Southern Wedding Themes & Ideas


Themed weddings are becoming more and more popular, as they tie in every element and aspect of the wedding. Building your wedding, from the invitations to food to favors, around a single inspiration, such as a Southern wedding theme, can help narrow down hundreds of choices and make the planning process a bit simpler. Once you decide on a Southern wedding theme, try to get a bit more specific before planning all of the details.

Southern Belle

  • Create your wedding around the nostalgic, charming Southern belle era. Think of a large, full gown with a corset bodice for the bride. Perhaps ball gowns or corsets with full skirts for the bridesmaids. The women can carry parasols and wear long gloves. The groom and his attendants could wear full tuxedos complete with coat tails, top hats, handkerchiefs and canes.

    Serve food from old Southern recipes, along with iced tea and mint juleps for those who want alcohol. Opt for homemade pecan or peach pies and cookies. Use lace to embellish candles to pass out as favors. Small lace handkerchiefs embroidered with your names and wedding date would be an elegant favor as well.

Mardi Gras

  • You could also go with a Mardi Gras theme. Choose a full masquerade-style party, or just use green, purple and gold as your colors. Slinky, silky materials would make good bridesmaids dresses, either short and simple or floor-length ball gowns. You can provide highly decorated masks for your guests as favors, fully embellished with feathers and shiny sequins. Simple bead necklaces would also work as appropriate favors. Enjoy jazz music with a lot of dancing.

Farm or Country Simplicity

  • Plan a simple farm or country wedding. Keep in mind simple doesn't mean distasteful; quite contrary, the most elegant of events can be quite basic in nature. Think of a large, outdoor space near a meadow or covered with large trees. Bales of hay can be used as seats; just cover them with flour sacks or silk fabric. Picnic tables can be used as well. Use fresh fruits as your centerpieces, which guests can snack on if they choose. Another option is using a jar filled with candles that resemble sliced oranges, lemons and limes, topped off with lit floating candles. Adorn each table with large pitchers of fresh iced tea and lemonade. Wild flower bouquets can sit in mismatched colored glass vases or old mason jars. Favors could include fruit candles or jars of locally harvested honey or jam.

Garden Tea or Kentucky Derby

  • Think of sophisticated, wealthy women getting together for tea in a garden, or draw your inspiration from major horse races such as the Kentucky Derby. Think of white gloves, fancy floral or polka-dot dresses, and the most over-the-top hats anyone can find. Men can wear straw hats and bow ties. Elegant, full flower arrangements can grace the tables. Little horse ornaments, hats or tea pots would make good favors.

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