Toby, His Eminence, the Bishop of Lintong, Xi’an

You should now be referencing me as His Eminence, the Bishop of Lintong, Xi’an, since, as dictated by Chinese law and tradition, in an atheist country, the most senior person in the company is the person who performs the marriage ceremony if one of his/her staff get engaged.  I was the most senior person — the General Manager & Executive Director of the Shaanxi Qinhuang Grand Theatre at the time.

I had to officiate the wedding ceremony at the Terra Cotta museum site to marry one of my staff working on a show I was developing called China’s First Emperor.  A young dancer/choreographer and his bride to be, a local girl that was a tour guide at the Terra Cotta museum wanted to marry.  Neither of them spoke any English.

First, I had to give official approval for their wedding so that they could register their loving desire with the government.  A couple of months later, I had to perform the legal binding marriage bit in Chinese, so it involved a lot of ‘sounds like’ rehearsal with my interpreters.

SCRIPT

Huān Yíng Dà Jiā De Guāng Lín
[HuangYing DaJaa De GuangLing]
Welcome everyone

Wǒ Mén Jīn Tīan Qí Jù Yì Táng
[WarMen JinTien QiJewYiTang]
we are gathered here today

Gòng Tóng Jìan Zhèng  Qìng  Hè Xú Xīn  Hé
[GongTong GienJung QingHe XuXin He]
witness and celebrate the joining of XuXin and

Guō Yíng Yíng Xǐ Jíe Líang  Yúan
[GwohYingYing XiGe-airLiangYuan]
Guo Yingying in marriage.

With love and commitment, they have decided to live together as husband and wife.
他们相识、相知、相爱,如今喜结连理。

Do you XuXin, take Guo Yingying, to be your partner in life; equal in love, promising to honor and cherish, through good times and bad, until death do you part?
徐昕,你愿意郭盈盈做你的妻子吗?无论是顺境或逆境,富裕或贫穷,健康或疾病,快乐或忧愁,你都至死不渝、毫无保留地爱她?

ANSWER YES

Do you Guo Yingying, take XuXin, to be your partner in life; equal in love, promising to honor and cherish, through good times and bad, until death do you part?
郭盈盈,你愿意徐昕做你的丈夫吗?无论是顺境或逆境,富裕或贫穷,健康或疾病,快乐或忧愁,你都至死不渝、毫无保留地爱他?

ANSWER YES

Rings are symbols that love is the most precious element in your life together.  The ring has no beginning and no ending… the love between you will never cease.
戒指永无终结,象征你们意笃情深、爱情永恒。

Now place these rings upon each others fingers as a visible sign of love, which will make you husband and wife.
现在,请新郎新娘互换戒指。

RING EXCHANGE

Wǒ Xìan Zài Zhèng Shì Xuān Bù Nǐ Mén Jíe Wéi Fū Qī 
[Wo ChienZai JungShur ChuenBu NiMan GierWayFuQi]
I hereby pronounce you husband and wife.

Qǐng Xīn Láng Qīn Wěn Xīn Niáng
[Qing XinLang QinWhen XinNiang]
You may now kiss.

KISS

Xīan Shēng Men Nŭ Shì Men
[NuSheMen ShienShengMen]
Ladies and Gentlemen

Wǒ Xìang Nǐ Men Lóng Zhòng Jìe Shào
[Wo SheAngNiMen LongJong JiarShao]
I present to you

Xú Xīan Shēng Xú Tài Tài
[Xu ChienSheng Xu Tai Tai]
Mr and Mrs Xu