Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2015 - Allerton Mansion
My Fiance and I are both from the Midwest and are having our wedding in central Illinois, where are families are from. We’re having an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception in April 2015. Will be having a cocktail hour outside between the two. Going for kind of an upscale garden theme and our colors are pinky-coral and champagne/gold.
We recently moved to Virginia and I would like to incorporate a bit of the south in our big day. Any ideas we can incoprate for our ceremony, decorations, or food and drinks would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
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.
Post # 4
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
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
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
I hadn’t heard of burying the bourbon until recently, but i am definitely doing it for my riverside wedding!