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From engagements to tying the knot, here's the Southern Kitchen guide to classic wedding etiquette

In the South, there is a heightened pressure on etiquette throughout the journey to planning the perfect Southern wedding and I’m here to help ensure you don’t make any grave faux pas.

Planning a wedding can be the biggest task that a future married couple will plan together whether you have hired an experienced wedding planner or not. Having just celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary, I have learned a good deal about planning a wedding and gained a humble perspective on the lifetime ahead of me.

In this multi-part story, I will guide you through every step in planning the perfect Southern wedding, from engagement to the big day, all the while maintaining proper decorum.

The etiquette of engagements
The beginning to all wedding planning starts in one place — the engagement. And while there are countless ways to propose, there are still etiquette rules that need to be followed.
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Set the foundation for your perfect Southern wedding
The first step to treating your guests to Southern hospitality is deciding who they will be, choosing the date of the most grand party you'll likely throw in your lifetimes, sending those invitations, then choosing where your guests will sit.
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Southern wedding to-do's and traditions
You will be sure to throw the perfect Southern wedding if you nail your wedding website, find the best vendors from your photographer to tasty catering, choose a gorgeous wedding dress or tuxedo and get yourself quality wedding bands.
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The proper Southern guide to every pre-wedding event
Once you've made it to this stage of planning your perfect Southern wedding you're a well-oiled machine of a bride or groom.
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A perfectly Southern wedding weekend
Throwing the perfect Southern wedding is much like planning the perfect Southern spread of delicious food for any gathering of family and friends. There's a simple recipe to planning the perfect Southern wedding with every bit of Southern hospitality, etiquette and traditions.
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Lindsay Davis is the Digital Audience Development Specialist at Southern Kitchen. She is the czar of all things content distribution with a background in digital marketing and analytics. She has worked with brands including StarbucksVeuve Clicquot and Florida Department of Citrus. A native of the Empire of the South itself, proud former Georgia Bulldog and American University alumna, she returned to Atlanta after exploring her education and career (and the food scenes) in Washington, DC and New York City with a fresh perspective on life and dining.