The book by Delta ladies Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays called Somebody is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch that Bouquet is near and dear to my heart. They have become famous with their book Being Dead is No Excuse a guide to Southern Funerals that I have not read yet. I picked up their book about Mississippi weddings shortly after I got engaged. I sat on the couch laughing for hours.
The authors give us significant nuggets of southern wisdom and etiquette. This is a favorite quote of mine:
"As necessary as the groom might be for the proper Delta wedding, a Southern girl must never--nevah!--be congratulated upon obtaining one. To do so is an insult to the whole of Southern womanhood."
Metcalfe and Hays slam the traditions of lighting a unity candle and the absurd grooms cakes fashioned to resemble a golf course. They share experiences and stories of Delta weddings past. I think this book should be required reading with the pre-marriage counseling classes for a southern bride or a bride marrying a southern boy.
In other news, today Edward and I took our engagement pictures! It was pretty warm, but we may have beaten the worst of it since June is just around the corner.