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photo by Corbin Gurkin 

One thing still holds firm with many of our weddings we do throughout the South, and that’s tradition.  Many Southern brides have well known or tried and true traditions that we work to incorporate, and other times it varies by region or state and may not be as well known. We wanted to break it down for you in case you are looking for a little way to incorporate tradition into your upcoming wedding.  One that is definitely big with our Dallas brides is having a “house party”. A house party is essentially a second wedding party, your best girlfriends, sorority sisters, etc that wear special attire and sit up front, participate in all of the bridal party activities, but it just cuts back on the big number of people standing up front with the couple. 

Another popular trend that actually seems to get the guys excited and on board- burying the bourbon.  The folklore states that if you bury a bottle upside down in the ground, it won’t rain on your wedding day.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

I have to say it worked out pretty well for this couple… it was a gorgeous day for them.

photos by Liz Banfield (1,2) and Corbin Gurkin

This one has seemed to spread beyond just being a Southern thing, but we have our fair share of groom’s cakes on display still.  Usually the design is something sports related- like a favorite college or pro team, or maybe something related to a profession. Or, a favorite food or something from a movie or tv show. Whatever it may be, take that as a chance to put a custom mark on it.

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

Another classic Southern wedding tradition is displaying the bride’s portrait somewhere at the wedding. It used to be just on an easel or in a frame on a table positioned somewhere near where everyone enters, but we try to do something different with it so that it can become a design moment.  For a wedding at Lowndes Grove Plantation we took down a painting and hung up one of our bride.  For another wedding, we blew up the photos and hung them at the tent entrance as part of a floral wall, all as a surprise for our bride…

1.14.19   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Apr 25, 2016


photo by Jennings King

I recently was introduced to Jacqueline Sydnor of Mariee Lace Veils and was intrigued by her amazing story and the very special veils that her business is based upon .

Like a Belgian lace veil, my business has been passed down to me. My mother-in-law was a very successful bridal designer and owner of Tica Designs based in Birmingham Alabama. Tica fell in love with Belgian lace veils while on a trip to Brugge, Belgium. She began working with a Belgian lace family and started importing veils to the United States. She advertised her designs and veils in the first Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. At that point, America fell in love with Belgian Lace veils and we continue the tradition today as Mariée Lace Veils.

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Jacqueline was the fourth bride in her family to wear her family’s Belgian lace veil, and of course she is saving it for one of her son’s future wives. And I love that is all from two Southern women!

bride's veil

In 1997, Tica designed the gown and imported a lace veil for the high profile wedding of Alexis Brinkley and Jeremiah Collins (read their nytimes.com write up here).

Lace has always been a status symbol. In the past, it was such an expensive luxury item that only ladies from the noble class could afford to purchase it. At the end of the 19th century, there was a lace boom. Women of every class wanted to possess lace. As the demand for lace was exceptionally high, the commercialization of lace was necessary. Therefore, a new type of lace was introduced at the end of the 19th century in Belgium. It was called Princess lace.


The introduction of this lace was an immediate success. By the end of the 19th century, the royal family of Belgium ordered the most wonderful Princess laces. Queen Maria-Hendrika was a dedicated fan of it, and the Belgian royals were so pleased that they granted the permission to call this Belgian lace Princess lace. In the past, it was sometimes also called Royal lace or Imperial lace as the courts of Europe ordered these laces.

Princess lace was mostly a home industry. This was very comfortable for the lace makers. In 1993, there were still 15 lace merchants who ordered lace makers to make Princess lace. But today, the number of Princess lace merchants and lace makers is decreasing as there are only 4-5 remaining and they are between the ages of 60-90. Since there is no one to take over this craft once these ladies are unable to make the lace anymore, Princess lace is now such a unique piece of art that, if passed down from generation to generation, will be treasured forever.


This is a wonderful article from the Biltmore’s website on the importance of heirloom family wedding veils like the one Belgian rose lace one worn by Jacqueline Kennedy above.

4.25.16   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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Aug 11, 2015

There are many long standing traditions at weddings that brides still employ… Here are just a few that we’ve seen honored over the years.

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Something old- Bride’s family bible for ceremony readings, photo by Liz Banfield

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Something new- Bridal gift with note from the Groom delivered before the ceremony. Photo by Liz Banfield

Liz Banfield/Tara Guerard Soiree


 Something borrowed- Grandmother’s antique broach as a bouquet adornment, photo by Liz Banfield

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Something blue- Bride’s wedding shoes, photo by Liz Banfield

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Sixpence in Shoe, photo by Liz Banfield

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Groom’s Cake, photo by Liz Banfield

8.11.15   |   TARA GUÉRARD
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