East Meets West: Multi-Cultural Wedding Menus

Planning a menu for a wedding is already a very daunting task, yet planning a menu for a multicultural wedding is an entirely harder feat to accomplish.  Alright, you and your fiancé may have already adjusted to sharing each other’s taste in food; in fact, both of you may have had a liking towards each other’s traditional food that you never had the problem of what to eat or where to eat. 

Although it will be “your” wedding, chances are there may still be limitations when choosing the food for your wedding: hard as it may seem, you would still want to please both sides of the family. Finally, once you have sorted all of this out you naturally want to create your wedding website to let your friends and family know about the wonderful event you have prepared.

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Choosing among a plethora of multicultural wedding websites can be a daunting task. Yet there is one that caters specifically to multicultural weddings: Two Wed. With Two Wed you can create your multicultural wedding website and have it up in multiple languages in minutes. This is true because Two Wed automatically translates your content from one language to the other, or yet another! They support over 20 languages and you can set up your wedding website in as little or as many languages as you like. Moreover, with Two Wed you can send your wedding invitations in those same languages, so to your guests it will feel like home!

The good thing is cultures and traditions have evolved and although there are still cultures that are very strict when it comes to eating norms, a number of cultures have adjusted to the times.  Thus, for those planning a multicultural wedding, it may do you well to be guided by the following tips when planning for your wedding food:

1.  Heed each culture’s peculiarities when choosing the food to serve.  It would be interesting to have a fusion of both cultures’ food in the wedding banquet; however, some cultures do not eat cow meat (mostly those from India) as they regard the cow as a sacred animal.  In the United States, on the other hand, working or companion animals like horses, dogs, cats, and guinea pigs are considered as either working or having a certain level of intelligence so that it is considered cannibalism to eat these animals.

2. Consider your visitors’ limitations.  Some cultures are just really vegetarian, so make sure that you consider these and not serve purely meat dishes.

3. Do your guests a favor by having the dishes identified into meat, poultry, fish and seafood and vegetable courses.  This will prevent them from making the mistake of getting food that they should not be eating.  Aside from this, if there is food left on the plate, some cultures would consider it rude, as it may mean that the food is not good.

4. Consider using cutlery.  A wedding is considered to be a formal event.  Thus, even if one of the parties to the wedding has the tradition of eating with their hands (as with a big number of South Asian cultures), it is now more acceptable to use cutlery even with multicultural weddings.

5. Identify which is which.  A multicultural wedding is a good way to showcase you and your partner’s specific traditions.  However, as it may be really hard to fuse these two without necessarily breaking the rules, it would be best for you and your partner to identify which part of the wedding ceremony will showcase whose culture.  There are certain cultures that are very particular about rules – who eats first, having left-overs, using the hands only when eating, and when to leave the table.  Talk this over with your partner so that both of you may be able to apprise your guests (or relatives) of what could happen during the wedding feast.

When planning for a multicultural wedding, the main proponents’ aim is to have a wedding where they would cherish the moments when they exchanged their vows of everlasting love.  And since the wedding banquet will be a showcase of the fused cultures, choosing the right food as well as following certain traditions could start your wedding on a good note.