If you and your betrothed come from far different religious or cultural backgrounds, you may find wedding planning a challenge. Although your big day is ultimately about you and your soon-to-be spouse, it's important to take the wishes and comfort of your guests (particularly family members) into account when making plans. Read on for several unique and inclusive venues for weddings that attempt to combine a myriad of religions and cultural traditions.
An Outdoor Park
Nature plays a role in just about all of the world's major religions, from the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the nature-based poems and prayers of the Wiccan faith. Because of this, having your wedding or reception outdoors can be a good way for you and your guests to connect to the natural world without placing one religion or culture above another.
Having your wedding and reception outdoors can also be convenient; although you'll certainly want to have a Plan B location indoors (or otherwise shielded from the elements), it's far easier to have guests simply meander over to the food and drinks than try to arrange transportation from one location to another while also posing for pictures and performing all the other last-minute tasks asked of a bride and groom.
A Hotel Ballroom
One of the advantages of having your celebration in a hotel ballroom wedding venue is its versatility; while churches can leave you little opportunity to add your own special touches, hotel ballrooms are designed to be easily transformed. You may opt to intermingle your families in the seating arrangements, ensuring they'll get to know each other better, or split the room down the middle and customize your décor to appeal to each side of the family.
Consider Multiple Celebrations
If you're certain there's no good way to combine both families' cultures into one location or ceremony, your best bet may simply be to host multiple celebrations. You may choose to have an intimate religious wedding in a temple or church, then host a blow-out bash for all your family and friends at a nondenominational recreational center, or even have two separate ceremonies honoring the unique and important religious and cultural traditions of you and your new spouse.
While planning two weddings (or even just a single wedding and multiple receptions) can be a challenge for any stressed bride and groom, doing so is often far simpler than trying to combine all the necessary and relevant traditions and prayers into one inclusive ceremony.