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Happy Friday, belles! Since we just flipped the calendar page again (hello, May!) and Lisa and I have been hard at work with our team of stylists and vendors making Volume 9 magic happen, we thought it was time for a little #MakingSouthernWeddings update here on the blog! We have two editorial shoots under our belts (hooray!), two coming up this month, two in June, and one that is yet to be scheduled – but will likely end up being in June, too! We’ve actually already gotten the photos back from our first shoot, and let’s just say, there were some dancing lady and heart eye emoji texts involved amongst our team. We can’t wait for you to see!! But in the meantime, here’s what we can share…

Our first editorial was staged in sunny Florida. We had the help of two long-time Blue Ribbon Vendors, Ashton Events and Justin DeMutiis, and since I was out on maternity leave, Lisa also had Marissa by her side! (That’s her wearing one of our cute shoot aprons from Oatmeal Lace, above.) This shoot was bright and colorful, with just a hint of gold and citrus :)

Our second editorial took place at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta. Yeah, we couldn’t stop staring at that ceiling, either! We were thrilled to take on an indoors shoot – something a little different for us – and hope y’all will love having some ballroom inspiration in our next issue! Of course, peonies arranged by Blue Ribbon Vendor Jacin Fitzgerald, an epic tulle wedding gown, and photos by Sawyer Baird don’t hurt, either. I was back from maternity leave for this one, and it was extra fun to have my little girl and my Mom in tow for the day! But don’t get me started on Atlanta traffic… yeesh!

As always, follow along on Instagram and Snapchat for more Southern Weddings V9 action as it unfolds! You can find everything on our account, @SouthernWeddings, and the #SouthernWeddingsV9 and #MakingSouthernWeddings hashtags. And don’t forget: we will be reviewing real weddings for Volume 9 through August, so send them our way! We can’t WAIT to see your big days!! You can find our submission guidelines here.

P.S. Interested in being a Volume 9 sponsor? There’s still time, and we would love to have you! In fact, we’re running a special deal until May 9, so hop like a bunny and email Marissa!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Christine reply

    Can’t wait to see it!! xoxo

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Howdy, friends! About two years ago, we ran a “Day in the Life” series on the blog, and it was quite popular! My, how times can change in a short amount of time – we have three new faces around the office, and lots of different arms of our business that didn’t exist in 2012! We figured it was time for an update, and what better gal to start with than Morgan, our newest addition. We adore her and are all in awe of her skills, as you’ll see below. Please help me give her a warm welcome this morning! — Emily

My role, like most of the SW gals’ roles, is very multi-faceted. I’m officially the Shop Manager for the Lara Casey Shop and the Southern Weddings Shop but I also spend about half of my time as Assistant Art Director/Designer. When people ask what my title is, I usually say Shop Manager and Designer. So, there you go. :)

I love that my role allows me to dabble in many different realms of Southern Weddings because there is always a variety of projects to do! However, this also means I have to be very organized with my time during the day. I try to break my day up into time slots to set little deadlines for myself. My day usually looks something like this:

9:00am My commute to work is about 45 minutes, but I actually love it as a great time to get ready for the day and listen to audiobooks! I’d love to hear y’all’s audiobook recommendations in the comments! When I get to work, I usually hop onto my email and print the packing slips for the orders that came in over night.

9:15am After printing out packing slips, I get to packing orders! My favorite part of this rhythmic but relaxing task is writing notes to go with the magazines. Seeing the stack of orders complete at the end of the day is a nice physical representation of productivity, which makes me feel good!

10:30am I’m usually finished with orders around 10:30, just in time for our staff meeting on Tuesdays. We gather around the desktop computer on my desk and all squeeze in to see Marissa and Kristin via Google Hangout. We each share updates and then talk through some key things we’re working on. Staff meetings are always great motivators, and I’m continually thankful to be a part of such a great team.

11:30am Nicole asked me to make some new sliders for the Southern Weddings Shop homepage. I gather up some gold foil prints and beautiful little props to set up a quick styled shoot. I take the photos downstairs because Lara’s white dining room table makes a perfect backdrop. Gracie is napping so I try to be quiet as I set up my shoot and click away!

Another mini shoot I worked on this week – colorful journals!

12:00pm I upload the photos to my laptop so I can edit them in Photoshop and add graphics in Illustrator. I’ll make a couple of iterations to explore different options, then run the finals by Nicole before uploading them to the Shop.

1:30pm Lunch time! I like to make a big batch of some sort of meat and vegetable variety like grilled pesto chicken with squash and zucchini on Sundays, then divide the meal into containers for the week’s lunches. Today, however, my sweet mom made me the cutest miniature chicken pot pie! What a treat! I eat lunch at my desk while working on some graphics for the blog.

2:00pm The SW ladies and I have an exciting project in the works that I get to watercolor a little something for. I brought my watercolor set to work and spread them out across my desk so I can get started. Painting is one of my favorite things, so of course I love when I’m able to paint at work!

3:00pm I’ve brainstormed a fun idea for a little film like this one that will feature the SW gals and a cute shop product! I begin to story board the video out and email everyone to make sure they set aside about fifteen minutes for filming next week.

4:00pm A few key packaging items are running low, so I make a list of things to restock. I also schedule post office pickups for all of the lovely shop packages! I respond to any emails I haven’t gotten to yet and tidy up my space for the next day. Lastly, I review my list of things to get done and start making a list for tomorrow.

5:00pm It’s time to go! I say good bye to the SW gals and then head downstairs to say bye to Rhiannon and Gracie before hopping into my car, plugging up my audiobook and starting home!

Next up in our series: Kristin!

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Morgan Jones reply

    Love this series and Morgan! She is so very talented and is the sweetest :)

  2. avatar Stephanie Creekmur reply

    I love these posts! It’s so fun to see into other creative’s workdays! :)

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Yay Morgan!! Love seeing all of the fun stuff on her desk every day, especially on watercolor days!

  4. avatar Liz Kinney reply

    Oh what fun! That sounds like a dream job to me! Keep up the GREAT work SW :)

  5. avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

    I really enjoyed getting to see a day in the life of your job, Morgan! What are some of your favorite watercolor supplies? It is a goal of mine to build that skill over the next few months and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    • avatar Morgan Moore reply

      Hi Kyla! Thank you! I use Lukas watercolors and basic watercolor paper. You can find both at any craft store. Have fun experimenting with watercolors, I’m excited for you!

    • avatar Kyla Fetzner reply

      Thank you Morgan, I will definitely look into investing in some Lukas watercolors. I’m excited to practice and create some pieces!

  6. avatar Julie reply

    It’s so fun to get a peek into the behind the scenes of SW magazine. I’m always in awe of such creative people!

  7. avatar Kat reply

    Such a fun series!!!

  8. avatar Lauren Taylor reply

    I love this series! Its really fun to get to see what goes on in the making of Southern Weddings.

  9. avatar Wendy Moore reply

    I’m so glad I got to see what your day is like at SW!

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We know many of you come here just for the wedding goodness, and we love that! Feel free to skip right over this post if that’s you :)

However, we also know that others of you come because you love what we do, and maybe even hope that you could do something similar one day. I know, I’ve been there! We have a group of magazine journalism students from UNC visiting our offices today, and we thought it would be great time to share some of our best job tips with a wider audience than we can invite into our space. We hope this helps a bit! Feel free to leave questions or additional tips in the comments!

1. Know the company to which you’re applying. Be over prepared. Depending on the company you’re interested in working for, this can be harder, or easier! Here at SW (and at most wedding businesses), we make it quite easy for you. You can find out all our names, you can see some of our likes and dislikes, you can read our FAQ section, and you can get to know us, our company, and what we believe in every day through our blog posts, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.

The more you know about a company, the more aware you’ll be of what they need, and the more ready you’ll be to show them what an asset you could be. For example, before my first interview with Southern Weddings, I went through V1 line by line marking up the entire copy with thoughts, ideas, things I loved, and things I hoped to help improve. Overkill? Possibly, but I wanted to be ready for anything!

In this same vein, if you’re lucky enough to get an interview at whatever company you’re interested in, ALWAYS have questions ready for the interviewer! It shows that you’re interested in the opportunity, and that you’ve thought critically about the company and what they do. This is often the make or break portion of an interview for me!

From our last visit to a CAFME (Carolina Association of Future Magazine Editors) meeting!

2. Know the industry inside and out. SW is a small company, and there’s not as much time to get a new employee up to speed as there might be at a larger company. We have the luxury of choosing from many talented candidates, and odds are, 9 times out of 10 we’ll go for the one that truly LOVES weddings simply can’t get enough of them. The type of person who thinks about and talks about weddings even after the work day is done. If you’re interested in a job in the wedding industry, I’d suggest becoming familiar with all of the major magazines, and reading a number of wedding blogs and developing an opinion on all of it. A personal perspective is something we definitely look for at SW!

Soaking things up from the outside is awesome, but hands-on experience is by far the best thing you can do for your resume and job prospects. Take on as many meaningful internships as you possibly can, and learn everything you possibly can from them! Make as many contacts as you can, too, and don’t leave them behind once your internship is over. You’ll never know who you might meet, or who might be hiring (or who knows someone who is hiring) down the road.

3. Remember that details MATTER. Spell our names correctly. Spell everything correctly. Punctuate your sentences correctly. If you’re not taking the time to spell check an email as important as this one, why would I assume you’d spell check any other email as an employee? Most importantly, be sure to use “wedding words” correctly, like stationery v. stationary and aisle v. isle. Yikes!

4. Be aware that we look at everything. You may have only sent us your resume and a cover letter, but if we’re seriously considering you for a position, we will evaluate everything we can get our hands on: Twitter account, Pinterest profile, personal blog, etc. These extensions can be an asset to you (your Pinterest boards can show us what great style you have, your personal blog can show us your writing skills and grasp of current trends), or they can cross you right off our list (yucky language or unprofessional posts on Twitter, a blog that reflects a lack of familiarity with the wedding world).

Nicole and me in the office last week!

5. Keep in mind that the traditional rules don’t always apply. This is where it gets tricky, and where I think there’s a very fine line to getting it right. For a company like SW, which does not have a corporate environment and is a very personal brand, we like to see who you are in your application, because who you are determines, in part, who we as a company will be. When we issue our call for interns, we invite you to be conversational and creative in your application. Don’t, however, fall into the trap of thinking we’re looking to hire a new best friend… which leads to my next point:

6. Be careful if you’re a superfan. I can’t tell you the number of emails I get from gals who LOVE, LOVE, L-O-V-E Southern Weddings, or weddings in general. Obviously, I understand! I was (and still am!) one of you! The truth is, though, I’ll be able to tell very quickly if you’re really a superfan, or if you’re just saying you are because you want the job, but really you’re telling that to every publication :) One easy way for me to tell? Whether or not your name is already familiar to me when your resume lands in my inbox. True superfans have been commenting on the blog and interacting with us via social media for months, if not years! So if you really are a superfan, awesome! If you’re a fan, but maybe not a superfan, that’s okay, too! There are many other assets we look for in potential employees, and we’d always prefer you be honest about who you are and what you bring to the table.

Of course, authentic face time is always helpful, which superfans thrive on! We actually met Kristin for the first time at last year’s gingerbread barn event (which we’re repeating this year, FYI look for details soon!), and though there were MANY other reasons that contributed to her eventual hire, us having met and loved her in person did give her a leg up!

7. Get really good at emailing. Finally, if there’s one tip I could pass on not only for the job search but for life after the job search, it would be to get really good at emailing. My job is 90% emailing. Though the SW ladies all have widely varying skill sets, I would say one thing that unites us is our ability to craft a good email: personal and friendly while still being professional, tuned to our audience and our relationship with the addressee, and striking the right tone through grammar, word choice, and the perfect sprinkling of exclamation points (something Marissa is still working on – ha!). Emails MATTER, especially when they are the way you communicate with 95% of your relationships. It pays to get good at them!

We so hope this was helpful! Keep in mind this is simply our perspective, and that the “rules” vary widely from company to company and industry to industry! If you have additional questions or tips, feel free to leave them in the comments. Because I know someone will ask, yes, we do gladly offer internships to current college students: generally 1-2 interns in the spring and fall, and one intern in the summer. If you’re looking for other opportunities, I would highly recommend, a job board geared specifically to the wedding industry.

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kelsey Wade reply

    Wow! I cannot tell you how many times I have looked at your site and thought to myself, “Man, I would really love to know how to get started in the wedding world.” Thank you so much for your kind words of wisdom. It is much appreciated! :) Looking forward to ordering my first magazine from y’all someday soon. Have a great day!

  2. avatar Stephanie Blackmon reply

    It was so great getting to know more about SW today! Thanks so much for the tips and it was great to see y’all again!

  3. avatar Lisa reply

    Thank you so much for all of this wonderful advice, Emily! I’m a magazine journalism major graduating in May, so I know I’ll refer to this post often in my upcoming job search!

  4. avatar Desiree reply

    What an excellent post, lots of great things said very well. Per your usual, Em! xo

  5. avatar Kathryn reply

    I think it’s comical that you say every detail matters, when you can’t even number the article properly.

    • avatar Nicole reply

      Ha! Thank you for pointing that out, Kathryn! Good thing we’re already hired :)

  6. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Great tips, Em! What a helpful post and must-read for people looking into landing a wedding industry gig :)

  7. avatar Abby reply

    Thank you so much for this article! I’ve read a lot of different advice on breaking into the wedding industry, but I loved that you included how important it is to be able to write a good email – most don’t know how. I also liked that you touched on getting to know the personality and culture of the company which I can often overlook. Great article!

  8. avatar Dee Shore reply

    This is insightful! Thanks much for taking the time to put this together. Now I’m going to get my stationery and write a letter… LOL got you there. Thanks again!

  9. avatar Kelsey Ford reply

    Thank you for these wonderful tips and for the job board resource. As a college student who is extremely excited and preparing to enter the wedding industry, these were some very helpful hints! I really appreciate it! Also, to Marissa – I have trouble limiting my exclamation points as well. :) Thanks for the great advice, y’all!

  10. avatar Hannah reply

    Over a year later, this post is still extremely helpful. I am a senior in college and am eager to obtain a career in this industry that I love so much. I love your tips and can’t wait to put them to use as I continue to apply for dream jobs this semester. Thank you! :)

  11. avatar Sarah Ainsley Turner reply

    I’ve read this article countless times over the past two years of college and always find myself coming back for a refresher when I need a little motivation. Thanks so much for the advice and for always inspiring me to dream big dreams about a career in the wedding industry!

  12. avatar Chelsea Haddock reply

    Hey Emily,
    I loved this post so much. Being a college student who is about to graduate next December, it’s always great to read from current professionals in the wedding business how they made it. Thank you! Also I was wondering, when does SW start looking for intern for the spring?

  13. avatar Molly reply

    Hi Emily,
    I just wanted to say that I really appreciated this post. I am finishing up my college degree and have begun the (often dreaded) job hunt. I have wanted to work in the wedding industry for as long as I can remember and its nice to have a professional’s point of view rather than jumping in blindly and hoping for the best. I would love to be able to get involved with Southern Weddings, but is there a source for wedding related job listings as well in case you are not currently hiring? Again, thank you for the insight!

  14. avatar Erin Mancini reply

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that isn’t a website anymore (I think) because when I tried to click on it, the website wasn’t there. Just thought I would let you know since I am sure there are dozens of other girls out there, like me, who really want to work in the wedding industry, but can’t figure out the best place to look.
    Thanks for this blog post though, it was incredibly helpful and I hope that one day I can start a career in weddings that brings me as much joy as yours has brought you!


  15. avatar Julianna reply

    I am in the process of applying for your summer internship. I was wondering if you had any tips on what to submit for the writing sample if we do not have a blog. Are you expecting it to be wedding related? Is it okay if I am not a journalism or English major?

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Hi Julianna! The writing sample doesn’t have to be wedding-related, and you don’t have to be an English/journalism major–we just want to get a feel for your writing abilities :) Feel free to send in a favorite essay or paper, or anything you’ve written that you feel demonstrates your writing voice!

  16. avatar Anna Furrey reply

    Thank you for the advice!

  17. avatar Leslie P reply

    I love this post! I think this is helpful information for any job applicant!

  18. avatar Carolina Benitez reply

    I absolutely love this post! It was so helpful, especially for a superfan like me who has always dreamed to work for you all! I am a graphic design major at the University of Florida and have been obsessed with you all for years! Hope to apply to the summer internship this year and hopefully apply to get a job with Southern Weddings in the future!

  19. avatar Bri Arey reply

    Thanks for all the recommendations! They’re so helpful! I’m so disappointed I didn’t know about SW when I was a UNC undergrad.

  20. avatar Rachel Mauldin reply

    I loved this post!! I’m extremely interested in a job in the wedding magazine industry (and just started looking into future intrenships, etc.), so this post helped a lot. Thank you for the tips :)

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