5 Unique Ways to Add Southern Charm to Your Raleigh Wedding
If you’re a Raleigh resident, there’s no better way to celebrate both your love and your roots than with a Southern-themed wedding. And if you’re looking at outdoor wedding venues in Raleigh, you’ll find there are lots of options that give a sense of the area’s unique history and ambiance. But you can actually create that same sense of comfortable elegance that defines Southern weddings almost anywhere. Here are five ideas for adding some Southern charm to your Raleigh Wedding no matter what the venue may be:
- Go for Effortlessly Glamorous Attire
First things first, ensure you and your spouse-to-be look the part of the Southern belle and gentleman. You don’t necessarily need to go out and find a vintage wedding dress, but not all modern wedding dress styles will work, either. A ball gown or A-line with classic detailing are probably your best bets, and you may want to choose ivory over white for a softer, more romantic feel. You can also break up the cookie-cutter look with your bridesmaids; only 38% of brides today are having their bridesmaids wear the exact same color and style of dress.
- Incorporate Antique Furniture
It’s not only in your wardrobe that you can incorporate something old (though 84% of brides are indeed still wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue). Instead of using standard banquet tables draped in long tablecloths for the guest book, photo album, program and cake tables, pick out some antique furniture instead. You may even be able to rent it to keep costs under control.
- Seat Your Guests at Long Tables
When it comes to food, Southern hospitality is all about making elevated cuisine seem homey. There’s no better way to make your Raleigh wedding reception feel like a big family dinner than by seating your guests at long tables, rather than the more generic round tables that belong in a ballroom.
- Put the Focus on Your Cocktails
No place does craft cocktails better than the South. Consider favorites like the mint julep, the Kentucky mule or the bourbon old-fashioned. Just make sure when you’re budgeting that you don’t underestimate the cost — an open bar costs $2,800, on average, for four hours.
- Don’t Fall Into Clichés
This tip is more of a what not to do. Do your best to stay away from elements that are currently overdone, such as Mason jars, burlap, raffia, hay bales and chalkboard signs. If you do opt for any of these, make sure you use them in subtle and unexpected ways. Also make sure that they never interfere with the comfort of your guests. Using hay bales as seating might look cute, but a true Southern host would never want guests to be shifting around on hard, itchy seats.
Do you have any other tips on how to add some Southern flair to a Raleigh wedding without making the theme too over-the-top? Share your thoughts in the comments.