Poco Diablo Resort recently had an opportunity to learn a bit about wedding in the United Kingdom and wanted to share some of our findings with our bridal couples. It is always fun to learn about other cultures and their traditions as much of the American tradition originated in the United Kingdom. This is understandable since much of our background has come from England and other parts of the UK.
In recent years, most couples choose a Saturday to hold their wedding but in the past, getting married on a Saturday was considered unlucky. They also reported that it is unlucky for a bride to create and produce her own wedding dress.
Having a white wedding is still traditional both in the US and in the UK. We saw a number of bridal shops with a large range of wedding gowns.
We still have the saying, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue. In the UK, they added “and a silver sixpence in your shoe”. This is interesting since they no longer mint the sixpence coin and have not done so for many years. We happen to have a number of them in the office, helping some of our bridal couples with good luck.
Cutting the cake is a long tradition. Having the couple cut their wedding cake together will represent their future together. Cakes have really evolved over the years with original cakes in Britain containing fruit and nuts to symbolize fertility. You will enjoy reading more about Wedding Traditions on line here.
The tradition of throwing rice at the bridal couples have changed throughout the years with many couples using rose petals or confetti. The idea was originally thought to bestow prosperity and fertility on the newly married couple.
We thought that idea of the Best Man was very entertaining as his duty was to protect the bridegroom from bad luck. His job was to make sure the groom showed up for the wedding ceremony. At one time, it was the duty of the best man to pay for the wedding officiant and the amount must be an uneven number to bring luck to the couple.
One thing that greatly differs in the US and UK is the British tradition of female guests wearing elaborate hats for the wedding. I know many of you have seen the royal wedding in London and one of the highlights was the coverage of a variety of hats. At most American weddings, guests do not normally wear hats.
One of the most lovely wedding venues in Wales is Portmeirion, designed as an example to show how you could develop a naturally beautiful setting without spoiling it and that with sufficient skill and care, architectural good manners can actually enhance the natural environment. Walking through the village makes you think you are on the Italian coast with lush flowers, trees, walkways, gardens and much more. The day we visited this quaint village they were preparing for a civil ceremony in the Hercules Hall. Some of the wedding guests were approaching the hall just prior to the wedding ceremony. It was a perfect day for a wedding as you can see.