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Before I left for our honeymoon, I pre-ordered a couple of copies of the newest issue of Southern Weddings Magazine. Now, I realize this blog is focused on the Midwest and Mountain West brides, but you cannot help but love the work the gals at SWMag are doing. And, since the first time I picked up the very first issue – I’ve been hooked.

Photo courtesy of Lara Casey

So, in honor of the gorgeous, glossy pages of V3 of Southern Weddings, I’m giving away a copy to one lucky blog reader.  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me your favorite wedding tradition.  You have until Friday, October 15 to enter.  I’ll announce the lucky winner on Monday, October 18.


  1. Oh I so want to win this! I can’t find it anywhere in New England!

    My favorite wedding tradition is the father walking the daughter down the aisle…gets me every time…

  2. Kelsey
    2:07 pm on October 11th, 2010

    My favorite tradition is the Unity candle. I love the symbolism of two people bringing their single lives together and combining them as one.

  3. Ashley
    2:08 pm on October 11th, 2010

    “Something old, something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, And a silver sixpence in your shoe” I love this tradition. It is always interesting to see how each bride personalizes this old ritual. Its a tradition that allows for individuality.

    Love it!

  4. Lauren
    2:21 pm on October 11th, 2010

    Although a lot of couples have been doing a first look lately, I adore the wedding tradition of the bride seeing her groom for the first time walking down the aisle. I can’t wait to see my groom at the altar during our wedding next month!

  5. I’m with Abby, I can’t find this anywhere in DC! I’m a Southern bride (getting married in Charleston, SC) and I desperately want a copy of this!! 🙂 My favorite wedding tradition is the first dance between father and daughter and mother and groom. It literally brings to me tears.

  6. ooo favorite wedding tradition– from a photographer standpoint is the first look that I hope more couples make a tradition as the emotions I capture are beyond breathtaking and so romantic!

  7. megan m
    2:49 pm on October 11th, 2010

    my favorite tradition is watching the groom’s expression while everyone is staring at the bride! the look on their face says it all 🙂

  8. My favorite wedding tradition is the wedding kiss! It is really such a happy moment where the bride and groom are glowing 🙂

  9. I have to tell you I am jealous! I cannot find that magazine anywhere in San Diego or SoCal for that matter. My favorite tradition is recognizing the family/parent who passed away either by having an empty chair with a bouquet or by leaving a medal from their time in the service, or an heirloom that was passed down.my dad passed away 2 weeks after I was engaged so it meant a lot to have him there in some way! Glad you are back! xo

  10. Kelli S.
    4:33 pm on October 11th, 2010

    My favorite wedding tradition is the unity candle. I love the symbol of the two families joining and becoming one. Since I will be getting married outdoors I will be doing a sand ceremony in place of the unity candle, still very symbolic just more appropriate for our setting.

  11. KLR
    7:43 pm on October 11th, 2010

    My favorite tradition is the First Dance for the bride and groom. Even though the day is all about the couple, it seems as though they are getting pulled in a million directions the entire day, it’s a good time for them to connect and reflect while everyone Takes pictures. As a former bridesmaid and MOH, it’s wonderful to see my best friends with their husbands and the look of love and pure joy on their faces.

  12. The first glance! Couples taking time before all the wedding insanity to see each other & spend time with each other before being wisked away.

  13. KMS
    10:52 pm on October 11th, 2010

    A fellow Midwestern bride here! My favorite wedding tradition is definitely the unity candle. I especially find it meaningful when the mothers of the bride and groom light the respective candles before the ceremony, symbolizing their gift of life to their children. Then when the bride and groom light the center candle, it really is like the union of the two families into one. So beautiful! I cry everytime.

  14. vanessa c
    8:08 am on October 12th, 2010

    my favorite tradition is… making your own traditions as a new couple.

  15. Sharon
    8:36 am on October 12th, 2010

    My favorite wedding tradition is traditional vows. There’s just something about saying “I thee wed” that’s so romantic and confident.

  16. Sunny
    10:42 am on October 12th, 2010

    I’m with Sharon, my favorite tradition is the vows that have been said time after time by engaged couples all over the planet to become one forever.

  17. Kelly
    11:04 am on October 12th, 2010

    My favorite tradition is The Dress. It can be a bonding experience to find the perfect one. For the walk down the isle, there is always the anticipation of what the bride will be wearing. As a person that loves to get dressed up, i can’t wait to be the most glamorous I’ll ever be!

  18. My fave tradition would have to be the first look, even though it’s an newer tradition! I can’t wait to see Sean in that moment on our wedding day. If anything I want the mag to see if they put what font their cover lines are in on the masthead… so if I don’t win I hope I can figure it out somehow. I’d love to use that for my wedding invites!

  19. Woot for MidWestern brides! I’m a big fan of the first look as well…I know wedding time is a crazy time and it would be marvelous to take some time before the ball starts rolling to see each other, calmly, play a game of Quiddler or something beforehand. 🙂

  20. My favorite wedding tradition…. EATING. 😉

  21. Sonya
    4:55 pm on October 12th, 2010

    I love the first look the groom has of the bride, whether it be for a first look before the ceremony or as the bride comes down the aisle!

  22. Kerri
    11:32 pm on October 12th, 2010

    My favorite tradition has to be for the groom to wait to see the bride walking down the aisle. As cliche as it might be, there is nothing more candid or real than the look he has the first moment he sees her!

  23. My favorite tradition is a Swedish tradition involving “toast masters.” These two people, one man and one woman, are special, charismatic friends of the couple. They wear sashes the entire night and are responsible for putting on skits, games, and toasts to the couple. It’s a riot and makes everything go smoother. A lot of speaking happens, without it seeming endless and boring.

  24. Cari
    1:27 pm on October 13th, 2010

    My favorite tradition is a Jewish wedding tradition that has been updated. After the ceremony, the bride and groom spend an hour together – alone! During that time, they enjoy their first meal together as husband and wife. I think the original tradition involved consummating the union, but I think that can wait until after the guests have gone home. 😉

  25. Would positively LOVE to win this!!! My favorite tradition (though its not always done anymore) is the veil lift right at the moment the bride is given away – it is such a personal moment between the bride and the 2 most important men (or in some cases women) in her life. ::sigh::