Blending cultural traditions together to create a splendid wedding and reception can be an rewarding. As you begin planning consider which ethnic and religious components mean the most to you and you partner.Creating a wedding that demonstrates respect for both cultures can be absolutely fabulous.
First things first, sit down a talk to your fiancé about which traditions are most important to you. Then consider the budget, date, venue, and fancey frills. Communication is key, be open about what to include in the ceremony, be mutually respectful of each others opinions.
Next, talk with both of your families (it may be best to do this separately) to consider their advice in the ceremony planning. Let them know that you would like to respect family traditions and combine them in the planning process.
8 Tips to Consider when planning a culturely mixed wedding:
- Invitations: Send out two sets of invitations.
- Venue: Consider a neutral site such as Park, Ballroom, Scenic Clubhouse, or non-relegious location.
- Decor: Set up should include both cultures. Make your families feel good by using flowers and candles as centerpieces that represent both cultures.
- Programs: Use 2 sets in same style and theme. Bride and Groom could write a personal note on the bottom in each program to demonstrate their respective culture.
- Music: Use a mix of music from both cultures, instrumental music can provide seamless transitions and set an endearing climate.
- Reading: Alternate reading in both languages as part of the ceremony. Consider saying the vows in both languages so that the family and friends understand completely.
- Reception: Plan seating so that people sit with someone they can communicate with and enjoy the festive occassion.
- Menu: Getting the right food for everyone is a awesome task. Try buffet style to have two separate stations catering to both cultures. Or if you are using a menu, have options designed around both cultures. Find a caterer in your area to help you plan the best meal for your reception.
Remember, every couple is different, your wedding is about you and your spouse. It is the beginning of a journey in matrimony that will take you to places you have never been. Merge your style, values, and characteristics together to create a beautiful and unique event that collaborates both cultures.