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The US wedding traditions we're embracing

US wedding traditions we're embracing | CHWV

When it comes to the modern day wedding and its stunning décor, spot-on style, and relaxed feel, we’ve got a lot to thank the US wedding industry for. Discover which trends have made it across the pond to the UK in today’s blog…

If you’re planning a laid-back, rustic affair with a sociable feast, it’s likely you’ve been influenced by a number of popular US traditions. From the sedate pre-wedding hen party to fancy big day décor – will you be embracing the hottest US trends?

Chic bridal showers

Gone are the days when all brides-to-be went out drinking and dancing to celebrate their hen do. Today’s hens are enjoying a whole range of more chic and elegant celebrations, much like the more sedate American bridal shower.
 

The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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Epic wedding weekends

Why cut your celebrations short, after just a few hours, when you could celebrate for an entire weekend? With many weddings across the pond being two or three-day affairs, often due to the fact that many guests tend to travel quite far, more and more UK couples are beginning to embrace this trend too. Some couples will have a dinner rehearsal the night before, as well as a family breakfast and celebratory barbecue the day after – hiring their wedding venue for a three-day weekend.

Show-stopping décor

With a huge number of inspirational wedding blogs hosted from the USA, it’s no surprise that we’ve all been pinning and adapting US wedding style in our British weddings. From quirky backdrops to stunning six tier cakes, if there’s one thing the Americans do well it’s weddings!
 

The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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A huge bridal party

Not so long ago, a bridal party larger than three or four would have looked a little out of place. Now it’s not uncommon to find brides selecting not just three, but six of their BFFs to join them on their special day. The Americans have always been fans of the big fat wedding with at least five maids.
 

The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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Perfectly personalised celebrations

One thing we’ve learnt from our friends over the pond is that it’s OK to be individual. In fact, more than that, US weddings have promoted what a good idea it is to embrace your individuality on your special day. From unconventional wedding attire, to a unique Instagram hashtag, and even personalised cocktails!
 

The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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The dessert buffet

Us Brits love our puddings and pies so it’s quite surprising we didn’t come up with this one on our own. However, with modern day weddings it’s rare not to see a dessert table or sweetie buffet specially set up for guests to feast on come evening.
 

The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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Street food trucks

A sit-down formal affair was always key to a British wedding – until the American trend of more informal, sociable dining hit the scene. First it was the hog roast, and more recently it’s street food trucks. Serving up everything from pizza to burgers and even cotton candy, couples now have complete control over their wedding menu.
 

The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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Laid-back affairs

We’re all familiar with those snaps of American couples feeding each other cake, or even comically squashing it in each other’s faces. While us Brits used to be more reserved, simply sticking to cutting it and smiling for the cameras, we’re now beginning to join in with the fun and embracing a more light-hearted day. Just like in the US, wedding speeches too are becoming less regimented, the bridesmaids sometimes walk down the aisle before the bride, and some couples are even embracing the first look – opting for a more relaxed affair and a break from tradition.
 

The US wedding traditions we're embracing

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