Harry’s wedding is just around the corner. Yesterday The Sun estimated that the wedding would cost about £32 million (£ : ¥ =1:1.86). Royal weddings are so expensive that they might even shake up the British economy.
The Royal wedding will be held on May 19th Saturday at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry’s fiancé Meghan Markle was an American actress. She was born in LA, California, and graduated from Northwestern University in 2003. The two met in 2016 through introduction by a mutual friend. According to Prince Harry, he knew she was the one “the very first time we met”.
Today New Chapters would like to talk about “weddings” with you. Nowadays, we use many Western wedding traditions in Chinese weddings, such as wearing a white gown, or exchanging rings during the ceremony, etc. so, what are some other authentic elements of a traditional British wedding?
The custom of a bride wearing a white wedding dress was to symbolise purity, not virginity, in the Victorian era. Within the “white wedding” tradition, a white dress and veil are not considered appropriate in the second or subsequent wedding of a widow or divorcee.
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”
It is believed in English tradition that the bride must wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” on the wedding day for good luck. In the last Royal wedding, Kate Middleton’s gown had lace appointments (the “old”), diamond earrings given by her parents (the “new”), the Queen’s tiara (the “borrowed”), and a blue ribbon sewn into the bodice (the “blue”)
The Wedding Service
The Big Entrance
The Bride traditionally enters on the left-hand arm of her father, ahead of the bridesmaids. In recent times bridesmaids often enter first to build excitement for the entrance of the bride.
The Bride then positions herself to the left of the groom at the altar. This is so that his right arm is free to access his sword should he need to fight off advancing suitors or protect his bride! Before this big entrance, the groom does not see his bride on the wedding day.
In a church service, the usual order of service is as follows:
Entrance of the Bride / Welcome and Introduction by the celebrant / Hymn / Readings (a meaningful poem, psalm, exert, etc. that you choose someone to read at your wedding) / Sermon / Exchange of Marriage Vows / Prayers / Hymn / The Signing of the Register / The Final Blessing / Exit.
In church, guests sit accordingly in the church: brides’ guests and families to the left and grooms’ guests and families to the right.
After the ceremony, The Bride and Groom exit first, followed by Bridesmaids and Pageboys, the Best Man and Chief Bridesmaid, the Mother of the Bride and the Groom’s father, and the Mother of the groom with the Bride’s father.
After the wedding service
Wedding Reception/Wedding Breakfast
A wedding is often followed or accompanied by a wedding reception or as the English call it the, ‘Wedding Breakfast’, at which an elaborate wedding cake will be served. It is called a breakfast but not really breakfast: it refers to the first meal after the wedding. It is important as it is the first time the newly married bride and groom share a meal together as a lawfully wedded couple. The modern Wedding Breakfast includes the service of food to guests that can range from traditional roasts, buffets, or regional treats such as in the case of a Cornish wedding.
Western traditions include toasting the couple, which traditionally happens at the end of the meal, meaning that those making toasts have an anxious wait until the whole meal is finished.
The newly weds typically lead a first dance and cut the cake during the wedding reception. The bride may also throw her bouquet to the assembled group of all unmarried women in attendance, with folklore suggesting that the person who catches it will be the next to wed.