DIY Projects and Ideas for Creating an Old-Fashioned, Southern-Style Wedding

Find ideas for putting together a charming Southern-style wedding, including centerpieces, table settings, menus and cocktails.
By: Camille Styles

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Preppy Places

Turn on the charm by laying a hemstitch linen runner down the length of a rustic wood table. Create a striking place setting by stacking dinnerware in alternating navy and white patterns, like this Modern Graphic collection from Newlywish. Top it off with heirloom silver and etched glassware.

Profile Place Cards

For place cards, create custom silhouette art by photographing the profiles of the bride and groom, cutting their shape out carefully, tracing onto card stock and painting black. Stamp female guests' names above the bride's silhouette, and males' names above the groom's silhouette, then place in a simple gold frame.

All in the Family

Send guests home with a favor they’ll enjoy for years: a recipe card sharing the family secret for pecan pralines that's been passed down for generations. Leave one at each place setting for guests to take home and try their hand at making this Southern favorite.

Summer Blooms

Display florals in vintage silver pitchers and vases for a classic, polished look. Loosely arrange white garden roses and polar star roses with green camellia leaves and Queen Anne's lace, then add a pop of preppy color with sprigs of lavender muscari.

Semi-Homemade Centerpieces

Paper flowers are terrific for creating a centerpiece that's a departure from a traditional floral arrangement, but still a strong visual impact. For this garland, we created paper magnolia blossoms and attached them to real magnolia branches, then arranged them all down the length of the table.

Little Devils

Deviled eggs with diced cucumber and dill make a perfect starter course, and they put a refreshing spin on a Southern classic. Carefully pipe filling into eggs, set symmetrically on a bed of dill, then garnish with a sprig on top.

Pecan Pleasure

For the dessert course, do as the Southerners do and serve homemade pralines. Line two china teacups with kraft paper, then pile the pralines high in each one and serve to guests on a silver tray. Guests are sure to come back for seconds of this sweet treat.

In Mint Condition

There’s nothing like a splash of bourbon to combat the summer heat and turn up the fun! Propose a toast to Southern tradition by pouring ice cold mint juleps in (what else?) silver mint julep cups, and top the drinks with fresh sprigs of mint.

Kid Friendly

Pay homage to a throwback summertime favorite with refreshing cherry limeades. Made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, sugar, club soda and maraschino cherry juice, this drink is simple to put together and is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser among children and adults alike.

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