Cue Card Sample

A wedding/marriage ceremony you have attended - Cue Card # 598

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

Describe a wedding/marriage ceremony you have attended.

You should say:

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

and explain what was special about this wedding/marriage ceremony.

[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 1:

In my “not-so” long life, I have had the opportunity to attend many wedding ceremonies of many cultures and traditions, and it just makes me feel really happy when I get an opportunity to talk about them. While none of those ceremonies was any better or more special than the others, as far as I am concerned, I guess it is ok to remember some a bit more than the others. So thank you for offering me the opportunity to talk about one such special wedding ceremony.

It was the wedding ceremony of Alex, one of my best university friends, who I hadn’t seen for at least a few years after our graduation from the university because we were living in different cities, which were far apart from each other. Besides, we were also very busy with our professional lives. So, when I received an invitation from Alex to attend his marriage, I felt really happy and excited, not only because it would allow me to witness one of the happiest days of my friend’s life, but also because I could finally meet him after a long time.

Anyway, the wedding took place at a local church in the home town of Alex, which was magnificently decorated with a great colour scheme by matching it with the bride’s wedding dress and flowers. However, the marriage ceremony was rather brief and was conducted according to Christian religious practices. Then came the wedding reception which was rather elaborate and eventful with the couple cutting the wedding cake, the wedding party mingling with drinks and snacks in their hands, and brief dancing by the newly-wedded couples.
Well, it was a special wedding ceremony for me because I was made to be “the best man” on that day. Besides, I also contributed a little to the decoration ideas of the overall wedding ceremony, which was really appreciated by the guests there. The wedding was special to me also because it allowed me to meet many of my old-day friends and catch up with them during a very happy event.


Model Answer 2:

I am so thrilled to be able to talk about a wedding ceremony that I have attended, and I'd like to thank you for that. Please allow me to regale you with the tale of a breathtaking matrimonial celebration that I had the honour of attending not too long ago.

The setting was nothing short of magical—a picturesque countryside estate nestled amidst rolling hills and lush greenery. As the golden sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow upon the idyllic landscape, friends and family gathered to witness the union of two souls bound by love.

The bride, a vision of radiant beauty in her resplendent gown adorned with delicate lace and shimmering beads, exuded an aura of grace and elegance. Her groom, dashing in his tailored suit, stood at the altar with a mixture of excitement and anticipation etched upon his face.

As the ceremony unfolded beneath a canopy of twinkling fairy lights and fragrant blooms, I couldn't help but be swept away by the palpable sense of joy and romance that filled the air. From the heartfelt vows exchanged between the couple to the stirring melodies of the live music, every moment was imbued with an ineffable sense of magic and wonder.

What made this wedding truly special, however, was the palpable bond of love and devotion shared between the bride and groom. As they exchanged rings and sealed their commitment with a tender kiss, it was evident to all present that theirs was a love destined to stand the test of time.

But perhaps the most unforgettable aspect of the evening was the sense of unity and togetherness that permeated the celebrations. Friends and family from near and far came together to celebrate this joyous occasion, their laughter and camaraderie echoing through the night. Against the backdrop of a stunning countryside setting, two souls found their happily ever after, surrounded by the love and support of their cherished loved ones.


Sample Answer 3:

Recently my younger sister, Bella, got married and this was an extraordinary wedding ceremony in my life that I have experienced so far. 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- Ryan. They had a 5 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 ceremony for me as one of my most beloved persons was starting a new phase in her life. On the one hand, it gave me immense joy that my sister was very happy to have a life partner she loved, but 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 was a day I will always remember. 


Model Answer 4:

For this excellent topic, please let me share with you a delightful wedding ceremony I had the pleasure of attending not too long ago. It was held in a charming countryside estate, surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery. The bride, Sarah, and the groom, Mark, were a match made in heaven, and their love story was truly inspiring.

I attended the wedding ceremony because Sarah is one of my closest friends from college, and when she invited me to be a part of her special day, I wouldn't have missed it for the world. The ceremony itself was held outdoors, under a beautiful floral archway adorned with fairy lights. The weather was perfect, with the sun setting in the background, casting a warm glow over the entire scene.

What made this wedding ceremony particularly special was the heartfelt vows exchanged between Sarah and Mark. They had written their own vows, and hearing them express their love and commitment to each other brought tears to my eyes. The ceremony was also filled with personal touches, from the readings chosen by the couple to the live music performed by a close friend.

After the ceremony, we all moved to a marquee tent for the reception, where we enjoyed delicious food, lively music, and heartfelt speeches. It was wonderful to see Sarah and Mark surrounded by their family and friends, all coming together to celebrate their love and future together.

I believe that the wedding ceremony was a beautiful and joyous occasion, filled with love, laughter, and happy memories. It was a day that I will always cherish and remember fondly.


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 coworker. We 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 was quite interesting. I had the chance to enjoy such a colourful event a few months ago. In fact, one of my university friends took me to a marriage ceremony when I was in Greece for some work.  The experience of attending this programme was great.

6. The marriage ceremony in Qatar is quite different from the usual European marriage events that I know about. Recently, I went to a marriage ceremony in Doha and it was quite exciting. I loved the traditions and rituals of this marriage ceremony. The food was delicious too.

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

8. A wedding ceremony under the open sky was a new experience for me. I had no idea that my friend would get married near a sea beach in Greece. I actually fell in love with the way the marriage took place. It was unique and quite enjoyable.

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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