shwmai – I’m welsh!!!! yay!
OK so in Wales (for most of us,) it’s nice to know people have made a bit of an effort with the culture, so maybe choose one or two welsh phrases to mention in a jokey way, saying that don’t try to speak welsh seriously – most welsh people don’t anyway, and you might sound a bit silly. Also unless your FI’s family is really welsh, don’t go down the welsh meal route, I mean welsh lamb or something is fine – but don’t be bringing out the cawl and welsh cakes!!
here are a few welsh word’s it might be fun to use in a speech or something.
shwmai – hi
diolch – thank you
diolch yn fawr – thank you very much
if you were getting married in the spring then I would say make daffodils part of your bouquet – but they aren’t in flower in November.
as for protocol, I wouldn’t worry too much, I can tell you general British things which might help.
we don’t have wedding showers, and we don’t have bachalorette partys, we have hen nights.
The father of the bride dance is very rare, I mean he might dance with his daughter, but not as a particular thing.
Favors are quite rare, although little bags of sugared almonds are common and traditional.
We often have a toastmaster who leads the toasts – he often belongs to the hotel.
we have quite small wedding parties – usualy 2 or 3 bridesmaids with a page boy or two.
We don’t do a garter toss.
In the UK you must get married in a registered place, during the day, so there is often a 2/3 hour or so wait between the end of the service and the start of the reception, people might go to bar, children go and play out side, and the party can do photo’s and touch up there make up ect. Wedding receptions will often last well into the night – so after parties aren’t common.
we don’t do out of town bags aren’t done, but we often sent a slice of wedding cake (when it’s fruit cake) to people who couldn’t make it.
Personally don’t I believe that weddings should be the most expensive thing ever, as long as it works for you then .. this is generally the British thought.
Also maybe have a look at American into English word translations, it just makes things easier for us Brit’s:
trash = rubbish
trash can = rubbish bin
faucet = tap
band aid = plaster
purse = handbag
coin purse = purse
pants = trousers
panties = knickers
sneakers = trainers
chips = crisps
fries = chips
soda = pop
truck = lorry
hope I helped!!!
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