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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!

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There are very few hard and fast rules when it comes to wedding planning, but one that I do think almost always applies is this: don’t make any plans or purchases until your venue is booked. The venue not only dictates your wedding date and guest count, but also the whole aesthetic for the day. Once that’s set in stone, you’ll be able to dream up details that will be a perfect fit with the location, making your celebration beautifully cohesive from start to finish!

For this shoot with bridal designer Madison James, the Revel Wedding Co. team was inspired by the rich blues and greens of the landscape surrounding The Herb Garden at El Chorro Lodge. They filled their table with jewel-toned details that had plenty of richness and texture (how dreamy is that navy velvet linen?), plus natural elements like succulents and blooms arranged by The Flower Studio. An opulent gown would have been overwhelming against all those details in the intimate space, so instead, they opted for a chic, minimal Madison James style. It may have been simple, but thanks to the flowy fabric and draping low back, it sure was special!

Love this gown? See more beautiful styles by Madison James here!

Photographer: Rachael Koscica | Styling and Planning: Revel Wedding Co. | Gown: Style MJ313 by Madison James | Venue: The Herb Garden at El Chorro Lodge | Florals: Flower Studio | Menus: Freed Hands | Bar: Glamour and Woods | Cake and Desserts: Ruze Cake House | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

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The Old Edwards Inn was one of the first destinations I had the pleasure of traveling to after I moved to the South seven years ago, and it made a BIG impression on me. Now that I’ve added many, many dreamy venues in every corner of the South to my resume, I know that it wasn’t just naivety that made the OEI seem magical – it truly is! (Of course, the many weddings we’ve featured over the years at Old Edwards, like this stunner, helped, too.)

With its Old World, European charm; impeccable service; stunning surroundings; and friendly Southern hospitality, I can think of few better destinations to bring your guests to for a wedding. And whether you’re picturing an intimate celebration with just your closest family members or a blow-out bash, they’ve got a venue for you. Let’s take a tour of this North Carolina gem, shall we?

The Farm, Old Edwards’ largest venue, can accommodate 275 guests. Like all of OEI’s venues, it’s a rustic-inspired but fashionable setting!

The Old Edwards Club is next on the list, with a guest count clocking in at 150. Those views! Each venue takes advantage of its setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains in a different way, but all of them make for a flawless, joyful backdrop for celebrating.

The Piermont Cottage can also accommodate 150 guests. I LOVE that if you chose this venue, you’d get all of the coziness and gracious hospitality of an at-home wedding without the logistical challenges and parking snafus that typically come along with them!

A more petite venue, the Rockwood Lodge can host 100 guests. Like at the rest of the Old Edwards portfolio, your guests will be treated to menus made of farm-to-table cuisine highlighting seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients and crafted to complement your theme and vision. Again, those views!!

Finally, the Hutchinson House, which can accommodate up to 50 guests for an intimate party. In addition to smaller weddings, it would be perfect for rehearsal dinners and brunches! I can just imagine sitting around that outdoor fireplace the day after the wedding, rehashing all of the best moments and toasting s’mores :)

It also has to be noted that a trip to the Old Edwards Inn, in addition to being fantastic for a destination wedding, would be a superb option for a honeymoon (in any season!). For more about this Southern gem, head to their website!

This post is brought to you by the Old Edwards Inn. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

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