Southern Celebrations will always hold a special place in my heart. Watching it grow over the years has been such a joy, almost like watching children blossom!
It saddens me to say that the upcoming launch of Volume Ten in several months, will be our last. I have enjoyed the friendships and collaborations made over the years. Thank you for all of your continued support.
I have struggled with this decision, but I am confident that it is the right choice for my family and I, as Southern Celebrations Magazine has always been a small, family-oriented publication. I was genuinely worried that people would think that I failed; being a small business owner is tough, stressful, and there are SO many demands, especially being in the creative media field. There are SO many other creative small business owners that want the exposure that the print magazine and website offers (and for awhile, I wanted to give them all the exposure they deserved) but unfortunately, it comes at a price of sacrifice and time. I had to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, Southern Celebrations is offering a platform for Creatives to share their work to the world, but my passion of helping others has become a burden, that I am ultimately paying for.
My confirmation to close this chapter came when I realized that people were demanding my time to give them exposure on a platform that I built to reach hundreds of thousands annually via our website and thousands through subscriptions, but those demanding my time and exposure felt as though they shouldn't pay for it.
Closing a chapter on something that I have worked hard to grow and that so many people across the South and the country have come to love has not been an easy decision, as I have truly loved spreading inspiration across the South and working alongside with so many talented vendors to help us create each magazine.
I will be forever grateful for the amazing opportunities Southern Celebrations Magazine has opened throughout the years. I will always be grateful to the many contributors over the years.
Why not sell Southern Celebrations Magazine to an interested publisher? I have thought long and hard about that, as I have spoke to a few interested contenders already and I am still open to that possibility. But in doing so, I have to be assured that the foundations that have been laid down and started are continued in the same manner and with the same level of integrity as I have set forth.
Why not just hire more people?
I have hired many people in the past, unfortunately, not everyone's intentions are immediately clear in the beginning and not everyone has the same heart and passion.
What will happen to the website?
At this time, it will remain running through at least the remainder of the year and until the launch of Volume 10.
All current, accepted submissions will still be published. If you are a member of Aisle Society/Matchology and you choose to withdraw your submission, I will certainly understand, especially if they were online submissions.
Pre-orders for Volume 10 will open later in the year. Southern Celebrations is not accepting anymore submissions for both the website and print; social media posts will be extremely limited as I focus on creating a lasting, coffee table edition for the last volume of Southern Celebrations Magazine, launches February 2020.
Volume 10 Cover Credits:
Photography: Gracious Company | Florals & Design: Special Event Factory | Venue: Montaluce Winery | Rentals: Milieu Decor | Cake: Cake Envy | Wedding Gown: Wedding Angels | Tux: Generation Tux \ Hair: Brittany Long | Makeup: Ebonee | Cookies: My Favorite Sweets Favors | Wooden Name Tags: Red Heart Creations
Table Accessories: Lindsey Wise Designs | Stationery: Robbins Nest Design Studio | Wine Bottle Corks: Corkey Creations | Hair Piece & Veil: Gilded Shadows | Linen: Blush LULA
Models: Blake & Bo