Ask someone to marry you
“Will you marry me?”
propose (marriage) (to someone)
My sister is very excited! She thinks her boyfriend is going to propose to her tonight!
noun form: a proposal
to ask for someone’s hand in marriage (formal)
It was such a romantic proposal. He got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage!
pop the question (informal, slang)
Those two have been dating forever! When is he finally going to pop the question???
After the proposal but before the wedding, the couple is engaged. They are engaged to be married.
Did you hear the news? They’re engaged! They got engaged last month.
Get Marriedget married (to someone) is used to refer to the actual day of the wedding or the act of getting married.
They’re getting married on June 16th.
I really want to get married and have a family.
We got married when we were very young.
We got married on May 5th.
say I do (informal)
During a traditional Christian wedding ceremony, the couple says their vows. As part of the vows, the bride and groom say “I do.”
So, when are you two saying ‘I do’?
(When are you getting married?)
walk down the aisle together (informal)
*In a traditional Christian wedding in a church, the bride walks down the aisle of the church to meet her groom, and the ceremony begins. After the ceremony, the married couple walks back down the aisle together.
Two days to go until they walk down the aisle together!
(Their wedding is in 2 days.)
tie the knot (informal)
After dating for several years, Ken and Erin have decided to tie the knot!
get hitched (very informal/slang)
Did you hear? Adam and Betty got hitched in Vegas last weekend!
leave (someone) at the altar
= decide not to marry someone at the last moment, or very close to or on the day of the wedding
The altar is the area at the front of the church where the bride and groom stand during the ceremony.
He got cold feet and left his fiancée at the altar. She was mortified!
(get cold feet = to get nervous)
After the wedding, you can use be married (to someone):
We were married on May 5th.
I am married.
We are married.
She is married to Jim.
With is NOT used with marry or married.
Jim is my uncle. He’s married to Samantha.
Jim is my uncle. He’s married with Samantha.
married to your work
If you are married to your work, you spend more time working than you do with your family!
His family rarely sees him. He spends all of his time at the office. He’s married to his work!
a match made in heaven
The man and woman are perfect for each other!
They are a match made in heaven!
an arranged marriage
A marriage where the parents (or other close family member) choose the person their son or daughter will marry.
a shotgun wedding
A wedding that happens quickly and suddenly because the woman is pregnant and the couple wants to be married before the baby is born.
an open marriage
A marriage in which the husband and wife are free to have sex with other people!
a marriage of convenience
When two people get married not because they love each other, but because they can gain something, for example when a non-citizen marries a Canadian so that they can stay in Canada.