Multicultural Wedding Tips

Couples don't have to share tastes -- or even backgrounds -- to have a day they'll both love. Find party tips and ideas for throwing a multicultural wedding.
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Couples don't have to share tastes -- or even backgrounds -- to have a day they'll both love. Find party tips and ideas for throwing a multicultural wedding.

PLANNING

Planning a wedding that's reflective of two backgrounds is tricky. Remember that the most important first step is that the soon-to-be husband and wife get on the same page. Talk about your vision for the ceremony before involving anyone else. Listen to and keep an open mind about your family's ideas and concerns so that everyone is comfortable.

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FLOWERS

Choose flowers that incorporate the bride's heritage, like this Chinese red ginger.

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CAKE

Use items with family history in the dessert, like a cake topper that's been handed down from the bride or groom's grandparents or parents.

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TABLE NAMES

Be creative with table settings -- identify them with words that mean something to you as a couple, like the qualities of a good marriage ("double happiness" or "trust.")

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INVITATIONS + PROGRAMS

Design invitations that reflect both the bride and groom's heritage. For instance, print the invitations in both languages, like Chinese and English. Then, keep the programs very simple.

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WEDDING PARTY

If the bride wants to wear a traditional American white wedding dress, have the bridesmaids wear something that reflects her heritage, like a brightly colored silk kimono.

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RINGS

A heirloom ring is a great way to incorporate family history, like a grandmother's ring. (It's also Chinese tradition to give gold jewelry to the bride.)

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RECEPTION

Little touches of Chinese traditional colors, like red ginger and gold sashes on the chairs, tie in the bride's family's heritage.

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