Planning an Intercultural Wedding
Let’s be honest:planning a wedding can tricky and time-consuming for everyone involved. However,
navigating family-related challenges might make your wedding planning even morestressful. As the world becomes more and more connected, people are often finding love with partners who have differentbackgrounds and heritages. If you are planning an intercultural wedding, here are a few tips to make your special day beautiful, inclusive and stress-free.
You and your soon-to-bespouse need to have a discussion about which wedding and/or religioustraditions are important to you as individuals. You need to decidecollectively which traditions to include in your ceremony, and you should discuss your plans
in advance with your families so there are no surprises. Marriage is about the joining of two people, and it is alsoabout the joining of your two backgrounds.
After you’ve selected the traditions to include in your ceremony, talk about whether there will bereadings or other special events during the ceremony that incorporate familymembers. Make sure members of both families are represented equally,
and explain anything unfamiliar, emphasizing each part’s significance to you as a couple. If you take the time toinvolve your families and show them that you’ll be combining elements from bothbackgrounds, tensions should decrease from those family members who might bemore set in their ways.
Food has a way of bringing people together, putting guests at ease and making everyone feel more comfortable. If you and your fiancé(e) love certain foods from your own families or cultures, consider representing both at your reception. (If you believe
that the way to a person’s heart is through his/her stomach,this tip is especially for you and your wedding!)
4. Just remember…
Above all else, this dayis for celebrating your marriage. Cultural differences between families might make you feel anxious, but keep in mind that everyone is coming together because of their love for you. Relax,
have funand enjoy yourselves. Remember: this is your wedding day!
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