1. Use flowers and greenery that are native to the South
Nothing says southern elegance like a trail of camellia leaves and hydrangeas. When choosing the florals for your wedding, don't discount the simple pleasures of our native blooms. Whether you incorporate the richness magnolia leaves bring or the vibrance of zinnias, take your first clue from what's growing around you.
When it comes to a Southern wedding, it isn't complete without guests sipping on sweet tea. Nothing is more refreshing or nostalgic than an ice cold glass of tea in the midst of summer. Whether you're serving brunch, lunch or supper--sweet tea will be well received.
Though this tradition seems to be slowly forgotten, think of it as an opportunity to have a little fun and, not to mention, gain a little good luck on your big day! Something new usually takes care of itself, but be sure to include your sisters, mothers, grandmothers and bridesmaids on the hunt for finding something old, borrowed and blue. Here in the South, we like tradition--so why break one that adds a little fun? We love how this photo captures each sweet piece--found on Style me Pretty!
Although a seersucker suit may not strike your fancy, consider adding touches of seersucker to carry through the Southern summer theme. Perfect for a coastal wedding, seersucker can be found in the form of bow ties or jackets, ring bearer pillows or flower girl dresses. Get creative and throw in a taste of proper Southern dress. (My personal favorite is this seersucker bubble dress by Ralph Lauren!)
If you haven't read The Art of the Thank You Note, you should. Handwritten thank you notes are a dying art, but one that should follow after every wedding. If you are to have a true Southern wedding, you must put the pen to the stationery and pour out your thanksgiving. Manners are a must when it comes to your big day, so don't let this simple tip slip away!