Post # 1
🙂 we are unique. I havent heard too many comments from our families, i live in a tiny town so we get the occasional comments from people in the town.
My Fiance father is from the middle east, however my Fiance was born and raised in the united states. I really want to try and encorporate some arab traditions into our wedding, but so far i havent found a ton. It seems that wedding traditions are very sumilar.
Are there any other brides out there marrying middle eastern men? how are you encorporating any of that into your wedding?
we are honeymooning in the middle east, so im getting ready for a culture shock
Post # 3
Where do you live? Just curious.
Post # 4
not a wedding tradtion but my best friend married a guy from Iraq (his family was refugees from the 1st iraq war) and they had belly dancers at their reception for entertainment – it had lots of people up and dancing
Post # 5
We live on the west coast. however hes military so he used to be stationed and spent most of his teen years in SC. We will be having a second reception there.
I like the idea of belly dancers… his sister does it. But it wouldnt be for us. I am pretty conservative as are most of my family members. Keep the ideas coming and thanks for your posts i love reading these!
Post # 6
You have to do the dubka–it’s a traditional, easy folk dance. And it’s a lot of fun!
My friend’s Muslim in-laws belly-danced at her wedding, while they were wearing hijab. The aunties just tied a scarf around their hips. So conservative doesn’t preclude belly-dancing.
Post # 7
I agree with ShirleyTemplar — I’ve seen belly dancing done VERY tastefully!
Post # 8
Doesnt Belly dancing fit more with india?
His relatives are from Jordan.
I love folkdancing thanks for the suggestion
Post # 9
I’ve done the dubka (although I’ve never known how to spell it) at weddings and I’m sure my aunts will request it at mine, it is really easy involving about 4 steps in a circle.There’s another one which I only remember as the doorknob dance because you need to rotate your hands in the air as if you ae opening a doorknob.
I think the best would be to incoporate some Middle Eastern food like hummus or rolled grape leaves as aps. or barklava (the middeleastern version is slight ly different but I don’t know how to spell it.
I’ve also been to a wedding with an Arabic band which was interesting but would be a bit odd if you don’t have many guests who are familiar with that type of music.
Post # 10
yes there will DEFINATLY be hummus there 🙂 my future brother in law makes it from scratch and its amazing. thanks for all the ideas ladies keep them coming!
Post # 11
hehehe we love our middle eastern men 🙂
Post # 12
My Fiance is Assyrian and his mom is hard core into tradition but of course my day, my way!! We are incorporating the traditional assyrian procession line for the wedding party/bride groom enterance and then having an assyrian singer. I love his culture so it should be fun but not too overwhelming in tradition.
Post # 13
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@Mrs.Rabieh: no, bellydancing isn’t Indian. 🙂 It’s an Arab dance form.
Where in the Middle East is his father from? He might be a good source of information (or if he has any aunts on that side, they would be even better to get ideas from). Food is always an easy way to incorporate another culture. You could also do a henna party before the wedding… you could do it months before as a bridal shower event if you’re not keen on it in your wedding photos, too. I forget the Arabic name for it but it translates to “Night of the Henna” and is traditionally done the night before the wedding.
Post # 14
Fiance is half Lebanese… mostly identifies with his culture through food but we can’t bring any due to food safety laws (his aunt was going to make some apps but they need to come from our caterer and he can’t make them).
I also would like to incorporate it since we’re incorporating his other half- Irish- in the wedding. But something maybe less extreme since they’re all a few generations removed from Lebanon.
Post # 15
My daughter is half-Syrian (Arab) however very identified with her arab culture, tradition and religion. She is marrying an American guy, but he is a convert to Islam so they share the same faith. We are having the wedding in the states, hotel ballroom, but incoporatation a lot of Arab/Syrian tradition in the wedding. The Islamic ceremony was held privately in our home several months ago, so “wedding” will be just a really big party.
Most of the food will be middle eastern, but we are incorporating a few American items. Bride will enter the venue through the hotel hallway which will be lined with guest and she will be proceeded by a small zeffe/arada (group of traditional singer/chanters who play the drums). She will meet her groom at the ballroom doorway and enter with him to greet the guests and have the first dance. They will have a small stage with seating for the bride and groom, which is traditional in the middle east. The music will be a mix of arabic and English. Bride and groom will cut the cake with a large middle eastern sabre, which is also traditional. I am sure there will also be dabke dancing.
Our decor is a mix of “Arabian Nights and Moroccan” with the table centerpieces being Moroccan lanterns surrounded by jewel tone crystal and jewel tone votives over satin overlays. Chair covers and napkins will be gold satin. Hope this helps! Middle Eastern weddings are lots of fun.
Post # 16
Middle east food especially dessert baklawa and I agree with ShirleyTemplar. Belly dancing can be done tastefully.