Alpha Omicron Pi Fall Semi Formal

Here at The Southerly Warehouse we host a lot of beautiful weddings and receptions. But did you know we can also house large sororities and fraternities? 

Below you will get an inside look at one of our latest semi formals.

Welcome to the semi formal of Alpha Omicron Pi of Auburn University!

Park Band is ready to go in our Garage Room.

Park Band is ready to go in our Garage Room.

Placing cocktail tables to the side of the room allows ample dancing space. Need to set your drink down to bust your best move? Plenty of cocktail tables are within reach. 

Patiently awaiting the arrival of our girls and their dates.

Patiently awaiting the arrival of our girls and their dates.

We chose to have Alpha Omicron Pi's buffet tables go down the center of the Chandelier Room. This created a double sided assembly line for food (perfect for larger crowds). 

You will also notice that their round dining tables were placed around the sides of the buffet tables. This layout allows guests to find their seats easily.

Guests loved the mashed potato bar by Above and Beyond Catering.

Guests loved the mashed potato bar by Above and Beyond Catering.

This set-up allows the food line to be expedited with two sides.

The Above and Beyond Catering staff ensure all of the guests get plenty of food and in a timely manner. 

The Above and Beyond Catering staff ensure all of the guests get plenty of food and in a timely manner. 

Guests mingle in the Chandelier Room.

Guests mingle in the Chandelier Room.

Our double room layout allows people to enjoy the comfortable setting of the dining area while still being able to see into the dance area. 

B&B Bartending serving the guests. 

B&B Bartending serving the guests. 

We loved Alpha Omicron Pi's choice of having a two sided bar in the Chandelier Room. This layout allowed guests to easily get a drink from either side.

Alpha Omicron Pi sister ordering drink from B&B Bartenders. 

Alpha Omicron Pi sister ordering drink from B&B Bartenders. 

Guests mingle in our Chandelier Room. 

Guests mingle in our Chandelier Room. 

The Memories in Motion Photo Bus prepping prior to the arrival of guests. 

The Memories in Motion Photo Bus prepping prior to the arrival of guests. 

Park Band's set-up in Garage Room.

Park Band's set-up in Garage Room.

A few guests begin opening the dance floor while others start using the Photo Bus. 

A few guests begin opening the dance floor while others start using the Photo Bus. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Alpha Omicron Pi semi formal. 

Thanks again to AOPi for choosing The Southerly Warehouse to host your semi formal of 2017! We hope to see you again.

always more to come!

Fall Wedding Inspiration - Real Southerly Wedding

From cool weather and cute scarves to pumpkins and crisp leaves, it’s beginning to feel like fall in Opelika, Alabama! And at The Southerly Warehouse, we are SO excited to share some of our beautiful, fall weddings with you.

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ― Lauren DeStefano

With the fall season, comes timeless and romantic fall weddings. Below you will see one of our featured fall weddings.

Let's Talk Chair Layout

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One of my favorite parts of this ceremony layout is the angled chair set-up. Angling your chairs inward towards the bride and groom creates an intimate feel for you and your guests. If you have the option to choose your own pew or chair layout, you can't go wrong with this welcoming feel.

As you can see, our antique chandeliers paired with soft falling LED lights made for a romantic setting. You may notice in the far left corner a cocktail table. The bride and groom chose to incorporate unity sand in their ceremony with their son. We absolutely love this idea! 

Make A Bold Statement

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One of my favorite things at a wedding is a statement color. Whether you choose a statement pattern (think polka dots or stripes) or a bold color, it makes a lasting impression. 

Incorporating bold coppers and golds in with their sweetheart table made for a great statement piece at their reception.

Double Take

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One of the ways you can cut your costs is to host your ceremony in the same location as your reception. While a lot of people love the traditional church option, a more modern choice is also a great money saver! Choosing to host your wedding ceremony in the same location as the reception allows you to keep your decorations up for the reception as well as eliminate the possible cost of paying for two separate locations. It's a win-win! 

You will see that their reception took place in the SAME room as their ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, my staff and I "flipped" the Chandelier Room from ceremony to reception. Using the same ceremony chairs, we put out the dining tables and linens. Centerpieces were pre-made by the bride's family and ready to be placed on the tables. 

A Sweeter Side

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How cute is this dessert set-up?! From the wine barrels to the naked cake, we can't get enough of this sweet corner. 

The family of the bride handmade these rustic beautiful cake stands. Guests also loved the mini cheese cake cubes available at the bottom of the cake stands too! 

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The bride and groom's mirrored cake topper included their son. The naked cake look paired perfectly with their rustic theme.

Refreshments

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You will notice that the bride and groom chose to have their refreshment bar set-up in our Garage Room. This was perfect for allowing guests to grab a refreshing drink while The Southerly staff flipped the Chandelier Room from ceremony into reception mode. 

We had a great time hosting this beautiful family and wish them all the best in the years to come! 

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Congrats again to the happy couple! Stay tuned to see more real weddings at The Southerly Warehouse. 

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Welcome!

A lot of people agree that planning an event can be stressful and intimidating. The Southerly is here to ease your worries and make you feel more comfortable with the process. Anyone can plan the perfect event with the right help. We will provide you with effective ways to be more confident and to have the ideal stress-free event!

The Southerly Warehouse is all about your story, your experience and your day. From the time you step inside of our historic event space, you will feel an immediate connection. We want to further grow our connection with you with our blog.

What began as an industrial supply store in the heart of Opelika’s Historic District is now over 5,500 square feet of beautiful event space. With original brick walls, timeless wood beam ceilings, and antique light fixtures, The Southerly serves as the perfect setting to create an event ideally suited for your unique story.

Part of helping you create the perfect wedding, party or event is guiding you along the way - step by step. We hope to offer you, through this blog, a behind the scenes look into our world. From the best way to layout your tables, the latest decor trends, to what’s new with us, our intent is for this to be the place where you find expert tips and tricks for your event.

To introduce myself, my name is Julia Kalinowski and I am the venue manager here at The Southerly Warehouse. I grew up in Fairhope, AL near Mobile Bay so anything coastal is very close to my heart. For years I worked at a bridal shop in downtown Fairhope known as Bliss Bridal. Helping brides find their dream wedding dress was my first exposure to the industry. Immediately, I knew I loved helping brides make their big day special.

I graduated from Troy University with my Bachelor’s Degree in English & Spanish. During my time at Troy, I met my fiancé, Kyle, and continued to work in the wedding industry. 

Although I studied language and literature in college, I have years of experience when it comes to weddings. From bridal styling to event management, I absolutely love it. And as I am a bride myself this year, I will be sharing my personal experiences when it comes to planning my own wedding with you.

You will get a first hand look into my planning experience when following the blog. The Southerly blog will show you both sides of the planning process. Let me be your guide during this exciting time and show you the best ways to create the perfect event. Forget the stress. Learn to be present at your own event and enjoy all of your hard work.

We hope you enjoy our new venture and we officially welcome you to The Southerly Warehouse blog!

always more to come!
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