(Closed) Are you bilingual?

posted 7 years ago in Intercultural
  • poll: Are you bilingual, and will you incorporate this into your wedding?
    Only one language for me : (54 votes)
    25 %
    I speak more than one language but my ceremony will only be in one language : (112 votes)
    51 %
    I will have a bilingual wedding : (54 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I was born and raised in a different country so yes, I’m bilingual. About a dozen of my family travelled from my home country to my wedding in the US, but our wedding was completely in English since all but three (one being my mom) speak it fluently.

    Post # 4
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Heck yes I am!

    Well, mostly.

    Our ceremony was just in English though. I don’t think anyone beside me who attended understands Chinese. 🙂

    Post # 5
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Yep.. my parents are from Cuba and Spain so I’m fluent in Spanish. I’ll be having the ceromony in Spanish and English my Fiance is from MO.. his family doesn’t speak spanish 🙂

    Post # 6
    584 posts
    Busy bee

    I went to a wedding a few weeks ago that was in English and Spanish, and it was SUPER long! A lot of the bride’s family only spoke Spanish, and the groom only speaks English. I think it’s a nice gesture when necessary, but if there’s no need for it I wouldn’t spend the extra time and energy having the officiant translate. Or I would at least make sure the officiant speaks both languages equally well!

    Post # 7
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I am not bilingual but my Fiance is Haitian and his family speaks French and Haitian Creole. We will have the ceremony in english but have a translator translate into creole. Hid brother incorporated French at their wedding but thats just too much for us

    Post # 8
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I don’t speak/understand enough French to be considered officially bilingual (but I am taking classes to correct that & hopefully I’ll get my bilingual certification at the end!)

    I only speak a few phrases of Spanish and Icelandic, something I would like to work on as well. ..

    As for our ceremony, it will be in English as 99.9% of our families speak English (My g-pa’s spouse speaks Ojibwe & my partners maternal g-ma speaks Italian, other than that they are all anglos)

    Post # 9
    3142 posts
    Sugar bee

    My fh is French and I am English, with some French knowledge.

    We are having a tiny Destination Wedding, and will be having it in English only. 

    Post # 10
    877 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I speak 3 languages and Fiance speaks 2. It would be hard to incorporate all of the different languages into our ceremony so it will just be in English!

    Post # 11
    400 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    both my husband and i are Puerto Rican and both fluent in both languages, the way we incorporated both languages/cultures was a live salsa band and an english dj.  But our ceremony was in english.

    Post # 12
    338 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’m not bilingual, but I’ve been very close to fluent in French.  I haven’t spoken it in a few years, though, so it’s mainly relegated now to when I argue with people in my dreams : )

    My old college roommate just got married in December to her Czech boyfriend, and they spoke their vows in both English and Czech (and did a reading in Czech).  It was really cool.

    Post # 13
    107 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Our ceremony is in Korea, and all of the guests will be Korean. I’m fluent, but FH is nowhere near conversational lol. So we have to have a bilingual ceremony… it’d be sad if the groom couldn’t understand his own ceremony lol.

    Post # 14
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’m not.  Unfortunately 4 years of Spanish just didn’t sink in.  My Fiance is bilingual: Swiss German and English.  I think growing up in Europe certainly has it’s perks.  Although he is only fluent in two languages, he has conversational French, German, Spanish, and Italian.  Our ceremony is only going to be spoken in English though.  FI and his mother are only children, so we don’t really have enough of his Swiss family joining us to make it worth the while (and they all speak English anyway).  

    We are incorporating some of his cultural heritage into other parts of the wedding though. He wants to dance to a Swiss song with his mother, and there are a few other things we have up our sleeves to acknowledge his British/Swiss upbringing.

    Post # 15
    206 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m triligual! But our wedding will just be in english 🙂

    Post # 16
    35 posts
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Ours will be in French and English because large portions of both families speak only one language. However, we aren’t going to translate. We’ll just have different portions of the service in a different language. I suppose the advantage of the Catholic chruch is everyone can follow the service.

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