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ESL Worksheets: Wedding Collocations

Level: ESL Intermediate to Advanced
Objective: Practice collocations related to weddings
Bring in, or draw a picture of a bride and groom.  Put it up on the board so that the whole class can see it.  Ask the learners to describe the picture.  Ask learners what vocabulary comes to mind when they look at the picture.  Brainstorm for a few minutes, allowing all learners to answer. 
Then write the words “June bride” on the board.  Ask the class if they are familiar with this expression.   Allow learners to try to explain the meaning of this expression to the class.  Clarify or correct the meaning if needed. 
A June bride is a woman who is getting married in the month of June, which at one time was considered the trendiest and most stylish time of year to get married. 
The expression “June bride” is a collocation, which means it is a group of words that commonly are arranged together.  This arrangement of words has a unique meaning.  Like idioms or phrasal verbs, it is best to remember the meaning of the group of words as one, not as individual words. 
Pair work:
Have learners work in pairs and discuss the following similar collocations.
blushing bride
child bride
new bride
mail order bride
mother of the bride
Have they heard any of these collocations?  What do they think the collocations mean?  Monitor as needed.
Hand out the Wedding Collocations worksheet.  Have learners complete the worksheet in pairs.  Choose the target word that best completes each sentence. After the pairs have completed the worksheet, have them discuss meanings of the various collocations.  Take up the worksheet as a class. 
Additional Pair Work:
Write the following words on the board:
a) to-be
b) church
c) honeymoon
d) engagement
Have the learners work in pairs and brainstorm collocations for the vocabulary on the board.  Tell learners that the collocations can be related to weddings or related to other topics.  Review answers as a class.
**** Although teachers of English know most collocations, some of them may be new or unfamiliar.  Definitions have been provided for unfamiliar collocations.
child bride-bride who is quite young
gift registry -list of gifts that a bride and groom would like to receive, usually managed by a store to prevent the couple from receiving duplicate gifts
open bar-alcohol that is served at a celebration that is free to the guests
wedding crashers -people who attend a wedding celebration that they were not invited to
second honeymoon -trip taken by a couple that has been married for a long time that is romantic and similar to a newly married couple’s honeymoon
Student Worksheet: Wedding Collocations
  • gift
  • bouquet
  • bars
  • wedding
  • dinners
  • bridal
  • marriages
  • guest
  • day
  • plans

1. Second, arranged, open, perfect, same-sex, shotgun, common law, love, loveless or mixed are ways of describing the relationship.

2. The big, the special, the bride’s describe the importance of the occasion.

3. Tossing, throwing or catching the describes a wedding tradition.

4. Seating, travel or game describe the arrangements made for the reception and honeymoon.

5. wrap, registry, or certificates describe presents that are given to the new couple.

6. showers, parties, gowns, boutiques, or magazines are things or events that concern the bride.

7. Rehearsal, formal, family or sit-down describe eating arrangements.

8. list, of honour, room, or book are things that concern visitors at the wedding.

9. vows, marches, cakes, nights, rings, bells, singers or crashers are things that concern the ceremony and events.

10. at wedding receptions are either cash, or open.

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ESL Worksheet Wedding Collocations.pdf

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