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Engagements and weddings

bachelor party

noun

a stag night

banns

noun

an official announcement in church that two people intend to get married

best man

noun

the male friend who helps a bridegroom at his wedding

betrothal

noun

an old word meaning ‘engagement’ to get married

betrothed

noun

an old word meaning ‘the person you are engaged to’

bottom drawer

noun

things for the house that a woman collects before she gets married

bridal

adjective

relating to a bride (=a woman getting married) or a wedding

bridal party

noun

people at a wedding who arrive or sit with the bride, for example her parents and bridesmaids

bridal shower

noun

a party for a woman who will soon be getting married, at which she receives presents

bride

noun

a woman who is getting married, or who has recently married

bridegroom

noun

a man who is getting married, or who has recently married. The bridegroom is often simply called the groom.

bridesmaid

noun

a girl or young woman who helps a bride before and during her wedding

bride-to-be

noun

a woman who is going to be married

bridezilla

noun

a woman who is planning her own wedding in such a thorough and enthusiastic way that her behaviour seems extreme and unreasonable to other people

buck’s party

noun

a stag night

civil marriage

noun

a marriage performed by a state official, not a religious official

civil union

noun

a ceremony similar to a wedding for two people who are of the same sex

commitment ceremony

noun

a ceremony similar to a wedding for two people who are of the same sex or for two people who choose not to marry each other

confetti

noun

small pieces of coloured paper that people throw in the air to celebrate a wedding

dowry

noun

money and property that, in some cultures, a woman’s family gives to her husband when they get married

engaged

adjective

if two people are engaged, they have formally agreed to get married

engagement

noun

a formal agreement to get married

engagement

noun

the period during which two people are engaged to be married

engagement ring

noun

a ring that a man gives to a woman when they become engaged

fiancé

noun

your fiancé is the man you are engaged to and are going to get married to

fiancée

noun

your fiancée is the woman you are engaged to and are going to get married to

flower girl

noun

a young girl who carries flowers in a wedding ceremony

future

adjective

used about a family relationship after you get married

give away

if a man gives a woman away on her wedding day, he leads her towards the man she is going to marry

Gretna Green

a village in Scotland near the English border where people went in the past to get married when they were not allowed to marry in England

groom

noun

a bridegroom

hen night

noun

a celebration for a woman who is about to get married, in which only her women friends take part

honeymoon

noun

a holiday that two people take after they get married

honeymoon

verb

to go on a honeymoon

lobola

among some South African peoples, a payment given to a woman’s father in return for permission to marry her

maid of honour

noun

a woman who is not married and is the main bridesmaid at a wedding, helping the woman getting married

mail-order bride

noun

a woman brought from another country to be married, usually in return for a payment to a company that makes such arrangements

marriage

noun

a wedding 1

marriage certificate

noun

an official document stating that two people are married

marriage licence

noun

an official document that two people need in order to marry

marriage vows

noun

the promises that two people make to each other during their wedding ceremony

marry

verb

to perform the ceremony in which two people are formally joined in marriage

marry

verb

to persuade or force someone to be formally joined in marriage to someone else

marry off

to find a husband or wife for someone

matron of honour

noun

a married woman who has special responsibilities to help a bride at her wedding

newlyweds

noun

a man and a woman who have not been married to each other for very long

nuptial

adjective

concerning marriages or weddings

nuptials

noun

a wedding ceremony

page

noun

a small boy who walks with a bride and helps her at her wedding ceremony

pageboy

noun

a boy involved in a formal ceremony, especially a boy who walks with the bride at a wedding

phulkari

noun

a decorated cloth used on special occasions, especially weddings

proposal

noun

a request to someone to get married to you

propose

verb

to ask someone to get married to you

red packet

noun

a present of money inside a red envelope given to your younger relatives who are not married at Chinese New Year or at a Chinese wedding

register office

noun

a place in the UK where births, deaths, and marriages are officially recorded and where you can get married without a religious ceremony

registry office

noun

a name that some people use for a register office

shotgun wedding

noun

a wedding that happens suddenly, because the woman is pregnant

shower

noun

a party arranged for a woman by her friends, in which they give her presents because she will soon have a baby or get married

special licence

noun

a document allowing two people to get married in a place or at a time that is not usually allowed

stag night

noun

an occasion when a group of men celebrate together because one of them is soon to be married

trousseau

noun

clothes and other possessions that a woman collected in the past for when she got married

union

noun

the process of getting married, or the state of being married

vows

noun

a set of promises that people make to each other, for example during a wedding ceremony

wedding

noun

a ceremony in which two people get married

wedding

noun

relating to a wedding

wedding bells

noun

bells that are rung to celebrate a wedding at a church

wedding breakfast

noun

a special meal to which the guests are invited after a wedding

wedding dress

noun

a special dress, often a long white one, worn by a woman at her wedding

wedding march

noun

a piece of music traditionally played when a woman arrives at her wedding or when she and her husband leave after it

white wedding

noun

a wedding at which the woman who is getting married wears a white dress

witness

noun

someone who is with you when you get married and who signs the official document that you sign

elopement

noun

honeymooner

noun

be betrothed to someone

an old phrase meaning ‘to be engaged to be married to someone’

carry someone over the threshold

to carry the woman who you have just married through the door of your home

hear wedding bells

to think that someone will soon get married

name the day

to decide on a date for your wedding and tell people about it

pop the question

to ask someone to marry you

pronounce someone man/husband and wife

to state as an official legal fact that two people are married

a/the big day

a very important day, especially the day arranged for your wedding

plight/pledge your troth

an old phrase meaning ‘to promise to get married to someone’

someone’s hand in marriage

permission to marry a particular woman

someone’s intended

the person who someone plans to marry

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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