今日主播：Geoff & Burchell （五角场中心）
A: I'd like to ask you a few questions about Western weddings. Is that all right?
B: No problem. Well…outdoor ceremonies are all the rage these days with indoor ones inside a church now more and more for old-fashioned or possibly for more upscale weddings. The reception will usually be taken indoors, say to a restaurant or a hotel. Budgets range from couple to couple and so do venues accordingly. There's not so much pressure for a couple to splash out big money on a wedding like there used to be.
A: Can you tell me some of the customs involved with a Western wedding?
B: The only custom that comes to mind is that the bride must wear something borrowed, something blue, something old and something new. Not sure how many people do this. The wedding itself is a fairly straightforward ceremony but there are some customs that come before the wedding like the wedding ‘shower’, or a stag night for the groom.
A: How many people will usually be in attendance?
B: Wedding sizes can vary quite a lot. Some people choose small private weddings with just families and close friends, and others choose more lavish and extravagant affairs where everyone they can think of is invited.
A: So what are some of the other customary activities for a wedding?
B: There are a number of activities throughout the day, not necessarily in this order, but including such things as speeches, throwing confetti over the bride and groom as they leave the ceremony, cutting a wedding cake, dancing and throwing a bouquet over the bride's shoulder to indicate who'll be the next person to get married. Oh, and the bride and groom circulate from table to table during the reception, just like in China.
A: Do you think people really enjoy weddings in the West?
B: Well, what makes it special is that it's a great opportunity for all the family and all the friends to come together for a truly happy occasion. Everybody loves to see the newlyweds and these kinds of affairs give you a chance to see everyone whom you love around you together in one place having a good time.