a modern belle wedding
10 chic ways to add Low-Country to your affair
It is no question that the modern belle strives to have not only a classic wedding, but a chic one. Here are a few tips on how to add some Low-Country flair that nods sublty to your roots without compromising your style.
1. Embrace the Outdoors
The South is known for its lavish gardens and lush landscapes. This is a simple way to cut down on decor costs by gaining some natural lighting and surrounding yourself in nature’s beauty - I mean, who can resist Spanish moss draping from hundred-year-old oaks?
If you are concerned about the heat, try a barn or plantation venue. This will not only give you a great backdrop to your lifetime photos, but also the option of an indoor (and possibly air conditioned) space.
2. Set up an Outdoor Chapel
If you are truly torn between getting married in a church or outdoors, why not do both!? Create the feel of a sanctuary by incorporating chapel-like pieces. From pew seating to church doors, the possibilities are endless.
3. Live and Let Lace
Nothing screams southern belle like lace; however, nobody wants their great-grandmother’s doilies accessorizing their wedding. Many wedding and bridesmaid dresses have options that fuse classic lace with modern styles.
Tip: Not feeling the idea of wearing lace? Try using the fabric as a runner on bare wood tables for an instant chic upgrade.
4. Stick to Simple Tablescapes
Allow your guests to focus on their natural surroundings by keeping your tablescapes simple. Flourishing greenery and candles placed in varying mercury votives can give off quite the luxurious charm.
5. Flowing Bouquets
By pairing classic florals with the right foliage, you can create some of the most jaw-dropping bouquets and floral arrangements. When it comes to bouquet shapes, cascading, nosegay and hand-tied are personal favorites.
6. Use Wood Elements
Low-country and rustic go together like shrimp and grits, but using wood elements in a chic wedding can be a bit scary. Keep it elegant by adding these textures in a cohesive manner. Wooden signs turn into picturesque decor by adding calligraphy. Seating assignments and desserts on wooden displays can tie together an outdoor theme.
Tip: Long wood tables with simple runners can fit seamlessly into any wedding theme.
7. Add Some Personal Touches
One of the bests parts of any wedding is the joining of two families, and one of the best ways to acknowledge this is by adding some personal touches. By doing this through welcome packages or wedding favors, you can incorporate some simpler items without jeopardizing the integrity of your fabulous wedding.
Tip: Using or giving away items that are specific to the regions where the bride and groom hail is a great way to add nostalgia to your event.
8. It's a Party, Right?
And what’s a party without a few games? Why not add some fun lawn games to your outdoors wedding? This is a great way to keep children entertained (as well as those of us who are kids at heart). From corn-hole to large-scale jenga, any guests will instantly feel at home with this simple addition.
9. Hire a Live Band
When it’s time to dance, nobody will keep your guests moving like a live band. Nothing says stuffy and boring like a stale crowd, so choosing a band that will keep you dancing all night is a must.
Tip: Hire a band that can also cover some slower classics. They will not only keep the party jumping all night, but also ensure that the most endearing moments can be enjoyed on a more intimate level.
10. Offer Upscale Twists on Southern Classics
If you’re attending a southern wedding, you are most likely expecting to be fed some of the best food the south has to offer. Why not give your guests something they’ll talk about forever. By passing southern classics during cocktail hour, or even integrating some southern cuisine into the dinner menu can offer pleasing tastes to any pallet, especially if you can add an upscale twist.
Think fried green tomatoes topped with pimento cheese and a bacon jam, crab beignets with a harissa aioli, or black truffle deviled eggs - the world is your oyster.