**Today we at The Black Tie Bride are SO excited to welcome the amazing ladies of Southern Weddings to guest post about what black tie means in the South & to give you some incredible ideas for bringing tradition, family & legacy into your wedding (and marriage!) no matter where you live. We are especially grateful to Miss Lisa Olson for all of her hard work on this!
At Southern Weddings, we believe that the wedding is only the beginning of the good stuff: marriage. In everything we do, we focus on inspiring brides to create meaningful beginnings to married life, and oftentimes, that means drawing from a couple’s own story and families. It should come as no surprise then that some of our very favorite wedding elements are those that are classic and timeless—details that could have come from our own grandparents’ weddings, and maybe even really did. These elements are some of our favorites not only for their beauty, but also for the added meaning and depth they bring to a wedding celebration.
One of the first places many Southern brides go for wedding inspiration? Pictures of their mothers and grandmothers on their wedding days. Since it warms our hearts to think of the next generations doing the same thing with our portraits, we love classic, elegant bridal gowns that we can only imagine our future granddaughters will love as much as we do.
Photo: Patricia Lyons
One of our favorite Southern wedding traditions is when the groom asks his father to be his best man–what a meaningful way to honor such an important person in both of your lives! This tradition is all the more Southern when the gentlemen are decked out in white dinner jackets and bow ties.
Photo: A Bryan Photo
Monogrammed pieces are passed down through generations as a reminder of those who vowed their love before us, and the rows of monograms on an heirloom are an amazing encouragement to a bride just starting out on the marriage journey. Whether you carry an heirloom piece fill your reception with your new married initials, monograms are a lovely symbol of family and heritage. How stunning is this bride’s monogrammed veil?
Photo: Justin DeMutiis
Southerners are famous for their hospitality, and a wedding is the ultimate opportunity to show that to traveling guests. A welcome bag, complete with logistical information, directions, and a few fun surprises (we love including local treats!) is both appreciated and enjoyed by guests from near and far.
Photo: Liz Banfield
Whether you use your parents’ cake topper, toast with your grandmother’s silver goblets, or wear your sister’s veil as your something borrowed, incorporating a family heirloom into your wedding is both a meaningful detail and a sweet tribute to the person it came from.
Photo: Annabella Charles