Cue Card # 53: A wedding or marriage ceremony

IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card # 53

Describe a wedding or marriage ceremony you have attended.

You should say:

  • when and where it was
  • who were getting married
  • what you did

and explain whether you enjoyed it or not.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]

Model Answer:

Ah, weddings! Such a happy event, filled with so much happiness and love! I absolutely love going to weddings, especially if someone I care about is getting married. In fact, I feel like the world could certainly use some more of this particular type of celebration in order to bring more people together!

My friend, Nur Amir, had just started his new career a little over a year ago as a Financial Analyst in Kuala Lumpur, and his parents wanted him to get married. But the problem was, my friend wasn’t exactly very interested in getting married that soon as he wanted to focus more on building his career. But, when his parents asked me, as a very sincere well-wisher of their family, to convince their son, I decided to “intervene” and eventually managed to convince Nur. I even took part in starting the “adat merisik” (asking ceremony, or more literally ‘spying custom’), traditional Malay system for “arranged” marriages. Anyway, the bride was chosen, and in no time, the “bersanding” (enthronement) ceremony began with the groom’s procession. It is worth mentioning that I also took an active part in deciding the “court music” as a part of the royal customs in order to “entertain” the “royal couple” for the day!

The Marriage ceremony was over, but a “prolonged-sense” of celebration remained inside me for quite some times as I actually helped two individuals to start a “new life” by tying their knots. It just felt great to see that everybody in the marriage ceremony was in a festive mood not just to celebrate a marriage but also to celebrate “life” and a “new beginning”. However, the best part of the marriage for me was that the bride and the groom actually seemed to be able to transcend earthly concerns of all kinds on that day by getting so happy that it just seemed impossible – to them and to those who stand in witness of their love on that auspicious day – that they could ever be “anything less”.

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