Your wedding is the perfect place and event to express your creativity and let people appreciate it. A nice way of getting creative is by incorporating traditions from all across the country and make them your own. Many of these traditions can happen before, during, and even after the wedding. Here are some awesome traditions you can include in your wedding that will leave your guests mesmerized.
Traditions For Before The Wedding Day
- The House Party
The House party is a tradition from the south where the party is made up of the bride’s friends and family members who do not stand at the altar with the bridesmaids. The party takes place before the wedding and includes all the people from the bride’s side who take care of various things during the wedding. Duties include overseeing the guest book, handing out the wedding program, giving a reading on the ceremony or any other duty in the wedding. This category of people is also included in the bridal showers, the bachelorette, and any other festivities. This type of party is the best way to make everyone feel appreciated and that they are part of the ceremony.
- A Pounding Party
The pounding party is a tradition from the south and some parts of the Midwest from Quaker tradition. The party is similar to a housewarming party only that in this party, friends and family members that are invited bring the soon to be couple flour, butter, sugar, and other pantry supplies. You can make this tradition your own by inviting guests but give them a list of the items they can choose to bring. This could be ingredients of a recipe, handmade items and cleaning supplies for the new home.
During The Wedding Day
- The Second Line Parade
This is a tradition from New Orleans where bands parade in two lines. The first line is made of members of the band, and the other line includes anyone who wishes to join in and wave a handkerchief. The couple usually joins the band on the first line then the guest join in the second line. The wedding parade then marches down from the ceremony to the reception waving their cocktail napkins, handkerchiefs, and the colorful parasols. It is said that the second line parade signifies a start of a new life. It would be a spectacular day to parade down through your favorite town with a band of your choice.
- A Viennese Hour
The tradition is practiced in New Jersey and New York. It was borrowed from the Italians where dessert assortments are offered to guests after cake cutting and dinner. A Viennese hour requires you to provide all sorts of desserts from pies, cheesecakes, brownies, ice-cream, candy, chocolate-covered fruits and much more. They should be a lot so that the guests can enjoy them unlimitedly. Customizing this to suit your wedding is very easy where you can put in your own colors. Additionally, you guests get to have fun with all sorts of desserts you put out for them.
- Burying The Bourbon
Another one of the south traditions is burying the bourbon. This involves prior arrangements where you are to fill the bottle to the brim with the bourbon. Afterward, you are to bury it at the venue as close as possible to where you will be saying your vows. The bottle should be buried upside down, and failure to follow this to the letter will lead to you not getting the reward. The whole tradition is supposed to prevent rain during the big day. On your wedding day is when you are meant to dig the bourbon out the after the ceremony you enjoy it with your bridal party during the reception. You can make the tradition fun by creating a signature drink for the reception to be enjoyed by everyone during the cocktail hour.