AEE 581: Wedding Talk! How to Congratulate the Bride and Groom on the Big Day

American English wedding phrases to greet bride or groom

Are you planning to attend an American wedding anytime soon?

If you do then you’ll need to know how to interact with people at the wedding.

Today we’ll answer a listener question about how to talk to the bride and groom on the big day.

How do I congratulate  my best friend and the groom in the wedding ceremony?  It will be my first time to see the groom. Thank you so much.

-AEE Listener, Sunny Huang

 

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You won’t have time to talk to the groom during the ceremony, so you will wait until the reception.

 

How to greet the groom at the wedding:

  1. “Congratulations! So this is the guy I’ve been hearing about. I’m so happy for you two!”
  2. “It’s so nice to finally meet you. I’ve heard so many great things about you.”
  3. “I can’t believe we’ve never met before. I’m Sunny. Nice to meet you!”

 

Remember: Keep it short.

Weddings are stressful and the bride and groom have a lot of people to talk to.

Say “congratulations, nice to meet you.”

You can also close with “I can’t wait to get to know you better. We’ll have to meet up when things calm down.”

 

Let us know your questions in the comments section below.

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