Marriage and Wedding
It all starts with a proposal. Traditionally the man goes down on one knee (quỳ gối ) to pop the question (cầu hôn).
If he receives a "yes", the couple are engaged (đính hôn). It is customary for the man to buy his fiancee (vị hôn thê) an engagement ring (nhẫn đính hôn), most commonly a diamond ring. Engagements can last for years, and if neither of the couple breaks off the engagement (bỏ qua lễ đính hôn), the next step is marriage (đám cưới).
Planning the wedding
Most weddings in the UK take the form of either a civil ceremony (lễ nghi dân sự) (conducted at the Registry Office : phòng đăng ký) or a traditional white wedding (đám cưới trắng), held in a churh (nhà thờ). (There are other ceremonies for different religions.) If the couple chooses a church service, the planning can become quite complex. The church must be booked, the service has to be chosen, flowers arranged and so on.
Other arrangements (for both traditional and civil) are to draw up a guest list (lên danh sách khách mời), send out invitations,book a wedding venue (địa điểm tổ chức đám cưới) (for after the ceremony), hoose bridesmaids (phù dâu) (the girls who traditionally accompany the bride in the church) and the groomsman (phù rể) (the bridegroom's friend who accompanies him to the ceremony), buy the wedding dress (váy cưới) , arrange a honeymoon (tuần trăng mật), compile a wedding list (danh sách quà tặng) (a list of presents that guests can choose to buy the couple) and of course, to select the wedding ring(s) (nhẫn cưới).
The big day
The groom and best man arrive at the church first, and then the guests arrive. Last to arrive is the bride, normally dressed in a long white wedding dress with a train (đuôi váy cưới) (material from the dress that covers the floor behind her), her face covered in a veil (khăn che mặt), carrying a bouquet of flowers, and accompanied by a couple of bridesmaids in matching dresses.
Usually the bride's father walks her down the aisle (lối đi giữa / cánh trong nhà thờ) until they reach the priest (cha xứ)(vicar at the altar). The church organ plays the Wedding March (Hành khúc đám cưới), and the guests rise to their feet to watch the procession. Once they reach the altar, the bride stands with the groom, and the service begins. The service lasts for about half an hour, and contains readings (trích dẫn kinh thánh) (extracts from the Bible) and a couple of hymns (bài thánh ca) (religious songs).
The priest always asks if there are any objections to the marriage (phản đối đám cưới) (someone can speak or forever hold their peace = never have the opportunity again to object), and at the end of the service, the couple exchange rings (trao nhẫn) and are proclaimed "man and wife" (được công nhận là vợ chồng). At that point, the groom is allowed to kiss his wife. The guests leave and the couple then sign the marriage register (ký vào bản đăng ký kết hôn). When they come out of the church, the guests often throw confetti (hoa giấy) (small pieces of coloured paper), and the photographer takes various formal photographs.
Next in the big day the reception,
which is often a formal lunch in a hotel. After lunch there are various speeches (bài phát biểu) . The bride's father normally gives a speech, then the best man gives a speech (which is often a funny speech designed to embarrass the groom), and the bridegroom and / or the bride give a short speech to thank their guests.
Some couples also arrange an evening reception, and hire a disco or band to play music for their friends.
At the end of the day, the happy couple traditionally leave on honeymoon.
Other wedding vocabulary
Pre-wedding nerves: lo lắng / hồi hộp trước đám cưới
Wedding vows : Lời thề nguyện trăm năm (the promises that the bride and groom make to each other during the ceremony. Some of these vows could be to love each other "until death do us part" - and to love "for richer or poorer, for better or worse, in sickness and in good health".)
Maid of honor: người làm chứng cho đám cưới (female friend or relative who acts as a witness at the wedding)
Best man: người làm chứng cho đám cưới (male friend or relative who acts as a witness at the wedding)
Flower girl: những người cầm hoa đi phía sau cô dâu chú rể
we are our perfect two.... ILU
Ring bearer: người cầm nhẫn cưới (a boy at a wedding that holds the wedding rings)
Newly wedded: Vợ chồng mới cưới
Reception : Buổi tiệc sau đám cưới
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