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Sending out a call for the ultimate Southern anything reminds me of just how many goodies we take pride in in the South. For example, we’ve gone a whole week without featuring a sweet tea concept, and it’s difficult to get more Southern than that! Luckily, Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper is here to set us straight with her adorable escort cards. Thanks also to After Yes for planning the display, and Sarah Kate, Photographer, for the lovely images!

From Chelsea:

“What’s more Southern than sweet tea?! We crafted small paper envelopes of tea with names and table assignments on the front of each. After guests find their name, they can sip a big glass of Southern sweet tea as they find their seat!”

Thanks so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Raine reply

    LOVE this! such a sweet idea!

  2. avatar Erin reply

    What a cute idea! I like the inclusion of a pre-dinner drink, too! A little “self-serve,” interactive escort card!

  3. avatar Shelby reply

    Love the sweet peach tea! Makes me thirsty for some right now…

  4. avatar Corinne reply

    Absolutely LOVE this idea! What a cute way to display the names and the tea at the same time!!

  5. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Southern Fried Paper makes the cutest stuff!!!

  6. avatar Juliana reply

    Love! love love! I could go for a glass right now!

  7. avatar Sara reply

    I love love love this idea! It almost makes me want to reconsider our buffet dinner without assigned seats, so I can use escort cards

  8. avatar Amanda reply

    So cute! I love the straws and the fresh sliced apples!

  9. avatar Susie reply

    Such a clever and creative way to use the namecards!

  10. avatar Julia reply

    What a darling idea and beautiful presentation!

  11. avatar Susie reply

    Great idea! I love that it’s not just a plain ‘ole name card … and who doesn’t love sweet tea!?

  12. avatar Wendy reply

    Love these! Chelsey is so talented!

  13. avatar Raelee Merrill reply

    This one definitely gets my vote!

  14. avatar Catie Ronquillo reply

    LOVE what Southern Fried Paper & After Yes have put together. Love me some Southern Sweet Tea :)

  15. avatar Angela Rollins reply

    They are great and their invites are amazing!

  16. avatar Mark reply

    What a great idea! Just another example of the extraordinary work that Southern Fried Paper does.

  17. avatar Luke reply

    Really nice, like the southern style!

  18. avatar Debbie Parker reply

    Chelsea from Southern Fried Paper!!

  19. avatar Shelley reply

    can’t get any more southern than that! Darling!

  20. avatar Lauren reply

    Oh my gosh!! This is adorable!

  21. avatar MLH reply

    I love me some Southern Fried Paper!

  22. avatar Brad reply

    What a nifty idea! You would’t soon forget the wedding you attended with sweat tea escort cards!

  23. avatar mitchell reply

    great set up reminds me of back home… classic southern weddings!

  24. avatar Mitchell reply

    Great set up… classic southern wedding!

  25. avatar Gary P reply

    Nice, very niiiiice! Very talented.

  26. avatar Beth reply

    What a great idea!!

  27. avatar Rita reply

    OH… this idea! Loving me some peach tea and wanting some right now!!!

  28. avatar Jim reply

    What an awesome idea! I got married this summer and I wish we would have seen this before hand..would have fit right in our reception.

  29. avatar Stephanie reply

    Southern fried paper makes the cutest things. I have ordered from them a couple of times and LOVE their work everytime!

  30. avatar Stephanie reply

    I have ordered from Southern Fried Paper different items for my wedding. I loved everything they did and will continue to order from them!

  31. avatar Hickman reply

    Awesome looking invitations. Would be more than happy to have this at my wedding.

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  33. avatar Jay reply

    Brilliant Idea, looks great!

  34. avatar Billy reply

    What a fresh and creative new idea using an old Southern theme!

  35. avatar Nolan reply

    What a creative idea! Unique and full of personality and creativity, but still functional. Love it.

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  37. avatar Beckie reply

    Great idea, beautifully put together. Who doesn’t love sweet tea? I’m using this entire setting when I plan my wedding. After Yes, we’ll be in touch!

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  39. avatar Sharon reply

    Love this idea! I’ll be DIYing this soon!!

  40. avatar Debbi reply

    Love the bow times. Bow ties are in style again. My husband wears them all the time!

  41. avatar Darby reply

    I don’t think you can get more southern than this! Great job Southern Fried Paper!

  42. avatar Sharon reply

    I think this is the ultimate southern idea. Creative, homey, casual yet elegant. The epitome of southern style. I vote for Sweet Tea.

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  44. avatar Laurien reply

    I cannot tell you how much I wish I was a Southerner!! Alas, I am from New Zealand and fell in love with your blog a little while ago : ) Is there any way you can send me a recipe for good sweet tea? It looks SO yummy but every time I’ve tried to make it I fail miserably…

    • avatar Brittany reply

      Laurien: Hi Laurien! I am from Australia, and my mum is a Kiwi! she lived in the deep South for about 6 years as a young lass (and was legally adopted by a Southern family) and so consequently I have grown up with alot of Southern traditions, cooking, stories and memories! I feel a kinship, and so consequently I am going to have a few select Southern touches at my wedding in March. Sweet Tea will be one of them!

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Up next in our Southern escort card challenge we have a collaboration from Cyn Kain Photography and Erin McLean Events! Like our entrant this morning, Cyn and Erin’s idea involves a version for men and a version for women, and it couldn’t be cuter.

From Erin and Cyn:

“We spent some time thinking of ideas for this contest. We wanted ours to be different. We’ve seen peaches, coke bottles and mason jars all used before. We were working on a styled shoot together for an engaged couple and were planning on incorporating s’mores. Then it hit us…how cute would s’mores be! While these wouldn’t be the traditional escort card, they would be fun, unique and practical, which all brides are looking for today. In lieu of spending money on plain ole’ cards or even favors, these could double as both. To put a little Southern twist on our concept, we put bow ties on the bags for the gentleman and used bits of pearls and lace for the ladies. How perfect would these be with a little letter pressed circle designating each guest’s name and table number? What better way to end a wedding than by a fire pit making s’mores with your love!”

Erin and Cyn also put together some simple DIY instructions for those who’d like to tackle this project!

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar debra reply

    so yummy! love this idea.

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    This is adorable! I’ve always thought a s’mores kit would make an adorable favor, but I never thought of them as escort cards! Love the Southern touches too :)

  3. avatar Lindsay reply

    That’s adorable and so unique!! What a great idea!

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  5. avatar Victoria Derrick reply

    I’m loving these!

  6. avatar Cara reply

    What an original idea! And who doesn’t love S’mores? For brides on budgets, this is a simple DIY which still looks elegant!

  7. avatar Laura reply

    What a cute idea. Love it. Making smores is so much fun too.

  8. avatar Lauren reply

    Love it!!

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It’s my turn to take the helm of our Ask the Experts column, and today I’ll be answering three questions from three lovely readers!

First up is Allie, who wrote:

“I absolutely loved your blog post on cowboy boots! I am from Indiana and am getting married this October on an old historic farm. So my question is what do you or your readers think of using hay bales as seating for the ceremony? It will be taking place on the front lawn of the old farm house with the reception in the barn. We are trying to keep things very rustic and casual.”

Image credits, from top to bottom: Love Me Do Photography via Green Wedding Shoes, Tec Petaja, and W. Scott Chester via Southern Weddings

Allie, we are all for using hay bales as seating — how perfect for the farm fresh wedding you’re planning! There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind:

— Nice hay bales can actually be expensive (they are food, after all!), so I’d inquire with a local horse farm to see whether they’d be willing to lend you a few bales for the day rather than buying them. You might have to pay a bit more to have the farmer cart the bales to your site and then haul them away afterward, but I’d say that would be money well spent.
— Hay is stiff and itchy, and can be uncomfortable to sit on. To ensure guest comfort, I’d recommend accessorizing the bales with quilts or blankets (something with some heft). You can go super casual and simply drape the fabric, or tie it off at each end for a more polished look. We’ve also seen long boards laid across the tops of bales, which might not be the most comfortable option for a long ceremony or reception, but would cut down on poking hay.
— Keep in mind that some of your guests might either be allergic to hay, or have back problems. It would be a nice gesture to offer some alternative seating — a folding chair or two at the end of each row should do the trick.

Readers, if you’ve been to a wedding with hay bale seating, we’d love to hear about it in the comments! How did it go?

Our next question comes from Robin. She writes:

“Hi ladies! I love the website and have been using it constantly while planning my wedding. Something that has been on my mind lately is escort cards. Should I do one per couple or one per guest, and do I need to do them for the wedding party, as well?”

Image credit: Cooper Carras Photography

Hi, Robin! In my opinion, you can absolutely use one escort card per couple! Not a problem at all. Whether you do cards for the wedding party is up to you, but I would say that you should — I’m sure your guys and girls will be able to figure out that they’re supposed to be up front, but adding in a few extra cards for them requires minimal work and expense on your part and could cut down on questions and confusion at the reception! Plus, some people (most likely the girls!) like to save things like escort cards as a souvenir, particularly if they have their name written out in beautiful calligraphy.

Our last question comes from Erin, who writes:

“I was wondering if there are any current traditions on the first homemade meal a bride makes for her new groom? This may seem a little old school, but I LOVE to cook–and despite how much my fiance likes to cook, I have been widely known to go Betty Draper on him, kicking him out of the kitchen, giving him a beer, and telling him to watch everything he’s missed on the DVR. Anyway, I’m getting courthouse married in just under three weeks, before the fiance deploys, but we’re having a ceremony/reception in September 2012 as well. I was wondering if anyone had ideas, tips, or “been-there, done-that” stories about the first homemade meals they’ve made for their new husbands so I can get pointed in the right direction for my less-than-three-weeks-away wedding!”

Image credit: Smitten Kitchen, a veritable treasure trove of delicious recipes!

Readers, I’ll largely leave this one up to you! What’s your favorite meal or dessert to enjoy with your hubby or fiance? Leave a link or comment below! I have to admit that I don’t do much of the cooking in my house — John loves to cook, so I simply get to enjoy most of the time! I will say that my favorite meal he makes is Giada de Laurentis’ Chicken Piccata with Jacques Pepin’s green beans. How about y’all — any advice for Miss Erin?

That’s it for this week’s installment of Ask the Expert! As always, feel free to email your editors a question at any time.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Erin reply

    Yay my question was featured! Yeah, I’m not sure WHAT to make the fiance–and now the courthouse wedding is in one week! Eek!

    • avatar Sydney Dawn reply

      Have you thought about asking his mom or grandma what his favorite dish is? They might can give you some ideas. Or, you can always try something new and start a tradition between the two of you that you always cook on y’alls anniversary. Test it out on your girls a few nights before and even If it doesn’t turn out perfect, who cares? Something y’all can laugh about in the future… :)


    • avatar Emily reply

      Sydney, what fantastic suggestions! I love the idea of asking his parents for a favorite, or even trying something new and making it a tradition! Thanks so much for chiming in!

    • avatar Erin reply

      Sydney Dawn: Thanks so much for the response! I guess this question really stemmed from my dad’s sourthern traditions–every New Year’s we have to have ham and black eyed peas for good luck. I just thought there might be something for a wedding, too!

  2. avatar Allie reply

    Love the ideas! Thank you so much for the help! We had planned on either borrowing quilts [my mom is a quilter] or having her help to make some runners to cover them. The first image is beautiful! Would love to hear others experiences as a guest if there are any!

    Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  3. avatar Melissa W reply

    I would definitely go with a meal that has some sentiment behind it. Maybe one of your first meals together. If it was at a restaurant, you can google the recipe and put your own twist on it. Congratulations and good luck on your meal:)

  4. avatar Julie Blanner reply

    I designed a wedding with hay bales and unfortunately, there were several guests who appeared uncomfortable with their allergies. Be prepared and have allergy medication on hand.

    • avatar Morgan reply

      Julie Blanner: Unfortunately I would be one of those guests as well :( I absolutely love the idea of using hay/straw, but my allergies simply couldn’t take it. I went to a wedding last summer that used hay bales for seating and had to leave. And this was even with the bales completely covered in quilts. And I was one of several.

      It’s such a cute idea, but a lot of people have allergies. It’s the same concept as not adding nuts to a lot of your food out of concern for those who might be allergic.

  5. avatar Stephanie reply

    How adorable is the hay-bale seating idea?! Here is a suggestion though (I show horses for a living!) Use STRAW, not hay…
    First of all, it will be cheaper (it isn’t food, it is used as bedding for stalls).
    Second of all, it is much prettier (think bright yellow, not brown/green, like hay is).
    Third, it is more compact, so you are less likely to have bales fall apart on you.
    Fourth, they are less likely to cause allergies.
    Hope that helps!!

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