As a native of the deep, deep, South, I am a huge fan of a laundry list of Southern traditions. But what I truly love are Southern wedding traditions, and I was thrilled to be introduced to the tradition of “burying the bourbon” by my June bride and groom, Abby and David.
I am well-versed on stocking the wedding bar with bourbon, and have seen bottles tastefully packaged and gifted to members of the wedding party, but burying the bottle? This was something new. However, after witnessing the gorgeous blue sky that graced Abby and David’s wedding day…I’m a believer.
Here’s how it works:
The story goes, if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then you’re guaranteed no rain on the wedding day. According to Southern folklore, the “burial” must take place exactly one month before the wedding day, the bottle must be completely full, and it must be buried upside down to successfully keep the rain away.
For Abby and David, the venue was an old family home in Daphne, Ala., the same location where Abby’s parents were married 30 years ago. (Didn’t I say I love traditions?) Superstitious or not, it was a fun way for the bride and groom to take a moment a few weeks before their big day and have a “pre-ceremony” ritual all their own. Want to try it? I think it’s definitely worth a shot.
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