Marriage And Matrimony In British Culture

Dating usually starts in the teenage years before the marriage and matrimony in British Culture. Traditionally, the girls used to wait for the man to make the first move, but these day equality rules happen. The trend nowadays is to marry later. Many couples are living together first for reason such as finance.

Marriage In British Culture

In the United Kingdom, people who are aged 16 or 17 cannot marry if they do not have parental consent. Over half of the weddings in the UK take place in local register offices and the rest are religious ceremonies or others.

marriage and matrimony in British Culture

Before the Wedding

Marriage in British culture is usually initiated by a proposal of marriage. The man traditionally proposes to the woman with an engagement ring and he formalized asking “Will you marry me?”. In the United Kingdom, the engagement ring is worn by the woman on the third finger of the left hand or ring finger.

Once a wedding date has been set, the bans of marriage are announced. For couples who are getting married in a church, the proposed wedding is read aloud in the church three Sundays before the wedding. The purpose of banns basically it is to prevent marriages that are legally invalid.

The Wedding Ceremony Day

It is unlucky for the groom to see the bride on the wedding day before the service. The tradition in British culture of a bride usually is wearing a white wedding dress to symbolize purity and the groom wears a suit with top hat and tails.

The bride may be attended by bridesmaids and pageboys. Then the bride and the groom say their vow, give each other rings and sign a wedding register. Afterward, guests file out to throw flower petals, confetti, and birdseed over the newly married couple for good luck.

The bride stands with her back to all the guests and throws her bouquet over her head to them. Whoever catches the bouquet is the next person to get married.

marriage and matrimony in British Culture

Wedding Reception

After the wedding ceremony, guests are invited to attend a reception. Guests leave presents for them on a table in the room. During the reception, it is traditional for Brides Father and the Groom to give a speech.

Any dancing is commonly started by the bride and groom or an arranged dance between the bride and her father is also traditional. Sometimes the groom will cut in half through the dance, symbolizing the bride leaving her father and joining her new husband.

Wedding Cake

It is traditional at the wedding to have a special wedding cake at the reception. Traditionally this is a fruitcake. Often there are a couple of little figures on top of the cake. The couple has to cut the cake together which symbolizes them working together during their marriage.

The Honeymoon

It is usual for the bride and groom to go away on holiday together after the wedding. This is called the honeymoon. On arriving back home from honeymoon, it is traditional for the husband to carry his wife into their new home. This is called carrying the bride over the threshold.


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