Whether it’s same sex marriages, mixed culture weddings, big age gaps and non gender defined relationships, love is love and love always wins!
Same Sex Marriages
With recent changes to legislation same sex marriages are now legal in the UK!… About bloody time we say!
Here’s few things to consider if you’re in a same sex relationship and planning to get married:
- Outfits? Dresses, suits, both. The possibilities are endless.
- Choose a wedding officiate that embraces your lifestyle decision!
- Who walks down the aisle? Or do you both walk down?
- Bridesmaids or Groomsmen or again, both? And lets not forget their outfits… There are so many options! I love the idea of bridesmaids in fitted suits with quirky bows ties!!
- Hen/Stag do’s. Together or separate? Remember that the traditional label of a ‘Hen’ and ‘Stag’ do doesn’t have to apply… It can just be one big party to celebrate your upcoming wedding!
Mixed Culture Weddings
Being in a mixed culture marriage myself I definitely don’t feel any prejudice. Both our families are accepting of each others traditions and values. We opted to get married abroad and have a small wedding for personal reasons.
Having said this… I have been to some AMAZING mixed culture weddings where everything is embraced and everyone gets involved. It’s truly magical!
Here’s a few things to consider if you’re planning a mixed culture wedding:
- Which ceremonies from each culture will you celebrate? A few of each or all of them?
- Be sure to check your budget… One wedding is often expensive enough and sometimes embracing two cultures can actually result in having two weddings. Outfits, venues, officials, etc.
- Be sure to embrace the traditions but not lose sight of what you want! It’s your wedding after all… everything can be compromised.
- Don’t feel pressured into anything… You can say no.
- Have fun getting dressed up in traditional clothing and get involved! You may want to have several outfit changes to embrace both cultures.
- Educate your guests on cross culture etiquette and traditions, etc.
- Language barriers. You may need a translator or written literature to explain the different ceremonies to any of your guests that aren’t familiar with them.
- Food. Check with your guest like with any other wedding for allergies, etc but also be sure to check to see if they can eat the cuisine you decide on. OR you could serve a mixture to tie in with the mixed culture theme. But again, this could be costly.
Love Has No Boundaries
The list could go to include non gender defined and big age gap relationships to name but a few. Ultimately, love has no boundaries and with recent changes to legislation it’s becoming easier to ‘officiate’ any relationship. Whilst some couples may not feel the need to certify their relationship, others like to celebrate their love with friends and family… and why not! It’s not a privilege but a human right to be with whoever you choose. Embrace it. Love always wins.
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