Stunning Invitations We Love

Looking for the newest invitation trends? You've come to the right place! We've put together some of our favorite designs so far this year that we know you'll love. Scroll down to see some beautiful invites perfect for the modern event! 

Let's Map It Out

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Via: Pernikahan

Laser Cuts

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Via: Fab Fun Brides

Dark Romantic

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Via: La Happy

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Via: Easy Sixth

A Pop of Color

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Via: Oh So Beautiful Paper

Acrylic Invites

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Via: Oh So Beautiful

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Should You Do A First Look?

As the wedding day approaches, couples are faced with an important decision: should they do a first look or not? There are many factors to consider when choosing what will work best for you. And at The Southerly Warehouse, we are here to help! 

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Southerly Bride Kara & Husband Logan  /  Photo Credit: Wes Roberts Photography

Seeing each other at the altar for the first time is a special moment that is charming and timeless. Many couples hold onto tradition by waiting until the ceremony to see one another. But have you ever wondered how this tradition began?

I absolutely love the way Liz Susong from Brides.com explains the origin of the superstition: "Picture this: You're an Elizabethan-era father who scraped together enough goats and cows to make a compelling dowry for your teenage daughter, and you're this close to getting her married to the fella down the street. You've been negotiating with his family for months, and you've nearly got it in the bag. The last thing you would want is for the groom-to-be to catch a glimpse of your daughter the morning of the wedding and realize that—bless her heart—she's a homely thing. Why, if he saw her before the very second she arrived at the altar, he might run, and now wouldn't that be bad luck? Better to be safe than sorry—you have your daughter don a veil, too. Now there's no way he can make a quick getaway as she treks down the aisle. Phew!" 

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Southerly Bride Kristian & Husband Micah

So maybe we're not living in the Elizabethan-era anymore *queue sigh of relief* but holding onto certain wedding traditions can be endearing. And now that we know why it all began, let's talk about the pros and cons of opting in or out of a first look.

Delaying The Look For The Altar

Are you a couple who values tradition and customs? Choosing to wait to see each other until the altar is a classic choice for your big day. But choosing to wait means you will be sharing your special moment with everyone else at the ceremony. 

Some couples prefer not to show their immediate emotions from the "big reveal" with all of their guests. It's important to talk with your partner about their comfort level. 

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Southerly Bride Madison & Husband Taylor  /  Photo Credit: T2 Photography

Opting In For A First Look

Choosing to have a first look allows private time for you and your significant other. Calm your possible pre-ceremony nerves and share an intimate moment before the long day of events gets going. 

Having a first look is also great because you can get your couple photos out of the way! Rather than make your guests wait for you to get your photos done, you can get them done ahead of time. Many couples choose to have a first look to assist with their day of timeline and ensure they get enough couple photos.

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Southerly Bride Elizabeth & Husband Aaron  / Photo Credit: Jaclyn Nolin Photography

Meet In The Middle

So what if you are still on the fence about doing a first look? If you can't decide, we recommend a compromise! Talking to each other around the corner or on the other side of a door, allows couples to experience being together before the ceremony while holding onto tradition. It's a great way to get some pre-ceremony couple photos without forfeiting convention.

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Southerly Bride Taylor & Husband Grae  /  Photo Credit: Sarah Marie Photos

A Fun Twist

Maybe you want to have a first look with a little spin. We love how Southerly bride Tyler and husband Trent welcomed their first look with a shot of tequila and lime! This was the perfect pre-ceremony choice for this fun couple. 

Talk to your significant other to see how you can incorporate a custom theme to your first look. 

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Southerly Bride Tyler & Husband Trent  /  Photo Credit: Hannah Miller Photography

As a bride to be, whether you choose an intimate first look or wait to see each other at the ceremony, we'd love to hear your choice and why!

always more to come! 

Unique Wedding Altars

Here at The Southerly Warehouse, we decided to spend our Monday morning being creative. Grace and I (you guys will meet Grace soon) put together some memorable wedding altars that are sure to leave your guests in awe.

Wedding altars have really changed throughout the years. From classic crosses inside the church to floating terrariums in nature, there is no limit to the creativity. Scroll down to check out these fresh ideas we think you'll love and share which ones are your favorites!

1. Circular Arches : the perfect pick for the symbolic bride

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2. Geometrical Altars: a refreshing take on the classic altar

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Via: Junebug Weddings

3. Floating Altars : a whimsical choice for the modern bride

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4. Neon Backdrops : an eye catching altar for the fun bride

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Via: Brides

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5. Sheer Altars : a romantic background for the classical bride

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We hope you enjoyed our unique finds for modern day altars! Be sure to check back soon for more inspiration. 

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Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

As a bride, you choose to surround yourself with bridesmaids and friends who are supportive and there when you need them the most. Whether they help you fold the programs, pack the favors up or listen to you vent about all those unanswered RSVPs, it's important to show your appreciation. At The Southerly, we've put together some fun ideas we think you'll love! 

1. Personalized Jewelry Boxes

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The company known as Foxblossom has these charming jewelry boxes that would be the perfect keepsake for your girls. You can customize the boxes with your bridesmaids' first names, first initials or choose a classic monogram. I love the elegant look of these. You can view their products and order here.

2. Beach Totes

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If you're planning a wedding for the spring or summer time, your bridesmaids will love a useful beach tote. Customized or not, totes are great for the beach, gym or work. Click here to view more totes from this adorable Etsy shop!

3. Wine Tumblers

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Whether your wedding is happening during the warmer or cooler months, your girls could all use an insulated tumbler. These dusty rose gold tumblers from Etsy are sure to keep their lemonade chilled in the summer and their cocoa hot in the winter. Click here to view more. 

4. Fuzzy Socks

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Who doesn't love super comfy fuzzy socks?! Personally, I'm a huge fan. Your bridesmaids will appreciate some comfy socks for the morning of the big day. Click here to see more of their products. 

5. Pajama Shorts

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I love this little twist on the classic monogrammed bridesmaid robes! Matching pajama shorts are great gift that your girls will love. You can shop their extra cute pajamas here! They have lots of colors and fonts to choose from.

We hope you loved these few cute ways to say thank you to your bridesmaids. Share your gift ideas with us and other brides in the comments. 

always more to come! 

Mr. & Mrs. Etheredge - Real Southerly Wedding

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved." - George Sand

Brandon and Charlsie became one surrounded by their friends and family on May 12th, 2018.

And let me tell you guys, this couple is truly goals. The way they look at each other & how they love one another - it's a rare find. It was so great being a part of their day and I'm excited to share it with you all!

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Charlsie and Brandon's wedding featured bright pops of sunflowers and greenery amongst their black and white theme. A classic feel with a fun twist was apparent throughout their day. 

During her planning process, Charlsie said she wanted to have a Pinterest worthy wedding when everything was said and done. And trust me when I say she pulled it off. We loved Charlsie's style from day one - and it's easy to see why! 

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Upon their arrival, guests were able to highlight their favorite Bible verse for the bride and groom to look back on. The colorful tabs acted as their guest book. 

We loved this new twist on a classic guest book! Highlighting a favorite verse or choosing one for advice for the newlyweds made it personal and unique for guests.

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Guests were given individual succulent plants for favors to "let love grow" long after Brandon & Charlsie's big day. 

The vintage ladder was turned into a tiered shelf for an adorable display of their favors.

A candle burned in loving memory of those who were present in spirit for their wedding day. The flame burned for those who are forever present in their hearts but never forgotten in their minds. 

Breakfast stations offered guests varieties of biscuits, jams, mini chicken waffles and much more. 

Julia's Pro Tip: Breakfast is becoming a popular option for wedding reception meals. It's an unique and fun way to keep your reception memorable. 

You may be asking yourself, why is the bride doing someone else's makeup on her wedding day? Well, fun fact: Charlsie is actually a (very talented) makeup artist! 

The bride curated her own wedding look as well as those of others in her wedding party. You can check out some of her work here after you finish checking out her big day.

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Sarah Marie Photos

Charlsie was stunning in her simplistically classic wedding gown. We loved her headband and sweet curls. 

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The couple did a first look in the upstairs of our Bless You Building. With lots of natural light and gorgeous brick walls, it was the perfect spot for their special moment.

Choosing to do a first look prior to your wedding ceremony is a great way to get plenty of photos of the bride and groom pre-ceremony! 

In lieu of a traditional wedding cake, the couple chose to have a donut board! This wedding was full of fun, new approaches to classic wedding ideas. 

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Sarah Marie Photos

Rather than choosing the usual sparkler send off, Charlsie incorporated snow like confetti for their send off! It was such a fairytale. 

We loved being a part of Mr. & Mrs. Etheredge's big day. From the yummy breakfast food to the attention to detail, it was absolutely stunning from start to finish. 

Congrats again to the happy couple - we wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! 

always more to come! 

Mr. & Mrs. Globetti - Real Southerly Wedding

Tyler & Trent tied the knot earlier this month on Cinco De Mayo. Their wedding ceremony was intimate, unique and unforgettable.

This couple was so much fun to work with from start to end! We loved Tyler's fun style and easy going spirit. Scroll down to get a peek of their big day! 

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PHOTO CREDIT: HANNAH MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY 

The bride and groom chose to have their ceremony in our Chandelier Room. Their backdrop was personalized for a more romantic look with vertical hanging greenery. 

Their intimate ceremony was perfect for Tyler and Trent. 

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The reception tables were made complete with fruitwood folding chairs, gold votives and velvet citron linens. Tori Brinson Design designed the floral centerpieces that tied all of the warm hues together perfectly. 

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The catering was provided by Taco Mama which gave nod to the Cinco De Mayo feel. Nachos, tacos and guacamole were all guests needed for this fun reception.

And let's not forget about the delicious desserts! 

Tyler chose to offer guests a variety of cake flavors and options - but one stood out to me in particular. Notice anything unusual about one of the cakes? 

Hint: One of them is not a cake at all!

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As it turns out, the groom is not a huge fan of sweets. So, the bride had a custom cornbread "cake" made instead! 

With layers of queso and a pop of jajalpeno peppers, this groom's cake was sure to make a statement. We loved how Tyler made sure Trent had a groom's cake that was just right and not too sweet.

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We loved getting share Cinco De Mayo with such a great group of people. There was no grand sparkler send off for the newlywed couple - just two people surrounded by their family and friends for a night filled with fun and laughter.

Congratulations again to Mr. & Mrs. Globetti, we wish you a lifetime of happiness! Salud! 

always more to come!

Creative Place Card Ideas

Let's talk place cards and escort cards! First off, what's the difference? 

Place cards contain the name of your guest and are placed at their specific seat. Guests locate their fixed assigned seat by finding their place card. 

Wedding Wire says, "for couples hosting a plated dinner, place cards often make it easier for the serving staff to bring the correct meals to the guests—the place card can also be marked with their entrée choice." 

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classic place card on plate

In comparison, escort cards show guests their assigned reception table rather than a specific seat. Escort cards allow guests to pick their seat at the table you choose for them. 

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escort card shows assigned table

Out of town visitors (who may not know many other guests at your event) will find it helpful to have a predetermined seat or table. Both place cards and escort cards can leave a lasting impression with guests. 

But place cards do not have to be on actual cards! Switch things up and get creative with your assigned seating. Below are some of our favorite unique place and escort cards we know you'll love! 

1) Succulents

Using succulents to assign your seating is a memorable way to welcome guests to your reception. 

Julia's Pro Tip: These fun succulents double as wedding favors! Let guests carry their succulents to their seats and take them home after your send off. 

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2) Agates

We love the idea of using agates in the place of traditional paper cards. There are a wide variety of colors offered for agates and geodes. From pink to blue and purple, you are sure to find the color that compliments your color scheme. 

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3) Marble Hexagons

It's no surprise that marble is trending right now. We love incorporating the marble pattern with geometrical shapes. These place cards are sure to make a big impression with all of your guests. Plus, they double as customized coasters! 

Click here to DIY these gorgeous marble hexagons. 

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4) Real Leaves

In contrast to the take home "place card" ideas, we also love a great disposable place card design.

Using real leaves is a fresh twist your guests will love! 

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6) Bud Jars

Another fun way to welcome your guests is a simplistic wildflower display. Place cards tucked into small bud jars filled with minimal wildflowers makes for a beautiful place setting. 

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6) Mini Tequila

Maybe you want to get the party started a little early with your guests! You can't go wrong with these super cute tequila shots. Have guest's names printed on thick matte paper for added detail. 

We love the idea of having a lime slice and salt waiting for guests at their seats.

Guests will appreciate your extra attention to detail - whether you go with a more traditional place card or not. 

Comment which place card idea was your favorite. We'd love to hear from you. 

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Mr. & Mrs. Wascom - Real Southerly Wedding

Wedding season is the most wonderful time of the year at The Southerly Warehouse. And I'll be honest with you guys, this wedding was one of my favorites thus far. From the beautiful bride and her precious family to her stunning color palette choice, this wedding was so fun and special to be a part of.

With deep maroons and playful pops of green, this spring wedding is giving us all the feels! Brooke and Alex are the definition of true love and we are so excited to share their day with you! 

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How gorgeous are those bridal garters?! Brooke's style was complete wedding goals to say the least. I love when engagement photos are incorporated in close up shots. 

And did you spot the stylish perfume in the first picture? As most of you know, fragrance is a huge memory trigger. We love when brides choose a special perfume for their wedding day (especially when it photographs beautifully!).

Julia's Pro Tip: If you are still searching for the right perfume for your big day I would check out this article by The Knot. 

Brooke and her ladies got ready in our bridal suite the morning of the wedding. We loved their matching silk robes. Her bridesmaids were so helpful the night of the rehearsal dinner and morning of the wedding.

There was a little delay with the slide show for the rehearsal dinner and her girls jumped right in with me to get the problem solved. Having a solid group of ladies around you can absolutely make your day that much easier. 

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It was SO difficult for me to pick which photos to choose to share from this wedding. I loved spending my weekend with this bride and her girls. 

Personally, I like sharing some of the "behind the scene" photos. The bridal suite is where the magic happens. The sweet smell of Mimosas and hairspray fills the air while lipstick goes on and you know it's going to be a good day.

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Brooke was stunning in her timeless gown from Densons Dresses - Bridal. The scalloped lace edging and deep v-back were perfect for this spring bride. 

From the hair and makeup to the veil and smile, you can't help but swoon over these bridal portraits!

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Alex and Brooke's ceremony took place at the First Baptist Church of Opelika - but not before sweet Camden got to see his mom! He was so handsome in his wedding suit. And look at that sweet kiss! 

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The pews were filled with family and friends as the couple became one. You can spot the joy filled smiles and tears as Brooke's dad walks her down the aisle. 

Following their ceremony, the reception was held in our Chandelier Room. With antique lanterns and simple greenery on some tables with tall floral arrangements on others, guests were welcomed into a striking reception hall.

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And speaking of the reception, how can I not mention this first dance?

First dances are always a special moment for the bride and groom. Brooke and Alex shared their first dance as husband and wife embracing each other in such a sweet way.

Their love and happiness could be seen throughout the whole day and night. Following their first dances, guests were welcomed into the dining room to enjoy some delicious food and to dance the night away! 

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And after guests had their fair share of dancing, they could grab their wedding favor of wedding cake! I loved this idea in lieu of a traditional favor for guests. 

Providing personalized mini to-go boxes allowed guests to take away some tasty dessert for later. This also ensured that any leftover cake would not go to waste. 

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Leaving their fun-filled night with sparklers, the newlyweds were cheered on by guests as they celebrated one last time before their exit. 

We wish Brooke and Alex all the best in their marriage and nothing but happiness in life. We were so lucky to be a part of your day and look forward to your many years of wedded bliss as Mr. & Mrs. Wascom. 

Photography by the talented Sarah Marie Photos

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Kristian & Micah - Real Southerly Wedding

At The Southerly Warehouse, we absolutely love getting to share the real weddings that take place in our event space. A few months ago we hosted the beautiful wedding and reception of Mr. & Mrs. Hatley.

With a classic black and white color scheme, surrounded by their family and friends, Kristian and Micah tied the knot in our Chandelier Room. Keep scrolling to see the gorgeous details! 

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Kristian & micah's rings

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bridal portrait at the Southerly Warehouse

Kristian and Micah chose to have their ceremony in our timeless Chandelier Room. With original windows, antique chandeliers and exposed brick, this room provided the perfect romantic setting for their ceremony. 

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ceremony set up in the chandelier room.

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the bride and her father 

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the bride and her mom

We loved the attention to detail with the ceremony aisle! Styled with soft candles on both sides, the warm lighting paired flawlessly with the antique chandeliers. 

 the bride makes her entrance down a romantic aisle styled with candles and lighting on the exposed brick backdrop. 

the bride makes her entrance down a romantic aisle styled with candles and lighting on the exposed brick backdrop. 

Kristian was absolutely stunning in her lace wedding gown. With the bridesmaids and groomsmen in all black, all eyes were on the beautiful, beaming bride.

 congrats to mr. & mrs. hatley! 

congrats to mr. & mrs. hatley! 

It was such an honor to host Kristian and Micah's special wedding ceremony!

With freshly cooked perogies, a dessert shelf and great music, the reception was so much fun! Black linens paired with white chairs made a beautiful contrast for this reception.

 A few of the reception tables ready for guests to take their seats. 

A few of the reception tables ready for guests to take their seats. 

 Sparklers are ready for the send off for the newly weds! 

Sparklers are ready for the send off for the newly weds! 

Styled with gold votives and candles, the send off table was placed directly next to the exit doors. This placement allowed guests to quickly and easily grab a sparkler for the bride and groom send off.

The Southerly Warehouse staff assisted in lighting the sparklers for this sweet couple's send off.

 sparklers + outdoor courtyard = a romantic ending to the perfect day 

sparklers + outdoor courtyard = a romantic ending to the perfect day 

Congrats again to Mr. & Mrs. Hatley! We were so lucky to have been a part of your special day. We wish you all the best! 

always more to come! 

Sweet September

Fall is one of the most popular times to have a wedding. From crisp falling leaves to breathtaking colors and dependable weather, fall is a timeless constant for a stunning, memorable wedding.

 Nothing says fall quite like gorgeous candied apples! Offer guests small, bite sized slices of candied apples for cocktail hour for a special added touch of fall.

Nothing says fall quite like gorgeous candied apples! Offer guests small, bite sized slices of candied apples for cocktail hour for a special added touch of fall.

With fall being such a popular time for weddings, October books up fast! Already at The Southerly we are fully booked for all Saturdays in October. But have no fear - alternatives are here. Rather than missing out on your perfect fall wedding, look to a September instead.

The month of September brings about soft scents of vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin spice. The summer slowly comes to an end while fall is just beginning. With a September wedding, brides have the option of a pleasant outdoor or indoor ceremony and reception.

With an early September date chosen, you can lean towards more of a summer themed wedding. From bright shades of coral to little pops of yellow, an early September weekend can mirror summer vibes while still being appropriate.

 Pink lemonade is a refreshing welcome for your guests.

Pink lemonade is a refreshing welcome for your guests.

 We love this clean looking place setting - perfect for a summer feel table top.

We love this clean looking place setting - perfect for a summer feel table top.

In contrast, when choosing a later September date, you have the opportunity to plan a wedding with deep shades of bronzes, orange and red.

 Fall weddings bring gorgeous outdoor photography options. 

Fall weddings bring gorgeous outdoor photography options. 

 I love this natural leaf place card look!

I love this natural leaf place card look!

 We love this deeply saturated design that showcases a stunning fall place setting. 

We love this deeply saturated design that showcases a stunning fall place setting. 

Julia’s Pro Tip: For a more summer feel, you can go with a coral and mint combo shown above! And for a more fall vibe, choosing deep shades of orange and red compliment each other perfectly with hints of bronze and gold.

While October is one of the driest months of the year, September offers a reliable weather forecast. In our Auburn-Opelika area, September is shown to have an average high temp of 84°F and an average low temp of 64°F. The weather is dry, cool and reliable - what more could a bride ask for?

So if you are leaning towards an early fall wedding or a late summer feel, September is your month! Contact The Southerly Warehouse to inquire about our available September dates here.

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The Sunday Wedding Trend

The day of the week that comes to mind when one thinks of a wedding is usually Saturday. But Saturday takes a step to the side with the newest wedding trend: Sunday weddings! 

As our Fridays and Saturdays begin to become reserved at The Southerly, those hoping to have their event at The Southerly Warehouse may want to consider a Sunday date.

Sunday weddings allow brides to have more options when it comes to booking top vendors. Have your heart set on a particular venue, caterer or cake baker? Many of them may already booked on peak days such as Friday or Saturday.

However, a Sunday option opens up the availability! Sunday weddings can also be more affordable and easier for brides to book their choice vendors.

Sunday weddings can offer brides many unique options for the reception theme. For example, a top trending Sunday reception idea is for a brunch. With light finger foods and delicious mimosas or Bloody Mary’s, the possibilities for a brunch reception are nearly endless.

We love the look of this "love you a brunch" wedding reception set-up! Offer your guests mini waffles, tasty jams and savory croissants for a memorable experience.

Tie in shades of green and exposed wood for a light brunch feel. We know your guests will love it!

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Mr. & Mrs. Baird - Real Southerly Wedding

At The Southerly Warehouse, we love being a part of each bride’s big day. From the first look and the first kiss to the send off of the newlyweds- it is such a privilege to host our beautiful brides and their families! What is even more special is the opportunity to host a bride who is one of our dear friends.

In December, Kara and Logan tied the knot in our classic Chandelier Room. Their winter wedding included hues of deep blues and golds. 

Kara and her ladies enjoyed their morning getting ready and spending the day in our bridal suite. 

 Kara was surrounded by her beautiful ladies the whole day.

Kara was surrounded by her beautiful ladies the whole day.

 We loved their matching silk robes! Kara revealed her wedding day attire to her ladies in the bridal suite and their reactions were priceless.

We loved their matching silk robes! Kara revealed her wedding day attire to her ladies in the bridal suite and their reactions were priceless.

Kara chose to do a first look with Logan prior to the ceremony. The upstairs of our Bless You Building event space was the perfect setting with ample natural light for their first look.

 Can anyone else see the anticipation and excitement on Logan's face? 

Can anyone else see the anticipation and excitement on Logan's face? 

 Such a sweet moment for the bride and groom. 

Such a sweet moment for the bride and groom. 

Julia's Pro Tip: Having a first look makes for timeless photos and memories. Choosing to have pre-ceremony photos done works well as hair and makeup is at its best for both the bride and her bridal party. In addition, outdoor photos can be taken in bright natural light that may not exist post ceremony (depending on your timeline).

While a first look is non-traditional, it is becoming very popular amongst modern brides. Having pre-ceremony photos captured allows the bride and groom to avoid rushed post-ceremony pictures. This trend is growing quickly and we love how Kara and Logan’s pre-ceremony photos turned out!

 Kara's bouquet by Tori Brinson Designs. 

Kara's bouquet by Tori Brinson Designs. 

 We loved the custom arch for their altar.

We loved the custom arch for their altar.

 Kara's bridesmaids wore different shades of blue - and how cute is that flower girl?

Kara's bridesmaids wore different shades of blue - and how cute is that flower girl?

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Kara and Logan had their ceremony in our Chandelier Room. Shanika with Sleek Designs styled the aisle with floating candles and the altar with rustic lanterns. Local designers created the custom arch. 

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Kara's custom altar featured a real branch arch with tallow-berry stems and LED lights. The romantic arch was the perfect compliment to their winter wedding.

  Aisle design by Shanika with Sleek Designs.


Aisle design by Shanika with Sleek Designs.

 Kara & Logan's wedding ceremony in Chandelier Room.

Kara & Logan's wedding ceremony in Chandelier Room.

The navy and gold hues with pops of green were just right for this beautiful winter wedding. Did I mention that it actually snowed in Alabama the morning of their wedding day? How many people can say it snowed on their wedding day in Alabama?

The reception immediately followed the sweet ceremony in our Garage Room. Dining tables were placed around the dance floor.

 We loved the tables being intimate with the dance floor! 

We loved the tables being intimate with the dance floor! 

 Tables featured navy linens with gold accent centerpieces. 

Tables featured navy linens with gold accent centerpieces. 

 Cake by Sonshine Cakes. 

Cake by Sonshine Cakes. 

 Tori Brinson Designs.

Tori Brinson Designs.

 There was never a dull moment on this dance floor! 

There was never a dull moment on this dance floor! 

DJ K-Touch kept the music going and the crowd involved the entire night. 

Guests enjoyed a night full of fun and dancing!

Kara and Logan’s guests had a great time on the dance floor! We loved their reception layout. Having the dining tables up close and personal to the dance floor made for an intimate setting. 

After dancing the night away, the bride and groom were sent off with sparklers.

 Getting ready for the big send off.

Getting ready for the big send off.

 Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Baird! 

Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Baird! 

 

The bride and groom exited in style in our outdoor courtyarad surrounded by their closest family and friends. 

Thank you again to Mr. & Mrs. Baird for letting us be a part of your special day. The Southerly wishes you both a lifetime of bliss and happiness!

always more to come!

Auburn Farmhouse Fraternity Casino Night

Members of the Farmhouse Fraternity and their dates tried their luck this fall at The Southerly Warehouse. 

Their Casino Night theme was a fun twist to the classic fall formal. Guests were able to enjoy a wide variety of casino games provided by Davis Robinson and his crew.

Many guests were very focused on the tables while others watched the games play out.

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Tim Tyler provided lively music that kept everyone on their feet dancing! We love how the casino tables were placed around the dance area so that players could still enjoy the music entertainment while they sat at the game.

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Above & Beyond Catering provided some delicious food with a casino decor to tie the theme together. 

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Members and their dates had a great time playing at the tables, eating good food and dancing the night away! 

We loved their casino theme and hosting them was a pleasure. 

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Thanks again to Farmhouse for letting The Southerly be a part of your night! 

always more to come!

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. 

always more to come!

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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