Getting married to the love of your life is one of the most exciting milestones you will ever experience. It’s your chance as a couple to create a beautiful fairy tale based on your common preferences. But what if you’re from two different cultures? How do you pull off a multicultural wedding that pays homage to both your backgrounds? Hiring one of the best wedding planners you can find on your destination location with a lot of experience will definitely help, as she will be there to guide you in the planning step by step. Consulting friends, family members, and other couples who have done the same thing is also highly recommended.
Here are some tips on how you can have a wedding that equally represents you and your soulmate.
- Lay it on the table
The best way to strategize is to talk and discuss it. Knowing the ins and outs of each cultural background will be helpful in setting a concrete wedding plan. Get tips and suggestions from relatives and friends that had the same kind of celebration. Identify the traditions that you want to be included in the ceremony and reception.
Pro tip: Include your wedding planner in the meeting to get another person’s perspective on the subject. She can give inputs that you and your betrothed might have overlooked.
2. Keep it balanced
Keeping the celebration balanced as to what rituals and customs you want to include in the will keep the affair simple. This is also to not overwhelm you, your partner, and the guests. Going over-the-top may come across as tacky and less elegant.
Pro tip: Infuse traditions not just at the wedding ceremony but also in the decorations. The easiest way is to take inspiration from your country of origin when it comes to wedding cakes, floral arrangements, music and even artwork design elements.
3. Separate celebrations
If you have a budget to spare, the best way to include both cultures in the affair is to have separate celebrations. This can be a bit costly but in terms of unforgettable experience, this definitely wins it. Bring the party to yours and your hubby’s hometown, immersing each other with your respective backgrounds.
Pro tip: Hire a destination wedding planner to assist you on your out of town/country ceremony. Best hire a local who knows the wedding traditions as well as the best suppliers and deals.
4. Notify your guests
Get your guests involved by letting them know the type of ceremony they will be attending. Brief them of the basic rules (if there are any) like dress code, gift preferences, and proper decorum.
Pro tip: Add a short description of the ceremony on your invitation as a heads up to your guests. Familiarize them with the rituals by outlining them in the wedding program.
5. Make it uniquely your own.
Don’t feel too restricted about your choices. It’s the day you make happy memories – it’s supposed to be fun, enjoyable, and utterly romantic. Don’t think about the dos and don’ts too much. If you want to infuse activities and rituals outside your tradition, do it. It’s your wedding, your rules, at the end of the day.
Pro tip: Get inspired by looking at how other couples have made their weddings unique and special while fusing their own different backgrounds. Ask your partner if he or she has a preferred activity outside tradition that he or she wants to include. Find a way to add it to the program.
6. Find a neutral ground.
If you and your partner can’t decide which cultural background to highlight, why not veer away from both and find a common ground where everyone will enjoy? A destination wedding would be ideal for this kind of arrangement. Get creative by infusing the local rituals and traditions from the destination of your choice to make your union unique and special. For cases like this, it’s best to notify your respective family and friends beforehand so everyone will be in the loop on what will happen.
Pro tip: The first step is finding your destination. Top of mind choice is Greece, as the country hosts numerous weddings all year round. Greece has a lot of options when it comes to venues and suppliers, so the planning will be a breeze. The country also has romantic local wedding traditions that you can include in the ceremony.
This post is brought to you by Maria from Make Happy Memories, an International blog and event planning agency specializing in destination weddings in Greece. Thank you, Maria, for these helpful tips!