How to have a Multicultural Wedding
There has been a rapid rise in the number of multicultural wedding in today’s time. But with the blending on the rise, couples with different religious and cultural backgrounds face unique challenges when putting together a wedding: How incorporate the most important elements of each, make everyone happy, and still stay on budget? Here are are a few guidelines one can follow to ensure a smooth multicultural wedding.
Communicate openly with both sides of the family
Do this early in the process to discuss which traditions they would like to incorporate. If they’re not 100% happy with your choices, don’t sweat it. The important thing is you tried, and they’ll probably come around once they see the awesome party you’ve put together. Educate each of your families on what would be considered inappropriate behavior in the other’s social world. A wedding is not the place for cultural faux pas.
Personalize your ceremony
Some officiants of differing religions are open to conducting the ceremony jointly and can help you design one that honors both ethnic and religious traditions. Just make sure the ceremony doesn’t try to incorporate too much and run too long.
Get inventive with the food
Fusion cuisine is super popular nowadays, so make a cutting-edge gourmet statement while demonstrating how well two cultures can blend together. Food is a unique and important part of any culture so utmost efforts should may made to achieve fusion of cultures via food.
Use music and décor
Add decorative elements that evoke the feel of the wedding, like art, sculptures, and furniture, or choose a venue with decorative elements that fit both cultures the couple belongs to. This will give a feeling complete merging of cultures and traditions.
Help your guests understand any special wedding rituals
If you’re including cultural elements in your wedding which has guests from different cultures, such as the Indian custom of seven pheras taken by the groom and bride, provide brief explanations of their significance in your wedding program so that your guests can appreciate their symbolism. Alternatively, your officiant can clue everyone in.
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