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Voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards Finalists: Bridal Salons, Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists, and Honeymoons!

Moving right along, it’s day three and time to meet the Piney finalists who will help you feel like the most beautiful bride on your big day!! From helping you pick the ballgown of your dreams, to knowing just the right shade of pink lipstick and how to make the perfect Southern bump, these finalists will help ensure your fashion and beauty preparations are magical from the moment you try on your very first dress. And since the South is overflowing with amazing travel destinations, we’ve got nine of the best destinations for your Southern honeymoon, as recommended by y’all. Now, time to vote…

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Please vote once in each category; all voting will be open until June 9th!

As a reminder, there are prizes worthy of the Pineys for the winners in each category. In addition to golden pineapple trophies (!) and serious bragging rights, a feature in our tenth-anniversary issue is up for grabs! So cast your votes for your favorites and tell all your friends. We can’t wait to roll out the seersucker carpet and award some shiny gold pineapples in a few weeks!

Check back tomorrow to vote for the finalists in the Event Planner, Rentals and Decor, Florist, Caterer, and Cake and Sweets categories!

Missed a day? Vote for the best Southern wedding venues and Paper, Caligraphy, and Music!

Image Credits for Bridal Salon Photos: Carolyn Scott Photography, Kristen Weaver Photography, Justin DeMutiis Photography

Image Credits for Hair Stylist Photos: Southern Grace Photography, Cassidy Dawn, Katie Stoops, Jake + Heather, Whitney Neal, Anna Shackleford, Davy Whitener, Landon Jacob, Perry Vaile, Julie Livington, Claire and Barrett Photography, Melanie Mauer

Image Credits for Makeup Artist Photos: Drake Photography, Lyndi and Jason Photography, Kelly Ginn Photography, Sara Anne Photography, Bronwyn Duffield Photography, Emily March Photography, Alicia Antoinette Photography

Heidi Elnora, Twirl Boutique, Ivory & White, Teighla Norris, LULA Hair + Makeup, and Verde Beauty are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Austin Mann reply

    Glad to give my input.

  2. avatar Melissa Rudiger reply

    Maggie Louise!!!

  3. avatar Roxy Toledo reply

    Katy is awesome!

  4. avatar katherine reply

    I absolutely love Lauren at Modern Trousseau in Charleston! She was phenomenal in helping me find my dream dress!

  5. avatar Tiffany Gaither reply

    How lucky I feel to be a southern girl! <3

  6. avatar Alyssa Marion reply

    Katy is amazing! She is so kind and pleasure to be around, I’d use her in a heartbeat!

  7. avatar Sarah reply

    Go Verde Beauty!

  8. avatar Jennifer Hicks reply

    Love Lula Blue!

  9. avatar Andrea reply

    Is truly a treasure!

  10. avatar Brittany reply

    Love Verde Beauty!

  11. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is a beautiful person inside and out who deserves this more than anyone else I know. Her love for hair and makeup is surely reflected on her clients!

  12. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is the most deserving person of this. Her passion for hair and makeup is surely reflected on her clients! Her work is absolutely beautiful!

  13. avatar Roxy Toledo reply

    Kart is amazing at makeup and hair!

  14. avatar Joe Ann Durham reply

    Lula is a lovely place and a caring place to get your dress for your wedding. Andra is the best

  15. avatar McKenzie Clapp reply

    Katy Lynn is amazing!!

  16. avatar Abigail Modjeska reply

    Go Susan!

  17. avatar Kelli Gilchrist reply

    Go Lula Blue!

  18. avatar Brandon reply

    Gilded Bridal is the best!!

  19. avatar Rachael reply

    In LOVE with Verde Beauty studio’ sworn! They are doing the hair and makeup for my wedding at Nottoway Plantation in October of this year and I could not be more excited!

  20. avatar Courtney Smith reply

    Good luck Ash!

  21. avatar Samantha statler reply

    Yay twirl!

  22. avatar Meredith vetell reply

    Modern trousseau was fantastic!

  23. avatar Niki Loiacono reply

    Carla White is beyond Amazing !!!! Hair , makeup she does it THE BEST!!!!!

  24. avatar Keely reply

    Carla is the best!!!

  25. avatar Lyndsay reply

    Teighla is seriously the best! I couldn’t ask for a better stylist! :)

  26. avatar Anthony Pellegrino reply

    Referred two friends to Gilded Bridal and they had nothing but wonderful things to say.

  27. avatar cody darrough reply

    Ashley Franke is the best.

  28. avatar Mike reply

    Guilded is great

  29. avatar Taylor pickard reply

    These girls are AMAZING!!!! Fun and patient…they showed up on time and catered to all of my girls and definitely catered to me. My bridals were perfect, my engagements were perfect, and my wedding day was perfect! I would recommend Tina and the girls to anyone! ❤❤

  30. avatar Hannah Johnson reply

    Pink Lou Lou is the best

  31. avatar Jennifer Hood reply

    Lula Blue for the win!

  32. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is awesome!!

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  34. avatar Pamela Garrison reply

    Good luck!! Go Lula Blue!

  35. avatar Kristal reply

    Morgan is an incredible artist

  36. avatar Jennifer Tingle reply

    Pink Lou Lou !! Great girls! Amazing hair and make up!

  37. avatar Samantha Robins reply

    Lula Blue the owner is down to earth from a small town, she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

  38. avatar Sarah reply

    LOVE the White Room

  39. avatar Shae reply

    The White Magnolia is truly the best! Kerrie is wonderful!

  40. avatar Veronica Lewis reply

    I love Make up for Your Day!!❤️

  41. avatar Kassandra Hamilton reply

    Hard to choose! 😑

  42. avatar Jody Parten reply

    Lula Blue rocks!

  43. avatar LeeAnna Robertson reply

    KATY LYNN IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! always has been!

  44. avatar Catherine Marks reply

    Heidi Elnora is the BEST!

  45. avatar Sandy Angelly reply

    Lauren at Modern Trouseau is absolutely fantastic.

  46. avatar Amanda harwood reply

    Good luck Ash Franke

  47. avatar Alivia reply

    Morgan Nichols is amazing!!

  48. avatar Elizabeth Hall reply

    <3 pink lu lu

  49. avatar Stacey reply

    Love Modern Trousseau!!

  50. avatar Jordan osborn reply

    Twirl and pink Lou Lou are the best!

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  53. avatar Jenna reply

    Love southern weddings!

  54. avatar Kelsey Mowrey reply

    White Magnolia is the absolute best bridal salon!

  55. avatar Bonny Bailey-Finck reply

    Solutions is Amazing and always treats our Clients like Royalty.

    We are pleased to have them in Orlando!

  56. avatar Maria reply

    Makeup for your day is amazing!

  57. avatar Courtney Pate reply

    Brooke at Ivory & White is the BEST!!

  58. avatar Maggie reply

    I purschaed my wedding dress at The White Magnolia and I could not be more impressed with their selection, service and overall aesthetic of the store.

  59. avatar Victoria Clapp reply

    Katy does an absolutely stunning job on makeup! Honestly like I’ve never seen before :)

  60. avatar RJ Garner reply

    Thanks for supporting young entrepreneurs!

  61. avatar Jessica reply

    I went to White Magnolia Tampa and found my dress in April. The entire experience was AMAZING!!! The selection and the staff completely blew me away. I loveevery minute. They totally deserve this award!

  62. avatar Michele Bethel reply

    Teighla is absolutely amazing! Extremely talented make-up and hair artist.

  63. avatar Erin reply

    TWM is the best bridal shop around!!

  64. avatar Jennifer reply

    Hayden Olivia Bridal is hands down the best Bridal store ever. They have great selection and the staff is exceptional.

  65. avatar Janet ashby reply

    I follow Pink lou Lou. They are the best.

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Knowing that so many of you are newly (ish!) sporting an engagement ring, we’ve been working our way through wedding planning must-dos here on the blog for the past few weeks. After several rounds of budget advice, it’s time to move on to vendors: finding them, hiring them, and working with them! For all of our best wedding planning advice in one place, be sure to pick up your copy of the Joyful Wedding Planner!

For many of us, planning a wedding is the first time we’ve had to hire someone – maybe ever, and almost certainly for something creative! It can feel like a lot of pressure to get it right, because your wedding vendors are the folks who will transform your big, precious ideas into a celebration that can be enjoyed by the people you love most. We’ve got a whole roster of vendors we love for browsing, but today we’re taking it one step further and really breaking down the question “how do I find vendors for my wedding?”

Use your network. Naturally, some of the best recommendations come from people you trust. Loved the flowers at your best friend’s wedding? Ask her who she used. And remember, negative reviews can be just as helpful as positive ones!

Ask your vendors. Found a vendor you 100% click with? Ask him for other vendor recommendations. Photographers and planners, especially, work with countless vendors every weekend and can have great insight into the best options in your area.

Look to blogs and magazines. Wedding blogs and magazines can be a wealth of vendor leads, in a number of different ways. Search for real wedding or editorials that took place in your area and follow up with anyone whose work you love. Check to see if they have a vendor directory, usually a hand-picked selection of vendors that have been vetted in some way (ours is called the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory). And don’t forget print and online advertisements – if you love a publication, chances are you’ll love the vendors that care enough to advertise with them.

There’s a common belief that vendors and venues charge more for the same services as soon as the word “wedding” is mentioned. Surprise! That’s probably true – but for good reason. A once-in-a-lifetime event like a wedding comes with an entirely different set of expectations, pressure, time spent planning, service, and creativity than your average cocktail or bridal party, and a higher price often reflects that. Though it can be hard to justify the expense on the front end of a wedding, talented vendors are worth every penny in the end!

I’d love to hear: how did you find your vendors? Who are your favorites?

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Joseph Requerme Photo reply

    Usually your suppliers will recommend someone that they trust, so, ask your supplier. Those points you have mentioned are really helpful.

  2. avatar Christine reply

    Yes to all of the above. Also, Instagram can be a great resource to find vendors. Follow beautiful wedding accounts and check to see who they tag. You can discover many wonderful vendors using that method! I found most of my wedding vendors via wedding magazines and trusted wedding websites and blogs (like this one!). I also turned to my wedding planners and their relationships for additional vendor intros. Honestly, the vendor finding process was so much fun!

  3. avatar Bri A reply

    These are such helpful tips because there are so many options out there! I especially love asking vendors that you have a rapport with, because working with someone brings a unique perspective!

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It has been so neat to hear from so many of you over the past weeks and months about vendors you think should be added to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory. I love that it’s a resource y’all can both add to and draw from – either from or for your own wedding! Here are a few more recently added creative partners that we think you should meet:

Marissa Joy is a kind and intuitive photographer, making it easy for her to genuinely portray both intimate and candid moments. Her natural style is elegant, and, combined with the personality of her couples, results in heartfelt and personal work. She shoots primarily in North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Traci’s work is atmospheric and intimate. She has a knack for capturing quiet, unnoticed moments that will be treasured for years to come. Anne Marie Photography is based in New Braunfels, Texas.

Jillian’s designs are just gorgeous to look at, aren’t they? We love the juxtaposition of wild and elegant she achieves with her art for loose arranging and selecting the most beautiful blooms. Mimi Nicole Events is based in South Carolina.

Mint’s work is simply lovely. These two gals have a beautiful and unique way of seeing the world, one that allows them to capture the beauty, intimacy, and love between their couples in a soft and peaceful way. Mint Photography is based in San Antonio.

Francesca and her team’s work is elegant, soft, and sophisticated — just like a Southern belle! We love Pure Luxe’s focus on creating “genuine” weddings — totally in line with the SW manifesto. They are based in South Carolina.

Chloe’s wild and wonderful blooms are the perfect mix of texture, color, and composition. We adore her work!
Supposey Wedding Florals is based in Florida.

Tamara is a sweet and earnest soul, and is about as hardworking as they come. Her flowers are lush and romantic, but we especially adore her passion for nurturing strong marriages as well as beautiful weddings! Tamara Menges Designs is based in Groves, Texas.

We love Abby’s sweet heart and love for what she does, and think it shows in her images! They’re simple and timeless, just like the weddings she most enjoys capturing. Abby Grace Photography is based in Virginia and Washington, DC.

Brittany’s work is polished but natural — she is a genius at making gals look like the most beautiful version of themselves! We can’t decide whether we prefer her gorgeous updos or beautiful waves more, but we know we’d be happy with either on our wedding day. She and her team work throughout the Southeast – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee!

Heidi and the folks at The Dandelion Patch just get it – they have a keen eye for what brides want, and carry a selection of some of the most beautiful stationery and invitations we’ve seen. You won’t regret stopping for a peek at their collection! They have locations in Vienna and Reston Virginia, and in Washington, DC.

As always, if you think there’s a talented vendor we should be introduced to, send me an email! I’d love to hear. In the meantime, you can see all of our Blue Ribbon Vendors (and search by state and category) right here.

emily Written with love by Emily

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