It's that time of the year again, where we open up the chance for ONE business to WIN a spot on the back cover, a $1,170.00 value! Last issue Baking On The Bayou won, who will win this time?
Rules are simple:
-Fill out the form below.
-Include ONE professionally edited photograph that has to do with weddings & events (wedding dress, bouquet, cakes, makeup, rentals, wedding couple, etc.)
-Photograph must be in portrait, not landscape. For social media purposes it can be watermarked, however, in order to be published we prefer non-watermarked photos. We will reach out to the photographer of the winner for permission to publish.
-Submissions will close on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. cst. (Once submissions have closed, new entries will NOT be accepted.)
-We will then upload ALL entries to Southern Celebrations Facebook page.
-The photo with the MOST "Likes" will win a back cover opportunity!
-Contest officially ends on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. cst.
-Back cover contest is not open to direct sales vendors.
It is truly possible to have a stress-free wedding day! We promise!
1. Hire a Wedding Planner/Day-Of Coordinator
We love DIY couples, planning your wedding can be a blast and many couples do it all by themselves, up to the day of! You should enjoy your wedding, not worry about logistics and set-up! If you can hire someone to handle the details on the actual day, it will alleviate so much stress. If it's not in your budget to hire a full service planner, try to find one that at least offers day-of management, which will sometimes start 4-6 weeks before your actual wedding date.
2. Accept The Weather - You Cannot Change It
No, really, don't sweat the weather. You can't control it. Just make sure you prepare in advance, especially if your ceremony and/or reception is outdoors. If there is a possibility of inclement weather, you can ask your rental company to have a tent on reserve. If you know it'll be hot outside, rent some stand-up fans/misting fans and of course, if it's cold out, reserve heaters. Be prepared. Most weather apps/stations will give you a 10-15 day forecast.
3. Don't Over-Schedule Yourself
If you know you'll be wanting to get your hair dyed/cut, do it at the beginning of the week or the week prior, NOT the day of your wedding. Same goes with getting a manicure/pedicure. Get them done before your wedding day. Try your best not to do too much on the morning of your wedding. Stick to getting your hair and makeup done. Eat a healthy breakfast and relax before it's go time!
4. Wait Until the Reveal
It'll be tempting to check in on your reception space on the day of your wedding! Trust those you have enlisted to setup your space. You will only drive yourself crazy seeing an unfinished space. If you're decorating your space beforehand, check with the venue manager if it's a possibility to come in he day before to decorate.
5. Get Alone Time
This is a big deal! From the moment you say I Do, your wedding can seem like a whirlwind. Find time to spend with your new husband/wife, even if it is for just 5 - 10 minutes. An easy way to do this is to request a meal just for the two of you, even if you're just nibbling. Ask your caterer or planner if they can prepare a small plate for you before you enter the reception (unless you're having a seated dinner, then maybe just ask for some hors d’oeuvres and a celebratory drink). Then when it's time to get your celebration started, you don't have to worry about the fact that you're hungry!
Stay By Your Spouse
You just got married! Always be within arms reach of each other. Show off the fact that you are now one! Greet and mingle together, there will be plenty of opportunities in your future to mingle separately.
Keep in mind what is important. You cannot control every aspect of your wedding day. Understand that candles can get blown out by the wind, that accidents happen, that your ringbearer may have a complete meltdown moments before the ceremony. What truly matters is that you're marrying your best friend, not the fact that your monogrammed napkins have been placed on the wrong table.
We love flowers here at Southern Celebrations! We put them in our office, on our dining room table, and of course swoon over them when it comes to floral designs at weddings!
Our favorite time of the year in the South is Winter, growing up in Louisiana, you really only get to experience Winter for a brief amount of time, so really it might truly be Autumn that we love the most, but that's referring to our neck of the woods, not the entire South! Nonetheless, we love Winter and wanted to share with our brides the top 5 Winter Bridal Bouquet trends!
Herbs + Berries
Blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries are definitely an unexpected wow factor in bouquet trends! These unripe berries come in different shades of greens, pinks, and deep purples, a great mix of Winter colors! . Along with berries, fresh herbs such as rosemary and lavender are great to use in your bridal bouquets, too!
Gold and silver has been a classic color for weddings for many years but there is a new metallic taking the spotlight, copper! This warm metallic is perfect for weddings! For your Winter wedding, pair copper with deep pinks, oxblood reds (like marsala) and blushes! Copper also pairs perfectly with whites and greenery!
Cotton + Natural Elements
Feature seasonal elements like pine cones, holly, lily and eucalyptus pods, and evergreen boughs with a mix of cotton for the perfect Winter bridal bouquet.
Of The Same Shade
Single color bouquets are always a classic trend for bouquets. Choosing one color creates intensity. Whether it’s shades white, cool blue tones for Pantone's Color if the Year, deep shades of red or blushes, many brides are choosing a single color pallet for 2016 and carrying the trend over into their Winter wedding!
A wedding bouquet full of jewel-toned beauties provide the perfect pop of color to any Winter wedding!
We’re on a mission to publish the work of Creatives and other Wedding Professionals who have never been published before, both in our bi-annual print magazine and online!! We believe in helping to expose those who have never been given the chance to be seen! We understand the frustration of pouring your passions into your work, only to get turned away from publications! We are a Southern publication; however, our number one mission is to inspire brides before her wedding and after!
Picking the perfect shoe to wear on your wedding day shouldn't be as hard as finding your gown, right? Truth is, it can be! You either want comfort or style, but most of the times you want both! And yet, you usually end up sacrificing one or the other.
Keep these tips in mind when deciding which shoe to wear on your big day!
What purpose are you aiming for?
Are you trying to match your shoes to the groom's or maybe your bridesmaids? Are you wanting to make a statement and go bold? Are you going for comfort and foregoing current fashion trends?
Match your dress and theme.
Consider your wedding theme. Is it beachy? Maybe modern or country rustic. You don't want to be parading around in the hottest bridal fashion trends with a pair of cowboy boots underneath, now do you? Also, keep in mind the texture and color of your dress when choosing your shoes!
If you plan on having any type of alterations done to your dress, please keep in mind the urgency to find your shoes sooner and make sure the shoes you are wearing for alterations, need to be the shoes you wear on your wedding day.
We can't control the weather on your wedding day. So it's best that you have a back up plan for your feet. It'll be really hard walking through snow in the latest heels!
You're going to be in your shoes for a minimum of 3-4 hours on your wedding day. Be sure to choose a shoe that will provide some comfort. Try wearing them a few times before to get your feet use to them and if all else fails, plan on bringing a back up pair for you to slip in to as the festivities of your big day continue.
Too often a bride will become convinced that she doesn't need a wedding planner because the venue that she booked, has an onsite coordinator. Having been on both sides of that spectrum, as a venue coordinator and as a wedding planner, I'm here to tell you why you need to hire a wedding planner, even though your venue is already providing you with one.
The venue coordinators first focus is to ensure that the venue and food is set up according to contracted specifications, remember that your venue coordinator is paid by the venue, not by you. Sometimes your first time meeting them may be on your rehearsal day, other times your venue coordinator may reach out to you the week of, to tie up any loose ends that the venue manager has not relayed to them. In some cases, you won't be their only bride that day. Some venues, will actually hold two events per day, if time allows for it. Even more, sometimes the venue coordinator that you have been working with, might not be your coordinator on the actual day of your wedding! Why? Because since they are an employee of the venue, they will place them where they are needed the most, especially if there are multiple events scheduled.
Depending on the venue, your coordinator may or may not help you with your wedding rehearsal or wedding day timeline! What!? Yes! Some are strictly day-of venue coordinators.
Design or decorate your reception? Not your venue coordinators responsibility, although some may help assist in putting out small items such as your guest book, but don't expect them to decorate your reception space for you.
Who's going to cut your cake? While some venue coordinators will cut your wedding cake, not all are assigned to.
What about cuing the dj or getting the bridal party together for cake cutting or who's going to get the guests to line up after the reception for the exit? The details of a wedding are usually outside the scope the venue coordinator’s responsibilities; however, not all venues are alike! You may get lucky and book a venue who includes these responsibilities into their venue coordinator's already long list of duties for your event. It is important to remember that your venue coordinator is their to represent the venue, not the bride & groom.
Your wedding planner works for YOU, the bride & groom, therefore they will represent you, and will put all of their focus into ensuring that your wedding day goes exactly how you've been planning it for months and in some cases, years!
Your wedding planner is there every step of the way. From the initial planning stages to wedding day preparation. They will conduct your rehearsal, confirm all of the details with other contracted vendors. Your wedding planner will make sure that you get what your venue’s contracts states you're getting, along with what all of your other vendors have stated to do in their contracts (cake, DJ, rentals, etc.).
Your wedding planner works exclusively for you!
Creating a timeline and orchestrating your day-of events? Your wedding planner will do that! It is their job to make sure you don't go over your allotted time and incur additional charges with your wedding vendors.
Design & decorate your reception? ABSOLUTELY! Your wedding planner works with you to create you dream wedding and will arrive to your venue hours before you do, to ensure that your reception space is exactly how you envisioned it!
Your wedding planner is in charge of your entire wedding. It is their responsibility to make sure that every detail has been taken care of.
Here at Southern Celebrations Magazine, we love working with both venue coordinators and wedding planners; by no means is this written to give a negative insight to venue coordinators, we like to give wedding couples as much information as possible, so that they can make the best decisions for one of the most important moments in their life.
There are truly some extra-wonderful venue coordinators out there who are extremely valuable to your wedding planning process. Most venue coordinators are a joy to work with and they truly love what they do and that makes things super easy on your wedding day when you have a venue coordinator AND a wedding planner working seamlessly together for your wedding day!