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Voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards Finalists: Calligraphers, Paper Goods, Bands, and DJs!

Welcome back to our second day of unveiling Pineys finalists! While lots of gals say that their venue helps launch their wedding planning, I know many wedding day first impressions are made when the mailman delivers a personal invitation to your guests. And if your invitation is your first impression, your band or DJ brings it home at the end with one final, unforgettable dance. Now, let’s get to voting…

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The Piney’s: Calligraphers

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The Piney’s: Paper Goods

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Please vote once in each category; all voting will be open until June 9th!

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 Bridal Salon, Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist and Honeymoon Destination categories!

Missed a day? Vote for the best Southern wedding venues!

Image credits for Calligrapher Photos: Anna Paschal, A Bryan Photo, Bronwyn Duffield Photography, Clark Brewer Photography, W&E Photography, Ryan Ray, Alex Thornton Photography, AJ Dunlap, Perry Vaile

Image credits for Paper Goods Photos: Rustic White, McBee Photography, the Willetts, Vue, Twilas Photography

Band and DJ photos via East Coast Entertainment.

By Farr Design, Simply Jessica Marie, and Southern Fried Paper are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Lindsay Colvin reply

    We are so excited to be included! :)

  2. avatar Steven reply

    Best of luck to all those in the running!

  3. avatar robert reply

    Can’t wait to see the winners!

  4. avatar Madeline reply

    Beautiful calligraphy!

  5. avatar David Krusch reply

    Sol Fusion is incredible!

  6. avatar Jan Gillespie DeLong reply

    HiNote creates outstanding work and particularly focuses on fitting the wants and personality of their clients! Very creative with positive outcomes!

  7. avatar Leianna reply

    Love love All She Wrote Notes!

  8. avatar Joy Dumes reply

    Onsite Productions is the best in the business!

  9. avatar Danielle reply

    Haley Michelle Designs all the way!!!!

  10. avatar Maghon Taylor reply

    OMG Y’all!! Thank you SO much! I couldn’t be more excited and appreciative. What a great honor to be a finalist in the PINEYS!!

  11. avatar nikki reply

    Love All She Wrote Notes!!!

  12. avatar Lauren reply

    All she wrote notes is amazing!

  13. avatar Brooke reply

    All she wrote notes is the best!!

  14. avatar Rachel reply

    Go all she wrote notes!

  15. avatar Ana Linn Nifong reply

    Calligraphy by Carole is 100% the BEST calligrapher in the south!!

  16. avatar hope gresham reply

    Dodeline Design is amazing!

  17. avatar Lina reply

    Alex @ Prairie Letter Shop does extra-ordinary work.

  18. avatar tammy reply

    all she wrote notes!

  19. avatar Monica reply

    Rythmn Nation is awesome for a great party!!!

  20. avatar Jeremyadams reply

    As a fellow wedding band member aspire to have the professionalism dedication and musicianship that makes Sol Fusion spectacular.

  21. avatar Amy gardner reply

    Love So Fusion Band, they are excellent at what they do and they love what they do. Bringing smiles to all those around them

  22. avatar Casey O’Dell reply

    LOVE Allison R. Banks!!!

  23. avatar Brad reply

    Simply Irresistible is the best!

  24. avatar KKD reply

    I highly recommend the band, Rhythm Nation. They are amazing! Extremely talented band that tailor their performance to your needs.

  25. avatar Cary poarch reply

    OnSite is where its at!!

  26. avatar Ashlee reply

    Oh my goodness! What an honor for On-Site Productions to be a finalist in the Pineys from my favorite website! Thank y’all so much!

  27. avatar Joyce reply

    Go Sol Fusion……!

  28. avatar Jacquelyn McClain reply

    Voted for the best DJ WellDunn!

  29. avatar Shelby Coats reply

    All She Wrote Notes is the best!!

  30. avatar Tess reply

    Haleys designs are gorgeous!

  31. avatar Diane reply

    I love OnSite Productions
    So professional and caring and Friendly
    I loved everything about them when they did
    My daughters Wedding
    I highly recommend them

  32. avatar Jennifer Jarrett reply

    I love the designs Sara Heilwagen creates!

  33. avatar Jessica reply

    Love Prairie Letter Shop!

  34. avatar Carmen Brough reply

    DJ Well Dunn was terrific. I would definitely use him again.

  35. avatar Kristin Wooten reply

    Empress Stationary is a dream!

  36. avatar Halie Zettler reply

    #1 best band! They did not disappoint at my wedding! Great energy and performance! My guests could not stop talking about the awesome band Rhythm nation. I recommend them to my friends that are getting married this weekend!

  37. avatar Anita reply

    Holly is the best!!!

  38. avatar Marjory Badham reply

    Love Emily Banks’ work…she is amazing and truly one of a kind. One of the most professional women I know. Gives freely of her time and tells of others services…wonderful!!

  39. avatar Patrick nifong reply

    Carole is the best

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  41. avatar Debra Peddicord reply

    Simply Jessica Marie is the BEST!!!

  42. avatar Rosemary Stephens reply

    Rhythm Nation brings the party! Awesome performance and some of the best people you would ever want to work with! LOVE THEM!!!

  43. avatar Mary C reply

    Calligraphy by Carole is the BEST! She has many fonts to chose from; she is professional, personal, and she did a fantastic job for my daughter’s wedding. We were so pleased with our wedding invitations!

    Sol Fusion ROCKS! Guests are still talking about our daughter’s wedding 4 years later! We highly recommend them!

  44. avatar Melissa reply

    Great Choices!

  45. avatar Tammy Carpenter reply

    DJ Joe Bunn and his company are amazing! I literally got married in a hurricane and nothing could stop him. He rocked it!! I will always recommend him, and book him for any event that requires amazing music and a blast on the dance floor!

  46. avatar Michel Perales reply

    DJ WellDunn is the best DJ ever! He made our wedding so much fun!! We will definitely be using him for any event we do!

  47. avatar Heather allison reply

    On site productions Dj is great!

  48. avatar Wendy C reply

    The best of Southern lifestyle was represented. It was hard to choose!

  49. avatar Cullen Hall reply

    Kentucky pro DJ did an amazing job! They kept my wedding going strong and entertained us all night long. Couldn’t have imagined it any better!

  50. avatar Lisa Abbrecht reply

    Phunky Monkeys are incredible! They were the first vendor we booked and all the guests are still talking about them. They did an incredible second line after the ceremony and are just so talented, sounding like the original artists of the songs!

  51. avatar Dee Morton reply

    Love Carole’s Calligraphy. She has done work for our club.

  52. avatar Kaye Lambert reply

    Calligraphy by Carole is first class ~ always beautiful!

  53. avatar Jacquelyn McClain reply

    Go Brandon!

  54. avatar Bob Clair reply

    Bunn dj company has the best of everything. Just ask anybody.

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  56. avatar Bernadette reply

    sol fusion!!! Best!!!

  57. avatar Linda Boykin reply

    DJWelldunn is Awesome!

  58. avatar Mike Davis reply

    Love Souled Out!

  59. avatar Thomas reply

    Kypro dj are incredible they were a huge help in making our wedding a dream come true for my wife.

  60. avatar Barbara reply

    My son got married in Charlestown in February and Sol Fusion was the band they had..without a doubt they were the best band that I ever seen at any wedding.
    Everyone raved about them, they played for 3 1/2 hours without taking a break!
    It was an absolutely perfect wedding, the place, the food, the weather, the people and last but not least Sol Fusion!
    I highly recommend them..worth the money!

  61. avatar Amy reply

    DJ WellDunn is the best! Good luck!

  62. avatar Hillary reply

    I just love everything Maghon does with All She Wrote Notes. She is fantastic!

  63. avatar Frances Kemp reply

    Love OnSite Productions!

  64. avatar Lauren Vastano reply

    Jess is amazing! Love her creative design and chic style!

  65. avatar Jan reply

    HiNote is outstanding!

  66. avatar Darlene reply

    Love sol fusion

  67. avatar Frances Kemp reply

    OnSite……the BEST!

  68. avatar SoV Marks reply


  69. avatar SMarks reply

    Nice way to show appreciation..

  70. avatar Haley reply

    DJwelldunn is the best there is!

  71. avatar Sueticia hawkins reply

    KY Pro DJ all the way!!

  72. avatar Frances Kemp reply

    OnSite goes the extra mile to make your wedding or event very special!!!

  73. avatar Frances reply

    OnSite is awesome!

  74. avatar Frances Kemp reply

    I appreciate OnSite Productions so much! They make every wedding and event very special!

  75. avatar Sarah Kate reply

    Grace Calligraphy is the best!

  76. avatar Celeste Fautheree-Trim reply

    SouledOut is the best live band!! You won’t be disappointed

  77. avatar Melissa Monaghan reply

    Grace Calligraphy is beautiful!

  78. avatar Mary Josey reply

    The BEST band: Ruperts Orchestra from Atlanta

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  80. avatar Natasha reply

    Love Southern Weddings!!

  81. avatar Emily reply

    Our DJ Rocks is amazing!

  82. avatar Paige reply

    All she wrote notes is the absolute best!!

  83. avatar Jay reply

    Very exciting! Can’t wait to see the winners!

  84. avatar Frances reply

    You will be pleased with the DJ from OnSite. They are the best!

  85. avatar Gus F reply

    Gotta love and support amazing NC business-like AllShe Wrote Notes!

  86. avatar JaclynGibbs reply

    Love Dixie Paper

  87. avatar Susan goodlett reply

    Ky Pro DJ is AMAZING!!

  88. avatar Kristin reply

    Couldn’t have asked for a better DJ. Ryan at onsite productions was the best!

  89. avatar Juliana Hayden reply

    Great options!

  90. avatar Annie Tankersley reply

    We love Grace.

  91. avatar Tracy Walls reply

    DJ WellDunn is amazing!!! He knows how to throw a party!!! Absolutely the best there is!!!

  92. avatar Olivia C. Ambs reply

    Love Our DJ Rocks!

  93. avatar Joey Zimmerman reply

    Kristin and her DJ crewe are the best!

  94. avatar Brooke reply

    Dj welldun is awesome love him

  95. avatar Misty reply

    Voting for Kristin Hubbard with Our DJ Rocks :)

  96. avatar Bailey reply

    Our do rocks was truly amazing! It rained the whole day at our outdoor wedding but tabitha found a way to ensure we were happy and all our guest danced the night away!

  97. avatar Cecile Latimore reply

    I love Our DJs Rock!

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  99. avatar ann burdette reply

    Love dodelines original approach

  100. avatar Ashlie reply

    Our Dj rocks is amazing!!!

  101. avatar Aimee kilcrease reply

    Our DJ Rocks is THE BEST!

  102. avatar Chris Dejesus reply

    Our DJ rocks actually ROCKS!!!

  103. avatar Deborah Rogell reply

    Go Our Dj Rocks!

  104. avatar Roslyn Mckinstrie reply

    Honestly OUR DJ ROCKS will make your wedding what it’s Supposed to be UNFORGETTABLE!! Everything was exactly what I dreamed and they made our wedding personalized to us. Not some stuffy boring watching the clock to leave event. They really did it right. Tabitha Carroll Was Our DJ And brought the Party with her!!!

  105. avatar Rebekah green reply

    Love love love our dj rocks.

  106. avatar Danielle reply

    our dj rocks is freaking awesome. Kristen and her team do a wonderful job! Connecting with their clients, understanding them, and keeping the party going! I do NOT regret using them for my wedding.

  107. avatar Natalie reply

    I love our DJ rocks !! they made my wedding great !

  108. avatar Kevin Cox reply

    I have never seen a band as good or entertain as Al Paris and the Heartbreakers, don’t miss an opportunity to book them for any event including.

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  110. avatar Angela Green reply

    Looking forward to hearing who the winners are.

  111. avatar Tyler Burrows reply

    Love All She Wrote Notes!

  112. avatar Elaine Piotrowski reply

    Kristin, Our DJ Rocks, is so amazing. We searched and searched for the perfect DJ and when we met Kristin we knew she was the one! She made our wedding day, February 14, 2014, FABULOUS!

  113. avatar Fran reply

    OnSite Productions has the DJ for you!

  114. avatar ashley kroft reply

    Our DJ Rocks makes every experience so personal & fun! I’m super excited to use them for my Wedding in July!

  115. avatar Curtis Pulliam reply

    All Paris & The Heartbreakers

  116. avatar Tricia Carrick reply

    I have worked with Our DJ Rocks for several events and absolutely love them. I used them for my wedding and work gala and they do truly rock.

  117. avatar Karla Brown reply

    Our DJ Rocks is amazing!

  118. avatar Latina Dixon reply

    Way to go All She Wrote Notes!!!!

  119. avatar Shelby reply

    Loved sterling with Anydaydj!

  120. avatar Kristin reply

    Thank you Misty!!!!!!!!!!!!

  121. avatar Kristin reply

    Thank you Tricia!

  122. avatar Frances reply

    Best DJ……OnSite Productions!!!

  123. avatar Kristin reply

    Best DJ ever!! Got everyone on the dance floor and kept them there for the night… such a wonderful wedding. Thank you!!

  124. avatar Lindsay reply

    Our DJ rocks is by far the best company I’ve ever worked with

  125. avatar Rachael Hatfield reply

    Our DJ Rocks is the most fun, most personal, and best DJ!

  126. avatar Shelby wease reply

    Anyday DJ Rocks!! Thank you! Xoxo

  127. avatar Oh! Taylor reply

    I received an invitation via the creative calligrapher, MM Ink; and first impressions start with the invitation! It set the tone for this ROYAL WEDDING and totally reflected this radiant and royal couple!

  128. avatar Courtney reply

    Jimmy was our wedding DJ and he was the absolute best! We had no idea what we were doing with songs for all of our special dances or for reception music. We couldn’t have asked for anything better than what he delivered!

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  130. avatar steve smith reply

    Rythm Nation is awesome!

  131. avatar H Brown reply

    Carole is the best! Beautiful calligraphy, super accurate and beyond nice!

  132. avatar Jessie Armitage reply

    Ramsey, the owner, is the absolute BEST and this company is AMAZING.

  133. avatar Hilary McKinney reply

    Anyday DJ is the best!

  134. avatar Jessica reply

    Any Day Dj is the best!

  135. avatar Adrianne Fulford reply

    Best DJ in town!!

  136. avatar Chelsea smith reply

    Calligraphy by Carole completed our wedding invitation suite and I cannot say enough wonderful things about her (and our absolutely gorgeous wedding suite!) Both my Mom and I received so many compliments on our invitations! Not only is her calligraphy beautiful she is without a doubt one of the sweetest people! She was so friendly and easy to work with and also so quick! We had quite a few delays with the printing of the invitations and Carole calligraphied all 260 envelopes in less than three days for us!! She was without a doubt the sweetest vendor and I highly recommend her to everyone!

  137. avatar Kriss Bell reply

    Our DJ on May 20th, 2017 was awesome! Even in the monsoon! She put together a lot of really good dance music for our age group. (We are an older couple and just had family members at the wedding.) Everyone commented on the great music.

  138. avatar Kristen Hampton reply

    hinote was a dream to work with

  139. avatar Windsor reply

    Yay Paper Daisies! They made my wedding invites and we absolutely loved them!

  140. avatar Susan Graham reply

    It was truly a pleasure working with Erin @ Hinote to create the wedding suite for my son and his fiancée. She is very creative and talented. I highly recommend her!

  141. avatar Beth reply

    Our DJ really does rock. Their team had my wedding party dancing all night. So fun and easy to work with. I would hire them again in a heartbeat!

  142. avatar Katie Gibson-Harding reply

    Paper Daisies is awesome to work with!

  143. avatar Samantha Palmer reply

    Our DJ Rocks is AMAZING !!!!!:)

  144. avatar Chris reply

    Hi Note!!!

  145. avatar Courtney Lankford reply

    Love working with Erin at HiNote!

  146. avatar sheri reply

    Erin Palermo at HiNote crafted my daughters AMAZING wedding invitations. They turned out truly beautiful. We got so many compliments on how unique and well crafted they were. Erin took so much time with us and made sure the wedding invitations were perfect.
    My daughter is a graphic designer and the invitation was very important to her. HiNote blew us away with their ability to capture the essence of her wedding. HiNote gave us an individual experience like no other paper goods company I have ever worked with. We love HiNote and we think they are just AMAZEBALLS!

  147. avatar Mary Sutton reply

    Paper Daisies is an amazing company. The people who work there are a pleasure. I can’t stress strongly enough how much I recommend them!

  148. avatar Frances Kemp reply

    OnSite Productions will offer you the best DJ !!! They go the extra mile to make your wedding or event very special.

  149. avatar Sarah Tanko reply

    Moya is our calligrapher for our upcoming wedding on October 13 in Sea Island. We have sent out our save the dates and have gotten non stop positive feedback from all of our guests. I cannot wait to see the formal invites.Moya is beyond amazing and has the most beautiful work!

    We have also booked Sol fusion to perform for our wedding as well as our welcome party. We are SO excited. They have been super responsive and accommodating thus far, we cannot wait to experience them live!!

  150. avatar Katie Gibson-Harding reply

    Cant wait to see who the winners are!

  151. avatar Nikole Churchville reply

    OUR DJ ROCKS seriously ROCKS!! Kristin the Founder and Tabitha were so hands on, thoughtful, and there to make our wedding so memorable! I am so thankful they were apart of our special day – plus my husband just got back from deployment and they knew how special it was to have him home and for us to be getting married! I would hire them for every event!!

  152. avatar Jamie Abelson reply

    Brandon is awesome with children!

  153. avatar Jeremy reply

    Go DJ well dun

  154. avatar Renee reply

    Voting for ByFarr

  155. avatar Jackson King reply

    DJ WellDunn is the best around!

  156. avatar R Lucas reply

    Brandon Dunn with WellDunn Entertainment did the best job ever with our corporate event. We have booked him again this year.

  157. avatar lori croon reply

    Brandon is amazing!

  158. avatar Jennifer reply

    Empress Stationery is amazing!!

  159. avatar Nicole reply

    Yay AnyDayDJ!!

  160. avatar Kim Watson reply

    Definitely Bunn DJ

  161. avatar Jason C reply

    Bunn DJ Company rocks!

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  163. avatar Empress the best! reply

    Empress the best!

  164. avatar Mary Ann Godlewski reply

    Our DJ Tiger Pickens-Northwest FloridaDJ the best!!!

  165. avatar KenWashington reply

    DJ Welldunn is the best DJ

  166. avatar Viren Dial reply

    DJ WellDunn!!!!

  167. avatar Jackie McClain reply

    Go Brandon. You got this. It is in the bag. The winner is Brandon Dunn!

  168. avatar kate reply

    love Amy and the work she does for paper daisies!

  169. avatar Kristen reply

    Our DJ rocks is the best!!!

  170. avatar gaby reply

    good luck to everybody!

  171. avatar Lauren Poad reply

    Go Maghon!!

  172. avatar Todd reply

    Love All she wrote notes!!

  173. avatar Ann Booth reply

    All the choices were so awesome

  174. avatar Kristy Woodson Harvey reply

    Great Southern contest! So many talented people here. I love, love All She Wrote Notes!!

  175. avatar Jay Buchanan reply

    Dj Well Done!!!!

  176. avatar Rachael Plant reply

    Brandon was an amazing DJ. He was very intuitive of what quests wanted to hear and when. He really made the reception a party. He is courteous and attentive both while planning for the event and while DJing it.

  177. avatar Summer Barrouk reply

    Love MT! Her brand and her energy! Let’s go All She Wrote Notes

  178. avatar lora Napier reply

    KY DJ Pro is awesome.

  179. avatar Mike Miller reply

    On-Site Productions for the win! “NO” is absent from their vocabulary when it comes to making your wedding dreams come true. #HereToBeABlessing

  180. avatar Cindy reply

    Go rhythm nation!!!!!!!!! Best band in the business!

  181. avatar Rebekah reply

    All she wrote notes!

  182. avatar Nicki reply

    Love Deep Blue Entertainment!!

  183. avatar Weldon reply

    DJ Joe Bunn is amazing!

  184. avatar Lauryl reply

    So many great ones!

  185. avatar Fran reply

    The best DJ, do it the OnSite Productions way!!!!

  186. avatar Tonya Butler reply

    Love All She wrote notes

  187. avatar Kelli reply

    Love Any DJ! Ramsey is awesome!

  188. avatar Emily Bowman reply

    I would never trust anyone but AnyDay DJ with music for my event!

  189. avatar Carmen reply

    Best band Sol fusion

  190. avatar Amanda reply

    Anyday DJ is amazing. Great people! Love Ramsey!

  191. avatar scott truitt reply

    ByFarr is the best!!

  192. avatar Margean C reply

    Annabelle’s in Vestavia made shopping for wedding invitations and all paper goods an absolute pleasure.

  193. avatar Cherie league reply

    TJ well Dunn is a professional yet friendly DJ He plays the best current music

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  196. avatar Clark Jones reply

    Best DJ ever. I drove from PA to Alabama to be at my sister’s wedding and he did not disappoint. Wonderful. I teracti e with guests and made it an unforgettable evening.

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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

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The Piney’s: Barn or Farm

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The Piney’s: Plantation

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The Piney’s: Hotel or Ballroom

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The Piney’s: Garden

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*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!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Mary Douglass Smith reply

    Voted for Wavering Place! Such a gem in SC!

  2. avatar Shana Adams reply

    Thank you for doing this!!!!

  3. avatar Sherry butler reply

    Waverly place is so beautiful!

  4. avatar Rose Shiver reply

    Wavering Place!!!

  5. avatar Rose Shiver reply

    Congratulations to all of the nominees

  6. avatar Desi Fernandez reply

    You should consider adding the Lace House to the list of garden locations

    • avatar Emily reply

      Thanks for the suggestion, Desi! These finalists came from nominations from our readers, not our choices! :)

  7. avatar Rachel reply

    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!

  8. avatar Sarah Shell reply

    <3 Wavering Place!

  9. avatar Julisa reply

    Love the venues!

  10. avatar Melissa Vessechia reply

    Very beautiful venues!

  11. avatar Mac Mosier reply

    Wavering Place Plantation in South Carolina is outstanding.

  12. avatar Ponza Vaughan reply

    Wavering Place is the hear and soul of the South

  13. avatar Lola Dee Photography reply

    Such beautiful venues! It’s hard to pick! I love Wavering Place.

  14. avatar Leslie Ellison reply

    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!!

  15. avatar Morgan reply

    Wavering Place is like a dream it is so beautiful!

  16. avatar Zimri reply

    Beautiful venue choices

  17. avatar Leslie reply

    Love the barn venues

  18. avatar Jan reply

    Aldridge Gardens is beautiful.

  19. avatar Leslie reply

    i would love to visit all of these

  20. avatar Jc reply

    Might get married at any of these especially the ballrooms

  21. avatar Bernadette Callahan reply

    Beautiful places, and Bethesda is my favorite.

  22. avatar Tamyra Keller reply

    Good Luck Mary Ann and Tom

  23. avatar kendra reply

    Biltmore Estate is beautiful

  24. avatar Jamie w reply

    Thats so great for them all to have made it this far

  25. avatar Debbie Diaz reply

    The Biltmore Estate is beautiful!

  26. avatar Ashlee reply

    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!

  27. avatar Will reply

    Go Big Spring!

  28. avatar Becca Melton reply

    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!

  29. avatar Alli reply

    Big spring farm!!!

  30. avatar Sean Ankenbruck reply

    There are some great venues mentioned in this article!

  31. avatar whitney reply

    Cedarwood is the best! Timeless beauty and the staffs attention to detail is amazing.

  32. avatar Luanne ashlock reply

    Cypress Grove is an amazing magical place! My daughter’s wedding was perfect! Thank you Cara!

  33. avatar Laurie Summers reply

    Summerfield Farms is a little slice of Heaven right here in Summerfield

  34. avatar Larry Hicks reply

    The Parlour at Mann’s Chapel is a beautifully restored 1800’s church.

  35. avatar Cliff spencer reply

    Shady grove rocks

  36. avatar Debra reply

    Absolutely love THE BARN AT SHADY GROVE!

  37. avatar Diana Braun reply

    Love All Saints Chapel!!!!

  38. avatar Diana Braun reply

    Love All Saints Church in Raleigh, NC!

  39. avatar Gail Wiesner reply

    Beautiful places. Difficult choices!

  40. avatar Wendy Dutton reply

    J&D Farms is amazing!

  41. avatar Elaine Guthrie reply

    Summerfield Farms!

  42. avatar Regina reply

    The venues were so beautiful all of them.

  43. avatar Lynn Lester reply

    Cypress Grove is beautiful.

  44. avatar Kristine Schaffer reply

    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.

  45. avatar Catherine Cooper reply

    Whitfield Chapel- Bethesda Acadamey

  46. avatar Lyla Woodward reply

    The Duke Chapel is beautiful, but it gets plenty of publicity, whereas All Saints Chapel is just as beautiful, but not well known.

  47. avatar Jennifer Taber reply

    We love All Saints Chapel!

  48. avatar Robin reply

    Love The Parlour!

  49. avatar Melissa Rice reply

    All of these places are beautiful

  50. avatar Ann Stanford reply

    The Shady Grove Barn is beautiful inside and out!

  51. avatar Tambra Williams reply

    Spain Ranch rocks!

  52. avatar Donna Duvall reply

    Love Big spring farm!

  53. avatar Shannon reply

    all are such beautiful venues. it’s hard to choose just one!

  54. avatar Chelsea Pockman reply

    J&D Farms!

  55. avatar Becky pollock reply

    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!!

  56. avatar Becky pollock reply

    Cedarwood was hands down the best decision I ever made!! I’m ready to do it again this weekend!

  57. avatar Michaela Davis reply

    Beautiful venues

  58. avatar Stephanie Couch reply

    Summerfield Farms is my FAVORITE!

  59. avatar Mark Leggett reply

    Congratulations to all of the finalists!

  60. avatar Elizabeth Biber reply

    Love seaside!

  61. avatar Linda Wright reply

    We are so honored to be nominated for this prestigious list!

  62. avatar Joan Lee reply

    Beautiful venue run by beautiful people!

  63. avatar Alexandra reply

    The Roosevelt New Orleans

  64. avatar Ashley reply

    The Greenbrier is a beautiful place to get married!

  65. avatar jean reply

    Go Greenbrier Resort

  66. avatar Karen Stanfield reply

    We absolutely love catering at J&D Farms. The venue is breathtaking and Danny, Jana and Patrick are so wonderful to work with.

  67. avatar Roxana Hebert reply

    The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom is one of the most beautiful hotel ballrooms I have seen!

  68. avatar Kristen Barner reply

    Magnolia Plantation is the best!!! Always my favorite place to officiate!

  69. avatar Lia reply

    Seaside Chapel is so romantic!

  70. avatar Elise Bean reply

    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.

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  72. avatar Sol Moreno reply

    Magnolia is where we are getting married in October! We can not wait!!! Everything is so gorgeous!

  73. avatar Anita Heyd reply

    The Roosevelt Hotel ballrooms are beautiful.

  74. avatar David Smith reply

    Great selections of venues.

  75. avatar Jessica Allison reply

    Love WinMock and Rebecca and Laura are amazing at their work!

  76. avatar Staci Bridgewater reply

    Love J & D Farms! My daughter’s wedding is there this Saturday, 5.27.17!!!

  77. avatar Cathleen Camann reply

    All Saints Chapel

  78. avatar karli christman reply

    Summerfield is a gorgeous place to have a wedding or any special event

  79. avatar Nancy Bancroft Hiers reply

    My daughter was married at Whitfield Chapel in Savannah and it was gorgeous!

  80. avatar Alisha Harris reply

    I love The Barn at Shady Grove it’s so beautiful and elegant.

  81. avatar Allyson Hank reply

    They are all beautiful!!!

  82. avatar Sharon Van kemp reply

    Summerfield Farms is a gorgeous venue !

  83. avatar Tammy Knapp reply

    This is an amazing accomplishment.

  84. avatar Mattie reply

    All of the venues are beautiful

  85. avatar Loucrecia Hollingsworth reply

    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!

  86. avatar Vyonne reply

    Magnolia Plantation is perfection!

  87. avatar Jan Eldridge reply

    Lovely finalists!

  88. avatar Mari lindsay reply

    Love the Carolina Inn

  89. avatar Telissa Long reply

    The Barn at Shady grove definitely has my vote!

  90. avatar Suzanne reply

    Wavering Place Plantation- so beautiful!!

  91. avatar Paddy nyegard reply

    The Lang Farm is an amazing venue!
    The staff makes sure your wedding is “your” wedding ! Not some cookie cutter version

  92. avatar Caitlyn reply

    All Saints is wonderful. I got married there!!!

  93. avatar Debra reply

    J.D. Farms!!!

  94. avatar Kenna Covington reply

    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.

  95. avatar Shug Franks reply

    Love Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for the perfect wedding. Words cannot express the beauty and the concept of the peacefulness.

  96. avatar Holley skaggs reply

    Love J&D Farms! Beautiful place

  97. avatar Jill reply

    Magnolia Plantation and Gardens…the best anytime of the year!

  98. avatar Mary Kate reply

    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!

  99. avatar Candice reply

    Adaumont Farms I live close to and pic do ant do it justice. The entire property and barn not pictured are just beautiful

  100. avatar The Barn at Shady Lane reply

    We love this contest and we are honored to be a finalist! Thanks!

  101. avatar Jim Rohan reply

    The Greenbrier is an incredible wedding site.

  102. avatar Tracy Boyd reply

    Love Proximity Hotel

  103. avatar michael hwang reply

    All Saints was simply the only choice for our wedding.

  104. avatar Linda Wickersham reply

    Look forward to the results?

  105. avatar Donna Duvall reply

    Love how Big Spring Farm sits in the middle of the beautiful mountains with the little lake and beautiful views!

  106. avatar Meagan reply

    Loved all these vendors… it was near impossible to choose just one!

  107. avatar Taylor Triana reply

    We love the Roosevelt! An incredible venue.

  108. avatar Jaclyn Gibbs reply

    Beautiful wedding spots!

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  110. avatar Sarah reply

    Go Nottoway! It’s absolutely the best venue out there..?

  111. avatar Donna Beamer reply

    All are beautiful and deserving.

  112. avatar Sidney reply

    Middleton Place the best

  113. avatar Joan Shortino reply

    All of the entrants are beautiful but Middleton Place is breath taking.

  114. avatar Jennifer Rhodes reply

    Great places

  115. avatar Gina Carter reply

    Summerfield Farms ROCKS!

  116. avatar karli christman reply

    Summerfield farms is the most beautiful farm venue ever.

  117. avatar Stephanie reply

    Great venues!

  118. avatar Shelby McDaniel reply

    Getting married at Middleton Place, on butterfly lakes February 17, 2018! :)

  119. avatar Karla Palomo reply

    I love summerfield farms for the diversity of their venue. It’s gorgeous, anytime of the year!

  120. avatar Jesse Rodriguez reply

    Been to 3 weddings at Montage. BEAUTIFUL CHAPEL!

  121. avatar Emily Cohn Smith reply

    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!

  122. avatar Mary reply

    Adaumont is exceptional!

  123. avatar Jackie Arthur reply

    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.

  124. avatar kelli reply

    Montage Palmetto Bluff has the best venues!!!!

  125. avatar Emma Nunn reply

    Such hard decisions! All so beautiful.

  126. avatar Lauren reply

    All choices were idyllic, very hard to pick favorites!

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  128. avatar Stephanie Robinson reply

    All are breathtaking.

  129. avatar Robin reply

    Enjoyed. Looking at all of the beautiful Wedding Venues!!!!

  130. avatar Karli Christman reply

    i love summerfield farms

  131. avatar Connie Vinson reply

    We love Summerfield Farms

  132. avatar [email protected] reply

    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

  133. avatar Heidi Bolden reply

    beautiful venues

  134. avatar walker sanders reply

    Summerfield Farms is the best in the State and likely SE.

  135. avatar paula hunter reply

    I am THRILLED that The Merrimon-Wynne House has been nominated!

  136. avatar Amber allen reply

    Bridle Oaks Bar. In Deland, FL is absolutely breathtaking. Please look into it.

  137. avatar Courtney Kirchmann reply

    I loved our wedding at Merrimon-Wynne!!!

  138. avatar Emily reply

    Merrimon- Wynne!!

  139. avatar NINA TIE reply

    I am having my wedding at Merrimon-Wynne and I’m so excited about it!

  140. avatar Rachel reply

    Rose Hill Mansion is beautiful!

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  142. avatar Shirley reply

    Pippin Hill has the best views and location for a wedding!

  143. avatar Kaylah McKinley reply

    We are getting married there this November 4th! So excited! Good luck!

  144. avatar Lauren S reply

    Hi! What time does voting end tomorrow? Thanks :)

  145. avatar HOLLY reply

    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!

  146. avatar Roxana Hebert reply

    The Waldorf Astoria Ballroom at the Roosevelt Hotel is my favorite!

  147. avatar Pam C reply

    I love Summerfield Farms!

  148. avatar Brie reply

    Summerfield farms is a dream!!!

  149. avatar Bryan Tice reply

    Beautiful venues!!

  150. avatar Diane Adams reply

    Holly with Barn at Summerfield Farm is wonderful to work with for any occasion!

  151. avatar Paula J Stober reply

    Summerfield Farms is a beautiful place

  152. avatar Lily reply

    Beautiful Venues!

  153. avatar Brittnie reply

    Lovely wedding venues ! They are all

  154. avatar Jessica S. reply

    So many memories in many of these places. This is a great line up!

  155. avatar nicole orie reply

    Love what you do! The Biltmore Estate is beautiful!

  156. avatar Liliana castille reply

    Nottoway makes your dream wedding come true!

  157. avatar Chelsea engel reply

    Nottoway is so beautiful!

  158. avatar Laurie Summers reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Summerfield Farms Barns

  159. avatar Alene Awerbach reply

    Adaumont farm is my favorite

  160. avatar Erin Fuller reply

    Love Magnolia Plantation????

  161. avatar Robert conkey reply

    I love big spring farm

  162. avatar Kellie Jo Bell reply

    The Biltmore. Such a beautiful place with wonderful wedding planner such as Meredith Hearld

  163. avatar Lisa Gregory reply

    J&D is beautiful!

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  165. avatar Traci reply

    The Biltmore

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