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This post is brought to you by Francis Ford Coppola Winery–thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

It seems that more than ever, friends and family members spread out across the country, and even across the globe, which makes coordinating pre-wedding activities, like engagement parties and bridal showers, a logistical juggling act. I have bridesmaids in four different states myself–and I live in a fifth! In situations like this, one of the best times to schedule a bridal shower is over the holidays, when bridesmaids, friends, and the bride may be in their hometowns. But how to plan a shower that is festive and seasonally appropriate, where the bride is clearly the focus of the celebration? To answer this question, we teamed up with Francis Ford Coppola Winery, who sent us some of their Sofia Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine, which comes in the prettiest bottle, and adorable Mini Cans–the first wine to come in a can. Francis Coppola created these wines as a gift for his daughter, Sofia (yes, the chic and talented Sofia Coppola!), inspired by her bright and effervescent personality, and we imagined the bride this shower is celebrating with the same infectious qualities!

Should you be planning a holiday shower yourself, we have a few tips to help you carry it off with aplomb!

Send invitations early. Holiday schedules fill up quickly, and many people make plans months in advance, or have a standing tradition. Give guests plenty of time to rearrange their schedules or adjust their travel plans by sending out invitations at least two months in advance. We love this fun invitation MaeMae & Co. designed for our sparkling celebration!

Choose a color palette or theme that is festive, but original. For this New Year’s Eve bridal shower, touches of sparkle were a must, but we added a little twist to the typical NYE palette by including the bride’s favorite colors: deep red and pink. The Sofia Blanc de Blancs bottle (which comes wrapped in pink cellophane–Sofia Coppola’s idea, inspired by her favorite peonies!) and adorable Mini Cans fit this palette perfectly, and a gorgeous floral arrangement by Alana of Serendipity Designs completed the table. Even the container the Sofia Mini Cans come in is beautiful–so much so that we were inspired to reuse it as a centerpiece vessel!

Keep the focus on the bride. While this shower may be tied with a holiday, it is first and foremost a bridal shower, not a New Year’s Eve party. Schedule it early enough in the day so that there is no confusion, and bring the bride and her darling personality into as many elements as possible so that she doesn’t feel overshadowed by the holiday festivities. Monogrammed details, like our DIY cake topper, are a sweet way to celebrate her!

If you would love to include Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Sofia wines (the line also include a Riseling, a Rosé, and a Chardonnay) at your next celebration, they have generously offered 15% off your first order and $5 shipping to SW readers with the code COPPOLA15. As you may have seen on Instagram a few weeks ago, getting a package from them is almost as delightful as what’s inside!

Sparkling Wine: Francis Ford Coppola Winery / Photography: Lauren Rosenau Photography / Venue: The Stockroom at 230 / Florals: Serendipity Designs / Invitation: MaeMae & Co. / Linens: La Tavola / Skirts: Bel and Beau / Tinsel Drink Stirrers: Em for Marvelous

Lauren Rosenau is a delightful member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

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The ranks of our Blue Ribbon Vendors are swelling daily! We wanted to take a minute to introduce you to some of our newest additions, because we just know you’ll love them! Without further ado…

Andi Mans Photography is based in Orlando and has a boundless enthusiasm for life, love, photography, and her couples!

We love the selection of gowns at Bellissima, a couture shop in Salisbury, NC.

Blush by Brandee Gaar is a full-service design and coordination firm based in Orlando. She loves to pluck details from the love stories of her couples!

Eric Boneske and his team deliver beautiful images and a fun experience for their clients around the country from their home base in Wilmington, NC.

To me, there’s something about Jessica D’Onofrio’s images that feel cinematic, filled with rich colors and epic moments. She is based in Dallas.

Karen Stott and her husband have a huge heart for their couples, and it shows in their images. They travel throughout the Southeast shooting weddings.

La Gartier makes some of the most beautiful and unique garters I’ve ever seen (and psst – you have to go check out the seersucker one in their gallery!).

Lauren Rosenau is a storyteller, and a lover of light, love, and travel. She is based in Charlotte, NC.

I love that Leigh Pearce believes in wedding styles, but never themes. She is also passionate about her couples and the great state of North Carolina! (She’s based in Greensboro!)

MMD Events is a designer and producer of weddings and events – they specialize in florals, lighting, draping, lounge furniture, specialty bars, and custom event decor! They are based in Tampa, FL.

To check out all of our Blue Ribbon Vendors, just click over to the full directory! You can search by category or state to find your perfect match.

Vendors, if you’re interested in getting involved, just fill out this form and Kristin will be in touch! Ladies, we would love to hear if you’ve hired or used any of these talented folks!

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  1. avatar Sarah Dobson reply

    La Gartier is honored to be listed among such creative and unique wedding industry professionals!

  2. avatar Andi Mans reply

    I am THRILLED to be part of your amazing team and beautiful work! Thank you for having me as a blue ribbon vendor, it makes me smile cheek to cheek :) xo! – Andi

  3. avatar Carolyn reply

    Lauren Rosenau is my wedding photographer! She took absolutely beautiful pictures of my fiancé and I for our engagement session and I can’t wait to work with her on our wedding day! We were so nervous and she made us feel super comfortable. I highly recommend!

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Carolyn!! Thanks for sharing!! We are so excited for your upcoming wedding!

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