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Voting is open for the Best of the South Wedding Awards Finalists: Bridal Salons, Hair Stylists, Make-up Artists, and Honeymoons!

Moving right along, it’s day three and time to meet the Piney finalists who will help you feel like the most beautiful bride on your big day!! From helping you pick the ballgown of your dreams, to knowing just the right shade of pink lipstick and how to make the perfect Southern bump, these finalists will help ensure your fashion and beauty preparations are magical from the moment you try on your very first dress. And since the South is overflowing with amazing travel destinations, we’ve got nine of the best destinations for your Southern honeymoon, as recommended by y’all. Now, time to vote…

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Please vote once in each category; all voting will be open until June 9th!

As a reminder, there are prizes worthy of the Pineys for the winners in each category. In addition to golden pineapple trophies (!) and serious bragging rights, a feature in our tenth-anniversary issue is up for grabs! So cast your votes for your favorites and tell all your friends. We can’t wait to roll out the seersucker carpet and award some shiny gold pineapples in a few weeks!

Check back tomorrow to vote for the finalists in the Event Planner, Rentals and Decor, Florist, Caterer, and Cake and Sweets categories!

Missed a day? Vote for the best Southern wedding venues and Paper, Caligraphy, and Music!

Image Credits for Bridal Salon Photos: Carolyn Scott Photography, Kristen Weaver Photography, Justin DeMutiis Photography

Image Credits for Hair Stylist Photos: Southern Grace Photography, Cassidy Dawn, Katie Stoops, Jake + Heather, Whitney Neal, Anna Shackleford, Davy Whitener, Landon Jacob, Perry Vaile, Julie Livington, Claire and Barrett Photography, Melanie Mauer

Image Credits for Makeup Artist Photos: Drake Photography, Lyndi and Jason Photography, Kelly Ginn Photography, Sara Anne Photography, Bronwyn Duffield Photography, Emily March Photography, Alicia Antoinette Photography

Heidi Elnora, Twirl Boutique, Ivory & White, Teighla Norris, LULA Hair + Makeup, and Verde Beauty are delightful members of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
219 Comments
  1. avatar Austin Mann reply

    Glad to give my input.

  2. avatar Melissa Rudiger reply

    Maggie Louise!!!

  3. avatar Roxy Toledo reply

    Katy is awesome!

  4. avatar katherine reply

    I absolutely love Lauren at Modern Trousseau in Charleston! She was phenomenal in helping me find my dream dress!

  5. avatar Tiffany Gaither reply

    How lucky I feel to be a southern girl! <3

  6. avatar Alyssa Marion reply

    Katy is amazing! She is so kind and pleasure to be around, I’d use her in a heartbeat!

  7. avatar Sarah reply

    Go Verde Beauty!

  8. avatar Jennifer Hicks reply

    Love Lula Blue!

  9. avatar Andrea reply

    GildedBridal
    Is truly a treasure!

  10. avatar Brittany reply

    Love Verde Beauty!

  11. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is a beautiful person inside and out who deserves this more than anyone else I know. Her love for hair and makeup is surely reflected on her clients!

  12. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is the most deserving person of this. Her passion for hair and makeup is surely reflected on her clients! Her work is absolutely beautiful!

  13. avatar Roxy Toledo reply

    Kart is amazing at makeup and hair!

  14. avatar Joe Ann Durham reply

    Lula is a lovely place and a caring place to get your dress for your wedding. Andra is the best

  15. avatar McKenzie Clapp reply

    Katy Lynn is amazing!!

  16. avatar Kelli Gilchrist reply

    Go Lula Blue!

  17. avatar Brandon reply

    Gilded Bridal is the best!!

  18. avatar Rachael reply

    In LOVE with Verde Beauty studio’ sworn! They are doing the hair and makeup for my wedding at Nottoway Plantation in October of this year and I could not be more excited!

  19. avatar Courtney Smith reply

    Good luck Ash!

  20. avatar Samantha statler reply

    Yay twirl!

  21. avatar Meredith vetell reply

    Modern trousseau was fantastic!

  22. avatar Niki Loiacono reply

    Carla White is beyond Amazing !!!! Hair , makeup she does it THE BEST!!!!!

  23. avatar Keely reply

    Carla is the best!!!

  24. avatar Lyndsay reply

    Teighla is seriously the best! I couldn’t ask for a better stylist! :)

  25. avatar Anthony Pellegrino reply

    Referred two friends to Gilded Bridal and they had nothing but wonderful things to say.

  26. avatar cody darrough reply

    Ashley Franke is the best.

  27. avatar Mike reply

    Guilded is great

  28. avatar Taylor pickard reply

    These girls are AMAZING!!!! Fun and patient…they showed up on time and catered to all of my girls and definitely catered to me. My bridals were perfect, my engagements were perfect, and my wedding day was perfect! I would recommend Tina and the girls to anyone! ❤❤

  29. avatar Hannah Johnson reply

    Pink Lou Lou is the best

  30. avatar Jennifer Hood reply

    Lula Blue for the win!

  31. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy is awesome!!

  32. avatar Pamela Garrison reply

    Good luck!! Go Lula Blue!

  33. avatar Kristal reply

    Morgan is an incredible artist

  34. avatar Jennifer Tingle reply

    Pink Lou Lou !! Great girls! Amazing hair and make up!

  35. avatar Samantha Robins reply

    Lula Blue the owner is down to earth from a small town, she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

  36. avatar Sarah reply

    LOVE the White Room

  37. avatar Shae reply

    The White Magnolia is truly the best! Kerrie is wonderful!

  38. avatar Veronica Lewis reply

    I love Make up for Your Day!!❤️

  39. avatar Kassandra Hamilton reply

    Hard to choose! 😑

  40. avatar Jody Parten reply

    Lula Blue rocks!

  41. avatar LeeAnna Robertson reply

    KATY LYNN IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST! always has been!

  42. avatar Catherine Marks reply

    Heidi Elnora is the BEST!

  43. avatar Sandy Angelly reply

    Lauren at Modern Trouseau is absolutely fantastic.

  44. avatar Amanda harwood reply

    Good luck Ash Franke

  45. avatar Alivia reply

    Morgan Nichols is amazing!!

  46. avatar Elizabeth Hall reply

    <3 pink lu lu

  47. avatar Stacey reply

    Love Modern Trousseau!!

  48. avatar Jordan osborn reply

    Twirl and pink Lou Lou are the best!

  49. avatar Amber reply

    Lulablue!

  50. avatar Jenna reply

    Love southern weddings!

  51. avatar Kelsey Mowrey reply

    White Magnolia is the absolute best bridal salon!

  52. avatar Bonny Bailey-Finck reply

    Solutions is Amazing and always treats our Clients like Royalty.

    We are pleased to have them in Orlando!

  53. avatar Maria reply

    Makeup for your day is amazing!

  54. avatar Courtney Pate reply

    Brooke at Ivory & White is the BEST!!

  55. avatar Maggie reply

    I purschaed my wedding dress at The White Magnolia and I could not be more impressed with their selection, service and overall aesthetic of the store.

  56. avatar Victoria Clapp reply

    Katy does an absolutely stunning job on makeup! Honestly like I’ve never seen before :)

  57. avatar RJ Garner reply

    Thanks for supporting young entrepreneurs!

  58. avatar Jessica reply

    I went to White Magnolia Tampa and found my dress in April. The entire experience was AMAZING!!! The selection and the staff completely blew me away. I loveevery minute. They totally deserve this award!

  59. avatar Michele Bethel reply

    Teighla is absolutely amazing! Extremely talented make-up and hair artist.

  60. avatar Erin reply

    TWM is the best bridal shop around!!

  61. avatar Jennifer reply

    Hayden Olivia Bridal is hands down the best Bridal store ever. They have great selection and the staff is exceptional.

  62. avatar Janet ashby reply

    I follow Pink lou Lou. They are the best.

  63. avatar Joann Ray reply

    Emma Collins is extra special when it comes to makeup artist…

  64. avatar Molly reply

    Pink Lou Lou <3

  65. avatar Brandi Collins reply

    Emma Collins Beauty is the best!

  66. avatar Lauren Carney reply

    Absolutely love Hayden Olivia.

  67. avatar Dana reply

    Love Emma. She is crazy talented

  68. avatar Jess reply

    What a great honor for each one listed!! Congrats all!

  69. avatar Kristi reply

    Alison Sardina Best Hair Stylist!!!

  70. avatar Kelisha Amos reply

    Love Alison’s hair styles and she is a great person

  71. avatar Marjory Badham reply

    The White Room has helped me with wedding dresses and Mother Of Bride and Mother Of Groom…their expertise in style, fashion and honest opinion on dresses that look best makes such a difference. Last but not least, the quality and perfection in alterations makes it PERFECT!

  72. avatar Kate reply

    Modern Trousseau CHS made me feel like I was their #1 priority and knew everything about me and my special day!

  73. avatar Misty Cole reply

    If you want an AMAZING one of a kind dress Lula Blue is the place to go. Believe me you won’t be disappointed. Owner/Designer Andrea Glenn Ingram is a truly talented woman, who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.

  74. avatar Jackie Goldfarb reply

    Love modern trousseauchs!! Lauren is the best

  75. avatar Shelley reply

    Go WMB

  76. avatar Maria Prna reply

    Jackie Robinson is the best

  77. avatar Katie Pursche reply

    Teighla did hair and makeup for my wedding in April 2016 and she killed it! We all looked AMAZING!

  78. avatar Tori reply

    I love Rawwbeauty!!!! Jackie does the absolute best makeup and is so easy going and hilarious!!!

  79. avatar Amanda reply

    Emma Collins is awesome!!!

  80. avatar Kirstie Chancey reply

    Love Emma Collins Beauty!!

  81. avatar Michele Schosser reply

    I have had several enjoyable visits in Hayden Olivia Bridal!

  82. avatar Janet Morana reply

    Love Raww Beauty!

  83. avatar Brittany reply

    White magnolia!

  84. avatar Christi Ledbetter reply

    Love Jackie Robinson with RAWW Beauty. She is the best!

  85. avatar Kaylan Ledbetter reply

    Jackie you are very talented! I’m extremely proud of you and everything you have accomplished and also thankful to call you family!!!!!! You are amazing!! Great job! Keep up the fantastic work!!!

  86. avatar Rosemary Dobbins reply

    I was the mother of the bride and my daughter bought her dress at the White Magnolia in Tampa!. We travelled from VA to FLA because TWM was recommended by everyone we knew and Kerrie and her staff did not disappoint. They did a fantastic job and my daughter bought an unbelievable dress. She was a gorgeous bride and TWM made her dreams come true. The staff did everything in their powers to make the bride find the “one” dress and I will definitely return with my other two daughters when their time comes. Thank you Kerrie and staff!!

  87. avatar Rose reply

    Emma Collins is the best! Love her work!

  88. avatar Rose reply

    Modern Trousseau and Emma Collins are the best! I absolutely loved working with them!

  89. avatar Alei flanders reply

    Emma collins beauty did a wonderful job on my makeup! Love her

  90. avatar Katy Barham reply

    Maggie Louise is very deserving!

  91. avatar Ashley reply

    Amazing experience at The White Magnolia!

  92. avatar Bethany AdMs reply

    Alison is amazing! She is so fast, professional and not to mention a good friend of mine from high school! When my husband and I decided to get married on the beach, I chose a place where I could be close to Alison!! I was so please with everyone’s designs!! Bethany AdMs

  93. avatar Nina Fike reply

    Jackie is the best .

  94. avatar Sophie Raines reply

    Go Maggie Louise!

  95. avatar Anna Smith reply

    Maggie Louise is the perfect place to find the wedding gown of your dreams! It was one of my favorite experiences during the wedding planning process!

  96. avatar Natalie Curry reply

    The White Magnolia is an amazing bridal salon, I had such a wonderful experience selecting my dream dress with them in Jacksonville, FL.

  97. avatar Tyler Litwack reply

    Emma Collins has done my makeup on multiple occasions and there is no one like her!!!

  98. avatar Joann Rhodes reply

    Absolutely love working with Solutions Bridal and About Face Design Team!

  99. avatar Emily Allen reply

    Love love love Katy Lynn Beauty

  100. avatar Jennifer Black reply

    Gilded is absolutely beautiful and they are so amazing to work with!

  101. avatar Ashley Brooks reply

    I found my wedding dress at Maggie Louise and my whole experience was so lovely like a dream come true!

  102. avatar Betty Black reply

    Morgan is an extremely talented Makeup Artist, loves her work and I seen a lot of her work and it is outstanding!

  103. avatar Carla reply

    Excited to vote!

  104. avatar Julia reply

    Alison Sardina is amazing to work with and does an incredible job!

  105. avatar Ronni reply

    LOVE White Magnolia’s unique dresses!!

  106. avatar Lydia Middleton reply

    Love how Alison does hair!! She’s amazing.

  107. avatar Ashley Rahill reply

    Solutions Bridal’s is number one !

  108. avatar Beth reply

    Jackie at RawwBeauty is the best

  109. avatar Logan reply

    Gilded bridal made my gown shopping a dream!

  110. avatar Henry reply

    I love Susan at Gilded Bridal!

  111. avatar Maggie Matthews reply

    Maggie Louise is a dream store!

  112. avatar Lauren Roether reply

    Has the most amazing experience at The White Magnolia! Still love my dress as much as the day I bought it!

  113. avatar Valerie reply

    We LOVE Johna Lutz at White Magnolia!

  114. avatar Emily reply

    Emma Collins Beauty is the best in business! She is a TRUE artist and has a wonderfully talented team of stylists that will execute the perfect makeup look for you! Good Luck Emma, even though you wont need it!

  115. avatar Sue reply

    Verde Beauty Studio are awesome!

  116. avatar Charla reply

    Gook luck everyone

  117. avatar Joe Ann durham reply

    Lula Blue is the greatest! Andra is a wonderful lady!

  118. avatar Joni dawson reply

    Emma Collins beauty is amazing!

  119. avatar Jessica reply

    Katy Lynn is awesome!

  120. avatar Rhonda reply

    Allison at Pink Lou Lou does beautiful work and she is a true southern sweetie.

  121. avatar Jaclyn reply

    Katy Lynn Beauty is amazing!

  122. avatar Bobbi reply

    Love verde beauty!

  123. avatar Karen reply

    Gilded bridal is the best.

  124. avatar Telissa Long reply

    Definitely Lula Blue!

  125. avatar Lori Black reply

    Morgan Nichols has done make-up for both of my daughters and myself, more than once(lots of occasions). She is professional and always on time, with a smile on her face. We have never had to have her change anything! Would recommend!

  126. avatar Hillaree Bennett reply

    They are ALL super talented!

  127. avatar Sarah reply

    I hope the sentimentalist wins!

  128. avatar Meghan reply

    Carla is the sweetest person and I cannot wait to work with her. Her reputation goes far before her and she has nothing but rave reviews.

  129. avatar Amanda Rhodes reply

    I love the sentimentalist!!!! My bff got her dress there and the staff was so wonderful and knowledgeable. Can’t wait for my day to visit

  130. avatar Kristy Anderson reply

    I had the most wonderful “this is the dress” experience that every bride dreams of. The hite Magnolia exceeded my expectations. No other store came close to comparison.

  131. avatar Luke Riley reply

    Absolutely love gilded bridal

  132. avatar Lauren reply

    Good luck to everyone!

  133. avatar Lynn reply

    Love Gilded Bridal!

  134. avatar Ja reply

    Carley

  135. avatar Debra phillips reply

    Love make up for a day!!!! Jennifer House is awesome!!!!

  136. avatar Martha mitchell reply

    Love Maggie Louise!!!!!

  137. avatar Malynda reply

    Carly is talented at creating a brides dream hair in a day that can be so muvh trouble… One less thing to worry about when this woman is on the job.

  138. avatar Molly reply

    Carley!!!!!

  139. avatar Cynthia Williams reply

    Love Carley!

  140. avatar Jennifer hill reply

    I’ve know Carla for years and I’m always amazed by the beautiful hair styles she creates. She is friendly and personable. She listens to what the bride wants and then exceeds their expectations

  141. avatar Suzi Denzin reply

    Love these vendors

  142. avatar Dena Desbiens reply

    Kasey Scuff is the best make up artist in the Mid-South area!

  143. avatar kim davis reply

    Love Kasey Acuff!!!!

  144. avatar Anna reply

    Kasey Acuff is AMAZING!

  145. avatar Mary Ann reply

    Love them all

  146. avatar Kim reply

    Kasey did my makeup for the Warriors shoot and made me look like a Supermodel!! Love her!!

  147. avatar Kelly reply

    Good luck to kasey!

  148. avatar JESSICA reply

    I LOVE SUSAN AT GILDED. SHE IS SUPER FRIENDLY AN EXPERT AT WAHT SHE DOES AND HAS THE BESTY VVARIETY OF GOWNS IN HER BOUTIQUE TO SATISFY ANYON’S NEEDED OR SIZES WHICH IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ALOT OF BRIDES.

  149. avatar Desi reply

    Katy Lynn!

  150. avatar Beth Southworth reply

    Special attention is given at Ivory and White!

  151. avatar Michelle Dixon reply

    Go emma

  152. avatar Amanda Warner reply

    Love Kasey Acuff!

  153. avatar Jillian reply

    Rawwbeauty is the best!!!

  154. avatar LeeAnna Robertson reply

    Katy Lynn!

  155. avatar Anna Underwood reply

    Good Luck everyone!

  156. avatar Catherine Kelley reply

    Love The White Room :)

  157. avatar Debra reply

    The Sentimentalist is the absolute best!

  158. avatar Jaclyn Gibbs reply

    Love Brittany Massey!

  159. avatar Atoya reply

    Katy made us look beautiful for my cousin’s big day!

  160. avatar Ingrid Benjamin reply

    So many great choices to choose from!
    Congrats to solutions bridal for making the list I will be visiting when I am ready to pick my dream dress :D God bless all!

  161. avatar Laura Arnold reply

    Love all of Heidi Elnora’s designs.

  162. avatar Janet ashby reply

    Love Pink Liulou

  163. avatar Ann reply

    Katy Lynn is an incredible make-up artist!!

  164. avatar Hogan Gangaware reply

    Maggie Louise for the win!!! Absolute best experience ever

  165. avatar Charlotte Sparks reply

    LOVE Maggie Louise. She and her team go above and beyond to make you feel special and work with you on customizing the perfect dress.

  166. avatar Miller reply

    Maggie Louise was the experience I have always dreamed about!

  167. avatar Allie reply

    GO MAGGIE LOUISE

  168. avatar Jean reply

    Love love Molly and the team at Maggie Louise

  169. avatar cameron reply

    Love love maggie louise!!

  170. avatar Lauren Watson reply

    Maggie Louise is amazing! These ladies give such a great experiencing finding my dream dress!!

  171. avatar Michelle Gurley reply

    Maggie Louiseee is by far the best bridal boutique out there!!

  172. avatar Ann reply

    Carla has always been a phenomenal hair stylist specializing in updos!

  173. avatar Kori Taylor reply

    Maggie Louise is the best!!

  174. avatar Megan hines reply

    Lula blue

  175. avatar Jeanette Piper reply

    Love LulaBlue

  176. avatar Alisha Harris reply

    I love Lula Blue. It’s an amazing place with amazing people.

  177. avatar Cynthia reply

    Difficult choices!

  178. avatar Misty reply

    Love, Love Lula Blue! One of a kind shop with a one of a kind owner/designer!

  179. avatar Bobbi reply

    Go verde!

  180. avatar Sophie raines reply

    Go Maggie Louise! :)

  181. avatar Laura Goff reply

    Jennifer Nieman is an amazingly creative artist. I hope she wins. She truly deserves this honor!

  182. avatar Elizabeth Higgins reply

    wish EmmyHunt.com was added to the make up artist list!

  183. avatar TIffany reply

    Morgan Nichols is the perfect wedding make-up artist. She’s creative, kind, and wants to see you shine. <3

  184. avatar Amber Lynn reply

    Verde Beauty is top notch!! There was no question which artists I wanted for my wedding once I had my consult. They listen to the client’s wants and incorporate it with current trends to create a picture perfect look!

  185. avatar Betsy diFrancesca reply

    I voted for Jennifer Nieman for Hair Stylist because before living in Atlanta, she lived in L.A., CA and used to help me out when I had Large bridal parties. She was amazing and I was sad to see her go. But she always posts her work on Social Media and she’s gotten even better!

  186. avatar Louise reply

    Heidi Elnora!

  187. avatar Allie reply

    Cathleen helped me pick out my dress and I am absolutely in love! #LovelyBride

  188. avatar Lanie reply

    Lovely Houston!!!

  189. avatar Rachel reply

    Once again I cannot explain how happy I am to be a part of the “Heidi Family” they go above and beyond to help you in picking out and designing the most important dress of your life! They treat you as though you are their own daughter, niece, etc. getting married so they are invested in every detail. I could not have asked for anything better!

  190. avatar Jennifer reply

    PinkLouLou is the best!

  191. avatar Christina reply

    Woooo! Lovely Houston has my vote! xx

  192. avatar Shannon Riley reply

    Ash and co

  193. avatar Maria reply

    Katy Lynn beauty is awesome and she’s perfect she definitely deserves this

  194. avatar lynnesy catron reply

    Go Carley!

  195. avatar Angela Rachel reply

    Solutions Bridal is a beautiful shop and the staff does everything they can to make every moment special.

  196. avatar Lynn reply

    Solutions bridal treated me like a princess! They gave me the best wedding experience ever!

  197. avatar Alisha Harris reply

    Love Lula Blue

  198. avatar Alyssa reply

    Katy is the best! She always make you feel absolutely beautiful!

  199. avatar Anne reply

    LOVELY BRIDE IS THE BEST

  200. avatar Makayla reply

    I love twirl! The ladies were nothing short of amazing

  201. avatar Carly kaelin reply

    TWIRL is the best bridal salon in the south! They made my wedding dress experience exceptionally perfect. They made this KY bride feel right at home as soon as I walked in. I knew I was going to find my dress that day and I did. Can’t thank the girls at twirl enough!

  202. avatar Rori Middleton reply

    Go Twirl!!!

  203. avatar Dylan Tullberg reply

    Ash and co are phenomenal

  204. avatar Tricia reply

    We loved visiting Asheville!

  205. avatar Mary reply

    Tina and her team of makeup artist with Verde Beauty are the best they strive to make your day unforgettable with complimenting your beauty with fabulous make up and beatific hair styling.
    Vote Verdemail Beauty Studio

  206. avatar Alyssa reply

    Go Katy!

  207. avatar Misty Cole reply

    Can’t say enough great things about Lula Blue!! Such an AMAZING owner/designer, she will make “YOUR DAY” the BEST DAY EVER!!

  208. avatar Gregory Booshitz reply

    Gilded Bridal is the best!

  209. avatar Jenna Wilmhoff reply

    I love TWIRL

  210. avatar Sarah reply

    I had the BEST experience at Gilded Bridal. Their dresses are one of a kind and beautiful and the owner, Susan is so helpful and knowledgeable.

    I could not recommend this place enough!

  211. avatar clara frost reply

    Carla White hands down is the best hairstylist in the South!! Her reputation goes before her for her talent and love of brides. Vote for her!!

  212. avatar Deanna Keal reply

    I love Twirl!!!

  213. avatar Ab reply

    Twirl

  214. avatar Sara-Elizabeth Bush reply

    Love my twirl girls!

  215. avatar Ginny reply

    Carla white is the best!

  216. avatar Patti reply

    Go Ashley!

  217. avatar Hayley Measner reply

    Twirl!

  218. avatar Meredith Warren reply

    Twirl is the best!

  219. avatar Kendra reply

    Twirl!!!

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Knowing that so many of you are newly (ish!) sporting an engagement ring, we’ve been working our way through wedding planning must-dos here on the blog for the past few weeks. After several rounds of budget advice, it’s time to move on to vendors: finding them, hiring them, and working with them! For all of our best wedding planning advice in one place, be sure to pick up your copy of the Joyful Wedding Planner!

For many of us, planning a wedding is the first time we’ve had to hire someone – maybe ever, and almost certainly for something creative! It can feel like a lot of pressure to get it right, because your wedding vendors are the folks who will transform your big, precious ideas into a celebration that can be enjoyed by the people you love most. We’ve got a whole roster of vendors we love for browsing, but today we’re taking it one step further and really breaking down the question “how do I find vendors for my wedding?”

Use your network. Naturally, some of the best recommendations come from people you trust. Loved the flowers at your best friend’s wedding? Ask her who she used. And remember, negative reviews can be just as helpful as positive ones!

Ask your vendors. Found a vendor you 100% click with? Ask him for other vendor recommendations. Photographers and planners, especially, work with countless vendors every weekend and can have great insight into the best options in your area.

Look to blogs and magazines. Wedding blogs and magazines can be a wealth of vendor leads, in a number of different ways. Search for real wedding or editorials that took place in your area and follow up with anyone whose work you love. Check to see if they have a vendor directory, usually a hand-picked selection of vendors that have been vetted in some way (ours is called the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory). And don’t forget print and online advertisements – if you love a publication, chances are you’ll love the vendors that care enough to advertise with them.

There’s a common belief that vendors and venues charge more for the same services as soon as the word “wedding” is mentioned. Surprise! That’s probably true – but for good reason. A once-in-a-lifetime event like a wedding comes with an entirely different set of expectations, pressure, time spent planning, service, and creativity than your average cocktail or bridal party, and a higher price often reflects that. Though it can be hard to justify the expense on the front end of a wedding, talented vendors are worth every penny in the end!

I’d love to hear: how did you find your vendors? Who are your favorites?

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Joseph Requerme Photo reply

    Usually your suppliers will recommend someone that they trust, so, ask your supplier. Those points you have mentioned are really helpful.

  2. avatar Christine reply

    Yes to all of the above. Also, Instagram can be a great resource to find vendors. Follow beautiful wedding accounts and check to see who they tag. You can discover many wonderful vendors using that method! I found most of my wedding vendors via wedding magazines and trusted wedding websites and blogs (like this one!). I also turned to my wedding planners and their relationships for additional vendor intros. Honestly, the vendor finding process was so much fun!

  3. avatar Bri A reply

    These are such helpful tips because there are so many options out there! I especially love asking vendors that you have a rapport with, because working with someone brings a unique perspective!

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It has been so neat to hear from so many of you over the past weeks and months about vendors you think should be added to our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory. I love that it’s a resource y’all can both add to and draw from – either from or for your own wedding! Here are a few more recently added creative partners that we think you should meet:

Marissa Joy is a kind and intuitive photographer, making it easy for her to genuinely portray both intimate and candid moments. Her natural style is elegant, and, combined with the personality of her couples, results in heartfelt and personal work. She shoots primarily in North Carolina, Maryland, and Washington, DC.

Traci’s work is atmospheric and intimate. She has a knack for capturing quiet, unnoticed moments that will be treasured for years to come. Anne Marie Photography is based in New Braunfels, Texas.

Jillian’s designs are just gorgeous to look at, aren’t they? We love the juxtaposition of wild and elegant she achieves with her art for loose arranging and selecting the most beautiful blooms. Mimi Nicole Events is based in South Carolina.

Mint’s work is simply lovely. These two gals have a beautiful and unique way of seeing the world, one that allows them to capture the beauty, intimacy, and love between their couples in a soft and peaceful way. Mint Photography is based in San Antonio.

Francesca and her team’s work is elegant, soft, and sophisticated — just like a Southern belle! We love Pure Luxe’s focus on creating “genuine” weddings — totally in line with the SW manifesto. They are based in South Carolina.

Chloe’s wild and wonderful blooms are the perfect mix of texture, color, and composition. We adore her work!
Supposey Wedding Florals is based in Florida.

Tamara is a sweet and earnest soul, and is about as hardworking as they come. Her flowers are lush and romantic, but we especially adore her passion for nurturing strong marriages as well as beautiful weddings! Tamara Menges Designs is based in Groves, Texas.

We love Abby’s sweet heart and love for what she does, and think it shows in her images! They’re simple and timeless, just like the weddings she most enjoys capturing. Abby Grace Photography is based in Virginia and Washington, DC.

Brittany’s work is polished but natural — she is a genius at making gals look like the most beautiful version of themselves! We can’t decide whether we prefer her gorgeous updos or beautiful waves more, but we know we’d be happy with either on our wedding day. She and her team work throughout the Southeast – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee!

Heidi and the folks at The Dandelion Patch just get it – they have a keen eye for what brides want, and carry a selection of some of the most beautiful stationery and invitations we’ve seen. You won’t regret stopping for a peek at their collection! They have locations in Vienna and Reston Virginia, and in Washington, DC.

As always, if you think there’s a talented vendor we should be introduced to, send me an email! I’d love to hear. In the meantime, you can see all of our Blue Ribbon Vendors (and search by state and category) right here.

emily Written with love by Emily
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