Southern Life, Southern Traditions, Wedding Belles

Classically Carolina: College Football and Basketball

It’s officially that time of year in North Carolina when you can smell ACC basketball fever in the air! Here in the South, we tend to take college sports pretty seriously. Whether you’re painting your chest orange in Death Valley during the fall or freezing your tail off in Krzyzewskiville waiting for tickets come winter, chances are you have a loyalty and you’re sticking to it. Why not incorporate your love for your alma mater or favorite team into your wedding? Here are some ideas about how:

1. Your venue: Many colleges and universities have beautiful outdoor areas if you’re getting married during the warmer months, and oftentimes alumni centers, performance halls, and university-owned chapels can be rented as venues as well. Nothing shows your love for your school like saying your vows on sacred ground!

Wedding at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University - Fairly Southern
Wedding at Wait Chapel at Wake Forest University via WedShops

Wedding at UNC's Forest Theatre - Fairly Southern
Wedding at UNC’s Forest Theatre via
Wedding at the Emmett Robinson Theater at College of Charleston - Fairly Southern
Wedding at the Emmett Robinson Theater at College of Charleston via Offbeat Bride

2. Your cake: Traditionally, the groom’s cake is where a couple might give a nod to their favorite sports team. You can also just go ahead and deck out your wedding cake, or add a more subtle touch with a college-themed cake topper.

Clemson-themed groom's cake - Fairly Southern
Clemson-themed groom’s cake via Pinterest
UNC Wedding Cake - Fairly Southern
UNC wedding cake via Pinterest
ECU wedding cake topper - Fairly Southern
ECU wedding cake topper via Pinterest

3. Your bouquet: Color coordinate your bouquet to match your favorite team’s colors, or tie on a lovely little bouquet charm like the pretty ASU bauble below.

USC Gamecocks Wedding Bouquet - Fairly Southern
USC Gamecocks wedding bouquet via Accents and Petals
Appalachian State wedding bouquet charm - Fairly Southern
Appalachian State wedding bouquet charm via 3CsJewelrySupply on Etsy

4. Your garter: This will be a fun little surprise for your guests (and your partner!) when they realize what you’ve been wearing the whole day under that big dress.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Garter - Fairly Southern
Wake Forest Demon Deacons garter via StarBridal on Etsy
Appalachian State garter - Fairly Southern
Appalachian State garter via GartersByMadison on ArtFire

5. Pull in a mascot: Nothing gets the party started like your favorite mascot jumping around with you on the dance floor!

Mr. and Mrs. Wuf join the bride and groom in the photo booth - Fairly Southern
Mr. and Mrs. Wuf join the bride and groom in their photo booth via brittanypelegrin
Cocky the Gamecock dances with wedding guests - Fairly Southern
Cocky the Gamecock dances with wedding guests via Emily Chappell

6. Your accessories: Pull out your class ring or accessorize your wedding look with your alma mater’s colors: think shoes, socks, bow ties, jewelry, etc.

Clemson Heels - Fairly Southern
Clemson heels via Clemson Girl
Citadel Rings - Fairly Southern
Groom and groomsmen with Citadel rings via Pinterest
NC State cuff links - Fairly Southern
NC State cuff links via Southern Weddings

7. Your favors: The possibilities are endless here…just pick anything you can personalize and go for it. Y’all know I love some good ol’ cookie favors…and they can be crafted to reflect any sports loyalty! Koozies are another great customizable favor.

ECU cookie favors - Fairly Southern
ECU wedding cookie favors via Cookie Connection
UNC-themed koozie wedding favor - Fairly Southern
UNC-themed koozie wedding favor via The Lovely Find

8. Your exit: Pass out pom poms, foam fingers, or rally towels to your guests to wave during your ceremony or reception exit. One of our 2014 couples pulled this idea off perfectly and even included state-themed signs beside the pom pom buckets. Too cute!

Duke University wedding exit with pom poms - Fairly Southern
Duke University wedding exit with pom poms via Erin McLean Events
Foam finger wedding exit - Fairly Southern
Foam finger wedding exit via Pinterest

What do you think, belles? Will you be borrowing any of these ideas?

xoxo Laura

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