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It seems like spring is finally on its way to North Carolina and we couldn’t be more thrilled! While we can appreciate a snow day or two, there’s no question that long, sunny days are generally a Southerner’s happy place, and we can’t wait to pull out our Jack Rogers and Lilly Pulitzer and welcome spring. Don’t forget to change your clocks tomorrow, and enjoy that extra hour of evening sunlight!

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From Emily + Josh, by Amanda K

In case you missed it this week…

In Ask SW, we answered the question of when to start wedding dress shopping.
Our Blue Ribbon Vendor friend, Tamara, shared her favorite thing about marriage in Sweet Tea Sunday.
Get to know Twirl, an adorable bridal salon in Lexington!

As seen in V7, Emily and Josh were inspired by nature and their love story for their Tennessee wedding.
Kelly and Barrett love Charleston, so it was a natural choice for their chic, black tie wedding.
Gabrielle and Dustin were smitten with their rustic Texas Hill Country venue.
Jess and Aaron included sweet details in honor of their favorite things at their Virginia wedding.
Shannon and Andrew‘s wedding is lovely proof that the classics are sometimes best!

More weekend reading:
Our top ten tips for working with your wedding photographer.
Don’t miss the “before” of our office renovation!
Spring is the perfect season to whip up a traditional Southern hummingbird cake.

Sponsor Corner

Birmingham brides, take note! Tomorrow (March 8), Brides Against Breast Cancer is hosting a trunk sale at the Hyatt-Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel! Not only will you be able to shop for designer gowns at an amazing discount (prices range from $75-1800, with the average gown costing $600), the proceeds from your gown will go toward programs for cancer patients and their families. Weddings are expensive, and it would be so rewarding to know that this expense would be benefitting a wonderful cause! To be one of the first to see the gowns, sign up for the VIP event, which runs from 11-2, and includes snacks, beverages, and giveaways. General admission begins at 2. For more information and to purchase tickets ($20 for the VIP event, $5 for general admission), visit the Brides Against Breast Cancer website.

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

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up

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Happy Thanksgiving weekend, friends! We hope you are enjoying lots of quality family time and plenty of leftovers today–we certainly are! If you’re also taking advantage of this weekend’s sales and checking a few names off of your Christmas list, be sure to stop by the Southern Weddings Shop for 20% off of all prints, and free domestic shipping on everything–including V7, the new Southern Weddings Planner, and the Sweet Tees! It’s the perfect time to stock up on gifts for your favorite brides-to-be, and maybe pick up a few things for your newlywed home, too. All orders (except for orders including the Planner, which is a preorder for a little while longer) will ship and emails will be returned on Monday when we are back in the office!

Jodi Miller Photography

In case you missed it this week…

We had so much fun taking our V7 team photos!
Plans, favorite traditions, and can’t-miss Thanksgiving foods from the SW gals.
We created a holiday doin’s list, perfect for engaged couples and newlyweds!
Say howdy to some of our newest Blue Ribbon Vendors.

Brianna and Neal fulfilled one of her childhood dreams by tying the knot in Charleston.
Alex and Andrew‘s Louisiana wedding was a beautiful reflection of their personalities and love story.
Emily and Vance embraced the opportunity to “put their own funky stamp” on their wedding, and the result was so much fun!

Have a wonderful weekend!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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Found on everything from family Bibles to signet rings, handkerchiefs to dress labels, the monogram is perhaps the most beloved and widespread tradition in the South. Monogrammed pieces are passed down through generations as a reminder of those who vowed their love before us, and the rows of monograms on an heirloom are an amazing encouragement to a bride just starting out on the marriage journey. However, the etiquette of which monogram to use when and where in your wedding can be particularly tricky, so we thought we’d revisit this topic and share a bit of what we’ve learned over the years!

From Farris + Taylor‘s wedding (photographed by Kristyn Hogan)

First of all, let’s define maiden monogram and married/joint monogram. A maiden monogram features your first initial on the left, middle initial on the right, and initial of your maiden name slightly larger in the middle (for example, my full name is Lisa Janel Olson, so my maiden monogram is LOJ). A married, or joint, monogram features the initial of the wife’s first name on the left, the initial of the husband’s first name on the right, and the initial of the couple’s married surname slightly larger in the middle (for my fiancé, David Kirk, and I, our future married monogram is LKD). Most etiquette books now suggest the order we have here, but in the past, the husband’s first initial was placed on the left because it was believed that his first and surname initials should not be separated.

Before the wedding: For anything you’re going to wear, such as a monogrammed robe, dress patch, clutch, or bouquet wrap, use your maiden monogram. For wedding details that are used before you say “I do,” such as save the dates, invitations, and ceremony programs, you can use your first initials joined by an ampersand with the bride’s first initial listed first (for Dave and me, this would be L&D). In general, a married monogram should not be used before the couple is officially married.

Clockwise from top left: Marenda + Jonathan (Anna K), Cameron + Evan (Virgil Bunao), Alyson + Brian (Leigh Webber), Eddie + Jordan (Harwell Photography), Angelica + Colby (Jake Holt), Celie + Shane (Sweet Tea Photography)

During the wedding: We love the idea of debuting your married monogram at your reception! It would be perfectly appropriate illuminated on your dance floor, iced onto your wedding cake, calligraphed on menus, or printed on your favor bags, to name a few. As an added bonus, if you don’t include your wedding date, some leftover monogrammed items (like cocktail napkins!) can be used long after your wedding day in your newlywed home.

Clockwise from top left: Blair + Brian (Justin DeMutiis), April + Nick (Pasha Belman), Kristin + Kyle (Martha Manning), Sarah + Nick (Pure 7 Studios), Sarah + Gabe (Ashley Seawell), Emily + Cole (Sposa Bella), Sarah + Gabe (Ashley Seawell), Claire + Michael (Watson Studios)

After the wedding: The exception to avoiding your married monogram until after the wedding is when registering for monogrammed items, since you’ll be using your registry gifts once you are married. Many stores offer monogramming on anything from candlesticks to cutlery, and in turn, these pieces may become heirlooms for future generations to cherish as much as you do!

For even more information about monograms, take a look at this past post, complete with a handy monogram guide, and find lots more monogram inspiration on our Pinterest board. Of course, if there’s anything we missed, chime in in the comments section!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Bumby G reply

    I just love all the monogramming. Especially those purses. :)

  2. avatar Kat reply

    Love this post!!! Monograms & weddings go hand in hand :)

  3. avatar Mackenzie reply

    Love this post! I am thrilled to slap a monogram on anything that will stop moving long enough for me to do so. I do have a quick question, though. What are y’alls thoughts on a monogrammed aisle runner? Maiden monogram or married?

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thanks, Mackenzie! That’s a tough one–we think the most appropriate option would be your first (or last) initials joined by an ampersand, or a 2-letter monogram as shown in this post: /2012/09/19/monogram-etiquette-from-emma-j-design/ Hope that helps!

    • avatar Britt reply

      Love this!
      What about on the morning of the wedding on the wedding dress hangers?
      I see a lot of girls and on Etsy use Mrs. (Who they are getting married to). Should I use my Soon to be Last Name or my Maiden Name?

  4. avatar michele reply

    My wedding invitation monogram template only allows for 1 letter. Now what? help

  5. avatar Nursery Rhymes reply

    […] Daddy’s setting up the nursery donning goodies from our baby shower over the weekend… We just LOVE these monogrammed burp cloths from Auntie Lyndy ~ so Southern […]

  6. avatar Andrina T reply

    Help! I am embroidering a handkerchief as a wedding gift and am stumped on the monogram. Should I just use the bride’s first initial? Bride and groom first initials (in opposite corners)? Or maybe just her new last name initial, in case it gets passed down as an heirloom? Thanks!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Andrina! So fun! I think either the bride’s first initial or just her new last initial would be great. Don’t worry too much about what others will think if it’s passed down – I think part of the reason people love heirlooms is not because they have the right initial for them, but because the details remind them of dear family members!

  7. avatar Brenda reply

    I bought a bible for a wedding gift and I need to know on the page where it says presented to , do I put the brides name first or the grooms ?
    Thank you

  8. avatar Judy reply

    Monogram for bride’s bouquet …new or old? What about changing the ribbon on bouquet after the ceremony for photos from old to new? Thank you for suggestions.

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