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DIY WEDDING PLANNING BINDER     My wedding may not be until August of next year, but I’m already planning and ready to go with my wedding planning binder. I plan ahead and make to-do lists for everything, so my wedding is no exception! I am so thankful for this already. It has made planning so much easier. Here is everything I’ve included in my planning binder!Binder: I started out with a pretty small binder, but I quickly realized that was not going to work! I now have a three inch ring binder. Cover: I wanted to make the binder cute, so I downloaded a free monogram printable for the cover. You can choose from different colors and designs here: http://leemeandthegirls.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-southern-girls-dream-come-true.htmlDividers:*Before any of my dividers I have a page protector with an invitation sample, program sample, and kids book sample (I’ll talk about that in another post), along with a master Wedding Planning Checklist starting at 18 months before the wedding.*    Calendar-I obviously have my calendar in this divider. I downloaded cute calendar printouts and added post its to each month with what needs to be done during that time. You can get the calendar printouts in different colors and prints here:http://coramaedesign.blogspot.jp/2013/01/free-blank-calendar-printables-httpwww.html    Budget: I’m keeping track of my budget spending on my computer, but it’s also nice to have it with me and written out in my planning binder with everything else. You really don’t need this section, but I prefer to have it.    Guest List: This is another thing that will also be kept track of on my computer and in my planning binder. It may seem like a waste of time, but I just like to have things all in one place.    Contracts: I keep copies of any contracts I sign with vendors or anyone else in this section along with payment due dates.    Vendors: In this section I keep a list of all vendors and everything they’ll be doing. I also have a page protector with vendor business cards and brochures. It’s nice to have all the vendor info all in one place.    Decor: This section is SO important for me. I’m doing DIY decor for the most part, so I need this to keep track of all the websites I’m ordering from and everything I’m planning to make/have made so far.    Gifts/Favors: This section is for all the info on guest favors and wedding party gifts. I already know what I’m doing for most of this, so I’m glad I have this section.    Party Plans: Bachelorette Party/Bridal Shower/Lingerie Shower/Rehearsal Dinner info will all be collected in this section. I have checklists for different parties and subdividers so everything stays separated.    Ceremony: The order of events, Music, Wedding Party, etc. This section basically has all the details of the ceremony. I have most of the details figured out, so this section is very detailed already.    Reception: First dance music, the set up of everything, basically any details you think need to be specified and remembered. For me, that means every little detail.    Registry: This section is very important for us. We’re going to have two separate registries. One for traditional gifts, and one for our honeymoon. I want to be able to keep track of how our honeymoon registry is coming along in the same place as our traditional registry.    Honeymoon: I have a Honeymoon Planning checklist and a Honeymoon Packing Checklist in this section. I’m all about the checklists!    Misc./Notes: In this section I have a list for making a Wedding Day Emergency Kit along with Wedding Essentials Packing Checklist for the bride and groom.     Did you/do you plan to make your wedding planning binder? Is there anything you would add? Let me know!       -Southern Wedding Style

DIY WEDDING PLANNING BINDER

     My wedding may not be until August of next year, but I’m already planning and ready to go with my wedding planning binder. I plan ahead and make to-do lists for everything, so my wedding is no exception! I am so thankful for this already. It has made planning so much easier. Here is everything I’ve included in my planning binder!

Binder: I started out with a pretty small binder, but I quickly realized that was not going to work! I now have a three inch ring binder. 

Cover: I wanted to make the binder cute, so I downloaded a free monogram printable for the cover. You can choose from different colors and designs here: 
http://leemeandthegirls.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-southern-girls-dream-come-true.html

Dividers:
*
Before any of my dividers I have a page protector with an invitation sample, program sample, and kids book sample (I’ll talk about that in another post), along with a master Wedding Planning Checklist starting at 18 months before the wedding.*

    Calendar-I obviously have my calendar in this divider. I downloaded cute calendar printouts and added post its to each month with what needs to be done during that time. You can get the calendar printouts in different colors and prints here:
http://coramaedesign.blogspot.jp/2013/01/free-blank-calendar-printables-httpwww.html

    Budget: I’m keeping track of my budget spending on my computer, but it’s also nice to have it with me and written out in my planning binder with everything else. You really don’t need this section, but I prefer to have it.

    Guest List: This is another thing that will also be kept track of on my computer and in my planning binder. It may seem like a waste of time, but I just like to have things all in one place.

    Contracts: I keep copies of any contracts I sign with vendors or anyone else in this section along with payment due dates.

    Vendors: In this section I keep a list of all vendors and everything they’ll be doing. I also have a page protector with vendor business cards and brochures. It’s nice to have all the vendor info all in one place.

    Decor: This section is SO important for me. I’m doing DIY decor for the most part, so I need this to keep track of all the websites I’m ordering from and everything I’m planning to make/have made so far.

    Gifts/Favors: This section is for all the info on guest favors and wedding party gifts. I already know what I’m doing for most of this, so I’m glad I have this section.

    Party Plans: Bachelorette Party/Bridal Shower/Lingerie Shower/Rehearsal Dinner info will all be collected in this section. I have checklists for different parties and subdividers so everything stays separated.

    Ceremony: The order of events, Music, Wedding Party, etc. This section basically has all the details of the ceremony. I have most of the details figured out, so this section is very detailed already.

    Reception: First dance music, the set up of everything, basically any details you think need to be specified and remembered. For me, that means every little detail.

    Registry: This section is very important for us. We’re going to have two separate registries. One for traditional gifts, and one for our honeymoon. I want to be able to keep track of how our honeymoon registry is coming along in the same place as our traditional registry.

    Honeymoon: I have a Honeymoon Planning checklist and a Honeymoon Packing Checklist in this section. I’m all about the checklists!

    Misc./Notes: In this section I have a list for making a Wedding Day Emergency Kit along with Wedding Essentials Packing Checklist for the bride and groom.


     Did you/do you plan to make your wedding planning binder? Is there anything you would add? Let me know!

       -Southern Wedding Style

I’m SO sorry!

     I just have to apologize for being absent from my blog for so long. My life has been pretty crazy lately. But it’s finally starting to slow down a bit (although I will be leaving for vacation soon).
     My first post back is going to be a DIY. I put my wedding planning binder together a month and I’ve been super excited to share it with y’all!
I’m so happy to be back!

-Southern Wedding Style

So Much Exciting News!     But one thing at a time. :) First, we finally got our proposal pictures back. Here’s a mini timeline of how everything happened. I absolutely love everything about these photos.     Second, I’ve been offered a Summer internship with a Wedding Planning & Design Studio in Nashville! I was kind of iffy about doing it considering I’m about to start planning my own wedding and I already have a job, but seriously how fun would a wedding planning internship be? It will start early summer so as long as everything works out, I’m hoping to start posting more on tips I pick up on during the internship. Until then, a new Polyvore set will be up tomorrow!       -Southern Wedding Style

So Much Exciting News!

     
But one thing at a time. :) First, we finally got our proposal pictures back. Here’s a mini timeline of how everything happened. I absolutely love everything about these photos.

     Second, I’ve been offered a Summer internship with a Wedding Planning & Design Studio in Nashville! I was kind of iffy about doing it considering I’m about to start planning my own wedding and I already have a job, but seriously how fun would a wedding planning internship be? 
It will start early summer so as long as everything works out, I’m hoping to start posting more on tips I pick up on during the internship. Until then, a new Polyvore set will be up tomorrow!

       -Southern Wedding Style

I’m Engaged, Y’all!

     
I’m engaged, I’m engaged, and I don’t care who knows it! (Elf reference, anyone?) As any newly engaged girl would be, I am on cloud nine and still in shock. I debated on whether or not I should tell the story on here since I never really post anything related to my personal life, but I decided the story was just too good not to tell! :) So here it is:

     This past saturday was our six month anniversary and my amazing boyfriend (now fiancé!) had the wonderful idea of recreating our first date, which was a picnic at Arrington Vineyards during Music in the Vines. I absolutely love picnics and cute things like recreating first dates, so I was super excited! Even the same band from our first date was booked to play again!
     This was one of the first saturdays they were back open for Music in the Vines so it was pretty packed, unlike our first date. We finally found an open picnic table at the top of a hill, right in the middle of what looked like a wedding party cleaning up (ironically). We really were recreating our first date step-by-step starting with a picnic, then walking a bit up to a tree swing to sit together and talk, etc. After talking for awhile, he left for a minute to “go to the restroom” in the wine tasting/restaurant building just a little down the hill.
     I wanted to stay and hang out on the tree swing to enjoy the view because I knew the line would be long (just like our first date). Little did I know, he was actually leaving to call a friend who was supposed to be there to photograph the proposal! 
     Not long after that, we took the long trek downhill to the parking area to put all the picnic stuff away so we could walk around and listen to the band. On the way back, he mentioned wanting to take a photo in front of the big “Arrington Vineyards” barrel sign.
     When we got to the sign there was couple having their picture taken, so we had to wait a little bit. Once they were finished, they offered to take our photo so he handed them his iPhone as I figured out a place for us to stand.
     I was still getting situated when I looked up and saw the girl was taking photos with her camera instead of his phone, so I just kept fixing my hair and such. From there, here’s how everything went:

Boyfriend: *nudging me* “Hey, she’s taking pictures. Look up.”
Me: “No she’s using her camera, see? She’s probably still taking pictures of scenery.”
Boyfriend: *looking down at me smiling* “I love you, and you’re my favorite…”
Me: *I thought he was just talking to me while we waited for her to finish, so before he finished I replied saying: “I love you, too!”
Boyfriend: *Getting down on one knee & pulling out a ring* “Will you marry me?”
Me: A huge gasp, jumping back, crying, saying yes, etc. I was in total shock!
And of course, a ton of hugging and kissing and “I love you” afterwards.

     I LOVE my ring! I didn’t want a diamond or a typical shape/cut. I love Morganite because it’s naturally that blush pink color and that’s what he got me! In the photo it looks peach colored, but it’s more of a blush pink.
     It turns out the girl taking photos wasn’t the girl he had asked to be there (she was running late) but it worked out perfectly because they were there and had cameras and since I didn’t know them, I didn’t expect it at all!

     The rest of the date was full of photos, listening to the band and getting messages from our friends and family. Everything was perfect!
     Are you recently engaged? Tell your story in the submit section and I might post it as a feature!


       -Southern Wedding Style

PRE-WEDDING WORKOUTS

     I’ve written a few posts on workouts, but I’ve decided to share my favorites with you this week. And by my favorites, I mean the workouts I do on a daily basis. So I know they work!

1. “Love Your Lower Body Workout” from Prevention.com
http://www.prevention.com/fitness/strength-training/no-squats-belly-butt-and-thighs-workout
This workout is great for mornings when you don’t have a lot of time. It’s quick and the only thing you need is a wall! It works your abs, butt, and thighs. Personally, I think this one is super fun!

2. “Lower Ab Attack” from BackOnPointe.tumblr.com
http://backonpointe.tumblr.com
BackOnPointe has a ton of great workouts and I like to switch back and forth between different ones. Right now, I’m doing the Lower Ab Attack every morning and I definitely feel it! It’s great and has variety so you don’t get bored.

3. “Good Morning Yoga Sequence” from MindBodyGreen.com
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3761/Good-Morning-Yoga-Sequence.html
I do this right when I get out of bed each morning. It’s a great way to wake up your body so you feel stretched out and ready to start your morning routine. 

Last, but certainly not least….

4. CARDIO!
Whether it’s taking the dog for a walk or running for 30 minutes on the treadmill, cardio is important. It’s definitely my least favorite, but I’ve found ways to get through it. Running is something I can’t handle in the mornings, so on cardio days I run in the afternoon. I’ll choose a show on Netflix to watch on my phone as I’m running so I don’t concentrate on how much time I have left. When I’m feeling like I can’t run as fast (I have bad knees because of Osgood Schlatters Disease) I turn the incline all the way up and the speed down so I’m still getting a good workout. 

     These are my favorites right now, what are yours?

       -Southern Wedding Style

TIP OF THE DAY

     A little bit of ribbon goes a long way. This tip is more of a fun decorating idea that I really love. Considering the wedding scene is in a sort of burlap and lace craze right now, ribbon isn’t really your first thought when it comes to decor…but there’s SO much you can do! Especially if you have a smaller budget. Here are some of my favorites! (hint: Buying in bulk online is much cheaper than craft stores. I’ve added links to some great ribbons for weddings!)

Double Face MINT GREEN 100% Polyester Satin Ribbon 7/8 inch x 100 yards
May Arts 1-1/2-Inch Wide Ribbon, Iridescent Peach Solid
New Threadsrus 5 Spools of 100% Pure Silk Ribbons - Pink Tones - 50 mts x 4mm
May Arts 1-1/2-Inch Wide Ribbon, Dark Teal Solid
May Arts 2-Inch Wide Ribbon, Ivory Satin

Chairs: Wedding chairs are often drab and ugly, which can really take away from the upbeat feel of your reception or ceremony. Adding a ribbon bow or tying ribbon streamers on the back helps make plain chairs a little more fun.

Backdrop: If the wall behind your cake table is not the prettiest, adding a ribbon streamer backdrop can turn it into an adorable set up. You can also do this in other areas where plenty of photos will be taken (the wedding party table, the food table, etc.)

Ceremony/Reception Entrance: How fun would it be to make your reception entrance through a ton of ribbon streamers? This obviously isn’t a great idea for formal weddings, but I love it for outdoor, barn, or rustic indoor weddings. You could even do the same for an outdoor ceremony so you still get that element of surprise when everyone sees you for the first time in your dress.

Ceiling/Overhead Decor: I absolutely love the idea of adding ribbon, bunting, lights, or anything as ceiling decor for barn weddings. And it’s so cute when people do this for outdoor weddings without using a tent (props to you for taking the weather risk!). I’m such a detail oriented person and I hate seeing beautiful decor all around me, only to look up and find an awful ceiling. No matter the appearance of your venue’s ceiling, a little bit of ribbon and lights can cover it up (or at least make it better).

     Obviously there are other options for these same ideas, but ribbon is a great choice for a small budget (you also have many colors/types to choose from). Happy Planning!

       -Southern Wedding Style

Hey Y’all!

     I took a week off for Spring Break/Easter (and also because I’ve been feeling a little under the weather), but SWS will be back to normal tomorrow! I’m super excited about this week’s tips and features. Ribbon detail, Monogramming, Music, etc. Some of my favorite things! 

       -Southern Wedding Style

Weekend Wedding Style 3/23/13 by southernweddingstyle featuring bcbg max azria

Jason Wu ballgown dress, $2,425 / b.o.c. Børn Concept laced shoes / BCBGMAXAZRIA bcbg max azria / Essie  nail polish
Weekend Wedding Style 3/23/13 by southernweddingstyle featuring bcbg max azria

Jason Wu ballgown dress, $2,425 / b.o.c. Børn Concept laced shoes / BCBGMAXAZRIA bcbg max azria / Essie nail polish