My Redneck Wedding: Recollections for a HubMob

My second marriage kicked off with a Redneck Wedding. Seriously. We actually used the word "redneck" on the invitation. While the primary purpose was still the same as most weddings - to get us hitched - our second goal was for everyone to have a blast. All 150 or so of 'em. And I think it worked.

We knew as soon as we started talking about putting the rings on our fingers that we wanted to do it on the gorgeous farm where we lived. The old house had a huge front porch, woods and a creek in the back, and horse pastures in the front.

We lived far enough from neighbors to turn the music up as loud as we wanted. The side yard provided perfect space for horseshoe pits, and a mini-tournament coincided with the cooking and the eating. The kids could run and play, and guests could pitch a tent and avoid driving home under the influence.

Groomsmen for a Redneck Wedding

The first ingredient for a successful redneck wedding is a pig. A whole pig. Cooked on a pig cooker. For the uninitiated, this is called a pig picking. Our pig was awesome. There were no left overs. Instead of groomsmen, my husband's friends kept the fire going until the pig was served. Charlie Mills Barbeque sauce complimented the cooking skills.

The pig was supplemented by Bluffton oysters, delivered from South Carolina by my sister, Deborah. My dad and my other sister, Julia, kept the oysters steaming, and everyone agreed, they, too, were unbeatable. Bluffton oysters are the best I've ever had - salty...oh my, my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Redneck Bride and Groom

The ceremony took place on our front porch, the bride and groom dressed casually and comfortably in blue jeans, though the minister chose to wear his robe. Our friends and family gathered in the front yard to witness a quick and simple set of "I do's," and the groom removed his hat before he "kissed the bride."

We skipped the champagne and flowers and moved to the back yard after the ceremony, lining up at the keg--the keg is another important ingredient for a redneck wedding. A small, heart-shaped cake from the grocery store served it's purpose - making sure the kids had a bite of desert. We partied and ate and drank and sang through the afternoon and well into the night.

Our redneck wedding was so successful that we repeated the event not only for our anniversary, but every six months, until we had to move from that perfect location. Ah, the memories.

If none of this sounds very romantic to you, well, maybe that's because I'm not going to share the late night video captured by my sister of my husband and I slow dancing in the basement, after the rest of the guests disappeared.

Our redneck wedding represented many of the elements that keep us connected - fun, lots of smiles, family and friends, music, and yeah, Natural Light. I'm glad I didn't blow a bunch of money on a dress to wear once, or a photographer, or fancy catering. Our redneck wedding was perfect.


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C. C. Riter 7 years ago

Oh that sounded great. Wish I could have been there. Those are the best. Thanks for sharing.

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DonnaCSmith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina

Yes, that was a fun wedding! The most fun wedding i have ever attended. Love, Mama. And I sure miss our little farm.

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Sounds mighty fun. Have never heard of a redneck theme before so I think what youd did was very original. Thanks for sharing :D

Jackie 7 years ago

Great story Dineane, I loved it and who in the South doesn't love a good pig picking.

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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

I love it sounds like a blast. What a way to celebrate!

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Princessa 7 years ago from France

It sounds like you all had great fun at your wedding and you have some fantastic memories about it. After all, that is what is all about isn't it? Being happy, comfortable and having great memoirs to tell to your children!

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for all of the comments - wish you all could have been there :-)

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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

Love your sense of humor - and honestly I think we need to be more creative with weddings! Sounds like fun - I would have had a good time!

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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida

This is great!!! None of the formal nonsense!! LOL! I have decided that if I ever get married again, I am getting married at the beach, simple, just a few close friends and family, and no craziness!! You had the right idea!!

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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

That's the kind of wedding I would LIKE to be invited to. What fun! Thanks for writing about it.

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! I'm glad you all think it sounds fun - it was!

Anna, my second choice would definitely be to get married at the beach!

newsworthy 7 years ago

Wedding on the farm. Way comfortable.

Ida shore taken my shoes off wicha mam' Yeee hawh!

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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Thanks for sharing your wedding on the farm Dineane. Sounds like you had a very memorable and special day!

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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

What an awesome time! For so many of us, family and friends are so far-flung that it would be almost impossible for them to bring food. You were so lucky to have your farm and close friends and family so close by.

For our twentieth we celebrated a renewal. As Jews our religious marriage license is supposed to be renewed every ten years, though most couples don't take notice. I surprised my wife by arranging the whole thing in secret. It was one of the most romantic things we ever did. We had our kids and a few friends at the ceremony, then back to our place for bagels, nothing special, just a good time.

I highly recommend the renewal to all married couples of any religion. To renew your vows helps you reconnect with the reasons you got 'hitched' in the first place.

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dineane 7 years ago from North Carolina Author

what a great idea, Tom! Thanks for your comment!

The beauty of a pig picking is that it doesn't have to be expensive at all! Other than my sister hauling the oysters from 5 hours away, we really didn't need to have guests contriute potluck style - pig & fixin's and beer - I think we did it all for well under $500.

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Rednecks are the most fun folks! Nice hub! :)

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