We included Italian, West Indian (Guyanese/Bajan) and Ukrainian traditions in our wedding. First, I would do some research and make a list of traditions that you like from all three cultures. Google, google and google some more to find them and see how others have incorporated them into their day. We also are musicians, so live music was very important to us and we had friends and family play all night. Of course, they were all very talented (no open stage!!) and everyone loved it! My biggest piece of advice is to make the day about you and your partner, not trying to please everyone else. We incorporated traditions from these different cultures because it was important to us and it went amazingly well! Food, music, and ceremonial elements are probably the three easiest areas where you can give a shout out to each culture. Perhaps a Chinese tea ceremony, some Italian music, and a Uruguayan dessert/cake?
Examples from our wedding:
- married on a Sunday (Italian)
- korovai (Ukrainian wedding bread)
- my dad and I came down the aisle to a Ukrainian folk song sung by his best friend and best friend's daughters
- our good friend made us origami flowers for each plate as the take-home part of the favour as we also made a charitable donation (1/2 poppies for the Ukrainian side and 1/2 pride of Barbados for the Bajan side)
I spent alot of time trying to please everyone at my wedding but there comes a time when you realize you can't please everyone, you can only please yourselves. Remember you are the only ones who will remember the details of the day. I was married in February 2011 and can guarantee no one but us remembers what food was served, music was played etc....
Enjoy YOUR wedding day!
Thank you so much! It is so kind of you to share your thoughts and experiences. It takes off a little bit of the pressure.
Thanks to all who replied.
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