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djmed
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Why Southern Brides Bury A Bottle Of Bourbon A Month Before Their Wedding Day

i saw this article the other day

EVERY single comment from people of all ages was the same:
"i've lived in the south my entire life and i have NEVER heard of this"

have you?

is SL just making crap up?


Why Southern Brides Bury A Bottle Of Bourbon A Month Before Their Wedding Day
Have you heard of this old wives’ tale to stave off the rain?


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As Southerners, we love to abide by traditions—however odd or superstitious they may be. Whether it's on a daily basis as we practice proper table etiquette (no elbows!) or occasionally delivering baked goods to a new neighbor, these customs are instilled in us. There are also the more seasonal superstitions we abide by, like serving Hoppin' John and collard greens on New Year's Day in the hopes that you'll find good fortune.

While some superstitions are universal, burying the bourbon is decidedly Southern. No one quite knows the origin of this tradition, but legend has it that if you bury a bottle of bourbon a month before your wedding, you'll have good weather on the day of your nuptials. "I don't know if it was the buried bourbon or all the prayers, but the weather on our April 23 wedding could not have been any more perfect," says Southern Living Editorial Producer and newlywed Ivy Odom, who carried out the folklore.

Now, there are a few rules to follow. You'll want to bury an unopened bottle of bourbon exactly one month before your wedding date near the site where you'll be reciting your vows. If you need to bend the rules on the burial location a hair, take note from Ivy. "Since our ceremony was held in my home church, we decided the next best thing was the site of our reception. Thankfully, our big celebration was in my parents' yard, so we buried it next to a gingko tree right beside the tent location." Also, it has to be bourbon (not whiskey) and it must be buried upside down to ensure the best possible weather for your big day.
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SG_Geaux
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I've lived in the south my entire life and I have NEVER heard of this


ProjectP2294
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This sounds like a fake tradition that one of the distilleries just made up.


tigerinthebueche
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I aint never heard of that shite.



Where might one dig up these unopened bottles of bourbon? Asking for a friend.


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tiger91
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Born and raised and living in Louisiana.

NEVER heard this.


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GumboPot
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Never heard of this. Sounds like smug Northeasterners projecting their drunkenness on the South.


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My family is deeply Southern (like we still do decoration Southern) and I've never heard of this


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Clyde Tipton
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quote:

I've lived in the south my entire life and i have NEVER heard of this


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Rex Feral
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I'm so southern I have family buried in Colonial Cemetery in Savanah. My grandmother knew probably every southern tradition there was and I've never heard of this either.


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Never heard of it, but this explains why we had shitty weather for our wedding.


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Never heard of this either


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DirtyDawg
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quote:

"I don't know if it was the buried bourbon or all the prayers, but the weather on our April 23 wedding could not have been any more perfect,




Yeah, totally not connected to April 23rd being smack dab in the Goldilocks zone of Spring in the South.

It was all thanks to burying a bottle and praying to sky daddy.


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Well if this worked then we’d never have rain

I think this was spread by alcoholic treasure hunters
This post was edited on 9/26 at 3:24 pm


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Prominentwon
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Never heard of this in my life.


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X123F45
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Southern Living is just transplants.

They did an article a few years ago where they said they defined what southern really was.

And then promptly followed it up with a discussion of artisanal types of kale.


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I hope people aren’t wasting bourbon on that dumb shite.


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This is like everyone thinking we practice voodoo after riding alligators to work


Jim Rockford
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It's the prelude to a madcap treasure hunt. If she hides it well enough, she has a storybook wedding. If the groomsmen find it, the day turns into a raucous debacle.


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texn
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I hadn't heard of this superstition, nor the one about Hoppin' John & collard greens on New Year's Day (I thought the superstition was black eyed peas and I never heard of Hoppin' John).

But then, Texas really isn't part of the South, by some accounts


WG_Dawg
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quote:

No one quite knows the origin of this tradition


I know.

It was just now, when Southern Living made it up since they didn't have any ideas for a story at deadline time.


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