It’s Tradition, Ya’ll!
Here in The South, southern traditions are very near and dear to any southern bride’s heart. It’s a way for us to keep in touch with our southern roots and perhaps remind us of what getting married in the south is all about. If you’re from these parts then you know how important it is to incorporate these southern traditions in our very own nuptials. And we just know if it was up to your Grandmother, she wouldn’t let you forget them. Here are a few of our favorites…
Burying the Bourbon
Worried about it raining on the big day? Southern tradition has it that by burying a bottle of bourbon upside down exactly one month before your wedding day and at the location of your ceremony, it will keep the rain away. Make sure this is one of your favorite bourbon’s because after the ceremony the bridal party digs up the bottle and celebrates by passing it around.
It was once thought that a bride’s tears would bring rain for the farmer’s crops or that a bride who shed tears would never cry over her marriage again. Handkerchiefs have been passed down from generation to generation and today are used as bouquet wraps, given to bridesmaids as gifts, and of course to dab away those happy tears.
A groom’s cake is a gift from the bride to the groom that relates to something he loves. It typically is given at the rehearsal dinner but you will often see them at the reception, showcased for everyone to enjoy. This is the perfect opportunity to really honor the groom.
Weddings and monograms go hand-in-hand and we mean it when we say that every southern bride has waited her entire life for her monogram to change. It’s one of the most exciting things about becoming married other than getting to spend the rest of your life with the man you love most. Monograms today can be found EVERYWHERE and make a great gift for the lovely bride.
The Cake Pull, more common near New Orleans, comes from a Victorian tradition known as “ribbon pulling”. Charms with specific meanings are placed into the bottom layer of the cake with ribbons coming from them. Before the cake is cut, all the single women gather around to pull a charm, which reveals to them their good fortune. If you don’t like the idea for your ceremony, cake pulls are perfect for a bridal shower or luncheon.
If you are a southern bride will you honor these southern traditions?