Post # 1
We are going to have a two language wedding, where my family doesn’t speak English at all, and his family speaks no Russian. My relatives are coming over from Russian Federation, so it will all be new for my aunts (not for my parents). With such language barriers between two families, what activities/games, perhaps non-verbal, could be incorporated into reception?
Ideas, suggesions are much appreciated:)
Post # 3
I’m also having an intercultural wedding – I’m Russian, he’s American. But my family speaks English (albeit not always well 🙂 ) and we all live in America…noone’s left out there – we’ve been here for 20 years. So unfortunately, I don’t have much suggestions for you. However, I can say that in our case, i’m trying to combine the two cultures as best as i can. American’s want the Russian experience…and Russian’s will have to deal with the American experience 🙂 For example, we’re doing russian food and catering for dessert, but american style main course. I’m also getting traditional russian dancers as entertainment, and we’re having a band that plays both russian, euro pop, and some american music to appeal to everyone. My family is big on “gorkya!”, so i plan on having some kind of explanation of that on the menus or programs. You can do the same for the Russians – explaining some of the more American traditions you want to incorporate for them.
I hope this helps even a little bit!
Post # 4
I’m white American and my fiance is Vietnamese. Most of his family speaks little to no English but the ones who do can translate. Over 3/4 of the guests speak English so I’m not sure what else to do. We’re doing the invitations in both languages and writing table names and numbers in both languages. I’ll be checking back for more ideas.
Post # 5
@Annushka: We are both russian so our wedding will be mostly in russian, wwill have russian and american music. Our MC will explain so things to the american guests though so they dont feel left out.
Post # 6
We are intercultural. I am American and he is Japanese.
Post # 7
I am in a similar situation. My American family is coming to Haiti for our wedding in December. We’re having an outdoor reception, so I thought we could set up some outdoor games like corn hole and other toss the ball type games. I love bubbles, so I’ll probably have those sitting around in various places. If I were in the States, I would be getting one of those photo booth machines for the reception. Taking pictures could be fun (it takes Haitians a little bit of time to warm up to taking photos, but I think they would enjoy having pictures of themselves to take home) for everyone.
Post # 8
Any suggestions for Russian-American-Jewish bands in the NJ/NYC area?