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Vocabulary - You're Invited to a Wedding!

This Spanish Difficult Review quiz has invited you to a wedding by asking you to use your wedding Spanish words. Have you ever been to a wedding? Weddings are celebrations of life – or more specifically – the celebration of a new life shared by two people who love each other. It is a very festive occasion that brings many people together in honor of the new couple.

Weddings have been occurring since the very beginning of time and now you will be able to celebrate weddings in two different languages! That is, after you learn some wedding vocabulary words. You have already learned the words for bride (novia) and groom (novio) so now let’s take a look at a few other words that are associated with a wedding.

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WEDDING CELEBRATION

ENGLISH SPANISH
aisle pasillo [m] (remember that the double LL sounds like a Y)
banquet banquete [m]
best man padrino [m]
bouquet ramo [m]
bridesmaid dama de honor [f] (note that this is also used for maid-of-honor)
brother-in-law cuñado [m]
confetti confeti [m]
father-in-law suegro [m]
favor favor [m]
flower girl la chica de las flores [f]
garter liga [f]
honeymoon luna de miel [f]
license licencia [f]
mother-in-law suegra [f]
reception recepción [f]
ring anillo [m]
ring bearer portador del anillo [m]
sister-in-law cuñada [f]
tissue pañuelos de papel [m]
toast brindis [m]
vow voto [m]
wedding boda [f]
wedding veil velo de novia [f]

Are you now ready to attend a wedding? Then let’s see just how well you can answer the quiz questions – WITHOUT looking back at the introduction.

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  1. She throws petals on the ground before the bride comes.
    The flower girl throws petals on the ground before the bride comes. Flower girl in Spanish is la chica de las flores.
  2. Whoever catches this is said to become the next bride.
    Tradition states that whichever young lady catches the bride’s bouquet will become the next bride. The Spanish word for bouquet is ramo.
  3. The bride and groom go on this after their wedding.
    The bride and groom go on a honeymoon after their wedding. The Spanish words for honeymoon are luna de miel.
  4. The bride walks down this on the way to meet up with her groom.
    The bride walks down the aisle on the way to meet up with her groom. The Spanish word for aisle is pasillo.
  5. The groom’s mother will become this to the bride.
    The groom’s mother will become the bride’s mother-in-law. The Spanish word for mother-in-law is suegra. Note the feminine form.
  6. The best man at the wedding usually gives this to the bride and groom before the dinner begins.
    The best man at the wedding usually gives the toast to the bride and groom before the dinner begins. The Spanish word for toast is brindis.
  7. The groom takes this off of the bride’s leg and throws it to the single men who tradition says will be the next groom.
    The groom takes the garter off of the bride’s leg and throws it to the single men. Tradition says whoever catches it will become the next groom. The Spanish word for garter is liga.
  8. Lots of happy tears are shed at weddings so you will need to have a good supply of these on hand.
    Lots of happy tears are shed at weddings so you will need to have a good supply of tissues on hand. The Spanish word for tissues is pañuelos de papel.
  9. After the wedding ceremony, everyone gathers here to celebrate, eat and dance.
    After the wedding ceremony, everyone gathers at the reception to celebrate, eat and dance. The Spanish word for reception is recepción. Note the accent mark over the 'o'.
  10. A wedding is not legal without this.
    A wedding is not legal without a license. The Spanish word for license is licencia.

Author: Christine G. Broome

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