Review & Giveaway: Southern Living Wedding Planner and Keepsake

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We were so excited to receive a shiny new copy of Southern Living's new book, Southern Living Wedding Planner and Keepsake: What To Do Before Saying "I Do". The editors of Southern Living Magazine collaborated with the wonderfully talented and creative ladies Maria and Kelly from Ritzy Bee Events to create the perfect planner for couples preparing for their big day. We'll be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader - just leave a comment below!

As they state in beginning of the book, "He popped the question. You said, 'YES!'", then there are so many decisions along the way! After reading the book we think that it is such an amazing source for planning your wedding and staying organized, no matter what size of wedding it may be. The book includes advice on timelines, budgets and planning, tips for creating the smooth wedding day you dream of, ways to create the look and design you envision. The book is also filled to the brim with real wedding photos and details from the amazing Kate Headley Photography.

Maria and Kelly did a great job of covering all the aspects of wedding planning (even some great tips on South Hospitality). I wanted to go into a little detail about two topics I found most helpful:


The book begins with a very honest section about FIRST sitting down and creating your budget. I can't agree more. Your wedding is probably one of the largest and priciest events that you have personally ever thrown so it is important to sit down at the beginning and look at your budget.

This book has such a wonderful sample wedding budget worksheet that breaks down from A to Z the details of your wedding and what you should budget for. A lot of people think of the wedding dress, the cake, the caterer and they forget about the costs on bridesmaids bouquets, postage for your invitations, ceremony sites, gratuities and more. All of these little details should be included in your initial budget so you can wisely spend throughout the planning process. I would be writing all over the worksheet, make some copies and keep them in your pockets throughout the book.


Being that my background is in catering, I found the reception section of this book so helpful for couples out there. They have done a lovely job breaking down all of the details that go into the reception, "the party"!

I love that they continue to mention to remind yourself of Buzz Words you create for your wedding, the words that really define the style of your day. There are so many elements of the reception, so many different styles that you can easily read through and have a clear idea in mind. They have created lists of questions to ask your caterer that are honestly so helpful! Tastings, do they cost more? Rental Equipment, is it included? Mixed in with some photos that make me want to be a guest at each reception, this part of the book is an amazing guideline, holding your hand and helping you organize your questions.

On a personal level I want to say congratulations to the ladies at Ritzy Bee! It was a pleasure working with you in Washington and this book is such a beautiful and helpful creation for couples! To all of our Southern Florida ladies, it is an amazing tool!

The Giveaway

Wouldn't you love to have a copy of your own? Just leave a comment below - we'll pick a winner next Friday. Good luck!

{Update: We've randomly selected and notified the lucky winner - thanks for entering!}

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  1. Jackie Snow says

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book!! I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy, but winning it would be much sweeter!

  2. Michael Ugarte says

    My fiance would love this book!!! This would help her with any and all planning aspects of our wedding.

    Pick me (please!) :)


  3. kristind says

    Future Mother-in-law just gave me a Southern Living wedding magazine with it all marked up so this would be icing on the cake to help get organized and our ideas out there!

  4. Antonia says

    My (brand new) fiancé and I just got engaged last Friday! We just decided to tie the knot in 2012, so this book would be amazing!!!


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