Whether you have or haven’t been to an English wedding yet, here is all the wedding vocabulary you will ever need to describe one!
Read the short story below and think about these questions:
- Does Lucy and Toby’s wedding sound nice to you?
- What would you do differently to them?
Lucy and Toby met at school so they are childhood sweethearts really. After university, once they both had jobs, Toby got down on one knee and proposed to Lucy in their favourite park. Lucy said yes immediately of course and they started planning their wedding. They were only engaged for about 3 months before they got married. In that time, Lucy had a hen do with her best friends, where they went out dancing in Brighton and Toby had a stag do with his friends, which involved a casino and a lot of beer!
On the morning of the big day, Lucy’s bridesmaids helped her get ready whilst Toby waited nervously at the alter with his best man. The guests sat in the church waiting for Lucy too.
Lucy wanted a traditional wedding so her Father walked her down the aisle to where the groom was waiting. Toby thought his bride looked beautiful in her white dress and veil.
They had a short service and sang a few hymns and then they left the church and all the guests cheered and threw confetti!
After that, they celebrated in a beautiful garden with a buffet dinner and drinks for the guests. The photographer took lots of pictures of everyone and Lucy threw the bouquet for the girls to catch! People say whichever girl catches the bouquet will be the next to marry!
There was a swing dance band for everyone to dance to and a traditional wedding cake. The party finished about midnight and the next day Lucy and Toby set off for their honeymoon in the Maldives.
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ENGLISH WEDDING VOCABULARY
Have a look at the underlined wedding vocabulary in the story. You should be able to work out the meanings from the context. If not, you can use your dictionary or check the meanings below. Write any useful vocabulary in your notebook. (Check out this article on the best way to record your vocabulary.)
NOW TEST YOUR WEDDING VOCABULARY
Can you remember all the wedding vocabulary from the story? Use the first letters and the clues to help you complete this list:
c______________ s______________ (been in love since school)
g______________ d______________ o______________ o______________ k______________ (the traditional way to ask somebody to marry you)
p______________ (ask somebody to marry you)
be e______________ (the period before you get married)
h______________ do (the bride’s party)
s______________ do (the groom’s party)
b______________ (helps the bride on her wedding day)
a______________ (at the front of the church)
b______________ man (helps the groom on the wedding day)
w______________ sb d______________ the a______________ (usually done by the father)
h______________ (songs sang in church)
c______________ (the guests throw this)
b______________ (the flowers the bride holds)
h______________ (the holiday for the bride and groom)
So (going back to my original questions) what did you think of Lucy and Toby’s wedding? Is this format similar to weddings in your country or completely different? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.