The UK is home to some of the most beautiful and traditional wedding venues in the world. From the historic castles of Scotland to the stunning country homes of England, there is something for everyone. But what about the wedding ceremony itself? Here is a breakdown of what you can expect if you are getting married in the UK.
The procession is one of the most important parts of the wedding ceremony. This is when the bride and groom make their way down the aisle to take their vows. The groom usually goes first, followed by the best man, then the groomsmen. The bride then walks down with her father or another family member. The maid of honor and bridesmaids follow behind.
After the procession, the officiant will ask if there is anyone who objects to the marriage. If there is no objection, the vows will be exchanged. The bride and groom will each say “I do” and exchange rings. The officiant will then pronounce them husband and wife.
After the vows have been exchanged, the couple will share their first kiss as a married couple. This is usually a very emotional moment for both of them.
After the kiss, the couple will walk back up the aisle together, followed by the bridal party. This is typically done to upbeat music to get everyone in a celebratory mood.
Gifts and Speeches
Once the ceremony is over, it’s time for the reception. This is usually where the couple will receive gifts from their guests and give speeches. The speeches are typically given by the best man, the maid of honor, and the parents of the bride and groom.
The First Dance
As the reception winds down, the DJ or band will play a slow song for the couples’ first dance together as husband and wife. This is usually a very romantic moment for them.
The Bouquet Toss
Near the end of the reception, the bride will toss her bouquet into a group of single ladies. Whoever catches it is said to be the next one who will get married.
The Garter Toss
The garter toss is similar to the bouquet toss, but it’s done with the groom’s garter. The single men will try to catch it and whoever does is said to be the next one who will get married.
The Cake Cutting
The cake cutting is usually one of the last events of the reception. The couple will cut a piece of their wedding cake and feed it to each other. This is typically a very sweet moment for them.
After the cake has been cut, the couple will make their final exit from the reception. They will usually be showered with confetti or rice as they leave. This is a very happy moment for them as they start their new life together.
Now that you know the different parts of a UK wedding ceremony, you can start planning your own. Be sure to work with a reputable wedding planner to make sure that everything goes off without a hitch.