Plan a Bilingual Wedding
They say that love is blind and it doesn't discriminate between different languages and cultures. What an opportunity then for a bilingual wedding to add a depth of richness and diversity to such a happy occasion.
Get the planning part right and you'll be sure to make the event inclusive and unforgettable for all the right reasons. Here's how to prepare.
Let's start at the very beginning. Make sure your guests receive an invitation in their own language. You may, therefore, need to have several sets of paper invitations at the ready.
If you don't mind being less formal and plan to send the invites electronically then this will make things easier. You can get creative and send out your invitations in multiple languages.
Plan the Ceremony Carefully
The best option here is to hire a bilingual officiant. Not every line needs to be translated. Make sure, though, that programmes are available for guests to follow the order of service in their own language.
You can even mix things up a bit by saying vows in the language of your partner and vice versa. This clearly demonstrates that you're both embracing each other's culture and identity.
What's important is to incorporate both languages into the ceremony. Guests will be intuitive and ready to follow what's going on even they don't understand every single word.
Ask Guests to Participate
The ceremony and toasts are great opportunities to include family and friends in the celebration. If you can, get as many guests involved in equal measure from both cultures.
Ask friends that speak both languages to help out instead of buying a wedding gift. If you can plan where they sit during the ceremony and meal afterwards then they can help by offering a quick translation at important moments.
Signage and Speeches
Use clever signage in both languages to indicate directions and seating plans. You could even think about adding some cards to the reception tables with conversational phrases in both languages.
Speeches should be short and sweet so that you don't lose the audience with a long address they can't understand. Alternate the speeches in each language.
Food and Music
Nothing brings people together more than these two wedding components. Guests may not always be able to understand each other's language but they will get a sense of the different cultures through food and music.
"If music be the food of love, play on," said William Shakespeare. Never truer than at a marriage ceremony. Music is an integral part of any wedding, particularly one that is bilingual.
The Secret of a Successful Bilingual Wedding
A bilingual wedding adds a special extra dimension to the happy day. Plan it carefully so that everyone feels included. Adding elements that bring people together is important.
Find out more here about how to plan a destination wedding and make your day one to remember.
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