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With that in mind, here are twelve great tips for planning a multicultural wedding, originally posted over at Here Comes the Guide. We've just spiced it up a little!
1. Family Chat - Communicate openly with both sides of the family early in the process to discuss which traditions they would like to incorporate.
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2. Your Day - Make it clear that this is your wedding but that you also want to make your families’ customs a part of your day. If they’re not 100% happy with your choices, don’t sweat it. It is hard when money becomes involved but it you remember Tip #1, then Tip #2 should be no problem.
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3. Appropriate Location - Pick a ceremony site that will accommodate your wedding, and know their rules. If you want to get married in a religious center like a church or synagogue, you may need to take classes or follow special guidelines before you can marry there. If you want to sure special decorations or lighting, remember to ask before putting down a deposit.
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4. Third Party - Consider getting pre-marital counseling. It may be the differences that first attracted you to each other, but for a multicultural marriage to stand the test of time important topics like faith, finances, and childrearing should be discussed in detail before you walk down the aisle. Talking over the big stuff with counselors can clarify expectations and help you avoid trouble down the line.
5. Cultural Education - Educate each of your families on what would be considered inapropriate behavior in the other’s social world. A wedding is not the place for cultural faux pas.
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7. Personalize Your Ceremony - Some officiants of differing religions are open to conducting the ceremony jointly and can help you design one that honors both ethnic and religious traditions. Just make sure the ceremony doesn’t try to incorporate too much and run too long.
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10. Festive Food - Get inventive with the food. Fusion cuisine is super popular nowadays, so make a cutting-edge gourmet statement while demonstrating how well two cultures can blend.
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11. Two Steppin' - Schedule dance classes for family members before the big day. Not only is this a fun ice-breaker, but teaching both sides of the family a few key steps will make them more likely to enjoy participating.
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12. It's ALL You - Honoring your families’ cultures is great, but don’t forget to showcase your own personalities. Play your favorite songs and teach Cousin Habib and Tia Elena how to rock the house. Or personalize the wedding favors—chocolates from Ghirardelli Square where you had your first date.
Most important, have fun and enjoy the process. Make it a de Lovely affair!