Wedding vocabulary in English – 10 key words


As you might already know, on 19th May Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married. 

So, to make sure you’re 100% ready for the royal wedding and can watch it broadcast live in English from wherever you are in the world, here’s a handy guide to some useful wedding vocab.

Here are 10 key words that you might use when talking about a wedding in English:

1. Bride

This is the woman who is getting married. She usually wears a wedding dress, which some also call a wedding gown.

2. Groom

This is the man getting married. The groom often wears a tuxedo or a suit.

3. Maid of Honour (or Man of Honour)

The bride usually asks a friend to be her Maid of Honour (chief bridesmaid). This is the person who assists the bride in the lead up to the wedding (with the hen night or helping the bride get ready) and during the wedding ceremony. If the Maid of Honour is married, she is called a Matron of Honour.

4. Bridesmaid

The role of a bridesmaid is to help the bride before, during and after the wedding. Bridesmaids are normally either friends or relatives of the bride, and usually help to carrying the bride’s dress.

5. Flower girl

A flower girl is usually a young relative of the bride or groom, who typically walks down the aisle before the bride scattering flower petals.

6. Best man

Just like the bride has her assistants, the groom does too. The best man is a close friend or relative of the groom. He doesn’t assist so much in the planning of the wedding but he will normally organise the stag night, give the best man’s speech, and sometimes will be responsible for holding on to the rings on the wedding day.

7. Page boy

Similarly to the flower girl, a page boy is usually a young relative of the bride or groom. Traditionally, the page boys carry the bride’s dress. One of the page boys may also be a ring bearer, responsible for carrying the rings during the ceremony.

8. Wedding vows

These are traditional promises exchanged between the couple during the wedding ceremony.

9. Wedding reception

The wedding reception is a party usually held after the marriage ceremony. People celebrate with drinks, canapes and of course a slice of wedding cake!

10. Speeches and toasts

During the wedding reception, various people make speeches and toasts to the newlywed couple. These can be made by the maid of honour, the best man, close family of the could and the bride and groom themselves.


Emma was a French Language Expert at Busuu. Originally from London, U.K, Emma moved to Brighton to study Anthropology and Languages (French and Spanish) and later spent time living on the French overseas department, La Réunion. In her spare time she loves travel and culture, crochet, cooking and singing!



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