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  • Football Season Wedding Planning

    Aug 27, 2014 CATEGORIES: Football weddings, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Women

    Dress shopping on a NON-GAMEDAY is the only way to go! *This is my picture, but not my dress. Said dress will likely be found in Chicago while Muschamp battles it out against Saban. Sigh.

    There is an entire chapter in Gridiron Belles about why a Bride and Groom should pass on hosting a fall wedding.  There are also a few pages about how to pull off a fabulous fall wedding should the chosen date be during football season. 

    What was not anticipated or written about was how PLANNING your wedding should not take place during football season! 

    Being recently proposed to by and Alabama graduate and fan,  we immediately agreed that all fall dates were off limits for our nuptiuals.  A nice April date had been set leading me to believe I was in the clear with any of my wedding (or planning) interfering with the gridiron.  Ha.

    An excited mother of the bride wanted to take a trip to Chicago to dress shop . No (initial) problem there.  The flights were booked, the appointments were made when I was reminded by the aforementioned fiancé that that was the FL v BAMA game in Tuscaloosa. Which apparently we had decided to go to.  

    I immediately switched into event planner mode and looked at the second available date to switch everything. Miss the South Carolina at Kentucky game?  Beholdn in the Windy city was worth it…  What? That’s the same weekend that Alabama heads to Oxford for a battle of brawns versus beauties?  What had I done?!?!?  I was between a rock and a hard place and knew immediately that weddings AND planning must be scheduled around kickoffs.

    I’ve learned my lesson the hard way, but either way I slice it I’m missing a match up I’d rather not.  So, when the lovely mother of the bride asked for my entire Saturday this weekend to plan a day far off in April, I had to hold my ground (as I suggest all of you engaged Belles to do…). She can have all of Sunday, even Friday night… but the only time I’m giving up on the inaugural Saturday is  between 12-3pm… After College GameDay and before Alabama game kicks off an entire day of gridiron bliss!

    Plan accordingly, belles.  Happy Season!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh



  • Order the 2nd Edition of Gridiron Belles

    Sep 4, 2013 CATEGORIES: Alabama SEC Football, Atlanta, Auburn v Georgia, BCS Championship Game, Football weddings, Georgia Football, Gridiron Belles Tour, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, Heisman Trophy, Lilly Pulitzer and Gridiron Belles, LSU Football, LSU v ALABAMA football, Mississippi State, Ole Miss Football, SEC Football, SEC Stadium Tour, Southern Football, Southern Tailgating, Southern Women, Tailgating, Tennessee Football, Texas A&M and Mizzou SEC Football

    My dearest Gridiron Belle:

    Football season has arrived and with impeccable timing, we just launched our highly-anticipated campaign for the 2nd edition of Gridiron Belles! ( You can go ahead and back the project here.)

    With an overdue welcome to Mizzou and TX A&M to the SEC, I needed to add their chapters and some photos of their tailgates and traditions.  While I was at it––to keep it a second edition and  not an entirely new book–– I went ahead and added new belle photos, quotes, outfit suggestions and updated some unique tailgate ideas among other things. (It’s easy to pre-order, here, now)

    So here is how this works:  This kickstarter campaign is the only way for you to get a copy of the new book. If this isn’t a success, no one gets a copy, so be sure to spread the word.   We recommend telling all of your sorority sisters, bridesmaids, boyfriends, friends you tailgate with and gridiron-loving family members. Heck, go ahead and order a few for yourself so you have hostess gifts on stand-by.  Either way, y’all asked for more books, so here they are! You’ll be the first to have a copy of the fall’s must-reads and I guarantee you’ll understand the game of football when you’re finished reading! 

    Thanks in advance for your support; can’t wait to see you at the next tailgate!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    Go ahead, order!





  • Why I can only date SEC fans…

    Apr 17, 2012 CATEGORIES: Football weddings, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Gentlemen, Uncategorized

    The dating world can be challenging, but not if you know what you want. And through trial and many errors, I know what I want. An SEC fan. No questions asked..

    My prince charming doesn’t have to cheer for my team, but he wont be MY prince charming if he doesn’t at least cheer for the Southeastern Conference.

    Let’s dissect:

    Sweatshirts and “going out tees.” Sweatshirts are reserved for the coldest of nights at home on the couch or for me to borrow during the dreaded drive home on Sundays.  Going-out-tees are only for those dwelling on the Jersey Shore, not a Saturday in Dixie.  As a Southern Belle I am innately attracted to men in shorter shorts, pastels, boat shoes and/or loafers, bow ties, rolled sleeves, and croakies… among other things


    The accent. There is something infinitely sexy about a southern drawl.  A man without a hint of one, just it’s going to work.  With A&M now a part of us, accents have gotten even thicker and my ears are ever so appreciative!

    Understanding rivals. Please don’t judge me on being selfish, but how could I care about other so-called rivalries when the SEC is overflowing with them?  I would have a hard time investing four hours on a Saturday to watch Oregon v Oregon State.  Alabama v LSU is a rivalry.  Florida v Tennessee is a rivalry.  Auburn v Georgia is a rivalry.  Ole Miss v MS State is a rivalry.  Arkansas v LSU is a rivalry.  And I’m sure Mizzou v Texas A&M is going to be a heated addition to our list. How could I date someone that doesn’t appreciate this?

    Dedication: Dedication to one team shows how much dedication the gent is capable of expressing toward me. Dedication, however, should stop short of tattoos—of his team and my name on his bicep—but not a sticker on his car or a team logo washed out on his favorite hat.  An old faded Gamecock hat is much more appealing than a straight-brimmed The Ohio State hat.  Wouldn’t you agree?

    My Stubborn Flat Screen. Despite the Geek Squad’s best efforts, my flat screen is conveniently incapable of letting a Little 12, Pac 10, or Big East game dominate the airwaves while an SEC game is on.  If my gent requests the UCLA v Cal game over the Georgia v Tennessee game, we would have more than probable cause for spending game day in two different locations.

    The Language Barrier: Perhaps I could get over this if it was really love, but why would I want to date someone who doesn’t speak the same language? 

    • “Yes ma’am”
    • “No sir”
    • “Third Saturday in October”
    • “Y’all”
    • “d’geatyet?”
    • “That’s just not right.”
    • “How’s your mama?”
    • “Third Saturday in September”
    • “Frat Beach”
    • “I loved your thank you note”

    All SEC faithful know what these mean, why waste time translating? If my beau were to ever use words like, “wicked,” “you all,”  “Go Utes,” or need to read the lyrics in order to sing the National Anthem, we’d be walking down Irreconcilable Differences Lane.

    Manners. Being chivalrous and mannerly is in a gents DNA down here. An SEC gent is considerate of the Belle he calls his—and all of her friends—as well as a stranger on the street. Even if they are displaced in New York City, a southern gent’s manners shine through.  How could I settle for anything else?  (this is not to say that I’ve never met perfect gentlemen that cheer for non-SEC teams…)

    Let’s be clear.  I don’t say this to be hurtful to all of the wonderful gents out there that may have been raised to cheer for another conference.  (My mama is likely going to find a way to black out this little post as she’ll think I’m eliminating 75% of my potential dating pool….) And I don’t say this because I think I’m some catch that all male fans are lining up to date.  I just think this is something that most Gridiron Belles can relate to. We like to share our favorite fall pastime with our gents. And our favorite fall pastime happens to revolve around Saturdays in Dixie.

    In an effort of full disclosure, I’ve tried dating Big 12 fans in particular.  It works in the spring and summer, but come the fall—we are in different worlds.  This fall, I will be practicing counting to 7 for championships and he will be practicing counting to 7 for the number of teams left in his conference.   Wouldn’t it be more fun if we were both celebrating number 7 in Miami this year?Of course, I’ll never say never, but I’m going to say that a non-SEC gent has a better chance of winning the Heisman than getting me to share the remote with him during the fall!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh


  • At Least She’s Going to Look Like Scarlett

    Jan 19, 2012 CATEGORIES: Football weddings, Gridiron Belles: A Guide to Saturdays in Dixie, SEC Football, Southern Belles, Southern Football, Southern Women

    What do you do when your best friend gets engaged?  You let out a girly scream, throw your hands to your face, jump up and down and pop open the bubbly!

    The HUGE bottle of Korbel we used to celebrate the big day!


    What do you do when said best friend calls to tell you that her wedding date is set for September 15th???  Let out a Gridiron Belle scream, throw your hands to your face in disbelief, stomp on the ground and open a bottle. (Bubbles not required for this one).

    At least, I’m pretty sure that’s how it went down when the Belle-I’ve-called-my-best-friend-since-we-were-12 told me she picked the third week of football season to tie the knot…

    Beautiful ring... but do you have to get married during football season???

    Before she put the date in stone I was already booking my schedule for next fall. Having a sneaky suspicion that I wasn’t going to have my (wedding) cake and eat it too, I needed to triple check. Here is how the text conversation went down:

    Christie Leigh: Did you pick a date yet? Trying to lock down my tour schedule for next season…And I’m willing to give you a football weekend, I’m just not sure which one I’m willing to give up…

    Non-Football-Loving-Best-Friend: Haha, thanks, that’s awfully big of you. Yes, September 15th!!!!

    Christie Leigh: And you are SURE????

    NFLBF: Yep, pretty positive…

    Christie Leigh: I love you more than football. I love you more than football. I love you more than football. I love you more than football.

    NFLBF: Haha—be nice!  What game is Sept 15th?

    Christie Leigh: BAMA at Ark.  (She has no idea about the upset possibilities of that game)

    Christie Leigh: OMG, and the TX at Ole Miss game!!!  (She probably thinks that is normal conference play…)

    NFLBF: Ohhhh, u love me!

    Christie Leigh: Yes, I do. But, I’m going to curse this date for a verrrrry long time. Know that whatever you hear me complain about, I still love you. And I think I’ll still come.

    NFLBF:  You’re crazy!  Please don’t curse my date!  Please…

    (No response. I didn’t have the heart to make a promise I can’t keep.)

    Three days later, this is the picture I receive from the NFLBF in LA trying on dresses.

    A Southern Belle after all... looks like she's getting married at Tara

    My response?

    Christie Leigh: I may be peeved that you’re getting married during football season, but at least you’re going to look like Scarlett!

    Xs and Os,

    Christie Leigh

    PS-   If you’re a belle that is getting married during football season, please don’t take offense to this.  My NFLBF knows how much football means to me. She also knows that I wouldn’t miss her wedding or actually damn her wedding date even if it was during another LSU v BAMA match up. But, she WILL be implementing the suggestions from my book about how to make a fall wedding enjoyable for the football-loving and the football-loathing guests alike!  Congratulations, Mars– can’t wait to stand by your side as you marry the gent of your dreams!