(Closed) Regional differences/customs in Weddings

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 5
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve noticed in the South (maybe just Texas), there is a groom’s cake and my friends up North have never heard of one.  Also, in the South/Texas there is a already a giant Bridal portrait at the church/reception with just a picture of the bride, never seen it in the North.  I’m from Texas and lived up North for a few years.

Post # 6
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Most of what I knew about weddings came from Maryland and the rest of the northeast. I’ve lived in Alabama for 6 years and weddings down here are so foreign to me! Now that I’m planning one here I’m learning all sorts of things…

In the deep South…

– brides get bridal portraits. A photo shoot weeks before the wedding where she’s done up JUST like her wedding day.

– grooms cakes… gotta have one, usually chocolate. There’s debate whether this is served at the rehearsal dinner or the reception



Back in Maryland/NE….

– weddings are always a full dinner affair. Usually plated. I’ve known a lot of girls who will blow tons of their budget to have a sit-down plated dinner because its the “nicest”.

– usually a full, open bar

– after parties at the hotel bar or other spot

– late afternoon/evening ceremonies and receptions. Very few morning weddings.

– wedding party all at head table. no sweetheart table.


My parents/extended family are from Michigan. My parents expect a dollar dance! All my cousin raised in Michigan had dollar dances.

That’s all I got!

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