Most often than not, people have the wrong notion of multicultural weddings as ‘too’ complicated and fancy. In reality, multicultural weddings bring a different face and fresh perspectives to the wedding industry. For one, multicultural weddings celebrate diversity! Below are just some of the million ways on how to ~actually~ pull off a successful multicultural wedding of your own.
1. Pick the right place for the ceremony
Most couples who prefer to have multicultural weddings choose a ceremony site in a neutral ground. By neutral, we mean a place that is both culturally acceptable and inclusive of both parties. Particularly, this excludes religious sites and other sacramental venues. But again, this lies in the discretion of the couple. Depending upon your agreement, you may or may not deviate from each others’ cultural norms.
2. Compromise, compromise, compromise.
To compromise is to collaborate! We cannot deny that just the thought of having a multicultural wedding is a sensitive topic alone; at least for some families. The key here is to give each others’ cultural background a hearty representation from a portion of your wedding. For instance, the ceremony could be celebrated from the bride’s heritage, while the dinner could be from the groom’s. In this way, we create a notion that no culture is less than the other.
3. You call the shots!
Always keep in mind that this is YOUR wedding, and you are allowed to personalize it so long as it does not disrespect any culture at play. You have every right to customize your wedding celebration in a way that it feels more like ‘you’ not more of ‘them’. Just make sure to give each others’ family a good heads-up about the dynamics and expected behaviors of your wedding celebration.
4. Be creative!
Most caterers offer multicultural cuisine as well. For a touch of creativity, try infusing both cultures into a cutting-edge gourmet! Your guests and families will both appreciate the food, not to mention the enticement it brings to taste the other culture’s delicacies.
5. Groove to the music
Make your guests bring their A-game paired with their dancing shoes as you will ask them to take over the dance floor once dinner is done. Music has always been a remarkable remnant of any culture, and therefore it is a good idea to perform both cultural dances in your ceremony. Plus, the social dance is the perfect opportunity for both cultures to merge and interact.
6. Details won’t save you.
Most couples who did multicultural weddings are guilty of this. In the bigger picture, being too focused on the minute details of each others’ cultural norms can lose the fun and personalization side of your big day. Instead, it is better to allot extra efforts in giving each other’s culture a spot on your big day by giving it a moment of representation.
7. Include them in your rituals.
As with most cultures, there are a number of rituals that signify essential core principles of their culture. While it completely depends upon your decision, practicing those rituals on your wedding day demands that you briefly orient your guests so that they may partake in the practice. This way, they will not be feel left out or estranged.
8. Less is more.
In terms of the venue decorations, a little goes definitely a long way. Maintaining simplicity in your celebration makes it feel like home, rather than overwhelming and intimidating. While it is very tempting to add flashy colors and elaborate proceedings, subtle personal touch to your wedding theme is always the most stunning.
9. Get help and be organized.
With all the planning that you need to do in order to pull off this multicultural wedding, there is no doubt that you will need extra hands to help you with all the work. It pays to invest in an efficient and ever-reliable wedding planner whose expertise includes organization skills and creativity. The craft of a wedding planner weighs much more than gold in their value.
Elevated Style Events makes sure to help you envision, plan, and execute this one major decision for your wedding preparation. Our team understands how this can be an overwhelming yet exciting part of gearing up for your dream wedding. We are committed by giving our clients the utmost satisfaction and quality of service for your most-awaited lifetime celebration.
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