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.