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From silver glam to cowboy boot casual, Southern Weddings bridesmaids looked mighty fine this year. We loved reading about the thought and care brides took in choosing their best gals’ attire; seeing our favorite choices all together, it’s clear that time and effort paid off!

Striped Lilly Pulitzer dresses | Cameron + Evan | Virgil Bunao

Silver satin dresses | Kate + Tanner | F8 Studio

White lace dresses | Chatham + Charlie | Bethany & Dan Photography

Mix and match plum long dresses | Caroline + Lionel | Melissa Schollaert

Short navy dresses with cowboy boots | Erica + Danny | Megan Thiele

Orange and navy dresses | Ana + Kent | Landon Jacob

Peach and pink dresses | Augusta + Jordan | W+E Photographie

Striped LulaKate dresses | Rachel + Zack | Kristin Vining

Black dresses with teal shawls | Lauren + Michael | Landon Jacob

Beautiful braids | Savannah + Robbie | Andi Mans

We’d love to hear: Which one is your favorite? What are your bridesmaids wearing?

Landon Jacob, Melissa Schollaert, Andi Mans are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Caitlyn reply

    The long purple dresses and the striped Lily’s are tied in my book! All are beautiful. :)

  2. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    Love the Lilly’s and the black dresses with teal shawls! So glamorous!

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Best of 2013: Menswear

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While our Real Wedding brides are absolutely gorgeous, these dapper gents aren’t ones to be outdone. When it comes to wedding wear this year, the boys were giving the girls a run for their money (well, not exactly a run, but maybe a little bit of a jog!). From classic white smoking jackets to a cardigans sans ties, these Southern gents know how to don attire with personalty and style!

Seersucker suit, bow tie, and orchid boutonniere | Claire + Matthew | Pure 7 Studios

Preppy tie and tan suit | Sara + TJ | Katelyn James

Classic black tuxedo | Emily + Tripper | Melissa Schollaert

Casual sweaters | Ana + Kent | Landon Jacob

Tan linen suit and seersucker bow tie | Angela + Tom | Riverland Studios

Mix and match gray suits | Natalie + Shobie | Cassidy Brooke

Embroidered collar | Jessica + Troy | Bamber Photography

Suit and bow tie | Erica + Danny | Megan Thiele

White dinner jacket and monogrammed suspenders | Claire + Michael | Watson-Studios

Smart navy suit | Sophie + Brian | Honey Heart Photography

Katelyn James, Melissa Schollaert, Landon Jacob, Bamber Photography, and Watson-Studios are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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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!

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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
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  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
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  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!

  31. avatar Southern Surcees • V6 | Nancy Ray Photography reply

    […] Now it's your time to decide. What's your favorite Surcee? Or maybe your top 3, if you're like us and you can't decide!? Be sure to also stop by the Southern Weddings Blog today to leave a comment and read their post on the V6 Surcees! […]

  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!

  51. avatar Heather Brubaker reply

    I would just dieeeee if I won the gorgeous “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and “Morning Sunshine” spoons from Jessica N Designs!!!!!!!! I am absolutely in love with her work!!!!!!!!!

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