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Interfaith and cross cultural marriages: how a civil ceremony embraces everyone
Couples planning to marry should consider how their backgrounds may impact on their married life.
Things to think about include:
* how compatible are their underlying values and beliefs?
* what does each think about faithfulness, children, worship, food and rituals?
* if the couple is planning to have children, how will they be brought up?
* how will the religious and cultural practices of each family be shared and respected?
The Philippines: Filipino culture has a dreamy, ethereal tradition of the bride and groom releasing a pair of doves together on their wedding day. The birds are thought to deliver peace and harmony for their life ahead.
Wales: In Welsh culture, men traditionally carve wooden spoons with intricate designs and symbols to present as gifts of serious romantic intent.
Thailand: The couple wear traditional Thai clothing and kneel in front of the senior elder, with the groom on the right. The couple 'wai' as specially prepared white thread, 'sai monkhon', is looped and used to link together the bride's and the groom's heads.
Cross cultural ceremonies can also be used for baby namings, funerals, or to mark other major life events.
TCN celebrants have a wealth of experience and a variety of styles, knowledge and resources to help design a meaningful and inclusive ceremony.