5 Tips For A Successful Bilingual Wedding Ceremony

Posted on: 21 June 2021

Do you and your fiancé — or either family — speak different native languages? Today's newlyweds increasingly want to make their wedding ceremonies more inclusive by making them bilingual (or even multilingual). How can you accomplish this? Here are five ways to make sure everyone can understand and enjoy the ceremony.

1. Print More Materials. Printed materials for the ceremony allow you to keep guests informed about what's going on, no matter which language they prefer. Make available to all guests printed programs, including the full text of readings, speeches, and the ceremony. In addition, use multilingual signage or notes if things change after printing the main materials. 

2. Use Bilingual Officiants. The best way to hold a bilingual ceremony is to work with an officiant fluent in both languages. This allows them to tailor the ceremony words so that everyone can understand and enjoy the process without getting an additional person involved. The more you involve other speakers, the more you risk running overtime or having to cut down the ceremony. 

3. Include Bilingual Assistance. What if your chosen officiant can't speak both languages? You can still use translation services in a variety of ways depending on your ceremony size and makeup. You could use a translator near the main officiant or place one near the section where those who may need help will sit. This translation help could be informal through a friend or family member, or you might hire a professional. 

4. Include Both Cultures. Where there are two different main languages, there are also probably two different cultures. Be sure to include not just the language of each but also their traditions and cultures. How? This could involve anything from readings from both cultures to vows or rituals unique to one or the other culture. 

5. Remember the Legalities. In your quest to be inclusive, make sure you do check the necessary legal boxes. Check on local law to ensure you use the correct wording and any legal documents necessary. Many local laws require the vows to be in the language of the country where your ceremony takes place, for instance. 

Ready to start planning your bilingual wedding ceremony? Then meet with a ceremony venue in your area today. Together, they can help you decide how to accommodate different languages in the written and oral parts of your vow exchange. The result will surely be worth your time and effort as you share this exciting time with all your loved ones. 

For more information about customizing your wedding ceremony, contact a local venue, like Pristine Chapel Lakeside.