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dateline: 10 March 2015

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Couple Cancels Big Wedding For Kindness Tour

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • honeymoon: a trip newlyweds take after a wedding
  • budget: money set aside for a specific purpose
  • social media: online media networks, such as Facebook or Twitter
  • philanthropist: one who supports charities and people (often financially)

Couple Cancels Big Wedding For Kindness Tour

A young couple in the US decided to give up their plans for a big wedding and honeymoon, and use their budget to go on a tour of kindness instead. Rather than having the wedding of their dreams, Mark and Ismini Svensson their vows in a courthouse. For the past two years, they have been using their wedding budget to travel to every state in the US to complete an act of . Along the way, the couple has been taking suggestions they receive on social media. During the tour, they have done a variety of kind acts, including helping the elderly with , raising money for an animal shelter, and visiting disabled athletes and children in the hospital. The couple decided to do this Ismini Svensson’s father, a philanthropist tragically at a charity event while talking about love and kindness.

Comprehension Questions

    1. What is the couple doing instead of having a big wedding and honeymoon?
    2. How are they deciding which act to do in each state?
    3. Why did the couple decide to do this?

Discussion Questions: Do you think big weddings are a waste of money? Why, or why not?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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