IELTS Cue Card Sample 598 - Describe a wedding/marriage ceremony you have attended

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a wedding/marriage ceremony you have attended.

You should say:

  • where it was
  • who was getting married
  • why you attended this wedding ceremony

and explain what was special about this wedding/marriage.

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

Sample Answer 1:
Recently my younger sister got married and this was an exceptional wedding ceremony in my life. I was both exhilarated and sad at the same time and this would make me remember this ceremony for the rest of my life. I would like to thank you for the opportunity to let me talk about it. The marriage reception took place at our home, (...mention your city and country name here...) and almost two hundred guests including many relatives, neighbours and my parents’ colleagues, were present at the ceremony.

My younger sister, Bella, who is my only sister was getting wedded to his boyfriend- James. They had a 3 years’ relationship and after they got their parents’ blessings, they decided to tie the knot. In our country, it is almost a ritual that brothers would act as one of the main hosts when their sisters get married and I had no reason to be absent from my only sister's marriage ceremony. I was a university student at that time and the ceremony was arranged during my semester break. I was looking forward to being a part of the ceremony as I wanted a memorable wedding reminiscence for my loving sister. I had to look after many aspects of this programme and I happily did everything.

This was a special wedding to me as one of my most beloved people was starting a new phase in her life. On the one hand, it gave me an immense joy that my sister was very happy to have a life partner she loved and on the other hand, the thought of her departure from our house almost brought tears to my eyes. I cannot remember any other event so touchy for me and this is a day I will always remember.

Sample Answer 2:
Recently I attended a marriage ceremony that held in Tabriz, a city in Iran. The ceremony was held following the traditional Iranian style and it was an enjoyable event for everyone present there. I liked the religious styles which have been followed for hundreds of years. I also was impressed with the foods and drinks served on the occasion. This is a great cue card topic to talk about and I would like to thank you for the opportunity to let me talk about it.

My childhood friend, Ali Abbas, got married. It was settle marriage between two families and both the bride and the bridegroom did not have any familiarity with each other before the marriage. Both the families followed the way of a traditional marriage – such as they held events before the marriage, during the marriage, and after the marriage. I could not take part in the event of before the marriage as it was completely a private event but enjoyed the marriage and after marriage events.

I attended the event for some specific reasons. Abbas was the very first friends of mine who was getting married. So, I tried to take some experience from this event. Besides, I also had taken part in some other marriages here but could not have fun to the desired level. I just visited the venue and took some foods. And in this time, I did lots of things like shopping for the bride and bridegroom, arranging for the marriage venue and other necessary tasks.

It was special in some senses. The most important thing was the families followed the religious rules. And I loved the way they were married off. The parents and the relative from both the parties exchanged greetings and everything happened peacefully. Everyone present in the event prayed for the prosperity of the newly formed family.

Idea generating:

Cue Card Topic: Describe a wedding/marriage ceremony you have attended.

1. I attended a Muslim marriage ceremony in Indonesia. In fact, the bridegroom was my colleague and we worked for an international airliner in its Jakarta wing. It was a splendid event and I loved the festival, tradition and food they served.

2. George and Samantha got married last month. I was invited to their marriage ceremony as a special guest. Actually, it was a settled marriage and I had played an important role to make it happen. I was glad to be there.

3. Alberto got married last month to his girlfriend, Isabella. The marriage took place at the Los Moriscos Golf Club. The charming location enthralled all the invited guests. I loved the entire decoration and of course the cuisine.  

4. Last month, I visited India to attend the marriage ceremony of Ashok. He is a software engineer and my co-worker. We both have worked on different projects together and so the bondage between us is strong. I flew to India from Sydney to attend the programme and it was a whole new experience for me.

5. Attending a wedding ceremony in Greece is interesting. I had the chance to enjoy such a colourful event. In fact, one of my university fiends carried me to the ceremony and I was a complete stranger there. But the experience was great.

6. Marriage in Qatar is dissimilar than usual European marriage events I know about and experienced before. Recently, I went to a marriage ceremony in Doha and got immense pleasure. I loved the traditions and rituals. The foods were delicious too.

7. The sudden invitation to the wedding ceremony of Robert made me baffled. In fact, it was on the evening when I came to know about it. I took preparations hurriedly and rushed to the church located in the last block in Yorkshire.

8. Wedding under open sky was a new experience for me. I did not have any idea that my friend will get married near a seabeach here in Greece. I actually fell in love with the way of the marriage took place.

Similar other cue card topics that you should be able to answer with your preparation for this cue card topic:

1. Describe a traditional wedding ceremony you have been to.
2. Describe an event that you enjoyed a lot.
3. Describe how a traditional marriage ceremony is held in your country.
4. Describe a party or programme where you gave a speech.
5. Describe a celebration you enjoyed a lot.

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