(Closed) British Wedding vs American (and other countries) weddings

posted 7 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

The British have more hats involved with their weddings.  Tongue out

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it depends which part of england britain you are from because I know people in england who have weddings very much like american weddings. the one difference I’e noticed is the bouquet, english bouquets have way more greenery than american bouquets

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Most (thought not all) American weddings are in the afternoon, with the reception going into the evening. 

The earliest weddings I’ve ever been to were Catholic weddings, which are at 2pm. 

My own wedding started at 5:30, though I originally wanted to start at 6:30pm. There was an issue with Relay for Life being within earshot of my outdoor ceremony. 

So, our ceremony started at 5:30, and our reception at 7. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m German and was married in the US, as well as went to several weddings here.  New to me was:

– rehearsal dinner
– showers
– thank you notes (and rules about how and when to write them)
– strict timelines for the reception/reception venues are booked for x number of hours
– wedding colors and themes
– cash bars
– bridesmaids and groomsmen
– giving gifts to wedding party, parents, and each other
– the ‘Catholic gap’
– buffets are frowned upon, seated dinner is the way to go apparently
– invtiation wordings that sound like they were sent out by Lord and Lady Stick-in-the-Mud, ca. 1830

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@stokieGal: That’s interesting!  I have never been to a British wedding.

A cash bar would be considered incredibly rude in Germany. We had an open bar here in the States, just because my parents (and I) would have died of shame otherwise, since we had guests from Germany.

I’m not sure why we don’t have bridal parties.  I have just never seen it done.  I worked at a restaurant that hosted a lot of weddings. Wedding colors would not have worked there because we just used the nice white linens we had. Venues don’t cater much to the bride’s vision. You get what’s available.  Brides could bring centerpieces, though.
However, that was over 10 years ago. I hear the trend goes more towards American style weddings now.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@AprilJo2011: “Lord and Lady Stick-in-the-Mud”  LOL

And I think the buffet vs. seated dinner is regional in the US.  I haven’t been to many weddings that WEREN’T buffets.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

This is a really interesting thread . . . I hope more people respond!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@stokieGal: I absolutely get your point about not having the money for an open bar.  If cash bars are the standard in your area, then there is nothing wrong with having one.  I have been to several US wedding where guests paid for their own drinks and nobody raised an eyebrow.

It’s just a cultural thing that in Germany, you would have smaller or no reception before you would consider having a cash bar.

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