wedding: boda, casamiento some of: algunas de most flexible: más flexibles world: mundo due to: debido a ethnic backgrounds: orígenes étnicos vary widely: varían ampliamente
Wedding traditions in the United States are some of the most flexible in the world. Due to the many religions and ethnic backgrounds, the wedding ceremonies and traditions can vary widely.
bride's: de la novia first: primer wears/to wear: lleva/llevar, usar dress: vestido veil: velo considered: considerado bad luck: mala suerte groom: novio to see: ver before: antes
Weddings in the United States can be very elaborate, especially when it is the bride's first wedding. Traditionally the bride wears a white wedding dress and veil. It is considered bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding gown before the wedding.
receive: recibir gifts: regalos to be used: para ser usados honeymoon: luna de miel weeks: semanas intended: planeado, pretendido, previsto single man: hombre soltero
It is traditional for the bride to have a bridal shower and the groom to have a bachelor party before the wedding. During the bridal shower the bride-to-be will receive gifts, usually gifts to be used on her honeymoon. A bachelor party is held for the groom in the weeks before the wedding and is intended as a “final celebration” as a single man!
include: incluir vows: votos written: escritos speak of: hablan de love: amor newlyweds: recién casados kiss: beso seal/to seal: sella/sellar their union: su unión
Wedding ceremonies may be religious or civil. The ceremony may include vows written by the bride and the groom. The vows speak of their love and promises to each other. The newlyweds kiss at the end of the ceremony to seal their union.
after: después celebrated/to celebrate: celebra/ celebrarse dance: baile husband: marido, esposo wife: mujer, esposa toasts: brindis given/to give: hacer (brindis) wishing/to wish: deseando/desear couple: pareja happiness: felicidad cut: corte cake: torta shared future: futuro compartido it is thought: se piensa to throw: tirar, lanzar backwards over her shoulder: para atrás sobre su hombro single female guests: invitadas solteras catches it/to catch: lo atrapa/atrapar supposed to be: supone que es
After the ceremony the wedding is celebrated at a reception. The newlyweds have their first dance together as husband and wife. Toasts are given by family and friends, wishing the couple happiness. The bride and the groom make the first cut in the cake together, symbolizing their shared future. It is thought of as good luck for the bride to throw her wedding bouquet backwards over her shoulder towards the single female guests. The one who catches it is supposed to be the next one married.
do not wish: no desean choose: optar por to elope: fugarse para casarse involves/to involve: implica/implicar much less: mucha menos second: segundas quickly: rápidamente justice of the peace: juez de paz may or may not invite: pueden invitar o no
Couples who do not wish to have an elaborate wedding ceremony may choose to elope. An elopement involves much less preparation and is becoming more common, especially for second weddings. The couple is quickly married at the justice of the peace. They may or may not invite a small number of friends and/or family.
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Publication information: Book title: Read and Think English. Contributors: Los Editores De La Revista Think English - OrganizationName. Publisher: McGraw-Hill. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2008. Page number: 48.
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