(Closed) Bicultural marriage tips?

posted 10 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 3
6 posts

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
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

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
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

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
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

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.

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