Bilingual wedding ceremonies | in Malaga – Marcia Bravo Bilingual Celebrant

Wedding couple in wedding attire posing for wedding photo arm in arm, following their bilingual ceremony, with Teatro Romano site in Malaga in the background.

Bilingual wedding ceremonies make for a dynamic and inclusive ceremony for all

Image Michal Carbol Photography

Bilingual wedding ceremonies continue to be increasingly popular.  They allow couples to celebrate and share coming together and their individual heritage, which makes their relationship rich. A wedding joins two sets of families and couples want to enjoy their moment in the spotlight with loved ones.

Essentially, couples want everyone to go away thinking wow!! that was the most amazing wedding we have ever been to.  As such to have people talking about it for days and years to come and for the couple to have warm memories of their ceremony to cherish and look back on.   The good news is it´s possible to achieve these sensations and memories by having a bilingual wedding with a bilingual wedding celebrant Malaga.

What are the benefits of having a bilingual wedding ceremony?

Bilingual wedding ceremonies are all about guests feeling included and part of the ceremony so that both families get to share and enjoy key moments. Celebrants arrange sections so that the significant highlights can be enjoyed in a preferred language. When I look back at some of the bilingual ceremonies I have done, the most rewarding part was the comments from the couple and guests.  The couples really enjoyed the ceremony because it was so personal to them and was inclusive for both families in both languages.

Compromise is key

All good relationships involve compromise, in a bilingual relationship it´s the balancing of two cultures.  A bilingual wedding is no different.  If a couple are having a bilingual ceremony they have already decided to include both cultures into their ceremony. It´s about the bilingual celebrant´s skill in creating a fusion of the pairs, culture into their love story and ceremony. The key to a successful celebrant led wedding; is to ensure couples can see both their personalities, faiths, cultures represented.

Couple in wedding attire running through a street holding hands and laughing together following their Bilingual Wedding Ceremony.

Bilingual wedding ceremonies – Málaga

Pleasing both parties in a bilingual wedding ceremony

How can you please both parties?  Well, a bilingual celebrant knows what to include to give a glimpse of the essence of a couple.  There are variable ways to achieve this, but ultimately it´s about finding the elements that are significant to the couple.  Alternate readings, songs, poems; or references to memories of places they have been together in both languages.   Readings and poems offer a great way to amplify the couples story.  You can include anything, even something that is not tangible and purely open to imagination.

Keeping guests engaged during a bilingual wedding ceremony

A bilingual celebrant will work with couples from the outset up to the day of the wedding.  Getting to know families well means the celebrant can guarantee key people are included in the ceremony script. The wedding officiant will get to learn a lot about both families and can tailor the script so that loved ones are able to enjoy the most meaningful parts, which helps ensure guests don´t feel isolated during the ceremony. 

Organising your bilingual wedding ceremony

  • When organising a bilingual wedding there´s a few things worth considering. It´s good to consider things from the start to finish.  Will the wedding invitations be sent out in both languages?
  • How will your guests be greeted on arrival?
  • Adapt seating arrangements of guests to ensure that guests are seated with others who speak both languages; this helps to reduce some guests feeling isolated throughout the ceremony.
  • Incorporate visual aspects so that the ceremony is fun and welcoming to guests from both families? Other adjustments might be which language to use to start the introduction to the ceremony and bridal party. 

Is a bilingual ceremony a full translation of both languages?

A bilingual ceremony is generally not a full translation of the ceremony in one language and then the other.  Instead, picture it as fusing two languages; as the bilingual celebrant weaves both languages in and out of the ceremony.  Although it´s worth noting some bilingual ceremonies might include a translator or even two celebrants speaking in two languages.

Give special attention to speeches because this is fundamental for inclusion and taking into account such detail helps keep all guests engaged in the ceremony; which is the main purpose.

To sum up

Bilingual wedding ceremonies are considered a fusion of both languages to narrate the love story of the wedding couple.  It´s really not that different to other wedding ceremonies except it enables the audience of both languages to follow.   Cues can be both visual and audible. 

The aim of the bilingual ceremony is to highlight key aspects with the most significance to the couple and families in each preferred language. It´s about helping couples have the best experience on their special day knowing that both families are enjoying themselves too. I especially love when I receive feedback from my couples about their bilingual ceremonies.

We had the best time last week 28/08/2022. Thank you for everything. Vow renewal was just something we will remember forever. Andjelka Stones

Are you looking for a bilingual wedding celebrant to officiate your bilingual wedding ceremony in Malaga in 2023 or 2024, I´d love to hear your story?

Get in touch today, I´d love to talk to you about your ideas and aspirations for your special day.   

Let me help you to take your wedding dreams from paper to reality, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Hope to see you soon

M xxx

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