What are some creative ways to have a multicultural wedding?


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What are some creative ways to have a multicultural wedding?

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We know that planning a wedding can be tough stuff and a bit stressful too. Throw in different religions, family traditions, and customs only strengthens the pressure of prepping for the most perfect of days; one that suits everyone involved. But don’t fret, there are so many creative ways to make it happen!

Firstly, make sure it’s what you and your spouse-to-be want and is comfortable with. Then, after that is decided, you can start planning and using your imagination. Once you’ve picked the perfect venue, you can decide how to accommodate your special needs.

For example, you could always have the ceremony be all about the bride while representing her family’s customs. And then, at the reception, focus more on the groom’s side and shine a light on their traditions. Or you can really focus on creating the entire event as one big “fusion.”

Other Quick & Creative Multicultural Wedding Ideas

  • Join differing officiants. Have two representatives from each religion come together to perform the ceremony as a team.
  • Explain customs in the programs. Jot down notes, descriptions, and stories of certain rituals or traditions at the wedding that your guests may need help understanding.
  • Fuse your menu. Get really creative with the food and go with a “fusion” inspired meal or bites for the night.
  • The dance floor is for everyone, so have the playlist reflect that. Mix up the music and make sure all cultures are represented throughout the celebration.

Other Expert Answers

Lifehack

“1. Identify Aspects of Importance

Weddings are composed of a range of smaller traditions, and the bride and groom may feel strongly about including specific parts while others may not feel as critical. Before you begin planning the wedding, couples should sit down and discuss any aspects that they feel must be included in the ceremony. This allows each person to focus on the traditions that matter most and can help provide a framework upon which you can plan the rest of the ceremony…..

2. Say it with Colour and Pattern

3. Fusion Cuisine

4. Consider Two Officiants

Some officiants are open to performing a wedding ceremony jointly with an officiant of a different faith or culture. In this way, both cultures can be recognized fully, and properly, by someone who is intimately familiar with the traditions, and the bride and groom can each have their unique perspectives included…” – read more at LifeHack

Wedding Wire

“Most couples would probably agree that balancing the specific expectations of your parents is one of the most challenging parts of planning. For our multicultural wedding, this was probably the most fundamental component. When we got engaged, we were excited to incorporate Nigerian culture into parts of our wedding to honor Onye’s heritage, but we also knew that we’d need to balance these cultural traditions with our own wedding style, as well as the expectations of both families.

Our advice: Be sure to have direct, honest, open conversations with your parents to make sure you are completely clear about what they envision for the ceremony, food, music, traditions, etc. Get clear on what their top priorities are, too. This doesn’t mean you have to agree with everything on the spot! Compile this information and carefully consider it when planning out the details of your wedding.” – WeddingWire

“Hire a wedding planner with experience.

There are wedding planners who specialize in weddings that celebrate specific cultures and backgrounds. He or she will be knowledgeable on the various ceremony traditions, music and dances, menu items and other details you may want to include. They’ll also have a list or resources and vendors who can assist in creating the look and feel you want for your multicultural wedding.

Wear cultural fashions.

Couples who want to honor their heritage can get a second wedding-day look that includes “traditional” dress. Chinese brides can wear a red dress, Indian brides an elaborate saree, or Korean brides and grooms a traditional hanbok. If you do decide to wear two looks for your wedding let your photographer know and set aside time to be photographed in the cultural dress too. If you’re concerned about modesty and coverage for a religious service, many designers are offering wedding dresses with higher necklines and sleeves, as well as convertible looks that let you easily change from a modest look for the ceremony to a more revealing one for the reception.

Personalize customs with your style preferences.

Whichever customs you choose to include, be sure that those details still reflect your personal style choices. Your culture or background doesn’t have to be the theme of your wedding, but the elements you include should complement the wedding’s overall look and feel. If, for example, you want to have a chuppah as a nod to a Jewish ceremony tradition, pick a chuppah design that complements the rest of the wedding’s style, whether that’s modern and minimal or romantic with florals.”- WeddingWire

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