Southern Wedding Tradition: Burying the Bourbon

January 24, 2014 | By | Comments (11)

No one ever said Southern traditions weren’t quirky–and this next Southern wedding tradition fits right in! (Missed the first tradition we shared? Read all about cake pulls here.)

Burying the Bourbon; Photo: Jodi Miller

Burying the Bourbon; Photo: Jodi Miller

Southern folklore says that if you bury a bottle of bourbon at the site where the bride and groom are to be married 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 to ensure maximum weather persuasion.

Burying the Bourbon; Photo: Jodi Miller

Burying the Bourbon; Photo: Jodi Miller

We’ve also heard a variation that stipulates the burying should be done on a day with weather you’d be happy to have on your wedding day. Rain or shine, the bottle should be dug up post-ceremony and enjoyed with the bridal party, making this a win-win tradition no matter the skies.

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  1. Wedding Tradtions | BEING // BRIDGET

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    May 31, 2015 at 9:27 am
  4. Derby Themed Engagement Party » Alisandra Photography Blog

    […] a Mint Julep bar. Lawn games and a live broadcast of the race. Some bourbon for the couple to bury [so it doesn’t rain on their wedding day!]. I’d say this couple pulled their party off with […]

    May 12, 2015 at 9:22 am
  5. Abby Leighanne Emily + Matt | Vineyard at 37 High Holly Wedding

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  6. Good weather for the wedding | Alynn and Cory's Site!

    […] Since, I’m obviously not going to offend the gods with bourbon, I opted for scotch, and since we’re not at the wedding site, I figured Amanda and my offering ought to be a pretty serious one. (yes we did actually bury it) Thanks everyone for your hard work. We really appreciate it everything you all of done. Looking forward to seeing you in a month. It’s going to be a great day with (now) great weather. If it’s not, well, at least we can rest assured that all that could have been done in fact was. Best, Alynn and Cory […]

    March 12, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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  8. Christina S.


    I am wondering how specific do you have to be regarding the ONE MONTH rule.

    Example: Our wedding is Saturday Oct 4th. Does that mean we bury September 4th (Which is a Thursday) or 4 weeks before (would be September 6th a Saturday like our wedding)


    July 16, 2014 at 11:47 am
  9. Faith & Morgan // 06.07.14 : Blog a la Cart

    […] them to have a sneak peek. What a day it was – the weather gods cooperated (thanks to a ceremonial burying of a bottle of bourbon one month before the wedding) and the location couldn’t have been more charming (home of the bride’s Godmother, the […]

    June 9, 2014 at 12:01 am
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    […] bottle of bourbon buried at the wedding site, the perfect day was delivered!  According to Southern Living, legend has it that all you have to do to insure fair weather for your outdoor wedding is bury a […]

    June 2, 2014 at 9:47 am
  11. Southern Weddings Weekly Round-Up – Southern Weddings Magazine

    […] Burying the bourbon is one of our favorite Southern wedding traditions. Emily explained the what, where, why, and how on Southern Living’s The Daily South. […]

    January 31, 2014 at 9:30 am

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