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Join Amandeep as she meets a young couple on their wedding day. Find out how people get married in the UK and watch as they get ready to tie the knot!  

Watch the video and do the Tasks. Then watch the video again and check your answers. If you need help, you can read the Transcript at any time.

Preparation

Think about the following questions:

  • How do people celebrate marriage in your culture?
  • What do you think makes for a lasting relationship?

Amandeep’s been invited to a wedding – and so have you!

Transcripts

Amandeep: The sound of bells in an English churchyard. The bells signal a very special event for one couple because today is their wedding day. Stevie and Bobby are engaged and are allowing Word on the Street to follow them on their special day when they become man and wife. The day starts very early in the morning for the bride, Stevie, and bridesmaids help her with the preparations. I spoke to Stevie as she was getting ready.

How are you feeling?

Stevie: Feeling… a little bit nervous but very excited.

Amandeep: And what have you got left to do?

Stevie: Just having my hair done now, then put on my dress after.

Across town at Bobby’s house, there is lots of food to prepare and Bobby’s also getting ready.

Bobby: Nice to meet you.

Amandeep: So it’s your big day today?

Bobby: It is.

Amandeep: Fantastic. Is this the main suit?

Bobby: It is. This is it.

Amandeep: Brilliant. Just check it fits all OK, it’s ironed well…

Bobby: Yep.

Amandeep: It looks good.

Bobby and Stevie are having a traditional Christian wedding in a church. But today in Britain there are many different marriage ceremonies, depending on the religion or beliefs of the couple.

A civil ceremony is a non-religious legal marriage that takes place somewhere other than a place of worship. Same-sex couples can also get married in Britain.

To understand more about today’s ceremony, I met the vicar who’s going to be leading it.

Amandeep: What are the origins of this marriage ceremony?

Rev. Chris Shipley: This marriage ceremony goes back first to the Reformation in the 16th century and then further back in time and it is a standard Christian wedding with Christian vows made in the name of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amandeep: And what’s your advice for a long and successful marriage?

Chris: A good deal of tolerance, a willingness to ask for help and a sense of humour.

Amandeep: The groom arrives first, and waits for his bride. The atmosphere at a wedding is a mixture of pride, joy and celebration. There may be a few tears, too – of happiness.

The bride arrives in a horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by her father. And now the ceremony can begin.

Chris: Bobby and Stevie have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.

Amandeep: With those important words and the signing of the official register, Bobby and Stevie are now legally husband and wife. After some photographs to record the big day, everybody will go to a local hall for dinner and a big party called the reception. So a big congratulations to the newly married couple from Word on the Street!

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Language level

Intermediate: B1

Comments

Hello
A good deal of tolerance :what is deal here means

The civil ceremony is the real wedding.
All the others like traditions, religious ceremonies, etc... are not part of the official wedding.

nice video, in my Country Peru the most of the wedding ceremonies are Christian, some people take it as tradition others with the properly meaning, there are many couples also live together without any wedding ceremonies some of them later make a civil or religious ceremonial.

Hello there! interesting video but I have a question: what's the difference between wife and bride?

Hello Frederica911,

Bride is the word we use to describe the woman who is getting married at a wedding ceremony. Wife is the word for a woman who is married.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

In France, it's nearly similar to celebrate marriage : civil wedding and christian wedding most of time, but there's a lot of religions too. I don't know their customs.
Tolerance, complicity, good health and a lot of children make for a lasting relationship.

Hello everybody,
Amandeep calls Bobby at fisrt "man" and then "groom". What's the difference?
Thanks a lot in advance for your answer. Your site is great! Bye!

Hello Iellablu,

'man and wife' is part of what is said in many wedding ceremonies ('... I now pronounce you man and wife ...') and so that's why Amandeep says it in that context. Otherwise, 'man', of course, has many, many meanings – one of which is specific to marriage or sexual relationships – and 'groom' has a much more specific one in this context (follow the links).

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, could anybody help me? I'd like to understand correctly the sentence: 'After some photographs to record the big day, everybody will go to...'.
The meaning of this sentence is clear to me, but not grammatical construcion. Why there is used infinitive form 'to record'?

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