english wedding vocabulary

Use English wedding vocabulary like a pro!

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!

wedding vocabulary

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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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.)


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.


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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

10 thoughts on “Use English wedding vocabulary like a pro!

  1. Hi Nicki,thanks a lot for your english widding article.I have known the traditional widding in yor country,and i have learned many new words.

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Amani! It’s great to hear that this wedding vocabulary is useful for you 🙂

  2. Hello, Thank You for interesting story about English wedding, English idioms, for example, ‘she had a hen do’. I learned many new words and traditions.

    1. That’s fantastic to hear Nataliia! I’m really glad that you picked up so much new vocabulary 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to comment, it’s much appreciated!

  3. I like the post very much. I learn a lot of new vocab. Thanks a lot.

    1. Ah, I’m so pleased that this post was useful for you Kimmy! Thank you very much for taking the time to comment 🙂

  4. Hi, Nicki! It’s pretty similar here (I live in Argentina) , except for two things, in proposal anybody get down on his knees, and at this moment, engagement is quite an old fashioned thing
    Another difference, guests throw rice instead of confetti. As far as I know , this rice thing is about wishing good fortune , represented by food. In my opinion ,it’s not very clever to spoil food in any context
    Hope my English is not so bad, I’m a little rusty haha

    1. Haha! Why would anybody ever waste food?! 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment Gaby. It’s really interesting to hear that Argentina is not that different to England in that way. Oh, and your English is still very easy to understand, even though you haven’t used it for a while (a little rusty is a great phrase!).

    1. How lovely to hear from you again Hatice! I’m glad you like the post. I agree that vocabulary in context is always the best way to learn!

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