Post # 1
I’m just in the last few months of wedding planning, and trying to think of ways to incorporate some British features into our wedding day. My fiance is British, so it would be nice to introduce my American family and friends to just a couple touches of Britishness at the ceremony and reception (wedding is in the US). Any ideas?
I’ve thought of some small things, like serivng a range of British beers (of course!) at the welcome cocktail party, and having tables named after some of the great cities and towns in the UK, and maybe having a British-themed favor, like those traditional English Christmas crackers (the tube-shaped ones that ‘POP’ and have small prizes and fortunes inside).
I’m sure I’ll think of a few more, but I thought I’d toss it out to the hive, especially since I know we have several girls who are either British themselves or are marrying UK citizens. Thoughts?
Post # 3
Is it a daytime wedding? I love that British weddings always seem to have a "wedding breakfast." Fascinators/hats are always nice accessory option for ladies. Would your Fiance be willing to wear a morning suit?
This may be cost prohibitive, but women in British wedding magazines are obsessed with lilies of the valley in their bouquets. I’m not sure why, but it’s one thing I see a lot.
I love the idea of Christmas crackers, but you’ll have to either DIY them or find them in the US (I know you can get them…just don’t know where). A friend tried to bring them on a plane once…that was confiscated immediately.
Although you probably can’t find a "toastmaster" in the US, maybe you can designate a close friend or family member to be the honorary one.
Provide After Eights with the tea and coffee at the end of the meal? Make scones and put one with a Twinings tea bag as a day after the wedding favor?
Post # 4
My fiance is English and I haven’t done that much aside from some nice Earl Grey and Breakfast tea. Beer wise I went for the best imports seeing I live in London and the best beer is the non english lager hehee.Theonlymajor thing we did was the ushers and bridesmaids, in the UK they tend to have 1 Maid/Matron of Honor, and up to 2 bridesmaids. Then a load of Ushers. I sort of followed this tradition and not have the "parade" as his friends call it 😛
Tea biscuits served with dessert, union jack flag accents even if they are all in white, UK postage.. good luck!
Post # 5
Well, if you want some british wedding invitations..! http://www.truebloom.co.uk Only £8 postage to the US!
Apparently the favoured wedding menu of the british WAG is a Christmas dinner!!
Suits with tails for the men are very british?! (As long as your american guests don’t mistake the ushers for butlers he he)
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
Serve Pimm’s and lemonade as a signature cocktail. You could also play music by English artists: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Travis, Radiohead, Oasis, Doves, Coldplay, The Who, etc.
Post # 7
Thanks for the tips, everyone!
Post # 8
My fiancée is Welsh. We are using the traditional vows from the Church of England in our ceremony, even though it is otherwise a Jewish ceremony. The top layer of our cake (the one we will have for our anniversary) will be a traditional British fruit cake with royal icing. We will have a traditional Welsh love spoon on one of the layers of our wedding cake.
One British tradition we did not adopt was having the bride enter before the bridesmaids. However, it’s another thing to be aware of as a possibility.
Post # 9
Carry a traditional bridal horseshoe with your bouquet. My fiance’s family sent it to me from England. They were all delighted that I carried it.
Post # 10
i am a party planner and earlier this summer i did a joint birthday party for my friend and her boyfriend which had a theme of ‘tradtional birthday party’ so it had all the things you did at parties when you were a little kid, pinata, pin the tail on the donkey, party hats, noisemakers etc. and we had a big candy buffet with all this candy from when we were little kids and since her boyfriend is a Brit, i used a lot of nostalgic candy from the UK as well like Chewits, Sherbet Fountains, Tunnock’s Tea Cakes, Blockpool Rock candy sticks, Jelly Babies, Dots, Penguins, etc. He really loved that aspect!
If you are doing a candy buffet or a dessert table you should try incorporating these kinds of things into it. Some of them can be tough to find, but well worth it for sure!
Post # 11
hiya – i know your wedding has been and gone – but for future bee’s in a similar predicament! I’m Welsh – I have lived in England and my Fiance is very welsh
think about a toastmaster maybe
bucks fizz (do Americans have this for the brides breakfast?)
have a buffet
hen and stag do’s
and WAGON WHEELS they are chocolately marshmallowy round things with the line “you’ve got to grin to get it in”
Post # 12
hahahaha I love wagon wheels!