When I first moved to Dallas over 13 years ago, I had come from an island where we had a laid back style and the “California” way of wedding planning. Definitely very easy going and simple dresses with a different take on wedding decor. After two of my own marriages and countless hours of wedding planning for others here in Dallas I have found a unique style associated with Southern Wedding Traditions. I was overjoyed and amazed to learn about many of the traditions for weddings in the South and in particular in Dallas.
As you know many wedding traditions such as “something old, something new and something borrowed, something blue” are popular. Yet the South, like it’s longstanding tradition of spunky women and unusual traditions and superstitions speaks to an era. Taking these and putting a modern spin on it is why Dallas area weddings are big business.
Here are some traditions you may not be aware of.
1) Burying the Bourbon
It is believed that if a bride and groom bury an unopened bottle of bourbon at their wedding site one month prior to the wedding, then it won’t rain on that day.
2) The Bridal Portrait Sessions
Formal bridal portraits started in the South, traditional with the bride seated. Now they are catching on all over the country. Brides have a portrait of themselves to capture the beauty of their day. The portrait is traditionally displayed at the reception.
3) The Charm Pull Cake
Charms attached to ribbons are baked into a layer of the wedding cake. The bridesmaids pull a charm and each charm being different symbolizes something that will happen to that bridesmaid that year. For instance a ring symbolizes that the bridesmaid that pulls it will get married next.
4) Light colored suits
It is more of a tradition in the south for groomsmen to wear light colored suits. Since more weddings happen in spring or summer it only makes sense due to the humidity of the South. That is why tweed is nice but nothing in black, navy or charcoal. We are thinking light brown.
5) The Groom’s Cake
The groom’s cake is not a southern tradition but a British tradition that is no longer practiced. In the US it dominates in the Southeastern US. In Dallas, many bakeries make beautiful groom’s cake and it’s taken on the tradition of being either a chocolate or dark cake or a fancy/comical design that brings out the groom’s personality.
6) The Mason Jar
Popular for pickling and canning fruits, mason jars have made their ways to crafts and for drinking. Nothing says more about the south then the style of the mason jar. Many restaurants here in Dallas serve their beverages in mason jars and they are everywhere. Easy to use and useful, you will see these at a lot of southern weddings. I’ve put together a list of great Southern Wedding decor ideas on my ebay Collection called, Southern Style Wedding. Check it out and follow for some great ideas!
7) Too Many Friends and don’t know who to choose for bridesmaids? Create the House Party
This is definitely a southern tradition. It is customary in Dallas for weddings to include an endless line up of bridesmaids. Many of which are cousins, sorority sisters and the like. Limit the number in the bridal party by having many of these special friends be a part of the house party. As described in Southern Living they do many important tasks such as planning the bacheloretty party, manning the guest book and more. They are named in the wedding program. They only thing they don’t do is stand at the altar.
8) The Parasol
These are more for direction than they are for efficiency and utilization and many southern brides that have outdoor weddings can be seen with parasols. You will also see them in their bridal portraits.
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