Bushing Belle: Groom's Guide to the Southern Gentleman

Here are some quick tips, tricks, traditions and more to get you cowboys to your casanova best for your big day.


Bowties have been a southern groom tradition for a long time, and quite frankly it will never go out of style. Southern weddings traditionally are more colorful and full of flare, so your bowtie choice can speak more to your personality. Be sure to coordinate your bowtie with your grooms party and perhaps the wedding's color scheme as well. 

The Something Tradition
Old, New, Borrowed and Blue. This one isn't just for the ladies. Something old could be anything from a pair of cufflinks that have been passed down from generation to generation, or an incredibly dusty suit jacket you stumbled upon at the local Goodwill that just fits you perfectly. Something new is yes anything that you recently purchase for your big day, but it should still be able to tie in with the rest of your ensemble. Borrowed definitely should have some family or friend significance. Something blue may be a bit more difficult considering that it may contradict with your color scheme, but check out this article 6 Ways Grooms Can Add Something Blue for some tips!

Add some Flare

Colorful and flashy socks, bowties, ties, or kerchiefs are perfect ways to add subtle flare to any ensemble.

Khaki, light blue, pink, these are all shirt colors that offer a bit of pizzazz as opposed to the classic white undershirt. If you do go white, make sure it is a BRIGHT WHITE, or else the shirt may seem dingy in photos.

Shoes, keep it classy and comfortable but you can go with cowboy boots or tasseled loafers to add some style to your outfit.

Groom's Cake

The Groom's Cake is a southern tradition that has recently become quite popular for the modern wedding. A Groom's Cake is a cake baked (or commissioned/designed) by the bride for the groom based off of his interests, likes and hobbies.


If you can brand it, stitch on it, or write on it--monogram it. Monograms are an important tradition because it unifies the event as your own. Monogram your breast pocket kerchief, the back of your tie, even your socks! Make sure to sign your special day.




DIY: 52 Reasons I Love You Valentine


Step One:
Gather Materials-
-Full deck of cards
-Hot glue, glue stick, adhesive
-Hole punch
-Binder rings
-Marker (or printer)
-Paper (or printer)

Step Two:
Hole punch your cards. Make sure all of the cards line up!

Step Three:
Measure your cards in order to measure the "stickers" for your 52 reasons booklet. For example, if your cards have a small square on them, measure it (say maybe 3inx2in) and then sketch out rectangles on a piece of paper. You can also make them on your computer and print them out.


Print out one of these templates.

Step Four:
Write your 52 reasons in your squares (either right on the paper with a marker, or typed onto the template) Here are some suggestions-
52 Reasons Why I Love You
52 Reasons I Love NAME
Physical features: Your eyes, cute butt, etc.
The way you kiss me
Your song: "Barefoot Blue Jean Night", "If My Heart Had Wings"
Location of your first date
An inside joke
Personality quirks: you like ketchup on your pancakes, your goofy laugh
Things you do together: Party Down South marathons, When we cook and don't burn the house down

Step Five:
Cut out your reasons and glue them onto your cards.

Step Six:
Put together your cards onto the rings.


Stuff To Get the Fancy Redneck On Your Nice List

1. Redneck Couture

Okay, so here's some self promotion, but seriously...we are the fanciest of fancy redneck apparel. Get a pair or two of Boot Bling, some rad tanks and tees or a cozy cardigan to keep you warm this holiday season! Redneck Couture is a small business that is designed, made and shipped from the US. Shipping is always free and satisfaction is guaranteed!

2._____ of the Month Club

Gift cards are an excellent gift to give to the person who is super difficult to shop for, but a subscription to a month club is a gift that keeps on giving and allows someone the opportunity to try new things that you know he or she will enjoy! 

Search for the Perfect Month Club

Craft Beer Club

Cheese of the Month Club

Variety of the Month Club

3. Concert Tickets

Give the gift of music and a rad time this holiday season and purchase tickets for the country music junkie in your life! Check out tour dates, purchase a couple of tickets and wrap them up with a CD from the artist.
Country Concerts 2016
Country Music Festivals 2016


4. DIY Gifts 

Create something cute, sweet, simple, fun, expensive, ridiculous or original! There are plenty of incredible DIY gifts to give this holiday season and are perfect for everyone on your list from significant others, family, friends, to neighbors and coworkers!
25 DIY Insanely Cute Projects That Will Fill You With Joy
28 DIY Candles That Will Help You Brave the Cold
DIY Homemade Gifts for Christmas
25 Favorite Neighbor Gift Ideas
Adult Hot Chocolate Kit
25 DIY Gifts You Can Make in Under an Hour
25 Gifts for Kids to Make This Christmas
50+ Inexpensive Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas

5. Cash

Yes, it seems to be one of those "impersonal" gifts, but trust me anyone would be happy to open a big box of green this holiday season. 

6. Gift Cards

(pelicanweb) Okay, again this may seem impersonal, but at the same time it allows the grad to be in control of what he/she receives in the respect of what he/she needs. Gas? Clothes? School supplies? Groceries? Furniture? Try these fine places for gift cards!
Pier 1
Redneck Couture
Old Navy
Best Buy
Gas Cards
Bath and Body Works
Bed, Bath and BEYOND
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AMC or Regal
Barnes & Noble
Home Goods
Dick's Sporting Goods

7. Streaming Subscription

Binge watching TV shows may be a New Years' resolution, so give the gift of entertainment with a Netflix, Amazon or Hulu subscription.

8. Chargers

Keep the techy redneck happy with chargers! 
>Portable chargers for the car
(Buy It Here)
>Wireless charger
(Info Here)
>Case charger
(Buy It Here)

9. Shotglasses, Drinkware and Boozy Accessories

Funny Flasks
Check out our other gift guides here, here, here, here and here for more ideas and suggestions! Have a happy holiday!

DIY: Wine Glass Snowglobe and Candle Holder


Step One:
Gather your materials-
-Wine glass (clear or decorated)
-White glitter paper
-White puff balls (3 different sizes)
-Hot glue
-Hot glue gun
-Metal lid
-Tea light candle

Step Two:
Trace the lip of the wine glass on the BACK of the glitter paper. If you can, use an expo marker or washable marker that way you can wipe off any ink that gets on the wine glass. This piece of paper will be your base for your snow globe.

Step Three:
Plug your glue gun in and let it get hot. While you're waiting for the glue gun, figure out how you want to arrange your display. Now, if you're just doing a snowman with the three puff balls, it's not going to be rocket science. However, if you find yourself with some more props or items, arrange them accordingly. Glue them on.

Step Four:
Make a ring of glue on the paper and place the glass on top. Press gently together.

Step Five:
Glue lid lip up on the "top" of the glass. Place the tea light candle in the middle of the lid and done! 

This makes for a fun gift and an easy DIY to do with the family!