Prosecco & Petals
Wedding planning guide
This article is designed to give brides on both sides of the Atlantic, tips and hints to make your special day have an authentic English or American theme.
Below is a list of the differences between English and American weddings so you can decide which elements to mix and match:
English bridal parties are small and often only contain a few select friends or family members. On average, a bride will only have three bridesmaids compared to the six an American bride would have:
This could be because English brides are expected to pay for their bridesmaids' dresses and some extras, while American brides are not expected to pay for any element of their bridesmaids' outfit.
The order of the day at English weddings is much more spread out and has many more customary stages. Whereas, American weddings are normally evening-based and the running order of events is much more compact.
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, the first dance and disco will begin as the food is served. Whereas, traditional English receptions start with a formal wedding three-course meal, speeches, cake cutting and then the first dance.
The English toast follows a strict order; 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. Guests should expect more sentimentality at an American wedding.
English weddings usually have a cash bar compared to the standard open bar provided by American couples. This can save the couple money, but this may affect the overall party atmosphere as guests may be more cautious with drinking.
If you are keen to combine cultures on your special day, follow the below simple steps for the ultimate English and American wedding day