Post # 1
I thought I’d pose the question to the community here, and see what kinda hints I can get. I’m a white girl, and my fiancee is of Indian (Hindu) descent. We’d love to tie in some Indian wedding customs, but will not have a traditional Indian wedding, as he is not a practicing Hindu or really even all that tied, culturally speaking, to his heritage. I would love to hear any ideas that we could tie into the ceremony. Thanks for your thoughts!
Post # 3
Things you can do:
-Put Indian food on the menu!!!!
-Include some fun Indian music in the DJ’s mix (banghra’s very popular).
-Perhaps include some Hindu traditions in the marriage ceremony? He may not be very religious but perhaps his family would really appreciate a nod to their traditions in the ceremony. It’s traditional to exchange floral garlands (kind of like big leis) in a Hindu ceremony. That might be a reltively easy one to include.
-Wear Indian jewellery?
-Maybe he can wear a traditional Indian wedding outfit (shervani) while you wear your traditional white?
I’m Indian too by the way – can you guess 🙂 By the way, I think it’s great that you are making an effort to include his culture in the wedding!
Post # 4
My fiance is also Indian, but he does not want to include any cultural things into the wedding. We were going to have our bridesmaids wear bright colored saris (orange and bright pink); my bridesmaids loved this idea because they flatter any body type, but in the end my fiance decided he didn’t want anything even remotely indian. I really like the idea of mixing cultures. I think ruby80 has some great ideas!
Post # 5
My husband & I have a mix of cultures, too. We wanted to add some elements, but not make it the focal point so we did mostly traditional wedding things.
But for the cake cutting, we both changed into traditional Asian outfits and everyone loved it. Then we immeidately changed back into the white gown & tux.
So if your Fiance doesn’t want to wear traditional Indian garb for the whole thing, maybe you can both change at some point to pay homage to the Indian heritage?
How about designing your cake to be more colorful like Indian fabric? And working in some Indian items for the favors? Just a couple of ideas of how to work it in, but if you want to make it more of a focal point, go for it!
Post # 6
A friend of mine (Dutch-Canadian Baptist background) married a Pentacostal South Indian. For the Canadian wedding she wore a white lengha and she had a mendhi party.
Another friend is a German-Canadian convert to Islam who married a Yemeni-Indian Muslim guy. She wore a white dress, but her bridesmaids wore bright coloured lenghas/saris and the decor/flowers were red and gold.