Operation White Cake: Does it Get more Romantic than this?

Some people say that your wedding day is the most stressful day you’ll experience. What if you didn’t know you were getting married?
Weddings: Paying the PriceThis YouTube video Surprise Wedding: Bride Had no Idea may make your students cry, but it will also give them something to talk about. From the planning, to the financing, to the party and guests, weddings offer plenty of things to talk about, with opportunities for introducing vocabulary and expressions. If someone in your class is engaged, it is an even more exciting subject! Show the video to your class and see what their reaction is. Do the boys react differently than the girls?   

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“Buttercup soon realized that every time the farm boy said ‘As you wish’ he was really saying ‘I love you’. ” The Princess Bride -Inspired Shawn Lippert to surprise his bride

Here are some ideas to get the conversation started after showing the video:

  • Why are weddings generally so stressful?
  • What does “it’s all in the details” mean?
  • What do you think would have happened if the bride had said “no”?
  • Why do stories like this make us cry?
  • How does this wedding differ from most weddings?
  • Who was “in on” the surprise?
  • How do you think the groom pulled it off?

While our Something to Talk About suggestions are useful for getting your students involved in a group or pair discussion or debate, the topics, articles, and videos can also be used if you are looking for something for your students to blog/Skype/or write an opinion essay about.  If you like this topic, and your students like the part about “As you Wish,” why not show them some clips from the hilarious movie, “The Princess Bride”.

Related Lessons in the ESL-Library

Discussion Starters: Weddings -Paying the Price
Everyday Idioms: Wedding Bells
Detective Series: The Case of the Missing Ring


Related videos:
Greatest Marriage Proposal Ever

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  1. ESL Library Staff says:

    Aug 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks so much Helen! The worksheets look great. The Princess Bride really is a classic.

  2. Helen says:

    Aug 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Hello! This post has reminded me I really, really need to see/read The Princess Bride! Here are some worksheets of mine that link in with the topic of weddings:

    http://www.poorlittlenell.com/english.html#p1

    I’ve made a lesson on the Royal Wedding (William and Kate!)
    http://www.poorlittlenell.com/fluency/royalwedding.pdf

    and here’s a discussion on Getting Married:
    http://www.poorlittlenell.com/fluency/marriage.pdf

    Feel free to use these with your classes! My current students liked the Royal Wedding lesson & 2 of them did a great Charles and Camilla skit!

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