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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! We have been hard at work over the last few months making the Southern Weddings Shop an even lovelier and more helpful resource for y’all, and today is an exciting day! Our shop has a brand new, easy to navigate look, new features, and some mighty fine new products. Let’s take a look around!

It’s true, we’re smitten with our shop’s new look, but she’s even prettier on the inside, if you know what I mean. Y’all now have the option of leaving reviews for our products, which will be so helpful to future brides and gift-givers! Thank you to everyone who has already left a review (and if you’d like to leave your own, we would so appreciate that!).

In addition to our signature products like the Joyful Wedding Planner, the Memories of Us prompted journal, and the Welcome Home guest book, today we’re excited to launch a library of wedding planning e-books! These e-books, priced from $6-$18, are meant to either accompany our wedding planner (they go into more depth than we could in the planner, or cover entirely new topics), or stand apart from it (for example, if you’ve already purchased a different wedding planner but want our take on a topic).

Today, we’re so happy to share our first two e-books: All About Southern Wedding Traditions ($6) and the Ultimate Guide to Budgeting for Your Wedding ($12). You’ll be hearing more about both in the weeks to come, as well as other offerings! Shhh… a little birdy told me a guide for mothers of the bride is up next :)

To celebrate Valentine’s Day and our shop’s relaunch, we’re celebrating with 14% off EVERYTHING for today only with code ILOVESW. Plus, we’ll throw all of y’all who purchase something from the shop TODAY into a hat and draw one winner for a $50 Visa gift card, which we’ll mail in time for a date night this weekend! So fun.

So, go take a click around, and tell us what you think! I’d also love to hear: what would you love to see in future e-book topics?

emily Written with love by Emily
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Happy Engagement Celebration Week!

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I’M ENGAGED!!!! We can all agree that finally being able to share these words with the world is THE BEST! Right? Whether you’ve dated your fella for a few months or a few years (or more than a few) years, officially declaring your newly minted fiancé status to your loved ones and best friends is one of the best feelings in the word!

Since we’re smack in the middle of engagement season (it’s a real thing that happens every year from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day—we promise), we’re declaring the next five days Engagement Celebration Week. Grab your best gals, your mama, and even your new fiancé (and the confetti) because we’ve got some cheers-ing to do!! We’ve planned fun celebrations all week long, giveaways every day (!!!) and we’re officially re-releasing our recently updated and extra-marvelous Joyful Wedding Planner.

To kick off our weeklong celebration, we want to hear from you! We want to hear the stories of your proposals (and see pictures) so get to posting and use the hashtag #JoyfullyEngaged so we can follow along. I’ve got my confetti and heart emojis-sending fingers ready, and I know the other Southern Weddings gals do, too.

As for the Planner, you might notice that in addition to some updates on the inside (pretty gold D-rings, updated info in every section, new downloads!), we’ve given our gal a fresh new name. There are a few reasons for this:

First, we wanted our Planner to more clearly communicate how we want you to FEEL while planning your wedding. I’ll be the first to admit that wedding planning can have its stressful moments (ahem, budgeting and guest list anyone?), but we believe it IS possible to have a joyful wedding planning experience, and that our Planner can help you have just that — by equipping you with both the practical and the pretty and reminding why we’re all doing this in the first place.

Second, while we will always be the Southern Weddings team and we have the biggest heart for our sweet Southern brides, we think the advice and encouragement in our Planner transcends geography, and we’d hate for a bride who’s hoping for a meaningful and joyful wedding to miss out on our info just because she doesn’t hail from beneath the Mason-Dixon Line!

Our whole team agrees that the Joyful Wedding Planner might be the best thing to ever come out of the Southern Weddings office. We have a burning passion for sharing really, truly GOOD information with y’all – the exact pieces of advice and same resources we’d give our sisters and best friends – and our Planner is the best way we know how to do that.

Whatever stage of engagement you’re in, celebrate as if you said ‘yes’ yesterday during this coming week! For the next five days, be all in!! Reminisce on the feelings you felt right after he asked, and soak up this fun week just for you. It’s time to celebrate!

xoxo,
Kristin and the Southern Weddings team

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Ever wish you could do a trial run of your wedding day? Where you could see how your lighting will look in your reception space, how your rentals will look at your ceremony, how your florist’s creations will size up, and how your band will look and sound? Well, we can’t line up your exact wedding day details, but if you’re a bride getting married in Wilmington, North Carolina, we’ve got the next best thing!

Courtyards & Cobblestones is a highly curated wedding planning and inspiration event designed to help you find your wedding day style and plan your Wilmington wedding, taking place January 14 and 15th, 2017!

Every January in Wilmington, North Carolina, a group of hand-picked creatives brings to life seven mock weddings and showcases them to brides through a downtown walking tour: Courtyards & Cobblestones, A Walk Through Wedding Row.

Your ticket gets you access to seven fully-styled venues in Wilmington, each one designed by a different crack team of the best wedding vendors in Southeastern North Carolina. Each team creates a fully styled wedding and reception at their chosen venue, allowing brides to experience their artistry firsthand.

On the C&C Tour, couples take part in a wedding planning experience like none other with live music, table settings, flowers, lighting, cake tastings, savory samplings, beverages, photo booths, and incredible giveaways from REEDS Jewelers, Pressed Cotton, Party Suppliers & Rentals, High Performance Lighting & Power, and Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Historic District.

For the past six years, this creative wedding event has provided a relaxed and inspirational atmosphere for couples to plan their wedding. Each bride also walks away with a swag bag full of goodies from the C&C creatives and sponsors as well as several bridal magazines (including Southern Weddings, of course!).

The photos in this post are from last year’s Courtyards & Cobblestones event, giving you an idea of what you’ll encounter on this year’s tour! Pretty incredible, right?! It really is a super fun time, and so helpful for all of our Wilmington brides, too! Be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes video from our Blue Ribbon Vendor Life Stage Films, below.

To purchase your ticket for this year’s tour or for the C&C Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15th, head to the Courtyards & Cobblestones site!

And now, the giveaway! Enter via the widget below to win two tickets to the C&C venue tour on January 14th, two tickets to the C&C Mix & Mingle Brunch on January 15, and a one-night stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Downtown/Historic District in Wilmington, NC. Best of luck! :)

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Photography: Millie Holloman Photography | Videography: Life Stage Films | Design, paper, and florals: Salt Harbor Designs | Venue: Brooklyn Arts Center

This post is brought to you by Courtyards & Cobblestones. Thank you for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

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