6 Secrets to Making Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies Work
Planning an interfaith wedding ceremony is challenging. It is the union of two people who grew up in different cultures and are use to different traditions and customs. Religious beliefs are also different. Depending on the faith that you grew up in, you may have certain traditions that you and/or your family believes are an important part of a wedding ceremony.
Most of the time, problems stem from the fact that either you, your partner, or your parents are unhappy with some part of the ceremony – either with something that is being included or something that is being left out.
At times, it can seem like there’s no way to make everyone happy.
To help make these issues seem less overwhelming, here’s a list of things you can do to help your interfaith wedding go smoothly.
1. Go to each other’s church or take courses in your soon to be spouse’s faith to help develop a better understanding of his or her beliefs.
2. Take your time with your engagement and discuss issues that may come up in your future, such as which faith(s) you want your family to practice. This is especially important if you are planning on having kids.
3. Consider counseling from both faiths if you’re having trouble dealing with issues coming up or at least set aside time to calmly address the problems on your own.
4. Sit down with each other’s family and discuss your plans. Remember to be as patient as possible with them as this may be hard for them to understand at first.
5. Find a wedding officiant who understands your situation and truly believes in your marriage and what you are choosing.
6. Try to include both faiths in the ceremony as well as you can. This may mean that you do the first part with one faith and the second with the other. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to get creative and really personalize it.
If you do these things you can have an awesome and unique ceremony that is sure to please everyone, most importantly, you and your partner.