Bringing together two different cultures and tying in traditional customs requires a lot of thought right from the start. First of all, do you wish for a wedding that speaks of one incredible culture or one that is a fusion of both? Here are some tips on how you can achieve the wedding you have in mind.
Cultural & Traditional celebration :
- Consider which culture you’d wish to incorporate into the day. Ask those close to you what is a ‘must’ and ask yourself what it is you want from your wedding day.
- Magazines and the World Wide Web is a great place for cultural colours and theme ideas. Look at colours which represents you and use them for your wedding design. You can create your own design board or if hiring a wedding planner, discuss with them what colours you have in mind. Ask them in their experience what looks good together.
- You can use props to create the perfect atmosphere and theme. Consider hiring props from a professional company and check that the venue allows the use of them.
- Once you have decided on ’the’ theme… go for it! Guests will love the effort that has been put in.
- … make sure you start with your invitations. The sneak preview to your wedding day!
The Fusion Wedding :
I love the fusion of cultures. It brings uniqueness to weddings and shows the union of both families. So, how can that be brought into one beautiful day?
- Choose a venue that you can make your own, like a marquee for the blank canvas or maybe somewhere that can be easily adapted to your chosen theme.
- Choose traditions from both sides of the family that can be incorporated into the day
- If you have guests that speak different languages, consider doing a speech that involves them, even if it is just a little sentence. I guarantee it makes all the difference!
- Having a marqee wedding or a venue that allows outside catering will mean you can serve the cuisine you wish.
- Put in the little touches. It could be flowers that represent each of you, table names in both languages, choosing two significant colours and pulling them together, carrying out customs that guests will recognise, have Order of Day booklets that details the elements you have chosen and share the wonderful meaning behind it…
Another way to be able to have the best of both is to have two wedding receptions. With each seperate day signifying two different cultures, it seems a good option. In many countries it is popular to do so, in particular when a large number of family and friends are to be invited.
There are many ways to create a fusion wedding. You can choose to go down and have whole she-bang or if traditions allow… pick out your favourites – which I am seeing more of a trend with! … Carms Xx