I am a big fan of TV programmes like ‘Four weddings’ and ‘Don’t tell the bride’ and recently have been watching the US versions. I have to say that I much prefer the British weddings. Us Brits are great at organising celebrations and partying. The Queen’s jubilee is almost upon us and this made me think about what makes a typical British wedding. Obviously there are all the usual traditions that we all adhere to but what do you think of when you think of a typical British wedding?

To me a traditional British wedding involves a ceremony either in a church, registry office or other venue. For me it has to be a church but obviously not everyone is religious. The day time celebrations start with a sit down meal followed by speeches and the cutting of the cake. In the evening there is a big party with lots of food and drink. Toasts involving champagne are made, the bouquet is thrown and there is a first dance. We all know about the traditional format but I want to look at the style of the ideal British wedding.

For me an ideal British wedding would involve a castle or a stately home as a venue, especially for a winter wedding. We are very lucky in the UK in that our green pastures are littered with historical buildings which make stunning backdrops for any wedding. A traditional British roast dinner would be the main course of choice – it conjures up values of sitting around the table with the family to celebrate and everyone loves a good old roast. Flowers would also be a must. We live in a country that is full of woodlands and hedgerows and the English rose is an excellent choice for weddings as it is not only beautiful but it symbolises love. Alcohol is also a very important part of British weddings – we do love our beer!! The bride of course also has to look like a princess.

When I think about the ideal British summer wedding my first thoughts are of sunny days and warm evenings underneath the stars. Imagine a marquee adorned with beautiful pink and cream roses and twinkling fairy lights. Inside the tables will have beautiful centre pieces again full of flowers. For food for the day I’m thinking traditional English high tea – triangle cut sandwiches and scrummy cakes – think Victoria sponges with strawberries and cream and beautiful cupcakes. These would all be served on beautiful china cake stands along with glasses of pimms and cups of tea in china cups and saucers. Vintage style decor such as birdcages or suitcases full of flowers would also fit the theme perfectly.

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There would be bunting hung around the marquee as well and favours would be pots of homemade jam or local honey. I’m thinking traditional British summer fetes with a touch of Alice in Wonderland meeting in the middle with a Midsummer night’s dream. There would also be a traditional ice cream cart and traditional fayre style games ( to keep the children happy ). In the evening a hog roast would be served and there would be lots of dancing and drinking. This would all be in the grounds of a stunning stately home or in a gorgeous meadow with a stream running by. The perfect British summer country garden wedding!!

Many people are holding street parties for the jubilee and there is no reason why you can’t incorporate this theme into your wedding. With all of the above but have a red, white and blue theme. A white bridal gown, blue bridesmaids and a red white and blue colour scheme for chair covers, cakes, bunting etc. The bride could even wear a crown tiara and sit on a throne if you wanted to go all out!!

Many companies are offering jubilee and British themed items for weddings. You could start by inviting your guests with this gorgeous invitation from http://www.handmadebyella.co.uk/

You can then hang Union Jack bunting like these fabulous designs from http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Betty-bunting/158457000946753

The Whistling bunting travelling tea party http://www.thewhistlingbunting.co.uk/ can then provide you with cups and saucers, cake stands and games to turn your British themed wedding dreams into a reality.

Then to finish with a modern twist on a traditional theme why not try these amazing cakes pops from Dixi Pops. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/DixiPops/159333627489073

So these are my ideas for the perfect British wedding and some ideas for a jubilee theme but what would be your idea of a British wedding? These are the thoughts of some others:

Laura thinks that flowers are the key and Hayley agrees but also thinks there should be champagne, pure white crockery, fancy cutlery and a sunny day. Charlotte also loves the idea of an English country garden theme with afternoon tea, horse shoes and a colour scheme of red, white and blue.

Sparkle events http://www.sparkles-events.com had this to say:

'A Diamond Jubilee wedding sounds lots of fun. We have been doing lots of Jubilee inspired events and activities recently, so have got red, white and blue fever!
I think it would have to be a right royal knees up, with lots of red white and blue bunting, drinks served in cups and saucers, Victoria sponge cake wedding cake (perhaps with white, blue and red tiers). The Bride would have to wear a beautiful crown, but bowler hats for the gents!'

So what would be your ideal British themed wedding? Did you have or are you having a British themed wedding? I'd love to hear from you.

Special thanks to the companies above who allowed their photos to be used for this blog. It is much appreciated.