Like I’ve said, I love Southern traditions. A lot! I’m also rather proud that I know a whole dang lot of them. Well, y’all, I was officially stumped when it came to today’s Southern tradition – burying the bourbon.
Image credit: Photo Lady Love
I think this one falls under the heading of “crazy traditions,” but I am still a bit disappointed in my Southerness that I hadn’t even heard of it. My research was inconclusive as to where this tradition began, though some sources said Virginia, and some Tennessee. Regardless of the location, Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married, then it won’t rain on their wedding day. According to many believers, this must be done exactly one month before the wedding, the bottle must be completely full and it must be buried upside down in order for it to keep the rain away.
Image credit: Jodi Miller (see more images from this super Southern wedding here).
Did you bury bourbon prior to your wedding? Did it keep the rain at bay? Have any more details about this tradition? Leave us a comment below!
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