(Closed) Armenian Wedding when majority are Non Armenian

posted 6 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think its fine and it’s great fun. There no reason to leave your culture out. I personally love going to weddings that are a little different or incorporate people tradition. Some people are very rude though and no matter what you do will have something to complain about, so I think having a mix and enrouage your family members to invite the non armenian friends out on the dance floor and teach them a little bit about the dance!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@karineh:  For all of the reception or just parts? I think having some would be great, but if the majority of your guests are not of that culture it would be hard for them to enjoy it for 3 hours straight, not really knowing how to dance or what was going on.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My friend had a similar situation at her wedding as she’s Persian and her fiance is not. Half her guests were not Persian and none of her bridal party was either. I was actually one of her BMs and I’m Asian! haha

She still incorporated some Persian music during the reception and EVERYONE had a blast dancing regardless of whether we understood the lyrics or not. They played a few Persian dance songs and then some Western songs etc.

When she and her husband did their entrance at the reception, they had Persian music and did a Persian-style dance as their entry and everyone was cheering them on. It was so much fun to watch!

She also made her BMs do a knife dance, which is a traditional Persian dance where we teased the groom with the cake cutting knife, and he had to pay us to relinquish the knife so they could cut the cake! I was so nervous to do my solo performance but everyone was cheering and getting into it, so it turned out to be a lot of fun.

It was such a fun wedding and we loved that she incorporated her culture into the wedding. I don’t think your non-Armenian guests will feel uncomfortable if you make it fun and get your bridal party involved to set the example. Just be sure to intersperse it with other music as well so that you cater for everyone.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

@karineh:  I think you should definitely include Armenian music and dance!  Especially since your culture is important to you.  The guests from your family, who are Armenian, would certainly appreciate it, and I think non-Armenian guests would have a great time.  I went to an Armenian wedding last year, and it was SO much fun.  Maybe a few of your friends and relatives would be willing to help with encouraging your non-Armenian guests to get up and dance if they’re acting a little shy.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

At the risk of overgeneralizing, gosh Armenian girls are so pretty!  That looks like a blast and I (as a white girl) would LOVE to participate!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Definitely include it, looks fun!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012
Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Vera Girl:  I’m Persian and my fiance is Canadian. We are getting married in a month…and you just summed up my wedding! LOL.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Do it.  It’s fun and personal.  Maybe not an entire night of Armenian music and dancing but definitely the first dance and maybe end the evening with lots of it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@SaminZ:  Ahh samesies! Well, my Fiance is Persian, and I’m American. We’re having a traditional Protestant ceremony, but with a sofreh and we will dip our pinkies in honey and feed it to each other. Fairly traditional reception, but we’ll serve Iranian cookies and play Iranian music!

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