Thank you for that hilarious trip down memory lane. I’m a born and bred Southerner and have attended Dixie weddings my whole life (starting when I was a darling four year old flower girl and got to wear my first long dress – yellow silk with lace trim- and sashay down the aisle. I decided I wanted to keep some of those lovely smelling rose petals for myself so I stopped dropping them at the between the pews and the alter!). This book brought to mind a lot of them. Well, maybe not so much the entire wedding parties getting smashing drunk as most of us in my family are Methodists and we don’t do that. At least we don’t do that when the receptions are held at the Church. But I did hear tell of one wedding rehearsal that got a bit out of control thanks to some bottles of Wild Turkey that required all the groomsmen and most of the bridesmaids to wear sun glasses on The Big Day to keep from crawling off into the church shrubbery. Hmmm, I must not have gone to enough Social Baptist weddings.
I remember my aunts setting up white taffeta covered tables in their homes to proudly display all the loot my older cousins were given, the dyed-to-match-the-bridesmaid-dresses mints, the lime sherbet punch, getting to be a cake cutter at another cousin’s wedding, my mother’s reminiscences about the older ladies in her hometown hounding her mother to get her married (“If she doesn’t get married soon she’s going to be an Old Maid!” This when my mother was (gasp) 25 and still unmarried). We haven’t had any shotgun weddings, though. Or at least not lately. But lots of your wonderful wedding food recipes are dishes I have eaten at many a reception and I grew up being hounded to “write those thank you notes!” I also recall the nightly spraying for mosquitoes while living in Memphis. Who cared that we were turning ourselves into mutants, at least we weren’t bitten all damn day long. ;)
Anyone who wants to throw the perfect last Dixie wedding, or just laugh a lot while reading how to do it, should check out “The Official Southern Ladies’ Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding.” B