What You Need to Know About British Summer Weddings

Who doesn't love a good summer wedding? There's only one thing Brits love more than a summer wedding ... and that's a ROYAL summer wedding. Yes, the whole country rallied together for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in May and collectively held their breaths as the to-be-American-princess stepped out of her car to reveal her gown.

People were having parties up and down the country to celebrate this union of two souls. My Mum even shed a tear watching the couple exchange their vows. Two people she's never met, nor ever will.

There's something powerful about a wedding. And for me, there's nothing better than a summer wedding: sunshine, love and a free bar. What more do you want?

But with a wedding comes certain expectations and traditions. Here are a few things you can expect if you attend a British wedding this summer.

  1. The bride and groom cannot see each other the morning of the wedding as this is seen to be bad luck!
  2. The bride should wear "something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue". This is a tradition that dates back to the Victorians, they did this to bring good luck. Women usually wear a piece of jewellery to represent the 'old and borrowed' and a blue garter (a stocking underneath her dress) to represent the 'new and blue'. 
  3. "The cutting of the cake" - after the ceremony the bride and groom will cut the cake together to symbolise the beginning of them working together as a couple in their marriage.  

Along with traditions, weddings have a whole set of vocab and phrases that are associated with the event. I've listed some of my favourite words and phrases below. 

  • Stag do - a party held for the groom before the wedding (organised by the best man).
  • Hen do - a party held for the bride before the wedding (organised by the bridesmaids). 
  • Getting hitched/tying the knot - a more casual phrase meaning to get married.  
  • Cold feet/ jitters - loss of nerve or confidence often associated with having doubts before the wedding day.
  • Bridezilla - a bride who's behaviour is obsessive or unreasonable when it comes to planning her wedding. 
  • Shotgun wedding - a rushed or quick wedding, often associated with the bride being pregnant.
  • Mr Right/ Mrs Right - the perfect man/woman for you.
  • White wedding - a traditional wedding at a church with the bride wearing a white dress.
  • Always the bridesmaid, never the bride - said about someone who is never the most important person in a situation.

What do weddings look like in your own country? Tell us in the comments!