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Can you feel the extra sparkle in the air? That sizzle? It’s not fall, friends — I’m pretty sure it’s coming straight from Chapel Hill and all our excitement over our tenth anniversary issue!! After finally selecting a cover (holy goodness, she’s going to blow your socks off!) and nailing down the final few real weddings, we’re moving full steam ahead with wrapping up this gorgeous book and sending her off to the printer at the end of the month. The sweet tea and biscuits are at the ready for a big party once Nicole presses that final send button!

We’re gearing up for our biggest celebration to date when Volume 10 hits newsstands on November 9th, and we know we couldn’t have gotten here without all of y’all. We’re truly grateful. And, we’re thrilled to be able to include you in the celebrations in a brand new way this year by inviting you to join our official Southern Weddings Tenth Anniversary Launch Team!

The launch team will help us spread the news of Volume 10 and the Southern Weddings mission. Why? Because we believe that our mission for cultivating relationships and telling meaningful love stories matters, and that the simplest way to include others to join in the magic is to invite them. And who better to do that than the best hostesses we know? (You!!)

Launch team members will have:
• Special access to sneak peeks from the upcoming issue
• Exclusive membership to a private Facebook group
• Behind the scenes time with the editorial team
• Access to launch team only giveaways
• Loads of fun and more!!

Applications close Monday, September 25, so scoot along and apply today if you’re interested!

The fun doesn’t stop with the launch team! Pre-orders are going on sale soon (ahem, October 9th). I’m hard at work nailing down details for a blockbuster launch party celebration at our beloved Carolina Inn. AND we need your help with a few final details for this issue, so stay tuned to our social channels to vote on a few Southern favorites and for the chance to get your responses published in print!

The countdown to our tenth anniversary issue is on!!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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Last summer Marissa and I did a fun in-person event where we got to debut the Joyful Wedding Planner to many new friends. Between the two of us, we convinced more than a few people who already had wedding planner binders to buy ours and switch – ha!

It’s wasn’t because we were trying to hustle our products (though we did have a friendly competition going with Jess and Emily), but because we truly believe in the power of the Joyful Wedding Planner (and the rest of our shop products). We created them from a place of purpose, with the hope that they’ll make the whole wedding and marriage planning process easier and more meaningful. (It doesn’t hurt that they’re extra pretty.)

Now for the exciting news — we’re looking for friends who believe in these products as much as we do. Could that be you? All the details are below:

For our first crop of Southern Weddings Affiliates, we are looking for folks who fit the following:

  • I have a passion for the wedding industry, marriage, or am a Southern Weddings product user.
  • I am a resident of the US or Canada.
  • I will commit to publishing Southern Weddings related product content at least six times annually.
  • I have an active and working website/blog centered on weddings, lifestyle, marriage, business, home, or a related topic.
  • My website/blog is regularly updated and has at least three months of content.
  • I have an audience reach of at least 5,000 (social media or blog followers, newsletter subscribers, monthly visitors, etc.)

Does that sound like you? Here’s how our program works!

Step 1. Join Our Team
Complete the online application at ShareASale and wait for us to reach out to you with approval. Apply now! For bonus points, send an email to Kaylee@SouthernWeddings.com to help expedite your application. Include a link to your website, a little info about you, and how you intend to share the mission of Southern Weddings. Your application will be reviewed within 7 business days.

Step 2. Share the #SouthernWeddings Love
If approved, you’ll have access to a library of graphics, banners, and links along with a monthly newsletter. Whether you add a banner to your site or feature a product in an upcoming social or blog post, you’ll have many options to share all your favorite Southern Weddings products. We’re so grateful for your help in getting the word out!

Step 3. Earn Money
As an affiliate, you’ll earn 10% on every Southern Weddings Shop purchase made through your links! ShareASale takes care of all the back-end tracking, reporting and payment, making it super simple for you.

Whether you’re an official affiliate or not, know that we’re so stinking grateful for your support of our brand and mission! I’m sending you big hugs right now. And remember – Kaylee is your gal if you have questions, so shoot her an email – Kaylee@SouthernWeddings.com!

xoxo
KNW

All photos by Ally and Bobby

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Sydney reply

    Ahhh I fit every requirement except the number of followers! Maybe next time! :) Love love love my Joyful Wedding Planner!

    • avatar Anna reply

      Me, too! I’m always telling people about the Joyful Wedding Planner, though, and won’t stop anytime soon! I’m adding the link to my “client sendoff” packages along with the link to the Welcome Home Guestbook because I loooove that idea.

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Drumroll, please… After logging more than 50,000 votes from readers across Dixie and beyond, we are tickled pink to announce our 2017 Best of the South Wedding Award winners!

But first, a little history. You answered our call for the best and the brightest in the Southeast in a big way, nominating thousands of wedding vendors for our 21 categories. After two weeks, we tallied up the nominations and selected the top vote-getters to compile our 12-15 finalists in each category.

You responded even more enthusiastically, voting your favorite wedding vendors to the top of their categories through more than 50,000 votes cast. It was amazing to hear the outpouring of support and respect for these folks and all of our Southeastern wedding vendors – we truly are so lucky to live and work in this corner of the country!

Without further ado, we’re packing up the golden pineapple trophies (a.k.a The Pineys) to ship to our winners, spread across the Southeast in seven different states!

P.S. If you call Alabama home, you might want to stick an extra feather in your hat today, as we had 10 winners hail from the Heart of Dixie!!

Prettiest Chapel: All Saints Chapel (NC)
Best Farm or Barn: The Barn at Shady Grove (AL)
Best Plantation-Style Venue: The Merrimon-Wynne (NC)
Best Hotel or Ballroom: The Biltmore Estate (NC)
Best Garden Venue: The Swan House (GA)
Best Paper Goods Vendor: Empress Stationery (AL)
Best Calligrapher: All She Wrote Notes (NC)
Best Band: Sol Fusion (NC)
Best DJ: DJ WellDunn, WellDunn Entertainment (AL)
Best Honeymoon Destination: Charleston (SC)
Best Bridal Salon: Ivory & White Bridal Boutique (AL)
Best Hair Stylist: PinkLouLou Design Studio (KY)
Best Makeup Artist: Katy Lynn Beauty (NC)
Best Event Planner/Designer: Mariée Ami (AL)
Best Rentals Vendor: Prop House (AL)
Best Florist: The Southern Table (TX)
Best Cake and Sweets Baker: Olexa’s (AL)
Best Caterer: Shindigs (AL)
Best Videographer: BrideFilm (LA)
Best Digital Photographer: Aaron & Jillian (SC)
Best Film Photographer: Photos by Heart (AL)

To each and every vendor nominated, we couldn’t do this wedding work without you. What you do matters. Thanks for pouring your heart and soul into your business. And to our sweet brides, how lucky are you?! These vendors are ready and able to help bring your wedding days to life and prepare you for meaningful, joyful marriages. We hope that you love working with them as much as we do!

Watch the video below for the Facebook Live award announcement from Kristin & Emily!

Again, biggest congratulations to all our 2017 Best of the South Wedding Award winners, finalists, and nominees! We can’t wait for next year!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
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  1. avatar Maghon Taylor reply

    Thank Y’all SO so much! This is such an honor and we couldn’t be more excited! I so appreciate all your hard work making this awesome opportunity possible for all of our small businesses.

  2. avatar Kourtney Walker reply

    A huge congrats to allof y’all!! 🎊🎉💖

  3. avatar Katy Doss reply

    Thank you guys so much for allowing me to be involved in this experience! I never would have imagined a few years ago we would even be a finalist in the Best Make-up Category but to win it, that is a dream come true!!!

  4. avatar Aaron and Jillian reply

    Our hearts haven’t stopped beating out of our chests since 10am this morning!! Y’all, we’re SO HONORED to have won and are so thankful to y’all for giving the wedding community a chance to acknowledge all of these talented vendors who pour their hearts and souls into their crafts and spaces day in and day out!! We adore you girls and all the things you do to bring the southern wedding community together while still being a constant source of inspiration for Southern brides to be!! You’re all incredible and we love you!!! xoxo, Aaron + Jillian

  5. avatar We Won!! » Aaron & Jillian Photography reply

    […] Aaron and I were named “The Best Digital Wedding Photographers In The South” by Southern Weddings Magazine!!!  We’re crazy giddy over here today at the big news and are so honored that we were […]

  6. avatar Charleston Wedding Videographer reply

    Congrats to our Charleston friends! <3

  7. avatar Brandon Dunn reply

    Go Alabama!!! Congrats to ALL and GREAT JOB Southern Weddings. This was wonderful to be a part of :)

  8. avatar Jeffrey Newton reply

    Congrats to everyone! Well deserved !!!
    Maybe next year we can add a transportation category up there.

  9. avatar Shelly M reply

    Congratulations to Sol Fusion!!! They are the best in the country, not just the Southeast! It’s wonderful to see them recognized. I’ve seen them LIVE 4 times now and I’m always impressed. I love TK and Stephanie! Two of my favorite performers!!!! Just powerhouse entertainers!

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