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Southern Wedding Traditions

Southern Wedding Traditions

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A wedding in the south is a big deal. It is full of old traditions, timeless etiquette and phenomenal food.

There is a lot to love about a Southern wedding. There is comfort food, age old traditions, gorgeous trees covered in Spanish moss, family and of course great music!

When it comes to the wedding cake, there are dozens of traditions. Such as keeping the top of the cake for the first anniversary and feeding your newly wed spouse a piece of cake (and maybe even covering their face in it). Another tradition is one many people in the south are familiar with. It is the Cake Pull. Charms attached to pieces of ribbon are baked into the cake and before the cake is cut, each bridesmaid picks a charm and pulls. Each charm signifies something that will come in the future. A fun southern tradition.

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The next tradition actually falls into the spring trends of this year. It is the tradition of light colored suits. The south gets HOT in the summer, so light colored suits make sense for an outdoor southern wedding. A light grey or off white suit are very common traditions in the good ole’ south!

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Some people believe rain is good luck on their wedding day, while others would do almost anything to avoid it. A great old southern tradition is “Bury the Bourbon”. It is a tradition that is still practiced because brides are so worried that their perfect day will be ruined by rain. The tale says if you bury a full bottle of bourbon upside down at your wedding venue exactly one month before your wedding day, it will keep the rain away. Would also make GREAT photos!

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Mason jars are the “in thing” now. They are southern-style and wonderful for serving beverages at your wedding. Serve cocktails in mason jars, classic coca-cola and sweet tea! A southern favorite!

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Every southern woman seems to own a pair of pearls and what is a southern bride without them? Love them in jewelry or even as decorations!

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And of course we cannot forget the southern food! Anything from oysters (if you are in the Charleston area) to BBQ (Alabama!). Southern chefs know how to do it right!

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18 Great Spring Wedding Ideas

18 Great Spring Wedding Ideas

Spring is finally here and the wedding season is in full swing. There are new trends and fun great ideas that are emerging that will be wonderful for this season!


18.) Signature Drink


Whether it is alcoholic or not, having a seasonal signature drink is always a fun idea. There can be one the groom picks and one from the bride. A great spring drink would be a grapefruit mojito or peach sangria.

17.) Paper Lanterns


Spring brings outdoor weddings galore. Paper lanterns have always been popular, but for spring they are abundant!  They give a light feel to the wedding and can even brighten up the area if a nice color is chosen. They also look beautiful at night especially if they have lights.

16.) Open Air Tent


This goes hand in hand with the outdoor weddings and the lanterns. Having a open air tent lined with lights would be ideal for over a dance floor. It frames the area and also looks stunning.

15.) Farm Table Dinner


Farm table dinners are a great way to engage conversation among your guests during the reception. The style is rustic and elegant. If you choose to serve family style catering, this is perfect!

14.) Tulips


Tulips are THE spring flower. Enough said. Beautiful and refreshing.

13.) Colored Chair Cushions


If you decide to have individual chairs for an outdoor wedding, a great way to add a little splash of color to the chairs would be to have bright cushions. You can even alternate colors if you have multiple wedding colors.

12.) Umbrellas

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So April can be sunny and hot or it can be gloomy and rainy. So this works for either outcome. Having patio umbrellas over the outdoor seating can offer shade or a rain shelter. If you do not want big umbrellas, you could have an umbrella bin and your guests grab their own umbrella before they choose their seats.

11.) Wildflowers


Wildflowers are a nice alternative to the usual bridal bouquet. They bring an earthy natural feel to the wedding.

10.) Peonies, Hydrangeas, Ranunculus and Queen Anne’s lace

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These are a wonderful combination of flowers for the perfect bouquet. Pick out different colors for a greater variety!

9.) Groomsmen Wear Light Suits


Spring is a time to bust out those light colored clothes. If the groom is wearing a darker suit, a great idea is for the groomsmen to adorn a lighter wardrobe. Whether is be a shade lighter or a more drastic light, it would be a fun contrast!

8.) Light Emerald


Green is one of the “it” colors every spring. Choosing a lighter version of the shade would be perfect for an April spring wedding.

7.) Bright Yellow Bouquets

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Bright yellow is always a great choice. A yellow contrasted against a cobalt blue or gray would make for gorgeous wedding photographs!

6.) Light Weight Chiffon


Spring wedding can hot. If you are choosing an outdoor wedding and the weather is supposed to be a tad warm, a chiffon dress would be ideal for your bridesmaids. It will keep them cool on hot wedding days. Chiffon never goes out of style.

5.) Soft Pink Dressed


Any hue of light pink is great for spring. Blush, rose and even nude.

4.) Powder Blue


A theme that seems to keeps reoccurring this spring is the trend of lighter colored bridal party dresses and suits. Another popular color this year is powder blue or duck egg blue.

3.) Blue Rain Boots

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Every brides needs “something blue” so why not be prepared for those April spring showers with Tiffany blue rain boots. We love this idea!

2.) Seersucker Suits


Preppy alternative to the classic groom suit. Very spring and on point!

1.) Tea Length Wedding Dresses

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Charming choice that will gain popularity this year. Great for dancing at the reception as well!

Upcoming Wedding Food Trends

Upcoming Wedding Food Trends

So the wedding planning has begun, the dress fitted, invitations sent out and the venue has been selected. But one of the most important aspects of a wedding reception is the food. In 2012 cake pops and one plate dinners were hot trends. In 2013 food trucks were popular. This 2014 will bring back comfort food and themed food bars into the spotlight.


Caterers have chosen to take traditional comfort food and turn them into appetizing hors d’oeuvres. This trend is catching on like wild fire. For instance, taking a grilled cheese and cutting them into bite sized pieces and serving them with individuals shot glasses of hot tomato soup. Genius! Simple and easy to eat! These are great for children too.




Finger foods are popular at wedding this year. Mini cheeseburgers, personal french fry packages and even silver dollar pancakes for a brunch style reception.

Speaking of brunch, this is another popular wedding food trend. Brides are steering towards brunch foods for reception catering. This is gaining popularity in the aspect of staying in budget. One way cost-conscious brides are achieving this is by having a morning wedding and serving brunch at the reception rather than lunch or dinner. Having a brunch reception allows the guests to customize their own meals and even maybe include a Blood Mary and Mimosa Bar. This is a great way to create interaction among the guests.



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This past year was a huge year for fancy statement cakes and the maybe a lingering cupcake trend from 2012. This year we will see more dessert bars. This can range from crepe bars to making your own s’mores bar. This is a great way to break away from the traditional wedding cake.




Whether you choose to follow this year’s trends or go the traditional route, your wedding is your special day and will be perfect! Let us know what trends you like the best!

That’s The Trick

That’s The Trick

Here is a link to the video we watched at the February meeting at Dixie Fish Company.  Enjoy.




New AWEP Logo

New AWEP Logo

awep_largeAs voted on last month, the new AWEP logo is here!  you should be able to right click it and download it.  Working on it!!

2014 Is Here!

2014 Is Here!

AWEP is super excited to be headed to 2014 with a brand new Web Site.  Check back soon for new cool info!

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