I’m starting today off with a little tid bit from my trip to Charleston last month. Before our photo shoot, I had a chance to visit family in Georgia…and I had the time of my life. I’m telling you, I think I was meant to live in the south. While there, we got to talking about southern traditions–and how could we not get around to talking about southern wedding traditions? Who knew I had so much to learn?
So apparently in the south, there’s this tradition called the Trousseau Tea. First off, you’ve got to understand that in the south, weddings are more often a big deal…and women really know how to shower brides. Weddings can also often times be bigger (particularly with more traditional couples and families) which means more guests to invite to showers. For example, my cousin apparently had somewhere in the range of ten showers. TEN. She had one for work, one for lingerie, one with her mom’s friends, and so on and so forth. So the Trousseau Tea is kind of like the culmination of all the showers a bride has had. It is an open house format, usually hosted by the mother of the bride, and guests are invited to the Trousseau Tea where all of the brides gifts are on display. This stems from a Victorian custom that involved showing off a bride’s trousseau, but today, it’s a bit more a thank you to guests and an opportunity to celebrate together once more before the wedding.
All that said, while in Georgia, we threw together a little mini Trousseau Tea and I wanted to share some of the images that photographer Lindsay McDowell had a chance to shoot. I hope you enjoy a little inspiration and a little lesson in wedding history and traditions.
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