wedding is a marriage ceremony which is held in church or
a registry office and also includes the party or special meal which
follows the ceremony. All of this usually happens on your wedding
are a number of other wedding compounds that are associated
with wedding day:
newlyweds had told everybody that they wanted no wedding
presents as they were emigrating to Australia.
predominant colour at Sophie's wedding was creamy white.
Her wedding dress was this colour and the icing on the
three-tier wedding cake was this colour too.
it true that in Britain you wear your wedding ring
on the third finger of your left hand?
silver wedding is celebrated after 25 years of marriage
and a golden wedding after 50 years.
you wed someone, you marry them, but wed is
not used very much nowadays as a verb as it is rather old-fashioned.
It can sound quite effective however, because it is unusual. Sometimes
it has a poetic ring to it:
got wed soon after the baby was born.
shall never wed as I like to be independent.
/ marry / get married
describes the relationship between husband and wife or the state
of being married:
enjoyed a long and happy marriage.
marriages these days do not last.
bride's parents did not approve of Victoria's marriage
you marry someone, that person becomes your husband or wife
and we use the verb marry in preference to wed normally.
even more usual than marry is get married. This use
of get with a past participle is a very common structure
in contemporary English and is used across a range of common expressions.
It has the same sort of force as reflexive verbs have in other languages.
Thus in English we would say: Don't get lost! NOT Don't
lose yourselves!Consider the following:
married the man next door / I got married tothe man next door.
didn't get dressed until two o'clock in the afternoon.
didn't bother to get washed as I knew I would be working
on the farm.
it's a big dark wood. Be careful not to get lost.
had known each other for fifteen years before we got engaged.
never get invited to Sarah's parties.
got married on 10 June, but by the beginning of the autumn
both of us knew that the marriage would not last and that sooner
or later we would have to get a divorce / get divorced.
although we can say they married and they divorced
as an alternative to they got married and they got divorced,
we cannot say: they engaged. Here, only they got engaged