Post # 1
I’m a Catholic Pilipino (Filipino) and my Fiance is Hindu (Get it? Pilipino/Hindu? Pindu? LOL)
Anyway, we both want to incorporate both our cultures in the ceremony but I don’t know if we should (1) have separate ceremonies or (2) combine into both.
I know #1 would accommodate both our parents and there are Catholic church out there that would be willing to have a ceremony even if one is Catholic. A friend of mine was able to do so (she was Catholic while her husband is Buddhist). As for #2, I have no idea how to combine both.
Anyone else out there have similar situations? Please advice. Thank you.
Post # 3
Where do both families live? Is everybody local?
We had two ceremonies because we had to have our weddings in both India and in the U.S. If my husband’s family resided in the U.S., we probably still would have done two seperate ceremonies, but had them on the same day and then had a hybrid reception. (Mixture of foods, dancing, etc. for both cultures)
Post # 4
@Jenn23: Yes, both our parents are local. However, other immediate family (ie. parent’s siblings are in India or Philippines). We are definitely going to have a hybrid reception so plans for the ceremony is still up in the air. =/
Post # 5
Well, which way are you and your fiance leaning? Do you like the idea of one ceremony or two seperate ceremonies? I personally would have two so that I could wear both the Indian and American dresses and have two seperate officiants, etc. But if you like the idea of having just one ceremony in which you can incorporate Catholic and Hindu customs, go for it! Plus, you can always wear one dress for the ceremony, then a second dress for the reception!
Post # 6
Hi Dub D,
Here are some ideas to incorporate both ceremonies:
1) Have 2 officiants or have an interfaith officiant who will speak to both cultures. Make sure the officiants explain the meanings behind the religious rituals.
2) Have the ceremony in a non-religious venue (outdoors, reception hall, etc).
3) Combine the rituals. Do the seven rounds around a fire and exchange vows and rings afterwords instead of garlands. Or have a bharat come to the church.
Hope that helps!
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