Weddings in Different Cultures: British Weddings

Living in a day and age in which extravagant weddings are all the rage, it is hard to find something authentic. A perfect specimen that showcases both elegance, class, and poise: British weddings celebrate tradition and heritage like no other. But what is it that makes British weddings so interestingly unique and refreshing? Let’s find out.

Stags and Hens

Who doesn’t have a bachelorette party? In Britain, bachelorette parties are called hen parties and bachelor parties are called stag dos. Normally a mix of a lot of alcohol, games and inappropriately vulgar humour to celebrate the individual’s last days as a single person, stags and hens parties are everything but boring. A quick weekend getaway to European destination is something many opt for.

Bridesmaid Duties

Unlike other cultures, in Britain, the bridesmaids wear dresses that are similar to that of the bride’s. It’s a tradition that dates back centuries to the Roman Empire that was meant to ward off any possibility of the bride getting robbed or abducted on her big day. Therefore, the bridesmaids protected the bride by keeping bad people away. Also, instead of walking before the bride, they enter after the bride and walk behind her throughout the ceremony.

The Dress

With new designs and trends hitting the shelves every day, it is hard to find something that is the true embodiment of the simple bride. British wedding dresses are simple and refreshingly modest. Full sleeves and traditional A-line and Ball Gown cuts are still a favourite amongst many. There are many traditional British wedding dress designers that focus specifically on designing traditional pieces that cater to the demand. Ian Stuart, Jenny Packham, Suzanne Neville, Justin Alexander - all are the well-known names in British wedding couture.