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bridesmaids • honor • bearer
aisle • wedding vows
  1. At the beginning of the ceremony she will walk down the with her father.
  2. The dresses that the wore were absolutely beautiful.
  3. The microphone was not very good, and we couldn't hear the .
  4. The little ring looked so cute in his tuxedo.
  5. Have you ever been a maid of ? It's a lot of responsibility.
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682 The Traditional Wedding
Rachel was recently in a large, traditional wedding. She talks a little about it.

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bridesmaids and ushers

It's a very large wedding, with thirteen bridesmaids and thirteen ushers.

The 'bridesmaids' are the women who stands next to the bride at the front of the church. They help the bride get ready for the wedding and are supportive of her at the altar. The 'ushers' are the men that lead the people watching the wedding to their seats. Notice the following:

  1. I've never been to a wedding with so many bridesmaids.
  2. The ushers will usually ask if you are related to the bride or the groom.

maid of honor

The maid of honor is supposed to be responsible for organizing many of the things in a wedding.

The 'maid of honor' is usually the best friend or the sister of the bride. She is in charge of adjusting the bride's gown and holding her flowers during the wedding. The maid of honor also usually plans parties before the wedding. Notice the following:

  1. Of course her twin sister will be her maid of honor.
  2. It was very difficult for her to pick only one maid of honor.

ring bearer

We had a maid of honor, a best man, a ring bearer and a flower girl.

A 'ring bearer' is usually a kid who brings the rings to the front of the church for the bride and groom to give each other the rings. Notice the following:

  1. Because the ring bearer was so young they didn't give him the real rings to carry to the altar.
  2. The groom's nephew was the ring bearer.

walk down the aisle

So there were quite a few of us that had to walk down the aisle.

When you 'walk down the aisle,' you walk from the back of a church to the front on a special center walkway. We can also use 'walk down the aisle' informally to mean get married. Notice the following:

  1. She's getting a bit nervous to walk down the aisle.
  2. What music will play when you walk down the aisle?

wedding vows

We decided to speak and make up our own wedding vows, so it got a little emotional.

The 'wedding vows' are the promises that the bride and groom make to each other in front of their family and friends. Notice the following:

  1. The bride started crying during the wedding vows.
  2. I think it's great when the bride and groom write their own wedding vows.