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Have y’all heard?! Jess in our office is engaged!! We could NOT be more excited for her (like, really could not). The last few weeks have been about celebrating, but since she’s planning on a shorter engagement, I, the resident wedding planning guru in the office (!), am excited to get down to brass tacks with her soon!

Having a newly-engaged gal on our team has made us appreciate all over again anything that can simplify the wedding planning process. Enter: Zola, our favorite one-stop site that’s reinventing the wedding registry and planning experience!

From engagement, to your wedding, to decorating your first home, Zola is with you every step of the way. Here’s how:

Your Zola Weddings dashboard includes planning checklists, your wedding website, guest list management, and your registry, all in one easy-to-use place. Your checklist is custom-created based on your wedding date and the traditions you may want to include in honor of your religion or heritage. Of course, you can also add, remove, and edit tasks to best suit your needs.

In your guest list tab, you can add guests and all their information (imported from your contact list, by requesting info via a private link, or by entering it manually), specify what the inner and outer envelopes of your invitation should say, and then mark an invitation sent or not sent. Guests can then RSVP through your wedding website so you can track them in real time. No more penciling numbers onto the back of reply cards in case someone doesn’t fill out their name!

Creating a wedding website is SO helpful for your guests (we’d even call it a gesture of Southern hospitality!), and Zola Weddings makes it incredibly easy. Their 50+ templates are beautiful (and free!), the pages are customizable, and the entire thing is mobile-optimized.

We have to talk about Zola’s claim to fame: their online registry! With the ability to add gifts from over 500 top brands, like Waterford, Le Creuset, and KitchenAid, Zola is like your and your family’s favorite department store. BUT, unlike a department store, you can also register for experiences (like cooking classes, spa visits, and more), for newlywed staples like Blue Apron meals, and for cash funds for your honeymoon or a house down payment!

True to their reputation for amazing customer service, each couple who uses Zola Weddings will have access to a Zola advisor. This person will be able to answer any questions you may have as you use the system, and they’ll even walk your more technophobic guests through your registry!

Cheers to making the wedding planning process simple, so you can focus on what matters during your engagement. We hope you love this awesome service as much as we do!

This post is brought to you by Zola Weddings. Thank you for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

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One of my most prized possessions (and one of the most frequently-admired items in my home!) is the giant canvas in our living room. It’s a large (24×30 inches) photo of the sky at sunset on our wedding day, taken by our wedding photographer. The sky that day was the most beautiful ombre of pink, lavender, and blue, and walking by our canvas never fails to transport me back to being a bride!

Because of this, one of the best pieces of advice I offer my engaged friends is to ask their photographer to take a few landscape shots during their portrait session. That way, you can prominently display a reminder of the day you said “I do” without decorating your walls with only your faces :)

Photo by Morgan Stradling of her Canvas HQ artwork

Whether you choose to highlight a portrait, a landscape, an engagement photo, or something else entirely, our friends at Canvas HQ are a great source for printing your beloved photos! They offer sizes ranging from 6″ to 96″, all at reasonable prices (and they’re always running coupon offers, so don’t order without one!).

I’d love to hear: how have you remembered your wedding in your home? With a canvas? Framed photos? An album? Something else? Tell me!

This post is sponsored by Canvas HQ. Thanks for your support of the brands who make Southern Weddings possible!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Colleen reply

    We are doing a charm cake at my nieces bridesmaid luncheon. Should the cake be pink and what is the significance of the color??

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Colleen! How fun! No, the cake does not have to be pink – I’ve never heard of that! Most of the ones I’ve seen have been white, but you can choose any color you like! :)

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Here’s a little something different for your Wednesday! :)

Amidst the flurry of excitement over our tenth anniversary issue (wheeee!), our team has been hard at work on something else, too.

Many of you know that we have a sister brand, Cultivate What Matters. All of our team members work on both brands, and we’re passionate about our mission, which is one and the same: to help women cultivate what matters, right where they are. At Southern Weddings, we’re coming alongside brides (y’all!) with encouragement and resources, and that is our joy!

At Cultivate What Matters, we get the privilege of speaking to women in all stages on life, in every role, in every season. The main way we do that is through the PowerSheets, our intentional goal planner. PowerSheets are truly perfect for all women, but we not-so-secretly feel they’re particularly perfect for our engaged friends. What season other than your engagement are you pulled in so many different directions, juggling so many different priorities, and above all, wanting to make really meaningful, impactful decisions with how you spend your time and resources?

Your engagement is a beautiful time of laying the groundwork for one of the best parts of life — marriage — and we think PowerSheets can help you do this.

If this is the first you’re hearing about them, allow me to introduce you!

PowerSheets work, and you’re going to feel the impact right away if you’re faithful to the process. PowerSheets help you prioritize with confidence, giving you more time for what’s truly important in your life.

More time spent walking in your unique path. Less time spent scrolling and comparing.

More time spent with the people who you love. Less time saying “yes” to things that don’t matter to you.

Thousands of women across the world have accomplished their goals using our three-part system:

Prep Work: the first 35 pages help you uncover your unique goals and what matters most to you
Intentional Action Plans: step-by-step action plan pages for each of your goals with S.M.A.R.T. starting steps
Monthly Tending Pages: Tending pages to help you live our your goals and actions plans each month!

2018 PowerSheets are an investment in yourself and your dreams, and in turn, an investment in your relationships with those who matter most to you. Setting good goals–cultivated goals–can have a ripple effect on your family, your children, your friends, your coworkers. You have the potential to impact your life, right where you are, starting today.

I hope that excites you. This is my fourth year using PowerSheets, and I can confidently say they have changed my life in so many ways. If you’d like to learn more or pick up your own set, visit our shop now! We can’t wait to cheer you on! :)

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