Beat the Southern Heat | Florida Weddings

April 22

Here at SRE, we are getting ready to kick off our wedding season and we could not be more excited! Being based in Alabama, we have brides worried about the scorching summer heat due to set in soon. We are always coming up with creative ways to beat the heat and make every wedding comfortable, no matter what the temperature may be outside! Our friends over at Style Me Pretty shared a great blog filled with tips on how to creatively keep you and your guests cool at your spring/summer wedding and you know we just had to share with y’all! Here are our top 8 favorite tips:

1. Provide the parasols- These cute umbrellas make for some seriously adorable pictures and keep the sun off your guests during the ceremony or cocktail hour.

2. Lighter colors- Make sure to choose light colors (and fabrics) when picking out bridesmaids dresses! This will really save your girls from sweltering in that sweet southern heat.

3. Casual attire- On your invitations, stress that the wedding will be outdoors/susceptible to getting warm. Additionally, let your guests know to dress casually in order to stay comfortable.

4. Sunglasses for all- Provide sunglasses at the ceremony! This is a fun wedding favor for your guests to have as well.

5. Paper fans- Everyone loves a pretty paper fan, especially when it can cool them off. Get creative and add your program to the back of a fan!

6. Lots and lots of water- As much as everyone loves to enjoy a cocktail at a wedding, it’s important your guests (and you!) stay hydrated. Provide infused water with fruits of your choice!

7. Misting stations- This is a must-have for southern summer weddings. Not only will your guests appreciate it, it will help cut down the presence of bugs!

8. Ice cream- Cake is no longer the only way to go. Have a fun ice cream station! Birmingham brides, check out Steel City Pops! They’ll come bring popsicles straight to your reception and they are SO delicious.

Your spring or summer wedding will be amazing! Just follow these helpful tips and your guests will be blown away by your hospitality. Happy planning, friends!

Photo from Sarah & Brian’s Tallahassee wedding by Amanda Sumner Photography.

Happy Anniversary Leah & Brian! | Tallahassee Wedding Coordinator

April 20

Leah is so full of absolute joy. Brian could not be nicer. These are the kind of people who make you love your job more than you already do. Happy First Anniversary to you, L&B!

2015 Altar’d State Lookbook | Southern Wedding Planner

April 15

Altar’d State just released their 2015 Wedding LookBook and we are absolutely in love with it! We couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. If you have a few moments, take a look! We are completely inspired by the sultry colors and the romantic tone throughout the entire book. The dresses are gorgeous and the photos are visually stunning. We hope to have a bride that loves it as much as we do! Happy browsing, friends! Let us know what you think about it and what your favorite piece is!

Happy Anniversary Sarah & Brian! | Tallahassee Wedding Coordinator

April 13

Last year at this time: I coordinated my first wedding with a little bitty baby bump and this pretty girl got married under the biggest oak tree in Tallahassee. Also: She did and still does totally remind me of Lucy Camden. (;

Happy first anniversary Sarah & Brian!

Find The Shape That Flatters You | Southern Weddings

April 8

We love a good visual, so while scrolling through Pinterest, this chart really caught my eye! It is so important to find a wedding dress that fits & flatters your body. To find that perfect dress, you might need to learn what those styles are! Rosanna Casper of wrote about the different silhouettes on Bridal Guide, and we just had to share it with you!

Happy Thursday!


Spring Giveaway Winner! | Shannon Reeves Events

April 6


Happy Monday! Hope you all had fabulous Easters packed with sweetness! Quick post today to announce the winner of our very first giveaway!

Congratulations to HopKelly! Thank you for sharing our Giveaway post on Instagram – send us a message at with your mailing address and we’ll get this bundle of Stephanie Creekmur hand-lettered greeting cards in your hands this week!

Don’t give up! We had so much fun doing this (and even met a few new friends!), so we’ll definitely keep the giveaways coming with more of the pretty things in life we can’t live without. (;

Have wonderful weeks!

DIY Find: Ring Bearer Pillow | Florida Wedding Coordinator

April 1

Okay, we hope we’re not the only ones completely obsessed with the DIY network. If you haven’t checked out their website, you’re missing out on some seriously fun, and surprisingly easy to do, projects. Not to mention just looking through this site inspires us instantly! It actually has us hoping for a rainy day just so we have an excuse to stay inside and DIY the day away.

We found this simple sewing project that would be perfect for the crafty bride. A DIY ring bearer pillow! I can just imagine this pillow being used for generations to come. Just think of your granddaughter using it in her wedding one day (swoon!). The directions are straight forward and have pictures that go with each step. You truly can’t go wrong!

Happy crafting, friends! We’re looking forward to seeing all the fun things you create.

First Ever Favorites Giveaway – Shannon Reeves Events

March 30

Surprise, friends! Shannon Reeves Events is hosting our first ever “favorites” giveaway, and we’re pretty excited for one lucky reader to get this little package of southern goodies in their mailbox!

We believe that old-fashioned handwritten notes are the best way to express your feelings, and of course, you need some cute cards to do so. One of our favorite southern designers, Stephanie Creekmur, has an incredible website full of the most adorable pieces you could imagine. Her line of greetings cards is always fully stocked in our desks, and we want you to have some too! These cards are adorable, sweet and southern – perfect for every occasion.

Entering to win is easy as can be:

1. Visit Shannon Reeves Events on Facebook and “like” it

2. Find the post announcing our First “Favorites” giveaway and “like” the post

3. “Share” the post on your wall

Easy as that! You’re entered!

Enter by this Friday, April 3rd – we’ll announce the winner on Monday! Be sure to check back on our blog every Monday and Wednesday mornings for helpful planning tips, showcases of our favorite DIY projects, and all the exciting happenings here at SRE. We are so glad you stopped by today! Good luck!

Shannon & Taylor

Noteworthy Wedding Programs| Shannon Reeves Events

March 25

Wedding programs are a staple in any ceremony, so why not spice them up a bit? Straying just a bit from the traditional route is okay, and can even be a refreshing change for guests sitting in those pretty pews.  Since your programs set the tone for the rest of your Big Day, get your guests’ attention early, and then ‘wow’ them the rest of the night! We did some searching and found some adorably fun program ideas we’re pretty crazy about:

This is an adorable program from Bridal Guide that we just love. It opens like a book, and has a pocket on the inside for a tissue. Not only is it completely unique, but useful, too! Font and color is up to you so it can be completely customized.


Okay, confetti?! This idea is fun, and can even be a DIY project. We found it on Bespoke Bride! Have your guests ready to throw out that confetti as you walk down the aisle as Mr. + Mrs. – can you imagine how cute those pictures would be?

Another easy to do DIY project. Get your groom involved, and start rolling! Aisle Perfect shared this beautiful inspiration on their website, and we are really hoping one of our brides wants to try this out soon. Some yarn would work just as well as the ribbon, and this scroll is sure to be a hit!


A chalkboard is perfect for an outdoor or an indoor wedding, and agrees. It is so versatile and can be used at your reception site as well. This is a really great alternative to programs for our budget conscious (and/or environment conscious) brides! It would be a cute keepsake for you to keep after the wedding as well.

With all of our spring and summer weddings gearing up, we love to point our brides who are dreaming of an outdoor wedding to the fan program. It gets HOT down in Alabama, so we know that wedding guests greatly appreciate a program that doubles as a cooling system. Order yours from Paper & Lace on Etsy, or look up the hundreds of DIY options!

Weddings are all about celebrating your and your groom, so it has to be fun! Incorporating unique touches like these programs will have your guests ready to enjoy the night. We’d love to hear any ideas you have!

Happy almost-weekend, ladies! Stay tuned for a special Shannon Reeves Events giveaway coming soon! We’ve got some precious pieces from one of our favorite southern designers in our hands that we can’t wait to share with one lucky blog reader! Coming soon – we’ll keep you posted!



5 Unique Guestbook Ideas | Tuscaloosa Wedding Coordinator

March 22

Traditionally, as you walk into a wedding ceremony, you are greeted by escorts with a program and asked to sign a guestbook. We have seen more and more brides opting for a more unique guestbook option. Many brides want something they can use in their home after wedding day and truly cherish forever. Here are five fun ideas to consider:

1. Polaroid pictures- This is such a fun idea, and can be easily done! Pick up a couple modern polaroid cameras , set up a cute chalkboard, and have your guests snap away! Perfect keepsake, and your guests can take a copy home. A fun spin on the photo booth!
Photo from Aisle Perfect

2. Painted fingerprints- A beautiful picture for your new home! This is so fun to do, and your guests will love this unique touch. You can pick up a handmade one on Etsy, or even make it yourself (call on your crafty friends to help you out!).
thumb print
Photo from Li Wedding on Etsy

3. Wood pallet- Also a perfect piece to put in your new home! You can do so much with this idea because the painting and lettering is completely up to you.
Wood pallet
Photo from Typrose on Etsy

4. Advice cards- From date night ideas to how to handle a conflict, these advice cards will be cherished for many years to come. It’s also a cute way to get your guests to give you some advice that might really help you at some point!
guestbook cards
Photo from 11 Main

5. Time capsule- A fun DIY that is sure to be a guest favorite. Ask guests to share advice or a funny story about the bride and groom! This time capsule can be sealed and opened on your 20th wedding anniversary or on your 1st anniversary as you eat your wedding cake! An amazing memoir to have forever!
Time capsule
Photo from Plan a Wedding Now Blog

We hope these suggestions help you make your wedding fit your one of a kind personality! These are fun, thoughtful, and easy to do. Always be on the lookout for new and creative ideas! Never stop learning, new brides!

Have a wonderful week!