British Wedding Etiquette

by Claire Valenty on April 9, 2010

in Special Occasion - Weddings

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After discussing the rarity of earlier in the day weddings in the Morning Wedding Etiquette article, we have come to find that it is very common, according to British wedding etiquette, to have a wedding around noon across the pond in jolly old England! After the mid-day ceremony, the wedding party and the guests will head off to enjoy a “wedding breakfast” (which usually does not consist of breakfast food; they just call it that because, due to wedding preparations, you have to assume it is the first meal of the day everyone has been able to fit in!).

At the wedding breakfast, the bride and groom, their parents and the bridal party sit at a head table. The rest of the guests are seated at other tables around them.

Now, if you are getting married in England, you are not obligated to have your wedding around noon; it is just more common there than in the US. For every other aspect of British Wedding Etiquette, it is pretty much spot on in comparison to traditional wedding etiquette. They just serve a wide variety of tea at the meal, everyone brings their Bulldogs, the Queen attends and they say everything in a posh British accent! Just kidding, I think?!

Some other interesting British wedding traditions:

  • If you are a modern day woman who wants to propose to her man, British wedding etiquette states you can only do it on the 29th of February in a leap year.
  • When the wedding date has been set, banns (announcement of your pending marriage) will be placed in the newspaper to allow for any protests of an unethical marriage (for example, if you wanted to marry your brother, which, big surprise, it totally illegal).

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L. Bale July 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Etiquette guide – British Wedding Etiquette – in the picture of the couple in front of the national flag – this is shown upside down! The wide part of the white diagonals should be UPPERMOST nearest the staff. As shown it is a sign of distress!

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