Swatches for Color Palette
Décor ideas for wedding and reception venue
Wedding Party Attire
If you keep up with our blog here at The Southern Mercantile, then you have probably figured out by now that we LOVE weddings! From the bouquets to the place cards, we love every detail. I have been blessed to be involved with many weddings and special events over the years. You may not know that I, along with my dad, ran a full-service florist for years in my hometown of Ocilla, GA. In fact, floral and event design run in my blood as my Dad ran a small florist in Ocilla when I was a baby called “The Red Bucket”. He’s taught me all of his tricks through the years and now Tara, Jorj, and I (along with his help of course) have found ourselves traveling the south providing floral designs for some very special Brides and Grooms!
If you are interested in talking with us about helping with florals and design for your special event, we’d love to hear from you! We love to travel and experience new places and cool venues. Over the years we’ve done weddings in Tennessee, South Carolina, and many locations in Georgia. We’ve conquered the time crunch challenges of ceremonies on the square in downtown Savannah, seen the beauty and possibility in an old church with no electricity and no running water, set the stage for a wedding in a muscadine vineyard, and have even decorated for a ceremony on a mountain top - yes, an actual mountain top! If you are in the area of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, or South Carolina, we’d be happy to talk with you about traveling to your event and give you a price quote!
For those of you that live too far away to have us come and help with your event, or if you just need a little help with basic wedding planning, we’d like to offer you another way we can help. If you love our Southern Style and wish you could pick our brains while planning your wedding, then this is for you! We are now launching The Southern Mercantile Wedding Design Service.
This service is recommended for the modern bride who needs a little help with basic wedding planning such as color palette, décor ideas, and flower choices. We will keep the details in mind to ensure that nothing is overlooked on your big day. Not only will you have a chance to talk with our designers about the details of your wedding day but you will also receive a custom inspiration board with a resource list of where you can purchase the items you need.
The Southern Mercantile Wedding Design Service will include help with:
Swatches for Color Palette
Décor ideas for wedding and reception venue
Wedding Party Attire
Check out The Southern Mercantile Weddings page on our website for more information! We can’t wait to help you start planning your perfect wedding day!
We’ve been at it again! In February, The Southern Merc Girls (and posse) were honored to travel to Macon, GA, to decorate and provide florals for the wedding of a very sweet southern couple, Mandy and Caleb. Neither of the couple is from Macon but chose it as a central location for friends and family to gather for the weekend and celebrate their marriage. When asked if we would be willing to come along, we didn’t hesitate to join in on the fun. We loaded up three vehicles with all the necessaries and headed out for a new adventure! Have flowers, will travel!
The theme for the day was definitely classy and traditional with vintage touches. Mandy chose a beautiful, old church in downtown Macon as the site of her evening nuptials. Mulberry Methodist Church is absolutely breathtaking and was the perfect setting for their exchange of vows.
The church is so beautiful, we kept the décor very simple. As guests arrived at the church they were greeted by swags of fresh garland made of salal leaves and variegated pittosporum. Wooden lanterns decorated with fresh swags of their own were placed on either side of the front doors to light the way in. Pews were marked with fresh, mixed southern greenery and white satin bows. Two large arrangements of mixed greenery and white hydrangeas were placed at the front of the church, on either side of the altar where the bride and groom stood.
Flowers for the wedding party and family members continued with the theme of lots of greenery mixed with creamy white O’Hara roses and white hypericum berries. Succulents were used in the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere to make them a little more special!
The mothers were given wrist corsages made of white satin ribbon and white spray roses. These types of corsages have become my favorite! They are so pretty and secure nicely to the wrist so they do not move around or get squished while hugging and taking pictures!
The reception was held at Macon Terminal Station, a historic train depot located in downtown Macon. This building was built in 1916 and was the highlight of the weekend for us! What a pleasure to be able to work in such a majestic old structure! While sitting and working I would find myself getting caught up in the history of the place and imagining passengers buying their tickets at the window and waiting on the long, rounded benches.
The appetizer and plate table were decorated with large arrangements of greenery, white hydrangeas and O’Hara roses.
The head table, as well as the long guest tables, were adorned with fresh garland made of salal and variegated pittosporum. A collection of wooden lanterns lined the head table. Each lantern was filled with pinecones and candles and decorated on the tops with greenery and satin bows.
The bride and groom had a special place at the table marked with swags of greenery. The Groom works in forestry so a woodsy theme was slightly and tastefully woven throughout the event. Different sizes of wood slices were used to decorate the round tables and were layered with succulent pots, mercury glass votive holders, and moss.
Dad (Terry) even worked his magic on the cake and adorned it with the flowers of the day.
When the lights were dimmed and the candles were lit, the vast lobby of that old building glowed with happiness and excitement! You may think this is crazy, but I believe that old buildings have feelings, and when shown love and attention, they just shine like diamonds!
The bride was beaming, the families were happy, and a good time was had by all! That’s another wedding in the books for us and one we’ll not quickly forget!
Floral Design by: The Southern Mercantile
Photography by: Sunny Lee
Cake by: Emma Helms
For more information about Macon Terminal Station visit:
In honor of our recent discussion on Wedding Registries, we have decided to do a re-post! If you are in the midst of receiving wedding gifts and not sure how to craft a grateful thank you note--this is the blog for you!
*A helpful hint to keep you extra organized: keep all of your gift tags in an envelope or box and write what the gift was on the back of each one!
Throughout the years I have become quite a little note writer. I have found it to be a good opportunity to show someone how much they mean to you--and believe me, it means a lot to them. There is just something about a handwritten note that time cannot erase. For things as simple as a call, or as big as a Kitchen Aid mixer, thank you notes can have a special way of exhibiting gratitude and love. With my wedding only a few weeks away, you can imagine how busy I have been writing! Thank you notes can have a way of becoming overwhelming, burdensome--and let’s just be honest; a real chore.
**Notice what I have said, “CAN have a special way of exhibiting gratitude and love” and “CAN have a way of becoming overwhelming, burdensome, etc.”
It’s all about attitude! If you are genuinely writing because you are appreciative and care--it will show in your words! If you are well organized, timely and grateful--it won’t become overwhelming! I want to share my tips in honor of the art of the Thank You note.
Purchase an address book, make an excel spreadsheet--do something so that you don’t have to call your mother and ask for your great aunts address for the third time. You’ll be glad you did, and you’ll be able to add to it throughout the years.
Put your stamp on it
Any old stamp will send mail--but you’re trying to send a message! It is such a special touch when the stamp coordinates with the envelope--it shows thoughtfulness and preparation.
If you’re like me, your local post office doesn’t offer a wide selection. Well, the USPS has a nifty website where you can view all available stamps!https://store.usps.com/store/browse/category.jsp?categoryId=buy-stamps&categoryNavIds=buy-stamps
After checking them out and choosing the perfect ones, you can order them, or have your post office do it! It usually takes a week for them to come in.
My personal favorite at the moment:
Pick a pen
Everyone has a favorite pen, pick it up! As long as it is a legible color, you’re A-OK. Choosing your favorite pen as opposed to just any old utensil will make all the difference. My favorite pens and markers:
The search for good stationary
Choosing appropriate stationary is key to make writing and receiving the notes even more fun. Sometimes, I even make my own by printing on a flat card!
Monogrammed, floral, gold foil, postcards, patterned--the possibilities are endless! This is a perfect way to show your creativity and personality. A pretty card is a good way to introduce your pretty words. My personal favorite, Rifle Paper Company, has adorable thank you cards. https://riflepaperco.com/shop/greeting-cards/
You can also shop stationery here at The Southern Mercantile!
Now, for the important part; grab a blanket, turn on some music, set out all your tools and get cozy on the couch.
Before you start writing, I think it is important to reflect on who gave you the gift, your relationship with that person, the thought behind the gift, and how you will use it. Thinking about all of these things are a way of “brainstorming” for your note. You should mention the shower, party or occasion in which you received the gift--and let them know you are glad they were there! Tell what is special about the gift, and if possible, relate the gift to the giver in some way (I try to use a memory). And last but not least, I think it is always a good idea to take the chance to thank them for other things they have done for you throughout your life. If you do these things, your note is sure to stand out from the crowd.
People do not hesitate to give good gifts to those who are grateful.
To follow up after Friday's blog, we are sharing a printable Registry Checklist with you! This is the prefect list to help you think through your needs and wants. We have listed a few helpful hints regarding each category to assist you in your decision making. Though this list is not comprehensive, we wanted to give you a good starting point for your registry endeavors!
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