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Posted: Monday, Sep. 09, 2013

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Originally from England, Sarah Ryberg has lived in Charlotte for the last 12 years and is a graduate of UNC Charlotte. After two whirlwind weddings - one in Charlotte and another in her homeland - Sarah is settling into married life and learning what it takes to be a Mrs. You can reach Sarah at sarahmryberg@yahoo.com

I spend hours on Pinterest admiring beautiful weddings and could talk to my brides for hours about their big days. When it comes down to asking what the inspiration was, one of the most common answers I get is Southern charm. Maybe I've just been in the South too long, but there is something romantic and elegant about a Southern wedding. Not only are the details and traditions timeless, but we're all about family in the South, and what better time to celebrate family than at your wedding? If you've found your own love-affair with the South, here are just a few ways to incorporate Southern inspiration into your big day!

Location - A historic home, a garden setting shaded by rows of trees, or even a scenic farm are all perfect locations for a Southern wedding. When planning locally you may consider the Dairy Barn or the Duke Mansion. If you're planning a destination wedding, look towards Charleston or Savannah.

Table decorations - Mason jars are one of my favorite details at southern weddings. Filled with flowers, particularly peonies or baby's breath, these jars make for such a simple and budget friendly approach to decorating. You may also consider natural and rustic accents, like the tree bark and floral arrangements pictured above, or simple vases with a few flowers. Paired with a burlap runner and surrounded by a few tea lights, each arrangement effectively captures the rustic, yet romantic charm of the South.

For table settings, why not consider a variety of vintage plates? The patterns pictured above are available for rental from Vintage Charlotte and recreate the elegance of the old south nicely.

Celebrating family - While you're sure to include family heirlooms on your wedding day anyway, why not make a display of family photos as well? You could showcase wedding photos throughout the generations, making for a beautiful display at your reception and a conversation starter amongst your guests.

Stationery - Stationery with burlap and lace or garden accents will remind your guests of the romantic South. I particularly love these fun save the dates from For the Love of Creating. The hanging mason jars immediately remind me of a Southern garden party. You can find other invitations, including some featuring burlap and lace, by clicking the source link under the image above.

Favours - Go homemade! Whether you offer homemade honey, jams, mini-pies, etc, there's nothing more comforting (or Southern) than a homemade recipe.

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