It is witnessed that the number of intercultural weddings has increased very much in recent times. It is not surprising since a large number of youngsters live and work in other states and a cross-cultural setting in offices and companies. It is only natural that they engage with and find their life partners from within their circles. The youngsters of today also have an aversion to ‘arranged’ marriage and find cross-cultural or multi-cultural backgrounds more interesting and acceptable.
Role of a good wedding planner
As a leading wedding planner and events management company in Kochi, Experience Makers faces the challenges of conducting multicultural marriages while keeping in tune with the traditions and customs of both couples. The planners become the confidant and the intermediary between the two families and listen to their ideas and concepts so that the events are conducted smoothly without hitches. At times one family isn’t aware, understand or even comfortable with the customs of the other party. The wedding planner plays a significant role in helping both families come to agreements on the functions and the smooth conduct of it.
The challenges are many
Sometimes the weddings are very complex as both the parties could be of different faiths/religions, cultural backgrounds and coming from a different state/part of the country/of the world. Such weddings pose numerous challenges in their conduct and in the events that are part of it. The task of Experience Makers is to make the event/s joyful and smooth. There is an immense fun aspect to bringing together the traditions and cultures of the bride and groom. It becomes a celebration of the cultures of both individuals in all its glory and essence. It involves a lot of minute planning from the tying of the knot till the final office party is over and the couple goes off on a honeymoon.
How Wedding Planners do it.
First, the wedding planners work with the family and take them into confidence. All the necessary customs are blended in and all the expectations from the wedding are met. The expenses and the venues are selected. The backgrounds, the music, and the costumes that are colour-coordinated and culturally appropriate are chosen. The food is planned according to the traditions of each couple and their families. Ceremony and welcoming etiquette are all kept in mind.
Meeting the religious requirements is the next big challenge. At times the wedding is held in two religious institutions one after the other. This is to meet the religious requirements of the couple as well as their parents and relations. It leads to two separate ceremonies in their places of worship. It becomes interesting and fun – but for the event planners, it has its challenges. Sometimes the marriage is solemnized at the Wedding Registrar’s office and all the norms of such a wedding have to be followed.
Food and entertainment have to be palatable to both sections and should keep in tune with the sensibilities. The caterers have to be informed about this well and advance and the menu has to be carefully chosen. The décor and music have to match the event and must the carefully monitored at all times. Multi-cultural weddings are also a great way to become acquainted with and enjoy the elements of each other’s culture. It can be a totally fun event with the best of both being presented.
Guests will have a gala time tasting the best of both cultures as far as food and drinks go. The uniqueness and speciality of each culture can be brought to the fore with their authentic cuisines and music.