Weddings are special everywhere, but there just isn’t anything on Earth quite like a Southern wedding. Because weddings are a huge part of Southern society, wedding traditions, as odd as they sometimes may seem, are upheld with mighty ferocity. You may already know that dresses are white, bridal portraits are large and prominently displayed, the buffet dinners are epic, and charms are baked into the cake that are said to tell the fortunes of the bridesmaids during the cake pull – but have you ever heard of burying the bourbon?
Of course, this one stands out to us as whiskey barrel head purveyors, but why on Earth would you risk someone digging up a perfectly good bottle of the good stuff? Well, it’s simple: the cost of a bottle of bourbon is a small price to pay for good weather on the big day.
As they say, “bury a bottle of bourbon a month to the day to keep the rain away.”
In the South, outdoor weddings are as much a part of tradition as something blue, but rainstorms can also strike suddenly, so at some point folks put their heads together for a way to avoid getting wet on the big day and came up with a buried bottle of whiskey. More specifically, it should be bourbon, and it must be buried upside down exactly one month before the big day at the wedding site. Once the deed’s been done, the wedding party digs up the bottle and clinks glasses in the inevitable sunshine.
Apparently, it’s not just fun – it’s also effective. According to John of the wedding venue website Black Mountain Sanctuary, after he saw one couple achieve a rainless wedding day by burying the bourbon, he recommends it to other couples and has yet to see any of them suffer a soggy wedding day.
Sounds good to us. When do we drink?