Traditionally, the night before the wedding was the stag night. Thankfully, thatís stopped. I donít think Iíd have enjoyed being hung over on my wedding day.
The rector/vicar/priest will want a rehearsal, preferably with bridesmaids, parents, bride and groom some time before the wedding (but not necessarily the evening before). So far as Iím aware there is no great tradition for anything.
Bride and Groom need to be reminded what they are doing, where they will be standing, and where they will go to sign the Register. My parents and I had a meal with my then prospective in-laws.
All marriages must be registered, they arenít legal until that happens and the signing of the register represents (I think) the only way anyone can legally change their name without using Deed Poll.
The reception description in After Breakfast was fairly typical, not particularly fancy. The format for the day is pretty standard.
Reception (including the Wedding Breakfast)
Fights, in my experience are optional and only occur when some of the males in the wedding party are in full dress kilts. (I apologise to all Scots for the sleight, but Iím speaking from experience).