(Closed) UK Wedding Customs???

posted 5 years ago in Parties
Post # 3
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625 posts
Busy bee

No we don’t have bridal showers or a rehearsal dinner just the hen do which can be anything from a night at the pub to a spa day or week in the sun! We usually pay for bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits but it is more usual for guests to pay for most of their own drinks at a cash bar at the wedding!  It is also usual to invite some people to the whole wedding and others such as work colleagues and neighbours to the evening reception only!  Our  weddings typically start about 2pm and go on til midnight or longer!

Post # 4
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625 posts
Busy bee

No we don’t have bridal showers or a rehearsal dinner just the hen do which can be anything from a night at the pub to a spa day or week in the sun! We usually pay for bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits but it is more usual for guests to pay for most of their own drinks at a cash bar at the wedding!  It is also usual to invite some people to the whole wedding and others such as work colleagues and neighbours to the evening reception only!  Our  weddings typically start about 2pm and go on til midnight or longer!

Post # 5
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343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Blackie:  

Basically, what she said

Post # 6
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345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Although Bridal Showers are not traditional here, some people still do them, personally I just had a hen which consisted of Afternoon Tea and a night out with my friends.

As far as BM dresses go, it really depends on budget, where possible they are bought for them, but some people don’t. 

Engagement Parties are pretty much the norm, I didn’t have one, but most people that I know who got married had one. 

Rehearsal Dinner doesn’t tend to happen here either, never known anyone to have one. 

We also don’t do the Garter Toss (Although I am as this is a South African tradition and my H2B is South African)

Weddings start earlier, anytime from 11am and can go on to either 12 or 2am or later in some cases. 

As Blackie Said – Cash Bars are the norm over here, might be worth joining a UK forum as well as the Bee to get ideas on what people do 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think that’s fine, it’s not uncommon for people to go to the church service then go off and do there own thing and come back later for the evening reception, and people generally don’t get offended once they here that it’s a small wedding, I know a few people that invited their evening guests to the church service, because they knew they would love to be a part of the ceremony

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