Planning a mixed-culture wedding is an exciting and epic experience, but it can also be overwhelming, especially if you and your partner come from different cultural backgrounds. A mixed culture wedding offers a unique opportunity to blend two different traditions and create a celebration that reflects your unique love story.
However, it can be challenging to navigate the complexities of merging two cultures, and that's where a multicultural wedding planner can help. In this blog post, we'll share five modern wedding ideas for 2023 that a multicultural wedding planner can suggest to their couples, from hiring a celebrant to creating a sustainable and inclusive wedding day.
With these tips from With Akilah and Co, you can plan a memorable and meaningful mixed-culture wedding that honors both of your heritages.
1. Hire a celebrant to create a beautiful blend of cultures and traditions
More and more couples are opting for personalised wedding vows that reflect their unique relationship and cultural backgrounds. But have you considered a Humanist Celebrant? Celebrants can allow a personal wedding ceremony with no detail left unturned. So if there are parts of a traditional ceremony that cringes on you, you don't need to include them. For example when myself and my fiance heard "till death do us part" we thought it was a bit "not us", and a wedding celebrant would have scripted new parts to support us.
2. Having a modern multicultural wedding can still mean being sustainable!
Sustainability is becoming a major trend in the wedding industry, and for good reason (not that we love trend following). Your wedding planner can help you incorporate eco-friendly practices into your big day, such as using recycled or compostable materials, choosing locally-sourced food from local caterers and local florists, and donating leftover food to local charities.
3. Finding a Non-Traditional Wedding Venue in London for your Mixed Culture Wedding.
It's time to opt for unique spaces and think beyond traditional wedding venues we find in the mags. Don't get me wrong, it's not going to be an easy find. But when you do find a venue that is unique for you, there will be no regrets. You must find a space that reflects your personality and culture. Look out for small details in the venue that reflects a small piece of your culture that can be pointed out on the big day. Or choose a neutral venue that allows you to incorporate elements from both cultures.
This can be a great way to blend traditions and create a unique and memorable celebration. When you hire your wedding planner, they can help draw other elements in your mixed culture wedding day that will make your wedding day truly unforgettable.
4. Start by learning about each other's cultures and traditions.
So this tip is if you want to blend two cultures that represent you through your heritage. You may not yet understand the important customs and rituals of each family. By starting here you can help plan a wedding that is respectful and meaningful for all included.
Once you know your favorite parts of each tradition you can chop and change and merge (and that's our favorite part about a mixed cultured wedding). Multicultural weddings are becoming more common, and as your wedding planner, we can help you incorporate cultural elements into your wedding day in a way that feels authentic and meaningful.
5. Time to pop out our favorite phrase: Diversity & Inclusivity.
Inclusivity is becoming a major movement in the wedding industry, with couples seeking to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all their guests. That is already a given I am sure, mixed cultured couples don't usually have to consider this as a thought. However, you will be surprised about our family and friend expectations. With your wedding planner, you can build ideas to incorporate diverse and inclusive elements into your mixed culture wedding day, such as providing gender-neutral bathrooms, offering vegan and gluten-free menu options, choice of music and outfits, and ensuring accessibility for guests with disabilities.
These are just a few modern wedding ideas for 2023 that multicultural wedding planners can suggest to their clients. By staying on top of the latest trends and incorporating cultural elements into their weddings, couples can create a truly unforgettable celebration that reflects their unique love story.
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