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LOWER INTERMEDIATE - UNIT 1A - READING 1 (page 2)

AUSTRALIAN WEDDINGS

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In Australia most people get married in a church. The bride wears a long white dress and carries flowers. The groom wears a black suit, a white shirt and a black bowtie. The bride often has three or four bridesmaids. Sometimes she has a flower girl. The groom has three or four groomsmen.

At the beginning of the ceremony all of the friends and relatives sit in the church. The groom and groomsmen stand at the front. The music starts and the flower girl walks in from the back of the church. Then the bride walks in with her father followed by the bridesmaids. When they get to the front the father sits with the guests and the bridesmaids and flowergirl stand to the side next to the bride. The bride and groom are together in the middle.

After the ceremony the photographer takes lots of photos. A few hours later there is a reception. A reception is usually a formal dinner followed by music and dancing. Some people make speeches.

The reception ends a few hours later when the bride and groom leave to go on their honeymoon.

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