Post # 1
Now that my boyfriend and I are talking rings, my mind is all over the place with wedding ideas. My dream wedding would be a Spanish inspired wedding. I’m Latina, and a have lots of latino family members (of the ones that would come though would be less than 10). I want Spanish guitar, lots of tapas, sangria and live paella catering. Also want lots of reds, golds, pops of yellow and orange and blue. Think the color of spanish tiles.
My only issue is my boyfriends side of the family…isn’t very cultural? They probably don’t even know what paella is. Which is fine, but do you think they might not have fun at this kind of wedding? I want to play salsa and bachata (common latin music) and I feel like they just wouldn’t really “get it”. It almost sounds mean to say. There’s nothing wrong with it but I wouldn’t want to throw a wedding where 90% of the people going wouldn’t really feel like they fit in.
But at the same time, maybe I’m thinking too hard about this and they’d love the new experinces and culture. I mean, paella is pretty tasty. 🙂
So just curious what other people think.
Post # 2
I think you should do it, and they will have a blast even if they aren’t familiar with everything that’s happening. We’re having a cultural wedding and my Fiance, his family, and a lot of our friends are white American/Canadian, so they’re not exactly familiar with my cultural traditions. They’re really excited to come nonetheless! Just be prepared for lots of questions, which is fair.
Post # 3
Do it. The best weddings I’ve been to or worked (I worked for a catering co when I was younger) were always the ethnic or cultural weddings.
And your ideas in particular sound fabulous. I want to go!
Post # 4
I would do it! As long as your wedding is true you as a coupple it will be great. Just make sure that your DJ knows how to keep the party going and mix different styles of music.
Post # 5
I also have a “not very cultural” family. They do not respond well to the ethnic dishes that I bring to family gatherings if they’re all mixed up (think salads or chopped dishes with many ingredients). I think it boils down to being able to tell what kind of ingredients are in the recipe? Paella could be an issue, TBH. You should be fine if you have the ingredients all separated out and let them scoop and customize the dish to their liking. Let them sprinkle on the spices as desired.
Post # 6
I’m the pickiest person ever and I like paella. Not going to do a weird one… I’d go with meat paella. Spanish rice with saffron cooked in chicken broth with chorizo (Spanish sausage), chicken, pork and red and green peppers and pees and onions. Basic paella. Nothing too crazy 😂 tapas would be Serrano ham with cheese, garlic shrimp, salsa and chips. Food would be very Spanish but not crazy.
Thank you guys for all the advice! Keep it coming 🙂
Post # 7
I would be really really excited to have paella at a wedding 🙂
Post # 8
That sounds delicious, and easy to eat even for picky eaters. I’m not one, but my Fiance is a little bit picky and he would eat all of that. I would include a couple of veggie dishes and make sure the shrimp don’t come with heads on like they serve them in Spain…now that would be off-putting for people who aren’t used to a wide variety of food and have never seen them come like that.
Post # 9
I didn’t think of that! Definitely no heads, haha. I’ve considered doing a veggie only paella, but of the people who are coming I think only like 2 people are actually strict vegetarians. Of the compnaies I’ve looked at, they all include salads. I was thinking of having a veggie/cheese/fruit platter too, with the tapas. I got plenty of time to plan 🙂
Post # 10
I love the sound of this theme and think it’ll just be so bright and fun I can’t imagine anybody disliking it, even if they don’t necessarily associate it all as Spanish. The food sounds amazing – how can you not want to eat paella and tapas and drink sangria until you’re wobbly? 🙂
We go to Lanzarote (Canary islands) every year and this is just absolutely making me yearn to be there again <3
Post # 11
I think a Spanish themed wedding would be great. You could look into have a flamenco guitarist/duo for music. I’m born in the US, but all my family is from Spain, and although it took my picky husband a few tries to get him to eat the food he loves it now! A lot of it sounds scary but it really isn’t. I’d recommend having patatas bravas (you could put the sauce on the side), pa amb tomàquet (simple bread w/ olive oil and tomato rubbed on it), olives, Meatballs in tomato Sauce, Spanish omelette (like a frittata), and an Iberico meat and cheese platter with some fruit to accompany it. These are sorta standard, easy foods for people who don’t really know Spanish cuisine. You can also have arras (13 coins) incorporated into the ceremony and get a mantilla veil.
Post # 12
I’m Hispanic also, so I absolutely love your idea of a Spanish-inspired wedding. I wouldn’t worry about introducing less-known flavors and different aesthetic elements to your FI’s family and guests. Just as people tried and loved Italian, Thai, Mexican – among many others – food, they will love Spanish food.
I’d like to share some ideas:
If you will have bridesmaids, what about a gold dress, with a Spanish shawl?
Instead of a bridal headpiece, a Cordobés hat with flowers:
Substitute champagne with a Spanish sparkling wine such as Freixenet or Sidra Asturiana (very light and refreshing):
Spanish fans, either incorporated in your decor, or instead of bouquets:
You might want to consider these for your menu:
fig bread (so good with goat cheese!):
and, of course, churros with hot chocolate!
Post # 13
Love your ideas!!! Especially the Spanish sparkling wine and churros, I already want manchego cheese and serrano ham, so delcious!
Post # 14
So glad! ¡Muchas felicidades, y que tengas una hermosa boda!