Cultural weddings or two ceremonies...anyone?

I am lucky to be having two weddings; one will be my cultural traditional Ghanaian wedding next month in Ghana. The other will be the western wedding in Atlanta, GA during the month of october next year. So technically, i will be married next month:-) I know that couples from different countries or cultures tend to have more than 1 ceremony. I dont see a lot of posts about cultural weddings or weddings with multiple traditional ceremonies. I am just wondering if there are any of such couples on PW. if so what kind of traditional ceremony (with country of origin) are you having in addition to the western wedding

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 6:59 am
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SandP09
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We're doing two ceremonies as well. My FI is Indian and I'm Lebanese. So on Friday we're having an Indian Hindu wedding and the following day we're having the Catholic church wedding followed by the reception!

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 7:04 am
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Hey I added you cuz I noticed you were from Ghana. My FI is from Libera, but we're still only having one ceremony, but I would like to add some of his cultural flavor, but he doesn't seem really interested. Well he's not really interested in very much of the planning (everything looks good to him) :) so I guess we'll just stick with the American traditions.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 7:06 am
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My DH is Persian and I'm "American."  Our lives together have and will continue to be a fusion of our cultures, so it was important to us to combine our cultural traditions into our ceremony.  The ceremony processional was just like any typical "western" wedding.  During the ceremony, we sat in front of a beautiful spread covered in symbolic items of the Persian tradition (called "Sofreh").  Our officiant is well-known in our area to combine Western and Persian weddings seamlessly.  He did a wonderful job briefly explaining the spread and leading us through the Persian ceremony and following it with "Western" vows.  For us, it was perfect!  Our guests all loved it and have commented how personal and beautiful our ceremony was.


During the ceremony sitting at the Sofreh:             My DH is Persian photo 135596-1

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 7:41 am
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@leighann_wi...My FI is also from Liberia! We are leaving to Liberia a week from today. It will be my first time to liberia where we spend two weeks and then two weeks in Ghana. Do you know which part of Liberia he is from? I will be posting pictures and writing a bio of my wedding in Ghana on here...we need a little African flavor on PW :-)

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 7:54 am
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I don't know it this is would fit in the category.  We are doing  hispanic traditional things in our wedding.  During the wedding ceremony the groom gives the bride thirteen coins as a pledge to always support her and as a sign of his trust in her. By accepting the coins the bride indicates her faith in her husband's ability to provide for his family and that she will use his provisions wisely. The number thirteen is used to symbolize Christ and his twelve apostles. Another Hispanic wedding tradition involves a rosary or ribbon being wrapped in a figure eight around the couple's necks or waists as a symbol of their unity.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 7:55 am
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Persian weddings are so much fun... i attended a persian wedding of my friends from college while ago. It was arabian themed as well and the food was great!

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 7:56 am
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btw: this lady approached me the other day at work, and asked me if i was from Ghana.  lol. 

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 8:05 am
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I love learning about other cultures!!!  I'm excited to see pics and hear all about your wedding in Ghana!  Traditions, no matter the culture, are beautiful :)

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 8:16 am
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@soontobecruz...really? did she mean to say Guyana? people get those two mixed up so often..it is almost embarassing

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 8:29 am
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I also had the trece arras as part of my ceremony, but not an entirely different ceremony.


However, this is not really related, but I just wanted to let you know that I am a social studies teacher and just taught about Ghana (the empire) today!!  Sumanguru, gold / salt trade, etc.  Tomorrow, we are diving into Mali, Sundiata, and Mansa Musa.  I was excited when I saw your name.  I would love to go there some day!

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 8:33 am
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lol Maybe.  But she said ghana!! lol.  

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 8:39 am
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We had two ceremonies too, except we did them both on the same day. My husband is Vietnamese, and I'm Filipino. We did a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony in the afternoon, a Catholic ceremony with Filipino traditions in the evening, followed by our reception. The Vietnamese tea ceremony involved a procession from the groom's parents' home to my parents' home. My family was introduced to his family, gifts were presented and tea was served to all the elders. Afterwards, his family took me back to his parents' home. His family was introduced to my family, we burned incense and prayed to his ancestors. His mom gave me jewelry, and then we served tea to all of his elders. I also wore the traditional Vietnamese dress.


We had two ceremonies photo 135777-1


This is us serving tea to his parents.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 10:44 am
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I'm Persian too...We also did a fusion "American"/Persian wedding. People LOVED being a part of our wedding because it was such a different cultural experience for them. And I was really glad I was able to expose our friends to my background. I think cultural weddings make for the most beautiful and unique experiences.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 11:36 am
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@pink... The modern Ghana gets its name from the old empire, and we learned about that in school ages ago. Do you teach high school or grade school? if you ever get the opportunity to visit W. Africa, you should definitely visit Ghana, you would love it!

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 2:37 am
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Yeah he's from monrovia

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 3:13 am
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Ghana -


I teach middle school, 7th grade.  Going to Africa is high on my wish list!!

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 7:29 am
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MissMarjan- I wanna see pics from your wedding! I bet it was so beautiful!


 

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 7:34 am
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@ pink...I am leaving on wednesday to Ghana & liberia for a month vacation! Wish i could take you with me:-) i will bring pics, hopefully that will wet you appetite...

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 7:36 am
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http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/d1rtymart1n1/celebrating-two-cultures


for the coins - we are not using gold either - we will be using the same coins my mother and father used at their wedding - silver dollars minted at the time when the Philippines was still a colony of the USA... so theyre pretty old...  =)

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 8:24 am
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Please do share!  I'd love to see them!

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 9:16 am
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