Southern Wedding Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on April 9, 2010

in Special Occasion - Weddings

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The South is known for its hospitality and its strict adherence to honoring traditions. That is why it is crucial to follow proper Southern wedding etiquette.

Southern wedding etiquette is all about tradition. The venue most likely will be chosen for its family ties (either a family home or where someone else in the family was married) and if the wedding dress is not passed down from the bride’s mother, than the bride will definitely be decked out in all of the jewelry and accessories of her mother, grandmother and/or great grandmother.

Keeping with the family tradition, Southern weddings tend to be extremely large affairs, as everyone in the family (even distant relatives) are invited and expected to attend. The bridesmaids and groomsmen often are so numerous they resemble a small army; but, as these weddings are huge events, they are definitely put to work!

If having a Southern wedding, it is adorable to put touches of the south into your wedding theme, such as using magnolias in your bouquets or as part of the centerpieces and having a Southern-style menu (gumbo, catfish, etc.). Also, a groom’s cake is needed. A groom’s cake is, hmm…how should we say this? It is not as “pretty” as the wedding cake as it is usually themed around the groom’s interest (think of a football shaped cake that is decorated like…a football). I guess it is his day to, so let him have his cake and eat it, too!

Y’all have fun now, you hear?!

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