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I am giddy to be writing my first Lisa’s Southern Wedding post of 2015–I’m getting married this year!! Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, by this time next month, our beloved family and friends will be starting to pop their RSVP cards into the mail and book their plane tickets to Raleigh for the big day. I can hardly wait!

Like almost all of my sweet coworkers, and I’m sure many of you as well, I’ve been reading/hoarding wedding magazines since LONG before a fiancé or a ring was anywhere on the horizon. In college, I discovered wedding blogs too, and now, thinking/reading/writing/talking about weddings is my job. Yes, it is the best :) It also means that one of the first questions many people asked me when I started planning my own wedding was if I’d had it mentally planned for years. My answer to that is an emphatic no, but that said, I will admit that there are a few details that I have always known would be included in my future wedding. Thankfully, Dave loves all of these ideas as much as I do, and I’m excited to share them with y’all today!

1. Some of my all-time favorite wedding pictures are of brides getting into vintage cars–I can just imagine the anticipation and excitement of these moments, and there is always a quiet calm about them too that I just love. Dave and I really want to spend our first few moments of marriage alone, and sitting in the back of a beautiful old car together for the drive from our ceremony to our reception would be a dream come true! P.S. We have been hunting high and low for a beautiful old car in the Triangle, so if any Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill friends know of any, please email me!

Top: 509 Photo via Southern Weddings; bottom: Ali Harper via Something Pretty, A Bryan Photo via Southern Weddings

2. I love creative escort card displays as much as the next wedding magazine editor, but my favorite has always been simple rows of cards in beautiful, classic calligraphy. Elegant, understated, and incredibly timeless. Yes please!

Top: Jenny Ebert via Something Pretty, Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings; bottom: Josh Gruetzmacher via Snippet & Ink, Patricia Kantzos via Something Pretty

3. Dave and I are both deeply thankful for the amazing marriages we’ve witnessed in our families, and paying tribute to those relationships at our wedding is a no-brainer. We’ll be displaying wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and Dave’s siblings on our guest book table, and we can’t wait to see them all lined up!

Haley Sheffield via Southern Weddings

4. I love the thought of wedding decor that can be repurposed in our newlywed home, and one of my favorite ideas is our bar sign! We’ll be serving wine, a fun assortment of local North Carolina beers, and a signature cocktail on the big day, and we’re asking a calligrapher to make an oversized sign outlining the options. We’re leaving our names and the date off of the sign so that it’ll be right at home displayed above a bar cart in our future living room! Here are a few designs that I love.

Top: Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings, Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty; bottom: Amanda Dumouchelle via Style Me Pretty

There will be many more details at our wedding, but y’all will have to wait till after May 2 to find out about those! Now I want to hear from you–are there any details you have always known would be included in your wedding? Big or small, serious or sweet, I’d love to hear them!

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lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Dana reply

    Love the bar sign! These weeks can’t go by fast enough!

  2. avatar Lara reply

    I love all of this! So inspired by your heart and these meaningful touches!

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The next finalist in our Ultimate Southern Escort Card Challenge is the fine folks at Beeology. They teamed up with photographer Jill Higgins to put together another delicious-sounding escort card idea. In their words, they are “totally Southern and sweet as honey.”

From the Beeology team:

“Wedding guests pick up their escort cards along with a tube of tasting honey from Beeology101. Once seated at their table, they get to taste the honey. Beeology101’s tasting tubes are labeled with batch numbers that can be looked up online to find information about the honey, the beekeeper who produced it, and other fun details. The tasting tubes were simply inserted into chicken wire so that they were standing upright.”

Thank you so much Brian and Jill! 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 cyn reply

    How awesome! Such a cute idea!!

  2. avatar Jill Higgins reply

    Woohoo…excited! Thanks!

  3. avatar Bunny reply

    This one is my fave!!

  4. avatar Maria Norcia Santillanes reply

    What a “sweet” idea! I love when weddings get creative. What better way to celebrate the start of a sweet life than with fresh sweet honey.

  5. avatar Dara reply

    LOVE this……very creative!!!

  6. avatar Lynn Lewis reply

    “BEE”utiful idea!!!

  7. avatar Jessica reply

    too cute! and totally southern!

  8. avatar June Taliaferro reply

    Very creative, Jill and Brian. Good job!

  9. avatar Randy reply

    I like the “natural” approach to this ….good job!!

  10. avatar Ann S. McCrickard reply

    A++! Original, creative…..and tasty – what a combo!

  11. avatar Brenna reply

    L.O.V.E. this idea!!

  12. avatar Emily reply

    Love anything the Beeology folks do!!!

  13. avatar Barbara reply

    Love this! Great idea Jill & Brian!

  14. avatar Angie reply

    Such a cute idea!

  15. avatar Marian reply

    What a great idea and usefull too. All good Southern ideas are elegant and serve a purpose. Has to be the best idea yet.

  16. avatar Erica reply

    Love this idea!!!

  17. avatar Dee reply

    I love this idea. I’d have it at my wedding! ;)

  18. avatar Steve McGee reply

    This is an awesome idea promoting the absolute most delicious, natural and healthy treat in the world. The new age needs to re-learn the values and benefits of honey!

  19. avatar Molly reply

    What a creative idea! Love it!

  20. avatar Pear Tree Greetings reply

    This is such a lovely idea for a wedding, and would be great for a dinner party or baby shower as well! Love it! -Steph

  21. avatar Jim Jenkins reply

    This is a great idea promoting a natural product! I’ve never seen honey marketed in a tube such as this. awesome!

  22. avatar Becky Smith reply

    This is such an amazing idea. I have a cousin getting married at my house in May, and I can’t wait to show her this!!

  23. avatar Rebecca hogg reply

    Love this!

  24. avatar Tonja reply

    This idea will make your wedding day one to remember for your “sweet” guests! What a super creative and original idea!

  25. avatar Brian reply

    Super clean presentation and an amazing idea that is sure to generate some conversation around the wedding table.

  26. avatar Barb reply

    What a sweet idea – love it!

  27. avatar Tricia hastinga reply

    Love this idea! Very unique and fun!

  28. avatar Annie Lou reply

    What a wonderful and creative idea. I love honey!

  29. avatar Alison Wider reply

    Great concept. Love the display, and what a treat for the guests!

  30. avatar nancy romine reply

    Sooo sweet! I love it!

  31. avatar Rhonda reply

    What a neat idea ! The Idea is so clever and photography is great !

  32. avatar Beth reply

    Such a cute idea! Awesome photos!

  33. avatar Lynn reply

    What a neat idea!

  34. avatar Crystal reply

    What an absolutely adorable idea! I completely love it- an escort card and favor in one!

  35. avatar Tracy Autem reply

    Sweet & cute!

  36. avatar Vesna reply

    I love the strips and the fonts! What a great idea for a wedding theme and a great gift for guests! Go Beeology!

  37. avatar Vesna reply

    Great idea and theme for a wedding! Love the photos too!

  38. avatar Justin reply

    We wish we would have thought of this for our wedding!

  39. avatar Amy reply

    Love this one. The chicken wire was inspired! It provides a nice contrast to the sophisticated cards but keeps with the honeycomb theme and feels so Southern too!

  40. avatar Terri reply

    I really like this idea – so original!

  41. avatar Bob Scott reply

    Love this idea. We didn’t even think of having honey at our wedding -wish we did!

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Hey, y’all! In the name of bringing even more Southern delights your way, we’re starting a series of “Ultimate Southern” prompts on the blog. Our first one? Escort cards! Vendors, we’re looking for your most creative, most Southern ideas for escort cards. My favorite example is these classic soda bottles:

Photos by Steve Steinhardt and styling by Beth Helmstetter

Simple, Southern, and sweet. Vendors, feel free to team up, though your submission doesn’t have to be anything elaborate — in fact, we want these ideas to be easily executable by brides everywhere!

A few details:

— Your escort cards can take any form, but the most important piece is that they be SOUTHERN.

— Anyone can enter as an individual or a team — vendors, brides and grooms, and wedding or Southern enthusiasts alike. And you don’t have to be Southern to enter!

— To enter, please send 5-10 professional-quality photos at 600 pixels wide and a brief description of your escort cards to howdy at iloveswmag dot com. Subject line: Ultimate Southern Escort Cards

— Include the names and websites of all your team members, and a list of materials and links to sources used. Please include directions for any DIY projects you may have done.

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on August 17, 2011. Submissions received after the 17th will not be eligible.

— Our favorite submissions will be posted throughout the week of August 22, and the winner, who gets ultimate Southern bragging rights, will be announced the following week.

— Submissions cannot be posted or tweeted until published on Southern Weddings.

We can’t WAIT to see what y’all come up with! Questions? Leave them below, and we’ll do our best to answer them!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Tori reply

    Can’t wait! This will be fun!

  2. avatar Desiree reply

    I’d say this sounds like a challenge! bring it! haha :)

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