Southern Wedding Traditions
If you are from the South (or have been around any of us Southerners for long) you know we love our traditions, and weddings are no exception! We've rounded up some of our favorites for you to look through. Whether you choose to include some of them in your wedding or not, we promise to show you some true Southern Hospitality.
We are fortunate in the South to have a long growing period which provides us with plenty of beautiful flowers. You will often find some of our southern favorites such as peonies, hydrangea, gardenia, magnolia and more. These flowers are often have large, fluffy blooms and amazing scents.
Double up on southern florals by choosing a garden setting for your ceremony!
Photo by Ancho Aweigh Photography
Groom's Cake aren't specific to the South, but we do use it as an opportunity to tell a little bit about the groom. Whether it's a map of the Applachian Trail which the Groom hiked or a cake honoring his Alma Mater, Groom Cakes are a fun addition. These can be served at the rehearsal dinner or wedding reception.
This may not seem like a wedding item, but we take our college football seriously in the South! We have seen wedding colors honoring college teams, pompoms for send off and it's common to see groups gathered around a smartphone getting score updates during the fall! We've even had one wedding bring in a tail gate company with large TVs to show the game.
Photo by Kelly Breann Photoraphy
One of the best parts of a southern wedding is the food! Chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, biscuits, cornbread, bbq - you have tons of options to show off your favorite southern cuisine. Our preferred caterers know Southern Food and will treat you right!
Photo by Shannon Ford Photography
Signature Cocktails are a great way to expand on your bar offerings without getting into the expense and complications of a full bar. Show off some southern spirits or use a fun name for your cocktail to tell guests a fun fact about you as a couple (or use it as a way to include your pups in the event!) We love to see Signature Cocktails featuring our farm grown blueberries such as a spiked Blueberry Lemonade, Blueberry Mojito or Blueberry Belini.
Photo by Mary Claire Photography
Last, but not least, is the Southern tradition of outdoor ceremonies. Southerners are willing to brave the heat for beautiful scenery and blue skies overhead. Our ceremony space is surrounded by gardens with views to the blueberry fields. We also have a large covered porch (another Southern tradition) that allows you to keep your outdoor ceremony even during a little rain.
Photo by Capture Thirteen Photography
We can't wait to see which traditions you include in your wedding!
Your Wedding Style
Are you stuck on deciding what your wedding style might be for your farm wedding in Georgia? Maybe you think a farm wedding in Georgia is stuck in one style. (Completely not true!) Or are you not sure what the different style names mean - classic, modern, garden, boho? We've got you covered!
Farm weddings offer a variety of types of venues and scenery. Your floral choices often make the biggest impact on your style for your farm wedding in Georgia. After that, the color palette and decor options add to the style. Browse through the examples and descriptions below to find your style.
This style is a little whimsical, free flowing, soft, and romantic. We love to see this style at our Georgia farm wedding venue. Lots of soft lighting, flowing fabrics and flowers. Often garden style focuses on local, seasonal flowers because they provide options such as cosmos, dahlias and garden roses that are fragile and not always available to ship.
A huge bonus at our farm wedding venue is we grow many of these flowers on the farm! North Georgia is a great area for growing Dahlias -which are a favorite fall flower. We also grow many other gorgeous blooms like cosmos, peonies, zinnias and more on our Georgia farm wedding venue.
Talk with your florist about airy and flowing arrangements - nothing too tight and formal. And ask them about using flowers grown on our farm!
Photos by Hillary Leah Photography
Photos by Syd & Lex Photography
Classic style is timeless. This style is more formal, often with lots of white and soft color palettes. It offers a beautiful contrast to the rustic barn venue at our farm wedding venue in Georgia.
Your farm wedding in Georgia doesn't have to be fully rustic or casual. We love when couples ask for formal attire from their guests and add beautiful, classic touches. The floral arrangements are more structured. Think gold chargers, cloth napkins and formal dress code for guests. You may find lots of sparkle in glassware, glass containers with candles and more.
Elegant table linens can create a more formal environment inside and outside the venue. Choose a caterer that offers passed appetizers for cocktail hour with staff wearing a more formal uniform. Simple color palettes fit perfectly into a Classic style wedding.
Photos by Anchor Aweigh Photography
Photos by Capture Thirteen Photography
Photos by Kelly Breann Photography
Modern style is streamlined often with geometric shapes, simple color palettes and lots of straight lines. This style is often seen in industrial settings, but is a great fit for other venue types also - like our Georgia farm wedding venue. Our large modern black doors are a great blend of the rustic and modern style for your farm wedding in Georgia.
Geometric lanterns and simple pillar candles fit well in this style. White and greenery is a popular color palette, but you can definitely add in more color. Succulents fit well in this style, also!
Keep your cake simple and structured. Cake toppers are a great way to add modern style. Keep in mind your selection of cake stand, cutting knife and server to add to the modern feel.
Choose sleek styles for your bridesmaid dresses - nothing too flowy or loose. Let your bridal salon know you are aiming for a modern style and they can help you choose some great options.
Don't forget about signage! Whether it's a Welcome sign, guest book directions, Choose a Seat, etc. - the type of material and letter font you use can add a ton of modern style!
Photos by Ginger Snap Studios
Photos by Shannon Ford Photography
Boho style is wild and free form with lots of color and it's a great fit for your farm wedding in Georgia! Layers add to this style through rugs, ribbons, macrame and more.
If you like to "break the rules" (or maybe just bend them a little), this style make be perfect for you. It's easy to mix different styles and elements to find the perfect Boho fit for your farm wedding in Georgia. Flower crowns work in place of a veil and boho style wedding dresses are often loose and flowing. Continue the boho style through your bridesmaids' dresses with flowing details and long hem lines. This is a great style to mix colors and styles with your bridesmaids' dresses. Forget about high heels and think sandals or converse for your wedding shoes.
Add texture to your wedding cake through icing styles, flowers (real or sugar flowers) and fun additions like macrame, wood toppers and more.
The woods and gardens surrounding our Georgia farm wedding venue are a gorgeous, natural backdrop that are perfect for a Boho style.
Photo by Camille Wilson Photography
Photos by Dolce Amore Photography
The best part about your wedding style, is you can combine these and make it anything you want! Make sure your style reflects you as a couple, and you will love the end result!
Pleasant Union Farm is a family owned wedding venue in North Georgia, about an hour north of Atlanta.