Whilst the language of love may be universal, it’s important to take all of your guests into account when planning a bilingual wedding. Here at Drangan Video we have filmed at many weddings that have celebrated the joining of two cultures, countries and languages and love to see how our couples have overcome language barriers between guests. In this blog post we are going to look at some of the tips we have learned over our 25 years in the wedding video business, we hope this post assists you when planning your bilingual wedding in Ireland.
Hire a bilingual wedding planner
Many of our couples have found that the assistance of a bilingual wedding planner is absolutely worth it when it comes to planning their wedding. Your bilingual wedding planner can assist with the wording of your invitations, can assist with guest communication during family photo’s and can act as a mediator between your vendors and guests throughout the day.
Bilingual wedding invitations
Rather than sending out your invitations in one language only or designing two separate sets of wedding stationery, perhaps consider dual sided stationery to cover both languages. These reversible invites are also a great memento for guests to keep and treasure and are a symbol of your unique and wonderful relationship.
If you have family travelling long distances to your wedding, it’s always important to give them as much information as possible in the months leading up to the big day. Consider setting up a website that can be viewed in both languages, this will enable your guests to plan in advance, make online bookings for accommodation and learn about the area they will be visiting.
If at all possible, hire a bilingual celebrant to officiate at your wedding. Rather than directly translating every word and adding considerable length to your wedding ceremony, an experienced bilingual celebrant will know exactly how to conduct your ceremony so that it is inclusive to all in attendance.
Bilingual family and friends
Ask any bilingual family and friends in attendance to look out for guests who may be struggling with the language barrier. This will help to break the ice between family members of both sides and will greatly assist with the comfort of your guests who may be feeling a little overwhelmed by their unfamiliar surroundings.
Ask those who are making speeches to keep them to a certain length. There’s nothing worse than a room full of people listening to a speech that they can’t understand. Consider having the speeches transcribed and translated for guests prior to the big day, these can then be projected on a screen during the speeches. You may also ask your top table to incorporate both languages into their speeches if they are comfortable doing so, remember a little bit of effort will go a very long way!
As part of your celebrations, incorporate both cultures and languages into the big day. Celebrate the differences and use them to unite your two families for a day and night to remember.
If you are planning a wedding in Ireland, whether bilingual or not, Eamon here at Drangan Video would love to hear from you. As well as being top-notch wedding videographers we’re also great communicators and will always go the extra mile to ensure you and your guests have a great experience.