(Closed) Vows in a language you don’t understand?

posted 11 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: Would you allow part of the ceremony to be in a language you didn't understand?

    No way, I want to understand every moment of it

    Sure, as long as it was translated in English

    Wouldn't mind one way or the other

  • Post # 3
    590 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    i was watching some wedding show this weekend where the wedding was in a greek orthodox church and a lot of the ceremony was conducted in greek. one of the guests made some catty comment about it (but i think that was the point of the show? not sure, only caught 5 minutes and wasn’t really paying attention) but for the most part i think it was fine. we are getting married by a rabbi but Fiance isn’t jewish and has requested that not much is done in hebrew, because he doesn’t understand it and most others don’t either. we might throw in one or two brief things, and then the rabbi can explain. maybe you can just do a few important things in whatever language and then have your officiant translate/explain?

    one thing i would definitely be against would be doing my vows in another language. you need to know what you’re promising to do!

    Post # 5
    1364 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would feel a bit weird about it. I’m able to speak two languages but I always feel weird when I speak my other language as I know that DH only understands common words and phrases that I’ve taught him. A wedding ceremony is a reflection of the COUPLE and I just think that, unless the couple can both speak two languages fluently, then it should be done in the language that the couple speak to each other – in this case, English.

    Post # 7
    453 posts
    Helper bee

    We had a destinantion wedding in Thailand and the entire ceremony was in Thai and neither of us speak it. The feeling was there and that is what mattered. But there were no vows-I agree that the vows should be in English.

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