An interfaith wedding is the blending of two different religions and cultural backgrounds. Since the 1950’s when interfaith couples made up just 20% of weddings in the United States, the trend has grown considerably in the 21st century. Today, 45% of weddings in the United States are made up of interfaith couples. When planning an interfaith wedding, it is important for the bride and the groom to stay true to who they are and what they believe, but to also be open to their new partners beliefs and remain open-minded when planning the big day.
Looking for inspiration for your own interfaith wedding? Good news! We have found some ways to help make the planning process go smoothly for everyone!
First thing’s first- a serious talk is essential. Whether the conversation happened early on in the relationship, or after the engagement, you must make sure both parties have expressed what’s important to them to include in the wedding. It could be a particular prayer being read, a religious custom, or the choice in officiant, as long as the couple’s individual and common beliefs come through.
Another important part of bringing two religious backgrounds together is talking to both families. The couple should discuss how they want to approach each family, and make sure to show them a united front. That should eliminate a lot of conflict that could arise.
Some couples may opt for a more neutral ceremony and instead bring their cultural and religious backgrounds into the reception. Many cultures are identified by food, and it is such a fun and easy way to infuse both backgrounds together. Music and décor are both also great ways to accomplish that too.
Bringing two families together is not always easy, especially when there are differences in religion and culture. But with an open-mind, support for each other and a lot of love, it’s sure to be a wonderful day and a happy life!
See You Soon,
~Paula & Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests.