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.
- The bride and groom cannot see each other the morning of the wedding as this is seen to be bad luck!
- 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'.
- "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!