Today it is not uncommon for couples from different religions to get married. If you are such a couple you are probably facing some difficulties while organizing your wedding but don’t you worry we will help you! Here are some tips for interfaith marriages.
Start by establishing clear communication with your partner. It is important that you and your fiancé discuss in details how many and what religious traditions, if any at all, will be a part of the ceremony. You should be completely honest about what you both feel comfortable and uncomfortable with and keep in mind that compromises will need to be made.
Once you and your fiancé have agreed on the most contradictory issues you should establish communication with your families. Most likely it will be very difficult to keep family members, especially parents and older family members, happy. It may be difficult for them to accept the idea that you are straying away from tradition. One thing you can do to avoid disappointments is to have two weddings. However, this could be pretty expensive, and if that’s the case, the best way to help them understand your decision is to include and involve both families in the planning process.
Next, you should take into account your guests. Most likely some of the guests will not be able to follow and understand the rituals that may take place and it would be considerate of you to create a program for them that will explain why certain rituals take place and the significance and the meaning behind them. In this way you will really make everyone important to you feel included!
Last but not least, the best way to avoid awkward situations is to have a universal wedding on neutral ground. In this case, you can have reading and music that is not religious and you can ask the celebrant to focus on universal themes and the marital themes of love and unity. All in all, the only thing that matters is the fact that you are marrying the person you love!
And remember – as long as you are ready to make compromises and you are honest with each other, nothing can stop you from being together!