Burying the Bourbon: A Unique Wedding Tradition

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Southerners have a funny and unique way of celebrating traditions. Whether it is a Thanksgiving pecan pie, black-eyed peas on New Years’ Day, or tailgating at football games, there are too many traditions to count! Being from the south, I grew up with a handful of southern traditions in my family, but I was recently introduced to a new one at my friend’s wedding I was in. Sticking a bottle of bourbon in the ground the night before her wedding was definitely one I haven’t heard of! Southerners say that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the couple is to be married, you will have perfect weather on their wedding day. And if you are from the South, you know our weather can be CRAZY! Not to mention, this wedding was in the middle of May at the beach; one of the rainiest months, AND the wedding was outdoors. We definitely put that old wives' tale to the test!

The old tradition says that the bottle must be buried at least one month before the wedding, must be sealed, full, and turned upside down. But since this was a destination wedding, we couldn’t drive to the site a month before just to bury the bourbon. So, we buried it the night before and crossed our fingers for good weather. Thankfully, you couldn’t have asked for better weather on the day of the wedding! There was not a cloud in the sky, the humidity was low, and the sun was shining. The old tradition also mentions digging up the bottle post-ceremony to share with the wedding party, but the bride and her father thought it would be a fun idea to dig it up right before she walked down the aisle, take a shot, and then walk down the aisle to get married. It was a great photo-op moment!

Do you have any stories or unique traditions in your family? We’d love to hear them!

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