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Ladies, y’all got style! When we announced our First Ever Pinterest Contest a few weeks ago, we we thrilled to see the huge response! It was extremely difficult narrowing down the entries to three lucky ladies, but we managed to do it!

Justine’s Country Lush board was full of some rustic but feminine details. Alexandra’s Black Tie with Blue board was sophisticated and elegant and Lisa’s Peaches board was full of the sweet Georgia fruit we love so much. We adore all of our finalists for different reasons, but in the end, y’all went crazy for Lisa’s Peaches board!

Congratulations, Lisa, for winning our first ever Pinterest contest!

Lisa will win a clutch from our friend McKay at Oatmeal Lace Design! When we took a look at the flower details and sweet textures on Lisa’s board, we knew that an Oatmeal Lace clutch would go splendidly with her vision, and we can’t wait for her to choose one!

Thanks to all who participated in our contest, and especially to our friends at and Sweet and Saucy Supply for offering their fab products to our finalists!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much!!!! I’m so excited!! Justine and Alexandra’s boards were both so amazing and it was an honor to be chosen along with them. Thanks for such a fun contest, Southern Weddings! Hope to see many more in the future! :)

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Welcome to the next installment of our Southern Hospitality feature! Each month, we pick a Southern city and an expert host. Our host shares their favorite items custom to that city that would be perfect packed into a welcome bag for family and friends at a weekend wedding. There’s nothing like Southern hospitality, especially at a destination wedding!

This month, we chose to feature Asheville, the largest city in Western North Carolina and truly a unique city. I’ve been lucky enough to visit multiple times, experiencing everything from walking around downtown to visiting the Biltmore to cheering at an The Avett Brothers concert on New Year’s. But the last time I visited Asheville was in February, when I was staying nearby to review a Honey List destination. You can read more here!

Once we decided to feature Asheville, we knew we had to ask our friends, Melissa and Becca of Asheville Event Company, to be our experts. I know you’ll enjoy their picks! Having a wedding in Asheville? Let us know in the comments below!

A. Tupelo Honey Cookbook. Tupelo Honey is one of the most popular restaurants in town and this cookbook features all their favorite recipes for good ole’ southern cuisine. ($34.94)

B. Gift certificate to 12 Bones. They arguably have the best BBQ in town and maybe in the Southeast. President Obama has stopped by twice to sample their tasty treats. The blueberry chipotle sauce is a must try! (price varies)

C. Locally grown honey from Sweet Betty Bee’s farm. Need I say any more? ($72.00 per case of 24 1.5 oz. jars)

D. Go Local gear. Asheville supports a strong climate of buying local and staying local. Go local, love Asheville t-shirts are the perfect way to embrace Asheville’s culture. (price varies)

E. Biltmore Estate tickets and a bottle of their wonderful wine! Explore George Vanderbilt’s extraordinary home, beautiful gardens, and Antler Hill Village & Winery while you are in Asheville! (price varies)

F. Gaelic Ale Mustard from Crooked Condiments. A smooth, thick mustard with a touch of heat and a touch of sweet featuring Asheville’s very own Highland Gaelic Ale. ($3.95 for 4 oz.)

G. Beer! Asheville has earned the title of “Beer City USA” for three years in a row. With fourteen breweries located in the region, beer is the perfect gift to include in your guest tote. The first brewery in Asheville was Highland Brewery. Try their Gaelic Ale or one of their many seasonal beers. Or, if you love beer so much that you want to experience all that Asheville has to offer, try the Asheville Brews Cruise. (price varies)

H. Apple. Western North Carolina is home to a large crop of apple growers. Enjoy one of our delicious varieties of apples in your welcome bag. (price varies)

I. French Broad Chocolates. Who doesn’t love chocolate? French Broad Chocolates quickly became one of the hottest downtown spots pairing a love for chocolate and their lounge. They are world famous for the truffles! (price varies)

J. Asheville area notecards by local artist, Jeff Pittman. Write individual notes to each of your guests or give each of them a set to include in their welcome gift. ($25.00 for pack of 10)

We paired our experts’ picks with this cool design from Mink Letterpress. Want a tote of your own? Simply download the PDF here and take it to your local screenprinter. Thanks, Nicole!

From the Asheville area and have additional suggestions to add to our tote? What did you love about Asheville if you’ve visited before? Have a city in mind for future posts? Comment below and let us know!

Check out past totes:
Emerald Coast
Chapel Hill

Written with love by Sierra
  1. avatar Paige reply

    I was born and raised in Asheville, NC and I am getting married at Lioncrest at the Biltmore this September! Asheville is such a fun and unique city – the list you put together is a great representation of some of the wonderful things the city has to offer!! If you are visiting the area, you should also visit the Grove Park Inn & Spa and treat yourself!

  2. avatar Melissa Tuck reply

    LOVE the tote design! Asheville is one of my favorite cities. Bravo!

  3. avatar Southern Weddings Magazine: Southern Hospitality Feature « Mink Letterpress reply

    […] The folks at Southern Weddings Magazine asked Asheville Event Company to be their Asheville experts and Mink Letterpress to design a tote bag for their Southern Hospitality feature. For this feature, they ask their expert to pick items that represent the town to pack into a tote bag to give to wedding guests. Coincidently, Asheville Event Co chose Sweet Betty Bee’s Honey to include in the tote – and my brother Erik Minkin did the awesome logo design for it! Check out the full post here. […]

  4. avatar Meredith Perdue reply

    Wonderful selection of goodies – this post makes me incredibly excited for my first Asheville wedding this fall!

  5. avatar lauren reply

    Love Asheville such a great place to go for a romantic weekend trip.

    PLEASE do a Jekyll Island,GA OR even a Golden Isles, GA (St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island) tote. If y’all could do this it would be DIVINE!

  6. avatar Sarah reply

    YAY Asheville :) We are getting married there in September, and all our guests will be coming from out of town so this list is GREAT and very helpful for ‘welcome totes’ for us to leave for our guests. This definitely makes me VERY excited for September!

  7. avatar Melissa Porter reply

    Thanks so much for including us in this awesome Asheville post! There’s much more ideas where those came from! We LOVE Asheville!

  8. avatar mia reply

    i LOVE these southern hospitality features and totes! they’re fabulous! we’re getting married next june in cashiers/highlands, NC…would y’all think about doing either a cashier or highlands themed bag? that would be incredible! thanks for the inspiration! <3

  9. avatar gail reply

    Hi Sierra –

    Found your posts through pinterest – our daughter is getting married next spring at rosemary beach, fl and would love to see if you know of a source for all the great cotton totes that you have designed for your brides ???


    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Gail! I’d try the Dollar Tree store, of if you’re looking for an online source, has the best prices we’ve ever seen! Can’t vouch for the quality, as I’ve never seen them in person, but that might be a place to start!

  10. avatar Alex reply

    Sierra- I love checking out what’s included in each tote! Have you done Birmingham, AL or would you consider featuring?

  11. avatar jenn reply

    I just wanted to thank you for featuring this Asheville tote bag! I was married in Asheville this past January and we used the free download to make totes for our guests! Your blog was a wealth of inspiration during my wedding planning and even though my wedding is over, I still can’t get enough wedding loveliness :)

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The Kentucky Derby is this weekend! Before you run off to dig out your largest sunhat and pluck some fresh mint leaves, sit back for a minute and soak in some run for the roses inspiration.

Vintage trophy cups, a brilliant red rose bouquet, chilled mint juleps, a merry Sperry tent set next to the racetrack… I’d say this is beautiful inspiration for a Southern wedding!


Red rose bouquet photo by Ali Harper, vintage trophy cups photo by Heather Bullard, white hydrangea photo by Adam Barnes via Southern Weddings, tent photo by Jen Fariello via Style Me Pretty, red rose door from flickr, horse garland photo by Desi Baytan via Inspired by This on, red rose boutonniere photo by Ali Harper, elegant picnic lunch spread via Martha Stewart Weddings

P.S. Love the Derby? Stay tuned, because we have more posts coming your way this week! In the meantime, check out last year’s Derby inspiration boards:

Ali Harper and Adam Barnes are fabulous members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    Confession: I loved the derby inspiration board posts from last year so much that I have been seriously looking forward to what y’all would come up with this year! So, so gorgeous, and the perfect classic inspiration for a Southern wedding!

  2. avatar Stephanie reply

    Just wanted to add in that my amazing bridesmaids through me a GORGEOUS shower that was derby-inspired. It was so much fun, and all of the guests were remarking on how unique it was. I am a professional rider, so it fit my passion perfectly. All of the guests were instructed to come dressed in their best derby outfits, complete with the hats! It was so much fun… I think it would be great to do a column on shower themes :) Keep up the great work, this site is my fave for planning… I will be leaving you all very soon, however, as I am getting married in just NINE days! ( and 2 hours and 58 minutes, but who’s counting??) wooohoo!

    • avatar Emily reply

      That sounds awesome, Stephanie! Good luck with these last few days pre-wedding, but don’t feel like you have to leave us right away!! :)

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