We live in a thoroughly globalized society, and the fact of the matter is that it is now more likely than ever that you could potentially end up marrying someone that speaks different languages. This is not that big a deal while you are dating, but when marriage becomes an option you need to start thinking of ways in which the bilingual nature of the guest list could be managed in a way that would leave everyone as happy as possible with how the wedding ended up going at the end of the day.
Here are some tips that can help you plan a bilingual wedding:
#1 Hire Experts
Not everyone is cut out to plan a wedding where people might be speaking different languages. This is more specialized terrain than many people are used to, so if you want to be able to make the most of your wedding you need to hire people that know what they are doing. There are plenty of wedding planners that actually specialize in planning weddings of this nature. Try not to go for the standard wedding package here, it is guaranteed to fail in this situation.
#2 Organize Travel Arrangements
One of the most important things that you are going to have to do if you want your bilingual wedding to work out is figure out how people are going to travel to your wedding destination. Even if you aren’t having a destination wedding, with bilingual weddings it becomes quite common that people are going to be flying in from their home country. Making this travel process as smooth as possible is a key part of planning a wedding like this. This is because of the fact that the people flying in won’t be speaking the same language as you, and they are going to need help making arrangements because of this.
#3 Make The Ceremony Inclusive
A bilingual wedding implies that there is more than one culture involved. This means that you have the potential to incorporate the traditions of this other culture into your wedding. For example, if the person you are marrying is Indian, you could go for an Indian wedding. They are a lot of fun and will make everyone that comes feel right at home which is going to make it easier for them to enjoy the party as much as possible.
#4 Translate Parts of The Ceremony
If you want your guests to know everything that is happening, try to have a translator that is going to help them understand. There are certain things that are not going to need translation, but for the purposes of clarity it is important to have someone that will help explain to the guests what is happening which is especially useful if they don’t have the cultural knowledge to understand certain aspects of a Western wedding. You can also recruit members of your partner’s family who are more accustomed to your culture to help the older people out.