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Here are some expressions commonly used in discussing marriage and wedding matters.

Listen to bachelor party - a party for a man who is going to get married, to which only his male friends are invited
Listen to best man - the bridegroom's friend who accompanies him to the ceremony
Listen to bride - a woman who is about to be married or has recently been married
Listen to bridesmaids - the girls who traditionally accompany the bride in the church
Listen to civil ceremony - a non-religious legal marriage ceremony performed by a government official
Listen to engaged - promised to be married
Listen to engagement ring - a ring worn by a woman on her left-hand ring finger indicating her engagement to be married
Listen to fiancé - a man to whom a woman is engaged to be married
Listen to fiancée - a woman to whom a man is engaged to be married
Listen to groom - a man participant in his own marriage ceremony
Listen to hen night or hen party (in the UK) - a party for women only, usually one held for a woman before she is married
Listen to honeymoon - the holiday after the wedding
Listen to pre-wedding nerves - when you are nervous before the wedding
Listen to proposal - an offer of marriage
Listen to reception - a social function, especially one intended to provide a welcome or greeting
Listen to Registry Office - the local office for the registration of births, deaths and marriages (BD&M), and for the conducting of civil marriages
Listen to wedding bells - the traditional tune that the church bells play as the couple leave the church
Listen to wedding cake - a traditional cake with three "tiers" eaten at the end of the wedding meal
Listen to wedding dress - a gown worn by the bride at a wedding
Listen to wedding list - a list of presents that guests can choose to buy the couple
Listen to wedding vows - the promises that the bride and the groom make to each other during the ceremony; some of these vows could be to love each other
Listen to white wedding - a traditional formal wedding held in a church

Now we put new vocabulary into context, so you can see how you might use these terms yourself. The expressions are in boldface in the text.

Listen to The groom and the best man arrive at the church first and then the guests arrive.
Listen to Usually the bride´s father walks her down the aisle until they reach the priest / vicar at the altar.
Listen to The priest always asks if there are any objections to the marriage (someone can speak or forever hold their peace = never have the opportunity again to object), and at the end of the service, the couple exchange rings and are proclaimed ´´man and wife´´.
Listen to When they come out of the church, the guests often throw confetti (small pieces of coloured paper) and the photographer takes photographs.
Listen to At the end of the day, the happy couple traditionally leave on honeymoon.


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