Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Southern Wedding Traditions

Hey y'all! I'm Sarah Elizabeth! I blog over at "Belle in the City" about my life as a Southern Belle who moved from a small country town to a 'big city'. I've followed Charlotte's blog for a while now, and she is just the cutest thing and I couldn't be more happy for her on her big day!! 

I figured since this is Charlotte's wedding week, I'd talk about some good ole' Southern Wedding Traditions! In the South everything and I mean everything is about tradition...so here are my top 5.

1. Invitations: 
Obviously invitations are going to be sent out by anyone getting married, but invitations in the South are a big deal. After all, a wedding is a formal event..so shouldn't the invite to this event be formal as well? Traditionally, what is sent out is an oversized engraved invitation, on heavy paper with a tissue layover and an inner envelope. Included inside is a formal invite from the Bride's parents, requesting your presence at the wedding, as well as a reception card and options to formally RSVP. 

2. Showers/Parties: 

If your wedding is one big party why not have a bunch of smaller parties leading up to the main event? Engagement parties, bridal showers, luncheons, oyster roasts, pig pickin's...Southerner's love a reason to get together and celebrate!

3. Monograms: 

Now y'all know that Southern ladies love their monograms, and to quote Ms Whitherspoon "If its not moving, monogram it". So of course monogramming is near the top of the list of traditions. From napkins, to bouquets, isle runners or cake toppers. There are plenty of things worth of a monogram!

4. Bridal Portraits: 

If you walk into any Southern family's home who has a married daughter, you can almost bet that their daughter's bridal portrait is gonna be hanging on display for everyone to see. Traditionally, a long time ago bridal portraits were some of the only pictures from the big day..but now they become more popular and a way to showcase the Bride's beautiful gown not only after the wedding but at the reception venue as well.

5. Groom's Cake: 

The tradition of a groom's cake goes way back, and is a way for the Bride to honor and to incorporate the Groom's personality and/or hobbies. From fishing cakes to sports team's logos, or favorite beverages...the options for a Groom's cake are endless and the perfect way to add a little fun.

All of these are so so so true for my wedding! Thank you Sarah Elizabeth! Y'all, she is just the cutest. Can't wait to show you all of my southern wedding aspects!!


megan said...

Great post, Sarah! I can say that all of these are being incorporated in our big day next weekend! :)

Sarah said...

Love this post! I love that groom's cake! :)

Amy @ A Glimpse of the Gouglers said...

And those are just 5 reasons why southern weddings are the best by far :) Just a few more days!!!

Brianna Tucker said...

Love this! I did all of these for our wedding to. But we ended up getting a bridal portrait for our home as well and not just my parents!

Brianna Tucker said...

Love this! I did all of these for our wedding to. But we ended up getting a bridal portrait for our home as well and not just my parents!

Suzanne said...

These are all great! What's a wedding without monograms?

Jacqueline O said...

Hey lady!! I just found your blog and so glad I did!! I'm getting married in August, so I cant wait to see all your pictures!!
I just started a new linkup on my blog called "forever fridays" for all wedding related posts! I hope you will start linking up when you return!!

Joseph Clarke said...

I've been reading some of the popular and different wedding traditions around the world and I really find it interesting and fun to know. I always enjoy learning how wedding customs differ from one nation to another. Thanks for giving me more ideas on wedding traditions.

More power to you!