A wedding symbolizes the unity of not just a couple, but also also their entire families. This is amazing in and of itself. But there is another level of special when it is an interracial wedding. This is the joining of two people who found each other through similarities. Regardless of differences in heritage or cultural upbringing, love overpowers all.
In some interracial weddings, the couple may have had very opposite life experiences. For example, they may have grown up in separate countries. They may even speak different native languages from each other. The couples we photograph choose to celebrate these traits! For example, if the wedding ceremony involves two officiants from two different religions, it will be apparent to all in attendance. So why downplay it?
Special Traditions During Interracial Wedding Ceremonies
If you plan to include special customs in your wedding ceremony, there is an easy way to involve your guests. To accomplish this, print a wedding program that explains a bit about your heritage. If there are cultural practices incorporated into the wedding ceremony, the program is an ideal place to share information about them. This can be specific terms, symbolic clothing, or the meaning behind a poem or reading.
If you do this, your guests will appreciate the insight. It will help them welcome you into your new life together. It will let them feel closer to you, and let them take part in a moment that is significant to you. Otherwise, they will just be observing without really knowing what is going on. They may not even understand which person's culture is being celebrated. So let them in and they will be sure to follow along!
Fun During Interracial Wedding Receptions
The wedding ceremony isn't the only chance to pay tribute to your unique heritages. The reception is also a time to have fun and enjoy the attention :) Even though you may have a playlist of crowd-pleasers and top 40 hits, why not bring your backgrounds into it? For example, if one person comes from a Greek family, then celebrate with some traditional Greek dancing. Or, bring a Mariachi band or bagpiper into the mix.
Regardless of how you choose to commemorate your union, your guests will be all too happy to join in the fun. And if you incorporate some special traditions from each side of the interracial wedding couple, it will involve the whole family. It gives each side a chance to participate and to share their cultural practices. It also the family share their expressions of love for the newly married couple.
This lets the attendees feel like they are a part of something big. It shows that they are more like a connected family unit than strangers. It is a way to let guards down and join together. Just like any extended families meeting for the first time, there may be jitters or excitement. So make sure that everyone knows that they are welcome!
Other Ways Of Including The Family
You don't have to be over the top to make your family feel included at your beautiful interracial wedding. In fact, there are many small ways to bring family members into the celebration. For example, give each sibling a chance to read a passage at the wedding ceremony that is particularly resonant for them. Or, ask each cousin to plan one small detail of the wedding celebration. As long as you don't ask too much of them, your family will be happy to be put to work.
Also, it's a good idea to give your parents the chance to get to know each other before the wedding. This will make the wedding day itself less stressful, because everyone will be working as a tea, unit. Shortly after your engagement, take all the parents out to dinner at a favorite restaurant. This will let them converse in a relaxed setting, away from the actual wedding preparation. They may be surprised by just how much they have in common.
From there, ask your parents how involved they would like to be in the wedding planning. If they are very hands on, and you don't mind, then great! For example, you may want to invite them to your catering tasting, so they get a sneak preview of the menu. Or ask them to help with the bar selection and signature cocktails. That way, they have some say in how the wedding will be without feeling the need to take over the entire process. Chances are, they will just want to know that you are in good hands!
Wedding Photography In San Diego
Of course every exceptional wedding couple needs a photography team to match! For this, we provide wedding photography in San Diego for wonderful couples who become our clients. Hearing how the two of you met makes our work meaningful, because we get to know you as a couple. Because of this, we are able to think up creative and interesting ways to photograph the two of you, as well as your families.
We hope to be your top choice for wedding photography in San Diego. Looking forward to hearing about the details of your wedding!