8. Brits often pay for their bridesmaids’ dresses
There are few personal injuries greater than that of having to shell out a few hundred dollars for a bridesmaid dress you wouldn't be caught dead in any context other than a wedding.
Fortunately, if you're a bridesmaid in the UK, you won't have to — there, brides normally pay for their bridesmaids' dresses.
9. In the UK, the bride doesn’t enter the room last
If you think about the procession order for most of the weddings you've attended, you may have noticed that, in the US, the bride tends to be the last person to enter the room. In the UK, this isn't usually the case — instead, the bride precedes her bridesmaids, who will hold up her train or veil as she walks down the aisle.
10. The groom faces away from the bride
In the US, the groom faces the bride and watches as she walks down the aisle. But, in the UK, it's customary for the groom to face away from the bride and turn around only when she reaches the altar.
William and Kate stuck to this tradition when they got married back in 2011, if you were wondering.
11. Weddings in the UK are shorter
Weddings in the US tend to have a lot of different components — there are the bachelor and bachelorette parties, a bridal shower, a rehearsal dinner, and all of the random activities that people like to tack onto their weddings, often making their wedding day turn into a wedding weekend.
According to BBC America, weddings in the UK don't have quite so much going on. People have bachelor and bachelorette parties, but not much else. This ensures that a wedding lasts a day, max, rather than the drawn-out weekend wedding affair that can happen in the states.
12. The first dance happens at different times
In The US, the first dance between the newly-married couple happens when they are "announced" into the dining room at the start of dinner. In the UK, the first dance happens after the meal, when the cake has been cut.
13. British couples rarely write their own vows
One thing you might not see at a British wedding? Personalized vows. According to Inside Weddings, this is because most people hold their weddings through the Church of England, which uses the same script for every wedding.
14. British wedding cake is often fruit cake
In the US, you'll find that wedding cakes are available in pretty much any flavor, from vanilla to chocolate to pink champagne. For UK weddings? This may not be the case. According to Inside Weddings, many traditional weddings in the UK serve … fruitcake.