Planning Your Perfect Fusion Wedding
After years of dreaming about your special day, the time has finally arrived! You and your new fiancé are officially able to start planning your dream wedding! You are both thrilled and blissfully happy, but there’s one small hiccup… your families both want completely opposite wedding styles! The fusion of your two families’ cultures into one wedding sounds challenging, and it seems almost impossible to please everyone. However, don’t fret! This epic fusion wedding guide will solve all your wedding problems!
A Guide to Seamlessly Blending Two Cultures
First thing’s first: discuss the things that are most important to you both. This might include the tastiest foods, fun dance music, and/or games to bring everyone together. Remember, this is your day. Family members may have input, but this is all about what makes you and your fiancé feel special on the most important day of your lives. Just have fun with it, and don’t take the day too seriously. This is a celebration after all!
Fusion Wedding Foods
One way to showcase two styles is to set up catering that has food from both of your cultures. If you aren’t into “fusion style” foods, you could serve separate dishes. For appetizers, they could serve your favorite gyoza dumplings, edamame, and kimchi, as well as your fiancé’s favorite hot chicken wings, ham-and-cheese sliders, and bacon-wrapped peppers. Trust me, your guests will never be unhappy with lots of variety. There will be a dish that everyone likes! This small touch may not seem major, but food has a special way of bringing everyone together.
Dance the Night Away!
Another way to fusion your two cultures together is through dance. A popular wedding trend today is to choreograph a dance number with your new spouse and perform it at the reception. If you are trying to incorporate Indian culture into the wedding, you could both learn a traditional Bollywood dance number! You could even get your bridesmaids and groomsmen involved to make it a fun group event! Or add in a country-line dance such as “Copperhead Road.” Choreographed dance numbers are a huge hit at weddings, and you are sure to bring smiles to your guests’ faces!
Let the Games Begin
Another way to bring everyone together is through playing fun wedding games! In many Chinese weddings, a fun game to play is Four Flavors of Life. This game is meant to represent the many “flavors” of marriage — some good, some bad. In this game, you line up several foods, some being sweet, spicy, sour, or salty. The bride and groom are blindfolded and are given a blind taste test. It is hilarious to watch their reactions as they taste the foods and try to guess each one! This would be a great way to not only try foods from each culture, but also to have a funny group game to make everyone feel welcome.
Celebrate Your Way
At the end of the day, it’s up to you to determine how much of each culture you would like to incorporate into your fusion wedding. Just because something is thought to be a “must” at a traditional Asian or American wedding doesn’t mean you have to use it in your ceremony or reception. This wedding is about celebrating your unique union in your own special way!
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