A wedding between two people from different cultures can raise numerous doubts in the bride and groom – and guests – right from the moment they send the wedding invitations. What language should the ceremony be in? Where do the dishes on the menu come from? Is it necessary to hire an interpreter so that no one feels left out? Even the ring is in question, but that part is easy. Choose the one that represents both of you or your triumphal love like tiara or crown rings. As far as other matters are concerned, we got you covered there, too.
Keep yourself properly informed
One of the biggest flaws in a multicultural marriage is the lack of information. Of course, you don’t need to know all the cultural traditions of your better half and vice versa. However, making an effort to celebrate – and respect – cultural differences is fundamental and, for this, parents and grandparents are essential! Talk, exchange ideas and see what traditions you can implement into your wedding day to make it unique.
Consider hiring an interpreter
If you opted for a civil ceremony, your officiator may not be familiar with a certain culture as much as you need. To keep everything clear for everyone in attendance, it may be a good idea to hire an interpreter. Not only will you be able to translate everything into another language during the ceremony and while exchanging wedding rings, but the interpreter will also be your right hand throughout the day.
Be open to new possibilities
It is normal for the couple to question themselves about the traditions they want to embrace to achieve a unique and cohesive day. Make a list of your preferences – it will help you to set priorities – and be flexible. Turkish sweets may not be part of your appetizer table; however, traditional dances shouldn’t be missing! If you think the traditional music isn’t suited for the party, play it during the meal, when cutting the cake…
Wear local costumes
If you are feeling uncomfortable in the costume of your culture, or you dreamed of the white dress, try to compromise. Wear your costume through the ceremony. Your family will be proud, and you too when you look back at those photos. You can always change later before the meal is served.
A fusion menu
Whether you are thinking about a cocktail menu, a buffet or a seated meal, create a menu that enhances the flavor of both of your cultural backgrounds! Fusion cuisine can be a beautiful ally if you are looking for a more creative way. Explain to the catering what are your favorite combinations, traditional flavors and spices that cannot be missing in the most traditional dishes. Like paring Japanese cuisine and French wine for example. The idea is that they can bring a piece of both cultures to the table!
Although there is always room for innovation when it comes to multicultural weddings, most ancient traditions must always be respected. If you think that not everyone will understand the meaning of a specific ritual, it is better to eliminate that rite than to try “modernizing” it by adapting it to space and guests that you have in your day. But do try to implement the most important and oldest traditions.
Consider a second ceremony
If there are one or more traditions you want to implement into your wedding day, it may be interesting to think about the possibility of having two ceremonies. You can organize them on the same day, or plan the second at a different time and place. This is an especially good idea if the families of the newlyweds live on two different continents. In this way, they can exchange rings in one country and cut the original wedding cake in another. This is a perfect way to always keep the family traditions close to heart.