(Closed) Canadian vs American weddings

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

As far as I know there really isn’t any difference. (I’m Canadian) Is there something specific you’re thinking of? 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I don’t notice major differences from posts between Canadian and American weddings.

In my region, open bar weddings are virtually unheard of though.  You either pay for your alcohol or get a few drink tickets or there is a toonie bar or something.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@SarahSmilesDec28: In Toronto open bars are a must! It’s so funny how things vary by region in Canada for SO many things!

@BoiledPNut: Not sure there’s really any difference…. Where’s the wedding?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Ditto for sure on the no open bars…. I’ve only been to one wedding in my life that was open bar. Also, I’ve never been to a wedding here that had a cocktail hour with a lot of food like you see on TV. Not sure if that is an ‘American’ thing or just a regional American thing.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Every wedding I’ve been too has been both in Canada AND had an open bar! Funny!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

i have been to a ton of weddings in Montreal. some open bar, some cash bar, one pot luck, etc.  i never thought things varied by region so much as they do by budget and/or preference.  I haven’t been to a wedding in the states though so i can’t say if i ever noticed any differences/

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well, we are just broke backwoods hicks here in the maritimes 🙂  lol  That’s why I said regional though, not national.

But seriously, there are no per head drink packages here and most venues don’t let you bring your own alcohol, you would have to pay by the drink.  And we are BIG drinkers down here.  We are doing 3 drinks a person, then you pay, and peeps think that is crazy generous.  *shrug*

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@dynamic_duo: I have a lot of friends from the East coast and they’ve always said weddings out there are typically cash bar, and I think it’s fairly common to incorporate some traditional East Coast music/dancing for part of the reception. Not sure how things vary on the west coast, none of my friends out there have gotten married yet! Lol! You’re totally right though, a lot of it is based on budget and preference like any wedding. I don’t think we have any plaid dress codes or dog sled traditions anyone needs to be prepared for though 😉

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think the only difference in Canada is that we include the signing of the marriage certificate as part of the ceremony. I don’t think that is typically done in the US.

As far as the open bar thing goes. I have NEVER been to a wedding WITHOUT an open bar!!!!

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper

@bakerella:   lol, and i have never been to a reception that was held in an igloo hosted by eskimos!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@dynamic_duo:  My parents went to a wedding at an ice hotel, close enough to an igloo?!

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

@FMM: interesting about the signing. i didn’t think it was a Canadian thing as we did that in my Jamaican ceremony!

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper

@SarahSmilesDec28:  lol, i was going to say, while i never have been to one, i would not be surprised if someone else had!!

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