All y’all, a drumroll, please! Finalist voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards!!
As you already know, the South is overflowing with amazingly talented vendors, and we’ve got 250+ Pineys finalists to prove it! Over the past week, we’ve spent many, many hours going through every single one of your nominations to tally entries and prepare for final voting.
We owe thousands of thank yous to y’all for taking the time to nominate your favorites, and in doing so, introduce us to some incredible new-to-us vendors and gorgeous locations across our beloved South. Not to get sidetracked, but that’s one of the reasons we started the Pineys in the first place – to introduce y’all to the best our region has to offer. We just didn’t know we’d be surprised with new talent along the way, too!
While we wish we could share every single nominee here today, it’s time to get down to business – and that means finalist voting!
Over the next 5 days, we’ll release all 21 category finalists in batches of 3-5 per day (to avoid writing the longest blog post in the history of blogging ;)). Please vote once in each category; all voting will be open until June 9th.
Up first, the best Southern wedding venues, as nominated by you! We know selecting a venue is a great launching point for wedding planning, so get ready to learn about the best barns, ballrooms, and more below the Mason-Dixon. Without further ado…
Note: If you are reading in a feed reader, you will likely have to click through to vote!
The Pineys: Prettiest Chapel
The Piney’s: Barn or Farm
The Piney’s: Plantation
The Piney’s: Hotel or Ballroom
The Piney’s: Garden
*Note: We combined the Farm and Barn categories for finalist voting, as there was almost total overlap in the nominations!
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 Calligrapher, Paper Goods, Band, and DJ categories!
Image credits for Prettiest Chapel photos: Live View Studios, The Nolans, Theo Milo, Valles Photography, Ashley Seawell, Landon Jacob, Kristyn Hogan, Pure 7 Studios, Ashley Cox, Chloe Giancola
Image credits for Best Barn or Farm: Candi Leonard, Sawyer Baird, Kristyn Hogan, Hartman Outdoor, Andi Mans, Vue Photography, KT Merry, Anna Paschal, Becca Lea
Image credits for Best Plantation-Style Venue: Nyk + Cali, KMD Creations, Pure 7 Studios, BraskaJennea, Nancy Ray, Pasha Belman, Loren Routhier, A Bryan Photo, Aaron & Jillian, Rebekah Senter, Stephanie Yonce, Allison Pedigo
Image credits for Best Hotel or Ballroom Venue: Altmix Photography, Archetype Photo, Amy Arrington, McCardell Photography, Eric Kelley, Mecca Gamble
Image credits for Best Garden Venue: Amy Arrington, Kristyn Hogan, Christen Jones, Kevin Milz, Nicole Barrett, Anna Shackleford, Eric Boneske
Palmetto Bluff, Old Edwards, Cedarwood Weddings, Amy Arrington, Anna Shackleford, Nancy Ray, Proximity Hotel, Live View Studios, The Nolans, Theo Milo, Landon Jacob, Sawyer Baird, Becca Lea, and KT Merry are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!
Voted for Wavering Place! Such a gem in SC!
Thank you for doing this!!!!
It’s our pleasure, Shana! It’s been fun! :)
Waverly place is so beautiful!
Congratulations to all of the nominees
You should consider adding the Lace House to the list of garden locations
Thanks for the suggestion, Desi! These finalists came from nominations from our readers, not our choices! :)
Wavering Place Plantation by far is the best venue for a wedding! The service, beauty and location is beyond expectations.
This venue is a must for any wedding or event!
<3 Wavering Place!
Love the venues!
Very beautiful venues!
Wavering Place Plantation in South Carolina is outstanding.
Wavering Place is the hear and soul of the South
Such beautiful venues! It’s hard to pick! I love Wavering Place.
As a former wedding and event planner (Dreamy AffairsSignature Weddings) I had the pleasure of visiting several of these locations-beautiful! Best of the Best!!
Wavering Place is like a dream it is so beautiful!
Beautiful venue choices
Love the barn venues
Aldridge Gardens is beautiful.
i would love to visit all of these
Might get married at any of these especially the ballrooms
Beautiful places, and Bethesda is my favorite.
Good Luck Mary Ann and Tom
Biltmore Estate is beautiful
Thats so great for them all to have made it this far
The Biltmore Estate is beautiful!
Birmingham has some of the best venues around! We love working with The Barn at Shady Lane, Grand Bohemian Hotel and Aldridge Gardens! Congrats friends for being a finalist!
Go Big Spring!
I recently got married at Cedarwood in Nashville and it was the most gorgeous wedding ever! I love that place and the staff all so much! My our wedding day perfect!
Big spring farm!!!
There are some great venues mentioned in this article!
Cedarwood is the best! Timeless beauty and the staffs attention to detail is amazing.
Cypress Grove is an amazing magical place! My daughter’s wedding was perfect! Thank you Cara!
Summerfield Farms is a little slice of Heaven right here in Summerfield
The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel is a beautifully restored 1800’s church.
Shady grove rocks
Absolutely love THE BARN AT SHADY GROVE!
Love All Saints Chapel!!!!
Love All Saints Church in Raleigh, NC!
Beautiful places. Difficult choices!
J&D Farms is amazing!
The venues were so beautiful all of them.
Cypress Grove is beautiful.
Magnolia Gardens is the most romantic gardens in the south with so many acres of beauty. The white covered bridge and red bridge surrounded by so many plants, flowers, trees, especially the magnolia trees. The staff and volunteers provide excellent service with a friendly smile. Southern Hospitality is given to each guest and visitor at the most romantic place in Charleston, SC. Magnolia Gardens has been my favorite plantation since I was 7 years old so that is 43 years of seeing and loving everyday I visit.
Whitfield Chapel- Bethesda Acadamey
The Duke Chapel is beautiful, but it gets plenty of publicity, whereas All Saints Chapel is just as beautiful, but not well known.
We love All Saints Chapel!
Love The Parlour!
All of these places are beautiful
The Shady Grove Barn is beautiful inside and out!
Spain Ranch rocks!
Love Big spring farm!
all are such beautiful venues. it’s hard to choose just one!
My wedding day at Cedarwood was nothing short of magical. I didn’t have a worry in the world and the wedding coordinators took care of everything and made it look effortless. I received so many compliments on the venue and style of the wedding and that was all due to Cedarwood. I would do it again next weekend if I could!!
Cedarwood was hands down the best decision I ever made!! I’m ready to do it again this weekend!
Summerfield Farms is my FAVORITE!
Congratulations to all of the finalists!
We are so honored to be nominated for this prestigious list!
Beautiful venue run by beautiful people!
The Roosevelt New Orleans
The Greenbrier is a beautiful place to get married!
Go Greenbrier Resort
We absolutely love catering at J&D Farms. The venue is breathtaking and Danny, Jana and Patrick are so wonderful to work with.
The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom is one of the most beautiful hotel ballrooms I have seen!
Magnolia Plantation is the best!!! Always my favorite place to officiate!
Seaside Chapel is so romantic!
One venue that I did not see that should have been included was Anchorage1770 in Beaufort, SC. Right across from the harbor, horse and buggy ride and gorgeous settings for pictures in and outside the grounds. Please consider them another time.
LANGE FARM IS BEAUTIFAL FOR WEDDINGS.
Magnolia is where we are getting married in October! We can not wait!!! Everything is so gorgeous!
The Roosevelt Hotel ballrooms are beautiful.
Great selections of venues.
Love WinMock and Rebecca and Laura are amazing at their work!
Love J & D Farms! My daughter’s wedding is there this Saturday, 5.27.17!!!
All Saints Chapel
Summerfield is a gorgeous place to have a wedding or any special event
My daughter was married at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah and it was gorgeous!
I love The Barn at Shady Grove it’s so beautiful and elegant.
They are all beautiful!!!
Summerfield Farms is a gorgeous venue !
This is an amazing accomplishment.
All of the venues are beautiful
I attended a wedding at J&D Farms. It was the most beautiful & fun wedding I’ve ever been to! It was like a fairy tale!
Magnolia Plantation is perfection!
Love the Carolina Inn
The Barn at Shady grove definitely has my vote!
Wavering Place Plantation- so beautiful!!
The Lang Farm is an amazing venue!
The staff makes sure your wedding is “your” wedding ! Not some cookie cutter version
All Saints is wonderful. I got married there!!!
This was fun! I’m a wedding officiant and I’ve had the honor of visiting many of these venues. As an officiant, I feel like I have the best seat in the house because I get to see it all, the location, the guests, and the wedding couple up close.
This list is extensive and includes many gorgeous venues. I think my favorite venue of 2017 so far is a place I never knew existed: Winston Salem’em Graylyn Estate. I’m a native North Carolinian and recently officiate a wedding in the tobacco Baron’s turn off the century home. My family is planning to return for a tour because it’s spectacular!
Thank you for highlighting so many wonderful wedding venues.
Love Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for the perfect wedding. Words cannot express the beauty and the concept of the peacefulness.
Love J&D Farms! Beautiful place
Magnolia Plantation and Gardens…the best anytime of the year!
I just got married at Adaumont Farm this weekend. It was absolutely beautiful and exceeded every expectation and vision that I had for our wedding!
Adaumont Farms I live close to and pic do ant do it justice. The entire property and barn not pictured are just beautiful
We love this contest and we are honored to be a finalist! Thanks!
The Greenbrier is an incredible wedding site.
Love Proximity Hotel
All Saints was simply the only choice for our wedding.
Look forward to the results?
Love how Big Spring Farm sits in the middle of the beautiful mountains with the little lake and beautiful views!
Loved all these vendors… it was near impossible to choose just one!
We love the Roosevelt! An incredible venue.
Beautiful wedding spots!
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Go Nottoway! It’s absolutely the best venue out there..?
All are beautiful and deserving.
Middleton Place the best
All of the entrants are beautiful but Middleton Place is breath taking.
Summerfield Farms ROCKS!
Summerfield farms is the most beautiful farm venue ever.
Getting married at Middleton Place, on butterfly lakes February 17, 2018! :)
I love summerfield farms for the diversity of their venue. It’s gorgeous, anytime of the year!
Been to 3 weddings at Montage. BEAUTIFUL CHAPEL!
This is so neat! I was just married at the May River Chapel in Bluffton, SC and our reception was The Peabody in Memphis, TN!
Adaumont is exceptional!
Middleton Place is not only beautiful and romantic, but an authentic plantation with the original “family home”. The gardens contain so many different types of plants and layouts – wedding photos and ceremonies can take place to meet everyone’s desires.
Montage Palmetto Bluff has the best venues!!!!
Such hard decisions! All so beautiful.
All choices were idyllic, very hard to pick favorites!
All are breathtaking.
Enjoyed. Looking at all of the beautiful Wedding Venues!!!!
i love summerfield farms
We love Summerfield Farms
They truly took waverly place and made it come alive again. They poured their heart and soul into this plantation. When you’re there you feel like youre with family not a venue
Summerfield Farms is the best in the State and likely SE.
I am THRILLED that The Merrimon-Wynne House has been nominated!
Bridle Oaks Bar. In Deland, FL is absolutely breathtaking. Please look into it.
I loved our wedding at Merrimon-Wynne!!!
I am having my wedding at Merrimon-Wynne and I’m so excited about it!
Rose Hill Mansion is beautiful!
Pippin Hill has the best views and location for a wedding!
We are getting married there this November 4th! So excited! Good luck!
Hi! What time does voting end tomorrow? Thanks :)
Summerfield Farms is the PERFECT slice of heaven on earth with two amazing barn venues, an on-site Market, organic produce and grass-fed beef! We love spending all of life’s special moments at Summerfield Farms!
The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel is my favorite!
I love Summerfield Farms!
Summerfield farms is a dream!!!
Holly with Barn at Summerfield Farm is wonderful to work with for any occasion!
Summerfield Farms is a beautiful place
Lovely wedding venues ! They are all
So many memories in many of these places. This is a great line up!
Love what you do! The Biltmore Estate is beautiful!
Nottoway makes your dream wedding come true!
Nottoway is so beautiful!
LOVE LOVE LOVE Summerfield Farms Barns
Adaumont farm is my favorite
Love Magnolia Plantation????
I love big spring farm
The Biltmore. Such a beautiful place with wonderful wedding planner such as Meredith Hearld
J&D is beautiful!