Southern Wedding Traditions

Down here in the South, we are known for our traditions and Southern hospitality, and weddings are no exception. Being located in Nashville, Tennessee, we have experienced our share of traditional Southern weddings here at Southall Meadows! Whether you’re planning your wedding with us here in Nashville or somewhere else in the South, here are a few wedding traditions you might want to consider. 

Haven V. Haines Photography

Haven V. Haines Photography

Bridal Portraits

The tradition of bridal portraits started before cameras were invented, and artists would paint a picture of the bride to be shown in her parent’s home. Now, professional photographers take pictures of the bride a month or two before the wedding either at the venue or another breathtaking outdoor location. This photoshoot also allows the bride to get comfortable with her photographer before the wedding and capture some beautiful pictures!

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Livv Faith Photography

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The Food

Food in the south is so special it has its own category! You can’t have a Southern wedding without delicious Southern cuisine. Some foods you might see at a Southern wedding include chicken and waffles, barbecue, mac and cheese, and fried chicken. As for beverages, you can’t forget sweet tea and lemonade! You’ll never leave a Southern wedding feeling hungry.

Rebecca Renee Photography

Rebecca Renee Photography

Want to have Southern cuisine at your wedding? Here are a few Southern wedding food ideas to get your menu started!

The Groom’s Cake

In addition to a wedding cake, the groom’s cake is usually a gift from the bride to the groom to be served at the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. It’s a cake that is typically shaped in a way that means something to the groom, and features his hobbies and other things he loves! Common themes for the groom’s cake include sports, golf, fishing, hunting, or a nod to his alma mater. The groom’s cake should not be as extravagant as the regular wedding cake, but it should still be professionally made. Feel free to get creative with this cake!

Check out groom’s cake ideas here.

Burying the Bourbon

To keep the rain away and get rid of bad luck, you must partake in this Southern tradition! When it comes to burying the bourbon, you have to bury the bottle at the site of your wedding ceremony exactly one month prior to the wedding. When buried, the bottle has to be totally unopened, but on your wedding day, you can dig it up and share it with your guests after the ceremony. 

Outdoor Wedding Ceremonies

Here in the South, outdoor weddings are an amazing way to take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery we have! Wedding ceremonies are typically outside in the South, hence why we bury the bourbon. But, with outdoor weddings comes outdoor temperatures, especially in the summer. Make sure you and your guests are prepared for this! You could help your guests out by placing fans on each chair that’s set up at the ceremony.

Rebecca Renee Photography

Rebecca Renee Photography

Attire

It’s no secret that it can get hot and humid in the South, and you’ll most often find groomsmen in light colored or seersucker suits. Not only do these suits look great, but they help keep the guys cool! As for the ladies attending a wedding, you might want to stick to a light colored dress with light fabric in order to combat the heat.

Photos by Ava Vienneau

Photos by Ava Vienneau

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Cover Photo by Lara Howell Photography

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