Would you attend a wedding ceremony in a language you don't speak?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’d go as long as other people who know (who speak English!) are also going.  It’d be fine to attend a ceremony I didn’t attend… I wouldn’t be into attending a whole ceremony + reception with only people I couldn’t understand…

Post # 4
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would go, if I knew the reception would have people who also spoke English!  Honestly, I think ceremonies are beautiful, and seeing one in a different language would just make me tune more into the symbolic aspects of the ceremony. 

Post # 5
1836 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i wouldn’t think twice about it- i’d totally go!

Post # 6
7030 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@HonoraryNerd:  Yes. In my country (and I suspect in yours) Greek Orthodox churches perform the wedding ceremony in Greek. I sat/stood through a ceremony where I didn’t understand a word (maybe there was a tiny bit of English, I’m not sure). I have no regrets about going (it was less than an hour of my life) and would do it again.

If you’re think of skipping the ceremony and going to the reception…. don’t. That’s generally regarded as rude; like skipping the important part but coming for the free food.

Post # 7
668 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Yes! I have been to weddings in languages I didn’t speak from religions that I am not a part of– it is always interesting and you learn more about your friend and her culture. You should totally go!!

Post # 8
110 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Of course I’d go! It’s only a language – nothing scary there. Supporting a friend trumps language barrier everyday. 

Post # 9
555 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes, the sentiment behind the wedding is still the same, a celebration of love and the joining of two people as one! I would just as readily attend a Bar or Bat Mitsvah conducted in hebrew as I would a Quinceañera or a cotillion/debutante ball. Its all about celebrating love and the milestones in life, and that transcends race, religion, language and creed!

Post # 10
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Unless it’s a full mass or something, the ceremony will only be 20 mins or whatever so go. It’s your friend. Vows are vows whatever language they’re in. I’m sure there will be people to talk to at the reception.

Post # 11
11379 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@HonoraryNerd:  i think you should go.  it’s always nice to experience events from different cultures.

Post # 12
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

yes. I went to a 3 hour long Indian ceremony and I didn’t understand a word they said. It was one of the best weddings I have ever witnessed!

Post # 13
2992 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Why not? I can always understand the language of love! The love will be evident and thats all that matters!

Post # 14
318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Similar to PPs, here’s my two cents: go to the ceremony! A wedding ceremony is a celebration of love and commitment and is something to be cherished.

Now, if you’re considering not attending the entire event, re: you’ve lost touch, that may be a different story.

In the end, it would be the ultimate insult to skip her ceremony and only attend the reception.

Post # 15
2878 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d definitely go. That’s one of your oldest friends! Personally, I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Yea, you won’t understand the words, but you can still witness their vows and see their happiness as they are married. Plus, it sounds like plenty of people will be speaking English at the reception.

Post # 16
42117 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Absolutely I would attend. It’s pretty easy to figure out what’s going on. It’s more about being there for my friend than anything else.

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