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Author: Kristin

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!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Mary Douglass Smith reply

    Voted for Wavering Place! Such a gem in SC!

  2. avatar Shana Adams reply

    Thank you for doing this!!!!

  3. avatar Sherry butler reply

    Waverly place is so beautiful!

  4. avatar Rose Shiver reply

    Wavering Place!!!

  5. avatar Rose Shiver reply

    Congratulations to all of the nominees

  6. avatar Desi Fernandez reply

    You should consider adding the Lace House to the list of garden locations

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thanks for the suggestion, Desi! These finalists came from nominations from our readers, not our choices! :)

  7. avatar Rachel reply

    Wavering Place Plantation by far is the best venue for a wedding! The service, beauty and location is beyond expectations.
    This venue is a must for any wedding or event!

  8. avatar Sarah Shell reply

    <3 Wavering Place!

  9. avatar Julisa reply

    Love the venues!

  10. avatar Melissa Vessechia reply

    Very beautiful venues!

  11. avatar Mac Mosier reply

    Wavering Place Plantation in South Carolina is outstanding.

  12. avatar Ponza Vaughan reply

    Wavering Place is the hear and soul of the South

  13. avatar Lola Dee Photography reply

    Such beautiful venues! It’s hard to pick! I love Wavering Place.

  14. avatar Leslie Ellison reply

    As a former wedding and event planner (Dreamy AffairsSignature Weddings) I had the pleasure of visiting several of these locations-beautiful! Best of the Best!!

  15. avatar Morgan reply

    Wavering Place is like a dream it is so beautiful!

  16. avatar Zimri reply

    Beautiful venue choices

  17. avatar Leslie reply

    Love the barn venues

  18. avatar Jan reply

    Aldridge Gardens is beautiful.

  19. avatar Leslie reply

    i would love to visit all of these

  20. avatar Jc reply

    Might get married at any of these especially the ballrooms

  21. avatar Bernadette Callahan reply

    Beautiful places, and Bethesda is my favorite.

  22. avatar Tamyra Keller reply

    Good Luck Mary Ann and Tom

  23. avatar kendra reply

    Biltmore Estate is beautiful

  24. avatar Jamie w reply

    Thats so great for them all to have made it this far

  25. avatar Debbie Diaz reply

    The Biltmore Estate is beautiful!

  26. avatar Ashlee reply

    Birmingham has some of the best venues around! We love working with The Barn at Shady Lane, Grand Bohemian Hotel and Aldridge Gardens! Congrats friends for being a finalist!

  27. avatar Will reply

    Go Big Spring!

  28. avatar Becca Melton reply

    I recently got married at Cedarwood in Nashville and it was the most gorgeous wedding ever! I love that place and the staff all so much! My our wedding day perfect!

  29. avatar Alli reply

    Big spring farm!!!

  30. avatar Sean Ankenbruck reply

    There are some great venues mentioned in this article!

  31. avatar whitney reply

    Cedarwood is the best! Timeless beauty and the staffs attention to detail is amazing.

  32. avatar Luanne ashlock reply

    Cypress Grove is an amazing magical place! My daughter’s wedding was perfect! Thank you Cara!

  33. avatar Laurie Summers reply

    Summerfield Farms is a little slice of Heaven right here in Summerfield

  34. avatar Larry Hicks reply

    The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel is a beautifully restored 1800’s church.

  35. avatar Cliff spencer reply

    Shady grove rocks

  36. avatar Debra reply

    Absolutely love THE BARN AT SHADY GROVE!

  37. avatar Diana Braun reply

    Love All Saints Chapel!!!!

  38. avatar Diana Braun reply

    Love All Saints Church in Raleigh, NC!

  39. avatar Gail Wiesner reply

    Beautiful places. Difficult choices!

  40. avatar Wendy Dutton reply

    J&D Farms is amazing!

  41. avatar Elaine Guthrie reply

    Summerfield Farms!

  42. avatar Regina reply

    The venues were so beautiful all of them.

  43. avatar Lynn Lester reply

    Cypress Grove is beautiful.

  44. avatar Kristine Schaffer reply

    Magnolia Gardens is the most romantic gardens in the south with so many acres of beauty. The white covered bridge and red bridge surrounded by so many plants, flowers, trees, especially the magnolia trees. The staff and volunteers provide excellent service with a friendly smile. Southern Hospitality is given to each guest and visitor at the most romantic place in Charleston, SC. Magnolia Gardens has been my favorite plantation since I was 7 years old so that is 43 years of seeing and loving everyday I visit.

  45. avatar Catherine Cooper reply

    Whitfield Chapel- Bethesda Acadamey

  46. avatar Lyla Woodward reply

    The Duke Chapel is beautiful, but it gets plenty of publicity, whereas All Saints Chapel is just as beautiful, but not well known.

  47. avatar Jennifer Taber reply

    We love All Saints Chapel!

  48. avatar Robin reply

    Love The Parlour!

  49. avatar Melissa Rice reply

    All of these places are beautiful

  50. avatar Ann Stanford reply

    The Shady Grove Barn is beautiful inside and out!

  51. avatar Tambra Williams reply

    Spain Ranch rocks!

  52. avatar Donna Duvall reply

    Love Big spring farm!

  53. avatar Shannon reply

    all are such beautiful venues. it’s hard to choose just one!

  54. avatar Chelsea Pockman reply

    J&D Farms!

  55. avatar Becky pollock reply

    My wedding day at Cedarwood was nothing short of magical. I didn’t have a worry in the world and the wedding coordinators took care of everything and made it look effortless. I received so many compliments on the venue and style of the wedding and that was all due to Cedarwood. I would do it again next weekend if I could!!

  56. avatar Becky pollock reply

    Cedarwood was hands down the best decision I ever made!! I’m ready to do it again this weekend!

  57. avatar Michaela Davis reply

    Beautiful venues

  58. avatar Stephanie Couch reply

    Summerfield Farms is my FAVORITE!

  59. avatar Mark Leggett reply

    Congratulations to all of the finalists!

  60. avatar Elizabeth Biber reply

    Love seaside!

  61. avatar Linda Wright reply

    We are so honored to be nominated for this prestigious list!

  62. avatar Joan Lee reply

    Beautiful venue run by beautiful people!

  63. avatar Alexandra reply

    The Roosevelt New Orleans

  64. avatar Ashley reply

    The Greenbrier is a beautiful place to get married!

  65. avatar jean reply

    Go Greenbrier Resort

  66. avatar Karen Stanfield reply

    We absolutely love catering at J&D Farms. The venue is breathtaking and Danny, Jana and Patrick are so wonderful to work with.

  67. avatar Roxana Hebert reply

    The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom is one of the most beautiful hotel ballrooms I have seen!

  68. avatar Kristen Barner reply

    Magnolia Plantation is the best!!! Always my favorite place to officiate!

  69. avatar Lia reply

    Seaside Chapel is so romantic!

  70. avatar Elise Bean reply

    One venue that I did not see that should have been included was Anchorage1770 in Beaufort, SC. Right across from the harbor, horse and buggy ride and gorgeous settings for pictures in and outside the grounds. Please consider them another time.

  71. avatar Penni Hochuli reply


  72. avatar Sol Moreno reply

    Magnolia is where we are getting married in October! We can not wait!!! Everything is so gorgeous!

  73. avatar Anita Heyd reply

    The Roosevelt Hotel ballrooms are beautiful.

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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
  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

  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!!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar m reply

    soooooo…. who was the winner???

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