(Closed) I'm Puerto Rican, He's Irish!!

posted 6 years ago in Intercultural
Post # 5
1578 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

You could always incorporate traditional foods into the meal. I was trying to think of a good mix otherwise but those are two different cultures! (= Or instead of a cake do a traditional Puerto Rican desert and a tradtional Irish desert?

Post # 7
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m half Salvadorian, half Swedish although culturally, I can identify a lot with the Salvadorian side because my Dad grew up in El Salvador, while my Mom is 9th generation Swede. My fiance is Irish & Scottish.  We’ve joked about having bagpipes & Mariachi but I’m not quite sure about that…  But bagpipes are the one thing he’s said he always wanted so I feel like we have to do it since a lot of the wedding is about what I’ve always wanted 😉  He just started contemplating the kilt but I told him my two requests are that he & his friends do NOT go traditional & that he goes to the tanning salon.  I have a feeling he’ll wear pants 😉

We will also have some of the music at the reception in Spanish.  So basically, I think that’s what we have, bagpipes when he walks in & Spanish music at the reception. The rest will be pretty neutral.

I have a friend who’s family is Indian while her husbands family is pretty much your typical all america family.  What she did was to have a friend design a dress for her that was the style a traditioal Indian sari made with off white satin to add the traditional American twist.  She also had her bridesmaides wear colored saris.  It was beautiful!

I love the idea of mixing the two cultures and I think a lot of it has to do with what about your culture is special to you. 

Good luck & have fun planning!!

Post # 9
560 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Thought I should give it a go since I’m in a similar situation.

A few ideas to have both your cultures mesh up:

-have a bilingual officiant 

-bagpipes playing as your recessional

-add in come Puerto Rican and Irish dishes or desserts

In my case (I’m Dominican, FI’s Hungarian/Czech/Austrian), we’re having empanadas and pierogies during cocktail hour, our priest will welcome the congragation in both English and Spanish, our progams will be in English and Spanish. 

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