Weddings and Funerals: Southern Style

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I don’t know if southern weddings and funerals are any different than the rest of the country.  They’re big affairs even if they’re small.

Southern weddings have changed, since I was a bride almost 30 years ago, but they still retain many of the traditions.  Typically, the bride’s parents pay for anything associated with the wedding like the dress, the church, flowers and the reception while the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon.  The groom picks out and pays for the rings.  Prior to the wedding, brides register at local stores, have wedding showers and bridal portraits taken.  The wedding, sometimes, includes family traditions like the bride wearing her mother’s veil.  Moms are concerned with the amount of food being enough for the reception and inviting and telling everyone to come so no one is left out.

Obviously for funerals, the focus is different.  When someone dies, everyone brings the family food.  Casseroles, banana bread and chocolate cake are quite often foods taken.  One peculiarity, I think done in the South that is not done other places, is the respect shown towards a funeral procession.  If you are driving down a road and a funeral procession passes, custom is to pull over to the shoulder in respect as the procession goes by.   Much debate on this issue, some believe the practice to be outdated, dangerous and not necessary.  Others feel, depending on the location when encountering the procession, the practice is good manners, respectful and not a problem.

These ladies have written a guide to Delta funerals with recipes.  The book has some really funny moments; particularly, the chapter on who has the best food, the Episcopal or the Methodist ladies.  On a side note, the chocolate cake recipe is yummy.

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What kind of affairs do you have where you live?



“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!  For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”  Revelation 19:7  NIV Bible

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