Prosecco & Petals
The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
Harry and Megan’s royal wedding day celebrates the best of English and American weddings. While the world watches, this is a great chance as a bride-to-be to get inspiration from the royal wedding for your special day.
This article is designed to give brides on both sides of the Atlantic, tips and hints to make your wedding day have that English/American theme.
English bridal parties are small and select. On average a bride will only have three bridesmaids compared to the six an American bride would have.
British brides-to-be will pay for their bridesmaids' dresses and have more say, while American bridesmaids should expect to pay but will have more choice.
English weddings at a slower pace and each element of the day are customarily spread out from early afternoon to midnight. American marriages focus the events to the evening and night and are great for couples looking to have a fun, condensed wedding without forcing guests to take annual leave.
American weddings include a cocktail hour where the bride and groom get to spend time with their bridal party and close family alone before joining the other guests. This gives a wedding an intimate feeling. English weddings have reception drinks that mix all guests, leaving more time to mingle with everyone but less time with those closest to you.
American receptions start with the entrance of the bridal party and couple (often dancing), straight into first dance and cutting of the cake. Usually, dancing will begin as the food is served.
This makes the evening relaxed and fun and removes any social awkwardness. Traditional English receptions start with a formal wedding breakfast, and a three-course meal, speeches and the first dance follow after. The wedding breakfast is named as such as it is the first meal as a married couple.
The English toast follows a strict order of Father of the bride, Groom and lastly best-man. The best man's speech usually is a roast and is designed with jokes about the Groom.
American speeches are much more relaxed in order, and the bride will often also get the opportunity to speak. Expect more sentimentality at an American wedding.
English weddings usually have a cash bar compared to the standard open bar provided by generous American couples. This can save the couple money but does mean that guests may limit drinking and lessen the dancing and wedding merriment.
Loved the idea of the royal wedding blending cultures or want to add more English/American touches to your day