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Let's by honest. The South is steeped in traditions! Almost every aspect of a Southerners' life reflects some form of a nod to a long past era. Those reflections are present even more so during the wedding planning process. Honoring the traditions of parents and/or grandparents as well as showing respect for the memory of those unable to participate in your wedding day can be difficult.
How best to honor the wishes of parents and/or grandparents to adhere to Southern traditions? What ways are appropriate to respect the memory of those not present for your celebratory day?
There are countless thoughtful, mindful ways to do adhere to tradition without losing your wedding vision. Small ways such as jumping the broom, incorporating memorabilia for table displays, wearing heirloom veils, sewing pieces of a parents favorite clothing into the wedding dress, using pieces of clothing from a lost love one to bind a bouquet (as seen above) as well as wearing a lost love ones jewelry. Other ideas are using colors or flowers that have special memories, leaving a singular flower or boutonniere in a seat at the ceremony, dancing to a favorite song at the reception, hosting the ceremony at a venue that holds special memories or is associated with a love one.
These are all ways to honor the memories of family members as well as continue traditions in ways that do not over take your day and still respects history and family.