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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Happy Halloween, friends! We’re all treats and no tricks around here as we gear up for the most exciting week of our year: the launch of Southern Weddings V8! Be sure to stop by on Monday for the reveal of our gorgeous cover, and start checking your mailboxes and local bookstores/grocery stores/etc. on Thursday to see if you can find our brand new issue. We are giddy with excitement for y’all to see it, and sincerely hope you love it as much as we do!

P.S. There’s still time to place a preorder here! We highly recommend ordering online if you’re outside of the Southeast, where it’s a bit harder to track down a copy of Southern Weddings on news stands.

Perry Vaile

In case you missed it this week…

Monique and Tim: Paper cranes, chalkboard details, and food trucks in Florida.
Kimberley and Jonathon: A collegiate color palette, handwritten vows, and navy bridesmaid dresses in Virginia.
Hilari and Grant: A gold glitter gown, custom corn hole, and a polka dot cake in Tennessee.
Lindsey and Brian: Wildflowers, mountain views, and a bluegrass pickin’ party in Tennessee.

We rounded up our favorite fall date ideas on Southern Newlywed.
This rugged, but elegant, shoot inspired by autumn in Texas is so lovely!
Kristina of Medicine & Manicures styled our favorite Love Never Fails tee.
Nicole gave us a tour of the Maxwell Mansion in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
We loved hearing our readers’ favorite things about marriage in Sweet Tea Sunday.

Have a fun weekend, and congratulations to anyone getting married!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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Though there’s something undeniably romantic about summer in the South (just watch any Nicholas Sparks movie for proof!), fall, when the sticky weather is past, is a much more natural fit for a cozy date. We’ve rounded up several favorite ideas from the Southern Weddings team and our past Southern Newlywed couples to inspire you, starting with one of my favorites: choosing pumpkins at a pick-your-own patch and strolling through a corn maze!

Big hugs to Blue Ribbon Vendor Perry Vaile for these fun photos of me and my husband!

1. Head to the driving range. Cooler weather makes anything athletic more palatable, in my opinion, and even if you’ve never picked up a club, hitting a few balls is decidely low-pressure, and can be downright hilarious. Plus, you get to stand next to each other, mostly in one place, so there’s more chance for conversation than with most physical activities!
2. Treat the Fair like a tapas restaurant and share small bites of the… interesting options available. Bonus: compete to fill out our BINGO card!

3. Recreate travel. One of our favorite things to do is travel, and since leaving the country isn’t always an option, Curtis and I have been known to create our own Italian dates! We go to an Italian restaurant for dinner, and follow it with gelato and then dancing in a piazza. It’s always fun to pick some of our favorite places we’ve traveled to and try to recreate our favorite evenings there–you really have to get creative! – Blakely
4. Race each other. Poor Eric did not marry an outdoors-y girl, but luckily, I do love a thrill ride. And what better way to get your heart racing than with a little thrill and competition! Our ideal Friday date night would be a trip to the indoor (!) high-speed go-cart track, followed by our all-time favorite: Mexican food! – Molly

5. Picnic in your backyard. Rhett and I love to set up a picnic area in our backyard and have dinner and dessert. His dad made us a beautiful coffee table out of the wood from our wedding backdrop, so I bring that table out to the backyard and fill it with food and flowers. We sometimes even do this for breakfast! It’s the perfect date, and we love that we can just step outside our house for it. On a newlywed budget, it’s nice to not have to drive somewhere and pay a lot of money at a restaurant. – Brandee
6. Work your kitchen chops. While I love cooking and we eat at home most nights, we tend to go with standard, tried-and-true recipes that keep us from spending all evening in the kitchen. However, it can be extra fun to plan to stay in and make an ordinary evening not-so-ordinary (all while wearing pajamas and no makeup). We love to open a bottle of wine, find a “fancier” (see: more time-consuming) recipe, and maybe even pull out the nice napkins. While prepping the meal together, we are known to be pretty silly–singing (me), rapping (KPW) and dancing (both) while chopping vegetables and making marinades. – Kristin

7. Head into the city. This is when we unplug the most. We intentionally take a night (usually for a special occasion) and head into Atlanta, cell phone-free. We pick a new restaurant that has rave reviews and eat a new-to-us meal. We’ve even been known to stay the night on the 62nd floor of the Westin! – Hannah
8. Take a drive. This is one of our favorite ways to spend time together. During the afternoon, often on Sundays after church, we pick up lattes from our favorite coffee shop and just drive around together. We let ourselves get lost in the country and in conversation. We listen to music, roll the windows down, and explore our city. – Olivia

9. Have a “man night.” Carl is a big football fan, as am I, and something we’ve started doing together is what I affectionately call “man nights.” We go to a sports bar, drink beer together, and eat bar food while watching a game. It’s one of my favorite things to do together, because not only does Carl enjoy it, I do too. It’s such a fun, casual way to play and unwind together, and it’s a great excuse to eat really fantastic, greasy food. – Stephanie
10. Meet for fancy cocktails. When we want to have a night out on the town without spending a fortune, we like to compromise and hit up our favorite spots for fancy cocktails and appetizers. We’ll get dressed up and pick a spot that’s typically a pinch out of our price range (but justifiable if we’re just going to grab some snacks and sips at the bar). We love the food, drinks, and bar vibes at places like Gemma, R+D Kitchen, Bolsa, Meddlesome Moth, Stampede 66, Victor Tangos, and True Food Kitchen. We always order stiff drinks (I like martinis and specialty cocktails while James typically chooses whiskey) and a variety of savory appetizers to share. – Rachel

Drop your favorite fall date night idea in the comments, if you have one! We’d love to hear!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Lisa reply

    I cannot even handle how beautiful and sweet these photos are!!

  2. avatar Erin Phillips reply

    These photos are gorgeous! How fun to have some sweet images captured while you’re still “just the two of us” :).

  3. avatar Maureen reply

    Love this and Em you look gorgeous!

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We’re big believers around here that a wedding isn’t just about the bride–as special as this day is for you gals, it’s just as big of a day for your groom! We encourage you to approach wedding planning together, making sure that your day is a reflection of both of you. That’s why we’re grateful for the new options out there that make outfitting your beau and his best buds easier than ever–for as much effort as you and your gals put into looking your best, it’s certainly worth a passing thought to the fit and quality of the menswear, too. The days of ill-fitting, still-pretty-expensive rentals as the only budget-friendly option are (thankfully) in the past, and we’d love to introduce y’all to Generation Tux today!

Generation Tux took all the things guys dislike about standard suit rentals (time spent going to multiple fittings, poor tailoring and quality, a high price point, limited options, and short rental times, to name a few) to heart when creating their platform. After creating an event on the Generation Tux site, a groom can choose from a conveniently pre-styled look or mix and match suit or tuxedo elements to find something that’s right for your big day. All of the options are made with high quality fabrics that will feel as good as they look, and if needed, trained stylists can weigh in to make sure your groom’s outfit matches your wedding’s formality and venue. Countless color options and over 200 ties, vests, and accessories ensure you’ll find something that works perfectly for your wedding’s style and color palette! Once he chooses his look and accessories, he can follow Generation Tux’s online measurement tutorial (they’ll even send a free measuring tape–talk about good service!) to make sure everything will fit flawlessly. One of the best parts? Most complete looks are $150 or less, and there are no hidden insurance costs.

Don’t be afraid to make sure your groom’s outfit fits him perfectly–you want him to feel as great in his attire as you do in your dress! His suit or tux will arrive a full week before the wedding, so if he does want to make any adjustments, he’ll have plenty of time to exchange pieces (free of charge) or have a few alterations done. We know that week is a busy one, which is why we especially love the fact that Generation Tux has exclusive access to zTailors, the first-ever national digital network of expert tailors who can meet your groom at his home or office. If you already have a local tailor you trust, Generation Tux will refund you up to $20 to compensate for the alterations.

One more feature to note–Generation Tux’s group management tool lets you track every groomsman’s order status, from submitting their measurements to sending their returns. Groomsmen can be notoriously hard to keep track of, and this platform is much easier than trying to hunt everyone down in the weeks before the wedding.

I’d love to know, what are your plans for your gent’s attire? If you’re still searching for the right fit (pun intended :)), I hope this post was extra helpful!

This post is brought to you by Generation Tux–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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