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Bridesmaids are a special kind of girl. They’re the ones who help you plan your wedding, throw you a killer bridal shower and bachelorette party, and make your life fun and full all at the same time. Heavens to Betsy, finding gifts for the special Southern ladies in our lives is difficult! They deserve gifts as one-of-a-kind and beautiful as they are.

Jess Wainer glass shares the same sentiment. Each one of her hand-blown glass vases is made individually and has a personality of its own.

You could win a few of these lovely bud vases! They would make a unique bridesmaid gift, a work of art that is a constant reminder of how special each one of your ‘maids is.

To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us how your bridesmaids have made your life fun and full.

Win: Five hand-blown mini bud vases made by Jess Wainer for your special ladies.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar SouthernBelleJM reply

    My bridesmaids have always been my best friends. A few I met in undergrad, and a few I met in grad. Needless to say, we always have fun and end up in some kind of trouble, but there are no other girls I’d like to hang out with than them. They’re great:)

  2. avatar Emma P. reply

    My bridesmaids are my sister and future sister-in-law. My sister has been such a wonderful person to grow up with; she’s funny, kind, unconditionally supportive, pushes me to become the best person I can be and is one of the best travel buddies I could have. My future sister-in-law has been the person to most welcome me into my new family and really make me feel accepted. From Project Runway marathons to starting Thursday night family dinners, she has truly included me for everything fun!

  3. avatar Rebecca reply

    I am absolutely so lucky to be able to surround myself with the women who are my bridesmaids. They are all gorgeous, courageous, smart, and talented women!

  4. avatar Davonne reply

    My bridesmaids rock! They have been my bffs since college and we have been through thick and thin together and they always keep me laughing. I love those girls.

  5. avatar Danielle reply

    Asking my bridesmaids to be in my wedding has been one of the best parts of the whole process for me. I couldn’t wait to have them be a part of the whole thing! A sister, high school friends, and college friends, I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls. They are all amazing and beautiful!

  6. avatar Clara G reply

    My bridesmaids consist of 3 best friends from childhood and 3 from college. From marathons of Mary-Kate and Ashley movies to a spontaneous midnight trip to New Orleans (just to get breakfast), these women bring a never-ending amount of fun and laughter to my life!!

  7. avatar Miranda M reply

    These are really cute and have a great beachy feel!

  8. avatar Amanda Zerra reply

    I had both bridesmaids and ‘bridesmen’ who have made my life incredibly fun and full. I wanted to make sure my Bridal Party consisted of life long friends, people I knew I would keep in touch with 20 years from now. My Matron of Honor was my best friend who is also my cousin, my Bridesmaids consisted of 2 of my best friends since childhood. My brothers and ‘cousin in law’ were ‘Bridesmen’ (they accepted, with zero hesitation amidst all the teasing)! We are all a close knit group of friends and family who have been through so much together, happiness, sadness and craziness! They have made my life so much more pleasant by simply being there for me and my now my husband for many, many years! Couldn’t have asked for a better group!

  9. avatar madelynne miller reply

    I have a bridesmaid in Houston, TX, one in Charleston, SC, one in Birmingham, AL, one in Auburn, AL, one in Tuscaloosa, AL, and one in Dothan, AL. They come from college, high school, sibling (sister), and work. I love all of my girls because they provide different perspectives, advice, and experience. I can’t wait to share my day with some of the best friends ever!

  10. avatar lindsey reply

    my bridesmaids are the best!!! they surprised me with a bach party out in vegas and just threw me the most amazing shower ever. anytime they around we have a blast just hanging out and chatting… i would love to use these gorgeous vases to show my appreciation for them!

  11. avatar Vicky reply

    My matron of honor has been my best friend for almost 20 years. She has been my cheerleader, my greatest supporter and really, the most awesome friend you could ask for. I can go to her for anything and she’s been nothing but amazing during the wedding planning process. My other bridesmaids are friends I’ve met over the past four or five years and the bond I have with them is wonderful. In high school and college I didn’t have a lot of girl friends or I didn’t get very close with them but these ladies showed me how wonderful girlfriends can be and that you need some in your life. Just like my best friend, I can count on them for a shoulder to cry on, to be there when I need a pick me up and to celebrate life’s joys and successes. I don’t mean to sound like a Hallmark card or a Lifetime movie but I am so honored to have them in my life and can’t imagine anyone else standing by my side on the day I say “I do”.

  12. avatar Vicky reply

    My matron of honor is truly the best friend anyone could ask for–and I’m so glad she’s my best friend. I don’t know what I’d do without her and she’s been amazing through this whole wedding planning process. The rest of my bridal party are friends I have been able to count on through the years to celebrate life and our successes as well as being able to go to them when life hasn’t been so sweet. I am so grateful they will be there, standing by my side as I say “I do”.

  13. avatar Kristen reply

    I don’t know what I would do without my bridesmaids! They are my closest friends and have been by my side through it all. And they all offer a little something different making them the perfect group. I love them all!

  14. avatar Liz reply

    I live in the UK, and my bridesmaids are spread between three countries and various states, but they absolutely always make time for us to catch up. I’ve seen them more than my family in the four years I’ve lived abroad! They work so hard to make sure that our friendships stay strong. They are all strong women who are following their passions, and I’m proud of them!

  15. avatar Kim reply

    My bridesmaids have been there for me through all the big moments in my life, and I could not imagine not having them by my side for the biggest day yet! My sister is my MOH, and we’ve been best friends since I had to give up my only-child title when she was born :) Another girl has been my best friend since high school, and we’ve remained close even after all traveling to colleges in different states. Another is my best friend from college, who was my roommate when I met my man, and we both weathered long distance relationships together. My last girl is my fiance’s sister, who I cannot wait to share a last name with! All of these girls are such strong, wonderful women, and I am so blessed to have met each and every one of them.

  16. avatar Jessica reply

    I love my bridesmaids! Well, in my case, they’re my entire wedding party, but my fiance and I met them all seven years ago and love them to pieces. From helping me prank my fiance (we covered his desk in origami) to some crossing the country with us, I can’t imagine life without them.

  17. avatar Brittany reply

    My bridesmaids have been so amazing! From being there to talk about wedding troubles to thinking up deign ideas to just drinking a glass of wine together. Surrounding yourself with people who love you and your fiance is especially important as the wedding day gets closer and things get crazier. It’s always nice to have someone to lean on.

  18. avatar Tara reply

    I have the best bridesmaids, especially my sister and best friend. They have worked together, and with the help of the other 3 girls, given me the most special bridal shower and have planned a weekend beach getaway for us this weekend. My sister is 7 1/2 months pregnant now, and she’s still putting in every effort to make this time special for me. I am so lucky to have her and the rest of them.

  19. avatar Elizabeth M reply

    As I have read the other posts above I must admit it truly made me remember why I chose the ladies I did to be my bridesmaids. My bridesmaids are way more than just a part of my wedding party they are all an extension of my family. I consider them all to be one of my sisters. Two of them have been in my life and have been life long friends since they days we were born over 25 years ago. My other bridesmaid I met 10 years ago when I moved to Atlanta. Through the wedding planning process they have been really supportive. They have given me great advice on wedding planning and surviving it and are constantly there anytime I need another females opinion. Even though we all live in different cities across the Southeast now they are all always there for me. They give me advice, oheer me up, and are always up for a good time doing just about anything. My friends and I have always been there for each other. We have a sisterly bond that will never end. With them it has and always will be for better or worse for richer or poorer in sickness and in health till death do us part.

  20. avatar Erin reply

    My bridesmaids keep me sane and dance like fools to make me laugh!

  21. avatar Erin reply

    These vases are beautiful!
    My bridesmaids are all wonderful women, all stretched out across up and down the East coast yet they each have made an extra special effort to be there for me at different steps throughout this process, whether it’s flying down from Philadelphia to Charleston to help me try on dresses, driving across South Carolina to spend a special 4th of July weekend with me (I’m so EXCITED) or plotting and planning an awesome stock the bar party for me back home in Virginia. These girls are the BEST and they deserve the best.

    I also think these vases would be a perfect gift for my mother and my fiance’s mom. Both of those two have been so amazing and supportive and helpful, and I would love to give them something to say thank you, I have been looking and looking!! They would adore these!!

  22. avatar Linden reply

    Where do I start? My matron of honor is my sister- my best friend, partner-in-crime, and constant playmate growing up! We pretended we were princesses in fairytales, spent countless hours playing in the pool, and have had our fair share of disagreements too. Then there are my two best college friends- we all lived together senior year and travelled the world together when we studied abroad in New Zealand. I climbed the Sydney Bridge with these girls, jumped off cliffs and out of planes with them, and snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef together. My best childhood friends round out the group- the friend I’ve known since preschool who held my hand on the kindergarten bus when I was scared, the friend who went through those awkward junior high years with me, and the friends who spent hours talking about boys and dreaming about our princes… What all these girls have in common is that they have given me the best memories of friendship, fun, laughter, and unconditional love. My life would not be complete without them and I can’t imagine getting married without them by my side! (LOVE the vases by the way!!! GORGEOUS!)

  23. avatar Kara reply

    I could go on forever, but each of my bridesmaids have been in my life at just the right time for just the right situations. Each of these girls are friends for life and bring so much to our friendships.

  24. avatar Kristi reply

    I don’t even know where to start…I’ve been friends with these girls my entire life. We were in school together from preschool – senior year. Our parents, and even some of our grandparents, went to high school together. They keep me sane and are such a blessing to have in my life. I can, without a doubt, say that we’ll be friends for the rest of our lives.

  25. avatar linda d reply

    My girls have been so great. as all of them have gotten married within the last few years they had great advice for me, have fully supported all of my decisions, and keep me laughing throughout it all. Even though none of us live in the same area they somehow manage to help me!

  26. avatar Sarah barton reply

    Each one of my bridesmaids comes from a different walk in my life…one from middle school, one from high school, and one from college. Each of these girls have been there for me through the trials and tribulations of life. They are dedicated friends, well really they are my sisters. I could not imagine going through such a special time in my life without them. I thank God every day for blessing me with such special ladies in my life!!

  27. avatar Lauren S. reply

    My bridesmaids are the greatest ever, from throwing a bridal shower to hosting my bachelorette party. My wedding party includes my three sisters, and four of my best friends! I couldn’t ask for a more giving, loving bridal party. I know they will help me stay calm on my big day!!

  28. avatar Courtney reply

    I consider each of my bridesmaids to be the sister I never had. I have my best friend who I can tell everything (matron of honor), the other best friend who has always wanted the best for me and cheered me along to finish my dreams (maid of honor), the friend who I am most like-personality wise, the friend who is sentimental and wants to make sure my wedding is my dream’s vision, the friend who is always happy and bring happiness to people when they are down, and the friend with whom I fight with like sister’s about mostly everything but still can look at each other and know that at the end of the day we are always there for one another. My bridesmaid are a collection of friends from lifelong friends to sorority sisters to college roommates. It was a tough decision picking who I wanted in the wedding party, but in the end I knew that these girls have always had my back and I couldn’t imagine not standing up on the most important day of my life without them!

  29. avatar Laura reply

    My bridesmaids are seriously the best. They’re like sisters, each with a special place in my heart. They all come from different times in my lives and have always been there. Some of them are far away, but their friendship is one that trumps all of those transient relationships in my life. When I picked them, I didn’t worry about the numbers, or how they’d look in the pictures. I just chose the girls I couldn’t imagine NOT having by my side, just as they’ve always been.

  30. avatar Marie reply

    I love my bridesmaids. What I find is the most special is that they are from different times in my life, childhood, high school, college, and grad school friends, but I feel so close to each of them even now.

  31. avatar Dana @ Cville Fashion reply

    I just got engaged and haven’t asked my friend to be my bridesmaid yet, but I can tell you that she is such an incredibly supportive, positive influence in my life and motivates me to better myself all the time. She’s a blast to be around, too!

  32. avatar ashley taylor reply

    Spoken in the voice of Shelby from Steel Magnolias “My bridesmaids, my bridesmaids, my bridesmaids!” They truly were the “blush and bashful” of our black + white wedding (figuratively speaking, of course). I’ve known all five of them since elementary school. We’ve laughed, cried, and laughed some more through both trials and celebrations. We’re all unique in our own special ways, and although it’s hard to pinpoint what exactly brought us all together 20 years ago, we know God’s grace is what has gotten us to where we are today.

  33. avatar Kristen reply

    I am so blessed to have such amazing bridesmaids and my big sister and my dear friend (who happens to be my ex-husband’s fiancee). I never would be able to make it through this process without them. My fiance proposed to me while we were in CA after my mom had been moved in to hospice. Mom had endured three types of cancer in less than two years and the liver cancer followed by a stroke as a result of the chemo had taken it’s toll. I prayed for her to have just one moment of being lucid so she would know we were there and we were blessed with many. As my big sister sat across from me with each of us holding my mother’s hand, I became overwhelmed with the prospect of all of the milestones she would miss: my wedding (if my boyfriend proposed), my son growing up, etc. My sister, in her own grief told me that she would make sure she was there for those moments. This selflessness is what makes her more than my sister, but my best friend despite our age difference of 11 years.

    A week after that trip in which my fiance proposed, my mother passed on. It has been the single worst day of my entire life. As I called my dear friend (my bridesmaid) to let her know that my mom had passed. She came over immediately with a single rose in hand to comfort me. She hugged me as I cried and as I had to come to grips with the reality that my mom wasn’t going with me to shop for a dress and all of the other things for my wedding. I thought this was really selfish of me, especially after my mom enduring so much pain and sickness over the past two years. A few days after this, my dear friend told me we were going out for coffee and going to look at some dresses. I sighed and agreed. I told her we were going to look at silhouettes only when lo and behold she holds up this amazing ivory dress that is just perfect for me. It’s like the angels sang and my mom kicked be in the butt all at the same time. Then I looked at the label…designer…not going to happen with my budget. When she flipped the tag around, it was a flawless sample in my size AND it was $850 off. Fine, I’ll try it on, but I don’t have the money yet to secure the dress. She proceeded to email my dad pics of me in the dress and called my dad on my phone. He said, “If you don’t get that dress I’m gonna kick you.” The dress fit nearly perfectly and then she leaned over and said not to worry about the deposit for the layaway. What? So, she marched to the sales counter with the dress and put down the deposit for the dress and told me that it was not a loan. I was floored, yet still I worried about paying for the rest of it in so short a time. She told me not to worry and that it was meant to be. A month later I was not able to make the payment due to multiple trips out to CA. Out of the blue I got a call from my big sister who said she wanted to help me with the dress and was sending the money to do so. I was floored and the reality of getting my dream dress was pretty much secured after my dad told me it was my mom’s wish that they helped me get my dress and paid off the dress for me in its entirety. My last gift from my beautiful mother who was more than a mom to me. She was my best friend, my confidante, and my heart.

    I don’t know how I would have not only got to wear my dream dress, but also have gotten through these past few months without them. They are my rocks and I am theirs. I am blessed to have such wonderful women in my life.

  34. avatar Caitlin reply

    My bridesmaids are so unique and special to me in different ways which is why I feel so lucky to be surrounded by the five most amazing women on my wedding day. Whether it is one on one or in a large group after leaving an occasion when I have spent time with each of them, I always catch myself thinking who that was the best night.

  35. avatar Kt reply

    my bridesmaids all have touched my life at different times – it’s like seeing the different stages all together, through the good & hard times :)

  36. avatar Taylor reply

    Oh… bridesmaids. They definitely make my like fun and full. I would love to gift them these beautiful little vases that are as unique as each of them. Despite whatever is going on in the world, or in our lives, each year since our senior year of highschool, we have a dinner with us and each of our moms. We’ve made a pact that men, babies, etc., will not stop us from staying together. We share struggles, praises, and hardships, and take on each other’s burdens, lightening the load for the other girl. This bond is so dear to my heart, they are worth more to me than almost anything. They are family.

  37. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I couldn’t live without them. They make me laugh like no one else! And that is the best thing someone can do for you!

  38. avatar Amanda reply

    I have lived all over the country throughout the years, have met many people in many places, lost touch with many but cherished a few. Three of my ladies have been my friends, confidants and touchstones. Each is from a different time and place on my life but they are all equally important in my life and have had a role in shaping and supporting the person I am and the person I strive to be. The fourth is my very dear cousin who has known mensince we were both little. She lived with is for a summer years ago and somehow the stories never get old. I love to hear her voice on the phone and she always makes M’s laugh. Hard. Like pee my pants hard! The fifth is my new sister in law. She’s the baby in the family and the only girl. I loom forward to bonding as sisters and playing really important roles in one anoher’s lives – I feel to privileged to have her in my life. And those are my ladies!

  39. avatar Cat reply

    Well my bridesmaids are from all aspects of my life. My best friend from high school who I got into all kinds of trouble with (without ever getting into trouble). A volleyball buddy that I have kept in touch with for years who is just way too much like me. A friend from my working life that I hang out with all the time. And my future sister in law who I just love to death.They have all given so much to me with their friendships. I love them!

  40. avatar lb reply

    These ladies have always had my best interests at heart, brutal honesty eventhough it may have hurt. Decades of friendship that mean the world to me.

  41. avatar Sheila reply

    My bridesmaids are the best! My Maid of Honor is my older (and only) sister. She’s been there for me for my whole life. She is just amazing! She’s caring, loving, and has always been my role model. If I am even half of the woman she is I would be happy! My second bridesmaid is my childhood friend, Margaret (we met in preschool). Although we didn’t hang out quite as much through high school, or now that I have moved out of state, but we will be life long friends. I remember one time specifically, I came back home for Christmas break from college, freshman year. We went to dinner and talked for hours. We said that no matter how long we go without seeing each other we still always know that we are each others best friends. We even talked about how we knew we would be little old, greying ladies and no matter what we would still be friends. I knew long before my fiancé proposed, that when I got married Margaret was going to be a bridesmaid. Probably the day after my fiancé proposed, I was thinking about who I was going to have as my bridesmaids. My sister didn’t even cross my mind because I always just knew she was going to be my MOH, but Margaret was the first person that I thought of. I thought about a few of my other close friends throughout my life, but I couldn’t think of anyone else that I really wanted to stand up there next to me. I wanted more than 2 bridesmaids, but when it came down to it, Claire and Margaret were the only ones that I knew I just had to have there for me, and in my heart that told me I didn’t need anyone else. These two women are my best friends, no matter how far apart we are, no matter how long we go without talking and catching up, they will always be there for me and they will always be the closest friends that I have. I cherish every moment I have with them, especially as the wedding gets closer and closer because I get to spend time with them, which I don’t get to do very often. They deserve a great gift and these would be just perfect!
    P.S.: No one knows this yet, but I have been thinking about asking my mother to be my Matron of Honor, along with my sister as my Maid of Honor. She and I used to be so close, but as I got older I turned into a terrible teenager and went through stages of just hating her. Now, as I’ve gotten even older and more mature, the time I’ve spent with her recently for wedding stuff, I’ve remembered just how much she means to me. It would make her entire year if asked her to be my Matron of Honor, and I would love to have her up there with me.

  42. avatar Winner Round-Up :: Jess Wainer + Fine & Fleurie + Say Cheese! Paper Props « Southern Weddings Magazine reply

    […] We asked you to tell us how your bridesmaids have made your life fun and full. Reading over your comments made my day! Winner, Courtney said, I consider each of my bridesmaids to be the sister I never had. I have my best friend who I can tell everything (matron of honor), the other best friend who has always wanted the best for me and cheered me along to finish my dreams (maid of honor), the friend who I am most like-personality wise, the friend who is sentimental and wants to make sure my wedding is my dream’s vision, the friend who is always happy and bring happiness to people when they are down, and the friend with whom I fight with like sister’s about mostly everything but still can look at each other and know that at the end of the day we are always there for one another. My bridesmaid are a collection of friends from lifelong friends to sorority sisters to college roommates. It was a tough decision picking who I wanted in the wedding party, but in the end I knew that these girls have always had my back and I couldn’t imagine not standing up on the most important day of my life without them! Fine & Fleurie knows a Southern girl needs her pearls. I was so excited to feature a giveaway with their beautiful Swarovski pearl necklace and bracelet bridal set. Any bride would look lovely in it! […]

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I love each and every giveaway on the Southern Weddings BlogSite but I have to admit that I am a little bit obsessed with Cynthia Vardhan Designs’ homemade dishes. Maybe it’s the intricacy of the designs. Maybe it’s how genuinely nice Cynthia is. Anyways, I’ll admit that I am a huge fan of Cynthia Vardhan Designs and judging from the comments, y’all agree.

We asked you lovely readers to tell us the top wedding detail that absolutely, positively must not be overlooked. Congratulations to Erika, who won with this comment:


These dishes are absolutely AMAZING!!

Okay, THE number one wedding detail that CANNOT be forgotten is writing your own vows. You’ve pledged to give this person your love for the rest of your life. It is YOUR wedding, and YOUR special day. I just don’t see how it could be entirely special and heartfelt if you just say a bunch of scripted words that are repeated over, and over, and over again. Make it personal. Say what is on your heart. Pledge your love, devotion, and commitment in your OWN language. Once the cake is gone, the flowers die, and the party is over, the only thing that you are left with are those special words on that special day. THAT is what the day is all about. The pledge from you OWN hearts.

Lucky Miss Erika will be getting SIX dishes from Cynthia Vardhan Designs. I might be a little jealous….
Tune in tomorrow for another awesome Southern Weddings giveaway! See you then!
Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Ring Finger Studio reply

    I cannot get over how beautiful these are by Cynthia Vardhan Designs. I love that they can be used a ring dish. I'm literally obsessing over their beauty! What talent.

  2. avatar Jee reply

    small but lovely

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I have such deep admiration for all artists. Maybe this admiration stems from my inability to create anything beyond stick figures, but it absolutely floors me when I see a masterpiece created from nothing at all. That’s how I feel whenever I look at Cynthia Vardhan’s Etsy site or website. Cynthia creates handmade vases and bowls that remind me of Indian henna with a hint of design elements from an English garden. Cynthia describes herself as a Southerner-in-exile as she now works out of Columbus, Ohio but once a Southerner, always a Southerner. We are so happy to feature Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics here on the blog!

Win: One oh-so-lucky winner will receive SIX dishes from Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics. You can choose from the many color palettes on the website or have a custom color palette that fits your wedding colors perfectly. I’ve heard that they make excellent bridesmaid gifts!

To Enter: Leave a comment letting us know what you think is the number one wedding detail that absolutely, positively cannot be forgotten for your chance to win this excellent prize from Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics.

This marvelous giveaway will end at midnight on Monday, October 4th!

Written with love by Whitney
  1. avatar Christina Levine reply

    For me, the number one wedding detail is the photographer. Getting to relive your day through amazing photographs for years to come is priceless. The day goes by so quickly that the photographs mean so much after the day is complete.

  2. avatar Samantha Walton reply

    Details are certainly what make a wedding special. Since I'm terrible at picking favorites, I'd have to say both meaningful music in the ceremony and a well planned meal and drink selection for the reception. Those are the things I always remember about each wedding I go to!

  3. avatar Laura reply

    Oooh, I love these, ya'll! I think the number one wedding detail that absolutely must NOT be overlooked is photography! I think it is so important to choose a great photographer to capture your special day. Those are the memories you will have for the rest of your life. I remember looking at my parent's wedding album as a little girl and dreaming of my own! If I have a little girl, I'm sure she will be doing the same one day! Wonderful photography absolutely, positively cannot be forgotten or skimped on!

  4. avatar Kelly Langner Sauer reply

    Does "kiss" count as a detail? My brother's officiant forgot to have him kiss his bride before the recessional… Let me tell you, it's way important.If that doesn't count, I have to go with "photographer." But then I'm a little biased…

  5. avatar Adrienne Lenz reply

    I think the #1 wedding detail is that the bride and groom are happy!!! Second I would say your wedding dress :)

  6. avatar Morgan Dunn reply

    The number one wedding detail that you absolutely cannot forget is your something blue. It's a timeless classic. You can continue a tradition from the past with this, or create something new for you and the future.

  7. avatar Rachel – theWeddingVine reply

    Beautiful pieces! Could be used to dress a table for a wedding.

  8. avatar Betsy reply

    Oh My Goodness, this is the most fabulous pottery I have ever seen. The number one wedding detail that cannot be forgotten is blending personal elements of the bride and groom into every detail! 3 months after my future hubby and I started dating, he went to India for his best friend's wedding. On the way home he had a lay over in Qatar, missed his connecting flight to Jackson from Houston, and was stranded in houston, sick as a dog with a foreign illness. I drove to Houston to pick him up, because I realized that I couldn't live with out him, two weeks was too long, and he needed to be taken care of. We both think of his trip to India as the time in our lives we knew we were meant for each other.Now we are planning our fabulous Southern Wedding in Jackson, and Cynthia Vardhan is a perfect blending of the deep south and India! Thanks y'all, so happy to have found this!

  9. avatar Kay reply

    One detail that I think can't be forgotten is a piece of jewelry that comes from your family — maybe your mother's pearl necklace, or a broach that once belonged to your grandmother. You already have your engagement ring representing where your life is heading, so it's nice to have something from a family member that will remind you of where you came from too.

  10. avatar Meredith reply

    I LOVE these dishes! Absolutely adorable for decorating or to hold your jewelry!I think the most important wedding detail you cannot overlook is the guest list! It is so important to go over this with your family, the groom, and the groom's family to make sure you have included all of your family, friends and loved ones on your special day!

  11. avatar Kate24 reply

    What beautiful dishes! I would love to win! I think the most important detail (besides a wonderful and loving groom) would have to be photography! Gotta make those memories last!

  12. avatar Carla reply

    For us, the number one wedding detail that cannot be forgotten is the photographer. After all is said and done, photographs (and memories) is what you have left to remember your special day.

  13. avatar Amanda I reply

    I agree that a photographer is the most important thing. Photographs of important moments are priceless.

  14. avatar Ashley F reply

    I absolutely LOVE these dishes. I am always looking for something to put my rings and earrings in at night. I am also looking for bridesmaid gifts and these are perfect! My fiance' and I believe the most important detail about our wedding is our FRIENDS. We don't know what we would have done without them the past 7 years of our relationship. They help with wedding planning, coordinating other guest, dealing with any problems and most importantly standing by your side!

  15. avatar Cat reply

    The taste of the cake! I absolutely hate when someone has an amazing, beautiful cake that tastes bad!

  16. avatar Kayla reply

    Well since I've been to atleast 2 weddings that have messed up on their wedding certificate I'm going to say the most important wedding detail is the certificate. Making sure you have one and fill it out correctly.

  17. avatar emily wilson reply

    You can't forget to document it! Photography is so important!

  18. avatar alexa reply

    #1 detail would have to be the vows…in the end the centerpieces or seating charts mean nothing.

  19. avatar imthiaz houseman reply

    Every detail is SO important… but the #1 thing every bride shouldn't forget is a pretty hanger! Don't forget about this little detail, there's nothing worse than photographing a pretty dress with an ugly plastic hanger!

  20. avatar Megan reply

    I think the most important detail (for me at least) were the vows. No matter whether you write your own or take part in the traditional vows, really thinking about them and making them your own is the most important detail!

  21. avatar trink reply

    The number one wedding details is your support system. Why are weddings so special? Because of the family and friends that get to partake in this momentous occasion; an event symbolizing our love for each other as Christ loves the church.

  22. avatar Leigh Ellen reply

    Those little dishes are precious! I would like to keep them for myself but would probably give them to my bridesmaids:)The number one wedding detail to me is exchanging notes before the wedding. It is such a special time and so important to have something to remember that moment of such anticipation. Some of my favorite detail shots are of the groom's scrawling on the hotel note pad!

  23. avatar Marie reply

    The marriage license. One of my pastors favorite wedding stories is when a bride-to-be gave her groom-to-be one job and that was to pick up the marriage license. The groom arrived at the venue and only to have to tell his soon to be wife that he forgot their marriage license!!!

  24. avatar Jenni reply

    Family!! My future wedding plans and ideas change from month to month, but the one thing that will always be there is my amazing family. They are so much fun and I couldnt imagine my big day without each and every one of them :)

  25. avatar staceys reply

    Big Detail- find the perfect photographer for you. We blew our budget on the photographer, because that is what will last us a lifetime. No one will remember that we toasted with affordable champagne, or that my bouquet wasn't all exotic flowers. but we will see so many priceless emotions from us and our guests in our photographer's work.

  26. avatar Marin reply

    For me- I think the number one detail is after months of planning, usually stressing, exhausting work- this is your one night. ENJOY. RELAX. AND take time to take mental snapshots of this night celebrating you and your one true love. There will never be another day like it. :)

  27. avatar Ashley reply

    The SHOES!!! They just give the bride that extra little bit of UMPH… and they're so fun to photograph!!

  28. avatar Dennis @ Wholesale Flowers reply

    I have been to many arts festivals in North Carolina. And let me tell you there is no shortage of potters in that state. But I have never seen designs such as Cynthia Vardhan produces. Very well done.

  29. avatar Krista B. reply

    The one thing that I think is extremely important is that everyone has as wonderful time. I have made it my mission to see that everyone has directions, things to do, a place to stay, great food, and all in all a wonderful weekend seeing my boyfriend and I become husband and wife! I would like these dishes as a gift for my girls!!

  30. avatar Erika reply

    These dishes are absolutely AMAZING!! Okay, THE number one wedding detail that CANNOT be forgotten is writing your own vows. You've pledged to give this person your love for the rest of your life. It is YOUR wedding, and YOUR special day. I just don't see how it could be entirely special and heartfelt if you just say a bunch of scripted words that are repeated over, and over, and over again. Make it personal. Say what is on your heart. Pledge your love, devotion, and commitment in your OWN language. Once the cake is gone, the flowers die, and the party is over, the only thing that you are left with are those special words on that special day. THAT is what the day is all about. The pledge from you OWN hearts.

  31. avatar Erin reply

    I think the number one detail to not forget is to BREATHE! Savor every moment you have that day and let go of the control. You've planned your heart our for the past year+ so the day of is the time to enjoy your first day as a wife and as the better half of a lovely pair.

  32. avatar Leika reply

    The detail you can't forget is making everything legal!! On our wedding day, my husband and I got a mile or two away after our reception when we realized what we were forgetting — to sign the license with the officiant!! We rushed back and made everything official, but it was quite a shock when we realized we weren't legally married after all!

  33. avatar allison b. reply

    stellar photographer!!!!!

  34. avatar Jessica reply

    The most important details (sorry can't choose only one) are the location and food. I think the backdrop for the wedding says a lot about the bride and groom and their personality as a couple. And as for the food… well, it should just be finger-lickin' tasty, y'all! :)

  35. avatar THUY reply

    For me, it is definitely have to be the photographs, especially the "first look". What is more important and wonderful than two people showing complete and utter happiness with just a look into each other eyes.

  36. avatar Jennie reply

    Absolute most important wedding detail that cannot be forgotten is the GUEST LIST! My fiance and I are in the middle of setting ours finally and it really is the most important thing…having all of the people we love together but maintaining the budget!Love this giveaway, these are the cutest!

  37. avatar Jacqueline L. reply

    One of the most precious details that means the most to me is hearing his vows. Sure, we have one of the most amazing photographers we've EVER seen, my dress is gorgeous, etc. but our wedding would go on without any of these details. I think too many brides get lost in the planning and lose sight of what's most important – LOVE. And so our vows means the world to me – I can't wait….

  38. avatar Jennifer reply

    I'm dying over these dishes. They're beautiful! And I can think of a few bridesmaids who would feel the same way. ;)I think the most important detail of the wedding day is just to remember that the wedding is really about two people, their love for one another, and the community of friends and family that has nurtured their relationship and come together to celebrate the beginning of something wonderful.

  39. avatar Kristin reply

    Right now, I'm focused on our welcome baskets for our guests and think they can go so far in extending warmth and hospitality to your loved ones who've traveled to celebrate your marriage!

  40. avatar Sydney Dawbarn-Robinson reply

    Personality is the key detail! Anyone can plan a color palette, flowers, bridesmaid dresses but it is the small creative touches that make a wedding YOUR wedding day. This day is a time to celebrate your love, so make it about you as a couple and color outside the lines!

  41. avatar Shari reply

    … to say "thank you" and mean it. Sure, you pay the vendors, and you give your attendants a gift, you give your guests a party, a favor, a welcome basket. But a heartfelt thank you to your officiant, your parents, your family- it's so important. Look them in the eyes, let them know how much you appreciate the support of family, friend, professional – without whom you never would've made it to – or through – this day. And bride and groom – say thank you to each other. Every day. And seal it with a kiss. (Oh, and vaseline on your teeth will make that constant smiling so much easier.)

  42. avatar Ashley reply

    As a detail person, I have lists to cover all of the must haves and timing and so on. But the most important detail is the marriage itself. I think it is just as vital to spend time thinking about your union, what changes it will bring, and the joy it should bring to both of your lives as it is to choose the perfect coordinator, menu, and dress. At the end of the day you will have a brand new marriage that should stand the test of time. The joining together of your lives will be the finalization of the day of celebration and all the prior planning emphasizing details for the day. The end result is the biggest detail of all!

  43. avatar Laura B reply

    The pictures of course, are so super important. I absolutely can't wait for my wedding, but I think I'm even more excited to work with our photographers and see how the pictures turn out. That said, my wonderful groom has constantly reminded me that, at the end of the day, we'll still be married. All we need is the two of us and the preacher man and it'll all work out to the same end. So I'd say the most important detail is the two of us. The rest is just one big accessory!

  44. avatar Kate reply

    Don't forget to bring your sense of humor! Not everything will go perfectly, so it's the most important thing to have.

  45. avatar Tiffany reply

    Most important wedding detail – the vows. The incredible promises that the two of you decide to make in front of your family and friends is sacred. Vows are so beautiful because they bind you for a lifetime, in the worst of your marriage and through the best; they continue to be a guideline for the couple. The vows are the wedding–vocalizing the celebration of genuine love and creating a life together!

  46. avatar Gracie reply

    I think the most important detail of our wedding is how we're going to incorporate little things that make us "us". We're doing a black and white wedding but we're going to have little eccentricities to make sure it's not *too* formal. :)

  47. avatar Maggie reply

    hands down… FOOD. we are both from the south and now live and are getting married in san francisco. we've picked a southern style menu (greens, mac and cheese, pulled pork, etc) that is true to us and our roots. we started 'soul food sundays' for our friends years ago, and now get to carry that personal (and delicious) tradition into our weddin'.

  48. avatar Cole reply

    The dishes are super dope! I think the absolute most important thing to remember is the continuous thank you's to your family and friends for helping make your day absolutely wonderful. Nice gifts to show them how thankful you are doesn't hurt either. It has already been one of my favorite parts of planning my wedding.

  49. avatar Lindsay reply

    I think the most imortant details that cannot be forgotten are the ones which reflect the personalities and relationship of the bride and groom. This could be anything from the music, to the decor, to the favors. My wedding is going to include bbq sauce as favors since we live in Memphis and elements throughout that reflect us as a couple.Oh and a great photographer is a must!

  50. avatar Kristen S reply

    The one detail hat cannot be forgotten for our wedding day, was the late night snack. We wanted our guests to have a nice pick-me-up later in the evening, and have envisioned a fun filled diner themed late night snack, with mini burgers, french fries and vintage sodas with striped straws!

  51. avatar Anna reply

    I have had many friends get married and spend and spend and then realize there out of money and didn't get a good photographer or a videographer. This is one thing i think is so important. Yes your dress and colors are important but at the end of the day the video and photos are what you have.

  52. avatar Michelle LaBella reply

    The number one wedding detail that I can absolutely not forget is really not a detail at all. I want to remember to breathe, pull my husband to the side during the reception, and just take it all in together. Watching all of our family and friends come together to celebrate our love is why we go crazy planning all the details in the first place. I know I will cherish that moment forever!

  53. avatar K L reply

    The Dress! The Dress!

  54. avatar Katie B reply

    The number one detail is remembering to stop and truly appreciate your wedding day. It would be easy to get caught up in the food the dancing, the time spent with everyone and the excitement. Just remember to stop, breath, and be present in the moment.

  55. avatar Taryn reply

    I think the number one detail that can not be forgotten is to include family in any way possible! My wonderful parents are a big part of my life and since they are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary we are going to especially honor them at the reception!

  56. avatar Whitney reply

    I think the biggest detail is the bridal party. Having our best girls and guys stand beside us on our big day is something that I couldn't do without. Each member of our bridal party brings out a different side in our relationship and in ourselves. I can't imagine not having them there—after all, who else would do the bachlorette/bachelor parties, fix my dress on my big day, and make sure I don't completely loose it before I walk down the isle :)

  57. avatar Megan reply

    The most critical detail of a timeless, special, and incredibly Southern wedding is not one single detail, but instead, a feeling. Specifically, how all of the little details measure up into the "feeling" of the day. The feeling of love that radiates at the ceremony; the feeling of warmth created by the reception; the feeling of Southern charm that dances in the air throughout the entire day. These beautiful ceramics remind me of all those intricate, special wedding details and the "feelings" that come from them that last in our hearts forever!

  58. avatar Lauren reply

    These are very pretty and unique!! I agree w/ a few others that are saying photography is the most important detail. Without that, you wouldn't be able to remember the expressions on each others faces, the family and friends that were there to celebrate with you, and all of the beautiful details of the wedding itself. Photography is SO important!

  59. avatar Maggie Dorriety reply

    The number one detail that cannot be overlooked in my wedding is my mother walking me down the aisle. We've been practicing walking around my room together every time I try my wedding dress on. I cannot wait for the moment when she walks me down the aisle for real.

  60. avatar Christie reply

    I'd have to say the most important detail of the ceremony is the photographer. Having the moments captured so that you can share them with others, remember, and reflect is so valuable.

  61. avatar Belle reply

    I think the flowers are the most important detail of a wedding. They're reminiscent of the garden of eden, the place created for love.

  62. avatar Autumn reply

    Photographer, Photographer, Photographer! It's worth it!

  63. avatar kathryn reply

    Color! Although black and white can be very chic, a colorful wedding seems so much more joyful! Whether you have a palate of 2-3 colors or a rainbow, color is the most important element. Pick one you love!

  64. avatar Kristy reply

    Disclaimer: Forgive me for sounding soapboxy, or overly-sentimental, gushy, or hopeless romantic-like.The one detail I hope everyone never, EVER overlooks, is the love. Don't ever forget that the love between yourself and your future husband is the whole reason for this beautiful day you're creating. If you lose the love, compromise, and hard work that has gotten you to this day, what are the flowers worth? Who cares about the food, or even the pictures? If those photos aren't capturing pure love, then we've missed the whole point of the wedding day.Phew. On another note, I'm obsessed with those pieces. As a transplanted Northerner (shhhh, I have everyone convinced I'm a Southerner!) my heart goes out to here up in chilly Ohio. These are incredible!

  65. avatar Rebecca Freeman reply

    One?! I have to choose one detail? I love me a great pair of really colorful shoes that pop against the brides white dress, I love integrating a sense of family into all aspects of the ceremony, I love the flowers, I love when the groom has a great pair of argyle or plaid socks, etc… If I HAD to choose one, I’d say the photography is my favorite detail. (Is photography a detail? It seems so major to me) I love the way a great photo can capture a moment and bring it back to you over and over.

  66. avatar Rebecca Freeman reply

    One?! I have to choose one detail? I love me a great pair of really colorful shoes that pop against the brides white dress, I love integrating a sense of family into all aspects of the ceremony, I love the flowers, I love when the groom has a great pair of argyle or plaid socks, etc… If I HAD to choose one, I’d say the photography is my favorite detail. (Is photography a detail? It seems so major to me) I love the way a great photo can capture a moment and bring it back to you over and over.

  67. avatar Kelly V. reply

    There are so many important details, but the one detail that I focused on was the memories to be made and the way to capture it! Outside of getting married, the best part of our day were our photographers; without them it wouldn't matter what the wedding ceremony and reception were like because I wouldn't remember many of the small details today!

  68. avatar April reply

    I would have to say the SHOES!! This is the absolutely best way to express yourself. Yes, the wedding is supposed to express you, but lots of times you have more influences that might push you a little more this way or that. But, the shoes….Oh they're totally you! I have green shoes with rhinestones. My mother absolutely HATES them…(she wanted the traditional white shoes, ugh how boring!) Shoes…the most important detail of your wedding!

  69. avatar Sharon reply

    The number one thing on our priority list is to remember what our wedding is about. The photographer hunt was hectic and any time we thought it was getting out of our reach, we had a talk about what the photographer would be doing: documenting the start of our marriage. It gave us time to pause, calm down and make sure that we're not getting too caught up in the wedding and forget about the marriage. Hands down, a detail that should not go forgotten.

  70. avatar Kate FitzGerald reply

    I think that the number one wedding detail is thanking your parents and family! I think that sometimes thanking your parents after a wonderful evening is forgotten in the excitement of everything, but I love to see the bride and groom thank their parents or important family members right before they exit!

  71. avatar Stephanie reply

    Hands down. The photographer. At the end of the day all you have left to commemorate the start of your new life is the pictures (besides the actual marriage of course!).

  72. avatar Leslie reply

    Oh how I love anything ceramic! I'm planning our wedding reception in Oklahoma, a southern shappy chic vintage setting. Does that make sense and it that a mouthful? I'm looking for an assortment of dessert or appetizer plates that are a mix match theme. Love, love, Cynthia's style!Being in the bridal biz I think one detail not to be left undone is a veil, accessory, and/or headpiece that makes the bridal feel sexy and beautiful….and of course compliments and completes her gown.Happy Weddings!!Leslie from Bridal Couture Girls

  73. avatar Jennifer Stambolsky reply

    Hmm…this is a tough one! There are so many important details! However, you can have absolutely everything – a ridiculously high budget, the best photographer, the most awesome venue, etc…, but none of it is worth anything unless you have a good support team. Whether it's your best friend, your family, or a wedding planner, you really need someone to help keep things in perspective and to help keep you sane. No matter how big or how small, planning a wedding is no easy affair.

  74. avatar Angel reply

    I just asked my fiance what the #1 detail for him will be. He said, "It has to be when they first announce us as "Mr. and Mrs. V…" Captured by our videographer, of course.

  75. avatar Ali reply

    The most important details, for me, are the ones that describe your relationship. Whether that's including the story of your first date on table one, your second date on table two, etc etc, or serving a variation of the same drink you had on the night you first said "I love you" the little details that show who you are as a couple are my favorites!

  76. avatar Brie reply

    Those plates are GREAT! Love them! I think the most important detail is making the overall feeling reflect the couple. My wish for my wedding is that the guests feel it represents us! Also, wearing a family heirloom – like my grandma's bracelet.

  77. avatar Alison Steinruck reply

    The number one wedding detail is your soul. and his. Most important by far.-AliStein

  78. avatar CdubYa2812 reply

    The NUMBER one detail that can't be overlooked is the exchanging of vows, I have done it once already with my Husband at the justice of the peace since I am a military wife, now we are planning on including our families in a celebration so they can witness the vows we exchanged already, when they couldn't be there with us. I can't wait for the day that my family can witness this exchange! I know they know the love between us, but I think this just puts the icing on the cake for me!

  79. avatar rmm reply

    I would say the number one 'detail' is your guest list. That's why you're having the wedding and reception, right? To celebrate with those who mean the most to you

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