How to Ensure a Rain Free Wedding Day by “Burying the Bourbon”
Almost every culture has a tradition to keep the rain away on your wedding day (in accordance to Alanis Morissette’s wishes). Catholics put a pendant or statue of Mother Mary on the window sill. In Irish and Indian cultures, rain on your wedding day means good luck and fertility– even if it brings soggy hair and squishy shoes. One company in the US will even cloudseed for $100,000 to ensure that no drops of water soil your white gown or screw up your updo. That seems a little extreme– and expensive.
But with the humid springs and summers that the American South cooks up often comes rain– and lots of it. It’s not uncommon to have monsoon-like rain appear suddenly on the horizon, flooding and destroying everything in its path, then leaving nothing but mud and ruined decor behind. Even if it doesn’t rain, a grey and brooding sky is nowhere near ideal for pictures.
That’s why all true born-and-bred Southerners know the tradition of the Burying of the Bourbon.
The saying goes something like this:
“Bury a bottle of bourbon a month to the day to keep the rain away.” – Bourbon Guy
Digging up the bottle on the wedding day – photo via Merriment Events
You take a bottle of bourbon, and bury it at your venue a month before your wedding. Then, on the day of your nuptiuals, you and your new partner dig up the bottle together as a part of the ceremony. The luck-imbued freshly dug-up bourbon is then incorporated into your ceremony, either as a toast, or a sumptuous ritual where you take your first sips together, or as a symbolic blending ceremony.
And it’s not just for fun. According to John of the wedding venue website Black Mountain Sanctuary, it a completely legitimate way to keep your wedding rain-free. 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.
Whether or not that’s true, we’ll leave it up to the weathermen. What we do know is that this tradition and ceremony lends an air of powerful sentimentality to any wedding.