And after getting that ring on your finger, you must wonder – how will this blending of two cultures all come together?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it can and it will. With a little help and advice you can make your dream wedding come true even as complicated as it might become!
First thing is first, don’t stress out! Putting together details for your wedding day will come together. But first it’s a priority to discuss with both of your parents what is to come. Have a plan ready for them. Let them know of how you saw it all come together. Either you have two separate weddings on two separate days, or have it all happen on one single day (trust me it’s possible)!
As wedding planners, we see and experience it all. A way to save some money is to have both ceremonies on the same day. If it is a South Asian Event, usually the South Asian Ceremony will take place in the morning. With the time crunch, and getting all of your guests to enjoy the day of the Wedding, try having the Second Ceremony right before cocktail hour. This way it can flow right into the Reception, you’ll have changed you attire. Keep the second ceremony short and sweet!
There are a bunch of options that you can play around with. You can have the first Non-Denominational Ceremony in the morning, with the second ceremony to follow at the next venue that would again flow right back into the Even to having two separate weddings entirely – whether it is in the same state, or two entirely different states.
From one of our own very experienced Planners, Zeena Roy, who has planned so many Fusion Weddings in her 16 year career, her advice to brides who are planning such a wedding is this: “I would say find a way to incorporate the non-Indian aspect of the ceremony. For e.g. maybe have a non-denominational officiant come and incorporate ring exchange or announcing you as husband and wife. It doesn't have to be long. For sure have a wedding program that translates and describes the ceremony so that guests can follow during the ceremony. Non-Indian wedding guests are thrilled to be part of your special day, They will want to understand the culture and cuisine. Introduce couple of non-Indian dishes such as bruschetta or stuffed mushroom and maybe a pasta for dinner.”
“After all it is about two cultures, traditions and cuisine coming together. “ Zeena Roy
BBFN (Bridal Bliss for Now),