Friday, November 19, 2010

Celebrate Culture

I love culture. And I admit I'm somewhat jealous of people who have a strong cultural background, because mine is so lacking! I am such a melting pot mix of cultures and ethnicities that I have to go back more than 4 generations to find an ancestor who was more than 50% of one particular ethnicity. Don't get me wrong - I think it's great that racial barriers have been knocked down, and I'm proud of my American culture - but I can't help but feel I'm missing something. I'm missing out on traditions that are older than a few hundred years, for one!

Bea and Sam are getting married tomorrow, and they'll be celebrating many cultures. They'll be getting married under a Jewish chuppah.

The canopy of the chuppah will be made with Bea's grandmother's beautiful tallit.

They'll be wearing Greek crowns, reflecting Sam's culture.

The amazing reception menu (crafted by Primizie Catering) will reflect the Peruvian heritage of both of Bea's parents, with a hint of Greek flair:
Passed Hors d’ Oeuvres:
  • Lobster Empanada
  • Phyllo Triangles 
  • Bocconcini Mozzarella and Wild Mushroom Polenta Crostini 
  • Mixed Shellfish Seviche’
First Course:
  • Avocado Salad with Lemon, Bacon and Watercress
  • Pana de Bono 
Second Course (choice of one):
  • South American Hanger Steak 
  • Masa Crusted Chicken
  • Spanish Paella


I have no doubt Bea and Sam's guests will notice and appreciate these personal touches that reflect their cultural backgrounds.

Moving forward in your wedding planning, be sure to take note of your cultures. As you begin your new family, hold on to those cultural nuances that make you who you are, and celebrate your combined cultures as often as possible so that your children will inherit your cultural pride.

Happy planning!

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