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New Orleans Second Line

By Eden Gallery

I’ve written about Southern Wedding traditions before like the cake pull.  However, there’s one very fun custom I haven’t shared with you yet.  The Second Line!  The jazzy song for this dance goes something like this:

The history of this event is linked with the Jazz Funeral which is a celebration of a person’s life and is the most fun anyone can have at a somber occasion.  This tradition somehow evolved into a dance that is performed at more festive occasions such as weddings.

Usually near the end of the wedding the second line song begins.  Then, the bride and the groom grab a particularly festive set of umbrellas.  They begin their dance around the reception area and one by one the wedding guests join in.  Usually guests are offered white handkerchiefs to swing in time to the music.  Personalized or monogrammed cotton handkerchiefs make a great wedding favor.  My friends Katy and Nick have let me borrow some of their wedding pictures so we can show you how it’s done down here!

The dance continues until the song ends.  Apparently, if you perform the dance correctly you’ll be pregnant within the year!  Just kidding!  That is how it worked out for my friends though.  Many thanks to Katy, Nick and their new addition Christine for sharing their New Orleans wedding with us!

Below I’ve created a small collection of items to help you in your search if you would like to incorporate this very fun custom into your own wedding!

Eden Gallery