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Wedding receptions come with a seemingly endless set of decisions–from the food, to the centerpieces, to the signage and more, couples can truly customize every single aspect of their celebrations. We’re raising our sweet tea glasses today to these couples who hit it out of the park with some truly fabulous, beautiful, and undeniably Southern reception details!

Pink floral garland | Claire + Michael | Watson Studios

Striped linens and oversize art | Lauren + Michael | Landon Jacob

Vintage truck to hold drinks | Mary Simms + Alex | Jennings King

Chalkboard photo wall | Danielle + Chris | Erika Delgado

Loooong dinner tables at a polo farm | Britt + Ren | Paige Jones

Honey favors | Eliza + Brigham | Abby Jiu

Gold table details | Julie + Shane | Josh McCullock

Magnolia chandeliers | Savannah + Henry | Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay

Clear top tent with string lights | Sophie + Brian | Honey Heart Photography

Getaway car garland | Sally + Steven | A Bryan Photo

Watson-Studios, Landon Jacob, Paige Jones, and Josh McCullock are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    Those striped linens and oversize art are amazing!

  2. avatar Abbey Henderson reply

    Love all the southern charm in these photos! Beautiful!

  3. avatar Kimberly McFadden reply

    So happy that you chose to highlight Dani & Chris and the chalkboard backdrop that my team and I designed for there wedding in your Best of 2013!
    Dani loves Lilly Pulitzer ( as do I ) and she was looking for the beachside backdrop to have a nod to Lilly. Both the bridal pair and myself were thrilled with the outcome. Thank you for sharing!

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    […] were included in the yearly round-ups around the wedding blog world: Erika was featured for her reception details & kids shots… Jenny was featured for her pink and gold wedding… Elaine had two shout outs […]

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In the Southern Weddings office, we’re quite smitten with all things signature drink-related, especially when it comes to styling them. (Just check out our office parties here and here!) We’ve seen our share of striped paper straws, drink flags and stirrers (though we still adore all of them!), but we’ve yet to see a option as sparkly yet eco-friendly as stainless steel straws.

When Hannah, the president of Essential Safe Products sent over images from her recent wedding and a description of the not-as-wasteful steel straw options, we knew we had a winner!

Image above from Alain Martinez Photography, graphic by me, Nicole!

How adorable would these straws be standing inside mason jars or even daintily propped inside a champagne flute like in Hannah’s wedding? Don’t you want to always drink out of a pretty straw now?

To Enter: There are two ways to enter!
1. Leave a comment below telling us what your signature wedding drink will be!
2. Tweet “I just entered the @Live_ESP giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so!

Win: Five sets of stainless steel straws from Essential Safe Products for your delicious signature drink!

This giveaway closes on June 13 at midnight. Good luck!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Ashley reply

    We will be having two signature drinks..Lynchburg Lemonade (made with Jack D) for the groom and a Pink Lemonade Margarita (in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the day we got engaged) for me! Our ceremony and reception are taking place outdoors in the Florida heat, so what better way to cool down and quench your thirst than a nice cold [spiked] lemonade! :)

  2. avatar Lorri Adair reply

    We are doing a spiked minted lemonade!

  3. avatar Mary Ann reply

    Both of our names start with the letter M so we are having personalized Mojitos and Margaritas! The wedding is taking place on the Texas/Mexico boarder and my fiance is Puerto Rican so it all works!

  4. avatar Kristyn reply

    We haven’t completely decided what we will be doing for the drinks yet but I am leaning towards having a bourbon bar for the guys and a cocktail bar for the ladies. If we don’t do that, we will do at least 2 signature drinks! I would love to use these in either mason jars or mint julep cups!

  5. avatar Kristyn reply

    I tweeted about it! @fireflycarolina

  6. avatar Courtney reply

    A mojito! That is our favorite drink and I couldn’t imagine the day without one :)

  7. avatar Katie O’Keefe reply

    My best friend is getting married soon and their signature drink is sweet tea in mason jars. These straws would be so fun and would glam things up a bit!

  8. avatar Sarah reply

    My signature drink would be sweet tea vodka and lemonade!! love the straws!

  9. avatar Katie Johnston reply

    Maria + Jack

  10. avatar Kelsey reply

    We’re not having a signature drink; per se, but we are having a bourbon tasting bar! Bourbon (neat) is my fiancé’s drink of choice, and he’s so excited to be able to share some of his favorite small batches with all our guests.

  11. avatar Kelsey reply

    Tweeted! :)

  12. avatar Katie O”Keefe reply

    Just tweeted! (@katieokeefeblog)

  13. avatar Stephanie reply

    We are having a signature drink that rivals our favorite from a local bar! It is champagne with sparkling grape juice, mixed with a few other secrets :)

  14. avatar Tracy reply

    A Good Ol’ Fashioned Bloody Mary

  15. avatar Tracy reply

    I entered my tweet—-A Good Ol’ Fashioned Bloody Mary

  16. avatar Sheila Marie reply

    We’ll be having margaritas (it’s what he drank on our first date and I thought he was weird) and sweet tea vodka with lemonade. We plan to have catchy names for them, but that’ll come later! :)

  17. avatar Chloe Budd reply

    Tweeted! (@Chloe_Budd)

  18. avatar Chloe Budd reply

    My fiancé is a sweet, southern Georgia gentleman so we will be having a sweet tea for him and a champagne drink for me. We also will be having a champagne brunch the morning after with everyone where we will be serving a wonderful pomegranate champagne punch as well as a variety of options for mimosas. These straws would be too cute!

  19. avatar Bre reply

    We are so excited for our signature cocktails!

    His name is Ben and my name is Bre so our signature cocktails are going to be the “Ben and Tonic” and the “Bretini” after our favorite drinks :)

  20. avatar Megan reply

    Our signature cocktail would have to be the Final Ward, a twist on the Last Word: equal parts rye whiskey, green chartreuse, maraschino, and lemon juice. Hearty yet fresh, and pairs well with stainless steel!

  21. avatar Sara reply

    Not finalized but probably doing both vodka and sweet tea and vodka pink lemonade with pink straws as signature drinks…in a mason jar of course! So cute…do thy come in pink? :)

  22. avatar Sandra DeHart reply

    Being a Southern Girl myself, I vote for Taylor and Zach Wedding at the Cotton Plantation.

  23. avatar Sloan reply

    We are having His and Hers signature drinks, usually because I think signature drinks tend to be on the girly side. His will be Jack Daniels on the rocks (we will have mixers for guests who choose to do so), but we are still working on mine!

  24. avatar Katie S. reply

    I’m still deciding on my signature drink, but my fiance has requested Transfusions! It’s the perfect summer drink and a specialty at the country club where we’re having our reception– vodka, sprite, and a splash of grape juice! yummy!

  25. avatar Shannon reply

    My signature cocktail will be a blood orange champagne cocktail with a sugared rim – anyone who knows me knows that I am crazy for champagne cocktails!

  26. avatar Meg S reply

    I don’t know yet! I’m thinking about doing some variation of the Honey Badger.

  27. avatar Kristen reply

    We are doing an English traditional Pimms No1 Cup to coordinate with our English country theme.

  28. avatar lena reply

    Since we’re planning a brunch wedding, I’ll be sipping on a Corpse Reviver No. 2–it’s a classic morning cocktail and one of my favorites any time of day!

  29. avatar cathy steiner reply

    Our signature drink for the Big Day will be top shelf Margaritas! We are using Cabo Wabo tequila (my favorite), and have ordered various fruit purees for guests who wish to add a twist to their classic. We’re calling it a “McKnight-A-Rita” since that is our new shared surname :)

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In love with Jennifer + Kyle’s glitzy and glamorous look? This is the post for you! Read on for a few ways to make your day black and white and chic all over.

A. To set an ambient mood at your reception, cluster mercury glass and velvet-flocked votives on low side tables and guest tables. Velvet-flocked votive from Beau-Coup, mercury glass votive from Luna Bazaar.

B. We LOVE this chic little black dress from Kirstie Kelly’s Fall 2010 collection for Disney. The brooch at the shoulder is the perfect accent! Her adorable black peep toes don’t hurt, either.

C. Can’t afford to rent real crystal chandeliers? Hang a few of these black chipboard and lightbulb versions from the rafters. We found them at Urban Outfitters.

D. A handful of Smitten Sticks guarantees a raucous photobooth and/or adorable group shots. Pick them up here!

E. DK Designs makes the most beautiful clay flowers. Even if black-centered anemones aren’t in season the month of your wedding, you can add these faux blooms to your cake (and even your bouquet!). Bonus? They’ll never wilt, meaning you’ll have a gorgeous memento to keep for years to come.

F. Bring in a few fun patterns with inexpensive ribbon. Use striped or dotted strands to wrap boutonnieres stems or the stems of a bouquet. Thick stripe from Paper Mart, thin dotted from Create for Less.

G. We love these ethereal, easy-to-make tulle puffs either for ceiling decor or favor box toppers. Get the DIY instructions here! (Bonus: they call to mind Jennifer’s beautiful veil!)

H. Glitzy drops for a fraction of the price they look — we’ll take them! Find these chandelier earrings at Emitations.

I. A graphic ring pillow will look snazzy scooting down the aisle in the hands of your ring bearer. Find this one at Bklyn Pillow, or make your own with a couple squares of fabric from the craft store.

J. Spider mums, with their giant heads, make for an interesting and economical vase-filler.

K. The black Bellini chair from Classic Party Rentals would look gorgeous in Jennifer + Kyle’s sleek loft space. If you don’t want to outfit every table with these beauties, consider splurging for just the head table. CPR’s black leather ottomans are a perfect spot for guests to perch during cocktail hour!

L. The Nina Elke shoes (which Katharine wore at her wedding!) are the perfect combination of glitzy style and price. They’re even on sale right now at Zappos — go get ’em while they’re hot!

M. We love this chandelier invitation set by Wiley Valentine for Minted!

N. Jennifer’s voluptuous veil finds its match in the “Sunflower” from Toni Federici. Talk about a style statement!

Let us know if you have any other questions! Be sure to check out Jennifer + Kyle’s wedding posts here and here, and pick up a copy of V3 to read the rest of their story!

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emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    That black dress is gorgeous! and your right the brooch sets it off perfectly!

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