People come from all over the world to live in the Washington, DC area. Some are immigrants. Some work for embassies or for international non-profits or corporations. Some come here to study. When it comes to cultures we live in a rich and diverse area and people do mix it up. This is especially true when it comes to weddings. Adding meaningful cultural elements to a wedding not only personalizes this special day but also honors the past.
I have worked with many couples who come from different backgrounds and want to honor each of their traditions. Debbie is from a Chinese family while Art’s family is from Thailand. At the same time, both are very American. They celebrated all this with three ceremonies: 1) The “white dress” ceremony complete with wedding party including ring bearers; 2) the Chinese Tea Ceremony where relatives were formally introduced and both changed clothes with the bride wearing red; and finally 3) the Thai Water Blessing where both wore white and gold traditional garb and all 300 guests came up to anoint their hands with water.
It doesn’t have to take quite that much though to add a flavor of one’s heritage to a wedding. Continue reading