Planning a wedding can already be a time-consuming and potentially stressful process if you go in unprepared for what comes with it. The possibility for stress can be amplified when you look at multicultural weddings with varied customs. When tackling multicultural weddings, it’s crucial to keep in mind a couple of things to look out for and what you should avoid to ensure the wedding is appropriate for everyone.
DO: Have clear and open communication with both families involved.
The key thing to keep in mind when planning your wedding is to have open communication between all parties involved. This avoids misunderstandings and makes the overall process more fluid. Open communication is especially important when both families come from different cultural backgrounds. What might be considered appropriate in one culture may not be appropriate in another.
DON’T: Make assumptions when planning your wedding without doing your research.
Although you may think the smallest details and decisions may go unnoticed, it can make all the difference if it conflicts with the cultural values of either family. From the seating arrangement to proper greetings, it’s highly recommended that you take the time to research what is considered appropriate before the day of your wedding.
DO: Educate your guests on customs you want to include during your ceremony.
If there are particular customs that you include during your ceremony, inform your guests ahead of time to make sure everyone is on the same page. This will help your guests have a better understanding and truly appreciate your wedding ceremony’s symbolism.
DON’T: Forget this is YOUR wedding.
Although you may want to plan your wedding in a way that makes EVERYONE happy, remember that this is your special day. It’s great if you can accommodate all of your guests. However, you should plan your wedding how you want to and to your satisfaction.
Having a multicultural wedding can be a melting pot of different backgrounds and customs, often producing some of the most beautiful moments. Exposing your families to each other’s cultures is a perfect way to bring everyone together. If you’re planning a wedding, we’d love to be a part of the experience through our hosting & DJ services. Give us a call to get started.