Royal Wedding: Yanks vs. Brits on the Ring, Dress


North Americans, Europeans Differ on Wedding Venues, Cake

The Venue

If you want to attend a wedding at sea, make friends with a European couple. When it comes to wedding venues, they're more likely to choose a cruise ship, beach, hotel or private home.

North Americans seem to like institutions ? museums, churches and historic landmarks. Oh, and theme parks.

The Cocktails

Some couples may choose to go liquor-free, but at many a wedding, many a cocktail is served.

In North America, people seem to prefer mimosas, mudslides, margaritas and dirty blue martinis. In Europe, more popular choices include gin and tonics, brambles, caiprinhas and cosmopolitans

Ways to Cut Costs

Hunch even looked at ways frugal families can save money.

In North America, top choices include skipping a wedding planner, choosing a photographer with flexible packages, DIY wedding invites and off-season wedding dates.

For Europeans, popular options are having a daytime affair, hosting the event at a relative's home and picking a day that's not Saturday.

The Theme

When it comes to giving their weddings a unique flair, North American couples are more likely to prefer the fall, whimsical ideas, color and cultural themes. In Europe, top preferences include floral, poolside, holiday and casual themes.

Wedding Songs

Wedding parties on both continents like to hit the dance floor, but in North America, recommended options include "Lucky" by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz, "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds, "At Last" by Etta James, and "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service.

In Europe, top choices are "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes, "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams, "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and "My Baby Just Cares for Me" by Nina Simone.

The Cake

The Royals will reportedly be serving fruit cake at their affair, but Hunch found that it's not a favorite pick for either geographic group.

The top cake preferences for North Americans are marzipan, white cake with buttercream frosting, chocolate raspberry and cake with red roses.

On the other hand, floral cake, lemon sponge cake, cheesecake, and pumpkin cake tend to score big with Europeans.


And what about the bride's bouquet?

In North America, the most popular results include irises, lavender, poppies, and calla lilies. But Hunch said European options are "more offbeat." They include narcissus, carnation, sunflower, and jasmine.

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