Friday, January 7, 2011

Southern Wedding Week: The Traditions and Winners Announced!

Reese Witherspoon as Melanie Smooter in Sweet Home Alabama

Southern weddings tend to be steeped in tradition. Whether it's the type of flowers used in the decorations or the ceremony or the cake served, most every part of a SW has some tradition linked to it. Typically your southern brides will always be given away by their daddy, wear white, have their shoulders covered (after mom and grandma officially OK the dress...thank you Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta for teaching us all that lesson) and carry white flowers.

Cake pulls are another southern tradition still used today. Small silver charms intended for bridesmaids and members of the bridal party. Each charm tells a fortune or prediction for the future and is a quaint memento of the wedding celebration said one site selling the charms. Each charm has a different meaning: rings, hearts, red beans, stars, anchor, four leaf clovers, all mean something different.

Grooms cakes are another very popular southern tradition. I've seen countless grooms cakes on Cake Boss and Ace of Cakes pretty frequently as a fun way to honor the groom's hobbies, talents or interests! Most recently, I saw a fast food groom's cake, too much fun!

Rice throwing is also a very southern tradition. A sign of fertility, plentifulness and abundance! What a nice message to send your newlywed friends with!

A funny little guide to helping every southern bride out there was written a few years ago called Somebody is Going to Die if Lily Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding! What a title, right? I also love the double name thrown in too, talk about southern tradition!

Now for our Southern Wedding Week winners:

Southern Weddings winner: living well

Natalie Franke Photography: raymond08

If you both will email me with your contact info I'll connect you with the right people!! Thanks for all the entries!!

Also remember that you can still qualify for Natalie's 10% off deal! Take advantage of that!!



Fashion Meets Food said...

Is it pathetic that I practically based my entire wedding around sweet home Alabama lol.


Rachel said...

I love little wedding traditions. My sister's husband had an airplane groom's cake because he is a pilot!

Ky said...

I love the idea of cake pulls! I was given a set for my wedding in May!!