(Closed) Southern Wedding Traditions/Food

posted 5 years ago in South
Post # 3
44 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

Our wedding will be very southern and you have me thinking about why that is. Our venue is a big house on the river/ marsh. We will be serving shrimp and grits and also a biscuit bar along with a lot of seafood. You have to have sweet tea. more casual receptions here tend to have cornhole games. Is that everywhere? I’m in South Carolina which is a bit different from Virginia. Let me know if I can help.   

I’m also considering cake pulls. They have gotten more popular here, though I think it started in Louisiana. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by  Lasttomarry.
Post # 4
151 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I am from North Carolina and didn’t realize Virginia could even be considered part of the South until… embarassingly recently.  There is some regional variety, so I am not sure what would be traditional for Virginia.  If you are near the coast, I would definitely second shrimp and grits.  Mint juleps could be fun (for some reason I can never take that drink seriously – sounds like something you would sip out on “tha ver-ann-duh”).

Just for fun, this blog’s take on Southern wedding traditions:



*Note: this is in no way applicable to where I live.  I have. never. heard of burying the bourbon bottle.

Post # 5
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

That list is pretty good, though I agree with StrawberryRoseCake some of the things on it (mason jars? yeah no that’s just a national trend caused by pinterest, it’s a stretch to call parasols a tradition…) not so much.

The south is a very varied place so I mean, it’s really dependent on where you are. 

Southern things that I’ve noticed (when I go to weddings outside the south that don’t have them)…

1. Bridal portrait displayed at the reception

2. Grooms cake

3. Most weddings I’ve been to in the south have a live band, not a DJ.

I’ve seen someone bury a bourbon bottle, but I’m not doing it – our wedding is inside! I don’t think it is super common.

And I agree with the above post… mmm shrimp and grits. And mac and cheese. We’re having a more formal wedding and those foods are still going on, I can’t wait.

Post # 6
9788 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

we will have: grooms cake, mint juleps, mini pulled pork abd fried chicken biscuits at happy hour, and my favorite southern tradition…  The house party! (Extension of BMs)

Post # 7
102 posts
Blushing bee

I hadn’t heard of burying the bourbon until recently, but i am definitely doing it for my riverside wedding!

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