If there’s something the South knows how to do well, it’s planning a beautiful wedding. From brides to grooms, bouquets to cakes, Southern wedding traditions are abundant in Charleston, South Carolina. Here are just a few wedding traditions you may not have guessed originated in the South…
Garden weddings and ceremonies on the lawn of a beautiful estate are a dime a dozen in the lowcountry, but have recently caught traction around the rest of the globe as well. But did you know that it’s an old Southern tradition to have a wedding in the fresh air? While Tabernacles may not be popular these days, they used to be the premier location for tying the knot.
2. Bury the Bourbon Bottle
Ever heard of burying the bourbon bottle? Well Southern folklore dictates that burying a full bottle of bourbon upside down on the grounds of your wedding venue, a month prior to the date, is a sure-fire way of keeping rain away.
3. White or Pastel Parasols
Maybe because of the dry, hot summer sun, many brides and bridesmaids opt for the traditional parasol to shield their skin from the sun’s rays. This Southern wedding tradition was made popular in the 1800s, and provides a charming photo opportunity today.
4. Bridal Portraits
Believe it or not, bridal portraits are a traditional act fortified in southern culture. In the old days, a bride’s bridal portrait was likely the only photo taken on her special day. Traditionally, the parents of the bride would keep the portrait on display in their home, leaving the bride with nothing to take home except her groom. Luckily, these days bridal portraits are more like bridal party photo shoots, and everyone and their brother gets to take home pictures.
What’s a bride without her pearls? From the ears to the neck, pearls are the ruling accessory of southern brides. The next time you see a bride adorned in a string of pearls, you’ll know exactly where it hailed from!
There are many other Southern traditions that have made their way across the globe and into the hearts of brides to be. Next time you attend a wedding, take notice of what aspects have Southern roots! Planning a wedding of your own? The Restoration is the premier location for weddings large and small, coming complete with Southern charm, luxurious rooms for your guests, and unparalleled service.