Trousseau Tea

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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11 responses to “Trousseau Tea

  1. Pingback: Weddinic – Wedding Articles » Blog Archive » Trousseau Tea

  2. Ooooh, pretty pictures! I’m in LOVE with that china- so gorg! And I’ve always thought the Trousseau Tea was an interesting concept…

  3. This is so interesting to me! I’m from the north (well, New Jersey… armpit?), so I learned a lot from your post. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  4. doesthisbabymakemelookfat

    This is so interesting… esp. about how they display the gifts. I love the idea of a Victorian Trousseau (and am writing a book about the Regency period-just before the Victorian period) and I wonder what lead up to it? The history of weddings is indeed a venerable study. Will find out post-haste.

  5. Somer

    Must know where your china is from…haven’t seen anything like it in my searches and it’s DIVINE. Please share!!!

  6. Interesting. I really like the idea behind this tradition. The table set up is beautiful and I love the china.

  7. Grey

    Hi Somer! The china is very old antique china that dates back to the 1800’s I believe. It came from my aunt’s collection, which was handed down to her by my grandmother, who received it from her grandmother.

  8. Grey

    I totally agree! I love looking at the traditions we still have (and those that are slipping away) and learning about their significance. It often adds to the meaning.

  9. Anne

    What a lovely tradition. I too enjoy hearing about traditions from other parts of the country. The Trousou Tea sounds really fun. How close to the wedding is the tea? Do they also do the Bridesmaid Luncheon and the rehearsal dinner?

  10. Gayle

    I’m from Alabama…another name for the event is called a “Sip and See” given by the bride’s mother on a Wednesday or Thursday before the wedding in the late afternoon at her home. The “sipping” is iced tea and/or champagne…the “seeing” is all the wedding gifts on display. In response to Anne’s question: the bridesmaid luncheon (usually hosted by female relatives of the bride or close friends of the MOB)is usually the day before the wedding. The rehearsal dinner is hosted that night usually by the groom’s parents.

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