Beautiful Wedding Decorations, Centerpieces, Dresses and Ideas

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Wedding Planning Ideas: Decorations, Centerpieces, Dresses, Venues, Flowers

Recently, the folks at Southern Living Magazine sent me a copy of their 2013 Southern Living Weddings Guide.  Around this time last year, my family was in serious wedding planning mode and I enjoyed all the wonderful pictures and stories included in last year’s book.  This year’s is just as wonderful and it’s filled with lots of detailed pictures of 25 “real southern weddings.”  One of my favorite parts is always the “Real Advice from the Bride” section.

Southern Living Weddings Giveaway

Are you in wedding planning mode in your family?  Southern Living is giving away two copies Southern Living Weddings here on BNOTP, so if you would be interested in having your own copy, leave a comment on this post.   Pssst:  Be sure when leaving a comment to enter in an e-mail address you regularly check so I’ll be able to notify the winners after the drawing.

Southern Living Weddings, 2013
Every kind of wedding venue is pictured in Southern Living Weddings from family farms to beautiful cathedrals to picturesque plantation homes.  The home pictured below is the Houmas House.  It’s surrounded with ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss.

Wedding Venues

Imagine having your wedding on a bluff overlooking a beautiful river.

Wedding Venues

One of my favorite parts of the Southern Living Wedding publications is always the amazing decorations, receptions and beautiful table centerpieces.  Some centerpieces are grand…

Wedding Centerpieces

while others table decorations and centerpieces are sweet and more simply done.

Wedding Centerpieces

Is this not stunning?  The beautiful wedding centerpieces for this table were created using the bride’s family heirloom collection of silver vases and candelabras.

Wedding Centerpieces with Heirloom Silver

Another bride collected vintage china in different patterns from thrift stores and antique shops to use for her wedding reception.  I love that idea!

Vintage China for a Wedding Reception

I was drooling over all the beautiful wedding receptions.  Pink and white were the main colors for this reception.

Wedding Decorations

The wedding cakes are amazing!  I’m always in awe of the cakes pictured in Southern Living Weddings.

Wedding Cake Ideas

They are really beautiful works of art, aren’t they?  You would almost hate to cut into them.

Wedding Cake Ideas

Wedding dresses are as different as the brides who wear them.  I always love the full dresses that are over-the-top gorgeous.  It’s a special, once-in-a-lifetime occasion, a time to live out all those little girl dreams.

Beautiful Wedding Dress

This was one of my favorite wedding dresses pictured in this year’s book.  The bride nicknamed her Marchesa wedding gown, “the cloud dress.”  All the gorgeous layers of tulle really do give it that ethereal “floating in the clouds” look.

Beautiful Wedding Dress

There are so many different designs for the brides wedding bouquet.   Some are filled with bold color while others are soft and elegant.

Bridal Bouquet

Don’t forget lots of birdseed for showering the happy bride and groom.

Birdseed for Wedding


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  1. Tammy Davidson says

    I recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed reading all of your beautiful posts. I would love to enter the drawing for the Southern Living wedding publication. [email protected]. Thank you,!

  2. I LOVE weddings and wedding decorations!! I can sit and look at reception ideas as well as church decorations for hours. I especially love the food ideas.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  3. Linda Collins says

    I have two daughters who will soon be planning weddings, I would love to get a copy of Southern Living Weddings.

  4. I’ve got 2 weddings to plan in the near future, so OF COURSE I want to win!

  5. Marilyn Yoder says

    I love, love your blog! I am helping our daughter plan a summer 2013 wedding! It would be so wonderful to have a copy of Southern Living Weddings!

  6. marti rippy says

    I would love to win a copy of Southern Living Weddings….thank you for this great giveaway!!!

  7. Linda Totten says

    I would be so very happy to receive a copy of Southern Living Weddings.. I loved you post.

  8. We have weddings this year too. One of them is blush and gold. Doesn’t that sound lovely? Lori Lucas

  9. I plan weddings and parties. My most favorite ‘go to’ magazine is the Southern Living Weddings. They are always so beautiful and classic. Give me any color and I can design a wedding or event around it πŸ™‚ My greatest joy is creating and designing a wedding or event that no one has ever seen before. I love coming up with creative ideas!! My best tip: pick an idea…a color…something that you / fiance love…and start from the very beginning with that idea and carry it thru your entire event starting with your invitation to your guests because that sets the ‘tone’.
    Happy wedding planning everyone!

  10. Janette@The2Seasons says

    My son just got engaged. I’m sure his fiance would love a copy.

  11. I would love to receive a copy of Southern Living Weddings. Southern Living is my decorating bible.

  12. OOOHHH……..I have subscribed to Southern Living for 25+ years and also love their wedding edition. I am helping with my niece’s wedding in June, so we are in full “wedding mode”. In fact, I will be making her bridal veil. I would love to win this to help with our wedding planning! πŸ™‚

  13. love weddings…love decorating them!
    i would so love this!

  14. Weddings always seem to draw me in and I can never resist an inspiring book or magazine with all the beautiful images.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  15. I love looking at all the wonderful things you posts on here and now after seeing this i feel that at my age of almost 55 i can plan my wedding and really use some of the ideals in here. thank you for sharing this it really let me see that i can be happy and it ok to plan at any age! God Bless! karen

  16. Perfect timing! My son is getting married this summer. Rachel just invited me to a bridal fair.
    We would love the magazine!

  17. Mary from Virginia says

    Hoping to help with two weddings in the near future so, I NEED to win! =) Thanks for the great give away chance. I love Southern Living!

  18. Vicki Brawley says

    I would love to win the Summer Living Weddings

  19. Love weddings have helped with several friends and still have my youngest daughter’s to plan. would love to be entered for the drawing.

  20. Vicki Brawley says

    I would love to win the Southern Living Weddings publication. It looks like a beautiful sampling of everything wedding!

  21. Lydia Babb says

    I always enjoy reading your blog! Our son is getting married this summer so I would love to get a copy of Southern Living Weddings!

  22. I’ve got two weddings coming up in 2013. We would love a little inspiration from Southern Living. P.S. I’ve been a secret Southern Living lover here in snowy Chicago for many years. πŸ™‚

  23. We are definitely in wedding-planning mode around here! My son proposed to his darling girlfriend, whose parent live two states away, so I’m more involved than the mother-of-the-groom would typically be!

  24. I enjoy visiting your site. I would love to be entered in your draw!

  25. Susan, please, please count me in. My son has just asked his beautiful lady to marry him so I am well and truly in wedding mode. I would so love to win this!

  26. My son is getting married in August and I am sure his bride-to-be would enjoy this magazine! She is in the planning stage and the wedding is in MN and we all live in NY! She needs all the ideas and inspiration she can get!

  27. Planning a June wedding and can use all the help we can get! Southern Living is the best!!

  28. The weddings in my future are a ways away (I think) but a mom can dream can’t she?? I love Southern Living- and even though I am a California girl now (born in Portugal) I think I may have southern girl blood running in my veins me because I love southern style everything and have the big hair to prove it! hope i win, just to start dreaming and planning…. ps love your blog, style and especially your generosity in your posts

  29. Oh how I loved seeing all the beautiful wedding venues, dresses, centerpieces and ideas. My daughter got married three plus years ago and I got to be the “wedding planner” . It was a SO much fun!! Would love to win Southern Living Weddings as it’s truly a wonderful compilation of all things “wedding” – so I have some great suggestions when my son gets married .


  30. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos with some breathtaking ideas! Please enter me in the drawing for Southern Living’s Weddings 2013. I am currently helping my niece to plan her wedding and am sure a copy of the SL publication would be quite useful and enjoyable !

  31. Susan, the groom’s cake is very creative; the wedding cakes are gorgeous. If I should win, please give it to the second runner up, someone that actually may be planning a wedding. I just wanted to comment on the cakes.

  32. I would love to have a copy of the 2013 Southern Living Wedding Guide. Thanks for sharing all the photos! My daugher in law is a wedding planner and I am sure she would love a “looksey” too!!!!

  33. As a Southern mom planning an October Carolina wedding for my out of state NY daughter and her beau ,please, by all means enter us in your drawing!

  34. Love your blog!! And Southern Living!!!

  35. My son is getting married August 24th. It would be lovely to have the magazine to come up with more ideas.

  36. I love everything about weddings! Love the idea of using the vintage dishes! How original! Thank you for the chance to win th Southern Living book.

  37. Lindsey Reindl says

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this southern living weddings edition!!! I recently got engaged and am in the process of planning our SPECIAL day! I could definitely use help and thanks so much for the chance to win!!! πŸ™‚

  38. Your pictures are beautiful. The Southern Living Weddings must be over the top great. I would love to win it. I have two weddings coming in the very near future. I can’t wait!!! Thanks for posting these great pictures. : )

  39. Colleen Wolch says

    Well my daughter Natalie is getting married in April of this year so we in serious wedding mode here checking out florists, tasting wedding meals, checking out photographers, and on and on. The morning after the wedding mom is hosting a post wedding open house brunch for 40-60 guests at home. I’m a little stressed but know all will work out. I’m using my fine china and flatware so it will seem nicer than paper and plastic. Why have I collected many sets of china if I don’t use it ! I’d love the wedding issue to drool over!


  41. My daughter’s best friend is planning her August wedding. My daughter is in the wedding party. If I won a copy I would give it to my daughter’s best friend to give her some great ideas. I love the white and black cake pictured above, by the way.

  42. I would love to win a copy since I am helping my niece plan for her May wedding!

  43. Loved seeing all the beautiful pictures….Southern Living always does a fantastic job on presenting the most beautiful venues of any kind….gorgeous tables…gorgeous settings…just so “fairy tale”….

  44. Oh, count me in, what a great magazine, having just done my son’s wedding, I am now addicted to all things wedding…Who knew, barely a year ago I knew nothing about what was hot and not…Yep, got educated pretty quickly!!


  45. These are some beautiful pictures! I’ve been married for quite a while, but I still love looking at the gorgeous wedding events! Thanks for sharing this! =D

  46. We would certainly love a copy of the Southern Living Weddings since we are in “wedding mode” at our house! You can never have too many suggestions and ideas when planning something so special. We are excited to be in the midst of a typical Southern Barn wedding. Wish us luck!

  47. You bring such inspiration to me. I love taking time for myself, reading your blog each evening, and going over old ones as well. Thank you for your wonderful ideas.
    Also, my son has finally found the love of his life, so I would be ecstatic and ever so grateful for a copy of Southern Living Weddings if chosen. What perfect timing for such a blessed offering.
    Thank you

  48. Having helped with many weddings, I always enjoy looking at real weddings and saving ideas for future ones. It’s always nice to have references.

  49. I love to look at wedding ideas – they can always be scaled down for regular table settings. I think I will “whip up” one of those pretty wedding cakes for Valentine’s Day – not! I cannot imagine the talent and creativity that it takes to produce something that stunning. Thanks for sharing these pretty, pretty photos!

  50. Melody Trent says

    I love Southern Living magazine, it is always so full of beautiful pictures of family & home. I have a daughter getting married next year and would love having this for creative ideas. She has quite the story from being bed ridden just 1 1/2 years ago (for over 5 years) to total health, getting her dream job last September and meeting the love of her life. This would be only one more magicial moment in her life….Thanks for the opportunity!

  51. Love Southern Living and I love your blog. I subscribed via email and read your blog everyday! My son is getting married October 2013. I’m fortunate to have a future daughter-in-law who welcomes my help and advice!!!! Very excited about the wedding and would love to have a copy of Southern Living WEDDINGS! Have a wonderful day!!

  52. Elaine in Laguna says

    West coast girl here with a Southern heart…and a daughter in wedding mode. I would love to win this to help us with our plans. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  53. Linda J Burton says

    I look forward to reading your blog everyday. I would love a copy of “Southern Living Weddings”. Thanks a bunch!!!!!

  54. Vicki Clark says

    I look forward to your blog daily. I have been involved with decorating for several weddings and just love what was done here. Will be sure to purchse this lovely edition. Thanks so much for your post.

  55. My son is marrying the most wonderful girl this summer. It will be so much fun pouring over SOUTHERN LIVING WEDDINGS with her. We are having so much fun making plans for the weddng & reception.

  56. We are in wedding planning mode and a Southern wedding in fact. I would love to have a copy of “Southern Living Weddings”! Thanks for the opportunity.

  57. I am planning my third daughters’s wedding in September. This would be such a blessing to look through. Thanks!

  58. Kristin Hackney says

    I’m getting married in August of this year, overlooking the mighty Columbia river in Oregon. I’d love to win this for ideas! Thanks!

  59. Karen Cook says

    Have always enjoyed Souther Living Magazine although we’re as far from the South as we can get—Wa state.

  60. Sylvia Faye says

    Being a Southern lady living in the great northwest now I would love to win this copy of Southern Weddings as a have a dear granddaughter getting married Aug. 9th and it would be a dear gift for planning from her Southern grandmother. She lives in Ontario, Canada. Thank you Southern Living for the giveaway and you Susan for being the grand hostess you always are on your site. I have loved visiting your friend’s home at Christmas and again for St. Valentine’s Day. Back in my fathers family tree there were some Barnes.

    With fortitude,
    Sylvia Faye

  61. Big Dreams need big ideas

  62. Oh My Goodness! I think we are all just drooling over the few photos you shared with us! What inspiration and ideas I could gather from this for my own daughter’s and my son’s weddings! Thanks for sharing!

  63. I love weddings. Yesterday I got my 30th order for wedding dress design and construction. Th wedding is in 2 months1 so I’ going to be really busy. I usually do all the flowers too but not this time. Love your blog!

  64. Don’t we all have SLiving in our DNA? It always feels slightly sinful to put old copies into the recycle bin. So many of us drop them at the library, where they then put them into recycle after the book sale. When my Texas grandmother died, it was a privilege to clean out that big farmhouse, and the neatly stacked SL mags were a stopping point. We had to look through them for a while. We all chuckled at the volume and order and were touched by this precious woman and the home she made for family and the generous welcome she gave to friends and strangers. She was a HOME-MAKER! I wish now that we’d held onto the really early issues. Love to have this book.

  65. Weddings done right are such celebrations of family , friends and love!

  66. I love anything Southern Living connected! I have a son and daughter who will get married one day and I love storing up ideas! Thanks!!

  67. Wedding designer extraordinaire would love to add this to my library!

  68. Rhonda Myhre says

    My Son and his lovely Fiance are getting married soon!
    We would all LOVE looking through the pages of Southern Living Weddings!!!

  69. No wedding in my immediate family unfortunately but my niece is getting married in October. This could be useful to look through with her.

  70. I would love to win this SL is so fabulous!

  71. For my son and future daughter…..

  72. I love your blog and need some tips on planning an elegant but small DYI wedding. Please do more posts on this!

  73. I was looking for some wedding centerpiece ideas. Got a couple of them here … and more. Loved those wedding cakes and the bridal gowns. Nice post and a wonderful blog.

  74. Awesome collection of wedding trends and ideas! I find in my shop personalized glasses are brought by guests to gift the bride and groom with a lasting memento of their special day. I find the idea of wedding guests and the gifting lounge intriguing ~ opens up a whole new line of possibilities in personalized mementos.

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