Multicultural Wedding Invitations
One of the biggest challenges for some couples is how to combine their languages and cultures at the wedding. While doing your wedding planning you may be having to incorporate elements that are written in more than one language to accommodate guests that do not speak English. So, how can that multiculturalism be reflected on a wedding invitation?
Wedding Invitations for the Multicultural Couple
Keep the Purpose in Mind
The printed wedding invitation is a virtual necessity today, and most guests expect to receive one. Thus, couples may find themselves having to look beyond traditional wedding invitations to create something new and unique for their wedding. While Ms. Manners may want you to use standard wording on an invitation, being more creative may help you accommodate guests who use both languages. A great place to start is to know what information truly needs to be conveyed: the bride’s name, groom’s name, parents’ names, the wedding date, the time of day, and location. From that point you can determine your wording.
Some brides and grooms opt to print out two separate invitations for each language spoken. Families will receive an invitation in their native tongue. However, other couples may opt to print one invitation that has the wording printed in two languages on one page. Sometimes invitations only have a few words in two languages or several. Many printers get creative in how they print in both languages using fonts and colors to your advantage. Some multilingual invitations are beautiful reflections of the merging of cultures.
Use Your Website
A website is a great place to point your guests for further information, and it can be especially useful if you have invitations that need to be printed in more than one language. This way you can keep your invitation wording simple, saving money on printing costs, and put more detailed information on your website. You can create a portal into one part of the site in one language and another part in the second language. It allows guests to get more details in a language they understand more clearly.
Be patient when you are planning your wedding for people of different languages and cultures. You may even want to use a wedding planner to help you with the extra details so that you can avoid extra stress. In the end, though, your wedding will be a unique and memorable as people see the uniting of two cultures.