Planning a wedding between two partners of different faiths can be challenging. But what can you, as an event industry professional, do? Here, we will lay out a plan that you can follow. We will break it down for you in what considerations you should make before the wedding, at the event, and at the reception, following. Although this might be tricky, it is not impossible. Your clients and attendees will thank you for following the tips we have laid out here.
Before the Wedding
Before the wedding, encourage the partners to be to talk about their faiths and beliefs. You might even want to suggest premarital counseling. Tell them to take great care in thinking about what officials will help during your wedding. Would you want one, two, or civil officials? Someone from one, both, or a different faith all together? Will you have one or two ceremonies? Help them to understand that both of them should be able to observe their faith and beliefs as part of this event. Then, help them to make it so. Read up on traditions from both sides of the new family. Arrange at least 2-3 get-togethers before the big day.
During the Wedding
During the wedding, you should be careful to include elements of both faiths, based upon what the couple has agreed to. Be sure that you have invited people from both sides of the family. Work with the couple to help them write their vows in such a way that is respectful to both faiths and also very meaningful. Always show your respect toward both sides. Be sure that the official, whoever they might be, is licensed and able to perform legal weddings in your state. Stress the fact that the fusion of faiths, here, is meant to be respective and accepting.
At the Reception
At the reception, encourage comingling of groups. Be sure that you have entertainment and music that everyone can appreciate and that reflects both traditions accurately. Most people find this fun and charming at receptions. Leave out anything that the other side might find offensive. If you need to make special arrangements for food or snacks for one side do so, but in a way that is not very obvious. For example, you might only offer something that both sides of the family can safely eat.