Happy Monday, ladies + gentlemen! And it is a happy Monday, indeed, because many-a-SW bride spent the weekend snuggling up to her very own copy of V4!!! That’s right, we shipped a massive number of magazines out from our offices last week, and we are here to share the proof!
Since not all of y’all know the back story, let me explain. Southern Weddings is distributed around the country, and you can find it in many major stores, including Walmart, Target, and Barnes & Noble, as well as tons of grocery stores and pharmacies (Walgreens is actually one of the chains that carries it most heavily!). In addition, we also ship out copies daily from our office. No, we do not have a shipping department. Yes, that means that every order is hand-packaged by one of the SW ladies, including those famous handwritten SW notes. Marissa, Sierra and our intern Melissa handle the bulk of order communication and processing, but everyone chips in during the busiest weeks!
Want a peek into the SWPS (that’s Southern Weddings Post Office, of course!)? Step right in!
The excitement starts when our shipment of magazines arrives. This ALWAYS seems to happen on a rainy day, but this year, it was sunny!
Y’all, that is 8,300 POUNDS OF MAGAZINES! (Well, that one pallet is only 1/4 of 8,300 pounds!) Yes, they are as heavy as they look. We let Ms Preggers take the photos, but recruited her husband to help heave-ho.
Much excitement followed as we each tore open a box to take a look! Then a mini photo session ensued, of course!
Pretty soon it was time to get to work, though. After all, we had approximately 500 orders to get out the door in two days!! With all hands on deck, we soon were surrounded by stacks of Priority Mail envelopes and walls of boxes.
The next step was to take photos with all of our hard work.
We’re pretty good at that step :)
Then it was time to load everything into cars for the big trip to the real post office (yes, if you’re wondering, they love us there). Luckily, Sierra and I both have SUVs, so we were able to transport Thursday’s load in one trip (we had another huge car-ful on Friday!).
Now as I said, the USPS has a love/hate relationship with us, so we try to make it as easy as them on possible. On Thursday, that meant unloading our goodies in the back, which was pretty exciting! I surreptitiously took photos, unsure if that was allowed on government property.
Once everything was unloaded and in the process of having postage added, I left Sierra to oversee and headed back to the office. Two hours later, she triumphantly returned with six of the world’s longest receipts!!
And that, my friends, is the story of the Southern Weddings Post Office. Like what you see? Feel free to place your order today!
P.S. The SWPS in years past: