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Short Summary: Here are some ideas of ways to bring the heritage of you and your spouses' families into the day that you will be joining those families together.
If you’re like most people, your wedding day will be one of the happiest and most important days of your life. There is no other day when more of your loved ones will be gathered to focus on you and your beloved or when you will have more photos taken of you that you will cherish for a lifetime. Why not include a celebration of your heritage to make these things even more special and uniquely you? Here are some ideas of ways to bring the heritage of you and your spouses’ families into the day that you will be joining those families together.
Many cultures have unique elements to their wedding ceremonies. Even if you‘re not interested in having the traditional ceremony of your ancestors, it’s easy to incorporate small elements into a modern ceremony. If you do a bit of research, you’re bound to find something that will fit your style, add a little flair, and give a nod to your family. For instance, Italian grooms traditionally carried a small piece of iron in their pockets to ward off evil spirits and in Sweden; couples enter the church together rather than the bride entering with her father. After the vows in Mexico, to symbolize the couple’s eternal unity, the priest would wrap a lasso that was a large rosary, rope, or band of flowers, in a figure eight around the couple’s necks.
Weddings offer many opportunities for impressing your guests with music and entertainment. Though you’ll probably want to have modern music at the reception for dancing, you can set aside a moment to dance a traditional Italian tarantella or enter your reception to the lively Moroccan zaffa. During the ceremony, you can enter to bagpipes if you’re Scottish or hire a singer to perform traditional hymns. The cocktail hour is also a good opportunity to showcase your ancestry with entertainment, such as Irish dancers or a Mexican mariachi band.
Many cultures have beautiful and attention-grabbing traditional garments that would make anyone jealous of your wedding photos for years to come. In China, brides traditionally wore a dress called a qipao that was made of red silk and covered in intricate gold embroidery, and Indian couples are known for their elaborate and colorful attire. For a full effect, consider including the whole wedding party, such as dressing the groom and his attendants in kilts if your heritage is Celtic (Irish, Scottish or Welsh). If your bridal party isn’t keen on the idea of dressing up fully, consider small touches such as the traditional bouquet of Swedish bridesmaids, which were made of strong-smelling weeds, or use small touches like boutonnieres or cufflinks to add some traditional elements.
If your heritage has a lot of delicious food, why not treat your guests to enjoying some of the traditional fare? Every culture has food they are known for that would be sure to please your guests, and a little research is sure to turn up something that will fit your budget and your tastes. Don‘t forget the cake! Consider a traditional English fruit cake, a French croquembouche, a Norwegian ring cake, or top your cake with a cedar sapling that you’ll plant at your first home like they do in Bermuda.