Southern Weddings turned nine years old on Saturday! That’s an occasion worthy of celebrating, because we couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come since 2008, what we’re doing now, and who we’re doing it with – y’all!! It’s already been an exciting year for us, and with the tenth issue of our magazine debuting this fall, we’re confident there’s more excitement in store.
We’re all about stories here (we celebrate them every day through real weddings and our editorials!), so in honor of our birthday, we’d love to tell you a little more about ours!
In 2008, our founder’s husband was deployed to Iraq with the Navy. Lara was looking for something to distract her from worrying about Ari, so she bought a domain name, pulled together some friends for photo shoots, and mocked up a wedding magazine cover on her humble PC! She was working with some of the biggest names in the wedding planning world at the time, and her goal was to share the jaw-dropping things that were happening in California and New York with Southern gals. That’s how our first issue was born!
Over the next few years, many of our current team members came on board, and our heart began to shift. Instead of using our pages to tell Southerners about what was happening around the country, we became inspired by the sweet, evocative, soulful things that were happening in the South, and began to share those with the rest of the world – a world that seemed hungry for what we had to offer!
Our last big shift came around 2012, with our fifth anniversary issue. Beneath that pretty gold foil cover, we shared our renewed heart for celebrating and equipping strong, growing marriages, which coincided with Lara’s unfolding story of renewal in her own marriage (it’s a really good one, if you’d like to read it).
This year, we welcomed a new Editor-in-Chief and a simplified mission: in all that we do, whether you’re a single college gal, a dating twenty-something, newly engaged, or freshly married, we want to help you cultivate what matters, right where you are. At Southern Weddings, we’ll equip you with the practical and inspire you with the pretty so that you can create a meaningful wedding day that celebrates your story and serves as a beautiful touchstone to a life full of love.
We are more in love with our work than we were nine years ago, and so grateful to y’all for being a part of it. Thank you, friends, for cheering us on and spreading our mission alongside us. You truly are the best.
To say thank you, we’re hosting some fun birthday festivities this week! First, did you hear about our cupcake decorating contest? There’s still time to get in on the fun! And don’t forget to download and print your Southern Weddings birthday hat template if you need a little help getting into the spirit! We’re wearing ours in the office today.
Second, we’ve teamed up with our friends at Shop Sweet Lulu to offer a birthday prize pack to one lucky reader! Enter below to win a Joyful Wedding Planner, a Memories of Us journal, a box of Funfetti cake mix, a Liberty cupcake kit, pretty floral plates, birthday cake caramels, an assortment of balloons in SW-approved colors, gold glitter candles, custom felt confetti, darling favor bags, and the sweetest happy birthday garland. Whew!
Finally, as a thank you to ALL y’all, we’re offering free shipping on everything in the Southern Weddings Shop from today through April 10 with code HAPPYBIRTHDAY. Maybe it’s the perfect time to pick up a Joyful Wedding Planner, a gorgeous guest book, or a ceremonial marriage certificate? I don’t know about y’all, but I prefer free shipping codes to almost any other kind of discount, so enjoy! :)
There’s lots more fun to be had on Instagram this week, so come on over and join us there! And here’s to nine more happy years!!
P.S. I was looking back through (really!) old posts for a certain photo, and came across this from Lara, written in 2009. It still rings true today! “I think the magic of Southern Weddings is the community that has formed around it. It’s not about weddings, it’s about inspiring and connecting with each other. I am so humbled by the love and overjoyed to see how people are supporting each other… not just us.”
Nine years?! Goodness! Happy birthday to SW and the whole team! Celebrate with a big glass of sweet tea.
Thank you for everything all of y’all do for SW and CWM!
“I Got You” by James Brown!
Love this magazine!! Provides a lot of interesting and helpful insight!
What an amazing way to celebrate SW’s Birthday!! My sweet husband and I’s first dance as husband and wife was to “Only One” by Yellowcard.
Happy birthday! My birthday is Friday! It would be so super sweet to win this giveaway!!
Oh and our first dance song was “Angel” by Jack Johnson.
I’m getting married June 24th and our first dance is going to be Unforgettable by Nat King Cole :)
Happy Birthday Southern Weddings!!! So grateful for your love of meaningful relationships and beautiful marriages. Here’s to many more birthdays! Cheers!
My blog post comment assignment to receive another entry in the giveaway was, “Tell us what your first dance song will be or was.” Seems like the heavens opened up and shined down upon me for this one, as I just so happen to have a running list in the notes section of my phone for possible weddings songs! Haha! My first dance song will either be Have I Told You Lately That I Love You by Rod Stewart (I have strong memories of my grandfather crying and dancing to this song at my cousins wedding when I was very little) or My Girl by The Temptations, because one day my boyfriend and I were driving and it came on and he said “I’m going to marry you and we will dance to this song,” SO how could that not make me just melt? So many good choices! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, and here’s to nine more years. XOXO.
For the Birthday Prize Pack, I’m still single so I don’t have a first dance song yet but I’ll be watching the comments for a good one ;-)
Happy Birthday to all the “Southern Weddings” ladies! I’ve so enjoyed reading the magazine over the years and seeing the joy and love shared on every page. Thank you for all the inspiration you’ve sent out over the years. Looking forward to this year’s issue.
Then by Brad Paisley
Happy Birthday Southern Weddings!!!
Happy Birthday! My fiancé and I get married next June, so we don’t have a song picked outyet! However, we both turn 30 in two weeks! How fun, all of these milestones in this season!
My fiancé’s and my first dance song will be From the Ground Up by Dan and Shay!
Celebrate Good Times
Our first dance was a very fun one. THIS GIRL by THE KUNGS! Seriously so much fun!!!
co covered by John Mayer!
Our first dance was THIS GIRL by THE KUNGS!!! It has the perfect melody to dance slowly and do quick fun spins, it was the best!!
Our first dance song was “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle :)
Happy birthday SW!
Our first dance song was Dead Sea by the Lumineers! Not only do we love the band, but during our marriage counseling our pastor said one of us would be the Dead Sea and one of us would be the babbling brook when it came to expressing feelings, and I turned to my then fiance and said “see – I told you that you were my dead sea.” It was meant to be!
I just LOVE this site & all of the great content you share. As someone who previously worked in the world of blogging & content marketing with some of the biggest brands out there, I know you guys are one of a kind and are sharing something special.
Our first dance song will be How Sweet It Is by James Taylor!
Another James Taylor over here! We are doing Whenever I see your smiling face (:
“The Way You Look Tonight” :)
Our first dance song was to Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us.”
All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran
Not engaged…yet… :) but Yours by Russell Dickerson is our song! :)
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Happy happy birthday, Southern Weddings! Thank you for sharing your wonderful content with us for NINE YEARS! I’m so excited to see what is to come in the next wonderful years.
Our first dance as a married couple was to “Drops of Jupiter,” by Train. “Drops of Jupiter” was the theme of our tenth grade homecoming dance – our first date! We came full circle at our wedding, but still had the same butterflies as when we danced to it as 15-year-olds. :)
Happy birthday! So happy to see all that you’ve done during that time!
Our first dance was to “Nothing Fancy” by Dave Barnes. Almost 5 years later, still adore that song. :)
“Perfect” by Ed Sheehan
Our first dance song will be You’ll Always Be My Girl by Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.
Our first dance song will be “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart
My first song will be ” Give It All We Got Tonight” By George Strait!!
Happy birthday, Southern Weddings!!
Our first dance song was “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show :)
Our first dance song was John Legend’s “All of You”
The song “I get to love you” by Ruelle is at the top of my list for my first dance song one day! (:
Our first dance will be to Neville’s Waltz by Patrick Doyle! Now we just need to learn how to waltz before the big day…
Love you blog!
Gosh, it was 27 yrs ago and I don’t remember what it was called but think it was by Peabo Price (sp???) LOLOLOL
As a wedding planner, MTH alumni and lover of all things southern, I look forward to each issue of SW to inspire me even more. Happy Birthday!
Amazed by Lonestar – that was a really long time ago – now time to pick my daughter’s first dance song :)
Happy Birthday! Our first dance song was “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett!
Yay Southern Weddings! Our first dance song was “You’re Beautiful” by Phil Wickham.
Our first dance song will be Perfect Storm by Brad Paisley most likely. It’s still up for debate ;)
Still The One by Orleans
“Hey Ho” by the Lumineers
Haven’t decided on a first dance song.
Happiest of Birthdays to you!! First dance song will be Moon River. Xox
Happy birthday! Definitely used that free shipping code to pick up a few missed magazine issues :D
Lost In This Moment by Big & Rich <3
Happy birthday, SW!
Our first dance song was “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector!
Our first dance song was “So Close” from the Disney movie Enchanted :)
Happy Birthday!! As for my song choice, I haven’t decided for sure, but I think “Call On Me” by Janis Joplin is a definite top contender!
Happy birthday! I became a SW reader before my wedding 6(!) years ago and have loved seeing how it has grown and evolved since then! Our first dance was to Hold On by Michael Buble. Such a wonderful song and we loved that it isn’t used often- it’s just ours!
yay! Love this! My first dance song is Made for You :)
Such a funnel giveaway! Congrats y’all! Absolutely love the happiness you share through these platforms! Xoxo
Out of all the beautifully written songs in the world, the one that would most describe my future marriage is At Last by Etta James. I will be 25 this year and have yet to have a boyfriend. I am holding steadfast to meet the man of my dreams that meets every standard I have and beyond!
My first dance song choice is by Van Morrison- “Someone Like You”
Congrats on 9 years!!!
My wedding song was John Legend All of You.
We never had a first dance, so no song here! :)
My fiance and I haven’t yet decided… we are still six months out! We’re torn between a slower, traditional and popular song (we’ll hear it all the time!) or something unique and special just to us (more playful)… I’ll be scrolling through the comments for ideas! :)
This is the cutest gift ever, Happy 9 Year Anniversary. Our first dance 23 years ago was “I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery??
Happy 9th Birthday, Southern Weddings!!
Still very single but always had a soft spot for old Big Band favorites…Beyond the Sea, For Once in my Life…
Not married yet, but we love the song Better Together by Jack Johnson, so it’d probably be that one!
Happy Birthday SW!!
I just got engaged yesterday! Our first dance will be ” close your eyes” by Michael Buble
Close your eyes by Michael Buble!!
I just got engaged yesterday!
We are going to dance to “and I love her” by the Beatles!
My Love :) so excited for our big day in 2 months!! Congrats to SW!
Wow, that sounds great. I’d love to win.
Our first dance was “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton. Then we were able to meet him 6 months later!
My first song would be At Last – Single Version. Etta James :)
I honestly still don’t know what song to do. We still need to figure it out.
We didn’t have dancing at our wedding but we would have danced to at last-the Norah jones version!!
We’re not having a band or dance so it can be whatever pops into our heads at the time…..
Not sure yet! Maybe “hey ho” by the lumineers cause that’s our song!
Love this!!! Happy Birthday Southern Weddings!!!!
Happy birthday! Not sure on a first song yet but some ideas are Stand By Me, Kiss me by Ed Sheeran, and Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett :)
Love this! Happy birthday, SW!
Andrew Peterson’s “Dancing in the Minefields” is my song, as is “One Safe Place”.
“Blank Space” cover by Ryan Adams. Not your traditional first dance song, but it’s one of the first songs we danced to (the Taylor Swift version).
Our first dance song was “I do cherish you” by mark wills! ❤
My first dance song will definitely be At Last by Etta James
“A Place Only You Can Go” by Needtobreathe or “Take the World by Johnny Swim
Right now, I would like for my first dance song to be “How Would You Feel” by Ed Sheeran. I feel that by the time I get married, in more than 5 years, I think, it’ll be an older song from my generation, therefore worthy of being a wedding song.
Not engaged or married yet buuut my first dance song will be an Ed Sheeran song or something by Frank Sinatra!
What an amazing success story y’all are!
Our song is Fly Me to the Moon :)
Band of Horses – no one’s gonna love you