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Back in May, we put up this blog post announcing that our team was growing and that we were looking for another great person to add to our office space! Well, a few months later, we’re still looking. Specifically, we’re hoping for a Marketing and Customer Delight Manager who can serve our readers on a one-on-one basis, and analyze our business as a whole to find new ways to share our mission. We’ve met dozens of amazing candidates for the job in the past three months, and though we aren’t 100% positive that we’ve found the right person, we are so glad that we know a few new friendly faces.

Finding the right person to add to our team is a tall order since each of us highly values our office culture and the relationships we’ve built. Finding someone who can seamlessly add another dimension to our group while balancing the many job responsibilities of this position is our biggest priority. We had a few specific conditions that might have disqualified someone from applying the first time around, but now we want to open up a new application to get to know anyone who might be perfect for us!

Think you’re the right person for the job? Take a look at our job description and requirements below, as well as the link to apply. We’ve now opened up our search to include remote positions, as well as candidates who have less than two years of post-grad experience.

The person most fit for this position:

  • Has a positive attitude and is a team player
  • Is well-spoken and has a great grasp of grammar and punctuation
  • Is energetic
  • Has experience with digital marketing/marketing strategy
  • Is an early adopter of new technology
  • Has a love for marriage and the South and has a Southern voice
  • Enjoys goal-setting and encouraging others
  • Has an indefatigable spirit and thrives on “situation solving”
  • Thrives on relationship building and exceeding expectations with charm
  • Experience in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, and experience styling and photographing, is a plus

Job Description & Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate trust in the Southern Weddings and Lara Casey audiences through relationship building and marketing efforts.
  • Manage, track, and grow our campaigns, programs, and relationships
  • Collaborate with the design and editorial teams to create well-timed social campaigns to promote events, new products, and new features
  • Create in-office imagery and help with product styling
  • Respond to all customer service inquiries via social media and email with a positive and friendly voice
  • Infuse our social media voice with our brand’s core and mission
  • Write and schedule all social media posts
  • Post to all social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google Plus for all Lara Casey Media brands, including Southern Weddings, the Lara Casey Shop, and Making Things Happen
  • Identify brand advocates and leverage their voice to further encourage strong relationships in our readers
  • Track our social media and shop analytics, and use the data to guide new efforts
  • Spearhead brand social conversations and marketing plans, including some in-person events
  • Coordinate and manage quarterly themes
  • Help pack orders, when needed

Job Requirements

  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to begin working full time by the end of the year
  • Must be able to work in our Chapel Hill office or telecommute daily (preference given to CH candidates)
  • Must be able to commit to 4-5 interviews (including at least one in-person interview)

To apply, fill our our application here, and have these items ready to upload:

  • Your resume (bonus points for showing us your personality and any fun facts about yourself here!)
  • A styled Instagram shot that illustrates your personality brilliantly. Feel free to get creative here and interpret this in any way that feels right to you!

We’d suggest giving yourself 30-45 minutes to complete the application. Applications will close Friday, August 28.

For more information about working at Southern Weddings and what we look for, explore our Working with Southern Weddings page.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
12 Comments
  1. avatar Katie reply

    Hey SW ladies! Are you accepting applications from people who didn’t attend college?

  2. avatar Jessica reply

    Oh, if only this was one year away! I graduate with my Communications/Marketing degree in May from Texas A&M, and will be moving to the Southern Pines, NC area in the fall of 2016! You ladies have been my dream team since I was 17 years old. Oh, if only you knew… (You’re actually the reason I have interned at two magazines thus far.)

    Keep doing what you’re doing, you’re inspiring belles across the country. Maybe one day, if it’s God’s will, I can be a part of your inspiring, classy and driven team!

    P.S. – Congrats Lara on your sweet little red-headed ball of blessing, Joshua! <3

  3. avatar Andrea reply

    Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that the link in the first sentence isn’t working.

  4. avatar Chelsi reply

    I just submitted my application. Best application I’ve ever filled out! The questions were so thoughtful and purposeful. I hope to have the opportunity to interview.

  5. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    Oh gosh how I love y’all. This is very exciting :)

  6. avatar Shelby Vanhoy reply

    How exciting! I can’t believe this opportunity is still open. It would be a dream to work with y’all! Application submitted.

    Shelby

  7. avatar Alex B reply

    This is such an exciting opportunity! I submitted my application the other day but never received a confirmation email that is was submitted. Just want to make sure that y’all got it since the application closes today!

  8. avatar Sierra Kalain reply

    I see that this position technically closed a few weeks ago, but since the opportunity arose again once before- I wanted to ask if the perfect candidate had been selected! If not, I’d love to offer my services up! Please post an update and I will inquiry if so! Thanks so much Southern Weddings!

  9. avatar Sara Jones reply

    Hello! I read your blog post and I was wondering if this position is still available? I saw that the deadline was back in August, but I thought I might as well ask. Hope y’all are having a wonderful week.

    Regards,
    Sara Elizabeth Jones

  10. avatar Katie Bell reply

    Hey Ladies!

    Just wanted to inquire to see if this opportunity is still available. I see the application closed a few months back but if you are still conducting interviews I would absolutely love to apply. Happy V8 launch week!

    Thanks so much!

    Katie

  11. avatar Bridget reply

    Hi!

    Iw as wondering if this application is still open? I noticed its from August, but since it is still up I was curious if I could still apply.

    Warmly,
    Bridget Cauley

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Bridget! Applications are now closed for this position. Thanks so much for your interest!

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Our small but mighty team is growing, friends! One of our favorite things that we all have our hands in is relationship building and delighting our readers and customers with great service. It makes our day to chat about marriage on Instagram with you, to help you package up our wedding planner as a gift to your best friend, and to tell you about all the exciting things that are happening in our office! The more we grow and our mission spreads, the more we have need of a person who could be fully dedicated to this part of our company. While each of us will always have a hand in managing our conversations with you, we’re excited to hire someone who can officially become our new Marketing and Customer Delight Manager!

Think you’re the right person for the job? Take a look at our job description and requirements below, as well as the link to apply. We know the right addition to our team will shine through an energetic, Southern voice, and will integrate into our office culture seamlessly. Each of us values independent and efficient workers who can also thrive in collaborative environments. Though we intend to add a new worker bee to our ranks, we’re also looking for someone we completely trust who has both integrity and charm.

The person most fit for this position:

  • Has a positive attitude
  • Is a team player
  • Has a Southern voice
  • Is well-spoken
  • Is energetic
  • Has experience with marketing/marketing strategy
  • Is an early adopter of new technology
  • Has a love for marriage and the South
  • Has an indefatigable spirit and thrives on “situation solving”
  • Has a great grasp of grammar and punctuation
  • Thrives on relationship building and exceeding expectations with charm

Job Description & Responsibilities:

  • Cultivate trust in our readers through relationship building and marketing efforts.
  • Manage, track, and grow our campaigns, programs, and relationships
  • Collaborate with the design and editorial teams to create well-timed social campaigns to promote events, new products, and new features
  • Create in-office imagery and help with product styling
  • Respond to all customer service inquiries via social media and email with a positive and friendly voice
  • Infuse our social media voice with our brand’s core and mission
  • Write and schedule all social media posts
  • Post to all social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google Plus for all Lara Casey Media brands, including Southern Weddings, the Lara Casey Shop, and Making Things Happen
  • Identify brand advocates and leverage their voice to further encourage strong relationships in our readers
  • Track our social media analytics and use the data to guide new efforts
  • Spearhead brand social conversations and marketing plans, including some in-person events
  • Coordinate and manage quarterly themes
  • Help pack orders, when needed

Job Requirements

  • Must have at least two years of professional experience in marketing and/or social media
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Must be able to begin working full time in our Chapel Hill office in July
  • Must be able to commit to 4-5 interviews (including at least one in-person interview)

Click here to fill out our job application. We’d suggest giving yourself 30-45 minutes to complete it. Applications will close Friday, May 29.

For more information about working at Southern Weddings and what we look for, explore our Working with Southern Weddings page.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
20 Comments
  1. avatar Laura reply

    I wouldn’t be qualified for this position, but I’m always keeping my eye out for when you want to hire an in-house baker/crafter/office manager :) Can’t wait to see who you add to the team!

  2. avatar Kristie Bradley reply

    Oh how I wish I was close to you! Your brand, passion, hearts are all wonderful and whoever gets to join this team is a lucky lady!

  3. avatar Meghan reply

    Crying that I live across the country! I LOVE you ladies at Southern Weddings and wish so badly that I could join you! Good luck!

  4. avatar Stephanie Rickman reply

    Hello!

    I am trying to apply for the position and in the “Education & Achievements” section, after I select the year of graduation, the “next” button disappears. What is the best way to get around this?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Stephanie! I’m guessing you graduated in 2014 or 2015. For this position, we are looking for someone who has two years of work experience, so that is why the application won’t move forward!

  5. avatar Rachel Nordgren reply

    This is so exciting! Out of curiosity, does “Southern voice” have to mean “Southern accent”?

  6. avatar Kirsti reply

    I have always prayed that I would have an opportunity to work with SW, however I wouldn’t be able to move to NC right now. I hope you all are blessed with amazing applicants that will be great new team members!

  7. avatar Hilari reply

    Oh how exciting!! Fabulous news on a Monday after my own wedding weekend :)

  8. avatar Autumn reply

    I feel that my years spent in the bridal industry, as well as my career in communications, has all led up to this moment. Not to mention that my husband and I are moving to Durham/Chapel Hill later this summer. I am so excited to apply.

  9. avatar Stacey Greene reply

    I am so excited for this opportunity to apply! Southern Weddings is an extension of my passions in life and I am honored to be part of the application process. Good luck to your team and everyone else who is applying!

  10. avatar Suzannah reply

    On the application is states “where did you get your BA?” Are you guys only looking for individuals with a BA, or do other degress work?

  11. avatar Brittney Scurry reply

    Should recent grads not apply for this position?
    When I went through the application and put my graduation year I was unable to continue.

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Brittney! For this position, we are looking for someone who has at least two years of post-grad work experience. Thanks so much for your interest! :)

  12. avatar Stacey Greene reply

    Question: Will all candidates be contacted?
    Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity!

  13. avatar Mary Hannah Statham reply

    Hi there!

    Are you still accepting applications for the Marketing & Consumer Delight Position? I would love to apply if so! I will be relocating to Raleigh at the end of July and am a big fan of Southern Weddings!

    Thanks,
    Mary Hannah

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Hi Mary Hannah! We’re so grateful for your interest! The applications are closed, but we’re looking forward to keeping in touch through the blog!

    • avatar Courtney reply

      I just saw your comment today. SW re-opened the application, but it’s due today. If you’re still interested act quick! Good luck to you too!

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Ever since our First Annual Southern Weddings Team Retreat last August, all of the SW gals have been looking forward to our next one. Getting the entire team together is a rare occurrence with Marissa and Kristin working remotely, but the chance to spend quality time together focusing on how we can best serve our amazing readers and each other has become crucial. We love that team retreats are now a part of our office culture and we soak up every minute of strategizing, learning, and, indeed, late night slumber party heart-to-hearts.

Our three days together are invaluable, so Kristin and I spent the two months prior assembling a schedule for the team to make sure all areas of our work together would be covered. It was jam-packed full of goodness, but here are the pared down highlights:

The fun started on Sunday with all of us getting gussied up for our annual team photo shoot! We were lucky enough to have Katelyn James drive down from Richmond to shoot with us, 140 Salon on site for some Southern blow-outs, and Lula Makeup on hand to work her magic. Unlike past years, the weather was breezy and beautiful! Not a drop of sweat threatened our hair or makeup, we’re happy to report.

Working with the women at Southern Weddings is truly a privilege and Kristin and I can’t begin to explain how grateful we are to spend our days with them! We knew that this retreat was much more than just strategizing for the business portion of Southern Weddings. It was a time for us to feel pride in the South, reflect on all that we’ve accomplished as a team, and show each other love and gratitude. We worked with some amazing vendors to surprise the gals with goodies along the way, including a Dixieland Monogram clipboard and a gorgeous robe from The Bride’s Maids Shop waiting in their rooms after dinner. So after some Southern fare and frozen yogurt on Chapel Hill’s famous Franklin Street, we headed back to our retreat headquarters at the Carolina Inn, hopped into our robes, and gathered in Emily, Lisa’s and Morgan’s room for a pajama party.

The next morning, we dove into work for what I dubbed, “Big Ideas Day!” But first things first. In order to get us all in the proper frame of mind for a day full of big ideas, we wrote the Southern Weddings anthem — a musical rendition of our company mission set to the tune of Sweet Home Alabama! I’m dying for us to make a music video, so y’all stay tuned.

After warming up our vocal cords, we shared the results of the StrengthsFinder quiz we took a few days prior, and discussed how each of our strengths impacts our company as a whole. It was so much fun seeing everyone’s results and understanding how they can help us work together even better! We each came away from the conversation with a defined purpose: Lisa and Emily inspire connections between all of us, all of you readers, and the ideas we share. Morgan and I cultivate trust for Southern Weddings by providing consistent messaging and visual cues. Marissa and Kristin fuel relationships by reaching out to our partners and generating the funds we need to continue our work. Lara defines our direction and provides the momentum needed to do all of this!

After lunch at the Carolina Inn Crossroads Restaurant, some of the SW gals had the opportunity to lead their own mini-session. We love learning from each other, and have discovered that each of us brings special skills or knowledge to the team that makes us better at what we do. Morgan’s session was by far the most interactive and creative! She gave us a lesson in watercoloring, and we each got to try our hand at painting peaches. Emily passed down her top six lessons she’s learned during her past six years at SW, and Lisa shared her writing and editing tips.

As our paintings dried, we discussed what we imagined our company would look like in 5 years. How did each of us view our future? What projects or goals did we have in mind? What would make Southern Weddings a place we could continue to love and grow in?

All of this talk about our big ideas and overarching concepts ended with Kristin teaching the team how to dance the Carolina Shag! As you can see, Emily picked it up like a pro, and I slowed Marissa down with my two left feet.

The last day of our retreat (dubbed “Action Items Day!”) had plenty of surprises. One of my favorites was a round of The Newlywed Game between department partners (Emily + Lisa, Marissa + Kristin, me + Morgan), officiated by Lara. We answered questions like, “What is your partner’s favorite Southern food?” and “Is you partner more likely to channel Dolly Parton or Taylor Swift at karaoke night?” Emily and Lisa won the game, with Marissa and Kristin trailing by one point!

The big ideas we came up with the day before wouldn’t see the light of day without a proper plan of action, and one thing we wanted to improve from last year’s retreat was taking on more than we could handle. We’re still a small team, and while we’d like to do everything, we’ve learned to focus on doing what we can do better.

Over a delicious lunch of BLTs and Cheerwine at Merritt’s, we discussed how to best use our newly renovated office space, how to make Kristin and Marissa feel more involved in our office culture (always a challenge when you work remotely!), and how we can improve our workflow.

With full bellies, we returned to the Carolina Inn for another round of mini-sessions! Kristin shared her secrets for striking up conversations with strangers, Marissa taught us Advertising 101, and I shared some background on the Southern Weddings Style Guide, why it’s important, and how to propose creative ideas.

Kristin and I planned some fun work breaks throughout the retreat, but nothing will top our afternoon tea at the Carolina Inn. It was the perfect cover for Lisa’s surprise bridal shower!! We have boundless amounts of love for Lisa and her beau, Dave, so we’re saving a full recap of her shower for another post, but here’s a little peek from Julia Wade to hold you over!

A look at our conference table mid-retreat! We’re so thankful for The Mason Bar Company for keeping us hydrated, May Designs for supplying our journals (which are now filled to the brim with notes!), and Thimblepress for providing the beautiful state flower prints that remind us of our love for the South and the importance of growing in love.

Returning to work after the bridal shower was challenging, but we had some exciting things ahead of us. The rest of the afternoon was spent flushing out ideas from the day before and then opening up the conversation for any other topics that were on our minds. We ended the retreat with an old activity borrowed from the Making Things Happen Conference. Each of us randomly picked another SW gal’s name from a hat, and then wrote an encouraging note to her. I’m saving the letters to mail out in the coming weeks and love the idea that the gals will be surprised with a thoughtful letter!

Despite all of the excitement over the past three days, my favorite part of the retreat was the very end — a casual team dinner at a favorite local eatery where we encouraged, praised, and celebrated everyone (a concept from the book “How Full is Your Bucket?“). Throughout the retreat, we had been writing “drops,” or small notes of general positivity, to share with each other at the end. Reading them aloud over dinner was a reminder of how special our time together is, and how lucky we are to work together. Until next year!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Kristina reply

    What a lovely recap Nicole! It is so inspiring to see and read about how excited you are to work for Southern Weddings. Makes reading the blog/magazine so much more fun for us readers too. And I wish I was there to hear Kristin’s secrets about how to approach a stranger. Definitely an area where I could use some inspiration too ;-)

  2. avatar Nancy reply

    I love you all!!! Where do I apply ;)
    Your retreats make me want to do soemthing like this for my team.

  3. avatar Ashlee reply

    What a great recap, Nicole!

  4. avatar Julie reply

    I love how you intentionally encourage each other! Ya’ll have such a positive work environment; I think many workplaces could take lessons from you!

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