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!
Pleasant Union Farm is a family owned wedding venue in North GA, about an hour north of Atlanta.