Monday, November 15, 2010

Do's & Dont's of Proposing

Helpful tips to creating the perfect proposal this engagement season

The first of November kicked off proposal season and while proposals should be romantic, there are dos & don’ts to live by when popping the question. Wedding and Proposal Expert Melissa Phillips offers a few tips to those who are planning on getting down on one knee.

The “Dos” to a marriage proposal:

  1. What’s the Plan, Stan- develop a thought out plan ahead of time complete with a timing scheme, reservations, and a back-up in case some wrenches get thrown in plan A.
  1. Size matters- Get her ring size before getting the ring! Having a ring that fits from the moment it is slipped on shows even extra thought in your grand plan.
  1. Precious Moments- Make this once in a lifetime moment, a story worth telling! Incorporate your hobbies, interests, a special place or moment you shared.
  1. Creativity Counts- Catch her off guard and tuck the ring in a unique package to make the presentation special
  1. Document it- Make sure it is well documented by a photographer or videographer. These can later be used incorporated into your wedding stationery items (i.e Save the Dates) or your wedding website.

The “Dont’s” to a marriage proposal:

1. Quit Trying- Sometimes when you try too hard, it sets you up for disaster! You know what your limits are and stay within those when choosing your question approach

2. Don’t be someone else- Keep the proposal true to who you and she are. If she is not one for heights, do not take her to the tallest skyscraper in the city to pop the question. If she is not one for attention, a public place with everyone watching is probably not the best situation. Keep her comfort level in mind as you devise your plan.

3. Don’t be the town crier: Tell only those that must know to make it happen. Telling too many people inevitably leads to a leak and may ruin the surprise.

4. Don’t catch her before her coffee- Early morning proposals when she is most likely not looking her best should be avoided. Pictures inevitably follow (or happen at the moment), and she does not want to have her bed head documented on such a memorable occasion.

About Simply Perfect by Melissa:

Simply Perfect by Melissa works for and with their customers to deliver exceptional event coordination solutions. The customer focus helps them to understand and deliver your event vision. They offer exceptional service, value, extensive industry knowledge, and quality vendor relationships to create your Simply Perfect event. Their relationships with clients, colleagues, and partners are based on collaboration, communication and integrity. The services Simply Perfect by Melissa offers is a range from complete wedding planning months prior to your wedding day to sudden problems or challenges that occur the day of your wedding. For more information on Simply Perfect by Melissa visit

Friday, November 12, 2010

First Dance Friday: Lyndsay & Jamie

This weeks first dance Friday photo is by Wes Roberts Photography out of Troy, Alabama. The couple is Lyndsay and Jamie. They were married on October 23, 2010 in Troy.

Congrats to these newlyweds! We wish you a lifetime of happiness and hope you continue to dance together for years to come!

To view more photos from Wes Roberts Photography, visit his website and facebook page!!

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak”

~Hopi Indian Saying~

Thursday, November 11, 2010

"Something Blue" GIVEAWAY

We are SO excited to be having our very FIRST GIVEAWAY on the Southern Bride Blog!

Since this blog is an extension of our official blog on, you must got there to find out details. Click HERE to be directed to the official Southern Bride Blog. We will be doing this often with great gifts and products of all sorts as well as Southern Bride Products, so be sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, where we announce our giveaways!!

And since you are probably dying to know what the GIVEAWAY is . . . . we will show you!

It's an adorable shoe tote from Etsy by Zoe Tote. Visit our official blog HERE for more details on how to win!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

How to Make a Wedding Toast

Engagement Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, and Weddings are often occasions when a toast is made to celebrate, congratulate, and offer warm wishes to a couple. If someone close to you is getting married, you’re probably going to want to make a toast to express how happy you are for them. But if you’ve never made a toast before, and your tongue gets tied and palms get sweaty just thinking about it, you might be looking for some guidance. While what you say on their special day is up to you, there are some common conventions as to how it’s said.

A toast should always be 3 things: Warm, Brief and Personal. Here are a few tips on making a toast just that!

  • Introduce yourself and explain your relationship to the Couple/ Bride & Groom. Not everyone will know who you are, so explaining how you know the couple and how long you have known them is important. If you are a parent, then obviously you do not have to go into much explanation, but still go ahead and introduce yourself!
  • Just like a speech, a toast has a beginning, a middle and an end. Make sure it flows.
  • Unless you are VERY good at impromptu speeches in public, make sure you gather your thoughts of what you would like to say in advance. Write down what you want to say, and even if you have to use it at the time of the toast, that’s okay! Better to have something in front of you then to lose your thoughts in front of a crowd and find yourself in an uncomfortable, embarrassing position. (I have seen this happen!)
  • Make it personal! Talk about the couple, when you first met the other half, what they bring to each others life, interests they share, ect.
  • If you want to briefly walk down memory lane, do it in a positive light and in a way that involves the couple.
  • Keep in mind that the words you say will be remembered FOREVER and possibly caught on video – so if you want to be entertaining or make a joke, be tasteful!
  • If you are drunk, don’t do it. Better to not embarrass yourself or the couple – and again, be caught on video!
  • Be sure to end the toast and end it on a joyous, hopeful note. You can do this by saying “To (brides name and grooms name)” Offer well wishes, tell guests to raise their glasses or simply say “Cheers!”
By: Lindsey Conrad Nabors

Friday, November 5, 2010

First Dance Friday: Kerry & Fred

Kerry & Fred are our First Dance Friday couple this week! They were married this summer in Alabama on July 17, 2010.

This is a great shot of them during their first dance! It was captured by Flip Flop Foto out of Opelika, Alabama. To see more from Flip Flop Foto and more of Kerry and Fred’s beautiful wedding, visit Flip Flop Foto’s Facebook page.

If you are a bride or photographer and would like to submit photos for First Dance Friday, e-mail us at

Initially Me

Ladies, are you looking for that perfect gift for the Groom, Father of the Bride or Groomsmen? Well look no further!Eternally Linked has recently created a line of unconventional, customized initial cufflinks. Instead of the usual monogram sets, they offer a more modern take on the classic accessory. What makes these cufflinks different from the rest is the option of color and initial placement. Every pair is handmade in New York City by a talented lady named Tiffanie who has been making jewelry ever since she took a metalsmithing class a few years ago right here in the South. Her “Initially Me” cufflinks have become very popular and have even been seen in New York Magazine!

Another great thing about “Initially Me” cufflinks is the price! Compared to other monogrammed cufflinks that cost more, these are not going to break the bank and the quality of work is outstanding!

The process of making these unique cufflinks is quite interesting as well! First, the cufflink base is covered with colored epoxy resin of your choice. After the initial resin dries, another resin treatment is started and the sterling silver initials are set in clear epoxy resin. The sterling silver letters are solid and appear to floating. The cufflinks measure 15mm round and the base of the cufflink itself is an alloy base metal.

Another great thing about these cufflinks is the number of options that are available when it comes to color! There’s not just 2 colors, 5 colors, or 10 colors to choose from . . . . there are 25 colors!!! And if you do not see a color you are looking for, they can work with you on that! When you visit Eternally Linked’s Etsy shop, you will see the color chart and choose your colors from there. Here are just some of the many colors that are available:

Blue: Sapphire, Denim, Navy, Turquoise
Red: Ruby, Red, Coral
Orange: Orange
Yellow: Yellow, Gold Topaz
Silver: Pewter
Green: Green, Emerald
Black: Jet

Initial placement is also another part of what makes these cufflinks so unique. Customers have the choice of choosing whether they want them side by side or diagonal. More examples of this can be seen here.

These cufflinks would make the perfect wedding gift, Father of the Bride gift, and Groomsman gift. Also, with the holidays right around the corner, these customized cufflinks would make for a great, memorable stocking stuffer! Oh and did I forget to mention that shipping is usually less then $5? Well it is, how awesome is that!?!

If you are thinking this would make a great Christmas gift, visit Eternally Linked today for more information on Holiday orders. You can also visit them on Facebook!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Modern Classic Bridal Jewelry by Gottlieb & Sons

Founded in 1949, the Gottlieb & Sons line of bridal jewelry and fine jewelry is designed to appeal to the woman who defines her style as “modern classic.” Clean lines and updated styling give Gottlieb’s rings a contemporary sensibility, but with a sense of timelessness that will remain elegant for decades to come. Richly accented with round, baguette, princess cut or fancy cut side stones, the bridal collection appeals to women who want their wedding jewelry to go beyond a plain basic, but still look perfect with any outfit in her wardrobe.

Having a ring that is uniquely her own is important to every bride. For that reason, the Gottlieb & Sons collection is a good place to find her perfect ring. The collection is extensive, yet easily customized to suit every bride’s tastes and needs. Available in either traditional yellow gold settings, contemporary white gold settings or platinum, Gottlieb & Sons bridal jewelry is renowned for its excellent quality and outstanding value.

Gottlieb & Sons also offers fine fashion jewelry for men and women, as well as a new line of fine diamond convertible earrings, all available at leading jewelers nationwide.

To find a location near you, please visit

You can also visit their Facebook page HERE and more images of their exquisite pieces!

Events: Heartwood Hall Open House

It has been a bit crazy at the SB office while we are getting everything ready and finalized for our fabulous Winter/Spring issue! While we are busy, we do still find time to do some fun things and attend a few events. Which brings me to the open house we attended a couple weeks ago at the beautiful Southern Plantation, Heartwood Hall.

Heartwood Hall is located on 25 wooded acres east of Memphis. It is a grand historic, southern plantation that was originally built in 1840. With the exclusive location and beautiful surroundings, Heartwood Hall is an amazing place for Bridesmaid Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Weddings and Receptions. Here are some photos from the open house. To see more visit the Southern Bride and Heartwood Hall Facebook pages.

{The ribbon cutting! Such a great moment! Congrats Denise and John!}

{SB’s Editor, Lynn Walker & Publisher, Sherra Meyers}

{The Lovely Lindsay Wolfe!}

To learn more about booking your wedding or event at Heartwood Hall, visit their website at Also, be sure to become a fan of their facebook page. They have some great contests going on that all you Southern bride’s out there would love! So check it out!

Friday, October 29, 2010

‘Til Death Do Us Part: Shawna & Roger’s Fall Wedding

On October 24 of last year, Shawna and Roger were married in a quaint place surrounded by woods in Brunswick, Tennessee called Griffin Chapel. Near the chapel was a graveyard that Shawna and Roger became quite intrigued with.

Shawna described what made them decide to have their wedding photos taken in the graveyard, “My husband and I are “weird” and there’s no way to sugar coat that! The graveyard just seemed like the perfect place to take beautifully timeless pictures that we could look at in 50 years and not think, “what in the world were we thinking?” and also the fact that our wedding was exactly 7 days before Halloween the graveyard was a no brainer (can’t help it…the Halloween spirit took over!)”

Their Halloween, festive spirit didn’t stop with their photos either! The Bride and Groom even accessorized to fit the time of year! Shawna wore some adorable Zebra print shoes, while Roger wore some skull and bone socks!

Shawna dished on their foot wear! “As far as our feet are concerned….gee, where do I start? I’m a woman and I’m a sucker for shoes…no matter how ugly, painful or tall they may be (especially anything animal print) I L-O-V-E S-H-O-E-S!!!! So, I saw these shoes and said, “I want to get married in those shoes, their kinda saucy!”….long story short, I got married in those shoes and I still wear them to this day! My husband on the other hand is a sucker for anything skull and crossbones (I think he was a pirate in a former life) but not in the wanna-be-rock-star kind of way. We went to pick out his tuxedo and I said “what about socks?” to which he replied “I’m going to wear my skull and cross bone socks” and I said “o.k.”. Plain and simple, that’s what happened!

I asked Shawna what made her decide to have a Fall wedding and since she is friends with the talented Christen Jones of Christen Jones Photography, she knew that was the only person in the world she wanted to shoot her wedding! Shawna explained, “Honestly, I knew I wanted Christen to be my photographer so I planned everything around her. I wanted these memories to last a lifetime and she was the only person I trusted to make that happen.”

While some look at a cemetery as a place that represents the end of life, it can also be a place to begin a new life together and this couple saw that! Shawna and Roger’s wedding is truly an example of a couple being themselves and showing their true personalities, which is what a wedding should be all about!

Shawna and Roger just celebrated their First Anniversary! Congrats to you both and we thank you for letting us share your unique wedding story! We know this will inspire others to follow who they are on their wedding day!

With that said, all of us from Southern Bride wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween weekend!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fall Make-up Tips & Q&A with Make Me Up by Danielle

What girl, especially a Bride, doesn’t like to know about the latest makeup trends and tips? Well look no further! We recently had the pleasure of getting some great makeup tips for Fall with makeup artist Danielle Lee from Birmingham, Alabama! So whether you are getting married, going to be in a wedding, attending a special event or just want to know about gorgeous Fall makeup, this post should be quite helpful!

Q: What is the over all look Fall Brides are going for this year?

A: I would have to say that pinks, plums ,coppers, and golds are what I have been doing and are hot trends for Brides this Fall. Fall brides are wearing eyeshadow shades from violet to tawney/brown to a soft gray and the most delicate of pinks. The overall look is flawless, elegant, and dramatic.

Q: What colors are most popular for the eyes this Fall?
A: The eyes have it this Fall 2010!! Center stage: Matte pinks, Metallic grays, golds, deep plums, metallic coppers, and any chocolate shades are hot for Fall. If you want a huge selection and variety I would hit Sephora and if you are on a tight budget, I would check out your local CVS as many times you can find some pretty pigmented colors. Loreal has a very nice selection of colors for Fall worth checking out! Once you get everything or preferably before you get a thing- Call or message me to come shop with you for a small price, I will get you set for Fall and be your shopping buddy for a few hours!

Q:How bout the lips?
A: Never doubt the power of the pout! Lips this fall are bold, seductive, and matte. The pinks always take the cake for fall, but this year red will give pink a run for the money. Think, a matte vintage red like the red lips you see on the televison series, “Mad Men.” The top go-to colors to create that oh so gorgeous fall look are Reds, Pinks, and Plums. Red lips can be tricky, and you need to really find the right shade to compliment your gorgeous complexions. My suggestion here is to ask for advice and help when you need it. I am happy to help and give advice. Remember when you do bold lips, go soft on the eyes and you will be good to go.

Q: Do the colors you use depend on the time of day the bride is getting married? For instance, if she is having an evening wedding, do you go a little darker with colors?

A: In my eyes, the colors I use do depend on the time of the wedding. If it is a day wedding we may not want to do that bold, smokey eye and sultry red lip. I would say opt for a soft, fresh look. Day makeup should always be different than evening makeup. With that said, you can still wear red lips during the day just balance it out with a nude eye. If you do a smokey-eye be sure to keep the lips soft and natural. Think about when you go to a 7pm wedding, it is much more formal, right? It is the same with makeup. The saying, ” It’s like night and day,” applies here. Bolder looks for evening, Softer looks for day.

Q: If the bridesmaid dresses are Plum, what colors would you use for their eyes and lips?

A: I love the Plums! When I have bridesmaids in Plum dresses my favorite colors to use for their eyes and lips are ultra feminine. For the eyes, I like to start with a soft, light allover color. Next, I would use a tawny/brown in the crease, followed by an extra pop of color in the side “V” of the eye! I would put a soft pink here. I love doing a dark amethyst/plum liquid or powdered eyeliner for the eyeliner bit. I use Trish McEvoy brushes for all my clients eyeshadow needs and let me say that brushes do make a huge difference in makeup application. I would finish this look off with a waterproof black/brown mascara and touch up the brows. For the pout, I love using a mulberry/plum shade to a rose shade especially during this Season. I always fill in with a liner so when your lipstick fades you have some color still there. Also, I recommend investing in Trish McEvoy flawless lip (around $25), it keeps the lipstick on for hours upon hours. Don’t forget to gloss, blot, and you are ready to celebrate those good times!!

Q: It seems that this Fall, jewel tones are in. Would you say these colors work for most skin tones as well?
A: Jewel tones are in this Fall and the plus side of this is that everyone can wear jewel tones. Of course, different colors will look better on one person than the next, so experiment and try different colors and purchase only what looks good on you and compliments your complexion. I don’t recommend purchasing just to purchase. Although, I know sometimes it is unavoidable. As a devout shopper, it is tough to walk away when we love something even though it may not look the best on us who cares we have to have it and voila the purchase is made. These are the items that are used rarely, so really think before you purchase and try on many shades and get opinions, it will only help you in the long run. When we look beautiful we feel beautiful and we feel beautiful we look beautiful. If you want to go for the ruby,emerald,amethyst, or gold- I say go for it! Jewels are not just for us to accessorize with anymore. They are for our lips,eyes,and more as Matthew Mcconaguh says in How to lose a guy in 10 days, ” Every lady needs a little frosting.” Yes, frosted shades are a huge trend for Fall 2010.

Q: What would you tell a Bride who wants her makeup done for her Fall wedding, but is a bit afraid of color?
A: I would listen to the Bride and ask her to bring me magazine images and any images she has to show me what looks she likes. I always do a Bridal Consultation with clients first before the wedding so we get everything down pat before the Big day. I would tell the Bride that I am here for here and want her to be comfortable with her look and with that said I would also advise doing a bit more color because we need everything to show up in pictures, but keep the bride comfortable also. I want the bride to love her makeup though, and I never finish with a client until she really just loves her makeup look. I love the look clients give me when they are truly very happy and pleased. That is why I do makeup! I love helping people and seeing those happy looks!

If you are looking for a fabulous makeup artist for your wedding or next event, contact Danielle Lee. You can visit her website at or call her at 334.233.2016. You can also visit her Facebook Page HERE!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

THE Queen of Wedding Cakes: Sylvia Weinstock

Sylvia Weinstock is THE Queen of Wedding Cakes! She has been baking and decorating cakes for over 25 years. She was first a school teacher who took her hobby of baking cakes to the next level and now she is a famous, multi-millionaire who is known as the ”Leonardo da Vinci” of custom cakes.

Here are some interesting and fun facts about The Queen of Cakes:

  • She didn’t know how to bake until her neighbor taught her how
  • Her parents were immigrants from Russia
  • Before baking cakes she made $60 a week as a school teacher
  • Breast cancer survivor of over 30 years
  • She lives above her bakery in NYC
  • She lives in the same building as Mariah Carey
  • She has baked more than 30,000 wedding cakes
  • Her cakes are flown all over the world . . . Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico to name a few
  • Her one wish was to make a cake for Princess Diana, but the Princess died before she could fulfill that dream
  • She takes pulbic transportation and uses her Senior Citizen Discount! (Love it!)

Check out this video with Sylvia talking about the process of making her famous cakes! Your mouth will be watering by the time it is over!

Still want to see more? Go to your local book store and pick up one of her books, Sylvia Weinstock’s Sensational Cakes and Sweet Celebrations: The Art of Decorating Beautiful Cakes! With the holidays right around the corner, one of these books would make a great gift for a bride to be, or anyone who loves eating or looking at beautiful cakes!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Smarty Had A Party

So here’s a link that you might want to pass along to your maid of honor or anyone else who will be hosting a pre-wedding shindig in your honor.

Regardless of how sophisticated or low key your wedding may be, between the engagement parties, bridal showers, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, post-wedding brunch and everything in between, surely there is at least one event thrown that requires the use of disposable dinnerware. Any self respecting bride would cringe at the thought of her guests eating off of a standard disposable plate, but, specializes in elegant disposable dinnerware.

Did you think elegant and disposable did not belong in the same sentence when discussing dinnerware? Many would, but you need only take a stroll through the event gallery on to realize that the two can coexist quite beautifully. From trendy items like bamboo and chocolate brown square plates, to classic standbys such as tuxedo striped dinnerware, the attractive serving and decorative pieces available at really do raise the profile of any event.

And it doesn’t stop at dinnerware, Smarty Had A Party also has a wide variety of Table Linens, Chair Covers, Lighting, Candles, Fountains, Ribbon, Place cards, the list goes on and on. So be smart and go check right now and see all they fabulous things to make your wedding or next party a hit!

You can also check out their blog for great party ideas and recipes, here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

First Dance Friday: Gardner & Kendyl

The lovely Gardner and Kendyl are our couple for First Dance Friday this week! They were married at Carahills II in Memphis.

Congrats to this sweet couple. Just as you danced together on your wedding day, we wish you dance your way through life for many, many years to come!

Photo by Donny Granger of Creation Studios

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bachelorette Party & Girls Night Out iPhone App

It was only a matter of time before bachelorette parties went digital… and now they have, thanks to Girls Night Out, a new iPhone/ iPod Touch app coming soon from Wee Black Sheep Entertainment.

Part scavenger hunt, part “Truth or Dare,” this entertaining mobile game is the perfect addition to a bachelorette party, a birthday celebration, or a night out with your girlfriends. Plus it won’t max out the credit card — Girls Night Out costs a mere $0.99. The idea is to head out to a bar with a group of friends and fire up the game when you get there. With more than 175 virtual cards in six categories including “Truth Be Told,” “The Hunter,” and “Naughty Girl,” the app sends players on hilarious missions around the bar and awards points to those who rack up the most wins. Players can also create their own custom cards to personalize the experience.

This fun new way to throw a bachelorette party is a perfect for any Bride-to-Be! Keep your eye out for this new app atApple’s App Store this month or early November!B