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Someone is Getting Married and Needs an ASL Interpreter.

Wedding memories last a lifetime.  We have a select few interpreters that have interpreted numerous weddings in the past decade.  It’s one of our favorite type of special occasions to interpret.  We won’t disappoint.

The reality?  Wedding costs add up quickly.  Think about all that is involved:  wedding attire, flowers, photographer, videographer, event space, music, food/drink, transportation, minister, and then add interpreting services on top of it all.  It is important to be prepared for all of these expenses, and a professional interpreter is one of those expenses.  Sure you could have a friend of the family interpret but will that person rather attend the event?  Has that individual interpreted for a wedding in the past? It’s a very specific skill-set that is best left to a trained professional that is experienced in religious customs.  VCI has interpreters that have worked all different types of weddings from all denominations, non-denominational, and non-religious ceremonies.

Here is what to expect financially:

  • Rehearsal = Minimum 2 hours (increase time for the dinner if you would like the interpreter to stay)
  • Wedding Day = Minimum 2 hours (pre-ceremony prep + receiving line)

The rate charged for special event interpreting includes the time that your interpreter will take to ensure he/she is ready for your wedding by reviewing and preparing an interpretation for any/all poetry, special music, vows, etc.

Click HERE to estimate the cost of an interpreter for your event.

For Your Consideration:  You can make your interpreter feel most comfortable by ensuring the following:

  1. If the wedding includes a meal and you would like your interpreter to stay to provide interpreting services, please invite the interpreter to dine with guests while interpreting at whatever table he/she needs to tend to.  It is not healthy for an interpreter to spend a day or an afternoon/evening at a wedding site and not eat and it’s awkward to tell the interpreter to bring his/her own food.  Yes this has happened.  
  2. Don’t offer any alcoholic beverages to your interpreter or insist that he/she has a “drink”.  The interpreter is on the clock and consuming alcohol while working and then driving home is not an acceptable practice at our agency.
  3. Please do not tip the interpreter.  Interpreters are professionals in their craft and are paid a professional wage.  Though it is common to “tip” vendors after an event, your interpreter will not accept any tips.  Please do not be offended when he/she turns a tip down. 
  4. Asking the interpreter to interpret music at the reception is not an appropriate request.  Music interpreting is another skill-set that not every interpreter possess.  In addition the prep time to have an interpretation ready for every song played is unreasonable.  We suggest asking your DJ to have a monitor with the lyrics, or at a minimum the name of the song/artists, on a stand near the DJ so that deaf guests can see the lyrics on the screen (or pull them up on a cellphone) if he/she is interested in the lyrics to the song.