(Closed) Marrying in Wales

posted 8 years ago in United Kingdom
Post # 3
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

shwmai – I’m welsh!!!! yay!

OK so in Wales (for most of us,) it’s nice to know people have made a bit of an effort with the culture, so maybe choose one or two welsh phrases to mention in a jokey way, saying that don’t try to speak welsh seriously – most welsh people don’t anyway, and you might sound a bit silly. Also unless your FI’s family is really welsh, don’t go down the welsh meal route, I mean welsh lamb or something is fine – but don’t be bringing out the cawl and welsh cakes!!

here are a few welsh word’s it might be fun to use in a speech or something.

shwmai – hi

diolch – thank you

diolch yn fawr – thank you very much 


if you were getting married in the spring then I would say make daffodils part of your bouquet – but they aren’t in flower in November.

as for protocol, I wouldn’t worry too much, I can tell you general British things which might help.

we don’t have wedding showers, and we don’t have bachalorette partys, we have hen nights.

The father of the bride dance is very rare, I mean he might dance with his daughter, but not as a particular thing.

Favors are quite rare, although little bags of sugared almonds are common and traditional.

We often have a toastmaster who leads the toasts – he often belongs to the hotel.

we have quite small wedding parties – usualy 2 or 3 bridesmaids with a page boy or two.

We don’t do a garter toss.

In the UK you must get married in a registered place, during the day, so there is often a 2/3 hour or so wait between the end of the service and the start of the reception, people might go to bar, children go and play out side, and the party can do photo’s and touch up there make up ect. Wedding receptions will often last well into the night – so after parties aren’t common.

we don’t do out of town bags aren’t done, but we often sent a slice of wedding cake (when it’s fruit cake) to people who couldn’t make it. 

Personally don’t I believe that weddings should be the most expensive thing ever, as long as it works for you then .. this is generally the British thought.


Also maybe have a look at American into English word translations, it just makes things easier for us Brit’s:


trash = rubbish

trash can = rubbish bin

faucet = tap

band aid = plaster

purse = handbag

coin purse = purse

pants = trousers

panties = knickers

sneakers = trainers

chips = crisps

fries = chips

soda = pop

truck = lorry



hope I helped!!!

PM me if you need any more help!!



Post # 5
268 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m not sure there’s such a thing as a “Welsh citizen” – I’m Welsh, and I’m pretty sure that all Welsh people are just “British Citizens”. It’s not like we have Welsh passports or anything.

The rules on marriage would be the same as anywhere in the UK – I’m not sure what these are, but I can’t see there being a massive problem if he’s a UK national (I really don’t know, though, because I’m a brit marrying another brit in the UK). Scotland has slightly different rules, but generally Wales is pretty similar to England. Here’s a link to info about immigration and marriage:


It rather suggests that all you’d need is a visa, and to take a test that you’re not doing it to get citizenship. If you’re based in the UK at the moment, I’d suggest a visit to the Registrar – they’ll know all the rules. The three year thing seems to be about getting UK citizenship, not about getting married. 

Once you’ve sorted the legal thing out, one thing that happens at Welsh weddings that doesn’t happen at English ones is that after the speeches, we “open the floor” – ie, anyone who wants to get up and say a few words can do so. 

Another thing that we don’t have is a groom’s cake. 

If you’re having a church ceremony, you could consider having a Welsh hymn – “Bread of Heaven” (Cwm Rhondda) is very traditional. Alternatively some Welsh music could be your entrance or exit music (Ar Hyd y Nos, or Men of Harlech). Or you could look for some Dylan Thomas or Idris Davis poems to read out. 

Or you could incorporate something into your design schemes, like love spoons or celtic designs.


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Post # 6
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Hi!  You could have a blessing in Wales.  There are loads of bautiful places in Cardiff to choose from  As for the menu, instead of going for a traditional Welsh menu, you could choose ingredients sourced from Wales.

Welsh people appreciate a word or two in Welsh, but don’t expect it – any word is a bonus as my Dad says.  Anyway – give them a beer or two and they will teach you a whole host of naughty words. (My father who doesn’t speak Greek, taught my Future Father-In-Law who doesn’t speak English to swear in Welsh – we don’t leave them alone anymore – it’s getting dangerous ;-))

As Whiterosered said you could include some welsh hymns in the service,  One of my favourites is Calon Lan (type in Calon Lan Cerys Mathews on Youtube – gorgeous!!!)

I am giving welsh love spoons as wedding favours to those coming to my wedding in Greece as a token of my welsh heritage.

Post # 7
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Oh an another thing, the top tier of the wedding cake is kept to be used in the baptism of the first child.  And it’s also tradition for single girls to take a slice of the wedding cake and put it under her pillow so that she will see in her dreams the man she will marry…

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