We think that multicultural, cultural and culture-infused weddings are pretty special. Why? Well, what is a wedding? A wedding is a celebration of love; love that is shared by two individuals who have chosen to live their lives in tandem. Isn’t that, above all else, a description of unity? Weddings unify individuals, friends, families and traditions.

Each person comes into marriage with a unique culture, history, voice and identity. So, in a sense, every wedding is multicultural; a wedding always involves the combination of two personal cultures.

But there are also weddings we call multicultural because they combine two broader cultures that have social, national, geographical or spiritual foundations. Whether two people come from different cultures or have the same cultural background, their wedding is an opportunity to express their cultural heritage in a combined or new way.

In other cases, two individuals might have the same cultural background but choose to infuse their wedding with the artistic or spiritual elements of another culture. What are the guidelines in this case? In general, it is always important to be respectful. Make sure to engage with other cultures out of genuine affinity and admiration, and do so in authentic, non-stereotypical ways. You might also consider consulting representative members of the culture you admire.

Respect is paramount. But we also live in a world in which “culture” is a complex concept full of hard-to-isolate variables. Today, many cultures value inclusivity and promote mutual interaction. There is so much beauty in the mixture of various cultures.

Regardless of what having a multicultural wedding means to you, we know that if it is designed thoughtfully, the results will be sheer magic. Weddings that are rich in culture or that incorporate multiple cultures are so beautiful because they amplify what is essential to marriage: loving unity.

Click though the slideshow below to see some of our favorite multicultural weddings.

 

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Titanium Pendants | Reply

So stunning and beautiful wedding pictures, great shoot,thanks for your sharing.

Cristina | Reply

So many beautiful cultures and customs, loved this post! :-)

Skylar Caitlin | Reply

What a great compilation of inspiration! Weddings should reflect two individuals coming together + since our heritage is often such an important part of what makes us who we are, shouldn’t these customs be celebrated at our weddings? This slideshow perfectly shows how to infuse your wedding with tradition can be the key to making it authentically you!

Sarah Chancey | Reply

Multicultural weddings are a favorite over here – love that you compiled this!!

Shaun - Wedding Videos | Reply

So beautiful. Great wedding photos :)

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