During a wedding ceremony in Holland there were French guests present. After I had welcomed the Dutch guests, I then focused my attention on the French guests and said: “Bonjour, soyez les bienvenus! Le couple est très heureux que vous ayez fait le voyage pour être présents à leur marriage. Il ne sera pas possible de tout traduire mais j’espère que vous comprendrez un peu de ce qui se passe ici. Aujourd’hui le mot le plus important est : OUI… Vous pouvez répéter s.v.p.?”

Of course they did that and thanked me: “Merci beaucoup!” I wanted to carry on with my speech but a Dutch uncle loudly said: “You are not making fun of us, are you?” The couple laughed so hard, they nearly fell of their chairs and the tone was set.