Post # 1
I’m American with Dominican background, and my fiancee is Dutch.
The guest coming to our destination wedding will be traveling from my home town (NYC), my birthplace (dominican republic) and his friends and family from Holland. For this reason we plan on doing our ceremony/programs/invitations/etc incorporating all three languages; English, Spanish and dutch.
While jumping over the hurdles of planning a multilungual ceremomy the vows popped into my head!!
How can we make all our guest understand the vows we promising each other? I feel that repeating the vows three times in three languages with kinda kill the heart factor.
Is it in bad taste to include a translation of our vows within the wedding program? Or is there any way to make this work?
With warm regards
Soon To Be Mrs. Clijnk
Post # 3
A translation of the vows (or even most of the ceremony) in the program might be appreciated by your guests.
Post # 4
I think you could include a page or a little insert with the translations. Even if I could understand your vows without them, I still find it interesting to look at stuff like that.
What a fun mix you have though! I love multicultural families.
Post # 5
I can write my own vows in all three languages, fiancee however cant spell properly in english to save his life, lol and I dont want to see/read my fiancees vows at all, so i was thinking maybe his godfather(his witness) could translate it from dutch to english, and then my sister could translate it from english to spanish, and take care of printing out his vows, and hoping he doesnt get wordy, a small stationary would suffice and fit all three languages.
Then with in two small sealed envolpes labeled HIS VOWS/ HER VOWS And add them somehow include with the programs. I just didnt know if it was in “bad taste”
But it seams like i have no othe choice, my dominican family barely speaks english let alone dutch
and his dutch family barely speaks english let alone spanish…
I better buy stock in aspirin
Post # 6
@Sonatine: +1 to this idea.
Most Dutch people speak English, anyway. Is that true of his family/friends?