- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2009
My husband’s parents are Buddhist, my Dad is Jewish/athiest, my Mom and my Stepmom are both nonpracticing Catholic believers. My best friend and I who are only children have adopted each other as sisters. She is Hindu. My husband’s and my other best friends are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu. My husband and I, we celebrate love through all faiths.
For our ceremony, his mentor, and older Buddhist friend, and my mentor, and older Jewish friend were our officiants. In addition to their officiating, 5 others stood up and spoke for us about important aspects of marriage.
Friendship: The basis of the Hindu marriage – from the Sapta Padi. Speech from my “sister.”
Partnership: The basis of the Islamic marriage. Speech from my best friend.
Personal growth: An important aspect of Christian life and relationships. Speech from my husband’s best friend.
Kindness/Compassion: Basis for Buddhist relationships and life. Speech from my husband’s sister.
Attraction/Love: Cornerstone of Jewish marriage, represented in Old Testament. Speech from my best friend.
Our ceremony was truly awesome. Everyone involved was special to us and having them stand up for us like that and support our marriage meant everything. In this way, our wedding also included on a personal level all of our guests through the traditions that are important to them (and are thus important to us). Each year we celebrate the Buddha’s Birthday, Passover, Diwali, Christmas, and Ramadan, among other holidays, with our friends and family. We were so proud of our multicultural ceremony, and all of our guests felt special to be part of a celebration of love between cultures.