An American singer about to marry her British lover has shed light on the intriguing differences between British and American marriages.
Mariel Loveland took to social media to discuss his thoughts on the culture clash between a supposedly typical British wedding and a wedding in the United States of America.
The singer, who lives in London but grew up in New Jersey, admitted there had been “a few fights” over aspects of the marriage between the two.
She told viewers about the differences with guest lists, food, and even the aspect of who pays for the drinks.
Her video begins with Mariel sitting facing the camera wearing an orange strappy crop top, saying ‘So I’m getting married in a month and I’m marrying a Brit, and oh my god I had no idea about the different weddings Britons come from American marriages.
The singer, who lives in London but grew up in New Jersey, admitted there had been ‘a few fights’ over aspects of the marriage between the couple
She went on to explain the biggest differences she noticed:
“A – a British wedding is like two separate parties. You invite your close friends and family to what is called a wedding breakfast, an early dinner.
You just sit down and have your fancy dinner, after that you have a second guest list, which would include people you are less close to like your distant cousin, co-worker, friends of your parents – they come at the evening reception.
“That’s when the DJ starts playing hits, everyone starts drinking hard stuff and things light up.”
For us Brits, this concept is very familiar – however, Americans have a whole different idea of how the guest list should work.
The singer continued, “Now at an American wedding you can’t invite someone halfway through the wedding, I don’t know what would happen if you tried.”
“But we’re serving dinner as the party rolls on, so you might have the joy of blasting yourself with club music while you try to eat your overcooked chicken – I’m not really a fan.”
Mariel went on to explain that the next big thing was ‘cash bars’ or ‘open bars’ in the UK.
Mariel went on to explain that the next big thing was ‘cash bars’ or ‘open bars’ in the UK
She adds, “People would riot (in America) if they showed up and had to pay for their drinks.”
She said: “In the UK a cash bar is normal. Our caterers didn’t even offer an open bar formula, it simply didn’t exist.
“Now I know it’s common in the central United States, but where I’m from, in the New York area, cash bars are almost unheard of and I’m so aware that alcohol is often the expense most important for a marriage.’
She adds: “Here it’s more common to get around it by not hiring a bar or bartenders, buying bulk liquor like Bottle King and people mixing their drinks like you would at a party. normal party.”
“People would riot (in America) if they showed up and had to pay for their drinks.”
She jokes: “I guess I’m just jealous that Brits can do this and their friends and family don’t talk like rubbish about it.”
Then she brings up the cocktail hour and the food served alongside it.
The video has racked up an impressive 360,000 views, 14,000 likes and over 2,000 comments
Mariel says, “I think it’s specific to the New York area. Cocktail hour at weddings I’ve been to had an absurd amount of food. It’s basically like dinner number one.
“At the same time, people are drinking massive amounts of hard liquor. At a British wedding you have welcome drinks and a normal amount of food.
Mariel took to social media to share the video on Thursday August 10 with the caption: ‘I had no idea the difference between weddings in the UK and the US, until I decided to marry a Brit.”
It has racked up an impressive 360,000 views, 14,000 likes, and over 2,000 comments.
Reviewers were confused by the cultural differences and couldn’t decide which options they preferred.
One person wrote ‘if we had a prepaid bar in the UK it would become a competition’.
While another said ‘the concept of a rehearsal the night before baffles me, like what do you need to rehearse? now that you’ve walked down the aisle twice, it’s less exciting.
Someone said ‘the concept of a rehearsal the night before baffles me, like what do you need to rehearse? now that you’ve walked down the aisle twice, it’s less exciting’
Praising American weddings, one viewer added ‘Wait what, so in America your guests get a free meal they ALSO get FREE DRINKS???? That’s crazy!! I also forgot the buffet one evening.
People were also quick to add the nuances of Scottish weddings into the equation.
One person wrote “At a Scottish wedding you must include a ceilidh at the reception”. Fun, slightly dangerous alcohol-fueled mental dance.
Another added ‘An open bar here in Scotland would literally bankrupt you! We gave people 5 drinks before and during dinner and then it’s up to them.
Mariel even made two more videos due to demand for people asking questions in the comments, talking more about cash bars, then dress codes – explaining that in America, women can wear long dresses to weddings.
Whereas in the UK you would get some funny looks if you showed up in a floor length ball gown as a wedding guest.