(Closed) Let's hear your regional wedding traditions!

posted 6 years ago in Traditions
Post # 3
5220 posts
Bee Keeper

@lealorali:  in my friend circle, the money dance is common ( south Louisiana), but not in my husbands region ( middle Tennessee), so we didn’t do one. People did ask why we didn’t, so it’s common enough to be missed. 

I have been to several pot luck style receptions. 

Speeches are typically reserved for the rehearsal dinner ( although the best man did give us a toast at our reception)

Most weddings are buffet style. 

No one really cares what ” type” of bar you have ( cash, beer and wine only, fully stocked). Most people are happy enough to do without, bring some cash or bring a flask haha. 

Many south Louisiana weddings have a second line at the end of the wedding where a brass band plays and the wedding party and guest follow behind. Also, cake pulls ( charms in the cake) are popular. 


Post # 4
1715 posts
Bumble bee

“Wedding” weddings are very common.

Either the Mother of the Groom’s backyard, or at a chapel. Like your sterotypical wedding chapel (where mine will be).

Only went to one wedding where the guestbook was not an actual guestbook. We all seem to make our own cakes or we get them from Annes or Merrit’s bakery.

We have sparkling punch, those chocolate covered almonds, and butter mints.

Never been to a catered wedding, the rest of the family always cooks.

We’ve done everything the same way since 1930 something it seems like. Or my friends/family just aren’t that creative.


Luckily, I have bellydancers and fire breathers as groomsmen or bridesmaids. MY wedding is going to be a blast.

Post # 6
3175 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve never seen a cash bar, even the most “upscale” receptions in my area are generally buffet, the majority of people gift cash/gift cards at the wedding, the dollar dance is fairly uncommon, though I think there are pockets of areas where it’s done culturally. 

Post # 7
1755 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a midwest wedding (or graduation or baptism) that somewhere there wasn’t a dish of the pastel party mints with a spoon to scoop them with.

Post # 8
846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

  • there is no such thing as an engagement party.
  • i have never been to a wedding with a plated dinner, it’s always buffet-style (i’ve also been to a couple pot luck receptions).
  • there is no such thing as a “cocktail hour.” people normally just go straight to the reception and mingle and have a couple drinks while the bride and groom take pictures after the ceremony.
  • the dollar dance is extremely common.


Post # 9
899 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

UK traditions:

– no formal rehearsal dinner, although some family/wedding party may have a dinner the night before but it’s a casual affair

– I don’t know anyone who has done a “first look”

– 50% church weddings. If you don’t marry in a church then no reference to God is allowed during the ceremony

– speeches are usually done by: father of bride, groom and best man, some variations (e.g. If bride’s father is not around then mother of bride)

– registry for presents is totally normal, but it is also fine to turn up with a present that you chose yourself

– no specific “cocktail” hour, more a casual drinks/nibbles and chat time during the photos

– after dinner, I would normally expect to pay for my drinks

Post # 10
1226 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

What the heck is a dollar dance? Lol

Well, I am from Quebec and I’ve seen cash bar and open bar. I would think that bouquet toss and garter dance are pretty standard… But we do have the sock dance!

The sock dance is as follows:

If you have older siblings that have not wed yet, they have to dance to a song of your choosing with the socks of your choosing, haha.

Post # 11
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013


-The dollar dance will probably happen for us. We are in Texas and my FI’s family (hispanic culture) have all done it. I had never heard of it but my parents had. His family is very traditional and I guess it is an older tradition.

-We are not doing a church ceremony. We are having the ceremony at our reception venue which is up near a lake

– We put on our invitations that we are not asking for gifts.

-We most likely will not be doing the garter/bouquet toss as there will be almost no singles out there lol.

– what is first look?

– My bridal party is actually only 3 (we wanted a small party)

– Yes the groomsman will be wearing Zoot Suit tuxes I believe

-I am having my wedding on a Saturday =)


As for the cash bar or open bar. Our venue is DIY catering and alcohol so we are just getting a lot of what everyone wants and thats it.


Post # 13
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Checking in from Dallas, TX

-Ceremonies/receptions are usually big and over the top…even for 2nd and 3rd weddings.

-Common to have an engagement party, bachelorette party and bridal shower. I buy a million gifts per year lol

-Bridal parties tend to be on the larger side. The last 3 events I attended had 8+ bridesmaids

-Rehearsal dinner is usually catered by family or casual dining place (i.e. BBQ)

-Candy bars are becoming extremely popular…don’t care for it, but whatever floats your boat!

-“Socialite Country”…it is nothing to see a Vera Wang dress paired with cowboy boots.

Post # 14
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

@lealorali:  haha I was born and raised on Long Island and that’s pretty typical for a Long Island wedding. Definitely why I chose to have a barn wedding in Vermont instead. $20,000 goes A LOT farther.

Post # 15
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@lealorali:  Patron Ice Luge? OMG…they did it BIG haha

Post # 16
3765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Have any of y’all heard of a grand march? Fiance wants one, I’m on the fence. I think it’s a small town sort of thing, I only took part in one about a year ago, in a tiny TX town.

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