who was the winner???

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