In Britain, people who plan to get married can choose between a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony. If the couple choose to have a church wedding, the groom arrives first and waits inside the church with the best man. The bride then arrives, with her father and several bridesmaids. The bride walks down the aisle, escorted by her father and the ceremony begins.

During the ceremony, the bride and the groom make their wedding vows. The couple then exchange rings. The wedding ring is placed on the the third finger of the left hand. After the wedding ceremony, the bride, groom and two witnesses go to a side room where they sign the wedding register. Then, guests throw flowers, confetti or rice over the married couple as they leave the church. The bride then stands with her back to the guests and throws a bouquet over her head. The tradition is that whoever catches the bouquet will be the next person to get married.

After the ceremony, there is a reception. It is traditional for the best man and the groom to make speeches and everyone drinks a toast to the couple. Dancing is usually started by the bride and the groom. When the party is over, the married couple usually go on their honeymoon.

WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS

groom, noun [C], the man who is getting married at a wedding
best man, noun [C], a friend of the man who is getting married at a wedding
bride, noun [C], the woman who is getting married at a wedding
bridesmaid, noun [C], a female attendant who helps the bride at a wedding
aisle, noun [C], a long passage between rows of seats in a church
ceremony, noun [C], an important social or religious event
vow, noun [C], a promise
confetti, noun [U], small pieces of coloured paper
bouquet, noun [C], an arrangement of flowers
reception, noun [C], a meal and party after a wedding
drink a toast, verb phrase, to raise of glass of wine to wish somebody success or happiness
honeymoon, noun [C], a holiday for a couple who have just got married

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