A Southern Wedding Tradition ~ Charm Pull

The southern tradition of a charm pull was originally called ribbon pulling. Wedding charms date back to Victorian times. There are typcally 12 charms attached to ribbons. The charms are placed in the bottom layer of the wedding cake with the ribbons fanning out around the perimeter of the cake.
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Each charm has a specific meaning or prediction of the future.

Ring: Upcoming marriage
Heart: New love
Kite: Fun and leisurely life
Fleur-de-Lis: Love will blossom, prosperity
Four Leaf Clover: Lucky in life
Anchor: Adventure awaits
Red Bean: Good luck
Star: Wish comes true
Thimble: Spinsterhood
Hot Air Balloon: A life of travel and adventure
Butterfly: Eternal beauty
Wreath: Contented life



Southern Wedding Tradition-Charm Pull

Bridesmaids, family members or friends are usually asked to participate in the pull. The cake pull takes place right before the cake is cut. After the pull the charms are normally kept as gift by those who participated. The charms can be ordered from many online sites such as Etsy. Tell us if you have participated in a charm pull and which charm did you receive?

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Wedding cake by: Couture Cakes

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Eleanor and Eric

This Spring wedding was a classic southern affair and so much FUN! The ceremony was a beautiful Mass that took place at Christ The King Catholic Church. Eleanor chose navy dresses for her bridesmaids and coordinated her look with navy Converse sneakers that kept her comfy all day. Mike Hamm outdid himself with the floral design that incorporated a touch of nautical decor. The guest enjoyed the signature “yellow hammer” drink, fun in the photo booth, a grilled oyster station in the courtyard, as well as a late night snack of cheese burgers and beignet fries while dancing the night away! Take a peek for a few more details….






Mr. and Mrs.


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How Everything Came Together:

Photography: Jennie Tewell

Ceremony: Christ The King Catholic Church

Rentals: Port City Rentals

Reception: History Museum of Mobile

Transportation: Old Shell Trolley

Wedding Attire: Bliss Bridal

Band: Muscadine Bloodline

Cake: Cakes by Judi

Flowers: Mike Hamm

Caterer: Bay Gourmet

Photo Booth: Magic Memories

Videographer: Silver Thread Video




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Saffold and Brian

There is nothing that says “classic” like a little navy and white, and those were the beautiful colors chosen by bride Saffold for her May 23 wedding to Brian. As a catering and event manager for one of the most well-known catering companies in the South, I knew this bride would have every detail covered, but she was effortlessly relaxed and a true joy to work with!

The white hydrangea bouquets she chose were oh-so-Southern, and provided an elegant accent to the bridesmaids’ navy dresses. The navy and white straws took the color combo all the way to the bar, where they were placed in the happy couple’s signature drink, the “yellow hammer.” Also at the bar, Sweetwater 420 beer was offered to guests as a personal touch and nod to the special place where Saffold and Brian met – the Sweetwater 420 Festival in Atlanta. In fact, it’s even where Brian proposed…while on the Ferris wheel. How sweet is that?

After taking top-secret dance lessons, the bride and groom surprised their parents with a choreographed first dance to Van Morrison’s “Sweet Thing,” which was a big hit. Departing on a golf cart, the bride and groom were showered with bubbles and well wishes as they left to begin their new life as husband and wife.

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How Everything Came Together
Rehearsal Dinner: The Grand Hotel
Ceremony: St. James Episcopal Church
Reception: The Fairhope Inn
Rentals: SOHO Events and Rentals
Reception Music: Ising Show Band
Photographer: Renaissance Portrait Studio
Florist: Southern Veranda
Cakes: Publix Bakery-Fairhope
Transportation: Gulf Coast Tours

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