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I can clearly remember it: August rolled around, and suddenly, I was one month out from our wedding. (How did that happen??) The to do lists seemed to be multiplying before my eyes, and the thought of pulling together the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner details in addition to wrapping up ceremony and reception details seemed impossible. Thankfully, I had a gracious and capable sister-in-law who stepped in and took some of the pressure off me, but I know I’m not the only one who’s found herself in a similar situation.

Out of all the details you’re planning for your big day, the rehearsal itself might not seem like a terribly important one. However, because it will likely be the first time you’ll see many of your guests that weekend, emotions will be running high, and you might be just the teensiest bit stressed (though we hope not!). If you’re not working with a planner, it will fall to you to take control of your rehearsal, and even if you will have a planner on hand, there are steps you can take to help it run smoothly. Here are our best tips!

Weddings by Christopher & Nancy from Katie + Evan’s wedding

1. Set a hard-stop for projects. The goal should be to arrive at your rehearsal calm, happy, and ready to welcome your VIPs. In order to do this, I suggest setting a goal of having all details, DIY projects, and arrangements made one week before your wedding day. That way, you’ll be free to enjoy the folks coming into town early, to savor your last week with your fiance, to have the headspace to deal with the last-minute snafus that inevitably pop up, and to still be calm when your rehearsal rolls around.
2. Communicate early and clearly. Send out an email at least two weeks in advance of your wedding weekend to all of the ceremony participants (bridal party, family members, readers, soloists, etc.). Let them know where and when you’d like them to arrive, and what, if anything, they need to bring or wear. Be gracious if some folks can’t make it – rehearsals are often in the afternoon on Friday, during the normal workday. Communicate the same details to your vendors (officiant, musicians, etc.) so they know what to expect, too.
3. Prepare for the rehearsal. Decide in advance who is going to stand in what order at the altar, who is going to participate in the processional and recessional, if folks are sitting or standing… try to think through any questions that might come up so that they can be dealt with quickly and clearly. Print multiple copies of your ceremony timeline to distribute.
4. Arrive early to the actual rehearsal. I’d suggest arriving at least a half an hour before you’re asking participants to arrive. That way, you’ll have time to scout the ceremony space, making sure it looks like you’re expecting it to; greet the “church lady,” if you’re marrying in a chapel; and greet each beloved friend or family member as they arrive.
5. Rehearse with purpose. Depending on whether you’re working with a church lady, with a planner, with a day-of coordinator, with a friend who’s officiating for the first time, or with a pastor who’s presided over hundreds of weddings, the leader of the rehearsal can vary. In general, it’s good to give your officiant a chance to give any direction he’d like (our pastor reminded us all not to lock our knees!) and the church lady a chance to issue any directives for the use of the space. Then, read through the “bullet points” of the order of the service so everyone knows what will happen when (i.e. “first Lila will give her reading, then John will give his reading”). Next, practice the processional and recessional (see below). Finally, go over any musical cues with your musicians.
6. Start with the recessional. Processing and recessing can raise the most questions, even though it’s pretty simple! To rehearse in the most painless way possible, start with everyone where they’ll be for the bulk of the ceremony: bride and groom at the front, bridesmaids and groomsmen lined up in the right order, parents in their seats, etc. Then, have everyone recess up the aisle, staying in order. Once you get to the back of the church/space, you’ll be all set to practice the processional.
7. Make the hand-off. After your rehearsal wraps up is a great time to hand-off any wedding items a friend, planner, or day-of coordinator will be setting up the next day. Make sure everything is securely packed (big Rubbermaid tubs are helpful!) and clearly labeled. I also printed off a packet list (with diagrams and photos!) for our day-of coordinator of where things should go and how they should look.

With a smooth rehearsal under your belt, I hope you’ll be feeling finer than a frog’s hair split three ways and ready to dine at your rehearsal dinner! Putting in just a little effort on the front end to start your wedding off on the right foot will pay off handsomely in the days that follow.

Love this advice? We promise, there’s so much more in the Southern Weddings Planner, a must-have for every bride!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Julie reply

    This is such the perfect timing for me. My wedding is in 11 days, and I am definitely feeling the to do list looming over my head. These tips are very helpful!

  2. avatar Amy reply

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Oh my stars, it has been an exciting few days in the Southern Weddings office!! On Friday we revealed the sweet as a peach cover of SWV7, newsstand photos of V7 started to pop up over the weekend on Instagram (!!!), and today, we have the supreme joy of introducing y’all to the newest Southern Weddings Shop signature product: the Southern Weddings Planner!

We’ve been hard at work on our Planner for eleven months, and when I say that we are excited to finally be offering it for sale, know that that is a massive understatement! Our office has a burning passion for getting really, truly GOOD information into the hands of our readers – the exact pieces of advice and the same resources we’d give to our sisters and best friends – and our Planner is the best way we know how to do that. This short (one minute) video from our friends at Good Earth Films helps share the heart of this product:

From the “First Steps After Getting Engaged” to the “Anniversary Gift Guide,” our planner encourages brides to plan marriages more beautiful than their weddings, but also gives them the tools to feel confident and equipped throughout their engagements. True to the mission of Southern Weddings, it includes a special “Marriage Planning” section that will help couples begin married life in a joyful and intentional way!

In addition to being ridiculously useful, we created our Planner to be a gorgeous keepsake for long after your wedding day, with a gold foil cover, watercolor tabs, and illustrations throughout.

You’ll find it to be very interactive, with worksheets and bonus downloads to keep you organized, inspired, and on-track throughout your entire engagement.

I know I speak for all of the Southern Weddings ladies when I say that this Planner – out of everything we’ve created over the last seven years – might be the product we are most proud of. It is useful, it is inspiring, and it is just so darn pretty. It’s worthy of accompanying you throughout your engagement, and we are honored to walk alongside you, too.

The Southern Weddings Planner is available for pre-order in the Southern Weddings Shop now, and we expect these precious packages to ship to their new homes in mid-December! In the meantime, there are tons of new goodies in the Shop, including a brand-new Sweet Tees line and holiday goodies! Proper introductions coming soon for both, but if you just can’t wait… :)

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Erin reply

    Ladies, it looks SO BEAUTIFUL! I’m so honored to have been a (tiny) part of this incredible project, and I hope it inspires countless brides (including me in a few years!!)

    • avatar Emily reply

      So thankful for you, Erin!! Thank you for all of your help with this big project!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    SO excited about the Planner!! I can’t wait to move all of my wedding planning notes into it!

  3. avatar Kat reply

    It’s STUNNING!!!!! Amazing job, ladies!!!!!

  4. avatar Stephanie reply

    Congrats!! This is such a treasure, and I can’t wait to get my hands on one (and give them to my brides, too!). Thank you for creating something so very useful, much needed, and oh so gorgeous, too!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    Is it weird that I want to order one and I’m not engaged..? MEH. It’s adorable!!

  6. avatar shelby reply

    love love love love! what a perfect idea. I’m not even engaged, but I want this so bad! :)

    Congrats girls!

    xoxo

  7. avatar Cayleigh Hopkins reply

    Absolutely in love with the new wedding planning binder! We are so excited to get our own so we can show it to brides too. Well done Southern Weddings! It is awesome.

  8. avatar Anastasia Kristina reply

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  9. avatar Jadzia reply

    Love this!!

  10. avatar Kirsti reply

    EEEEKK! So exciting!! I can’t wait to give this beautiful planner as gifts to newly engaged friends!

  11. avatar Ellen Tully reply

    The SW Planner is stunning! Must have! Two! I follow you all on Instagram! Love y’all! Great work. Keep it up!

    Xoxo
    Ellen

  12. avatar Dilshad Ikramullah reply

    Hello ladies, my daughter is getting married the summer of 2016, is it too early to order the planner? We’re so excited to get started!

  13. avatar Misty Cousins reply

    My daughter recently got engaged, on New Years. I would like to purchase this for her. Could you please email me on how I can go about this.
    Thank you,
    Her mother & soon to be his mother in law,
    Misty Cousins

  14. avatar Kristen reply

    Is the planner suited for people not from the South? I’m in Minnesota. :)

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Kristen! Absolutely! There are a few Southern touches, but it would work for brides everywhere :)

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When I received my Emily Ley Simplified Planner in the mail not too long after my sister got engaged this summer, I fell in love with the gold corners and the luxurious linen cover and then promptly scheduled a time after work to organize it — dating the pages and deciding what to label the dividers. (Which is, in all seriousness, my idea of fun.) Then I realized, my sister would really appreciate this planner. Maybe even (dare I say?) more than I would. It is, after all, one of the most challenging organizational efforts to plan a wedding, work a full time job and in her case, act as mommy to a pug and schedule time to see her fiance who currently lives in another state. I selflessly surrendered the planner to her as my first act of maid of honor.

Of course, as she tends to do, Emily Ley read the minds of me, my sister and the multiple others who had been waiting for the Simplified Planner for months and created a Simplified Planner dedicated to women who are now happily engaged (and balancing work, friends and family).

It’s full of everything you could want in a planner, but it’s also an important wedding planning tool, full of the documents you need to get the logistics on paper and out of your brainspace. With monthly calendar pages, dividers, sheet protectors for inspiration gathering, contact pages for guests and vendors, a wedding checklist, a budget tracker, a vows worksheet and a seating arrangement worksheet, the Simplified Planner practically plans your wedding for you!

To Enter: There are three ways!
1. Leave a comment below telling us which part of wedding planning you’re most looking forward to.
2. Tweet “I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then, come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so.
3. Like Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on Facebook. Then leave a SEPARATE comment below telling us you did!

Win: The Emily Ley Simplified Wedding Planner!

This giveaway ends December 5 at midnight. Good Luck!!

P.S. The 12 Days of Southern Wedding Christmas is BACK, y’all! Keep an eye out for the giveaway goodness in December!

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
135 Comments
  1. avatar Anna reply

    Love the planner! i am looking forward to finalizing the ceremony!

  2. avatar Ashley reply

    Liked Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on Facebook!

  3. avatar Cameron reply

    So cute!! Who new organization could be so sweet :)
    I’m excited about finalizing the flowers and the decor….those special touches can create the perfect atmosphere for celebration!

  4. avatar Brittany reply

    I am so excited just to begin planning (I just got engaged!) and this would be the perfect helper! I can’t wait to spend time with my mom and grandmothers getting all of the pretty little details figured out!

  5. avatar Amy reply

    Looking forward to every part of planning to make my vision become reality!

  6. avatar Amy reply

    Liked Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on Facebook!

  7. avatar Larissa reply

    I’m looking forward to it all being over honestly. Then I’ll be married!

  8. avatar Megan reply

    It’s beautiful! I’m most looking forward to planning out the ceremony and getting all of my thoughts down on paper! :)

  9. avatar Sarah Lindsay reply

    The part of my wedding that I am most looking forward to is “the first look!” My fiance and I will be doing a “first look” separate from me walking down the aisle, simple because we will be signing a Ketubah. I am excited to see his face when he sees me for the first time in my dress and knowing that today we will soon be husband and wife.

  10. avatar Sarah Lindsay reply

    I tweeted! https://twitter.com/SarahPeara/status/273487150505414656

    #sarahpeara

  11. avatar Sarah Lindsay reply

    I liked Emily Ley & Southern Weddings on Facebook!!

    & I follow on Pinterest FYI :)

    Facebook = Sarah Margaret

  12. avatar Sarah Horton reply

    My favorite part of wedding planning has to be a tie between choosing the menu and choosing the invitations. Menu planning is so fun because you get to show your guests your personalities through the food! The invitations are the first thing toset the tone for the wedding so it’s so important that they look amazing!

  13. avatar Paige reply

    Oh my! This lovely item would make all this planning so much easier…beautiful and helpful. I just adore great organization tools…not to mention all the Emily Ley awesomeness!

  14. avatar Sarah Horton reply

    https://twitter.com/SEHorton6/status/273489754492903424

  15. avatar Sarah Horton reply

    Liked both the pages on facebook!

  16. avatar Whitney Evans reply

    I’m most looking forward to planning the decor and theme of our wedding – a gold Christmas! I would love to win this planner because right now I’m working with just a manila folder. I’m planning all of it myself, I work a full-time job at the SC State Museum, and I teach horseback riding lessons on the side, so I clearly need to get my act together! This would be such a welcome gift. Thank you for the opportunity. I love your blog and magazine!

  17. avatar Whitney Evans reply

    I tweeted – @whitneyev

  18. avatar Courtney reply

    I’d love to give this to one of my brides! Obviously my favorite part of wedding planning is the table design!

  19. avatar Whitney Evans reply

    of course I already liked Southern Weddings, but I liked Emily Ley too!

  20. avatar Ashley reply

    The part of wedding planning I am mostly looking forward to is going through each step with my fiancé. I thought he wouldn’t want anything to do with the wedding planning process, but he really enjoys it. With both of us working over 60 hours a week, it is nice to do this together. I love getting his opinions on things and knowing our wedding will be just that… OUR wedding. Happy wedding planning to all the amazing brides out there! :)

  21. avatar Ashley reply

    I just tweeted, ““I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag!”

  22. avatar Ashley reply

    I just Liked Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on Facebook.

  23. avatar Blair Thomas reply

    I love love love this planner, so classic! The part of the wedding planning that I am most excited about is pulling all the southern traditions together for celebrating our love for each other! Southern traditions including wearing my mother’s veil, the charms for the cake pull and using the lace off of my grandmother’s dress from 60 years ago for my bouquet wrap! There’s many more, but those are my favorites that I am looking forward to having to plan for our day! O, and of course the cake tastings : )

  24. avatar Ashley reply

    Oh my twitter name is aliebert63!!

  25. avatar Sara Gwinn reply

    This planner would be a lifesaver for me! As a designer myself, I can’t wait to find unique incorporate our own “wedding brand” and tiny details to every aspect of our wedding day–from our invitations to our reception decor! Liked both pages on facebook too!!

  26. avatar Blair Thomas reply

    Just tweeted to EmilyLey and iloveswmag!

  27. avatar Blair Thomas reply

    Already like both on Facebook : )

  28. avatar Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine reply

    So cute! I love everything from Emily Ley! I am looking forward to finalizing the menu.

  29. avatar Emily Nycum reply

    Wooo! I can’t wait to work on all those little DIY details I’ve been storing up in my mind! Y’all and Pinterest just make my head explode with so many fun ideas! And while it’s not really related to the wedding, I’m most excited about/enjoying getting ready for marriage and looking forward to a life spent with the man I love!

  30. avatar Emily Nycum reply

    Tweeted and you ladies and Emily!

  31. avatar Emily Nycum reply

    Facebook likes: check!

  32. avatar Dee Shore reply

    Cake tasting and menu sampling are my favorite parts of wedding planning ^_^ Hair Trials are always fun too!

  33. avatar Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine reply

    I tweeted to EmilyLey and iloveswmag!

  34. avatar Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine reply

    I also already like both pages on facebook!

  35. avatar Rebecca reply

    I can not WAIT to start planning where we are getting married! We just moved to London, use to live in DC, I’m excited to pick a country and after dating for 7+ years but our wedding to reality with my soon to be hubby!

  36. avatar Mary Mullen reply

    I am actually going to be a bridesmaid in my brothers wedding this summer! I would love to be able to give this to my future sister-in-law as an engagement present. She is 2nd grade teacher and is planner her wedding from out-of-state. This would be a major help to her and I would love to pass along a little somethin’ Southern Weddings and Emily Ley to her to kick off the wedding planning!

  37. avatar Mary Mullen reply

    Tweeted!

  38. avatar Mary Mullen reply

    Already had liked y’all on FB!

  39. avatar Katrina reply

    I like both Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on facebook y’all!

  40. avatar Angela reply

    The part I’m looking forward to the most about planning my wedding is the decor design. I have such big ideas and I can’t wait to bring them to life!

  41. avatar Kailey reply

    Tweeted ! (and retweeted by some bridesmaids :))

  42. avatar Meghan Peevely reply

    I am most looking forward to planning my wedding with my fiance! We were both hospitality majors in college, and so we both enjoy events and anything that goes into them. He wants to be involved, and has done a wonderful job so far! He’s also such a foodie at heart and his favorite part will most likely be booking our caterers and of course taste testing. I am also really looking forward to taking our engagement and wedding pictures to have beautiful moments of my fiance and I to share with everyone.

  43. avatar Danielle Goforth reply

    The best part of wedding planning is chandeliers and good ol’ southern hospitality!! :)

  44. avatar Christie Ray Harrison reply

    I’m a Maid of Honor so I’m most looking forward to planning bachelorette events and bridal showers!

  45. avatar Meghan Peevely reply

    I liked Emily Ley & Southern Weddings on Facebook!

  46. avatar Christie Ray Harrison reply

    I’ve liked both Southern Weddings and Emily Ley on Facebook!

  47. avatar Meghan Peevely reply

    I just tweeted “I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag!”

  48. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Liked Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on Facebook.
    I’m looking forward to going back home for my wedding. Im from Texas and I live in Michigan. I am planning a Southern Texas wedding. I can’t wait to go home to plan and then to get married in my home state.

  49. avatar Gabi reply

    i am looking forward to decorating and coordinating, the whole shebang!

  50. avatar Gabi reply

    tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/1throwdown1/status/273524417211006976

  51. avatar Gabi reply

    I liked both on fb!

  52. avatar Cierra reply

    I am really looking forward to cake tasting and tastings from the caterer when it comes to my wedding plans.

  53. avatar Cierra reply

    I liked Southern Weddings on Facebook

  54. avatar Carly reply

    I am excited to plan the reception! There are so many fun details that can make the day special!

  55. avatar Kelly @ From Charleston with Love reply

    I am most looking forward to putting together all of the ideas that I have had over the years to make one complete look for the big day!

    -kelly
    sweettea-lemonade.blogspot.com

  56. avatar Kelly @ From Charleston with Love reply

    Liked Emily Ley and SW on Facebook!

  57. avatar Cierra reply

    I liked on Facebook

  58. avatar Cierra reply

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/CierraCurtis3/status/273534886768439297

  59. avatar Taylor J reply

    EEK! I need this y’all! Trying to plan a wedding and trying to get my doctorate are much too much to handle sometimes! As much as the guest list has been hard to wrangle, I am looking forward to seating table charts!

  60. avatar Taylor J reply

    Woohoo!! I tweeted! @taykatelyn

  61. avatar ashley barnett reply

    I am really really looking forward to crafting all the DIY’s I have lined up! I can’t wait to see it all put together on the wedding day. I really think it will be one of my favorite parts of the day- opening up the big barn doors and seeing the room how I imagined it!

  62. avatar susie flores reply

    Excited to start dress shopping with my momma & my girls!!

  63. avatar susie flores reply

    I can’t wait to start dress doing with my momma & my girls!

  64. avatar Erika reply

    Im most looking forward to my center pieces and decor. :)

  65. avatar susie flores reply

    I just tweeted that I entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway!!! I can’t wait! I neeeeeeed it!! (:

  66. avatar susie flores reply

    I just ”liked” Southern Weddings & Emily Ley on facebook!!! (:

  67. avatar Lauren Solana reply

    I liked Southern Weddings and Emily Ley on Facebook. If only they had a LOVE button :).

  68. avatar jessica mccormick reply

    I am most looking forward to THE ENTIRE THING!! I just recently became a certified wedding planner in august and I was actually just looking for one of these gorgeous planners at Barnes ans Noble! Love love love it!

  69. avatar Kristen reply

    I’m very much looking forward to planning the wedding design. My fiancee and I are basing the overall design and them on “Pride and Prejudice” with a high tea. I can’t wait!

  70. avatar jessica mccormick reply

    I just tweeted about the giveaway!!

  71. avatar jessica mccormick reply

    I also liked Emily Ley on facebook and DUH I already “liked” Southern Weddings

  72. avatar Kristen reply

    Liked both Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on FB. :)

  73. avatar Monica reply

    I look forward to the reception! Great time to make fun memories! :)

  74. avatar Monica reply

    I shared on twitter!

    https://twitter.com/hockeyheaven7/status/273573775797284864

  75. avatar Monica reply

    I liked both pages on facebook! :)

  76. avatar Lori reply

    Getting together with my girls for craft nights and junk tv!

  77. avatar corinne reply

    Thanks for the ideas! Can’t wait to see more in my Facebook newsfeed! Liked you both.

  78. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    Tweeted it! https://twitter.com/LeHobbylobbyist/status/273620966796566528

  79. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I liked y’all on FB– username Hobby Lobbyist

  80. avatar Elizabeth @ HobbyLobbyist reply

    I’m looking forward to catering tasting!

  81. avatar Kristy reply

    I’m looking forward to dress shopping with my mom and sister :)

  82. avatar Kristy reply

    I have liked both Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on FB!!!

  83. avatar Kristin Vaughan reply

    I’m most excited about marrying my man! But in the meantime, I am excited about every. single. detail! ; )

  84. avatar Kristin Vaughan reply

    … and I have “liked” you both!

  85. avatar Cathy Otto reply

    OH this is soo neat, Cant wait to help design wedding invitations and make the wedding decorations

  86. avatar Cathy Otto reply

    I liked and really enjoy Emily Ley and Southern Weddings, thank you for introducing them to me

  87. avatar Arielle reply

    Just tweeted that I entered the contest!
    I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag!

    Can’t wait to start planning our wedding – hopefully on this cute little planner!

  88. avatar Arielle reply

    Just liked @EmilyLey & @iloveswmag! on facebook!

  89. avatar Jen reply

    Love this planner!! I am mostly looking forward to choosing our menu for the reception…my fiance and I are big time foodies!!

  90. avatar Carly reply

    liked you on facebook!!

  91. avatar Carly reply

    liked you on facebook!

  92. avatar Jocelyn reply

    My favorite thing about planning my wedding is the decor!!

  93. avatar Jocelyn reply

    I just tweeted that I entered the wedding planner giveaway!

  94. avatar Brianna Tally reply

    I’m looking forward to planning the installation of glass and crystal chandeliers beneath a hundred something year old oak tree! The tree will sparkle in the front yard of the early 1900’s prairie-style mansion where we are getting married in south Mississippi!

  95. avatar Brianna Tally reply

    @briannatally just tweeted “I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag!”

  96. avatar Brianna Tally reply

    I just liked Emily Ley on facebook! I also have “liked” (more like “loved”) Southern Weddings on facebook too!

  97. avatar Wendy reply

    Love the website! I’m looking forward to help my best friend plan her wedding. She just got engaged last month. I would give her this planner if I won.

  98. avatar Wendy reply

    I liked Emily Ley & Southern Weddings on Facebook!

  99. avatar Wendy reply

    Just tweeted! @wnw829

  100. avatar Brooke reply

    I am not engaged myself but would love to gift this to my college roommate, who just got engaged! I’m looking forward to hearing all about her wedding plans as they unfold!

  101. avatar Brooke reply

    I tweeted! : )

  102. avatar Brooke reply

    I liked SW and Emily Ley on Facebook. Thanks, girls!

  103. avatar Shannon reply

    I am actually looking forward to seating arrangements! I’m envisioning long tables and am excited to mix my fiance’s friends with mine and our families together!

  104. avatar Maia reply

    I am most looking forward to finalizing the decorations and flowers!

  105. avatar Maia reply

    I just tweeted-“I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag!” https://twitter.com/maiaz17

  106. avatar Maia reply

    I liked both Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on Facebook.

  107. avatar Abby reply

    The part of planning I’m looking forward to most, is trying to be ahead of schedule so the month leading up to the wedding is as simple as possible! I’m juggling full time job, grad school, dog mama duties & QT for the fiancee & I…oh wait & the wedding, too! Please oh please send this my way!

  108. avatar Abby reply

    I sure do LIKE Emily Ley & Southern Weddings on FB…I have a feeling quite a few of Emily’s goodies will be going on my wishlist!

  109. avatar Meagan reply

    I can’t wait to meet with my wonderful vendors again! I’m dying to finalize flower, paper and the other details with my planner!

  110. avatar Meagan reply

    tweeted!!!

  111. avatar Meagan reply

    Liked!!!

  112. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Well I’d be lying if I didn’t say the food + cake tasting are the parts I am most looking forward to about my wedding planning. I crave structure in the form of organization – so planners are my BEST FRIEND. I would love to win this so I can continue my planning and tuck some inspiration from V5 into those sheet protectors!

  113. avatar Ashleigh reply

    I tweeted I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag! check it out @ashleighnfarley! fingers are crossed!

  114. avatar Ashleigh reply

    AND I followed @emilyley on Twitter. Of course I was already following @iloveSWmag (pre-engagement!)… can’t believe I wasn’t following miss Emily! fingers + toes are crossed now!

  115. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Already “liking” both Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on Facebook. Huge fan of BOTH!

  116. avatar Ranney Wiesemann reply

    Definitely the dress! Dress dress dress!!

  117. avatar Jenny reply

    I am looking forward to just about everything! I can’t wait to design and put together our invitations.

  118. avatar christian r. reply

    I am 3 months away from my wedding day so I am in the midst of many plans. It’s fun planning the details and being engaged.

  119. avatar christian r. reply

    I tweeted that I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag

  120. avatar christian r. reply

    I liked SW and Emily Ley on facebook.

  121. avatar Lauren Stefanski reply

    I’ve been an intern for three wedding companies– totaling about 2.5 years now. I’m finally getting to plan my first wedding on my own and I think it would be a great gift to give to my first bride. PLUS I think it would help calm my nerves to have everything so perfectly organized for her!

    (I tweeted and “Liked” both pages!) Thanks girls!

    PS… I LOVE LOVE LOVE my V5- My boyfriend and I had been looking for it since the 13th. Literally every night after work we would drive to Publix, Walmart, Walgreens, Barnes and Noble, Harris Teeter, and Target. (Thank goodness they’re all within 10 minutes of each other!!) And for a whole week we had no luck. I just figured it wasn’t coming to my area so I was going to order online.

    I was having a horrible day at work and suddenly got a phone call from my boyfriend saying to come out to the parking lot… I knew he was going for a bike ride in the area so I figured he wanted to just say hi. He rode over a copy of V5 — he called Barnes and Noble (who didn’t have it yet) and then called Target. There was only one copy left there so he had the guy hold it for him… He was pretty embarrassed when he went to pick it up. I must say I had to put it in my car to resist myself from peeking at it during work!

    Long story short– it was well worth the wait and now Brandon is hooked on the mag too!

  122. avatar Luzdary Leest reply

    Our wedding day is in June 2013 in Aruba. I am originally from this island and most of our guests have never been here. This will also be the first event where my family and his family will meet. I look forward to planning not only the wedding but also all activities where both sides of the family and friends will have an amazing time!

  123. avatar Lauren Stefanski reply

    I’m most excited about planning my first wedding after being an intern with three different companies! I think it’d be a great gift to give my first bride to calm both our nerves! But I can’t wait to help pick her theme/ color pallette and stationary!

    Ps. Loving v5– my bf searched stores with me for a week before we could find it! He stopped by my work on his bike to deliver it to me in front of my all women office! He’s truely the best!

  124. avatar Annie Harris reply

    The part of wedding planning that I am most looking forward to is the final result! I cannot wait to see the results of all the hard work!

  125. avatar Annie Harris reply

    I just retweeted that I just entered the @EmilyLey Simplified Wedding Planner giveaway on @iloveswmag! on my twitter @anniebob16

  126. avatar Annie Harris reply

    I liked Southern Weddings and Emily on facebook!

  127. avatar Brittany James reply

    I am so excited to begin planning my wedding! I am recently engaged and am most excited about creating a rustic look for my wedding and reception. Many of my family and friends are excited to help and create things to dress up the reception with me as well. This planner would be so helpful to aid in this process!!

  128. avatar Brittany James reply

    Just liked both on facebook!! :)

  129. avatar Jillian Wist reply

    My boyfriend just proposed in front of Cinderella’s Castle! I can’t wait to start planning our fairytale! I’m most looking forward to incorporating details that represent both he and I.

  130. avatar Jillian Wist reply

    I just “LIKED” and mean “LOVED” both Emily Ley and Southern Weddings on facebook!

  131. avatar sarah reply

    I LIKED/LOVE EMILY LEY & Southern Weddings on facebook!

  132. avatar Laura reply

    I am looking forward to everything!! But most of all, getting to plan everything alongside my significant other…that quality time is by far the most precious.

  133. avatar Hanna reply

    The best part of wedding planning is getting everything organized in one place – that makes everything easier later!

  134. avatar susie flores reply

    I look forward to writing out vows!

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