Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Organizing a wedding abroad

After reading pages 23 and 24 from your textbook, write a brief composition about your own wedding experience, either if you have been married abroad or not. Comment if you actually needed all the documents detailed in your book, the places you visited during your honeymoon, the restaurant or catering services hired for the event, etc.
Use the "comments" option to do this activity.
Remember to use your Google Account identification in order to take part in our "Redes Project". If you don't wish to do it so, you could sign as anonymous.
You could get and practice more vocabulary about wedding in the following external links:

Bilingual & learning ESL purposes


http://www.foreverwed.com/grooms/Groom%27s%20Wedding%20Vocabulary%20Guide.htm (for Natives)


Some reading


  1. Do you want us to take part in this blog? Can we add here our compositions to be corrected?
    Please answer soon
    Thank you
    A tourism student

  2. I think yes, we have to add here the compositions, but if you want to be part of the redes project, you must join in (in "join this site"). For this project, we must wait for a definitive answer, that will be available in the forums.

  3. Hi Gisela,
    We must say "I think so" or "I don't think so".
    And thank you for having joined our Redes project.

  4. Hi María...This is my work. I hope you like it.


    If you dream of getting married overlooking the enchanting savannah plains, or perhaps on the bewitching coast with white-sand beaches and turquoise seas, a wedding in Kenya is truly romantic.
    Sanz offers weddings in Kenya in the following exciting locations:
    • Tie the knot in the magnificent Masai Mara among majestic wildlife at an exclusive luxury camp.
    • Go barefoot on the beaches of Mombasa and enjoy a relaxed wedding with warm temperatures and blue waters.
    We offer the following packages:
    • Zanzibar- Romantic Getaway, Exotic Wedding 2, Classic Wedding and Escape Wedding Packages.
    • Mombasa- Standard, Bronze and Gold Wedding Packages.
    • Massai Mara- Wedding Package and Governor’s Wedding Package.
    The Big Massai Boss Hotel in Mombasa offers a Standard Wedding Plan form 900 € per couple that includes:
    • All inclusive 5 days accommodation in a suite.
    • Registration fees
    • 30-minute massages for bride and groom
    • Manicure and pedicure for bride
    • Decorated beach venue
    • Bouquet and buttonhole
    • Massai warrior escort
    • Cocktail for guests
    • Sparkling wine for bride and groom
    • Cake
    All weddings in Kenya include:
    • Assistance from your wedding coordinator
    • Witnesses if required
    • Decorated wedding setting
    • Celebrant fees
    • Marriage license and certificate
    Legal requirements:
    Before you travel, Sanz needs to see copies of the following:
    • Full 10-year British passport
    • Original birth certificate
    • Affidavit/statutory declaration
    • Original decree absolute (if divorced)
    • Original death certificates (if widowed)
    • Original adoption certificate (if adopted)
    • Original deed poll notice (if changed name)
    • Letters of personal details
    • British passport holders only
    • You must spend three days in Kenya prior to the wedding in order to wait for the Special License
    • You must stay in resort for at least seven days
    • Minimum age 18
    • Sanz must receive documents four weeks before you travel.

  5. Hello José,
    Your job must be personal, you must write good English but you can use your own words and what you have learnt from the vocabulary course.

  6. Ok Lucia. Sorry for the confusion, I misread the text. I'll change it and I'll do it more personal. Thanks for your feedback.



  7. Fine, José.

  8. Well, I'm going to talk about my own experience. I got married some years ago, but nowadays I'm divorced, things didn't go well...
    We got married in the city hall of my town. We celebrated a civil ceremony, but it was officiated by a friend of my family, who was city councillor.
    As it was in my own city, we didn't have to make so much paperwork, only in the registry office and in the city hall.
    It was not a big ceremony, only relatives and a few friends.
    We had lunch in a restaurant which served home made food. I don't like weddings in which small plates are served and where you can't understand the name of what you are eating.
    We travelled to Lisbon in the honeymoon. We spent a week there. As this country is in the European Union, we just have to carry our identity cards. We also could pay with our credit cards without problems.
    If we had travelled to another country, out of the E.U., maybe we would have put some vaccines, or have got a Visa.

  9. I got married 10 years ago. It was a religious ceremony and we had a special choir with children and guitars. After the service we had dinner in a restaurant and danced until high time at night. The following day we went on our honeymoon to central Europe. We had to have our passports but not vaccinations of any kind, the only thing was that we had to get the currency of the countries we visited. As English is a lingua franca, we didn´t have problems of communication, although we could also pay with credit cards.
    It was a very nice trip to remember and we took many pictures and brought brochures from everywhere.

  10. Thanks, Gisella and Antonio, for sharing with us your experiences!

  11. Wedding in Las Vegas

    Luxury casinos, buzzy nightlife, splendid performance, are these all you need for your wedding ceremony? So marrying your love in Las Vegas is the most romantic, exciting and elegant choice!

    Requirements for a marriage license:

    * Both parties must appear in person with identification to prove their names and age before a Clerk at a Clark County Marriage Bureau location.

    * The applicants must be a biological male and a biological female, at least 18 years of age. Minor applicants (elder than 16 but younger than 18 years) must have consent of a parent or legal guardian.

    * Although there is no blood test required, the applicants must be no nearer of kin than second cousins or cousins of half-blood.
    * Both parties must not have a husband or wife living.

    * The marriage license will be issued the same day. However, in order to save time, you had better complete an on-line marriage pre-application form before coming. You can use the express window if you bring the reference number of the pre-application with all required documentation.

    * The license fee is $60, which is payable by cash, cashier’s check or money order. If you want to use your credit card, an additional fee of $5 will be charged.

    * For divorced Applicants, they will need to list the date, the city and state when their divorce was finalized, although the copy of the divorce decree will not be required.

    * For widowed Applicants, they will be asked to list the date, the city and state they were widowed. But there is no need to show the copy of the death certificate.

    1. ...Creo que me he equivocado el tema. Ya lo escribiré de nuevo más tarde...

  12. I got married five years ago. My wedding took place in Madrid but since I was living in Minorca at that moment, we had to organise everything by phone calls and emails. I guess this is similar in some way as getting married abroad.
    The ceremony and the later reception were hold in the same place: a very nice restaurant by the river Tajo called "El Castillo" surrounded by a huge and amazing garden that once belonged to the Spanish Royal family.
    The sun was shining when I crossed the bridge to meet my bridegroom. Even now I can feel it shining down on my skin...
    My husband-to-be was smiling nervously at me while I was walking towards him on my white wedding dress.
    After the ceremony, the photos and the toast, the reception finaly started and as the day was wearing off -and we all were drinking more and more- the true "fiesta" started.

    I have to say that I had a very very nice time. I wouldn't mind doing it all over again.

    Today I'm a happy married mother of two and every time I look back to that day all I feel is happiness.

  13. Hi everybody, I got married one year and a half ago. My girlfriend and I, have decided to get married because we are living in different places since she has reached a position in Ibiza and it gave us the opportunity of being together for 15 days! Well, we are living in Galicia before she got the position and I am working for a big company and it is difficult to me move from Galicia to Ibiza.
    We organised a little wedding with our most closer relatives in a vegetarian restaurant and it was a very good option, due to the fact that we love vegetarian food and we could share our preferences with them in this important date.
    Before the ceremony, we invited our friends and workmates, for a "vermouth with tapas" in a bar near the registry office and it was wonderful too.
    The day after the ceremony, we started our honeymoon, flying to New York. It was the most exiting travel I have ever did. The simple fact of taking a walk for Manhattan and discover the little corners full of histories... I recommend, at least once a life, spend a week in NYC, in truth, my opinion about USA changed when we returned to Spain.

  14. I got married two years ago in Ibiza. My man and I are not believer, so that the wedding took place in a Registry Office. Any special documents were not necessary for the wedding ceremony, only our Passports were required. There were few guests invited; only the close friends and family accompanied us. We wanted an intimate marriage ceremony. Two friends of us took the pictures and made the Wedding Video. The later Wedding Reception were hold in a wonderful, little Asian Restaurant close to the beach with an exotic atmosphere. A band was playing live music during the banquet and also in the after party in the beach, where a catering served cold drinks. It was a funny celebration and some of the guests decided to swim in the sea , including the bridegroom and the bridesmaids.

  15. Hi María,

    I would like to know if I can write about a freind's experience as I'm not married. I helped her while she was organizing the wedding and she is quite happy to share the details through my composition.

    Laura Torres González

  16. Hello.
    Im not married, but im goint to write about my wedding sister's experience.
    She get married 10 years ago in Madrid. She was dating with his boyfriend for 5 years and they decieded to get married.
    The ceremony was in the Casino of Madrid with all the family and friends of the bride and groom.
    The parents-in-law and the maids of honour were in the first line all the time.
    The wedding dress wasn't really long and the morning dress wasn't black. It was not a traditional wedding.
    They went to Thailand in their honeymoon and it was horrible, because they have bad luck in the trip. The bride was 10 hours next to a man who smelled very badly. On the way back to Spain, she was next to a obese man who smelled bad too. But the bride in the trip eat something bad and she was all the next 7 days with a virus.
    What begins badly, worse ends and now, they are divorced.

    Ana Espejo Marín