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:

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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!