Today I’m heading down to the Emerald Coast for 10 days of white sand and sweet tea cocktails! I can’t wait to trade steamy Connecticut for coastal Alabama on this part-family reunion, part-beach vacation trip, and it got me thinking about my southern roots. You see, my Mother is a real Southern lady. She was scooped out of the University of Southern Mississippi and shipped north for her first job where she met my Philadelphia-bred father, and has lived in the Yankee north ever since. But get her south of the Mason-Dixon line and her southern accent creeps back quicker than you can suck the head off a crawfish.
I’ve been vacationing in Alabama since I was born and have wished to be G.R.I.T.S. (Girl Raised In The South) more than once. You see, the socialites in the deep south are true laaadies. They coif their hair, wear strings of pearls, dress up for Mardi Gras and drink beer out of red solo cups with a certain grace. It’s no wonder they have some of the most glamorous and extravagant wedding celebrations out there – there’s an entire magazine dedicated to them!
So today I’m sharing some southern wedding inspiration that even us northerners can get behind. Sparkle and sophistication with a side of grits!
1. This Pnina Tornai Sweetheart gown (style #32614364) is just a dream! We love the classic silhouette with a few modern elements – the structured corset bodice and the sheer skirt overlay – available at Kleinfeld
2. This gorgeous chandelier belongs in the ballroom of a plantation home… or at your wedding, available for rent via Luxe Event Rentals!
3. We simply adore these grits favors that will fill your guests bellies with traditional southern fare
4. All southern ladies wear pearls, and these modern drops are sure to add sparkle to your bridal ensemble (and they wont break the bank)
5. You’ve heard “bigger is better” in the South, and these ruffled chair covers are over-the-top gorg.
6. It’s all about monograms in the south – the swirlier the better – and monogrammed cocktail napkins will add a level of sophistication your guests won’t forget. Plus, you can take them home and re-use them for years!
7. We love the beautiful striped bow on this bridal bouquet, adding a bit of charm and whimsy. It’s a great way to add a splash of your wedding accent color to your walk down the aisle.
8. Three words: Raw Cotton Bouts. We. Die.
9. No Southern soiree would be complete without (spiked!) sweet tea and mason jars. We love the sweet detail that make these stand out for the Bride and Groom. Simply add a decal to any plain mason jar or glass vessel.