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We love when brides outside of the South (who may or may not have roots beneath the Mason-Dixon line) bring a little Southern flair to their wedding celebrations. Christina, who lived in Charleston while her fiance attended The Citadel, loved the tradition she saw down South of honoring her best ladies, and wanted to treat them to a bridesmaid luncheon before her wedding. With a little assistance from a Southern friend who flew from Georgia to snowy Minnesota to help, she did just that! Hugs to Jenna Walker for these lovely photos!

For the table, we used my three sets of china: the set my grandmother passed down to me (blue), the set my mom passed down to me (pink) and my brand new set (Larabee Road by Kate Spade)!

For the menu, we served fried chicken, chicken salad, pimento cheese sandwiches, and mini cucumber silver dollar sandwiches with peach champagne bellinis and cucumber water.

The cake was designed by Gateaux Inc and it was pink lemonade with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. The cake pull was so much fun and definitely the main event of the luncheon! We had never done it before, so as you can see, I read from an outline as to what each bridesmaid had to look forward to in her future. There was actually one of the worst blizzards we have ever experienced the weekend of the luncheon and my wedding, so my flowers never came in — luckily our florist had bunches of tulips available for the luncheon, and one of my florist friends drove other flowers from Minnesota to Wisconsin the next day for my wedding!

P.S. Unfamiliar with the cake pull tradition? Check out our post here!

Photography: Jenna Walker | Cake: Gateaux Inc. | Rentals: Apres Party & Tent Rental | Dress: Kirribilla from L’atelier Couture Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Gifts: Reece & Blaire

emily Written with love by Emily
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  2. avatar Cait Courneya reply

    Such a cute shower! Just wanted to let you know that I did the bridal illustration pictured!

  3. avatar kathy reply

    Does the junior bridesmaid,flower girl,married bridesmaid’s and engaged bridesmaid’s pull from cake

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From the looks of the comment section of our very first Southern tradition post, y’all sure seem to like history, don’t ya! Well, I’ve got another Southern tradition for y’all today – the cake pull.

Image credit: Mark Eric.

Most popular in the South, especially around New Orleans, the Cake Pull gets it’s roots from an old Victorian tradition of “ribbon pulling.” In those days, charms of luck and good fortune were placed into the wedding cake by the bride for her single friends. Now a days, bakers place sterling silver charms with specific means inside the bottom layer of the bride’s cake and all the single ladies are given the opportunity to pull a charm from the cake (a ceremony called the “ribbon pull”) just before the cake is cut.

Each charm has a specific and special meaning:

Hot Air Balloon or Eiffel Tower – A life full of adventure and travel

Claddagh – Friendship, Love, & Loyalty

Butterfly – Eternal Beauty

Star – Your wish will come true!

Anchor – Adventure is around the corner.

Four Leaf Clover – Good luck!

Flower – Blossoming love.

Heart – New Love!

Fleur-de-Lis – Love and Prosperity.

Kite- Something fun is about to happen.

Wishbone – Success!

Ring (similar to catching the bouquet)- Next to get married!

Did you have a ribbon pull ceremony? Do you have a crazy Southern tradition you’re just dieing to learn about. Let me know.

Looking for a place to put your cake pulls? Try my Mama’s Homemade Poundcake recipe here.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Laurien reply

    Wowee, that’s a cool tradition! I think that’s a fab idea : )

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    […] Cake Pulls!  A local tradition where charms (one for each bridesmaid) are placed in the wedding cake on a thin satin ribbon and pulled prior to the cake cutting.  Each charm symbolizes something different.  http://iloveswmag.com/2011/07/21/uncovering-southern-traditions-cake-pulls […]

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  10. avatar Jenny D. Poulos reply

    Do you furnish the cards and ribbons for the cake pulls.?

  11. avatar Amanda reply

    I really wish brides would consult websites regarding cake pulls. I’ve been seeing brides, recently, where they are pulling their own cake pull. Or, they have friends/family/bridesmaids that are already married. It completely irritates me!

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    […] Cake pull: I think this idea is really cute and I would love to incorporate it into a bridal shower. (hint, […]

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