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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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Our editorial season is in full swing, and let me just tell you, you are going to swoon over the images from our first shoot in Raleigh, NC! Emily and I will be hitting the road at the end of the month for two more amazing shoots, but that hasn’t stopped us from planning ahead for May!

We’re looking for reader models for two upcoming shoots in Raleigh, NC and Charleston, SC. We’d love for some of y’all to join us, so keep reading for more information!

Raleigh, NC on Monday, May 1st
We’re looking for some lovely ladies to join us as models for an upcoming shoot. If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy (at) southernweddings.com with the subject line: Raleigh Model Call.

Charleston, SC on Tuesday, May 23
We’re looking for a bride and groom and flower girls for a V10 editorial shoot. If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy (at) southernweddings.com with the subject line: V10 Charleston Model Call. 

All hair/skin colors are welcome! If chosen, we will need you to be available on site from about noon – 8 p.m. We might start later or end earlier, but we want you to be prepared! Please note that you must be 18 or older to apply and we are not able to compensate for travel/participation.

If you’re interested, please send an email to howdy (at) southernweddings.com with the subject line listed above (this will help us make sure we haven’t missed your email!) Be sure to include a recent headshot (no need for professional photos, we just want to see your lovely face!), a few candid photos, and your height. We promise it’s going to be a blast!

Written with love by Jess Metcalf
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  1. avatar Cynthia Smoak reply

    Welcome to SC. I would love to visit at either site that you will be at. Please let me know if there is anything I can assist you with. Thank you.

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If you got engaged during the most recent “engagement season” (Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day), chances are you’re probably starting to think about your registry! While it may feel a little bit awkward to put together your wish list at first, remember that your registry is actually an incredibly helpful tool. Your guests WANT to help you settle into newlywed life with things you need and want, and your registry makes it easy for them to choose something they’re positive you’ll be grateful for!

Whether you already have a mostly stocked home or you’re ditching the pieces from your college apartments in favor of new, grown up home goods, starting the registry process can be overwhelming. To help get you started on the right foot, we teamed up with one of our favorite online registry programs, Wayfair, to come up with a list of 20 things every Southern wedding registry should include. This list was specifically created for couples hoping to foster a gracious and hospitable home–with just these 20 tools and pieces on hand, you’ll be able to comfortably host a dinner party or overnight guests!

We love Wayfair Registry for countless reasons, one of the main ones being the many products you can add to it (more than seven million!). Group Gifting allows multiple people to go in together on a larger ticket item, so especially if you’re starting from scratch furnishing a new place, it’s a fantastic option–they carry everything from couches to porch swings, as well as hundreds of options for each of the pieces on our essentials list. Here’s a peek at what your 20 things might look like when you register at Wayfair!

1. Baking sheets, 2. Cookware, 3. Serving platter, 4. Cast iron skillet, 5. Glass pitcher, 6. Stand mixer, 7. Towels, 8. Flatware, 9. Everyday china, 10. Sheets, 11. Coffee maker, 12. Serving utensils, 13. Food processor, 14. Wine glasses, 15. Champagne flutes, 16. Vase, 17. Pie dish, 18. Cake stand, 19. Drinking glasses, 20. Fine china

One of my favorite brands Wayfair stocks is Kate Spade New York, so I couldn’t be more excited about the Kate Spade Bachelorette Party Getaway sweepstakes they have going on right now! One grand prize winner, plus three of her bridesmaids, will be whisked away to Miami, Florida for a fabulous girls trip–the prize includes airfare, two-night accommodations, and additional prizes all valued up to $12,000. Brides can enter between March 30 and April 30 by creating a registry at Wayfair and by adding at least one Kate Spade product to their Wayfair registry (the fine china, serving set, vase, and champagne flutes above are all Kate Spade if you need one to get started with!). Fingers crossed for you!

This post is brought to you by the Wayfair Registry – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
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  1. avatar Sara Frederick reply

    Great ideas for any bride. My personal favorite is monogrammed bedding, towels or pillows from Southern Linens. They are beautiful and affordable. http://www.southern-linens.com

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