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One challenge I faced when planning my wedding was that I wanted to know ALL my options before making a decision–every bridesmaid dress, every napkin color, and so on and so forth. There are countless places out there that carry wedding details and decor, but clicking through pages and pages of products is enough to make any bride’s head spin! We love sharing our favorite sources with y’all in the hopes that it’ll help you find the item you’re looking for quickly and check it off your list, freeing up time for you to shut your laptop and go hang out with your beau. With that in mind, if “find a cake topper/ring bearer pillow/getting ready outfit/chair sign” is currently looming on the top of your list, we’re delighted to introduce you to the Emily Steffen Shop!

As a wedding photographer by day, Emily is certainly no stranger to the heart and thought brides pour into planning for their big days. From her whimsical selection of celebratory cake toppers to her custom state-shaped ring pillows (which you may have spotted in Southern Weddings V7!), each product was designed and created by hand with brides in mind, and the goal of putting smiles on their faces. It would be hard not to smile unwrapping one of these sweet packages, don’t you think?

We strongly believe that a wedding is only the beginning of the good stuff: marriage. Because of this, we love when wedding details can be thoughtfully reused or incorporated into your newlywed life and/or home decor–it’s a great way to get more bang for your buck when choosing details, as well as a sweet way to remember your special day daily. Emily shares our heart for marriage, so she ensures that all of the products in her shop can be easily incorporated into post-wedding life. Can’t you picture wearing that cute “Happy Day” tank to the farmer’s market or the gym, or topping a birthday cake with a glittery “Hooray” topper? So fun!

We’re thrilled that Emily has sweetly offered to give one product of the winner’s choice away to one lucky SW reader! To enter, visit the Emily Steffen Shop and then leave a comment to let us know which item you would choose. A winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, June 23. Good luck!

This post is brought to you by Emily Steffen Shop – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Lindy reply

    Cute! I think I’d choose the “YAY” cake topper! You could even reuse that after your wedding for special occasions… birthdays, celebrating promotions at work, anniversaries, or just to brighten a typical Tuesday!

  2. avatar Amanda reply

    I would LOVE the OH YAY tank :)

  3. avatar Kari reply

    How adorable is the Mr. & Mrs. Cake Topper? Absolutely love it! Would be perfect for my South Georgia wedding in September!

  4. avatar Nicki reply

    Definitely the ‘today is the best day ever’ shirt!

  5. avatar Erika reply

    I love everything but the MR and MRS cake topper would fit perfectly in our wedding!

    • avatar Jessica reply

      Gold +Sparkly + Beautiful Script = can’t go wrong! love this Mr. and Mrs. Cake Topper!

  6. avatar Kaitlin reply

    Love love love the Mr. & Mrs. Cake Topper!!! I’ve been eyeing this piece for months now and think it would be the perfect fit for our classic navy & gold wedding in October.

  7. avatar Tara F reply

    The Mr. & Mrs. Chair signs!!!!

  8. avatar Lindsey Schuler reply

    IN LOVE with the “Mr. & Mrs.” cake topper! Would add the perfect touch to my wedding cake!

  9. avatar Carolyn reply

    I would probably choose the Mr. And Mrs. Chair signs, but all of her stuff looks adorable!!

  10. avatar Jessica reply

    I love the celebrate cake topper! So adorable!

  11. avatar Nicole reply

    The Mr. And Mrs. cake topper and Best Day Ever tank are definitely a toss up! Cutest items! Can’t wait to order a couple regardless!

  12. avatar Laura Caroline reply

    I would choose the Best Day Ever tank!

  13. avatar Ashley Teague reply

    The Hooray Cake Topper would be the perfect piece for #HoorayHolman this September! What a great shop thanks for sharing!!

  14. avatar Ashley Teague reply

    The gold Hooray cake topper would be perfect for our HoorayHolman wedding in September! Thanks for sharing this great shop!!

  15. avatar Jenni reply

    The “Today is the Best Day Ever” tank would be so sweet in all the getting ready photos! It would definitely keep me happy throughout the day reminding me not to stress about the little things that will inevitably go wrong!

  16. avatar Sarah Watson reply

    Cake topper!! :)

  17. avatar Heather Trandel reply

    Oh my! What a cute shop! I can’t decide between the Happy Day white Tee or the “Today is the Best Day Ever” Gray and White striped tank… Probably the tank since that is the “theme” of our wedding. It’s on the invitations, the cake topper, our welcome bags… all over! I’m so excited to be his Mrs! :)

  18. avatar Samantha James reply

    Love the happy day tank in navy! So cute! :)

  19. avatar Carley reply

    We always say “oh happy day” in our family. The Happy Day cake topper would be a joyful addition to our wedding day!

  20. avatar Heather Trandel reply

    What a cute shop! As much as I love the Happy Day tee, I’d have to choose the gray and white striped “This is the Best Day Ever” tank since that is basically the theme of our wedding! I can’t wait to become his Mrs.!

  21. avatar Meredith Brown reply

    Today is the best day ever racerback tank in grey and white stripes. Small

  22. avatar Caylee reply

    I would definitely choose the “Mr and Mrs” wedding topper! It would look perfect for our blush and gold farm wedding!

  23. avatar Amanda Purser reply

    I love the FL state ring bearer pillow! So cute and could be reused in a ton of ways!

  24. avatar Jesika reply

    I LOVE the chair signs! Especially in the Champagne Glitter – it goes perfect with out “Pop Fizz Clink” wedding theme.

  25. avatar Becky reply

    The “today is the best day ever” tank would be perfect to get ready in! I just love it!!!

  26. avatar Kathleen reply

    I would choose either the “Today is perfectly wonderful racerback tank” or “Today is the best day ever racerback tank”

  27. avatar Katelyn reply

    I would love the MR and MRS cake topper!

  28. avatar Rebecca reply

    I just love the “I am super duper loved” tank! Would make for super cute photos :).

  29. avatar Dana reply

    Thanks for introducing me to her website! So many adorable things!! While I see like 15 things that in love, the stunning gold “Mr” and “Mrs” chair signs would be beautiful at my wedding this fall!! I would definitely chose that!

  30. avatar Bailey reply

    The ring pillow is so cute! I would love a Kentucky shaped one in blush.

  31. avatar kate belgum reply

    The Mr. and Mrs. cake topper is adorable!

  32. avatar Alyssa reply

    I would choose the ring pillow in the shape of California! My fiancé is from South Carolina and I’m from California; we are having a southern wedding in SC next year but I would love to have touches honoring both our home states!

  33. avatar Emily reply

    I am in love with the Happy Day shirt!

  34. avatar Caitlin reply

    I would definitely pick the ring pillow! I still have it saved/marked in my copy of V7 for our wedding next year!

  35. avatar Ty reply

    The Mr. & Mrs. signs are pretty tough to beat! I love the modern twist on calligraphy.

  36. avatar megan w. reply

    I’m loving the “you and I are better together” tee! :)

  37. avatar Thi Tran reply

    I would love to have the Mrs and Mrs. Cake topper! Love this site!

  38. avatar Kelley reply

    I love the Hooray cake topper!

  39. avatar Lesley reply

    I would choose the “You and I are better together” grey striped tank. So cute and perfect to wear this summer!

  40. avatar Kristy reply

    I love the today is the best day shirt :)

  41. avatar Jasmine reply

    I would love the you and I are better together tank! :)

  42. avatar Mary Margaret Bielby reply

    “Today is perfectly wonderful tank in mint”

    That would be the most amazing tank to wear while getting ready on the day of my wedding! It looks so comfy and would look just absolutely adorable in photos!

  43. avatar Liz reply

    I would choose a cake topper – probably the “Hooray” one! I love them all!

  44. avatar Leah reply

    The “happy day” cake topper in champagne glitter would look perfect on my wedding cake!

  45. avatar Heather B. reply

    love all the items in the shop! the oh yay tank in royal blue would be perfect for celebrating before, during and after any wedding day.

  46. avatar Whitney reply

    Ooooh Emily’s shop is just way too cute! I’m torn between the “hooray” cake topper or “yay” cupcake toppers (we’re doing cupcakes for our guests)!

  47. avatar Matt reply

    I think I would get a cake topper – maybe the Mr and Mrs one

  48. avatar Sandra reply

    I’d love the celebrate or the happy day cake topper.
    Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful price.

  49. avatar Abbey Angelle reply

    Today is the best day ever! What a great saying! Love that tank top!

  50. avatar Sydney reply

    Everything is super cute, but i think the “Today is perfectly wonderful” tank is my favorite. That would be the perfect shirt to wear while getting ready for my wedding!

  51. avatar Rebecca Petersen reply

    I love the mint color camera tank! This would be so fun to wear in the summer! It’s the perfect color!

  52. avatar morgan reply

    The “happy day” cake topper is absolutely perfect! I would love to have one on my buttercream cake at my wedding!

  53. avatar morgan reply

    I absolutely love the “happy day” cake topper! It would look perfect on my buttercream cake with magnolias!

  54. avatar Lauren reply

    I love the state shaped ring pillows! So cute and perfect for our NC themed wedding!

  55. avatar Molly reply

    LOVE the Mr. and Mrs. chair signs for our wedding in August!

  56. avatar Abby r reply

    Oh my heavens! I’d have a hard time picking between the mr and mrs chair signs or the mrs and mrs cake topper in champagne glitter

  57. avatar Holly reply

    I really like the silver Mr. and Mrs. chair signs. I would choose those if I won!

  58. avatar Dana reply

    I love the Oh Yay! tank! It’s perfect!

  59. avatar Catherine A reply

    Omg everything is so cute. If I had to pick one, I would go with the Mr and Mrs cake topper.

  60. avatar Stacey reply

    I love the Mr. and Mrs. cake topper!

  61. avatar Kristen reply

    I would love the Happy Day tshirt!!!

  62. avatar Quin A. reply

    I would love to get ready in the “Best Day Ever” tank!!

  63. avatar Kelly S reply

    I love the MR and MRS cake topper

  64. avatar Casey reply

    So many cute things to choose from!! I’m in love with all the tank tops in her shop, but I think my favorite might be the state shaped ring bearer pillow! Too cute!

  65. avatar Jackie reply

    The Oh, Yay tank in royal blue is super cute and the color is fab!

  66. avatar Stewart reply

    I’m all about the color mint lately so I would love to make the “Today is perfectly wonderful” tank mine!

  67. avatar Jessica Doolittle reply

    I love the happy day tank!! Adorable!!!

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Howdy, ladies! We have a really fun week coming up, where we’ll be unveiling the top ten finalists in our first Ultimate Southern Challenge. A few weeks back we asked y’all to submit your best ideas for the most Southern and inspiring escort card design, and we were blown away by the submissions! We’ve decided to post the top ten this week, and the winner (who gets Southern Weddings bragging rights!) will be determined by reader popularity (i.e. the number of comments on their post) and the opinion of the SW editors. So let’s get cracking!

First up is photographer and all around crafty gal Emily Steffen, who submitted adorable homemade barbecue sauce and spice rub escort cards!

From Emily:

I imagined a backyard wedding with the couples’ favorite food and desserts to share! So, why not use their favorite BBQ sauce and rub to double as a gift and escort card for the guests?

Materials: vintage milk jars, corks (JoAnn Fabrics), small baggies for spice rub (JoAnn Fabrics), paper for printed tags, twine or ribbon of choice, barbecue sauce (family recipe), spiced seasoning rub (family recipe)

Thank you so much, Emily! Your escort card idea sounds absolutely delicious. Readers, if you love Emily’s idea, please chime in in the comments! This isn’t really voting, per say, so you’re welcome to comment on more than one finalist.

We’ll be back with our next ideas soon!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Christy reply

    I think these are terrific! Great southern charm, and just beautiful work!

  2. avatar Kirby {Colors of Honey} reply

    oooo! so yummy for a backyard BBQ themed wedding and also a great way to get family and friends involved! invite them all over to help you make and package everything. xo Kirby

    • avatar Lauren reply

      Kirby {Colors of Honey}: I love this idea. We are actually doing this for our wedding. My fiancé makes his own BBQ sauce that he calls Laurens Sauce. Does anyone know where to get jars that we could use for this?

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    So cute! And I love that it functions as both an escort card and delicious favor :)

  4. avatar Emily Steffen reply

    Makes me wanna eat some BBQ! :) YUM….loving the post! Thank you, you sweet SW ladies! :)

  5. avatar Meagan reply

    I think this is absolutley fantastic!! By far my favorit, (and not just because im a huge BBQ fan) but I love how you can even change it to something for every couple! Might have to steal this Idea for my own wedding!!! XoXoXoX

  6. avatar Jen Martodam reply

    LOVE IT!! So authentic and true to the B&G! Great idea Emily!

  7. avatar Katie reply

    So cute! I wish I would have thought of this!

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  9. avatar Lauren @ ELD reply

    LOVE these!! SO perfect- it’s always in my list of ideas that I give brides!!

  10. avatar dena swenson reply

    These are a great idea! I love them!

  11. avatar Victoria reply

    Love the BBQ sauce idea. Great for favors!!!

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