The Classic British Wedding Programme

British wedding traditions is that the bride stands to the right of her Father. They lead the procession, followed by the bridesmaids and pageboys.

Below is the most traditional weddings celebrated nowadays in England.

Location: In the UK people get married in a civil ceremony or a religious ceremony. The marriage must be conducted by a person or in the presence of a person authorised to register marriages in the district and the marriage must be entered in the marriage register and signed by both parties, two witnesses, and the person who conducted the ceremony.

A wedding ceremony must occur inside a building. Getting married on the lawn outside or under a tree is not a legal possibility.

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Vows: You can add so much to your vows to make them personal. However, there are two sets of phrases that must be included in order to make a wedding ceremony. You can choose to have them traditional, modern, or simplified.

Declaration: The declaration makes sure that there is no reason against your marriage. It’s the “speak now or forever hold your peace”.

“I declare that I know of no legal reason why I (…) may not be joined in marriage to (…).”

Contracting words:

As with any legal contract, there is a promise to be made. Each partner repeats these words to the other, often with the registrar prompting.

I (…), take you (…) to be my wedded wife/husband.”

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Personal touches: You can always add personal touches and can say more and add a personal touch to your wedding.

It is not a legal requirement to exchange rings, although many couples normally do. You may also want to read a pre-prepared script of vows and you must run the content by your registrar first.


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