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Wedding Cultural Differences

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When people plan to marry, they expect their partner to be their lover and friend. In marriage we are looking for a partner who will be able to understand our values, likes and dislikes. After all, the person with whom you plan to share the rest of your life with needs to know they can share their opinions, emotions and fears with you. Because of these factors it is important to know what the Wedding cultural differences are. Just because you do one thing, it does not mean that your spouse to be will do it the same way.

So, then what is a cultural difference? When most refer to cultural difference, they are referring to two people from different countries or even different races. In general every marriage is considered cross-cultural, due to each family doing things their own way. More commonly cultural differences involve traditions and family values, which will vary depending on many factors. In order to be sure that you do not cross lines during your wedding, you will need to make sure that you are aware of the differences and what steps need to be taken to meet the needs of both parties.

One thing that you can do, is take the time to learn as much information as you an about your partners culture, traditions and lifestyles. You will find that you are not only learning about what their family values, but you are learning about your partner. Keep in mind that you may not always understand their feelings, and they yours, but maintaining respect is the key. Some of the items that should be looked at, in order to meet any wedding cultural differences are.

Attendance: It is important to meet the needs of both marital parties by inviting every relative, acquaintance, college or business partners should be considered. Attendance to a wedding shows that you care and honor the family to be.

Appropriate Dress: For women, nice dresses, such as church attire, or something you would wear at home is ok. For men, business suit or long-sleeved shirts with slacks are very fitting. As an example: it would be very appropriate to wear long sleeved dress to a Eastern Indian wedding reception.

Gifts: Since the mid-90ís, inclusions in the additional wording on the invitation stating not to bring gifts or floral displays is a great way of asking for money instead of gifts. This will prevent you from receiving 15 of the same items. Place a beautifully decorated box with a slit in the top at the reception desk. Sometimes numbering the envelope to align with the guest book will allow you to know which monetary gift was from whom.

Once you realize what your wedding cultural differences are, you will be able to better plan your wedding so that you are able to meet all the needs of your family and guests.



See Also

Wedding Cultural Differences
Christian Weddings
English Weddings
Hindu Wedding
Irish Weddings
Jewish Weddings
Monsoon Wedding
Muslim Weddings
Scottish Weddings
Sikh Wedding
Wedding Traditions

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