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When it comes to our darling brides, these gals are not only gorgeous, they are also filled with a love for the South, their beaus, and their families. And as good Southern girls, they also tend to have a love for pearls, monograms, and cowboy boots. It goes without saying that these lovely accessories are made even more special if our grandmothers or great grandmothers wore them! While this post would have been a mile long if I’d been given the daunting task of narrowing down the best accessories of the year, I couldn’t agree more with Mrs. Thomas’ perfectly curated collection of stylish goodness!

Vintage veil | Chanda + David | Lexia Frank

Floral crown | Celie + Shane | Sweet Tea Photography

Puff veil | Paige + Brian | Loft Photographie

Statement necklace | Janet + Colin | Julia Wade

Monogram dress patch | Morgan + Matthew | Amy Arrington

Vintage ring | Fay + Jon | Katherine Miles Jones

Wire crown | Juliet + Dave | Alicia Swedenborg

Vow-embroidered boots, dangly earrings, lace-edged veil | Savannah + Robbie | Andi Mans

Gardenia hair flower | Caroline + Ben | Meg Baisden

Vintage clutch and handkerchief | Laura + Shannon | Paul Johnson

Sweet Tea Photography, Loft Photographie, Julia Wade, Amy Arrington, and Andi Mans are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa

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Friends, we hope you had the most wonderful Christmas, and that you’re still relaxing and celebrating with your families (we are, too!). We’ve rounded up and narrowed down a few of our very favorite things from the past year and are looking forward to sharing them with you over the next week or so. Check back in whenever you need a break from eggnog and candy canes!

First up, ten of the most gorgeous gowns we featured on the blog this year, starting with my absolute favorite below…

Tulle ballgown | Rachel + Daniel | Tim Will

Skinny strap silk taffeta ballgown | Tori + Andrew | Armosa Studios

Blush ballgown | Grace + Daniel | Shea Christine

Lace gown with bows | Katrina + Tyler | Ben and Colleen Photography

Satin fit and flare gown | Laura + Chad | Our Labor of Love

Silk low-back gown | Candice + John | Olivia Griffin

Lace cap sleeve gown | Brittany + Matt | Rebekah Hoyt

Short vintage gown | Jessica + Burton | Dixie Pixel

Lace off the shoulder gown | Danielle + Chris | Erika Delgado

Seersucker ballgown | April + Nick | Pasha Belman

Which gown is your favorite? We’d love to hear!

Dixie Pixel and Ben and Colleen are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kathryn reply

    The lace off the shoulder gown is my favorite! What a beautiful photo!

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  3. avatar Victoria reply

    Love this recap of beautiful gowns! And just love seeing mine up there- wish I could wear that beauty on my errands today HA! xo ladies

  4. avatar Caitlyn reply

    Ahh, the blush ball gown is to die for! : )

  5. avatar Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony reply

    They’re all gorgeous, but I especially like the soft fluffiness of the first gown!

  6. avatar Rachel May reply

    Thank blush gown had me at hello. SWOON!!

  7. avatar Charlotte reply

    Gorgeous brides. Jessica’s gown is my favorite.

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  9. avatar Gloria Law reply

    The seersucker gown of April is my favoirite.

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Although the word “surcees” tends to baffle our Northern friends (as well as a good handful of Southerners!), we’re sure y’all aren’t strangers to the concept: a gift given unexpectedly or for no reason. In the land of hospitality, we hate showing up to events empty handed and relish the opportunity to give someone the perfect present. From sweet wedding favors to darling newlywed gifts, our V6 surcees include something from everyone!

Chalkboards: Rowan’s Room

With Christmas right around the corner, we think these options would be perfect for newlyweds! We also suggest flipping through the surcees section of V6 for wedding favor and gift bag ideas–I think guests would love receiving a state-inspired candle in a welcome bag. P.S. You can win your own monogrammed wreath in one of our 12 Days of Christmas giveaways here!

Row 1: Horseshoe: Sycamore Hill , Horseshoe frame: Two’s Company; Row 2: Seed packets: Visualingual; Row 3: Candles: Archipelago, Monogrammed wreath: Laurel Creek Wreaths

We love these gifts for your gals! From bridesmaid bouquet ribbons to necklaces engraved with a loved one’s handwriting, these options couldn’t be sweeter.

Row 1: Monogrammed bouquet ribbons: Oatmeal Lace, Monogrammed hair bows: E. Olsen Designs; Row 2: Handwriting necklace: Surfing Silver, Louisiana necklace: Love & Gold, Monogrammed charm necklace: Mark & Graham, Austin necklace: Brevity, Monogrammed boot socks: Memento

Men can be notoriously tricky to shop for, but we think any Southern gent, from your groom to your dad, would appreciate these dapper accessories.

Row 1: Father handkerchief: Forage, Initial handkerchief: Mark & Graham; Row 2: Bullet shell cuff links: Oruaka, Cotton pod boutonnieres: Which Goose

It’s probably no surprise that the most fun surcees to receive and photograph are the edible ones! We loved getting these tasty treats in our office, and of course, sampling them afterwards.

Pound cakes, clockwise from top left: Savannah’s Candy Kitchen, Three Brothers Bakery, Two Belles Southern Pound Cakes, Nonnie Wallers Traditional Southern, Two Belles Southern Pound Cakes, Janie’s Cakes, Three Brothers Bakery, Savannah’s Candy Kitchen; Lollipops: Gourmet flavors from Boss Girls Inc., Farm animals and Texas shapes from Melville Candy Company; Big Spoon Roasters Peanut Pecan butter and Emily G’s Jam of Love: Bourbon and Boots; Chocolate: Olive and Sinclair; Cookies: State flowers: Maggie Austin Cake, Farm animals: Southern Sugar Bakery, States: Snickety Snacks, Monograms: Sweet Goosie Girl

Goodies for the home and kitchen are always wonderful gifts, and we love these choices for their Southern flair and overall prettiness. That sums up how we choose all of our surcees quite well, as a matter of fact!

Row 1: Monogrammed apron: Ice Milk Aprons, Spoons: Jessica N Designs; Row 2: Cake server and forks: Jessica N Designs, Monogrammed koozies: Southern Hands, State koozies: Pink House Press; Row 3: Mugs: Grey Skies Blue, Mint julep cups: Mark & Graham; Row 4: Cake plate decal: WH Hostess, Cake topper: First Snowfall

Gorgeous paper makes our hearts skip a beat, which is why we love the prints and notepads in the Southern Weddings Shop. Here are a few of our top picks, as well some favorites from other amazing paper sources. We know y’all will love them as much as we do!

Row 1: Love Note notepads: Southern Weddings Shop, Letterpress measuring guide: 9th Letter Press; Row 2: Mississippi wax seal: Back to Zero, Love Never Fails print: Southern Weddings Shop; Row 3: South print and Vows print: Southern Weddings Shop; Row 4: Farm animal cards (chicken, pig, bumblebees), mason jar cards (strawberries, lemons), “We Make a Great Pair” card and “You’re the Pickin’ to My Grinnin’” card: One Canoe Two, “Written in the Stars” and “I Love You a Bushel and a Peck” cards: Southern Weddings Shop, “Oh Honey” card: Poppy Pedals

We’re tickled pink to share some of our favorite Southern surcees with you! We’re giving away a whole bunch of them to make way for V7 surcees (it is so strange to type V7!), so see if anything strikes your fancy below! (Listed as shown in this post from top to bottom)

1. The chalkboard sign with a pink ribbon from Rowan’s Room
2. Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston
3. The Louisiana state outline necklace from Love & Gold
4. The seersucker Father handkerchief from Forage
5. A set of three cotton pod boutonnieres from Which Goose
6. The “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs
7. The “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs
8. The letterpress measuring guide from 9th Letter Press
9. The Mississippi wax seal from Back to Zero
10. The farm animal card set from One Canoe Two
11. The mason jar card set from One Canoe Two
12. The “We Make a Great Pair” and “You’re the Pickin’ to my Grinnin’” cards from 1 Canoe 2
12. A thank you note set from Poppy Pedals

To enter, leave a comment letting us know which surcee you’d love to win! Be sure to enter by December 17.

Photography: Nancy Ray Photography / Liberty Fabrics: Alice Caroline / Miscellaneous Fabrics: Chit Chat Fabrics

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Anna reply

    Love the measuring guide!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    Would love the cake server + forks!

  3. avatar Heather B. reply

    love the Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston and the thank you note set from Poppy Pedals! the wax seal is such a unique gift and I might need to snatch up one with my new monogram for sweet handwritten letters :)

  4. avatar Kelly E. reply

    I love when y’all do this! V7 had some great items. I would love Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston or the mason jar card set from One Canoe Two. Of course, anything off this least would be a special treasure. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  5. avatar Kelly E. reply

    Oops, I think my email address had a typo in that first comment. It’s fixed now!

  6. avatar Marilisa reply

    I would love to win the “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs! That would make morning coffees made by my sweetie even sweeter :)

  7. avatar c.h. reply

    I love the “life is sweet in the south” cake server!

  8. avatar Shannon reply

    Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston

  9. avatar Jessica K. reply

    The cards from 1 Canoe 2 would look great in a big frame in my house!

  10. avatar Alli reply

    Love love the The “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs!

  11. avatar Kat reply

    Y’all the cake server & forks are just darling!! I’m officially in love with them:)

  12. avatar Shannon Lea reply

    The seersucker Father handkerchief from Forage is so perfect for my dad!

  13. avatar Laura H reply

    I’d love the letterpress measuring guide or the chalkboard sign. All of it is adorable!

  14. avatar Chloe reply

    I would love the seersucker Father handkerchief. My daddy still uses handkerchiefs and it would be a great addition to his collection!

  15. avatar Taylor J reply

    Ohhh!!!! I LOVE the cake server!! & Mr. & Mrs. Forks!

  16. avatar Julie reply

    Love the mini tin candles!

  17. avatar Kelsey B reply

    I would love to win the cake server and forks! We currently don’t have serving utensils for our wedding cake and these are just so sweet! They are classic and elegant with a cute personal touch!

  18. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    2. Arcipelago Botanicals mini tin candles in Savannah and Charleston

  19. avatar Ashleigh from Marry Me Metro reply

    I’m not submitting a comment for entry, I just wanted to say that I adore receiving ANYTHING monogrammed as a gift so these surcee ideas are fantastic! If you’re searching for a gift for your girlfriends this Christmas, I highly recommend something custom monogrammed :)

  20. avatar Courtney VanMinsel reply

    Everything is absolutely gorgeous and I’d love anything!! But, I am in love with the Poppy Pedals thank you set!! I have a slight obsession with thank you cards/stationary! HA! I also the adore the Chalkboard sign from Rowan’s Room!! It would look perfect in my kitchen!

  21. avatar Callie Pitts reply

    I would love to use the Jessica N Design cake server and forks in my wedding this May!

  22. avatar Brooke reply

    Can I choose two? ha LOVE the letterpress measuring guide from 9th Letter Press and the
    “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs. I’m always in my kitchen so those two are perfect :)

  23. avatar Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] Happy Friday, belles! Can y’all believe Christmas is less than two weeks away? In the hustle and bustle of the season, we hope you’re also spending lots of time with family and friends, and enjoying all of your favorite holiday traditions. Anyone have any fun Southern holiday traditions? We’d love to hear them! If you’re looking for last minute gift inspiration, look no further than the V6 Southern Surcees feature we shared this week! We loved finding so many fun products, and we’re giving away twelve of them, so don’t miss the post here! […]

  24. avatar Allyson W. reply

    I love the “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks!

  25. avatar Tori reply

    I would love to win the “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks. So adorable!

  26. avatar lena reply

    What a wonderful word-can’t wait to use it (and give one!) this holiday season!

  27. avatar Katie Minnick reply

    I’d love any of the prints! Especially the “love never fails”

  28. avatar Hannah Mallalieu reply

    I would love the farm animal card set!!

  29. avatar Hollis Harmon reply

    I absolutely love the “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs!

    It’s all absolutely adorable though!

  30. avatar Kathryn reply

    I would love to win #12 the thank you notes or #2 the candles!

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  32. avatar Carly reply

    The Carolina Koozie!!!! Go heels!!!

    I loved this feature in your magazine actually because ALL these items are precious! The monogrammed ribbons would be high on my wish list as well.

  33. avatar jenn reply

    I’d love the wax seal. They would be so great for our thank you cards!

  34. avatar Kristy reply

    I looove the spoons!!!

  35. avatar Samantha Spivey reply

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE The “Life is Sweet in the South” cake server and “Mr” and “Mrs” forks from Jessica N Designs

  36. avatar Samantha Spivey reply

    It looks like that cake server and forks are very popular :) for good reason! So I would like to change mine to #8 The letterpress measuring guide from 9th Letter Press

  37. avatar Susan reply

    I LOVE the Mason Jar card set!

  38. avatar Hannah M reply

    I’d love to win the monogrammed wreath for our new place after we get married! With hPb, our married monogram, of course ;)

  39. avatar Laura reply

    My favorite is #11. The mason jar card set from One Canoe Two
    They would look so cute framed in my kitchen!

  40. avatar Michelle Elwell reply

    The measuring guide from 9th Letter Press is perfection for this baker!

  41. avatar Beth reply

    I would LOVE to win the cake server & forks (#7) or the chalkboard sign (#1). They are both so cute!

  42. avatar Mariel C. reply

    I simply SWOON over those Spoons!!

  43. avatar Jessa R. reply

    I adore the chalkboard with pink ribbon! All the surcees are sweet as honey bees and I would love to win any of them, really!

  44. avatar Anne Plummer reply

    I love, love the prints! The letterpress measuring guide is just swoon-worthy!

  45. avatar Kelly C reply

    The chalkboard with the pink ribbon is just the most fabulous little thing ever! It’s the perfect amount of practical and girly chic. Fingers crossed!

  46. avatar Catherine Marsh reply

    What a sweet giveaway, we’ll let me see if I so happen to win I think it would be darlin’ to receive the thank you notes set from poppy petals :)

  47. avatar Kim Murphy reply

    The mason jar card set would be so sweet!

  48. avatar Kelly reply

    I love the cake server and fork set, perfect for our wedding next summer

  49. avatar Kelly R. reply

    I love that chalkboard with the bow, I could find so many uses for it in our wedding (one of our colors is pink)! I also love those thank you cards!

  50. avatar Stewart reply

    I could certainly put that Jessica N Designs cake server to use right away…and someday…the forks too!

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Today’s etiquette question MIGHT just be the one we receive most often, if you can believe it!

This query is actually SO popular that we answered it more than two years ago, but since we still get emails about it all the time, we thought we’d take another stab! Our latest black + navy query comes from Lauren:

Hi SW ladies! I am getting married this September, and would love for my bridesmaids to wear navy dresses (haven’t decided short or long yet). We’re going for a more formal feel, so tuxedos for the men is the obvious choice, but I don’t know if navy blue and black will clash when everyone is lined up together?? It’s definitely a smaller detail, but I’ve been going back and forth for the past few weeks and would love an outside opinion. What do y’all think — is the navy + black combo acceptable? Thank you!!

Haley Sheffield

Let’s set the record straight once and for all: navy and black do NOT clash, and a tuxedo looks smashing with almost everything. Your bridal party will look fabulous together! However, we would recommend sticking with as classic a tux as possible to keep the look clean-lined: no vest, a black bow tie, and a black cummerbund.

Amanda Joy Photography

If you’re worried about the bridal party looking like a dark blob in photos, perhaps have the guys take their jackets off for a few group portraits — the white shirts will help brighten the overall look.

Leslie Hollingsworth

Of course, a tuxedo isn’t the only option — black suits, gray suits, the fabulous navy blazer + khaki pant combo, or seersucker suits can all be dapper choices, depending on the time of year you’re getting married and the formality of the celebration.

Josh McCullock and Gibson Events

Each option will definitely create a feel of its own, so think hard about what sort of mood you want to set. Rest assured, however, that whatever you choose, the gents will look exceedingly handsome.

Robyn Van Dyke

Readers, weigh in: Are your girls wearing navy dresses? If so, what will the men be wearing? Would you pair navy and black? Have another option we haven’t thought of? Leave it in the comments below!

Gibson Events, Haley Sheffield, Josh McCullock, Leslie Hollingsworth, and Robyn Van Dyke are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kristen reply

    We did it! I chose Lula Kate dresses for the girls in their Navy. It is a true navy, very blue, no where close to midnight blue. My husband wanted custom silk bowties and cummerbunds in wide navy & grey stripe (our “colors” which I shutter to say – it was very subtly done). I fought him and fought him thinking it would look strange with black tuxes. I was fuming when I picked up the custom-made items days before the wedding knowing I couldn’t change it. And you know what – I ended up loving the way it all worked together.

    Here’s a link to our portraits on my personal blog:

    I agree with you, you can’t go wrong mixing two tried-and-true classics!

  2. avatar Anna ( reply

    I love the images you provided for examples! This is something I’ve always kind of wondered about in the back of my mind, since as a kid I was taught that black and blue was only a combo for a bruise! But I think the combo is absolutely lovely, classic and formal.

  3. avatar Caroline reply

    Navy + black is one of my favorite looks! I love long navy dresses + the men in tuxes with navy subtle polka dot bow ties!

  4. avatar Kat reply

    I absolutely ADORE navy and black together. I find it to be so classy and timeless!! Love the images you picked too :)

  5. avatar Stephanie reply

    I adore navy and black together – it’s such a classic, elegant, and timeless combination! Great job on choosing excellent photos as inspiration! I especially love the last one!!

  6. avatar Lauren reply

    We had navy bridesmaids dresses and tuxes – perfect for a formal December wedding! They looked amazing in pictures. My husband hates cummerbunds, so we had bow ties and suspenders.

  7. avatar Allison reply

    Of course you can mix black and navy. You can mix black and anything!

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  9. avatar lindsay reply

    I am getting married on September 7, 2013. I decided to go with gray suits & navy ties for the men since I wasn’t sure what black & navy would look like either. Wish I’d seen this post. :-) My bridesmaids are wearing short navy dresses by Wtoo. I am trying to decide now to go with either nude shoes or silver shoes for the ladies. Any suggestions?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hey Lindsay! I don’t think you can go wrong either way! I’m personally leaning toward nude shoes, but if you have other metallic accents, then silver might be gorgeous!

  10. avatar Haley reply

    Hi! I’m getting married this may and just chose to do Black and Navy! I think it’s beautiful and really makes the Bride stand out in all the photos!

  11. avatar Laura Waller reply

    Hi SW! I’m also getting married in September! Yay! My bridesmaids will be dressed in long chiffon midnight blue dresses and the groomsmen will wear traditional tuxedos… very simple and elegant. So excited to see that other weddings have used the same colors and style! It’s making me even more excited for my own wedding in just a couple months! Thanks y’all! Can’t wait to read the next newsletter!

  12. avatar Jennifer reply

    I have been invited to a Southern Wedding (Virginia) next April 2014. Will it be okay to wear a short white dress to this Formal Wedding?

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for your question! :) Even though I doubt anyone would mistake you for the bride, I would still never risk wearing a white dress!

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Along with our hair, our bridal parties tend to be a bit bigger here in the South. I can’t put my finger on exactly why (maybe the abundance of sororities?), but it’s definitely a fact of life.

But what to do when the bridal party grows and grows? Thanks to fellow Southern girl Jenna Bush Hager, the world was introduced to an old Southern solution when she opted for a “house party” of fourteen in addition to her one maid of honor — her sister, Barbara. As in Jenna’s situation, a house party is a great way to include your friends and family without having a ginormous bridal party.

Sketch of Jenna’s house party dresses, designed by Lela Rose in seven styles and colors inspired by Texas native wildflowers! (via Cliff Notes)

Similar to the standard ‘attendant’ title, members of a house party are often assigned wedding day tasks like manning the guest book, handing out programs, serving cake, reading during the ceremony, or just assisting the bride on her big day. They can also be involved in helping with the bachelorette party and bridal shower, or just attending.

Katy Hall Photography

Some house party members aren’t assigned any duties at all, but simply included because the bride wants to honor her relationships. The only thing a house party traditionally does not do is stand at the altar with the bride — that spot is reserved for bridesmaids. HP gals can be seated in the first or second row, just behind family, and can be included in the wedding program.

So who should be included in a house party? Maybe you have a large group of sorority sisters you want to include, like we mentioned above. Or maybe, like Jenna and our own Emily, you’ve chosen to include only family in your bridal party, but want to honor friends, as well. No matter who you choose or how you choose them, you’ll eventually have to figure out how to clothe them. We have some tips for that, too.

You could ask your house party gals to wear the same dress in the same color — one that corresponds with the bridesmaid dresses.

Our Labor of Love from Caroline + Tyler’s wedding

Or, we like the idea of asking your house party to wear a different shade of the color your bridesmaids are wearing, as Izzy did so beautifully with gray here.

The Schultzes from Izzy + Lane’s wedding

Mix and match dresses in a single color always look beautiful! Many brides ask their house parties to wear little black dresses, as that’s typically an item everyone will already have in their closets.

Green dresses photo by Tim Will from Kara + Tyler’s wedding, aqua dresses photo by Shea Christine from Grace + Daniel’s wedding, pink dresses photo by Morgan Trinker from Erin + Brian’s wedding

Finally, we like the idea of giving your house party the whole color scheme of your wedding, and asking them to wear something that coordinates. These ladies below prove it can look darling! If your gals are wearing LBDs or something else less-unified, we’d recommend giving them something to acknowledge their role, like a corsage, a matching necklace, or a gardenia or magnolia for their hair.

Pink and purple dresses photo by Melissa Schollaert from Valerie + Kevin’s wedding, spring dresses photo by Ali Harper from Mary + Austin’s wedding, purple and cream dresses photo by Stephen DeVries from Meredith + John’s wedding

To close, one more personal anecdote from our sweet summer intern, Sara. She had the honor of being in the house party for her boyfriend’s sister’s wedding, and piped right up when we started talking about this post! From Sara: “I had small duties like handing out programs, moving the guestbook from location to location, and handing out the bubbles to guests before her and her groom left the reception. Her bridesmaids all wore the same pink dress and shoes, and the other house party members and I got to choose our dress, as long as it was black and cocktail length. I felt like it was the perfect place for me, as I had been dating her brother long enough to be included in the wedding, but her brother and I were not married (and still have a ways to go before there’s a possibility of that!), so it would have been strange for her to designate a bridesmaid position for me at the time.”

Have you been in a house party, or are you planning on having one? We’d love to hear what you think about this tradition!

Melissa Schollaert and Ali Harper are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Joanne Duong – Bravo Bride reply

    Aww LOVE that photo idea – chalk boards with how bride and bridesmaid met.

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  5. avatar Fiona Hogwood reply

    What a fabulous idea!
    We don’t do anything like this in Scotland – it’s Bridesmaid or nothing.
    I shall certainly be suggesting it to any future bride we work with :)

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  7. avatar Caroline reply

    I’m having a house party. But I’m looking for creative ways to ask the girls. Any idea?

    • avatar Claire reply

      @Caroline – did you ever find a fun way to ask them? I’m wondering the same thing.

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