Post # 1
Hello there…I’m planning for our wedding now. Woo-hoo! It will be a destination wedding, however I have questions on etiquettes and suggestions.
The wedding will be held in Bali. We both speak Mandarin, however majority of our guests speak English but then our family don’t speak English.
– What would you suggest for the Master of Ceremony?
Since it will be held in Asia, I’m just afraid the way the MC/DJ run the event will be different than in US (where our majority guests come from). We, of course, would like to acomodate them as best as we can.
– What would you suggest for DJ? We love to have a fun, yet intimate moment since it will held in the evening and between 50-60 guests only. Our guests come from 2 different sides of the world, so it’s hard to point into 1 direction.
Since again…it will be an overseas wedding, we’re planning not doing gift registry since it will be hassle for us, plus we’re planning to go on our honeymoon right away.
– Would it be appropriate to ask for monetary gift? Is there a website for that? How does it work?
Frankly, both of us never been to Bali, so we would love to hear your stories about destination wedding.
Post # 3
- Wedding: April 2011 - Sweet ceremony by the sea and sunset celebration on the North Shore of Hawaii
a bali wedding? SO EXCITING. 🙂
if there is a way you could have an MC that spoke english and mandarin, that would be the best, so he or she can toggle the languages and everyone can follow along. OR, you can have a duo, one that speaks english and one that speaks mandarin and they can do it together.
as for DJ/music, i’d recommend some classics – frank sinatra, jazz, beatles, elvis, motown, etc, etc…songs and styles that are widely recognized around the world. plus, they NEVER go out of style and are easy to dance to.
third, for monetary registries, we opted for hatchmyhouse.com and it worked great.
Post # 4
@ostrich: Thank you so much for your help! 😀
Post # 5
i agree that getting one or two DJs that speak both languages is best. For my wedding ceremony, we had a French interpreter that sat with my husbands parents as they only speak French, but the ceremony was in English.
As for the gift registry, i might opt for a honeymoon registry as opposed to just a cash one. some people have issues with asking for money directly, so at least with a honeymoon registry, its set up so that they can choose to donate money for the overall cost of your honeymoon or for specific activities/items for during your honeymoon. i used http://www.honeymoonwishes.com and i loved how it was set up, i definitely recommend it.
Post # 6
Same suggestions as above…but wanted to also suggest that you get booklet-style programs with both English and Mandarin translations for the ceremony part–and maybe even have explanations for any traditions that are specific to each culture so that those unfamiliar with those traditions can get the full understanding/meaning to them.