Weddings are all about traditions. There’s the tradition of wearing white, fathers walking their daughters down the aisle, the customary first dance as husband and wife, tossing the bouquet, and so on and so on and so on.
And then, in my family’s case, there’s the tradition of “Brother Jack.”
Yes, we refer to Jack Daniels as “Brother Jack.” By dad is from a family of 7 boys and Jack Daniels was dubbed the 8th brother or “Brother Jack.” So, we’re a little bit country – I have no shame. 😉
The tradition began 13 years ago (I think?) at my cousin Jenny’s wedding. My Uncle Bob brought my Uncle Scott (the father of the bride) up on the stage and presented him with a bottle of Jack Daniels. He gave a big speech referring to weddings, new family, and other things I can barely remember (I was only 14 at the time), then handed the bottle over. My Uncle Scott took the full bottle of Jack Daniels from my Uncle Bob and – with a huge grin – ceremoniously removed the cap and tossed it across the room. He then proclaimed “we won’t be needing that again tonight!” and table hopped for the next hour or so as almost everyone at the wedding took a swig from the bottle. When there were just a couple of shots left, my Uncle Scott finished the bottle shot-by-shot with his daughter’s new father-in-law. It was an awesome memory, that we all still refer to to this day.
After that, the tradition stuck. Every time one of my cousin’s got married (and I have a lot of them) one of my uncles would present a bottle of Jack Daniels (“Brother Jack”) to the father-of-the-bride (whether he be a brother or a new in-law) and then said bottle’s cap would be ceremoniously tossed across the room and the bottle would be passed around as everyone took swigs and toasted the newlyweds.
Say what you wish about the tradition, but it’s our family’s tradition and I couldn’t imagine an Anderson wedding without it. I guess when someone marries into our family, they better know upfront what they’re getting themselves into. 😉
We have had minor hiccups in the past when it came to our family tradition – hiccups that we’ve all learned from – which is why when my siblings and I were all venue shopping we each discussed the “Brother Jack” tradition up front (some sites have rules about bringing outside liquor in, which Brother Jack is unless you buy the bottle from the bar, something we’ve had to do at certain weddings). Luckily, my venue site is really great with their liquor policy and I’m allowed to bring my own liquor in as long as I have a licensed insured bartender (which I do thanks to my catering contract). So, if you have a crazy alcohol-involved tradition like mine, make sure you get permission first!
Family traditions are one of the best parts about weddings and I’m excited to continue this one at my own wedding in January. 🙂
Does your family have any off-the-wall wedding traditions?