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10 Southern Wedding Traditions Every Bride Will Love

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You don’t need to truly be Southern to be a Southern bride

Cotton suits are a must for hot Southern summer weddings.

There’s just something alluring about the South, isn’t there? Sure, it’s hot and groggy down there, but the southern United States is filled with elegance, class, and unbreakable rules of etiquette that everyone can expect. Of course, all of these things translate to weddings.

For the 10 Southern Wedding Traditions Every Bride Will Love Slideshow, click here.

Southern weddings, like all things in the South, are rooted in tradition. But, even if you’re not a true Southerner or are getting married north of the Mason-Dixon line, you can still incorporate Southern elegance into your wedding day.

Some Southern wedding practices, such as bridal portraits, supersized wedding parties, and groom’s cakes have already spread across the U.S. But others, such as cake ribbon pulls, pounding parties, and a house party in addition to bridesmaids and groomsmen have yet to break out.

Each Southern wedding tradition, even the more obscure ones, is marked with beautiful symbolism that can be great for every couple and family planning a wedding. Don’t believe us? Check out these 10 charming traditions and consider incorporating them into your own wedding day.


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

While brides today still often make sure to have something borrowed, something old, something new, and something blue on their wedding days, the famous saying actually ends with ". and a sixpence in her shoe," a lucky coin traditionally given to the bride by her father to symbolize good health and wealth for the newlyweds.

Starting at $20, Sixpence charms

These days, newlyweds typically head off to the after-party once the wedding ends, but we think it's time they started decking out their cars with "Just Married" signs and tin cans again. And while we're at it, let's bring back the "going away" outfit change. There's something special about sending off the bride and groom, smartly dressed for their next big adventure, as the bride throws the bouquet to her guests.

This Southern tradition dates back to Victorian times, when tiny charms with ribbons attached were placed inside wedding cakes. Charms would be decorated with a fortune for the future, and guests would then pull them out of the cake in a ceremony called a "cake pull" before it was sliced and served.

It used to be common for brides and grooms to write love letters to each other, which would be placed in a decorative box and opened on their first anniversary.

$17, Letters to the Bride and Groom Box

Traditionally, pine trees were thought to symbolize new beginnings. In places like Holland and Switzerland, couples would plant a tree at their new house as part of the ceremony for good luck. We love the idea of a bride and groom doing this together the day before their wedding to start their lives together.

Starting at $40, Celebration Tree

Nowadays, brides and grooms serve all kinds of desserts at their weddings (cookies! doughnuts! pie!), but there's nothing more classic than a good ol' fashioned cake. It's not as common of a practice today, but it used to be very common to freeze the top tier of your wedding cake to break out and eat together on your first anniversary.

$55 for 30 boxes, Wedding Cake Boxes

Embraced by the South (we all know the hilarious red velvet armadillo cake scene from Steel Magnolias!), groom's cakes are a tradition that was actually started in Victorian England, when there would be a wedding cake, a groom's cake (for the groomsmen), and a bride's cake (for the bridesmaids). While the wedding cake is usually vanilla, the groom's cake is a place to have fun with chocolate and other less traditional flavors. Because more cake = a better wedding.

While it may seem odd now, proposing with a ring shaped like a snake with ruby eyes was once all the rage in Victorian England after Prince Albert proposed to Queen Victoria with a snake ring featuring an emerald-set head. At the time, the coils winding in a circle symbolized eternal love.

Couples today often make the decision to see each other before the ceremony so they can get portraits out of the way and enjoy the post-ceremony festivities. But while the tradition of not seeing your betrothed before walking down the aisle has some icky origins (essentially, back when marriage was considered a business transaction, this was a way to ensure the groom didn't back out of the deal), we think it makes for a more emotional experience.

Honeymoons used to involve the couple drinking a fermented wine made from honey, called mead, for a month (a full cycle of the moon) following their wedding. We're not saying drink mead for a whole month, but the idea of bringing back the month-long honeymoon sounds pretty great.

At the turn of the century, wedding guides advised brides that the ideal time to marry was high noon, following the British practice of lunchtime wedding receptions. (Ever wonder where the morning suit got its name? Morning weddings!) In the U.S. today, a lunchtime wedding is a great way to save some money, too, since they're not as popular as nighttime affairs.

While modern weddings often involve hors d'oeuvres, full sit-down meals, dancing, open bars, and other elaborate trappings, weddings have traditionally been much simpler affairs. As late as the 1960s, couples often skipped the post-wedding reception, and if they did have one, it typically involved just cake and punch. Sounds sweet to us!


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