Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This week I have a special treat for you...
One of my all time favorite girlies has decided to help me out for this week's
Wedding Wednesday post since school has been holding me hostage. I'll be
back soon lovelies!

PS. Make sure to stop by Meg's and say hello... you'll love her, I promise.

Hello all you wedding swooners,
I am Megan from Across The Pond.

I am an American
(painfully stereotypical American...)
from Southern California,
living in the United Kingdom
(England to be exact).

And like most girls...
I triple heart weddings.

So you can imagine my excitement when I got invited to an
Irish/Scottish wedding at a castle in Northern Scotland.

no thats not a princess..thats just me..silly
There were bagpipes and accents.

nuff said.

But here are some of the differences between an American wedding, and a wedding in the UK

1. everyone attends the rehearsal dinner (all guests invited..not just those in the wedding party)

2. The Bridesmaids follow the bride down the aisle, they dont go before her.

3. The bridesmaids don't stand at the alter, they sit in the front row

4.  the father of the bride hands over the bride about halfway through the  ceremony instead
or right away, so he stands up at the alter in the beginning.

5. The signing of the marriage license is part of the ceremony

6. people stand during the vows

7.  the speeches are very important and given by the father of the bride,  the father of the groom, the groom then the best man. Each person needs  to make sure to address either the bridesmaids, the bride, the staff,  the mothers, etc.

8. The Bride is not allowed to speak during the speeches. 

9. Gifts are presented to the mothers during the reception as part of the grooms speech

10.  the head table consists of (in order from left to right) father of the  groom, mother of the bride, best man, groom, bride, chief bridesmaid,  father of the bride, mother of the groom.

11. women wear hats and fascinators. and in this instance, some men wore kilts.

12.  there is no father daughter dance because the idea is that the father  handed over the bride during the ceremony, and to have a dance would be  like going backwards.

13. the  grooms mother dances with the brides father, and the grooms father  dances with the brides mother. It symbolizes the joining of the  families.

14. there is a break in  the reception (after a few hours of dancing) where more food is served  and the wedding singer or brand takes a break. Then the party starts again.



Flaviana Boni said...

great post!

Dress up for armageddon

Pink Sun Drops said...

I LOVE *most* of these changes. And you look like an absolute princess - I would've thought you got some of those photos from a magazine!

amy grace said...

Great pics and I loved hearing about the differences! My dad is from England, so for him it was customary to also give a speech at our wedding. It was HILARIOUS(he's a great public speaker) and we all loved it. We didn't do any other English traditions though. My cousin (from England) is getting married there next year and I wish we could attend but I just don't think we can afford it!! It would be so cool to see a different culture's wedding! I've also looked at some pics taken by English photographers and it's interesting - they seem to always get a shot of the groom looking towards the front of the church - not at the bride - and it seems like they don't see each other until she reaches the alter. Very cool, I think!

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

you look like a princess :)

<3 steffy

simplyvonne said...

I love all the photos! Great post, I love learning about other wedding traditions!

Luna said...

so beautiful photos and nice post! ;)
have a nice weekend!
xx Luna

alexandra grecco said...

Wonderful photos!
Alexandra Grecco

LeeLee said...

Beautiful photos. Great post.

Liesl said...

What FUN and an elegant blue it!!! Such a wonderful guest Wedding Wednesday post! I used to live in London and my sister is a British citizen though we are American, like you, but I hadn't really thought of these little wedding differences and I don't even think I noticed during the Royal wedding, but reading your are so right! :)

Liesl :)

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