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Blended Weddings / Merging beautiful cultures.

As a Wedding Planner which Caribbean heritage I  have the great pleasure of coordinating weddings from different cultures.  The Wedding Industry caters for couples from all over the world, which is a joy in itself.  Apart from couples dreaming of experiencing their special day home and abroad to exchange vows, they also want to merge their cultures, either in the UK or travelling overseas for a Destination Wedding.

Knowing the traditions of the bride and groom  is just as important as being able to fulfil their creative dreams.

When we as planners ask couples for the design, theme or even feel of their wedding it just doesn't involve the colours, design and concept of their wedding planning experience, it  involves all aspects of both the couple's historical cultures that they want to incorporate into their special day.

What elements of your wedding that you can incorporate into your Wedding with a traditional theme/flavour?

In my experience of working with couples from blended cultural families I have found that the following are areas where they can add a touch of their traditional ideas into their day.

The Ceremony

The couples can write their own vows or ask their Wedding Officiant to read special words that come from their religious backgrounds or family traditions.

Music 

Music can play a large part in their special day. Starting from the Ceremony where couples can choose, traditional hymns, worship songs, modern wedding ceremony songs or have musical artists, singers or performers producing music to their specific tastes. e.g. Traditional organist Gospel Choir and musicians.

Wedding DJ's are usually given a playlist from which to entertain the Bridal Party and their guests throughout the evening.  Most couples will have specific types of music they would like to be played to incorporate their family in traditional / modern dances to showcase their cultural background. This makes the Wedding entertaining in itself without the extra need for Musicians, Singers, Performers etc.

Wedding Dress / Grooms Wear & The Bridal Party Outfits

With so many wedding dress designs, colours and styles to choose from it can be an exciting time for the modern bride to choose her traditional white / off white / pastel coloured wedding dress.  Imagine the excitement of being able to wear more than one wedding dress to your Reception Party incorporating your Bride / Groom's cultural heritage or tradition.  These can incorporated in the following ways:-

Traditional Wear / Colours / Prints / Designs

Traditional Wedding Dress

The Modern Wedding Dress

Wedding Suppliers

Catering 

There are so many countries in the world with different traditional dishes, you could take your guests on their own cultural experience incorporating, starters, main meals and exciting desserts to your "Wedding Breakfast". Because the possibilities are endless when it comes to food, I have even known Caribbean Brides to opt for a completely British menu to let their guests experience a completely different menu from the traditional caribbean / african menu they may have been expecting. It's all a matter of preference and incorporating your favourite types of food into your Special Wedding Breakfast for your guests to enjoy.

Music DJ Playing requested songs from your cultural background, heritage. Live Bands, Singers, Performers, musicians playing particulate instruments from your families homeland. The possibilities are endless.

Both parties want to feel like their family traditions and heritage are displayed and cherished in parts of there wedding ceremony and reception.

There are many ways a couple can incorporate their ideas for the guests to enjoy. 

Look out for further updates on other traditional elements that can be incorporated to ensure your guests have the best experience possible throughout your blended /cultural wedding.

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Getting Married in Cuba

  • Cuba Marriage Requirements
  • If you have never been married before, all you need is a passport that is valid throughout your stay in Cuba, and a tourist card (available from a travel agent, airline or the Cuban consulate).
  • If either the bride or groom has been married before, the previously married person must, in addition to the valid passport and tourist card, also produce the following documents:
    • if divorced: his/her birth certificate and Certificate of Divorce;
    • if widowed: his/her birth certificate, Certificate of Marriage and Certificate of Spouse's Death.
  • Have your birth certificate and any divorce/marriage/death documents translated into Spanish and legalized by the Cuban consul in Canada (service fee applies).
  • In addition, you must:
    • Create a sheet that lists your names, home address, occupations, level of education, nationality and the full names of your parents, living or deceased.
    • Attach the photo page of your passport to this sheet.
    • Fax copies of all documentation (including the extras described above if you have been married before) in both English and Spanish to your hotel in Cuba at least three weeks before your arrival there.
    • Bring all your original documents with you.

 

Your marriage will be formalized in the name stated on your passport. Your passport must therefore be correct, and the name on your passport must match that on all your other documents.

After your wedding, your Marriage Certificate will be prepared as quickly as possible and either given to you before you leave (time permitting) or couriered at the hotel's expense to the home address on your documents. Your marriage is legalized by the Canadian Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Foreign Affairs department.

Registrars Offices

The registrar's office should be contacted for specific rules regarding planning your destination or beach wedding in Cuba. They will also provide information regarding marriage licenses and marriage certificates.

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Looking for a Traditional Polish Wedding Ceremony in Lodz, Poland

On a lovely spring day in April I had the pleasure of attending a Traditional Family Polish Wedding at Poznanski Palace, a city landmark which is located in the heart of Lodz, a short walking distance from the famous Piotrkowska Street.

Name: Poznanski Palace

Address:
ul. Ogrodowa 15
Lodz
91-065

The Poznanski Palace was originally designed as a commercial and residential property. When it was purchased by Izrael Poznanski in 1877 it was a simple corner building with modest elevation.   It underwent multiple transformations in the style of French neo-Renaissance and neo-baroque (in the years 1888-1903), according to design of Hilary Majewski. Palace is also known as "Louvre of Lodz". Later remodelling was associated with a change of its owners. In the inter-war period the building was the seat of the Regional Office. In 1975 the Museum of City History was created inside the Izrael Poznanski Palace. For more information contact info@weddingsbylisalee.com

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