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As many of you know, the Southern Weddings gals have always believed that small is the new big. And we take “small” pretty seriously – not just in our staff size, but in our office space! We work out of the second floor of Lara’s home (yes!), which means one big room currently houses desks for five full-time employees plus two interns, all of our shop products (well, except for the magazines – those go in the garage, because you better believe we are not hauling all of those boxes upstairs!), our shipping station, shoot props, and much more! We shared a tour a year and a half ago, and things still look pretty much the same:

Big hugs to Blue Ribbon Vendor Faith Teasley for these photos! You can also see a more pulled-back look in the SW Planner video!

As much as we love our space (the blue makes it feels like we’re up in the clouds!), the truth is we’ve been bursting at the seams for a little while now. Morgan came on board with us full time this spring; we’ve been steadily adding products to both the Southern Weddings Shop and the Lara Casey Shop; Lara has been needing some more quiet, private space with the launch of her book (and working on her second book!); and now, with the 2015 arrival of two babies on the first floor of our office/Lara’s house, we’re losing some of our overflow storage space.

However, we love our situation and weren’t ready to move out. So we’re moving over! That’s right, starting this week, we’re knocking down walls and expanding our office into the attic, almost doubling our work space. (To be clear, WE are not actually knocking down any walls – that will be left to the professionals!) We’re all so excited! We’ll be sharing an updated tour once our new space is pretty as a speckled pup, but in the meantime, we invite you to follow along on Instagram, where we’ll be posting frequent updates! We’re using the hashtag #theofficereno. (I voted for #henriettasnewdigs, but was outvoted – can you believe it??)

They’re not as pretty, but here are a few “before” shots of the new space. This will be the new “editorial wing,” accessed through the current office:

And this will be our new “guest greeting area,” storage, and Lara’s office toward the back wall. We snapped this one today after the gents started working!

You know we like to keep it real, so to finish, here’s a shot of our temporary shipping station:

Yep, everything’s getting sent with some extra love this month! :) Thank you, as always, for your tremendous support, and stay tuned for more updates!!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Anne Austin reply

    So excited for y’all! I can’t wait to see how it turns out, I’m sure it will be STUNNING!

  2. avatar Emily Hansel reply

    #henriettasnewdigs all the way, Emily!

  3. avatar Mary Beth reply

    Exciting stuff! Any way you can share the paint colors of both the office and the temporary shipping station. Getting ready to do some painting of my own!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Mary Beth – sadly, Lara can’t remember, but she knows they were both Benjamin Moore colors. Sorry we can’t be of more help!!

  4. avatar Anastasia Cale reply

    So excited for you all!! I hope everything goes swiftly and beautifully :)

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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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Hello, ladies + gents! Now that we have our super-fab team photos back from the amazing Millie Holloman, we thought we’d do some proper introductions! Some of us you’ve already met, some of us you may be meeting for the first time — but after this little Sit a Spell series, we hope you’ll feel like you know us even better! You’ve already met Nicole and Sierra, and now it’s Marissa’s turn! Marissa is one of the warmest and most welcoming people you’ll ever have the pleasure of getting to know, so I’m thrilled you’re being formally introduced today! — Emily

Happy Friday, y’all! I’m so thrilled you’ve stopped by to learn a little about little ol’ me! Just a bit about what I do here at Southern Weddings before we jump right in: I’m our Editor in Chief’s right hand gal, so Lara and I spend a lot of time together. I’m also your go-to-girl for anything style or fashion related, and probably the loudest mouth here at SW. Let’s get started!

1. I am obsessed with trial size anything. No joke, y’all! I am sort of (completely) a product junkie. Trial size cosmetics, hair products and just about anything tiny and cute makes me really happy. You know that aisle in the pharmacy meant for traveling? Yep, I could spend hours there. I’ve even bought products I don’t need in order to get the free samples of cosmetics.

2. I monogram EVERYTHING! I contribute this to having MNA as my maiden initials. My formal monogram was mAn. Not so cute! Now that I’m mKn, forget it! If it stops moving, I’ll monogram it!

3. I had a hole in my wedding dress! Yep, you heard me – a hole in my wedding dress! Right in the center of the stomach of my dress there was a hole in the lace straight though. Luckily, our photographer showed me that it didn’t appear in photos and the problem was solved. Thanks for saving my sanity, SK!

4. Scary movies give me the hives. I simply cannot watch them. I am the biggest scaredy cat you’ll ever meet when it comes to horror films. I probably saw no more than five minutes of the last scary movie I was dragged to, and those five minutes were spent peaking through my fingers. In my defense, my husband and his 6 foot 8 inch friend were both covering their faces with their hoodies!

5. Roll Tide is an everyday saying in our home. You’ve probably seen me say it on Twitter, here on the blog and just about everywhere else. As you know, college football is life in the South, and Alabama football, well, it’s just that much better! When my family moved to Alabama (I’m a military brat) our neighbor told my Mom to pick a side: “Are you Alabama or Auburn?” Needless to say we are Alabama, and always will be. Good thing I’m a Bama fan, otherwise my in laws might not have approved.

6. I have packed up an entire apartment in three hours. A quite lovely apartment, at that. As you might know, my husband (the handsome BDK) is a minor league baseball player, and with that comes a lot of traveling. One day, we got the call, and he had to be with the new team quite quickly. So, as he ran to the field to get his baseball gear, I packed up our entire apartment in only three hours (and into a Jetta, y’all)!

7. My favorite channels to watch are QVC and the Home Shopping Network, but I have never ever bought anything from either one. Seriously, y’all, I could lose hours of my life watching the Gem Show without ever thinking about purchasing one of the items.

8. I just cut 11 inches of my hair off to be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths in honor of a family friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. So did my sister and the fab Nicole.

9. I’ve been to approximately one hundred and fifty baseball games, but I still don’t understand all the rules of baseball. I once thought the shortest player on the team always had to play shortstop (for you non-baseball fans out there, this is not true). However, I can tell you the difference between a slider, a curve ball and a splitty.

10. In ten years, I want to be living in an antebellum style home (preferably below the Mason Dixon) with my sweet BDK and a couple yummy little children (with BDK’s dimples) running around. We’d vacation at our beach house on Rosemary Beach and I’ll still be working with the fab ladies of Southern Weddings and you wonderful readers.

Read more about me here!

Do we have something in common? Introduce yourself in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you!

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  2. avatar Mary reply

    Eeeeek! I absolutely love that blue ruffle dress you’re wearing! Where did you get it? It’s lovely!

  3. avatar Lydia reply

    I’m sort of a military brat! My dad was in the AF for almost 23 years, but had moved from active duty to the reserves before I was born. So I got a lot of the benefits without ever having to move around! Donated my hair to Locks of Love a couple of time, but I’m back to long tresses for the time being. We need a picture of your shorter ‘do!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Wow, 23 years in the AF! Go Lydia’s dad! And so awesome you donated to Locks of Love – very generous of you! xo, Marissa

  4. avatar Kathy reply

    I love antebellum homes, too! In fact, the older and more historic the house, the better I like it. Good luck with your goals. I’m sure you’ll reach them!

  5. avatar Esther reply

    I’ve donated my hair twice now to Locks of Love; working on the third but my hair seems to enjoy growing painfully slow! Regardless, it’s a wonderful cause and I applaud all three of you for making such a generous donation! Besides, it’s the perfect time for a cute new cut in this sweltering summer heat :)

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Thanks, Esther! The best thing I have found to help hair grow is the vitamin Biotin. It also works wonders on your eyelashes and nails! xo, Marissa

  6. avatar Emily reply

    I hate scary movies, too! And FYI, I’ve heard the best trial size aisle is located in Beth, Bath, & Beyond :)

  7. avatar Lara reply

    Marissa, you are the sugar to my tea. The jam to my biscuit. The Jimmy Dean sausage to my Coon Balls. (y’all, we’ll explain that one soon!) But, seriously, I don’t know what I’d do without you. You bless my life in SO many ways! I love you!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Well, as long as I am the Jimmy Dean to your coon balls then we are all good! : ) I love you and that bitty baby in your belly!

  8. avatar Kristina reply

    I don’t think I could ever pack up an apartment that fast! Kudos

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