American Vs British Wedding Traditions

12:21 PM, by Unknown

As a British wedding planner in Florida, I’ve watched British couples get married with their traditions and trends and I've also seen American couples get married with their traditions. With the boom of wedding blogs and the increase of brides who want to have a unique and personalized wedding, it’s easy to find creative ways to incorporate traditions from another country. As long as it’s meaningful for the couple and won’t confuse guests, swinging a new tradition is worth the effort! 

So I decided to write a post on the difference between both countries wedding traditions for all of you American and British readers who’d like to shake thinks up a bit, check out the differences between American weddings and British weddings then think about incorporating one into your wedding. Heck, even do two!


The Pre Wedding Celebrations…

American
In America, the Bride get's together with her best friends and maids to have her 'Bachelorette' party prior to the wedding.
British
In Britain, this is known as 'A Hen Party', of course! :)

American
The Grooms have a Bachelor's Party prior to the wedding day.
British
The Brits have a "Stag do"

The Ceremony…

American
The groom faces the congregation so he can watch his bride walk down the aisle.
British
The groom has his back towards the congregation and does not get to watch his bride walk down the aisle.

American
The bride walks down the aisle after her bridesmaids
British
The bride walks down the aisle before her bridesmaids

American
The wedding party stands with the bride and groom for the duration of the ceremony
British
The wedding party sits with the congregation for the ceremony

The Reception…

American
Sit down meals are shorter at your typical American wedding so more time can be spent on the dance floor.
British
Brits like to enjoy their meal and make this the focal point of the wedding reception.

American
Many guests hit the dance floor in-between dinner courses.
British
Dancing is reserved for after the meal.

American
American wedding cakes are made of sponge and the tiers are usually stacked on top of one another. During the cake cutting ceremony, the newlyweds will hand feed each other a piece of cake. Sometimes, they will stuff the cake into each other's faces! ;)
British
British wedding cakes are traditionally made of fruit cake and are displayed using pillars in between each tier. While this tradition is slowly fading out, many traditional weddings still order fruit cake, however, most couples now ask for stacked tiers.

American
The American top table consists of the bridal party and is seated man/woman/man/woman, with the bride and groom in the middle, the best man next to the bride, and the maid of honor next to the groom.
British
The British top table consists of parents and honor attendants. When looking at the table, the order from left to right is; Chief bridesmaid, groom’s father, bride’s mother, groom, bride, bride’s father, groom’s mother, best man.

American
The first dance is typically held after the bride and groom are announced into the dining room.
British
The first dance takes place after the cake cutting ceremony, which happens after the meal.

American
An American bride tosses a bouquet into a crowd of single ladies, while the groom lifts up his bride’s gown to pull off a garter and fling it into a group of bachelors. Rumor has it that the woman/man who catches the bouquet/garter will be the next in line to get married!
British
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a six pence in her shoe. This last part of the ancient superstition is unique to the British. The Americans never caught on to that part!
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